Internet Shopping and Voucher Code Hunting

With the seemingly never ending bad news reports regarding the retail shopping industry, and statistics which seem to suggest a terminal decline in high street shopping, the internet is now ready to claim an even larger piece of market. The shopping done online as opposed to in the traditional manner is becoming more prominent. A study for the Times Newspaper has found that seven out of ten former Woolworth shops in the UK are still empty, and the ones that have been occupied are taken over by the birth of the ‘pound’ or 99p outlets which are springing into existence as shoppers face an ever more difficult time to afford even the basics let alone the luxuries.

With an Orwellian feel to the current economic state and a now reliance on technology to cater for everyone’s needs, the Internet shopping websites are better placed than ever before to take advantage of the misfortune that has befallen the retail sector. Voucher code websites and discount offers provide an attractive appeal to the average internet user as the desire to save every penny even for the once better off has never been so great.

Recession hit consumers are learning new behaviours and are changing the way they shop, looking to the internet as one source of cost cutting measure. As a result many of the well respected stores, all of which have their own websites, involve themselves with issuing voucher codes. The trick for the consumer is to locate the source of these voucher codes and find vouchers that are in date and valid. Discount vouchers and promotional codes are now almost a necessity for the survival of many retail outlets. Not only that, other sectors including the travel industry and the service sector use similar methods.

Postage companies to printing companies and travel organisations are now all issuing voucher codes for the hungry bargain hunter. Shopping websites are now competing for this market as the world of shopping is now fully committed to the new age of digital purchase.

Internet shopping provides other benefits including the need not to journey to the high street; this alone for the prudent will save on petrol, parking and bus fares. However for the foolhardy, I doubt the traditional high street methods of shopping will ever die out fully as the shopping experience through the busy town centre will always be an experience and enjoyment for the family wishing to have a day out.

Salons/Barber Shops and Spa Owners: Are You Effectively Meeting Your Employees Emotional Needs?

Your stylists/barbers/nail techs., and massage specialists are the key to your success, and motivation affects their performance that will ultimately affect the salon/shop or spas organizational objectives. Only satisfied employees lead to satisfied customers. One of the most important factors in determining whether your employees will go the extra mile is how effective you are in meeting their emotional needs. Everyone has a need to be recognized and appreciated, a desire to feel that their work has meaning, and a wish to be treated with dignity and respect. If you are a fan of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, you have probably seen some episodes where the employees have a negative attitude towards their boss or place of business. This type of attitude is developed from not being treated with respect, receiving any appreciation, or being motivated. Motivation helps people:

  • achieve goals;
  • gain a positive perspective;
  • create the power to change;
  • build self-esteem and capability,
  • manage their own development and help others with theirs.

Many people also strive to improve themselves — to learn, to do more, and experience personal growth. If you can tap into these basic emotional needs and help satisfy them, your employees are likely to put more energy and thought into the job. Some tips on motivating your employees:

By taking notice of an employee’s efforts and letting the employee know when he or she is doing an especially good job, you’ll reinforce that behavior — and with that reinforcement the employee is likely to repeat and build on the traits you want to encourage.

  • Remind your stylist/barbers/nail techs and massage specialists that their work matters to the customers and encourage some level of customer interaction for everyone.
  • Send a thank you card or an e-mail.
  • Create a salon/shop or spa newsletter to share updates and recognition.
  • Post a bulletin board for employees to share news, hobbies, and recognition.
  • Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and special achievements.
  • Join in and help an employee who are under pressure. Ask what can be done and help complete the task side-by-side.
  • Create a change of pace by giving your employees a chance to work on exciting projects or learn new skills.
  • Delegate worthy projects, not just menial tasks, to increase feelings of trust and pride.
  • Create awards and present them during staff parties or staff events.
  • Ask an employee who is proficient in a certain area to train others, or make a presentation at a staff meeting.
  • Allow your stylists/barbers/nail techs., and massage specialists to attend trade shows or seminars, and ask them to make a presentation to others- sharing what they have learned.

iPad Electronic Menus and Android Could Be Next Big Trend at Coffee Shops and Cafes

If you take a look in the news on major websites, or simply conduct a search engine query, you’ll quickly find that electronic menusare gaining rapid popularity amongst restaurants and consumers; of which they have a wide swath of appeal for both. But one thing that these menus have yet to cross over to – with regards to the same depth of trendiness – are cafes and coffee shops; like mainstream conglomerates and even mom and pop joints. However, a solid prediction can be made: in the very near future expect to see either Android or iPad electronic menus in both of these types of venues as they strive to adapt to the ever changing evolutionary path of technology and better serve their customers, as well as more streamline revenue and overall operational efficiency.

Android Electronic Menus Tend to Cost Less

There are some options for smaller places that often operate on a minimal budget: Android tablets cost fewer dollars than their iPad counterparts, and offer a nice array of desirable features, too. While the mainstream masses are more attracted to the iPad, the addition of touch screen displays that allow for customers to see menu items, customize drink or food orders and even pay for their order using the tablet can greatly ease lines and waiting, and allow for workers to better fulfill and serve customers’ needs. Additionally, there are free software services that can work with Android tablets-so smaller places can affordably implement them as electronic menus.

More People Use iPad Electronic Menus

The more desirable route is to add iPad tablets to a cafe or coffee shop. You can even buy nifty and durable enclosures that also protect the delicate touch screen displays. Many fast food restaurants have been toying with this idea over the past few years, and it’s a good notion to predict that soon you will be seeing these types of electronic menus in many mainstream coffee shop franchises; some cafĂ© chains have already been adding them as well, and are reporting an increase in sales and in customer satisfaction as a result.

Some Places Want to Offer Both

If you really want to go all out – add iPad electronic restaurant menus and Android tablets to your business to provide your customers with the ultimate choice of their platform for ordering food. Some people favor one over the other, and when presented with an option of using either or, the “wow” factor can be substantially upped. It’s safe to say that in the few short years that lie ahead that these innovative ordering devices will soon take over as the mainstay in the food service industry.