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Month: March 2018

Fulfilment services in the Singaporean business world

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Why should you use fulfillment services?

Nowadays a lot of companies lack distribution means and they don’t even have a warehouse to store items. Dropshipping in particular is a great example in this regard. You take the orders from customers, but you do need fulfillment services that will eventually complete those orders adequately. It’s a system that does make a lot of sense and the return on investment can be huge for sure. Yet you have to wonder, why should you use this type of services?

You have more flexibility

The best part about fulfillment services is that they are designed to help you handle rush orders in no time. It’s a great opportunity and one that does help make the experience a lot more rewarding than ever before. The thing to note here is that you can focus on adding new features without having to create your own order fulfillment system.

Since you don’t have to pay for a warehouse, you get to use the amount you save for a variety of other factors. It’s set to be well worth the effort, and the outcome will be more than ok in the end. It’s a very good idea to tackle all of this accordingly, and the ROI can be huge. Plus, even if sales decline, you won’t have to worry about having too many items to store, which in the end can be a very good thing to keep in mind.

You can reach new markets

Another amazing thing about fulfillment services is that you can use them to expand to new markets. You don’t need to have an office or warehouse in that area. It’s just a whole lot easier to reach those markets and the ROI can be huge for sure. Granted, you still need to market your products in that area, but at least you don’t have to store anything.

Lower shipping costs

You will also notice that shipping costs are lower if you use fulfillment services. These will make it easier for you to ship the items you need whenever you want. It’s just a whole lot better to ship items this way, and the ROI will be quite amazing in this perspective. The shipping costs are lower because you get to work with fulfillment services that have their own distribution system. The system is optimized in order to help you earn more money in no time, so the outcome will be well worth the effort in the end.

We recommend you to use fulfillment services if you want to improve the way you ship items to your customers. It’s a faster and more reliable system especially if you don’t have a warehouse in the region you want to serve. It can take a little bit of time to adjust everything, but the return on investment can be amazing in the end, and you don’t have to pay that much either. Adapt to the situation, try to use these great ideas and the ROI can indeed be outstanding in the long run.

This article was written by the NUS community. If you would like to contribute your article, please get in touch.

Building an online student business

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As a small business owner, creating an online storefront can be challenging and a rather daunting task. Taking your business online gives you a tremendous opportunity to showcase your products and services to anyone across the world with an internet connection. Starting and growing your online business is definitely easier said than done, however with an impressive product and the right marketing strategy can have you earning a decent living.

The first step to have a successful online business is figuring out a profitable niche, that you can see a million people being interested in. Focus on ‘what people need’ before ‘what you have to offer’. Let’s assume, you make jewellery – but so do plenty of other sellers on the market. What sets you apart defined how well your business will do online. Make sure you either have a very specific, truly original idea or have a better alternative to what is already available out there.

If you’re looking to set shop online, here are a few quick tips on getting started:

  1. Setting up the website:
    Once you’ve decided upon the products you will be listing and the market you intend to target, create a well-designed and user-friendly website of your own. You can either opt for professional services from an experienced web developer or simply get handy with WordPress yourself. With powerful features and customizable designs, a WordPress website is SEO optimized, responsive on mobiles, and delivers a high-performance experience. Speed up WordPress even more, by using over 45,000 plugins that allow you to add analytics, mailing lists, forums, galleries and much more to your online storefront.
  2. Write persuasive copy that sells:
    Attract potential buyers with a compelling welcome message, describe the problem you’re solving, establish credibility as a service provider, add testimonials from past buyers, and create product descriptions that show how you can provide value to the customers. It’s a no-brainer Focus on brevity, and clarity to make your point across, by sticking to the facts and including a call-to-action that creates a sense of urgency. Efficiently and accurately isolate your target audience’s problem to draw a buyer’s persona, to inspire action and attract attention.
  3. Leverage email marketing to convert visitors into buyers:
    Create an opt-in list, where potential customers can give you permission to send them an occasional email about the products and services you have to offer, that might interest them. Cheaper and more targeted than radio, print or TV, email marketing helps you develop lifetime relationships with your customers, by providing them with something they voluntarily signed up for. With a 100 percent measurable response rate, sending emails is an effective and cost-efficient way of reaching out to new and existing buyers.
  4. Use search engine optimization to drive traffic:
    As a vital marketing tactic, search engine optimization (SEO) helps you rank higher in organic Google results, against frequently searched keywords that are relevant to your business. Use Google Keyword Planner to discover the highest-converting keywords for your business, and distribute them throughout your website copy and code. If you’re targeting a niche market, then use long-tail keywords in your landing page title tags and meta description.
This article was written by the NUS community. If you would like to contribute your article, please get in touch.

MacKeeper Removal for MacBooks

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For years people felt that MacBooks were not privy to the same amount of virus’ or pop up ads that computers like the Windows platform would experience. The worst part about the ads is that unless you were a programmer, no one knew what actions needed to be taken. In some instances, any actions would result in more ads just popping up.

In other cases, the ad pop-ups would close but leave a trojan virus to embed into the software of your computer. A trojan virus is a malware product that with a little bit of code, leaves areas of your computer open to vulnerabilities. This means that on a small scale, an area of your computer can be left open for other viruses to come and take over your system. It can be a hacker or even an artificial intelligence, but either way, once you’re are open to attacks, anything is considered fair game.

This means small things like which keystrokes are most commonly used can be tracked or larger things like passwords and other vitally private information. And once a hacker has this information, it is gone for good. Many people have had the experience without knowing it of a password has been changed. This may sound like a small thing, but if that password is to your banking information then it can be a big deal.

