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Startup In Tech Logistics Planning To Conquer Singapore

Shiptek Solutions Corp is a startup company that focused on technology logistics. It recently announced its desire to extend its reach into Singapore before the end of 2019 or early 2020. This decision came after the official announcement of the Union Bank of the Philippines, Inc to become a part of the startup as a strategic investor. The startup’s services can include ATM installation  and medical equipment installation among many other things.

Nico Martin R. Gonzales, the CMO of Shiptek, said that they are already eyeing Singapore as the first country thy will expand to. This is because Singapore is considered to be a top hub in the region and it is currently one of the cities in the world with the largest port.

Union Bank purchased 52.37 million shares from the startup which is equivalent to 30 per cent of the firm. This was done through a share purchase contract which was agreed upon on May 9. Mr. Gonzales added that because of this, the domestic presence of Shiptek has greatly improved and they are able to pay attention to launching in another country.

He also revealed that the Union Bank’s partnership made sure that they will have a strong ground to hold on to in the Philippines which is important in case they wanted to make an expansion in the future. For now, the company wants a strategic market that will bring the company to a new level while starting with international expansion. Aside from China, other countries of observation are India, China and Hong Kong.

Shiptek is a firm established by a Filipino, Mr. Eugenio S. Ynion, Jr. It is also responsible for XLOG which was created for a digital platform to make it easier to process freight such as couriers and cargos. It can provide other services such as ATM installation but UnionBank is hopeful that through the investment it made in Shiptek, they will be able to incorporate banking services. The CMO said that they are hopeful to reach the target they expect which is between 500,000 and 1 million TEUs before the end of 2019.

Things To Know About Junk Removal Orange County

Many people see junk removal as a simple and not so glamorous job. Yes, perhaps we cannot see any glamour in the job, but on the contrary, junk removal is a subtle kind of process that is done by a variety of types of people.

Most of us think that people in junk removal Orange County are those with inferior personalities with no academic achievements and the tasks that they do are no-brainer ones. There are many things that people do not actually know about junk removal Orange County because they only see the exterior part of the job and the people behind it.

Well, here are some things worth our knowledge about junk removal Orange County, the team, and what they do with the process.

  1. Ample space is needed for junk removal services

Hauling companies need a dedicated space to serve as their warehouse to keep your belongings away from the landfill. The junk removal personnel sort out all the junk items collected and recycle those that are recyclable. There are many priceless items these collectors find in the junk. Without a space to sort these items would mean dumping them wastefully instead of being utilized by other people.

  1. Junk haulers are good at problem-solving

In the service industry, junk haulers are called “The Fixers” because of their ability to solve many types of junk materials issues to make their clients’ environment a pleasant place to stay. There are so many junk materials that are difficult to discard because of their weight, size, and safety concerns. But for junk haulers, all of these can be done with ease.

  1. Hauling services donate the items that are not junk

Junk haulers allowyou to give back and help other people through your junk materials. By donating items such as furniture, books, clothing, toys, and other usable items, many people in need are provided by junk haulers.

  1. The crews of junk hauling companies have varied experiences

Good junk hauling companies hire unique crews with backgrounds in trucking, mechanics, general handyman jobs, and handling of heavy equipment. These crews have proper training on how to use power tools and other high-power-driven equipment.

  1. Junk haulers are trained to haul all types of junk materials

Junk haulers never decline to do any junk hauling jobs, whether big or small. Junk hauling is their means of livelihood, so they always welcome getting all kinds of junk.

Junk haulers are people we should be thankful for. Because of them, we can dispose of our garbage properly and help other people in need through our junk.

Canadian Company Works To Help Companies Avoid Throwing Away Furniture

Companies like Systems Commercial see a lot of sales, as companies across the world look to furnish their offices. The tradeoff being that there’s also more furniture waste being produced and heading to landfills.

Data from the EPA says that the amount of furniture and furnishings taken to landfills has jumped up to 9.69 million tonnes in 2015, compared to the 7.6 million tonnes in 2005, and that this number is growing at an accelerating rate.

A Canadian company, Green Standards, have opted to do something about it, with their business model revolving around helping other companies and startups donate, recycle, or resell their office furniture to stores like Systems Commercial, in order to lessen the furniture waste going to landfills. Since 2010, the company has managed to divert at least 50,000 tonnes of furniture from landfills in North America, while managing to donate a total of about $25 million worth of furniture to nonprofit organisations.

