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Whether you're moving to a cheaper space or expanding to new borders, relocating a business is never an easy task. From filling out paperwork to packing up office equipment, the decision to move comes with a myriad of challenges that you have to be aware of and prepared for. You want to make sure your business gets up and running as soon as possible when you move to your new place. To help navigate this physically and mentally exhausting process, use the six tips below: Business Relocation: Six Seamless Tips

Study Your Location

Your new location should be conducive for your business to thrive in. If your new prospective location doesn't offer anything new in terms of potential customers, lower operational costs, and other opportunities to capitalize on, then there is moot point in moving to that said location. Study the location including demographics, competition, crime rate, cost of living, etc.

 

Where you'll be relocating to will dictate how much foot traffic comes in and out of your storefront, what fees you'll be paying for, and how much insurance coverage you'll legally need.

Throw Stuff Away

Moving opens up the opportunity to throw those old electronics and worn out furniture that your business has. Throwing out stuff you don't need anymore should be done before you start packing items. This will help declutter the room and give you space to move around while packing and hauling boxes. You can also donate office equipment to charities and non-profits. You can declare these items as deductibles on your tax forms as long as you donate it to an accredited organization. A less charitable way to get rid of your unneeded items is to sell it online. Post it on websites, like Craigslist, and apps, like Offer Up.

Pack Early

Don't wait until the very last week or month to start packing your stuff. If you are moving a fairly sizable business, you should start packing asap. Buy packing supplies including boxes, styrofoam, bubble wrap, and packaging tape. Consider using recycled boxes, which are more cost-effective and environmental friendly. Start with items you don't require on a regular basis. The larger your inventory of items are, the earlier you should start packing.

Consider Hiring a Moving Company

Hiring a moving company means costs, but it also means manpower to help you pack and transport your stuff from point A to point B. Just as it is smart to start packing early, contact potential moving agencies months in advance. Aside from price being the obvious deciding factor, you should also only consider moving companies that have permits, licenses, and proof of insurance.

Procure Insurance Coverage

If you decide to go the DIY route and rent your own truck, make sure to get insurance. Go online and ask for cheap insurance quotes to do some comparison shopping. While most insurance policies have a clause that covers rental cars, there are few policies that cover rental trucks. If you are involved in a crash or any roadside accident, you'll want some insurance coverage to cushion the financial blow. In addition to coverage for your belongings, if you are hiring people to help you load and unload trucks, consider getting worker's compensation coverage.

Ready Your Employees

You're not the only one affected by the decision to relocate your business. If you employ other people, you have to inform them of your plans, especially if you are planning to move to a different state hundreds of miles away from where you're currently established. This gives them time to decide whether or not they can relocate too or find another job. You should also inform your existing customer base. Announce it through a newsletter or even a simple note at the front door.

Final Thoughts

Moving your business to a new location is an exciting time for an entrepreneur. It creates new opportunities to grow your customer base and increase your revenues. Done right, you'll be opening for business in no time.

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

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If you are a sales person in the Philadelphia area who is looking to have their own sales territory, it can be difficult. There are many others looking to win the business of every customer you talk to. Therefore, you need the right tools and information if you are going to succeed. Don't go it alone.

 

Here are tips to help you truly own your Philly sales territory now and into the future:Photo: Lynda.com

 

Prospect

You can only close deals if you have them in your pipeline in the first place. There are two ways to improve your sales: get better at closing the deals you have and get more deals in front of you in the first place.

Prospecting focuses on the first part of that. Luckily, today there are many ways to meet prospects. You can meet them at networking events, over the phone, or with social media. No matter what method you choose, make getting new leads a primary part of your daily tasks and you'll never be hungry for business.

 

Attention

You need to get a lot of attention today to stand out. With social media, anyone has a voice and therefore people are distracted by all the noise. Make sure you are doing something unique that will set you apart from the rest in your market. Make provocative videos, catchy headlines, and send out messages frequently to stay top of mind. That way when customer are needing your product or service you are the first person they will think of.

