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Posted 9/11/14 at 7:17 AM | Sylvie Simms

How the Performance, Reliability, and Security of your E-commerce Site Impacts Sales and Customer Satisfaction

Website performance, reliability, and security play a vital role on how your e-commerce site impacts sales and customer satisfaction. The speed of your website can impact your sales. Conversion rates decrease and bounce rates increase when the website is slow. In fact, 51% of online shoppers will abandon a purchase if a website is running slow. Website downtime can also damage your brand. This gives shoppers a time to look for alternative sources for a certain product or service. Such instances could benefit your competitors. Lastly, security breaches can affect your customer’s confidence in your brand, product or service. There is even a risk of legal liability and its associated repercussions. It is very important that websites run as smoothly and as securely as possible to avoid such disastrous events.

Posted 9/11/14 at 4:58 AM | Sylvie Simms

Keeping Your Checkbook in Check

Do you know how to properly write checks and balance your checkbook? Here's a handy guide to get you started. Don't forget to record interest and bank fees in your checkbook register. That can prevent your bank balance from appearing correctly.

Posted 9/11/14 at 3:29 AM | Sylvie Simms

How to Choose the Right Auto Body Shop

Damage to cars happen. Another car might be distracted and rear end you, you might scrape against a post or hail might dent the hood. When any kind of damage happens to you vehicle, it’s time to bring it in to the auto body shop. It can be difficult, however, to find an auto body that does quality work at a fair price. Some auto body shops simply do not have the skills required for repairing your car to like new. When shopping around for an auto body shop, there are a few things you should look for.

Before Auto Work

Anytime you need bodywork done on your vehicle, you should look around to find the right auto body shop. Ask friends and family if they know any shops they’d recommend from personal experience and look up reviews online. Once you have a few names, go in and get quotes from all of the places. Ask a few questions regarding parts and warranties and then compare results. Use their answers and their quotes to select the auto body shop you’d like to use.

After Auto Work

Even after you’ve found an auto body shop you’d like to use, there’s still work to be done. Always inspect your vehicle after you’ve gotten any work done to ensure the quality of the job. If you have any questions or concerns about the work, bring the car back and have the shop fix any mistakes. If their work has a warranty, you can bring the car back in even a few months after the fact. FULL POST

Posted 9/11/14 at 2:42 AM | Sylvie Simms

The Latest Ford Hybrid Innovations

The race for clean car tech has been going on for years, yet one car company continues to stand out as a leader. Ford has continually been at the forefront when it comes to producing innovative and clean technology. This year is no different, with Ford introducing new car and truck models that implement such energy-efficient concepts as solar tech and ecoboost engines.

Why Use Hybrid Tech

Traditionally, vehicles run on standard fuel or diesel. These vehicles emit pollution, which can negatively affect the environment. With millions of vehicles on the road in the United States alone, an alternative fuel source is needed to help reduce the impact of vehicles on the environment. Hybrid technology incorporates different green energy sources in order to power a vehicle, allowing the car owner to either reduce emissions or complete eliminate them.

Ford’s Latest Hybrid Innovations

For years, Ford has been finding ways to include hybrid technology in different vehicle makes and models. This year, Ford is including the latest hybrid technology in such vehicles as the Ford Fusion Energi and the Ford F-150. Ford even has a concept car that utilizes the sun’s rays to power the car. Read the following infographic highlights to discover the different hybrid technology used in Ford’s latest vehicles. FULL POST

Posted 9/11/14 at 2:16 AM | Sylvie Simms

The New 2015 Lincoln MKC

Lincoln has long been a major player in the auto industry. This carmaker has made a name for itself by continuously manufacturing high-quality luxury vehicles each year. This fact is especially true with the unveiling of the new 2015 Lincoln MKC.

The 2015 Lincoln MKC more than lives up to the Lincoln standard. The exterior of this car includes convenient and aesthetically pleasing features such as the HID headlights, folding side mirrors, lower roof, and two-tone 18-inch rims. All of these features -- and more -- add up to a luxurious vehicle that catches your eye.

In addition to the beautiful exterior of the 2015 Lincoln MKC, this vehicle also contains safe and comfortable features on the inside. When you sit behind the wheel of this luxurious car, you will notice comfortable seating and convenient touchscreen display. State-of-the-art technology has also been included to help make the Lincoln MKC one of the safest cars on the road. This includes an innovative adaptive cruise control and a blind spot information system, as well as a lane keeping system.