Marc Borins, from Green Standards, explains that, when companies see the value in donating their unused furniture to local nonprofits or reselling them, compared to having to spend money to dump the stuff into a landfill, then it’s a no-brainer. He says that it’s a win for everyone involved, and why Green Standards are working to popularize the practice.

Green Standards works with companies moving to a new office space, or getting new furniture for their current office, wherein they work to resell the more expensive pieces in order to offset the costs of furnishing the office space. Most of the inventory, however, gets donated to a local nonprofit, which lets the company get deductions on their taxes.

The company also does what it can to recycle the furniture they work, but given that a lot of furniture is made from different materials, this isn’t always the case. Only when the pieces can’t be resold, donated, or recycled do they get sent to a landfill.

The company reports that 98.6% of the office furniture it’s worked with, acquired primarily from California and Texas thanks to their thriving corporate sectors, have been recycled, resold or donated, cutting in about 180,000 tonne2 reduction in CO2 emissions since 2009.

Awareness of furniture waste has been growing alongside the popularity of flatpack furniture companies. IKEA has announced that they’re testing a furniture rental programme, while furniture rental startups have grown in prominence.

Small Businesses Turning To DIY SEO

Based on the latest survey, many small businesses are aware of the importance of performing SEO but only 36 per cent have adapted a strategy and making use of it. The survey was conducted among 529 small businesses that participated. These are businesses with staff between 1 and 50+. The figure was quite disconcerting according to p w d because many small businesses are not reaping the benefits of SEO.

Aside from the 36 per cent already using SEO, 23 per cent of business expressed interest to employ SEO this year while another 15 per cent said that they are planning to use it in 2020 or the years to come after that. There is no assurance though that these intentions are going to come true. A survey conducted last year revealed that 44 per cent of businesses are investing in SEO. The latter survey, however, have large companies that participated.

A more shocking revelation is that 54 per cent of small businesses are turning to in-house staff to perform SEO. A considerable number of minority, 42 per cent, said that they have hired freelancers and consultants that are expert in SEO. An additional 28 per cent admitted to hiring a company that offer SEO services. Another 50 per cent said that they are utilizing tools and software intended for SEO.

A majority of the small businesses, an overwhelming 80 per cent, said that they are confident with the SEO strategies they are employing albeit self-assessed. Doubts were raised after these companies mention social media marketing as part of their SEO practices which cover 63 per cent of the total small businesses questioned. Over 50 per cent said that they are focusing on creating a website that is mobile friendly while other are using research or tagging as a tool.

Small businesses are also monitoring the success of their SEO strategy through a number of ways – web traffic (25 per cent), leads and conversions (19 per cent), backlinks with quality (14 per cent), keyword (13 per cent), impressions (13 per cent), engagement on the site (12 per cent) and to the dismay of p w d there are still 4 per cent SMBs that admitted they are not tracking.

UniSA Testing Forecast Technology

All of the solar panels on the Gold Coast prices are reliant on a steady source of solar energy, meaning that accurate weather forecasts are key to the market. In recognition of that, the University of South Australia has developed a new form of forecast technology, which is currently undergoing testing.

The $1.2m system is currently being tested by the university’s teams, in order to see if it can boost solar efficiency, to help with solar panels on the Gold Coast prices, by providing more accurate predictions of weather phenomena. The model is aimed at predicting weather from 5 minutes, up to 1-2 hours.

This model is important due to the fact that the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) matches electricity demand and supply in the country every five minutes. This means that large-scale solar power producers need to be informed on how much output they should expect in five minute intervals, ideally, in order to be competitive on the market. To that end, it’s important that they’re informed about the weather.

Professor John Boland, one of the researchers from UniSA, says that the aim is to produce an industry-best forecast tool, which will improve the reliability of renewable energy sources, which, in turn, would cut down electricity prices.

The project trial will be run on five solar farms in Victoria, and Far North Queensland. Researchers have selected the farms known for their particularly volatile weather conditions. A range of technologies will be used as part of the trial, which include, among others, skyward-facing cameras that possess machine vision algorithms, which allow them to keep track of, and make forecasts on cloud motion.

Boland says that greater forecasting accuracy is paramount for the renewable energy industry. Improved accuracy, he says, won’t just help with increasing the commonness of solar panels, but also improve the stability of the electricity network at large, which, in turn, would make managing the grid easier.  The improved management of the grid will help in cutting down energy prices for customers.

Boland and his team aims to produce forecasts that’s more aligned with actual solar output, and, to that end, they’ll be working with CSIRO, the University of New South Wales, as well as Genex Power Ltd. The trials of the new system is being funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Things To Consider In A Medical Logistics Company

Medical logistics is a delicate process as it involves medical items such as pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and equipment, and other products related to healthcare. Time and efficient handling and delivery are important factors to consider in the process to ensure that medical products are received by the clients in perfect condition.

