Access More Customers With Merchant Accounts

 photo MarchantAccount_zps9440640f.jpg Blog submitted by Charge, a respected provider of merchant account services. Gain the capacity to accept credit cards. Why are merchant accounts so important? Because the number of people who still carry cash in their wallets or purses is shrinking more and more every day. Some people just don’t want to be bothered with trips to the bank to withdraw, or with having to carry around a mini wad of bills, much less heavy and tinkling coins. If you don’t already have a merchant account, you’re most likely missing out on a lot of customers. If few people are carrying around any cash at all, the odds that many of them will have enough to buy everything they’d like at your store is not very high. Diversifying the payment types you can accept is crucial. Gain the ability for efficient credit card processing. Fo

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Signs the ecconomy may be recovering

 photo 5619840893_5fac435384_zps05e18721.jpg Article by Robert Minassian of Latest Financial Info From underwear sales to coffee sales, below are some of the stranger signs that the economy may be recovering in 2011: Coffee Sales When people don't have money they drink less coffee at the local cafes.  Recently, coffee store sales have been picking up.  Starbucks' net revenues increased 9.5% in 2010, after falling 6% in 2009. Men's Underwear Sales When it's tougher to find jobs, men wait longer to replace their underwear, and sales -- usually very stable -- fell nearly 2.5% in 2009. Now they've started to stabilize. But, much like the unemployment rate, it's likely to take a few years to recover to pre-recession levels. Internet Searched for Unemployment The number of Internet searches for "unemployment benefits," "unemploymen

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Making the Most of Customer Service

One of everyone’s most frustrating experiences is dealing with poorly trained, less-than-motivated, and often distant-sounding customer service representatives. Sometimes I hesitate to make a purchase at the thought that I might have to return the item and be forced to navigate the muddy waters of the customer-service return process. The following experience illustrates the benefit of taking a step back and looking at the situation from a mediator’s perspective. I had changed apartments and asked my local phone carrier to transfer the number. Soon after I moved I got an offer from a long-distance carrier to switch, and I accepted it. I then ordered new business cards with my new address and phone number, and left for an overdue vacation. Two weeks later I returned home – tan, but listening to the sound of silence whenever I picked up the receiver. Initial calls (from my cell phone) to the local and long-distance carriers went unreturn

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Shipping Cargo Internationally for the First Time

When you need to move freight over seas, the process is not like moving something to the next town or the next state. Conditions aboard a freighter are extreme, and even cargo that has been secured runs the risk of falling over board. In addition to personnel and transit costs, you will need cargo containers for sale to move stock. In order to make sure that your cargo gets to its destination, arrives on time, and that your company suffers minimal loss on the transaction, read these tips. Be Ready for Transport The best thing you can do is prepare for the move in any way that you can. The day of the move, drivers should have to do little more than load your crate. Make sure all of your stock is accounted for, and inside the intermodal container. At this point, all of your customs paper work should be completed. You are typically charged by the hour to move stock, so you can begin to minimize losses right from the start if you’re ready to move when the time comes. Prepare Containers for Extreme Weather Shipping containers are built to weather a variety of conditions, but you need to make

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Discovery Communications Corporate History

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham Discovery Communications is a mass media company located in Maryland. Discovery was a single channel back in 1985, a documentary-based channel showing video footage based on popular science of the day. It was primarily non-fiction programming, which is slightly different from their focus today. DCI has 28 different brands that it manages, which include over 100 channels that broadcast in 39 different languages in 180 different countries. Discovery used to produce and air primarily non-fiction. That is still a component of what they do today, but they also boost their lineup with adventure-type shows and fitness programming. DCI is also responsible for the Random House book label, which is the largest general book publisher in the world. In the early days Discovery broadcast the Soviet equivalent to Time magazine, “Vremya,” to keep its lights on. The now famous Shark Week got its start in 1988, while the Christian Science Monitor produced a show called World Monitor. These shows explored the natural world, but the focus shifted during the early 2000s

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How a DDoS Works

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham If you have been paying attention to news lately, you’ll notice that the term “DDoS” continues to crop up. The most recent DDoS attacks have been focused on gaming websites, but YouTube and other major outlets have suffered them as well. It is not a hack, per say, but it is an attack. DDoS Explained A distributed denial of service attack, or DDoS, is an attempt at shutting a service out from using the Internet. Its goal is to interrupt access to something, and involve more than one person in almost every case. DDoS attacks have become more recent, especially in eCommerce and gaming. How it Works In a DDoS attack, the perpetrator runs a program that is designed to access multiple terminals. The attacker can then use those machines to access a website. When a website is accessed, it must broadcast its data over a set bandwidth. If too many machines attempt to access a site, or overload the server with requests to access a site, the site shuts down. Who Carries Out DDoS Attacks DDoS attacks have been called

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Waste Management Corporate History

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham Harm Huizenga started making his living as a garbage collector, hauling loads off on a cart for $1.25 per wagon full. Business was good enough to pass onto others in the family, and by 1968, Wayne Huizenga had turned Waste Management into a full-fledged company. He built the business by being aggressive. He purchased stake in other garbage collection companies in his areas, slowly buying up territories and work crews. Within its first four years, Waste Management had made a series of 133 acquisitions worth roughly $82 million in revenue. The company quickly amassed over 60,000 commercial customers and 600,000 residential ones. Waste Management officially became the largest waste hauler in the country when it acquired SCA in the 1980s. The company had some accounting problems during the years of 1992 to 1997. It cooked its own books in an effort to hide expenses, but with a CEO change in 1997, the company reformed its ways and changed its name to WMX Technologies. Part of that recovery involved new technology, safety standards and operational practices. Shares in the comp