 

Follow Up

Most deals don't happen during one visit. You need to follow up multiple times. This can be tiring, but it is well worth it in the end. To make it easier, set a schedule with a specific action to take when following up customers: send an email, send a card, or make a custom video for them.

 

Meetings

You need to get better at setting up meetings with clients. When you are asking them to meet with you, propose specific times. Don't just ask for general time frames during the week. That way they have to commit to being there and it is harder for them to blow you off.

 

Presenting

Master your presentation and memorize it to the last word. If your presentation is locked down tight, you can impress potential customers. If you are sloppy, they will see through your sales pitch in a second.

 

Closing

People who can close love life. If you can't close deals, you need to improve this skill right now. You can have an amazing sales cycle and the customer will still try to put you off at the last minute. Study up on drills and sales closing techniques that can burst through that final bit of resistance. It could be the difference between staying in business or shutting up your shop this year.

 

Training

Training is the best way to get ahead in your sales territory. There are so many aspects to sales that it is impossible to cover them in this one article. However, no matter what industry you are in you can find great training companies out there. If you're in home improvement, get home improvement training. If you're in the medical field, there is great medical sales training. And if you're in tech, there are also great resources. Use them wisely so you can learn from the masters.

 

Owning your own sales territory in Philly can be tough. After all, it is one of the biggest markets in the states. However, if you play your cards right you can stand above the rest. Review the tips above and put them into action. Otherwise, you competitors may take your customers right from under your nose. Learn sales so you can effectively take over your market and relax once your book of business is full.

Brett Clawson is a business owner and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience. In his free time, he enjoys writing and learning about emerging business trends.

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Big Mistakes You Might Be Making in Your Restaurant

 

You might have always dreamed of owning a restaurant of your own. After all, you might like being your own boss, and you may love the idea of sharing your food with others. However, your lifelong dream might have turned out to be a nightmare now that you have opened your restaurant's doors. Many businesses fail in the first few years that they are in business, and this is particularly true with restaurants. After all, the restaurant industry is an industry that can be tough to break into.

 

However, this does not mean that your business has to fail. Instead, it might mean that you need to look for the mistakes that you are making. Then, you can make major changes that can help you make your business a success. These are some of the mistakes that you could be making with your restaurant.

 

There's Nothing Unique About Your Restaurant

First of all, you have to give people a reason to come to your restaurant instead of the many others that are out there. You might make your restaurant unique by offering dishes that can't be found anywhere else, or you could focus on the atmosphere or the decor. Regardless, you have to figure out how to make your restaurant unique so that you can encourage people to come through your doors rather than heading to the same old places that they always visit.

 

Your Employees Aren't Properly Trained

You have to remember that your employees are a big part of your restaurant. They have a big impact on how things are ran, and they also have a big impact on the experience that people have when they visit your restaurant. Therefore, it is critical to make sure that they are properly trained.

 

For example, if your employees are not properly trained when it comes to food handling safety, then they could cause big problems for your restaurant in regards to sanitation. In fact, improper food handling by your employees can make people sick. This is obviously something to be worried about, so you should probably consider encouraging your employees to go through the proper training to get their food handlers certificate.

 

Additionally, you should ensure that you train your employees well when it comes to preparing food, working with customers and more. This can help you ensure that they know what to do in order to turn out great food and to provide your customers with a great experience. Then, you can help ensure that your customers are treated the right way when they visit your establishment.

 

Your Menu is Too Big

A too-big menu is a common problem in many restaurants. You might think that your customers want to have a big variety of things to choose from. However, if you offer too many options, you can make things overwhelming for your customers. Plus, this can make it harder to keep fresh ingredients without having to waste a lot. If you haven't done so yet, consider toning down your menu a little bit. You might find that it will save you money, allow you to turn out fresher and better food in a shorter period of time and help you avoid getting so overwhelmed in the kitchen.

 

 You Aren't Marketing Your Business Enough

 

Restaurant marketing is very important. Local advertising can help you bring people through the door. Additionally, nowadays, it is a good idea to do a bit of online marketing whenever possible. This can help you raise awareness about your business even more.

