Choose the Perfect Outfit for Your Sales Team With These Four Tips

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

If your business uses a door-to-door sales crew, you have to think carefully about what your team wears. When someone is knocking at someone else’s door trying to sell something, they need to be disarming, convincing and professional, and the right clothes can help. Wondering what your staff should wear in the field? Here are some tips to consider: 1. Choose professionalism over individualism. Arguably when someone is trying to pitch a product, they should feel comfortable and confident, and wearing their own clothes could help with that. However, when a prospective client is opening their door to someone on your team, you want to reassure them that the salesperson is a professional and certainly not a scam artist. To that end, your sales crew should always wear a uniform rather than their own street clothing. 2. Integrate your logo. To assure clients that the person standing in front of them is from an established and reputable company, your logo should appear on all of your business uniforms. This also helps to brand your company. In many cases, people at the door may say no but change their minds later. If they spent the entire pitch seeing the logo on your salesperson’s outfit, they will be more likely to remember your company name and be able to contact you. 3. Make it attractive. Even though you are not outfitting your employees in their own clothes, you still want to ensure they feel attractive and confident. To that end, opt for a few different styles of uniforms. That way, everyone is more likely to have an option that feels comfortable to them. For example, offer both long trousers and skirts, fitted shirts and loose shirts, sweaters as well as blazers or similar types of options. If possible, talk to your employees as you decide on your uniform and get them involved in the process. 4. Balance professionalism with approachability. As stated above, you want your sales crew to look professional at the door. However, you also don’t want them to appear unapproachable to potential clients. To that end, you need to strike a balance between these two elements. For example, rather than dressing your sales staff in suits, put them in polo shirts. However, also remember to play to your area — a sales team that visits businesses may need a more formal uniform than a sales team to knocks on residential doors. For more information, contact a custom uniforms business....

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What Type of Company Needs a Live Answering Service?

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

A live answering service can be a great choice for a variety of different companies; this type of service answers your phones when you’re away and may provide their service on weekends, holidays, and the like. Not every company may need a live answering service for after hours or for hours when it’s expected that a business will be closed, but there are many companies that can benefit from a live answering service. Note a few of those here so you can determine if this is the right choice for you. If your customers are likely to go elsewhere Many customers or clients who call to ask a question about your product or service may decide to go elsewhere if they don’t get an immediate answer; if you sell items online, they may find those items at a different website just as quickly and easily. If you perform a service in your local area and there are other companies that provide this same service, your clients might hang up and call another company just as quickly when they don’t get an answer. If you have such a business, where you have lots of competition and customers or clients who can easily frequent that competition if they don’t get a quick answer on the phone, it’s good to have a live answering service. If your customer base needs an immediate response A lawyer may be able to call a client back when it’s convenient, but if you’re a doctor or dentist, a bail bondsperson, or someone whose clients need an immediate response, you want a live answering service. They can reassure your clients that you are readily available and then determine if you should be called and alerted to your clients’ needs or if a call can be forwarded to a partner or otherwise handled quickly. If you have a worldwide customer base A time zone difference can be very difficult to juggle if you have a worldwide customer base. Your customers in another country may not appreciate having to call in the middle of their nighttime just to get an answer from customer service, or they may realise that your company is not as worldwide as you advertise when they can never get an answer when they call. If you sell products online or have business contacts in other countries for any reason, it’s good to have a live answering service that can operate 24 hours per day in order to make all your customers happy, not just local...

