Business travel tends to come and go in favor. In today’s digital age a lot of businesses are cutting down on their employees’ travel somewhat, instead having them connect through the use of technology like Skype.

Despite the tendency to want to move away from business travel in lieu of cheaper and more convenient digital solutions, there’s still a lot of value in traveling itself, when your company is smart with your strategy and policies.

Some of the main reasons companies still rely on the use of business travel include customer visits, sales and marketing, employee training and internal meetings, as well as conferences and conventions.

The following are some of the important things to know about employee travel in your business.

Expense Management Software

First and foremost, when you have employees doing any level of business travel, it’s essential that you choose the right global expense management software. A big concern with business travel is the fact that it’s difficult and time-consuming to deal with expense reports and submissions.

Advanced software platforms alleviate this difficulty with centralized visibility and reporting, easy mobile tools that let employees make submissions on the go, and easy global capabilities that are integrated with the software.

In general, when it comes to business travel, automation makes the process simpler and more efficient for everyone involved and takes some of the burdensome decision-making out of business travel for employees while letting them focus their energy elsewhere.

Be Clear and Specific With Policies

While choosing the right expense software is important and can go a long way in helping you have the most successful employee travel, you also need to have clear, specific, defined policies in place. Your employees and your bottom line are going to benefit from clarity in your policies.

By being clear and removing potential gray areas in travel policies, you can save money, ensure that trips are productive and keep employees happy while maintaining compliance.

One department that should be included in travel policy planning but often isn’t is HR. Human resources is an essential part of bridging travel and expense policies with the actual functionality of employees.

Human resources can help look at things such as the impact the travel will have on the employee and the corporate strategy. Human resources can also help look at ways the travel can benefit the employee along with the company, and identify what all key stakeholders stand to gain from the experience.

Another way human resources should be involved in policy-making in this area is to make sure that comfort and safety standards are being adhered to, and that there is a consistent process in place for employee travel outside of only expense management.

Collaboration with CFOs and Travel Managers

Finally, your travel managers shouldn’t exist in a vacuum. They need to work together with other key stakeholders including CFOs. You want to make sure you’re identifying all potential opportunities to improve and optimize your ROI when it comes to corporate travel, and collaboration between travel managers and CFOs will help with this.

There’s need to be a shared strategy and by pairing CFOs and financial professionals with your travel managers you’ll be more strategic in how all employee travel is carried out.

Saving Money with Coupons

By Pete | @kingpetey | 19 Jul 2017

With the ongoing decline in living standards and lack of wage growth, every family is looking for a way to save money. We all want to save ourselves some extra each month - no matter how small. One of the best ways to doing this is by making use of coupon and discount codes.

Using coupons used to be considered being cheap, but now almost everyone wants to get involved and people spend endless hours searching for discount codes that will help them keep some extra money in their pockets. Instead of sitting at your computer, surfing through different websites, and not getting good coupons and discount codes, why not join just one website and get the best discount on your favorite products.

Using a coupon nowadays is not just a necessity, it is also considered to be a smart move. So, how do you use these discount codes to save yourself that extra cash? Well, the process here is quite simple. Below are some factors that can help you out with saving money using coupons and discount codes.


Discount codes at can help you save a lot but you need to be aware of your shopping habits so you can actually save money at the end of the day. Ensure that you are not just using the discount codes to buy products you don't need and be aware of what the deal entails before buying. Make sure the products you buy with the coupons are products you are actually going to use; don’t just buy them because they are cheap.


Coupons have expiry dates and these dates are subjected to change. Stores can make the decision to expire their coupons at any time. They have the right to do this and they can do it without sending notices. This usually happens when the demand is too much or when the product supply is limited. Either way, you need to act quickly when you get an offer as you may not find it there the next day.


You do not need to wait until checkout before trying to get yourself a coupon. Log on to a competent deal and coupon website like This way, you'll be able to cut down your visits to multiple sites as you'll get nothing but the best deals on this websites; you'll also be able to know the store that offers the best price.


This is another way to save money of coupons. Do not be afraid to check out a new store. Most times, new stores offer bigger discounts so as to attract new customers. As a matter of fact, new customers can get five to ten percent higher savings than returning customers. But keep it in mind that most times, these offers are only eligible for the first purchase you make at that store.

