Archive for June 27, 2015

Natural Anti-Ageing Cream – A Business Venture Deeply Rooted On Natural Anti-Oxidants

According to Transparency Market Research, the global market for organic personal care products is expected to reach more than US$13 billion in 2012 and organic skincare products will account for at least a third of the revenue. Natural and organic personal skincare products particularly Natural Anti-Ageing Cream is a business venture that is deeply rooted to ancient indigenous practices.

In biology, oxidation is a part of the ageing process and to help slow down ageing, anti-oxidants are used in Natural Anti-Ageing Cream to help in neutralizing the molecules that cause oxidation at a cellular level. For example, if lemon is spritzed on apple slices, it can prevent them from turning brown. By using the anti-oxidant Vitamin C in the lemon juice, oxidation and ageing can be slowed down. In the world of skincare, anti-oxidants can help fight the damage caused by factors like sun, smoke and air pollution.

Pigments that give plants their color or flavonoids have anti-oxidant properties. Since fruits and vegetables have deeper colors, it means they contain more flavonoids and more anti-oxidant activities. Blueberries are considered as the super food that is rich in Vitamin A and C including anthocyanin flavonoids. However, not all people have access to wild crow berries which has more anthocyanin flavonoids than blueberries that are commercially available.

On the other hand, selling Natural Anti-Ageing Cream is more challenging because the results cannot be seen overnight. Organic skin care products for the treatment of acne have immediate visible results. For products designed to slow down the ageing process, a certain amount of trust is involved. Ageing is not usually present on the skin alone but it involves the muscles. If the right product is chosen, it can protect and nourish.

Sparck sisters Cika, Michelle and Amy are members of the Qissunamiut Tribe who grew up picking berries near Chevak on the tundra of Western Alaska. Everything that was gathered was either for food or medicine because traditionally, tundra plants had healing properties. The sisters started developing a line of skincare products based on the natural ingredients that were harvested from the tundra.

Fireweed became an astringent and moisturizer while crow berries became anti-oxidants. These products became the best and most potent of Alaska in a bottle.

Why Gravure Packaging Acquired Australian Packaging

Paper Mart packaging is a 4th generation family owned business that provides the largest discount packaging in the United States for retail, food and other industries. On the other side of the world, there is also Australian packaging that predominantly provides for the food and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries.

Gravure packaging is a Wellington-based flexible packaging specialist that has recently purchased Sydney-based Australian Packaging for business expansion. Australian Packaging has flexographic printing, solvent-less lamination and perforation processes that would complement Gravure’s expertise. Australian Packaging will also deliver a proven customer base composed mainly of domestic and international airlines.

One of the strongest portfolios of Australian packaging is its pie wrapping and high quality laminates for the snack food sector. The market for its food and FMCG packaging stretches into New Celedonia ad Fiji with one of the most recognized brands being Mrs. Mac’s. The acquisition of Australian Packaging will open up new technology for both packaging companies while providing an opportunity to cross-sell on both sides of Tasman.

There are a number of similarities between the two companies from size to its existence of about 30 years. Like Paper Mart in the US, both businesses are also family owned. The complimentary product lines will bring more strength to their overall capabilities. Since most of the staff of Australian Packaging will be retained, they will mirror what has been established in the managerial structure of Gravure. This will also ensure a smooth transition in all areas of the business.

After the transition, the interaction between the two companies will be examined from an administrative point of view to ensure that both companies will work well in the immediate future. The previous owners of Australian Packaging have long wanted to retire and the approach of Gravure was closer to their hearts. This can be considered as a responsible sale because it means that the future of the business will be secure and the long term relationships among the employees will be maintained.

There is enormous potential growth in the food packaging sector because people will continue eating no matter what happens. Personalized pre-packaged products will continue to survive and thrive.

Millions Of Dollars Saved On The Refurbishment Of Governor Office With Help From Prison Labor

Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey state had found a way to save money. Now, they would not need to import office desks in Sydney or any other office furniture as they have now relied on prison labor to refurbish the Governor’s Office.

The inmates in New Jersey prisons have been repairing office furniture for the state for many years now and this past spring, they have added another client to their list: Governor Chris Christie.

This was confirmed by a spokesperson via email the good office of Christie that they had commissioned prison labor during the past months to help refurbish the existing furniture found inside the governor’s office. This would not only include desks and chairs but credenzas and tables for personnel as well.

Although the office of the governor had declined to make a comment, they had instead shared how the state had benefitted with ‘significant savings’ due to the prison labor program. Spokesman, Joe Perone, said that annually, they spend about $6 million to $12 million on the furniture alone but when they sought the aid of the prison labor program, the costs would significantly be reduced to $2 million while the cost for refurbishing is at $50 thousand. Perone said that the program first began with former Democrat Governor Jon Corzine.

DEPTCOR, or the otherwise known prison labor program, is aimed at helping the incarcerated get trained during their incarceration. According to the DEPTCOR website, their main purpose is to provide inmates viable and real-world opportunities that would help get them meaningful employments upon their release. The program is also voluntary which means that none of the inmates are being forced on labor.

Refurbishment is not the only thing in the DEPTCOR; inmates can also engage in making food items as well as construction units. Only the state institutions are allowed to place orders on the program, the state has strictly prohibited the public from making any purchases in DEPTCOR; this was made to prevent any competitions from commercialized companies.

Inmates will also receive a fraction of the state minimum wage that can range from $1.30 to $10 a day.