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How Can Stainless Steel Rust?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

You might think that any stainless steel products should never rust, but occasionally this does happen. This could be due to a number of different situations and you should talk to your fabricator to see what can be done to alleviate this risk. Choosing the Initial Materials Take a careful look at the supply chain in the first instance. Ask your fabricator to ascertain whether the proper stainless steel grade has been initially chosen for your job. Not only this, but your finished surface has to be correctly identified too. The surface will be more resistant to corrosion if it is highly polished. Specialist expertise is needed during the selection of the abrasive grade used in the creation of the finished surface. Carbon Steel What you may think appears to be rusting of the actual stainless steel itself, may well be carbon contamination instead. When wire brushes are used and grinding dust is in place, this situation can materialise. If any carbon steel fabrication needs to be done as an integral part of any stainless steel work, then these two separate jobs should be done in different locations. If this simply isn’t possible, careful cleaning operations must be implemented, so the machine is ready before the second process begins. Stainless steel should also be covered with some plastic coating, to protect it before work commences. Care During Welding If your fabrication shop requires some welding during certain stages, then a specific treatment will have to be applied at the finish. Welding produces oxidation and a condition known as “heat tint.” An oxidised surface will be less resistant to rust than the material that is adjacent to it. In these cases, special cleaning operations will need to be engaged, using pastes, sprays, gels, and brushes. Care During Transportation The fabricator should also ensure that care is taken once the work is out of their hands and the steel has to be protected as it moves from the workshop to the client. As an example, should the stainless steel come into contact with any commonplace brick or masonry cleaning products, then immediate contamination is likely, as these products usually contain muriatic acid. Aftercare Finally, as the end user, you also have a duty of care if you want to prevent rusting issues. Just make sure you clean the stainless steel regularly using warm water and soap, followed by a rinse with clear water. If you have to choose something extra for stubborn stains, make sure the polish used is...

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Common Types of Corrugated Cardboard Boxes You Can Choose From

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Corrugation in the packaging industry refers to the construction of a packaging material that is made from three different layers. The middle layer that is fluted or folded is held between two flat layers. Different corrugated cardboard boxes are available for different purposes. This article discusses some of the common kinds of corrugated boxes that you can select from based on your packaging needs. Telescope Corrugated Cardboard Boxes Telescope corrugated cardboard boxes usually have a top and a bottom section. The top section or cover fits over the bottom part of the box. The top section may at times cover more than two thirds of the bottom section. This type of box is commonly used to package few retail items, such as a pair of shoes. The advantage of this type of box design is that, because the bottom is slightly smaller than the top (rather than the same size), it can be stacked without a serious risk of damaging the contents. Slider Corrugated Cardboard Boxes Slider corrugated cardboard boxes also have two parts. However, they differ from telescope boxes in the way the two parts come together once an item is placed inside the box. One part of the slider corrugated cardboard box is slotted horizontally, and it slips onto the second component which is somewhat tray-like. This type of box allows manufacturers to package fancy items, such as top of the range perfumes and gift items, in a way that will be attractive to customers. Full Overlap Corrugated Cardboard Boxes Full overlap corrugated cardboard boxes have four flaps at their top and bottom. At least two of the flaps extend to the entire width of the box, while the other two may extend the entire width or just partway. This enables the box to withstand any rough handling that the package may be subjected to during transportation and storage. These boxes are ideal for heavy products, such as refrigerators. Slotted Corrugated Cardboard Boxes Slotted corrugated cardboard boxes are the most common type of box available on the market. This may be due to the ease with which they can be assembled for use. The box is made from one piece of corrugated cardboard that has been glued or taped together at the different joints. The box is then flattened for easy transportation and storage. These boxes have four flaps at the top and at the bottom. Slotted corrugated cardboard boxes are versatile and can be used to package small or large items. Deciding which type of corrugated cardboard box is right for you is just one of the steps that you need to follow as you choose a packaging material. You also have to think about the impact resistance of the box, the type of printing suitable for that product and the flute style. Discuss all these parameters with a packaging professional from a company like Ragi...