Using a medical logistics company in transporting highly delicate medical data is critical in the maintenance of a healthcare institution such as hospitals, clinics, laboratories, medical processing company, blood bank, and other related institutions. There is a major thing that you want to ascertain when getting a medical logistics company to handle your shipment – you need to know all the information about the medical logistics company handling your freight.

Here are the essential things you should consider when you work with a medical logistics service:

  1. OSHA training requirements

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all medical logistics providers to have an awareness in thebloodborne-pathogen program. All medical logistics providers must attend this program – no exceptions.

 

The training comprises of OSHA compliant data-keeping, administrative requirements, medical definitions, transportation guidelines, incident plan, specimen integrity, and OSHA guidelines because they are in the medical supply chain. The training should be performed by a qualified trainer. OSHA training is renewed every year.

  1. Documentation process

Documentation is essential in all medical logistics transactions to support the items being shipped. The service provider should have the most modern technology facilities such as temperature monitoring, barcode scanning, signature capture, and GPS monitoring. The provider must communicate and inform the client on the status of the delivery through detailed electronic and real-time manifests.

  1. Insurance and licenses

It is important that your logistics provider has insurance and licenses to protect you from any unforeseen circumstances. The insurance and licenses of the service provider must come from a reputable company.

  1. DOT Coolers, Spill Kits, and Regulations

Medical logistics vehicles must be equipped with DOT coolers and spill kits necessary for the transport of specimens. Ensure that the driver is also updated with OSHA, HIPAA, FAA, IATA, and DOT regulations for protection against possible hazards.

  1. Independent contractors

If the logistics provider hires independent contractors, ensure that all the drivers have all the necessary awareness training in handling medical logistics. The independent contractor must also be equipped with back up drivers and vehicles to ensure continuous service especially during busy days.

The bottom line of ensuring all these essential requirements in place is a smooth and efficient delivery of goods and services to the clients.

UK’s Most Dangerous Road For Riders Revealed

Latest figures revealed that the second spot for the safest area in the entire United Kingdom is Wales with 357 motorcycle accidents recorded in 2017. The number is 174 higher compared to the area with the top spot which is England’s north eastern part with only 183 accidents. The most dangerous region was London because record shows that it has seen around 3,200 more accidents than Wales. The number is quite alarming especially for businesses like shop.wheelsmotorcycles.co.uk because their main product line is all about motorcycle safety.

Looking at the list of 10 most dangerous roads in the entire United Kingdom, the only road that is not located within London is the A483. It runs the length of Swansea going to Chester and almost the entire area of Powys. It also passes through areas such as Llandrindod Wells, Llanwrtyd and Builth.

Swinton, an insurance firm, said that their analysis of the records from two years ago showed that A483 is found to be on the number seven on the list with the most motorcycle accidents.

The number of accidents found in Wales in 2017 which is 357 was found to have declined by 12 per cent in the following year,

The author of the report said that the fault of many riders is that they allow their vulnerability to be underestimated. In fact, the result was quite disturbing because it was revealed that one in every three accidents involving riders is usually seriously or fatally injured.

The same research showed that majority of the accidents happen on a Friday which means this is not a good day for riders. Saturday was also found to be getting more dangerous based on the data processed every year.

The worst accidents usually happen on a Sunday in the middle of the day which usually happens to riders with motorcycle engines that are beyond 5,000cc. Motorbike clothing specialists working with shop.wheelsmotorcycles.co.uk noted that the report said that 83 per cent of the accidents happen even when the weather is good. This backs up the fact that riders need proper clothing and gear even when they are not riding professionally.

When Do You Need To Bring Your Child To A Children’s Podiatrist In Sydney

Children grow so fast and their feet grow fast as well. Yet, many parents do not have the idea when their children are experiencing pain in their feet and when they should see and consult a podiatrist. This is partly because some children do not express the pain they feel or just ignore them and parents just don’t see any symptoms as yet.

A podiatrist is a health professional who can evaluate and treat problems of the feet, toes, ankles, and lower leg areas. You can see a children’s podiatrist in Sydney in their private clinics or at the hospital. You can go directly to a podiatrist without a referral from a general doctor, though you can go anytime to a GP for an initial consultation.

