10 09 13

customizable trading pins to reward employees
Reward employees for a job well done
It’s about 3:00 PM and you look around in your office and everyone just has a “burnt out” look, and production starts going down. It’s perfectly normal to see the office dragging a bit during certain hours of the day or later in the week. That’s why so many companies do incentives or have commission based programs to keep their employees working hard all day every day.

Many companies have monthly goals for their employees to work towards with some kind of incentive like extra money or a gift card to a place. Or sometimes an office competition is the right amount of office motivation to get your employees working hard. You need to be careful though to make the incentive worthwhile to make your employees excited about it. No one wants to work hard for something cheesy.

Throughout this article you will get some ideas of what to do to help your employees have fun and work harder in the office.

Candy Bars

This is a very simple and inexpensive incentive that you can offer your employees. You obviously want to make this something for a afternoons worth of work or something simple like that. Odds are if you use a candy bar to try and encourage people for a months’ worth of work it’s not going to get the results you’re looking for. However, this is a perfect little thing to give your employees during a afternoon competition. You could also use soda or something else like that, just swing by a gas station during your lunch break and grab something for your office.

Gift Cards

This is a great goal that you can set for your entire office for a monthly incentive. If you have an office that thrives off of numbers or new clients you can set goals for individual employees. For example let your employees know that if they get 100 new clients then you will give them a gift card to their favorite restaurant good for a dinner of two. Its not much but it is something that will get your employees to work harder. Plus incentives like this gain steam in the office when people talk around the water cooler. Your employees will want to work harder because they are not going to be out done by their coworkers or seem less valuable to the boss. .

Business Apparel

This could be a way to promote company loyalty and make people. If you offer to get some people some company jackets, shirts or some customizable trading pins then your employees can get some company gear they will wear outside of the office and then that turns into free advertising and could even get you a couple new customers.


Who doesn’t love a little bit of cash? This one is about as simple as it gets and can be what most people in the office wants. That is the reason why they are working in the first place. You can offer to stick and extra 200 dollars in their paycheck if they reach their goals. You want to make sure that it is enough to encourage your employees to work harder to make sure they are getting their numbers and an extra handful of cash.

Make sure you talk to all your employees to get an idea of what each one wants and what would be the best possible ideas for your employees. If you listen to them then they will feel like you value their opinion and then you can build better relationships with your office and that in turn gets your office to work harder.

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Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing, if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels.

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27 08 13

I am a follower of Lynn Serafinn, one of a very few marketers I take time out to follow and read blog posts. She is always informative and instructional. Someone to aspire to imitate.

I have commented about spammers, spam comments and spam followers. I have included plugins to help alleviate the tedious task of reviewing comments and new members.

Rather than rewrite the educational information for you, my wonderful readers, I have decided to share a link to Lynn’s blog post here. The following link opens in a new tab or window depending on how you have set up your browser.

This topic of Spammers is multi part.

Invasion of the Blog Snatchers

I appreciate the work of those who I feel are excellent mentors in their fields. I am an avid reader, listener, teacher, and guide.

Thank you for sharing your comments and getting involved in the discussion. I believe marketing should be ethical.

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26 08 13

Point of sale refers to the moment when items, goods or services are purchased in the form of money, ATM card or credit card. When you do sales transaction in grocery stores, malls and department store establishment, you are part of what we call the procedure of the Point of Sale systems.

See more about point of sales systems at Retail Express

POS systems or point of sales systems are generally composed of software and hardware. The software includes the operating system that runs the core of the hardware and the business software that operates the procedural part of the stores business transactions.

The hardware or the computer equipment includes the display screen or monitors, cash drawer, receipt printer, bar code scanner and the computer server. The hardware is run by a POS systems software. POS systems is a kind of retail sales management software that is usually tailor fitted to suit the business procedure of specific trading company. This system is mostly used by department stores, groceries and other businesses that sell consumer goods. These are also used by service related trades such as salons, restaurants and other related services that normally requires payments at the end of each business transactions. Most of the time POS software systems are referred to as a computerized cash register.

Learn more about POS systems.

POS software shares one common goal in any retail trade business and that is to maximize control of the company’s inventory and sales management procedures. POS systems should accept different methods of payments such as debit and credit cards, cash or check. This gives the customer options on how to pay for services and goods that he had purchased. Of course the system should have a refund function to eliminate the hassle of manual return of goods.

The system should also be configured to have an inventory software program to enable the customer to check from the store’s online terminal the availability of the product that they want. With this kind of software, the store and its customers save time and money in purchasing the goods that they want.

POS system relieves the business owner of the load on inventory and accounting when pricing and discounts are coordinated. With the use of a bar code reader, the POS system would immediately know whether the goods being purchased is on sale or are discounted. An inventory software program is an important part of the POS system. This refers to business applications designed to trace and manage product sales, material or stock purchases, delivery of goods, and other consumer related business procedures that in one way or another affects the distribution of the company’s goods to the customers.