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How To Prevent Moss From Colonising Your New Roll On Lawn

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

A new roll on lawn out front can provide your home with instant kerb appeal, but moss growth can be a real nuisance that can quickly spoil the look of your lovely new grass.  Here’s a guide on how to prevent moss from forming in your new turf. What causes moss? Moss usually colonises lawns that are not well-maintained or are in poor condition.  Ideal conditions for moss include the following: worn out turf in areas of heavy foot traffic areas where grass cover is thin following drought conditions heavily compacted soil shade waterlogged areas infertile soil acidic soil How to prevent moss Reduce areas of heavy shading by cutting back overhanging trees and bushes.   Prevent soil compaction beneath the lawn by aerating it a couple of times each year.  If you have a small lawn, you can do this by spiking the turf with a garden fork.  For larger areas, you might need to hire a mechanical slitter from a tool hire shop.  Aeration is important, as it allows the grass roots to expand and spread, creating a thicker, lusher lawn.   If your soil is very heavy, try using a mechanical hollow-tining machine every autumn to remove small plugs of soil.  Brush an equal mix of peat, sharp sand, and sandy loam over the lawn to replace the plugs and break up the soil.   Avoid mowing your lawn too severely as this can expose the grass roots to the drying effects of the sun, causing the lawn to thin out.   If you have very acid soil, apply garden lime as per the manufacturer’s instructions every year.  Garden lime helps to reduce acidity and therefore discourages the growth of moss.   In the spring and autumn, it’s a good idea to rake over the lawn with a spring-tined rake.  This helps to remove thatch and other organic debris that could provide a food supply for mosses.   In the spring and autumn, apply a lawn fertiliser and moss killer (available from garden centres).  These can be obtained in water-in form or as pellets that can be distributed by hand or via an automatic roller scattering machine.  The fertiliser will help to feed the grass and encourage growth, while the moss killer will see off any moss spores that might be lurking amongst the grass. In conclusion You can prevent moss from forming in your new roll on lawn by following the guidelines given above.  For more advice on keeping your new turf in great condition, have a chat with your roll on lawn...

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Bored Of Your Timeworn Patio? 4 Inspiring Strategies To Sweeten Your Patio’s Appearance Instantly

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

Patios represent a phenomenal outdoor living proposition, but ever so often, they can start to look dull and timeworn. This is enough to bring down both your patio’s appearance and your mood, so follow these inspiring strategies to sweeten the appearance of your patio. Refresh With A Coat Of Exterior-Grade Paint While outdoor patios are extensions of indoor living areas, keep in mind that the paint needed for these areas must be able to withstand tough weather conditions. Exterior-grade paint is an excellent way to refurbish the look of your patio, while offering it a long-term and durable colour solution. Adding paint to walls can dramatically enrich the look of your patio area to create a highly appealing visual transformation. You can choose earthen tones to blend in with your surroundings or you can choose bright colours to create vivid living spaces. Add A Gloss Finish To Flooring Dull wooden patio floors can dramatically be spruced up using glossy wood stain finishes available at most home improvement stores. These are typically easy to apply for the DIY enthusiast. Gloss wooden finishes lend an opulent look to patios and are supremely easy for you to undertake on your own, so you don’t have to worry about investing in professional labour. You can opt for different gloss finishes to resonate with your existing patio d├ęcor, creating a cohesive look with luxurious appeal at the helm.  Dress Up Old Furniture Old furniture can look dull and boring in outdoor patios, so simple changes can dramatically change the way your outdoor space looks. For instance, replacing old furniture covers with new ones will give a revamped appearance. Similarly, adding varnish to faded wood chairs will make them look near new once again. Whether you decide to redo upholstery or add different finishes to your existing furniture, dressing them up will make patios more inviting and warm. Fabricate Visual Appeal With A Focal Point A focal point can dramatically fool the eye to make any space more inviting, so consider adding one to your old patio to instantly uplift its appearance. For instance, bright feature walls or fireplaces are interesting focal points for drawing the eye and they will make your patio seem more appealing. You can also create focal points with furniture like vintage dining tables and large chairs. The idea is to create visual interest to make your patio seem more exciting when you’re using it, whether it is in summer or winter. Follow these inspiring strategies in your quest to spruce up the appearance of your patio....

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