Get your coupons and discount codes at today and save more than you ever think you will. From food, to clothing, to health, beauty, professional services, etc. you have the best chances of saving now.

Happy Savings!

While every appliance might feel crucial in its own way, it goes without saying that the absence of a cooker really can limit a household's eating plans. Given that, one could argue that it's the most important device in the kitchen.

Bearing this in mind, the day when something does go wrong is often a frustrating one. The nature of cookers means that the potential for a problem always exists and unfortunately, these problems at least seem to always fall on the pricy side.

While appliance repairs are certainly becoming more affordable, to make things a little more bearable here are some of the most common cooker problems and the course of action if they should occur.

Problem #1 - The oven is burning everything

Firstly, we're going to assume that you have the temperature gauge set correctly - and you're also not leaving everything in for too long.

Once the above has been satisfied, the issue is most likely due to a broken thermostat. The problem with replacing this part isn't necessarily the cost, but more the complexity. It's not the easiest thing in the world to manipulate and you will have to make sure that the phial is not touched as you start the replacement process.

Problem #2 - You can't close the oven door

It goes without saying that not being able to close the oven door is going to have obvious repercussions for the state of your food.

However, at least in comparison to some of the other issues, this one is relatively easy to fix. It's not overly-technical, as the problem is mainly due to faulty hinges (or sometimes the runners).

In fact, it's usually both that are impacted (broken runners resulting in the hinges being damaged). If this has occurred, the general advice is to repair both hinges at the same time as it's rare for one to be in optimum condition, and the other to be broken.

Problem #3 - Your oven is noisy

The sound might suggest otherwise, but a noisy oven isn't always cause for disaster.

In fact, sometimes it's simply loose screws and while these should be fixed, it's probably not going to be game over if you do take your time before addressing them.

One of the most common reasons is the cooling fan motor being in the wrong position though. Even if it's slightly misaligned, it can give something of a screeching sound as it is catching other elements of the oven.

While the above might be true in newer models, if you have an older oven it could be due to a motor bearing failure. If this is the case acting quickly is absolutely crucial. If you don't, the motor will start to run too slow and the upshot of this will be that the fan will start to overheat. Suffice to say, when parts start to overheat, the problem is heightened significantly and more severe repair work might be needed.

The future of manufacturing will definitely include robots—and the future is now. There are already many automated processes, with more to come.  But how many more robots and automated machines will there be? Will all human factory workers eventually be replaced, or is this just science fiction?

Automation enabled manufacturing’s latest trend known as lights-out production, a term for facilities able to operate without lights and without any human oversight. At the lights out FANUC (factor automated numerical control) facility in Japan, robots are creating other robots.

Not only the lights are off, so are the A/C and heating. The automated workforce operates continuously, without any breaks. Through this automated, lights out process, FANUC creates 22,000 to 23,000 CNC machines monthly.

FANUC, with its 24/7/365 production schedule, is an uncommon production facility. What’s more common is having automated processes occurring during the third shift for a few hours a day—at least as a starting point.

However, before a company even considers lights-out production, automation systems must already be in place. Companies with interest in seeing if lights-out production is a cost-effective option, turn to specialists like Midwest Engineering Systems (MWES) for customized automation solutions and machine designs.

Although lights-out production isn’t for every company, there are some major benefits including the following:

  • Increased product quality
  • Improved throughput
  • Decrease in workplace injuries—especially in hazardous work environments
  • Fills in a skilled worker shortage
  • A decrease in labor costs

Douglas Peterson, general manager for collaborative robots maker Universal Robots, told Automation World the criteria to determine what would work is best for a robot vs. what work would be best for human workers.

“Robots are uniquely suited to any manufacturing task that is dirty, dangerous or dull. If the process doesn’t require human dexterity, mental agility or problem-solving skills, then it can be done by a robot.”

Implementing lights-out production is a complex and difficult process. CNC Cookbook outlines and details the many challenges that can come with starting a lights-out production process, with the largest challenge being perfecting processes.

