6 Tips for Improving Logistics Operations for Small Businesses

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Getting your logistics operations just right is always hard, especially within small businesses. Often, people assume that managing logistics for a small business is a small and easy task, given that it lacks complexity in its logistics operations. However, small businesses lack enough and appropriate resources to handle scheduling, paperwork, communication, and tracking efficiently. Logistics and chain supply is an integral part of any business, large or small. Therefore, developing an efficient and cost-effective plan is inevitable. Here are some essential tips for how small businesses can optimise their logistics operations.

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Making You Think About The Business….

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Some key thoughts about reflecting on this year and making you think about the business as we near another business year end and the start of a fresh year.

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How To Brainstorm Unique Ideas for Your Business

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Thinking creatively to come up with unique ideas that help bring you competitiveness in the marketplace sounds ideal but even with your ideas hat on, an entrepreneur can run out of steam quickly. Here's how entrepreneurs can brainstorm unique ideas for their ventures:

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A Quick Guide To Shadow IT For Your Business

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If your organisation is using productivity tools, then you need to make sure robust enterprise security is in place too. As cloud-based communication and productivity applications proliferate, start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses, in particular, are co-opting SaaS tools as efficiency enhancers. Known as “shadow IT” these ungoverned and unapproved solutions can be leveraged to provide a competitive edge if fortified with the right security protocols. Here is a quick guide to Shadow IT for your business:

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Five Reasons To Consider Virtual Telephony For Your Business

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Virtual telephony being secure and cost-effective, can give a serious boost to your business. While providing the traditional telephone service that includes all the primary functions of the phone like making incoming calls, enabling call waiting, voice mail, call forwarding or call transfer, it also unlocks access to tons of advanced features. Here are 5 reasons to consider virtual telephony for your business:

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What Exactly Is Lean Startup?

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Have you heard the phrase Lean Startup? It's a methodology that obviously can be used for startups but also for growing companies and even corporations too. This article gives a quick overview to Lean Startup.

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6 Key Business Basics For SMEs

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In this post we look at going back to business basics, there are some key things that you should be focussed on from customers to goal setting to competitive analysis. Read on to find out 6 key business basics for SMEs:

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Why You Should Reassess for Success

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It is vital that you continually reassess your situation. No matter where you are on the scale of success, it is a worthwhile exercise to take time out and re-evaluate. Here's why you should reassess for success: 

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Basic Principles of Supply Chain Management for Small Businesses

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Managing your supply chain as a small business can be a complex task and can feel overwhelming sometimes. Breaking it into 5 key areas can help streamline your supply chain management. Here are the basic principles of supply chain management for small businesses:

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Top Tips for Getting Your Start-up Business Off The Ground

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Starting up a business is not as easy as opening a shop and waiting for customers to come flooding in. Your dream business is one you have thought about and planned in your mind for several years. It is your baby, and just like a new baby, your start-up business requires a lot of investment in terms of time, research, and funding. Here are top tips for getting your start-up business off the ground.

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4 Things You Need To Have A Successful Business

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Is there such a thing as a successful business from the start? Having a successful business is much more than having good luck or putting in a lot of hard work. A new business requires a lot of things to function in perfect sync. If you plan on everything going smoothly, then be prepared for a few bumps on the way. But there are some things you can put in place to ensure your chances of success: Here are 4 things you need to have a successful business:

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5 Health And Safety Issues Your Business Should Be Aware Of

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We like to think that we’re well past the point of having to tell people to take health & safety seriously. Every business is obliged to carry out a health & safety risk assessment, and most do so happily, with both the employer and employees benefitting from a clear set of rules and protections. Here are 5 health and safety issues your business should be aware of:

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Four Problems Your Startup Will Face (And How to Fix Them)

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Whether you’re currently building your startup or have yet to create one, your business model, products and services are likely at the forefront of your mind. While startups fail all the time, it’s often for a few common reasons—many of which have little to do with the aspects of your business you’ve spent the most time developing. The following are four problems your startup will face, along with how to avoid and resolve them.

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4 Key Things To Consider Before Expanding Your Business Abroad

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Expanding your business abroad is a big commitment, but it can be an attractive as new markets offer new opportunities for growth, greater stability and an opportunity to learn and grow on a business (and personal) level. But careful consideration is needed before you take this big step. Here are 4 key things to consider before expanding your business abroad.

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6 Smart Tips For International Expansion

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The time has come to get serious about international expansion. Maybe your growth has plateaued at home. Perhaps your international customers are demanding it, or you want the insurance of a different market that reacts differently to economic trends. No matter your reasoning, there are a few factors you have to consider before making the big move to ensure success. Here are 6 smart tips for international expansion:

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3 Key Principles of Data Storytelling You Can Apply To Your Business

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From user sign-ups and mailing lists, website analytics, proficient CRM systems and a myriad of other data-capture methods, modern businesses have more data than ever at their disposal. While this data comes with numerous security, permission and GDPR considerations, it also affords businesses of all sizes a wealth of information about their business and their customers. But how can you use this data to tell compelling stories? Here are 3 key principles of data storytelling you can apply to your business. 

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Why It's Crucial to Pay Attention To Your Business Facilities To Delight Customers

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It may surprise you to learn that the washroom experience can make or break a company’s image, and that bathrooms have become a key battleground for your branding, reputation and the customer experience. In fact, research suggests that people are increasingly happy to spend a little extra money just to use a nicer bathroom facility - even if it means ordering a coffee in a cafe they weren’t planning on going to. Here is why it's crucial to pay attention to your business facilities to delight customers:

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Here's How To Get Ready For Brexit

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Brexit is already here and hurting our manufacturers and service sectors, as seen by the decrease in imports and exports YoY; warehouses have limited capacity available. If Brexiters have their way, the UK will leave the EU on October 31st without a deal; and the country most impacted by this change will be the UK itself. The latest leaked reports from the UK government suggests that there will be shortages in food, medicine, fuel and long delays at ports and airports. We need to manage the impact of this on the Irish economy so here are some helpful tips for how to get ready for Brexit:

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5 Lessons From Henry Ford You Can Apply To Your Business

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Back in the 1900s, Henry Ford was presented with many of the same business challenges as the ones that are present today. The historic founder of Ford Motors was 40 when he created the company. His goal was to create a car that would be so affordable, everybody would be able to own one. What he did obviously worked as Ford cars are now considered to be one of the most popular vehicle brands on the market. So what can be learned from Ford’s success? Here are 5 lessons from Henry Ford you can apply to your business:

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Is Your Start-Up Ripe For a Pivot? Here's How To Find Out

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There will be hurdles for every start-up and every entrepreneur must have one trait, i.e. determination to battle and overcome the inevitable obstacles. But there comes a time when an entrepreneur needs to reverse his business plan, take a third option rather than just hanging in there. It is harder to follow but this is what a business often needs to be successful. Is your start-up ripe for a pivot? Here's how to find out:

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