 

There are a lot of mistakes that can be made when you own a restaurant. Unfortunately, these mistakes can get in the way of your success. If you aren't careful, they could even lead to the failure of your restaurant. Luckily, all is not lost. By making a few changes, you can make your restaurant the business that you -- and your customers -- want it to be.

 

 James Ponds graduated with a MBA with an emphasis in marketing. In his freetime, he continues to study the current marketing/business trends, and enjoys golfing or boating on the weekend with his wife and kids. 


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As your business grows, it can become difficult to maintain the same level of dependability. It takes time to hand-deliver products to a post office or shipping carrier and packing can get expensive, when purchased at retail.

 

Fortunately, there are things you can do to streamline the process. Here are 7 ways to improve your company’s shipping process.

 

 1.) Improved Communication

 

It should not take more than a few minutes to process an order. In order to achieve this, you must establish instantaneous communication with your warehouse. Speaking with your warehouse manager by phone can help you better manage stock, keeping you informed during busy times when you may need to import more. It makes it easier to arrange for additional staff at a moment’s notice, so you won’t be overwhelmed by sudden influxes of orders.


2.) Scanning Devices

The more inventory you keep, the harder it can get to locate specific items in your warehouse. One of the best ways to maximize your efficiency is to use scanning devices. Barcode scanners and print apply labelers can help save time and reduce the likelihood of costly errors when sending items to and from the warehouse. Note that while there will always be a place for physical work in the shipping process, efficiency can be improved by automating these types of tasks.

3.) Courier Services

Keeping a list of courier services handy is another great way to enhance your shipping process. Look for services that can guarantee quick delivery. Create a spreadsheet of all relevant courier services, along with their prices, so you can check it quickly and match the best one with your needs at the time. Keep in mind that there are different types of delivery services, some of which may be more appropriate for certain occasions than others.

4.) Use the Right Carrier

Make sure your shipping carrier’s offerings are a good fit for your company’s needs. They should provide you some way to optimize your freight charges and enough flexibility to properly serve your customers. Compare their time-in-transit capabilities with those of other carriers to help you decide between options like ground shipping and air freight. Provide your customers with at least two options, so they can decide for themselves whether they would rather get their items faster or save some money. Keep in mind that not everyone’s priorities will be the same.

5.) Electronic Data Interchange

Reducing paper clutter will go a long way toward speeding up your shipping process. Also known as EDI, Electronic Data Interchange can save you from what might otherwise become a mountain of paperwork. It basically replaces paper with electronic data, allowing you to process a larger volume at the same time. This is not only more convenient, but also more cost-effective. EDI can improve your company’s productivity, while reducing errors and minimizing the need for human resources.

6.) Customs Preparation

If you routinely ship items to other countries, you’re probably familiar with the complexities involved in clearing customs. The process is notoriously frustrating and lengthy, but safety concerns ensure that it can’t be avoided. As if this wasn’t enough, items that are worth more than the minimum value for commercial items will have to be inspected by the Customs Authority of the destination country. While you can’t circumvent the process, declaring your goods online can help shorten it somewhat.

7.) Keep Customers Informed

To even the most patient waiting customer, hours can feel like days and days can feel like weeks. Sometimes the most important thing you can do to help relieve their anxiety is to keep them up to date on the status of their delivery. Knowing when their package will arrive can save them countless hours spent waiting at the door, when they could have be going about their daily lives. Fortunately, this is easier today, due to advanced technology. Always provide your customers with tracking numbers or information on how to get status updates from the carrier.

Each of the tips above can help you improve your delivery process, but they’re more effective when used together. No one likes getting packages late, especially when they’re paying so much for shipping. Your company’s success depends on being able to deliver as promised, with as few inconveniences as possible.

James Ponds graduated with a MBA with an emphasis in marketing. In his freetime, he continues to study the current marketing/business trends, and enjoys golfing or boating on the weekend with his wife and kids. 

