Operations
You are talking to a customer and after you present your product, service or solution, she asks, “What discount can I get?” or “What can you do about the price?”
It seems that way sometimes, doesn’t it?  That the darkness of an economic slowdown will never end until it swallows your business like a pelican gulping down a fish.
There comes a time in both our professional and personal lives when we must make a stand. Through all the swirling complexity, change and challenges we face, we must at some point assert ourselves and set our bar of standards.
The mechanism for trade is as old as humanity itself. You have something and you want to trade it with someone else who has something you value more, and they value what you have more than what they have.
They’re popping up everywhere:  in the freezer of your local grocery store, on top of the ATM machine at your bank and yes, even in vending machines.
Let’s face it. We all have those difficult customers to whom we are required to sell.
Success doesn’t happen by accident. It has nothing to do with luck. It’s not a magic pill someone swallows or a wand someone waves which immediately manifests a revolutionary change in status and bank balance. Success requires strategic planning, action and commitment.
A young entrepreneur was recently reviewing his own natural talent patterns as revealed in a comprehensive psychometric tool. He had exceptional behavioural and motivational energy as well as having one of the highest empathetic outlook scores ever seen (9.8 out of 10).
Be honest … by now you’ve long forgotten the New Year’s resolutions you promised to uphold this year. You know from experience that those resolutions won’t stick, so stop wasting your time on them.
If you’re a business owner, it’s likely that some of your recent workdays have gone something like this: You bolt awake (probably after a sleepless night), grab the financial section of the paper, and turn on your TV to get the latest worrisome financial news.
When Quebec’s anti-smoking law was passed in May, an estimated 4,000 cigarette-vending machines were destined for the scrapyard.
At a recent Toastmasters meeting I attended, one man rose to answer a “Table Topics” question relating to the largesse of Bill and Melinda Gates, along with Warren Buffet’s magnanimous donation to the Gates charities. He had recently been watching Gates testify before a committee of Congress, and was flabbergasted that Gates, as he put it, “turned out to be such a dummy.” Apparently he had expected Gates, so successful in his own industry, to be conversant with every issue in, or aspect of, society.
We have one major corporation purchasing the assets of another – just for starters. This is a very interesting purchase and one wonders and speculates over the reason behind this move. It is well known the players involved are very wealthy multinational corporations with many subsidiaries, so finance is not a problem. But I would have to think that other large manufacturers are still smiling ear to ear.
Everyday, vending and OCS operators have to make tough decisions about their business: when to visit a machine, what to put in the machine, and how much product to load up for the day.
From the stadiums of star-studded virtual football games to the hoods of simulated supercars, the billboards of visceral combat battlegrounds to the backdrops of RPGs fantasy worlds, video games are becoming home to a myriad of advertisers’ wares.

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