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Inventory Management: How To Handle the Blur

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Welcome to the beginning of the Hello-it’s-Spring-no-wait-Easter-I-mean-Memorial-Day-and-what-do-we-have-where season! Are you ready for the coming sales and promos sure to boost profits into the coming summer months…and the Fourth of July…and back to school…and the never-ending … [Read more...]

Four Target Areas To Keep Your Doors Open

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Uncertain economic times helped cause a 20-point downshift in small business confidence over the last year. Approximately 60 percent of UK SBEs felt “optimistic” about their companies’ prospects in 2017 while 10 percent went to the opposite end of the spectrum and felt “pessimistic.” … [Read more...]

Reasons To Make Inventory Management Part Of Your Small Business

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László Bíró’s UK patent for the ballpoint pen turns 80. Some of us consider ourselves lucky if we can manage to keep track of the same pen for 80 days! So why do a full third of UK SBs continue to use pen-and-paper methods to keep track of their inventories? Many businesses rely on hand … [Read more...]

FMD, S4S, and ADS: The Future of Medicinal Barcodes

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9 February 2019 will bring a new level of safety into medicinal practices. On that date, the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) will go into effect. Under the FMD, all prescription medicine packs will be required to possess a unique 2D barcode that will be held in a national database. … [Read more...]

Red Saturday: Valentine’s answer to Black Friday

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Black Friday alone once signaled the start of the Christmas shopping season. Once online shopping became commonplace, we saw the inclusion of Cyber Monday. Days of deals galore dedicated to the hunt for that special something for someone to go under the tree. Then we went back to the standard … [Read more...]

How New Data Protection Will Affect Small Businesses

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Data protection measures in the EU will soon receive an upgrade more than five years in the making. As of May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect, two years after its approval by Parliament. This measure will replace the 20-year-old Data Protection Directive … [Read more...]

Escape the Office: Remote Work For the SBE

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You can admit the truth: It gets tiresome, doesn’t it? The same four walls day in, day out, of the office. And the commute? Tied up in traffic or queued for the underground: It cuts into your day, your family time, your breakfast. Wouldn’t things be simpler if your trek from the house to the … [Read more...]

Curbside Service: How Small Businesses Can Join the Delivery Scene

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One appealing feature of ordering a pizza is that you can almost always find somewhere that delivers to you. Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, even local, one-shop pizzerias will hire drivers to carry your dinner from the oven to your doorstep. Sometimes you need to stop on your way home and don’t want … [Read more...]

Back to Basics: How To Clear Out Your Excess Holiday Merchandise

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The season is almost to an end. It's almost time to take down the tree, tuck away the ornaments, and ready yourself for the leftovers: Holiday goods that failed to sell and returned the holiday merchandise that didn’t quite meet expectations. Happy New Year! You spent a third of the year … [Read more...]

So This Is Christmas: How Small Businesses Can Survive the Holiday Season

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For anyone who runs small businesses in the UK, chances are your holiday plans remained steady ever since you opened your doors: You work the Christmas holiday. Most likely, you work New Year's as well. You aren’t alone: Approximately 500,000 small business entrepreneurs (SBEs) work over the … [Read more...]