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The supply chain is one of the aspects of business that gives people a headache. There are so many moving parts and you need to be able to fit them together in order to benefit your business in the right way. However, it doesn't need to be difficult. If you use sound strategies you can enjoy a better supply chain that is more efficient and product and lets you cut costs:Photo: wisegeek.com

 

Robotics

There are various moving parts and assembly processes to be done in manufacturing and supply chain, such as print apply. However, if left to be done manually by people and their hands, there is a lot of slowing down that can occur. This is problematic for any business that needs to move fast. If you find yourself in this position, have faith and confidence by understanding the strides that robotics has taken in recent years.

Now robots can do entire processes in the supply chain. They can print, they can transfer, they can ship, discard, and even drive the product to the end location. This move toward automation in the form of robotics and AI is something that you should be investing in to make your company more efficient by the day.

Tech Mastery

When it comes to supply chain management, embracing technology is the key. When you have a grasp of what it can do for you, you'll never want to go back. So put the keys above into place in your company. That way, your costs will go down, your speed will go up, and so will your profits.

Business Model Redesign

If you find your production schedule running behind or certain key initiatives not being met, then it might be time to rethink your plan. While it can seem daunting to change a business plan once you already have everything up and running, it is often the best bet if you want to be more efficient. It is probable that there are parts of your supply chain that are taken for granted. Perhaps over the years a particular person was permitted to do something that was not efficient, and now that has turned into a habit.

The only way to gain efficiency is to strip out your old supply chain business model and redesign it from the ground up. In order to do this, you must ask yourself many important questions. One such question is: what are you looking to gain with your supply chain? What creates the profit and what takes it away? Knowing this will give you powerful insights in taking your business model to the next level.

People Problems

Even if the supply chain deals largely with machines and products, the people involved are still the most important part. Don't assume people are lazy. Often times, someone just needs a little motivation in the form of a work incentive in order to get going. See what kind of offers you can make in the form of vacations and other incentives to have workers see the bigger picture and work longer and harder.

Apps

You don't need to worry where each piece of inventory is en route. You can actually log into your smartphone and track everything live today. Once a unit has been loaded into a truck, you can see moment by moment where it is headed. Not only can this help you adjust your cash flows based on deliveries, it also holds the company accountable who is supposed to be bringing your products to the right location at every moment.

When it comes to supply chains, it is one of the most difficult parts of business to master. After all, there are a lot of moving parts. You need to be adept at assessing situations and seeing what the best options are. But with some practice, it is possible to make your supply chain serve your business rather than the other way around.

James Ponds graduated with a MBA with an emphasis in marketing. In his freetime, he continues to study the current marketing/business trends, and enjoys golfing or boating on the weekend with his wife and kids. 

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It's impossible to be "motivated" by something external. As the old adage says, "People have to motivate themselves." The whole point of motivation is that it comes from within. In the matter of business, it's about finding a way to get people on-board with your vision. This is why you must tap into your employees' goals to uncover what motivates them. Consider the ways mentioned here that you can motivate your employees.

Unlock Business Potential by Increasing Employee Motivation

Don't Slow Employees Down

Employees want to feel good about the place they work. Employees need a workplace that supports a good service, product or vision. In addition, employees need up-to-date resources that make their jobs efficient. No one wants to work with outdated hardware and software because it slows them down. It's stressful when a computer or something else won't work properly. For instance, a GPU database can respond so much quicker than a CPU. In matters of business, profits decrease when the business cannot keep up with their competitors. In addition, it takes an employee an average 15 minutes after being distracted to return to a task. By keeping up to date with efficient software and hardware, employees remain more productive throughout the day.

 

Talk

Employers need to get their employees engaged with meetings. Allow employees to be a part of the process. Regular meetings with regular requests for feedback gets employees involved with sharing their ideas. When there is a snag or something else that needs to be resolved, get everyone's idea. People are more likely to see a project through if their ideas are a part of the process. That is, after all, the art of persuasion: showing someone how your vision benefits them so that they naturally get on-board.

 

Ditch Office Politics

Office politics divide an office and create a sense of hostility in some of the employees. This drastically reduces productivity as what inevitably happens is that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. It's important to have work outings that focus on getting everyone involved. If there are issues, they need to be addressed immediately to let everyone know that mistreatment won't be tolerated. Fire rogue employees who are unwilling to work out differences.