For example, even with the most cutting-edge technology, if a single process is faulty, the whole system is at risk of failure in an automated environment.  Testing new equipment and ensuring a seamless production process is critical. Having human supervisors and maintenance techs on-site is often recommended.

On the finance side, the upfront costs of lights-out production can be cost-prohibitive for many. Experts say facilities debating a move to a lights-out system should expect a return on their upfront investment within two years. If the gains in efficiency and productivity will pay of the cost of the automated machines and components themselves within 2 years, the investment likely makes sense.

Automation’s popularity grows as lights-out production is becoming more commonplace and less of a novelty. Machines will likely replace many workers who perform more dangerous or repetitive tasks while helping to boost productivity gains and profitability for many manufacturers.

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Korea enjoys a rich culture, made up of a mixture of deeply historic elements alongside modern aspects like the blossoming K-pop world. Visitors to Korea can enjoy a variety of cultural and modern experiences unique to this fascinating country. Read on for ten fantastically unique products that can only be found in Korea.

K-Pop and Korean Drama Merchandise

K-pop, or Korean pop music and culture, is taking the world by storm, and is largely responsible for the burgeoning popularity of Korean dramas. Television dramas like Descendants of the Sun have enjoyed worldwide popularity, and Korea knows how to capitalize on the unexpected popularity of its pop culture.

K-pop merchandise can be found almost everywhere in Korea, but the real treasures lie in licensed souvenir shops run by major entertainment agencies.


While socks are certainly not a uniquely Korean item, the prevalence of sock-buying opportunities and the wide range of colors, designs, and characters available undoubtedly is. And they're not just targeted to children, as wearing socks emblazoned with favorite characters or even political figures is commonplace for modern Korean people too.

In fact, sock buying so common in Korean culture that sock vending machines can be found in popular areas of Seoul.

Cute Trinkets and Phone Cases

Much like the "kawaii" culture in Japan, Koreans love anything tiny and cute. Many cute items can be found throughout Seoul and other parts of Korea, from tiny teddy bears and dolls to intricate miniatures on keychains, and trinkets to attach to bags and cell phones.

As an offshoot of Korea's "cute" culture, the selection of cell phone cases available to purchase is almost unrivaled in Korea. The range of cases in the United States is a tiny proportion of what is available in other parts of the world, so it makes sense to bring home a selection of cell phone cases for yourself and as souvenirs for friends and family.

Beauty Products

BB Cream is one of the hottest beauty items on the market today, and by all accounts its popularity will only continue to rise. With BB Cream being a uniquely Korean invention, it is little wonder why people are exporting it in all its forms around the world.

But the Korean beauty market is so much more than BB Cream, with facial packs being another common and inexpensive item in Korea. In addition, a selection of strange and unusual beauty products can be found, from jaw massagers to double-eyelid tape, and antibacterial hand wipes to facial slimming masks.


Back to the traditional, the hanbok is for Korea what the kimono is for Japan. And just like in Japan, Korean men and women still wear their hanbok with pride during celebrations and social occasions. Visitors to Korea can order a custom-made hanbok, however they don't run cheap and can take up to three weeks to made.

As such, a variety of hanbok dolls and teddy bears are available for sale at various places throughout Korea, which have proven to be popular keepsakes.


Soju is the Koreans' alcoholic drink of choice, and like much of Korean culture, has become so popular overseas that the most well-known soju brand, Jinro, has been known to outsell other popular liquors in the United States.

A clear liquid like vodka, soju is typically made from rice and is considered to be quite bitter to taste, and not as strong as vodka.

Soju was traditionally made from rice, until rice shortages from the mid-1060s until the turn of the century caused the government to prohibit the use of rice in soju distillation. Creators needed to become inventive, and even today soju can be found with a tapioca, barley, wheat, or sweet potato base. The more expensive brands are once again made from rice, and soju that has been aged ten years in oak barrels carries a premium price.

Traditional Korean Masks

Masks have long featured in Korean culture, in royal courts, battle uniforms, ceremonies, and rituals. Today, traditional Korean masks still play a role in re-enactments of traditional plays and ceremonies, and as good-luck charms.

