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Private Owned Vehicles In Singapore Must Have Decals

Starting the first day of July this year, all private owned vehicles in Singapore must display the required decals on the windscreens of their cars.

The decal display is made of plastic and is 14 cm by 10 cm in size. This is approximately two times a road tax disc’s size. The decals are required to be placed on the front windscreen as well as on the rear.

The decal cannot be tampered with because police officers and authorities will be able to distinguish a decal that has been removed and put back in place.

According to LTA or Land Transport Authority, the requirement of the decals is done in order for registered cars under private ownership to be easily recognized. Authorities will be able to conduct any search and questioning for vehicles that are utilized as chauffeured services or hired in any way by hailing passengers on the road.

Owners of private vehicles should register their car before February 28 in order to get the tampered-evident decals for free. After that date, registering owners will have to pay a fee of $20 for a pair of decals.

For the front windscreen, the decal must be placed at the upper right corner while on the rear windscreen the decal must be positioned at the upper left corner.

Owners of private vehicles may not get a copy of their decals from authorized locations only – Uber, Grab affixing centers, STA inspection centers and Vicom/JIC inspection centers. They will also be the one to affix the decals on the cars.

Private vehicles without the decals will be violating the Road Traffic Act though the agency hasn’t released a guideline regarding the penalties yet.

During regular vehicle inspection, the decals will be part of the car which will be inspected as well. Road tax will not be subject for renewal unless owners have acquired their decals.

All owners of registered private vehicles have already been notified via mail and the number is approximately around 30,000.

Car signs in Sydney are also a common thing though most vehicle wrapping covers the entire vehicle unlike the decals which are quite small and can be passed off as a parking sticker.

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Survey Indicates More People Are Saving For The Holidays

According to a rewards program site, 34 percent of its users are already saving up for holidays although Black Friday, Christmas and New Year’s are still so far.

The survey was participated by around twenty-six thousand users of Swagbucks. 15% of these surveyed users have already started saving since January. 18% of these surveyed users have started saving since June. While another 21% of these surveyed users will start saving by fall. However, 19% of these surveyed users do not have plans on saving for the holiday season at all.

It may still be 6 months from the holidays but intelligent shoppers are starting to prepare. These shoppers don’t want to overdo the shopping costs and expenses. From the survey, 73% of them plan to just expend the same amounts they did from last year. 40% of those surveyed plan to be on strict budgets while 24% plan to supplement their spending by using cash back sites. 20% plan to as much coupons and 10% plan to have a dedicated savings account for spending.

In terms of budget, 20% of those surveyed want to restrict spending between 100 and 250 dollars, 33% plan on spending 250 to 500 dollars and 26% plan on spending 500 to 1000 dollars.

Presents came as the 1st priority for the saving. Parents are the top responders saving followed by significant others and children. It is not only the holiday presents being saved up for. Other items on the saving lists included food, parties, decorations, holiday travel and holiday themed attires like an Ugly Christmas Sweater Sweater or tie. 46% want a budget for food, 26% for decorations and 26% for holiday travel.

In 2015, holiday sales went up by 3% to 626.1 billion dollars and non-holiday sales went up by 9% to 105 billion dollars. This is according to the National Retail Federation or NRF.

Even though most save and plan, there are still a number of shoppers who shop the last minute. NRF conducted a survey in 2015 resulting with 53.5% of buyers completing their shopping by the 15th in December with 90% of those also having holiday related things they still needed to buy.

Either way, businesses should also prepare their marketing schemes to attract these savings and budget conscious buyers.

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Why Some Stores Are Not Opening Shop on Thanksgiving Day

Holidays are just around the corner and retailers are busy planning for window displays and creating a festive atmosphere that will attract customers. Stocks, inventories, retail gift bags and gift wrapping materials are also being prepared to meet the influx of customers. National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that retail sales will rise by a modest 3% during the holiday season this year and national sales are expected to reach the $630 billion mark.

The last two months of the year are expected to make up for 19% of the industry sales for 2015. In 2014, holiday shopping grew by 4.1% because people had more money to spend. During the recession, Black Friday deals were critical because it has a tremendous impact on the way people shopped. Consumers pinched pennies and tightened their belts and whatever money they had in their pockets were used smartly.

Retailers have to prepare for the two types of shoppers: those who are looking for good deals and those who are willing to pay more for convenience. It is 44 days to go before Black Friday and it is expected that plenty of people will stand in line at stores on Thanksgiving night. Shoppers will be waddling through the parking lots with their retail gift bags overflowing with purchases. However, many people will avoid shopping during holiday weekend and will opt to watch football instead from the comfort of their living rooms.

There are retailers like Staples, GameStop, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Burlington Coat Factory and Cosco that have decided not to open shop on Thanksgiving Day. For stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, this makes sense because it is very costly to have employees report on Thanksgiving. They are high end stores and their customers are not driven by sales.

For Staples and GameStop, they want their customers and employees to enjoy Thanksgiving but their stores will be open by 6 AM on Black Friday. This stance is to protect the family during an important holiday. Consumers do not have wait for the holidays to enjoy good deals on items they want. Now you can go to JC Penney or Best Buy and find slashed prices on a Saturday or Sunday.