 

Make Work Fun

If employees are trudging along, they're not having enough fun. It's time to change that. Allow employees to listen to music with earbuds. Decorate the office in a pleasing way. Take employees out for bowling or to play baseball. When everyone has fun together outside of work, they begin to bond. This creates a better team that is focused on everyone meeting their goals instead of individual goals. It also helps to create a more relaxed atmosphere, so stress is decreased.

 

Provide Incentives

Virtually everyone likes money and rewards. Giving employees money and rewards can help them to focus on smaller goals that lead up to bigger goals. It also provides a way for employees to have additional fun. When money is on the line, employees strive harder to meet their goals. Create games made out of goals, like a board game. Provide small incentives for progressing each space, and provide a larger jackpot amount for the winner. If this could potentially divide the office, arrange everyone into teams, and provide rewards for each team, so everyone wins.

 

 Creating a positive work environment where everyone is participating in achieving the company's vision isn't difficult. You just have to consider what employees like, and customize the workplace to meet those needs. The rest will naturally fall into place.

 

Brett Clawson is a business owner and entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience. In his free time, he enjoys writing and learning about emerging business trends.

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Companies and organizations of all types function most effectively when supervisors can get the most out of their employees. While the bulk of focus in a work environment tends to be on productivity, results, and output, taking time to consider human factors can have a hugely positive impact on overall morale. Investing time into soliciting feedback from employees, providing opportunities for self-care, and scheduling with flexibility are all ways to ensure that employees perform at the highest level possible.

 

Soliciting Feedback3 Steps for Empowering Employees to Reach Maximum Potential

Taking time to ask employees about their work environment pays off. When you are writing an employee engagement survey, take care to form questions appropriately so that they do not read as empty promises. You want to set yourself up to respond based on the feedback given. For instance, if you ask a question about whether or not an employee has received positive praise for something done in the past two weeks, you want to be able to do something with the data. If it turns out that an overwhelming majority of your staff has been commended recently, take that to your managers and praise them accordingly. If the opposite is true, have a conversation with managers about the power of positive praise, and check in periodically to retest the engagement data.

Having numbers is only powerful if you utilize them to create appropriate change. Be consistent about your inquiries; decide on a timeline for formulating surveys, and use them to gather data on an ongoing basis. Your employees will understand that this is not a way to placate them but a genuine interest in their opinions.

Providing Opportunities for Self-Care

What happens when employees are not at work is equally, if not more important, than what happens at the office. Taking the time to offer opportunities for self-care at work is foundational to being as productive as possible for both managers and subordinates. At work, self-care might look like enforcing lunch breaks away from desks rather than working through the meal. It might look like a yoga class offered for all employees after hours, or a guided meditation offered in the middle of the day for all who can attend. You might emphasize the power of tactile stimuli like stress balls and coils so that employees feel comfortable using these devices during conference calls and long phone conversations. Making room for different learning styles including auditory, active, and visual during the same presentation helps to make sure that everyone stays engaged and well.

Scheduling with Flexibility

Flexible scheduling is the third key to workplace success. This contributes to the idea that employees are all humans before they are worker bees. Each and every person has a life outside of the office. Encouraging people to schedule doctor’s appointments when it is convenient, attend soccer games of children, and leave work on time for family dinner lets people know that they are respected and valued. In turn, the same people are more likely to log onto the company site after hours to check an email or finish an important assignment. Due to the fact that they know they are respected, they will be significantly more motivated to contribute to the team’s needs.

Soliciting feedback, providing time for self-care, and offering flexibility with regard to scheduling means greater productivity and increased profit in the long run. People will feel like people before employees, which is essential to be motivated enough to contribute as much and as well as possible. Employees want to know that they are heard and that they are cared for. If you as a workplace can offer those components, your workers will strive to please.