Korean Tea

Korea has a strong tea culture, with a variety of traditional and newer teas available. Meshil (sweet plum tea) and omija (five taste tea) are traditional variants that are still widely enjoyed today, while jakseolcha, an expensive form of green tea made from only the young buds of the leaves, is a firm favorite.


Koreans have been making traditional paper, known as hanji, for thousands of years, and the tradition still endures today. Made from the bark of the mulberry tree hanji was traditionally used to over the windows, doors, and walls in Korean houses, but today is more commonly used for artistic purposes including stationery, paper dolls, and lamps.

Folding Fans

Folding fans have long been a part of Korean culture, with their use being considered essential, even in colder weather. Folding fans are widely available for purchase, and have traditionally been used as props in Korean dances and performances, providing shelter from the elements, and even to hide a person's face from onlookers.

Which of these products would you be most interested in bringing home from a trip to Korea? Are there other quintessentially Korean products that should be included on this list? Have your say in the comments below, and please like and share this article.


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It’s meant to be the period to relax and wind down following years of hard work, but fail to plan and retirement can be an absolute disaster.

It doesn’t matter whether you live in Oswestry or Sundorne, the same problems will still exist – as do certain myths that can wreak even more havoc with your post-work life.

It’s that last point that we are now going to focus on. Take a look at the following myths to ensure that you avoid the common retirement traps that are blighting so many people nowadays.

"My financial situation will almost remain the same"

Like a lot of the myths associated with retirement, this one is bordering on the understandable.

After all, once you stop working, you will immediately kiss goodbye to those annoying expenses like commuting costs, work wear and everything else that you pay with your job.

Of course, as well as losing the expenses, you also lose the income. While your income is highly unlikely to drop to zero (unless there has been years and years of mismanagement), it is still all but certain to drop in some regards. In fact, one study found that the average retired person would see their income drop by 52%. Its decreases like these which well and truly dwarf the expenses that you'll no longer be forking out for.

"I won't need as much money once retirement arrives"

This one is probably one of the stranger misconceptions, yet it's still one that is regularly used by the newly-retired.

With a lot more free time available, you'll also have much more free time to spend money. As well as this, you will suddenly start to incur expenses that might not have otherwise existed. Some people will notice their insurance premiums increasing, while others might have the foresight to plan for the likes of funeral arrangements to cut down costs for their family in the future.

All in all - you are unlikely to need less money than you do currently.

"If I don't have enough money - I can keep on working"

This is one of those typical "did you know" answers. While some people might think that they can bail themselves out by simply working longer, there's every chance that this won't be possible. Contrary to popular belief, the most common reason for retirement is ill health or injury. In other words, it's not because people "want" to or "feel the need" to retire - it's simply because circumstances dictate otherwise.

As such, continuing to work to pay the bills just might not work out.

"There's nothing to worry about if the mortgage is paid"

If your mortgage has been paid off, a lot of people believe that they are in the clear. While it's true that the main source of expenditure has suddenly disappeared, let's not forget that it doesn't cover your other expenses. In other words, your house isn't going to pay the bills - even if it might be able to bail you out in extreme circumstances if you need an injection of money later down the line.

There are but few things that make life spicy - having to celebrate anniversaries is one of such. From birthdays to marriages, friendship to festive celebrations and even death, there is always this aura around the anniversaries celebrated. Anniversary milestones are not all equal, various anniversaries call for different types of gifts. Meanwhile, one would ask,' what is so special about marking anniversaries?' You do not know right? That memory of the past and how it all started in a positive light is not something to trade with stupidly. It is equally a time to make your spouse, lover or friend feel amazing and letting your actions reflect your inner feelings that they indeed, are the single most important part of your life.

The celebration of anniversaries come in different colors and forms from going to see a movie to going on a vacation, renewing of vows and of course giving of gifts to make it more thrilling.

Gifts ranging from chocolate and champagne, down to long stemmed roses are best to give someone on an anniversary. Does it look expensive? Right,  others may say ' does it worth much to give?' Hell, yes, it does! Knowing how dear, that special person is to you, you would want to go the extra mile to make their day.  Anniversary gifts in a whole give people the chance of remembering past lovely moments and also bringing them into the present, which is true.