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The Broom Closet that Started Papa John’s

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham John Schnatter had a plan when he took over the broom closet of his father’s tavern in 1983. He wanted to start his own business selling pizza to the patrons of the bar. Located in Jefferson, Indiana, Mick’s Lounge was the first place one could find a slice of Papa John’s. John got the money by selling his 1971 Camaro, a now famous story. The value was $1600, good enough to get a few pieces of used pizza making equipment and get the ball rolling. Within one year of selling pizzas, he’d rented the space next door to his father’s tavern. Papa Johns didn’t become America’s fourth largest pizza takeout chain overnight, although it sometimes feels that way. A lawsuit filed by Pizza Hut in 1997 challenged some of Papa John’s advertising. Perhaps you recall the comparison of ingredients, stating that “Fresher is Better.” Not according to the jury when the case went to trial. Though the ruling was overturned eventually, the original verdict stated that fresh ingredients did not necessarily guarantee a better pizza. The advertisement was ruled misleading unt

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The Creation of DC Comics

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham In February of 1935, a new magazine was hitting shelves. New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine was a creation from the mind of entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. The book came to define the size of so-called “Golden Age” comics before the label evolved into the now iconic “Action Comics.” Detective Comics debuted in 1937. It was a serial collection of mysteries that culminated in the debut of America’s favorite caped crusader, Batman. Wheeler-Nicholson was nowhere to be found by 1939. He had gotten the company into some financial troubles and had to bring on a partner just to get Detective Comics #1 published. Action Comics was first released in June of 1938, with Superman at the helm. It was the first comic to tell stories of so-called superheroes, and the company quickly tried to capitalize on this trend with new characters including Sandman. In fact, Action Comics #1 sold in 2010 to an anonymous buyer for the amount of $1 million, which was to date the largest transaction for a comic book in history. The comics industry entered the golden age and DC r

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Xiaomi History

Written by Phin Upham Started in 2011, Xiaomi is an upstart in the Chinese tech scene. The company debuted four new models of Smartphones last year, and its sales are up 150% over 2012. It has managed to craft out a chunk of the market with feature-rich devices that are affordable. Xiaomi is a hot selling brand. One of its runs sold out of its production of 100,000 Smartphones in less than two minutes. The company manages to stoke the fires with flash sales, where they take a razor thin margin of profits in place of a larger market segment. Then they make their true income downstream through the sale of software on their devices. The founder, Lei Jun, is often compared to Steve Jobs for his presence. His business model however is very different from Apple’s. Apple makes most of its money from the sale of devices, then attempts to corner the market on media and takes a commission on software sales. Xiaomi makes almost all of its revenues through the sale of software. Revenue from 2013 hit $5.2 billion, which is another substantial bump in profits. It’s also enough to propel the business into new territories

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Preparing Freight for Shipment

Containers have changed modern shipping for the better, allowing manufacturers and farmers to reach a wider customer base. However, great thought goes into these shipping lanes. Breaking the cold chain, for instance, can result in huge losses. Here is a list of tips to help you prepare your freight for shipment, and identify which containers will work best for you. Perishable Cargo If you’re shipping items like fruits and vegetables, you need to be sure your stock will remain at a consistent temperature. Breaking the cold chain is one of the primary reasons farmers claim losses in their stock. Buy shipping containers that have refrigeration units mounted to the outside. These air conditioner like units help to regulate the interior of the container. These containers also have thick insulation designed to keep cool air in and force warm air out. Maintaining the cold chain is also required through regulation. It’s considered unsafe to ship without adequate refrigeration, and the consumer can be harmed in the process. Loading Concerns Sometimes, access is key to maintaining efficiency. For this reason, used shipping containers for sale

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Comcast Corporate Bio

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham Comcast is the single biggest cable company as measured by revenue, and it also offers telephone and Internet service. It services residential clients that live in 40 different states around the United States, and its headquarters are in Pennsylvania. Comcast owns a large share of channels available on television in addition to its services. It operates E! Entertainment Network, the Golf Channel and NBCSN. It also operates Telemundo, the popular Spanish-language station, and holds Universal Pictures as well. The company began life in 1963, after Ralph J. Roberts purchased American Cable Systems. The purchase price was $500,000 for the small cable network that had five channels to its name in Tupelo, Mississippi. Within six years, the company was incorporated under a new name: Comcast Corporation (a portmanteau of “Communications” and “Broadcast.”) Ralph was succeeded by his son Brian in February of 1990. By then, Comcast had managed to become a mobile phone operator and had increased its subscriber base to just over 1 million. Brian made a series of aggressive

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Camden Property Trust Company Profile

This article was written by Samuel Phineas Upham When an investor owns any property for the purposes of rental income, he or she typically enlists the help of a management company to keep an eye on the place. These companies deal with issues that arise from the tenant, like repairs that need to be made, and they take care of rent collection. Camden Property Trust is one such organization, based out of Houston Texas. It owns a total of 180 apartment complexes consisting of over 62,000 units. It completed its initial public offering in 1993, and made its first acquisition in 1997. The company had a predecessor founded in 1982 by Ric Campo and Keith Oden. It began at the height of the housing boom in Texas, which was directly linked to the oil bust that was imminent in the mid-1980s. When the bust went down, the company converted its holdings (primarily condominiums) into apartments. Camden focuses on maintaining homes all across the nation, and providing high-quality service to the tenants who live there. It has a work force measuring 1,800 employees, and it was voted one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For by F

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