Inventory software also helps businesses bring in the materials they need to produce finished products for customers. Inventory software programs often use bar codes or other identifier tracking system to give a complete count of the shipping and storage segments of the production process.

Inventory software allows the company to determine when a shipment of materials or goods will arrive, how long it will stay in the production process, and how fast the finished product would leave the premises of the company to be delivered to the end user. Inventory software in short improves the overall production process of any company.

More about inventory software at Retail Express’s Blog.

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23 08 13

Point of Sale Systems for inventory management
Inventory Management
POS or PoS is an acronym for Point of Sale a term that is descriptive of a retail shop or retail store, its check-out counter and the location where the purchase transaction between the cashier and the customer is completed. Point of Sale can also mean the actual hardware and software that is the component of POS systems. The hardware may consist of cash register systems, touch screen display monitors, barcode scanners, receipt printers, scales and pole displays. The software may include inventory management programs, sales and stock retrieval programs and other software that are common to service oriented, retail and manufacturing businesses.

Learn more about Point of Sale at Retail Express

The point of sale system has come a long way from the old crank type mechanical cash registers used during the first half of the century. These old cash registers recorded data on paper tapes or journal tapes and required some kind of transcription for the information to be converted into an accounting based report. This type of mechanical register evolved into an electrical driven unit but still had the same old system of printing out accounting reports.

If you are ready to learn more about inventory management, click here to read about Point of Sale Systems.

It was in 1973 that a new breed of cash register was created. These new point of sale systems were computerized registers able to transmit business transactions to a personal computer, providing a daily transactions summary printout.

During the 80s and the 90s a new addition to the intelligent cash register was produced. The credit card processing machines. This invention made it easier for consumers to pay for the goods and services purchased.

Today Point of Sale systems incorporate various forms of business operations and transactions of purchased goods and services.

One of the most important components of a PoS system is inventory management. Inventory management is the process of efficiently overseeing the constant in and out flow of products or items of an existing inventory. Any miscalculations could mean disastrous results for the company.

Balancing the various task of inventory management means knowing the basic aspects of the system. Be aware of the supplier’s timetable in processing orders and delivering them. Know how long an inventory item would stay in the inventory list and when to place an order for fresh stocks.

Inventory management is not limited to managing the delivery and the movement of goods to and from the warehouse, but also the movement of those materials as they go through the various stages of the store’s operation. This is known as goods or work in progress inventory. This is merely tracking materials as they are used to create finished goods.

The tracking of goods enables inventory managers to adjust ordering and releasing materials or products to prevent stock inventory from becoming to high or to low.

To learn more about POS visit Retail Express’s Blog.

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22 08 13

A business is nothing without its customers. Customers, however, might be a little difficult to attract. Potential patrons may have scores of other shops and businesses they could spend their money on. Therefore, it is up to the business to take a few extra steps to draw in those much needed customers in Utah. Here are six extremely helpful means of achieving just such a goal.

Be As Personable As Possible

Basically, you do want to take time out to get to know your customers. This way, they become frequent customers. More importantly, they will speak highly of your business and their recommendations will aid in drawing more customers to your establishment. Consider implementing some sort of customer feedback program.

Offer Great Deals and Discounts

Lower costs are always appealing. When special offers, deals and discounts are offered, the eyes of potential customers will be captured. Once they have entered into the store to take advantage of the deals and discounts, they may be suitably impressed to become regular patrons. The 80/20 rule is often cited when it comes to discussions about business success. This rule means 80% of your sales comes from 20% of your customers. Offering special deals might help you boost those much needed sale numbers. Offer special deals over social media and text to get new customers.

Allow Your Customers to Know You Are There to Help Them

You do not want to just make a sale for the bucks. You also want to convey that you are in business to help people who walk into your establishment. Once this sentiment is conveyed, customers might end up becoming very loyal to your business.

Improve the Look of the Exterior of the Business

No one is going to be in much of a rush to enter into a business if the exterior is lacking. Simply calling a commercial window cleaning service might be more than enough to make the exterior inviting. Commercial cleaning service professionals can help a business much more than you would initially think. A welcoming store has the potential to be very successful. Some may even wish to go the next step which would be to redesign it or decorate it. So be it! This might be a very helpful tactic as well.

Be Original and Specific

Boring, generic advertising campaigns may be able to effectively convey what product or service your business deals in, these campaigns are not exactly very captivating. By getting across what it is that makes your business special, you just might draw in more customers. If you’re a software business, find your target niche and work to attract them over social media and through SEO. Target your marketing campaigns at specific markets.

Never Be Shy To Flaunt Your Positive Points

As the saying goes, it is never bragging when what you are saying is true. If there is something very special about your business, you definitely want to make sure the world knows about it.

Author Bio:

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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