Roses with scent are the best to give to a loved one on an important day like an anniversary. Ladies are said to be general lovers of scented roses, taking it as a way of being romantic and touchy- you know that feeling right?  Moreover, if you want to make their day? Roses, carefully arranged with the sweet fragrance of perfume filling the room and candles set to illuminate the way to the gift, are sure the best. I bet you on it.

People have plenty ideas to make their anniversary a memorable and classic one. White cream, pastel pink, mauve colored rose bouquet with wine like most and chancellor, Domain Perignon Vintage, Glenmorangie Whisky, and chocolates, but don't forget the candles with a scent to add more aura to a couple's anniversary dinner, making it romantic and creating an inevitable love in the atmosphere.

In most cases, instead of a store-bought present, give your partner something truly unique, like a digital collection of your favorite songs (or songs that make you think of him/ her), or keep the dying art of handwriting alive by penning an old-fashioned love letter. If you are the creative type, craft an original song, poem or painting that comes from the heart.

Amidst all the gifts to be given to that special one are sweet smelling roses. Roses, especially red ones still stand the test of time creating more ideas of beauty, love, and romance. The color of traditional roses; red, represents passion. Unbelievably, a pink rose may stand for appreciation and grace, a yellow rose may stand for friendship and happiness, while the white rose may stand for innocence.

People say 'your lady will love you more if you get her teddy bears, chocolates, and candles ' but like hell would they appreciate something to be presented with the chocolate and teddies, and that is a ROSE.

So when next you are thinking of what to get for that special one, consider getting a bouquet of rose.

Many small business owners set up a website, fill it with content, and then forget about it. Unfortunately, you can’t afford to adopt such a passive approach if you want a successful website that actually generates useful traffic. Luckily, website analytics are an excellent way to drill down into your website for clues on how to make it perform better.

Google Analytics

Back in the day, you may have hired a Magento agency to create a fantastic website. It probably still looks amazing now, but you still need to monitor your website traffic. Analytics make this job so much easier. There is a wealth of detailed information available, and you don’t even need to be an SEO expert to access this information. 

Anyone can open a Google Analytics account. It won’t take long to get your account up and running, and once it is, you can add a tracking ID to any website you own. This allows you to analyse website traffic, and a whole host of other metrics. 

Top Performing Pages

Look at which pages attract the most visitors. Analyse these pages in depth to find out where your visitors are coming from, what keywords they use to find the page, and how long they spend on the page. This information will help you create more of the same. You can also leverage your high-performing pages by adding a strong call-to-action or more prominent ads on these pages.

Visitor Location

Google Analytics offers a geographic breakdown of visitors, so you can see where your traffic comes from, right down to the town or city. This is more useful than you might think; especially if you are looking to expand your business into new areas. You might discover that you already have traffic from a specific country, which indicates your products or services are of interest. 

What’s Your Bounce Rate?

There will always be visitors who click on a page and then click away almost immediately, but if your bounce rate is higher than expected, it indicates you have a problem. Look at page loading speed. If a page takes more than a few seconds to load, this could be the reason why your bounce rate is high. If so, ask yourself what’s causing the problem. Is it your server, or do you have too many graphics and videos on the page? Whatever the underlying cause is, fix it, as it is hurting your website.

Traffic Sources

Where is your traffic coming from – paid ads or organic traffic? This information tells you what is working, and also what isn’t. Check whether traffic is coming from mobile or desktop devices. Again, this is very important for future optimisation. 

If you pay close attention to how visitors interact with your website, your traffic will grow a lot faster.

New Hobbies for 2017

By Pete | @kingpetey | 26 Jan 2017

Many people spend too much time Netflix binging or simply wasting valuable time. Instead, maybe it is time to discover a new hobby in 2017, one that can even be done while watching those favourite shows. Choosing a new hobby can lead to much enjoyment and will even allow you to create some amazing masterpieces in your spare time. There are some great new hobbies for 2017 that will appeal to many and these are some of the greatest ideas on how to pass the time while remaining productive. 

Arts and Crafts

For those that are artistic and wish to create, there are some great hobby ideas that can be explored. Embroidery and cross stitch are great for those that like to work with their hands and create gifts or things that can be placed around the home. These are inexpensive options and can be quite relaxing. Making paper flowers is also a great hobby for those that like using their hands. This craft can be dome while watching television and it is another cheap option.