Hackers can and like to use pop up ads to piggyback off of to target and collect information about users. Therefore, it is important to find a reliable tool that will rid the computer of any unwanted and unnecessary ad pop-ups. One of these is a pop-up ad telling the user that there are many errors when there are not. Or worse, identifying legitimate concerns combined with ones that are not. This makes it very challenging for users and worse, in many instances, these programs are downloaded without the users’ knowledge.

Not only that. The constant pop-ups like those in MacKeeper are an annoyance. Constantly flashing a banner and providing a false notification of what is occurring in the background of their system. This can lead to ongoing worry and unnecessary stress for many people.

So, what can a person do and how can they fix this problem before it gets worse. First, there is the option to have a manual removal; meaning you can do it yourself. This is a little more beneficial because it is the most cost-effective and it enables you to learn a bit of the process as you go. It is highly recommended though if you are using this option to have a backup or secondary system to continue to use the internet if you need to. It is also good to make sure you have a mirror image of your computer. Having the mirror image will allow you to back up and restore any files that are important to keep and not corrupted.

This article was written by the NUS community. If you would like to contribute your article, please get in touch.

How tech has changed body art

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In recent years, the technology has been adapted for day to day living. What was once secret army advantages are now find their way into homes. Items like the microwave, cell phones and lasers are just a few of these examples. Since microwaves and cell phones have not only been used and understood more readily, the purpose of this article will be to focus on the home or personal use of lasers. Many people know that lasers are used for items such as compact disks, but the trend for body alterations is still new. These alterations include tattoo, hair and blemish removal and are best conducted in a professional environment. And under professional services.

Tattoos

For many, getting a tattoo is like marriage. A life long commitment, with the intent to enjoy and show it off at every opportunity. But this is not always the case. If there is a name included in the tattoo, there can be negative feelings associated after a break up, or in other situations, the skin has stretched and the colors have changed or aged. Basically, what happens with laser tattoo removal, is the lights hit the artwork so fast, it destroys the canvas. This causes redness and some other skin responses which typically dwindle within 24 hours.

Skin

For many years, the use of the Universal IPL Machines were geared to light skinned people, but the advantages are now for all skin tones. That means that scarring from acne or other blemish can now be resolved with laser therapy, and it is as safe and lasts as long for all skin types. This is because there are different types of lasers that can be used to work on the concerns with the skin or for excess hair.

Hair

Hair removal is a very common use for laser therapy. The laser spreads across the span of the head of the I.P.L., and zaps the area. All the hair follicles within the targeted area are hit with the light. However, it is important to reflect that hair removal methods are not intended as a single use. For proper and total hair removal, several visits are often required. It is also recommended if the client would like multiple locations to have the therapy applied, to conduct the practice during the same visit. There is also a risk of pain, although this also varies per patient.

Since the use of lasers has moved to common civilians, it has altered the way people are living their lives. Many consider it to be a primarily older female practice, but people of all ages and genders are participating. As a society, we continue to benefit from the technological advantages that occur due to our army investments and creations. For some, that means terrible scars can be removed decreasing negative memories, and for others it may remove access hair, increasing confidence. Regardless of the use, laser therapy is a tool that when implemented correctly has developed a following that will benefit generations to come.

This article was written by the NUS community. If you would like to contribute your article, please get in touch.

How students can enter the stock trading market

Investing in stocks and trading in markets has been an ongoing global trend towards financial freedom for most people. Add to it the ease of monitoring your portfolio, reviewing the current share prices, take Next PLC share price for example, and checking dividends earned all through online means.

If you are new to stock trading or planning to venture into it, read this article for easy and practical tips for entering the stock trading market.

#1: Study the stock market

Of course, before you invest, make sure you do your research first. Take ample time to study about stocks, stock trading, and stock markets. You do not need to be a financial analyst to even understand stock trading. There are a lot of credible online resources to search for information about investing. Once you get firsthand information about stocks, stock trading, and stock markets, you are now ready for the next tip.

#2: Open a brokerage account

The easiest way to buy stocks and start investing and trading is to open a brokerage account. Almost all brokerage firms allow new investors to open an account for free with little to no maintenance fee. Brokerage firms will ask you to submit pertinent documents to identify yourself as an investor. They’ll also require a startup investment amount with which to start building your portfolio.

You may ask your friends to recommend their own stockbrokers or inquire from your local banks and other financial institutions. The good thing about opening an account with a stockbroker is that you get to be relieved of the burden of processing papers with the regulatory bodies for stock markets as well as the corresponding taxes. Likewise, the process is quick as the application will only take in less than 2 weeks.

#3: Link a bank account

Once you have set up your account with a brokerage entity, you will be required to link it to your bank account. You have the option to open a new and separate bank account for all your stock trading transactions or link an existing one. The purpose of this is to ease up the transfer of funds each time you buy or sell orders of stocks in the stock market.

#4: Buy your first stock

Using the platform that will be given to you by your chosen stockbroker, buy your first stock. Remember the points you have studied in the first step. When buying a stock, you have to understand the financial strengths of the company you are investing in. Do not buy mindlessly. Every cent of your fund counts, so buy wisely and intelligently.

As a new investor starting out in the stock trading market, you should be prepared to read, read, and read! Plan out and be specific on your objectives when entering the stock market. Remember, the most viable way to earn wealth in stock investment and trading is proper research and well-informed decision-making. Don’t enter the industry empty-handed, unless you want to fail almost immediately.

This article was written by the NUS community. If you would like to contribute your article, please get in touch.

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