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Out with the Old:

Before the computer and the expansive Internet, if one wanted to get the word out about a social gathering or wanted to post an ad to find a specific friend for a specific hobby or adventure, one usually posted an ad in the newspaper. If one was lucky, someone might contact you, and if one was even luckier, a genuine friendship could form. Pen Pals during this time were rampant. From school aged to adults, people kept in contact with one another through writing detailed and thoughtful letters. Some might believe that those days are over, but in truth, only the medium has changed. The newspaper and paper have been replaced with the webpage and email. The New Pen Pal: Connecting With Other People

So, what sites can be trusted to find new friends and possible connections? Through a series of meticulous and careful use of network visibility tools, the following websites were considered among the best for connecting with other people.

Women Unite!

For the ladies, there are specific websites targeted for female-only friendships. GirlfriendSocial is a membership free website geared towards adult women who are married, moved out from home or have entered motherhood. The site provides a search criterion allowing one to look for women close to them who are interested in the same hobbies. A messaging system is available as well as a public forum to post and talk about the topics of life. Reader's Digest voted it Favorite Website to Meet New Friends.

Another website worth considering for female friendship is SocialJane. This site is geared towards women of all ages and functions similarly to any other social platform with the ability to post photos, message others, create a personal profile, and a public forum to discuss topics like careers, friendship problems, daily troubles and blessings, and essentially anything one wishes to discuss with one's peers. Membership is free.

Websites For All!

If one is searching for a male or female friend, then there are numerous websites available to find that perfect connection or connections. MeetUp is a group-based site that allows one to join a group of interest and meet people with similar ideas or feelings about that subject. It's easy to plan in-person hang-outs and could end up with a large turn-out. Membership is free and the site receives a decent amount of traffic, so there's a lot of chances to meet some new friends!

There are even sites available for those who are more fitness-minded or enjoy sports. Active and DailyMile are two sites that focus on fitness and sports events. If one is looking for a running buddy or someone to discuss last night's game, these two websites could be what one needs to fill that connection. Active even has a function allowing one to find training places and plans as well as trainers and instructors.

BumbleBFF has sparked new "bromances" among men who previously felt the same loneliness that is often credited to just women. A simple offer of grabbing a coffee or seeing a game together could turn into a lasting friendship. 90% of users in BumbleBFF are men, so if one is looking for another dude to hang out with, one is not alone.

Finally, for those with specific orientation requirements, there is a site designated for gay men and straight women to chat and plan possible outings together. FruitLooped is free and allows for private messaging as well as provides groups to discuss one's favorite things.

Click to Connect

As one can see, there are numerous resources and websites for possible mediums to find one's new best friend. In a rapidly increasingly connected world, there is someone for everyone. All that is required is a quick click, a little digging, and the courage to be the first one to reach out and forge that new connection.

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

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In today's world, technology is the one thing that can set great businesses apart from the rest. However, if you run a small business, you are probably already overwhelmed with all of the things you have on your plate.

 

That is why it's crucial to understand how to leverage big data to your advantage. If you don't, your competition will surely get ahead and you could miss out on opportunities to dominate in your industry. So look at these three strategies below and pick at least one to start implementing as soon as possible.

3 Ways to Leverage Big Data In Your Local Business

80/20 Analysis of KPIs

There are probably about 20% of your customers that are generating 80% of your business revenues right now. This is called the 80/20 rule. If you use this information correctly, you can identify which 20% these are and focus solely on them. This allows you to spend less money and make more sales.

 

In addition, there are key areas that are taking up about 80% of your time, and if you eliminate them you could save energy, time, and money. It could boost your bottom line like never before. The way to achieve this is to leverage your big data.

 

Within your business, you no doubt have information that you have collected: sales, marketing, conversion rates, expenses, employee performance, etc. By hiring someone to take a look at this data, you can invest in a clear picture of where your energy is going compared to what is actually producing results. Then, armed with this information, you can decide where to place your focus so you aren't working any harder but still managing to get better results.

 

Predictive Analytics

One of the powerful things about having big data is you can go back in history and look at the facts. Numbers don't lie. And when you have a lot of this information, you can utilize AI and machine learning together with algorithms that predict future behavior.

 

For instance, say that a certain type of product seems to sell well one month but not the other. Upon deeper review you may find that releasing promotions via email on weekends is better than weekdays for conversions. Then you can use these analytics to predict future sales and better timing for promotions.