Gaming and Entertainment

Some people are looking for hobbies that offer more excitement and will enjoy taking up online gambling as a hobby. Playing at the UKs newest casino can lead to the generation of real money wins and can also provide a great form of entertainment to pass the time. Looking for something more physical? How about ballroom dancing or horseback riding? While these will be a bit more costly, they provide a great way to get out and interact with others while spending quality time with friends and family.

Photography Hobbies

Photography is one of the greatest hobbies and it can create pictures that can last a lifetime. There are many ways in which one can engage ion photography, from simply snapping phots throughout time to starting to shoot portraits. With a photography hobby, you can capture those special moments and find beauty in just about everything.

One great option to consider if you are planning to take up photography this year is tilt shift photography, where a picture is taken to make it appear as a miniature scene. This process is often done through Photoshop or other photo editing software programs. 

Home gadgets are increasingly getting smarter with every passing day and to our amazement we are having robust and precise control to tweak them through other devices, most commonly our cell phones. But few innovative home devices are literally pushing the boundary of technology while helping our day to day life in more ways than one. Bonjour smart AI powered alarm clock is the latest addition to these new breed of technologies.

  • What is Bonjour?

Bonjour is an artificial-intelligence powered alarm clock with smart control capabilities. It works with voice control and can learn from the surrounding environment as well as from your daily habits and activities to respond accordingly. By learning the way you react and interact it can work as a smart personal assistant scheduling your meetings, waking you up in tight time, ringing an alarm before you get late for a meeting and do on. Isn't it nice to see your smart alarm just postponing the alarm observing that there is heavy downpour outside? Yes, Blnjour can just do that and s lot of things.

  • How does it work?

Bonjour is pretty much an alarm clock with the only difference being the way it perceives environment and interactions from the user and reacts. It is possible just because the alarm clock is powered by artificial intelligence that allows it learning from the environment and user habits and accordingly initiate actions. Suppose a meeting scheduled for morning in your office got cancelled. What any other alarm clock will do? Well, obviously they will still ring the alarm waking you up only to get up see the cancellation mail. In complete contrast, Bonjour will just refrain from ringing the alarm just because the meeting has been cancelled. Isn't it nice and smart?

What Bonjour can do can be summed up in the below mentioned capabilities.

  • Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence algorithm allows Bonjour learning from the user routines and reacts accordingly. Bonjour learns from the daily routine if the user. It also observed the traffic condition and grab remote traffic information to wake the user up at the right time for starting your journey. Bonjour can also check weather status and accordingly can help planning your outdoor activities and travel.

  • Personal Assistant

Bonjour Smart Alarm Clock is a cutting edge personal assistant as well. It can help in more ways than one.

  • Just after assessing the morning traffic it will suggest how long it may take to pass through the traffic jam and reach your office. It can also call an Uber earlier based on such information.
  • Bonjour also helps processing information from other interfaces and apps like Google Map, über, iCal, Google Calendar, etc.
  • Bonjour also can remind you of your scheduled purchase or similar actions in your calendar. Say, you have set an alarm for purchase of brands such as Ted Baker or Lacoste from Love The Sales. Bonjour can alert you in time when the offer comes.
  • Bonjour can also check local weather condition and check weather forecast data concerning rain, wind, etc.
  • You can also regrade Bonjour with fitness trackers and apps. As per the feedback received from fitness trackers like FitBit, Apple Health, or Withings Bonjour can offer suggestions.

Smart Home Automation

Bonjour works as a great smart home automation device with prompt voice control.

  • Bonjour can learn your pronunciation and way of speaking over time and respond to your voice commands.
  • With Bonjour you can control smart home systems and gadgets just with voice commands.
  • Bonjour is compatible with smart home lights.
  • Bonjour can recognize voice from smh place in your home.
  • You can also make Bonjour learn certain habits and can make it learn the way you want it to act when you are not around.
  • Bonjour by integrating with home security systems with wifi can deliver real time captured images over a remote device screen.

Bonjour smart alarm clock has just come out of the Kickstarter campaign with a bounty of fund and has just started shipping.