Does the 2015 Lincoln MKC sound like something you want to own? The following infographic gives you even more details of this safe and luxurious SUV. FULL POST

Posted 9/11/14 at 12:35 AM | Sylvie Simms

Forklift Safety Checklist

Part of your job as a warehouse manager is to ensure that all of your equipment and machinery is in working order so that you can improve safety conditions for your employees and prevent accidents from happening. OSHA requires that daily, pre-shift inspections of your powered industrial trucks, including forklifts, are completed to help achieve these goals. Before operating a forklift in your warehouse you want to perform a series of checks to make sure it is in working order.

With the engine off, check the condition and pressure of the tires. It is also important to inspect oil levels and see if the engine is leaking at all. The condition of the battery should also be noted so that it can be replaced if needed. Once your visual check is complete, ensure that all safety information and manuals can be easily accessed by the operator and that there is enough room above the forklift and in its path for it to be driven safely.

When you turn the engine on, the first thing you should do is listen for any unusual noises so that they can be immediately addressed. Check the brakes, steering and gauges as well before driving the forklift. Other items that should get your attention include the forks, chain anchor pins and hoses. If any of these appear to be worn or lose, immediate action should be taken. This will help you reduce risks to your forklift operator and help your team get their job done safely and efficiently. FULL POST

Posted 9/10/14 at 9:47 AM | Phil Cooke

The End of Brands? Abercrombie & Fitch to Drop Logo From Clothing

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Preppie clothing store chain Abercrombie & Fitch, with 843 stores in the United States and 163 stores in the rest of the world, is making a dramatic change based on customer response. In a move that took me by surprise, they’ve announced they will eliminate identifying branding logo marks on their Spring 2015 clothing collection.

Much of the reason seems to be this generation of younger customers. Unlike teens and twenty-somethings of the last few decades, young people today are trying to be more unique. Rather than blindly sporting logos from Ralph Lauren, A&F, Hilfiger, Hollister, and others they’re mixing and matching their own looks and creating customized combinations – without designer logos. FULL POST

Posted 9/9/14 at 6:31 PM | Barry Bowen

Video Streaming: Learning From Apple's Streaming Mistakes

Today the Super Bowl of technology events took place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California. Apple's CEO Tim Cook introduced the fascinating new iWatch and iPhone 6.

Before today's announcements, blogger Dan Rayburn reported, "Internet Traffic Records Could Be Broken This Week Thanks To Apple, NFL, Sony, Xbox, EA and Others."

But today's Apple event was chaotic. The New York Times headline truthfully reports, "Apple’s Live-Streaming Is Terrible." The video stream was restricted to the Safari web browser.

Interested technology enthusiasts overwhelmed Apple's live stream and the company has taken a lot of heat on social media. I've seen church conference video streams that looked more professional.

Live video streaming has been a long work in progress. I've participated in live streamed events since the 1990s and the video quality has improved dramatically since the pioneering days of webcasting. Once upon a time we had to watch videos that were a little bigger than a postage stamp. FULL POST

Posted 9/9/14 at 12:17 PM | Phil Cooke

The King's Speech and How to Turn Negatives Into Positives

A recent BBC radio documentary called “Delivering the King’s Speech” told the real story behind the feature film “The King’s Speech” – the broadcast by King George VI about the declaration of war on Germany in 1939. If you saw the Hollywood movie starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, you know that King George was thrust into the spotlight after his brother abdicated the throne. The only problem was that George had a lifelong speech impediment and was horrified of public speaking.

Through extensive training from Lionel Logue (played by Rush), King George was able to overcome his impediment enough to give a moving radio speech to the English people. What stood out for me in the documentary was the fact that scholars today believe that the King’s speech impediment actually turned out to be a positive instead of a negative. FULL POST

Posted 9/8/14 at 5:12 PM | Barry Bowen

What Happened to Common Decency? Internet Trolls Hate Truett Cathy

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Christian businessman Truett Cathy died this morning. Chick-fil-A's Facebook page reports, "Grieving the loss of our founder Truett Cathy, who passed away today. He was 93. Please keep the Cathy family in your prayers."

Thousands of the restaurant chain's fans have praised Cathy for developing a popular chicken sandwich and for sticking to his Christian principles.

Meanwhile a smaller number of critics revealed disgust on social media because Cathy was a supporter of traditional marriage and donated to Family Research Council. Here is a sample of criticism on Twitter:

As Christians we can pray for the people making these disparaging remarks. God can change their hearts. FULL POST

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