 

Secure Your Network

In today's day and age, with digital technology causing everything to be connected online via the internet, it is important to leverage the data you have to protect it. Knowing how much data should be flowing through your systems, or not, is going to give you an edge over hackers who may want to steal your vital information for competitive purposes or to hold in ransom for big amounts of cash that could disrupt your entire company.

 

For example, network visibility solutions allow you to see your data as it transfers throughout your entire network. By analyzing this data in real time, you can see if a potential threat is on the horizon. Knowing when a threat is happening and stopping it is a matter of speed. Of course, you cannot react quickly if you don't have the data in the first place. That's why using your big data in a way that allows you to protect your most vulnerable assets such as customer information, proprietary info, or banking information, is crucial. It also saves time and money on needing staff to monitor everything manually.

 

When it comes to local business, leveraging your information is more important than ever. Long gone are the days where you only had a small flash drive full of information that could run your entire business. Today, the companies that are able to record and analyze their data can put it to use. No matter what size your company, you can use information to grow, to protect vulnerabilities, and to identify key opportunities so you don't miss out on the next big opportunity or fall into a trap.

 

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

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It’s been quite some time since the Philadelphia Phillies have been known as giants in their field.

For the last number of years, the lack of a proven slugger in the prime of their career has hurt the team significantly.Carlos Santana: The Phillies' Biggest Offseason Signing. Photo: bostonherald.com

However, that is all about to change with their latest acquisition; first baseman Carlos Santana.

Having recently signed a three-year, $60 million contract, Santana joins the Phillies from the Indians after declining their $17.4 million qualifying offer in November. Needless to say, the Tribe’s loss is the Phillies’ gain.

Santana’s power might be attributed to his offseason workouts. A few weeks after the signing, he was proud to show his rather unusual display of strength online. Yes, he actually pushed a car up a slight hill.

Character

 

The letter Santana wrote to the Indians, the city of Cleveland, and its fans is a testament to his character. This sentiment was recently reinforced by Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations.

 

"I think Carlos deserves a tremendous amount of credit for his maturation and his development as a leader and professional," Antonetti said. "Maybe he was a little underappreciated in his time here and all he contributed. 

 

"He's a guy who came over as a very young player in a trade. He was catching at the time we got him. He came to the major leagues as an offensive-minded catcher. He put in a ton of work to grow, mature and evolve into a catcher. Once Yan (Gomes) emerged and moved ahead of Carlos, he enthusiastically changed positions for the betterment of the team whether that was going to third base or first base.

 

 "He was a staple in our lineup, team and organization for the last seven or eight years. We appreciate all the contributions he made not only to the team, but the organization and the broader Cleveland community." 

 

 In addition to his great character, he’s got one of the most unique nicknames a ballplayer can have: Slamtana. 

 

Career  

During the course of his eight-year career, Santana’s played only nine games against the Phillies, so Philly fans might not be entirely familiar with him—but his penchant for patience at the plate (including two 100-walk seasons) in addition to his home run prowess power and impressive on-base percentage can hopefully rub off on youngsters Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, Jorge Alfaro and some of the other Phillies youth. Santana’s final overall numbers in Cleveland speak for itself: 1116 games played, 995 hits, 236 doubles, 174 homers, 587 RBIs, 726 walks, .365 OBP, three postseason appearances. It goes without saying that Phillies’ manager Gabe Kapler’s job will be made easier having someone like Santana he can count on for 20–30 homers a year.

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That’s not all, Santana has been known to create an ambiance of fun and laughter that endears him to his teammates and managers. How that will go in a Kapler-managed clubhouse remains to be seen, but a relaxed atmosphere seems to work best these days, as opposed to the old school baseball mentality. While it’s hard for the Indians to lose him, the Phillies’ lineup got great boost of power. He’ll be a nice addition to a team not quite on the doorsteps of contention, but could be close if they build on their impressive second half on 2017.  


So, welcome to the Phillies Slamtana. Whether you’re pushing cars up hills or keeping your team loose, carry a big stick and it should be a fun couple of years with him hitting at Citizens Bank Park.


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