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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.

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Unique Items Featured In The Friends Of Warren Library Craft Sale

Libraries are an essential place for learning. When people want to learn or find something from a much more reliable source than the internet, then they can always turn to libraries. Libraries are also the perfect place where people can read and study in silence without having to worry about any type of distraction. This is the reason why libraries should always be maintained and kept functioning at full percent. Unfortunately, with the state of most libraries, this idea may not have been realized like it should have been. But one Library in Warren Town, New Jersey, is doing its best to do that.

The Friends of Warren Library have come up of a conventional way to raise money for the library’s benefit. Their main goal is to raise funds by way of special events and fundraising events.

This time, they are holding a craft show and fair. The Friends of Warren Library Craft Show & Fair will be featuring a variety of local artisans whose hand-crafted items will be up for sale. The products that will be featured in the fair will be diversified and range from cow’s milk to tasty treats as well as soap and various beauty products.

Attendees and various other people could literally find anything in the fair. There are local vendors who sell jewelry, desserts, clothes and toys. If you are a fan of the arts, you can find exquisite paintings being sold in the fair as well. Not to mention a selection of ceramics, glass and wood items which were all made by artistic hand.

According to one of the vendors who had participated in the fair, the items that are being sold there are not just for the library and for the shoppers but for the vendors as well. She said that each item being sold there has a meaning and shows the workmanship of the one who handcrafted them.

There are also items that are perfect for those who love cartoons and stuffed animals as there is a stall there that sells merchandise like My Little Pony pajamas and stuffed animals as well as cuddly bears.

The library also accepts monetary donations.

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What Happened To Black Friday 2014 Mobile Sales?

Online sales for Black Friday 2014 were an astounding success with a 20.6% increase over the previous year. This overwhelming success for US ecommerce sites was driven by mobile shopping and marketing campaigns. According to Custora E-commerce Pulse that is tracking the performance of 100 US online retail stores, over $40 billion was generated by ecommerce sites and 30.3% happened through mobile phones and devices. Statistics showed an increase of 22.5% over the 2013 Black Friday mobile sales.

Email marketing as the force behind Black Friday mobile sales

Everyone though that social media will be the driving force behind the astounding success of Black Friday mobile sales with all those tweets and social media sharing but it seemed that social media is not yet the platform for sales. Email marketing was the channel that drove sales up by 27.3% in retail with 18.9% originating from free search and 18.5% from paid search. Email marketing is a strategy that puts a message directly to the target audience. It is highly individualized and costs are relatively low. What emails do is to increase the engagement with potential customers by presenting the benefits that they will likely gain.

The battle between iPhones and Android phones

Based on the Custora report, 76.8% of mobile shopping was done through iPhone and Apple devices while only 22.7% happened on Android devices. Apple continues to dominate the American market however, the share of Android phones in the Black Friday sales were up by 15.8%. Notwithstanding the fact, that Apple and Android phones will continue to battle it out for supremacy in the mobile market, what seems more important for ecommerce sites is to optimize their sites for any platform so that they do not lose any opportunity to make a sale. Responsive website design ensures a web browsing capability that looks the same across a wide range of devices from desktop computers to mobile phones.

Internet traffic from mobile phones has showed a significant increase and many mobile users are getting comfortable using their mobile devices to browse through sites. It is foolhardy for any ecommerce site not to shift from a conventional website to a responsive web design through Exact Latitude, SEO Los Angeles.

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Tips For Businesses To Make 2015 Their Best Holiday Season Ever

Since early 2000, Black Friday has always been considered as the start of Christmas season shopping. Retailers start to offer their stuff with low, low prices and unbelievable discounts. However, Black Friday is not the only busiest time for shoppers with Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. These monikers are now household names and it means that people can now start shopping early. It is expected that you are now starting to promote your business and this is crucial to create awareness among online customers. Remember that competition is stiff and you have to put your best foot forward so that you can gain the benefits of holiday shopping.

Best advice to businesses to make 2015 their best holiday season

Stay active on social media platforms – it is for your best interests to spread your brand through social media. According to John Oechsle, the president and CEO of SwiftPage, social media provides businesses with an opportunity to interact with prospective customers who are looking at holiday recommendations on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Promote early and make use of holiday incentives to increase conversions.

Offer in-store pickup – with the recent results of Black Friday where a greater portion of sales were generated through mobile shopping, brick and mortar shops are starting to get worried that physical sales might be eclipsed by online shopping. One example of a smart strategy is in-store pickup option for online purchases. This option creates a better connection between online and in-store customer experience.

Ensure you have mobile presence – your business website must be accessible from any platform. Customers have their preferences and you need to make it easy and simple for them to shop online through their desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. It is not a secret that almost all individuals have their mobile phones and businesses should not overlook this opportunity to interact with their customers.

Freebies offer additional value – nothing can gain a customer’s attention more than the offer of a freebie. Freebies do not necessarily have to be expensive, you can offer free gift wrapping or an extended guarantee on electronic items. This will help mitigate the impact of customers comparing prices across different ecommerce sites.

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