Signs when you need to see a podiatrist:

  1. Toenail problems

When your toenails are fine, you probably will not give a second thought of them. But even a toenail which is just a small part of your child’s feet can be a cause of alarm if it is ingrown or infected. An ingrown or infected toenail is a sign for you to bring your child to a podiatrist. This also goes with thickened or oddly-shaped toenails because they can indicate fungus in the area.

  1. Warts

Warts are common issues in children which often appear on their feet. Warts occur because of HPV which can be contracted through direct contact with someone who has cracks or cuts.

  1. Curly Toes

Curly toe is a condition where the toes bend over. It is considered a genetic issue and can be attributed to tight tendons. However, sometimes, curled toes can improve as your kid grows.

  1. Lower leg pain

Pain in the foot or lower leg can indicate a serious problem which should not be ignored. Although sometimes, it is only part of a child’s growth, referring them to a podiatrist is an ideal thing to do to ensure that everything is alright.

  1. Flat feet

Feet that are extremely flattened at an early age of your child is a cause for alarm. A podiatrist must be consulted to evaluate this issue.

  1. Trouble walking

If you see your child walks on tiptoes and struggles in walking, you need to see a podiatrist immediately. These symptoms can indicate deeper problems if not attended to at once.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of feet and lower leg problems are important for parents to be able to address the issue at an early stage by seeing a podiatrist to avoid more problems in the future.

Accountants Must Be Vigilant In Recognizing Pseudo Tax Audit Insurance Services

Since the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is focusing its efforts on tax compliance to reduce the $8.7 billion gap between the expected collections from individual taxpayers and the taxes that have been collected, it becomes more important to obtain chartered accountant insurance for protection. The number of audits that will be initiated by ATO are expected to increase.

Based on ATO’s study of individual tax returns, it was found out that 72% contained errors from incorrect claims for work-related expenses to rental property expenses and failure to report cash wages. It is easier for ATO to cross-check info from different sources to recognize the breaches through sophisticated data-matching technology.

Accountants can expect an increasing number of queries regarding tax returns. According to Craig Laughton, Executive General Manager of Policy, Advocacy and Public Practice at CPA Australia, the cost incurred in responding to a tax audit or government compliance investigation will become a controversial issue between an accounting practice and its clients.

The audit process is time consuming because of the time required to make preparations to respond to audit findings. Having an appropriate tax audit insurance coverage will cover the costs associated to the tax audit. However, accountants must be alert because there are pseudo tax audit protection services being offered.

On the surface, it would appear that pseudo insurance is a cost effective solution but underneath it all, the accountant may be paying for a service that has no insurance backing. It is important to check what the insurance policy covers and what it doesn’t. Instead of an audit risk being transferred to an insurance firm, they are only self-insuring because there is no associated external insurance cover.

Accounting practices that do not have proper insurance may find themselves at a disadvantage because the associated costs of responding to a tax audit can be substantial.

It is definitely worth having chartered accountant insurance that will cover the professional fees resulting from an official audit, enquiry, investigation, review or examination instigated by Inland Revenue or New Zealand Government Authority. Once there is insurance, the risks are transferred to the insurer that will pay for the total costs of responding to a tax audit.

Increase In Australia’s Migration For Better Business Opportunities

According to the latest figure, around 108,000 millionaires have moved to new boarders in the previous year. The number is 14 per cent higher compared to the year before that. Based on New World Health which is based in Johannesburg, the number is more than twice compared to the 2013 figure. This is not surprising for the people behind www.tradies.com.au because they know that these people are looking for greener pastures when it comes to taxes and businesses.

A research firm revealed that the most preferred destinations by these migrating millionaires are Canada, Australia and United States. The highest lost is for the countries and Russia and China with more and more people leaving. In 2018, there are about 3,000 millionaires who left the United Kingdom because of the issue of Brexit along with problems in taxation.

Based on the wealth migration data, there are a number of factors that impact their decisions to migrate including religious issues, crimes and the need for more business opportunities. In a statement, Andrew Amoils who is New World Wealth’s head of research said that the same factors could impact the future. He added that when rich people decides to leave a country, it could only mean one thing which is that the country is no longer flourishing for them or bad things are to happen in the future. These high-net worth people are more likely to migrate as soon as possible compared to middle-class individuals.

Immigrants rank Australia as their number one destination because of its level of security, strong business relationship with countries such as South Korea, China and Japan and there is no tax when it comes to inheritance. It is also an attractive prospect because of its steady growth as it was able to withstand the financial crisis without significant losses and it has never entered the period of recession for almost three decades.

Many of these millionaires, according to www.tradies.com.au are hoping to get into business opportunities as they migrate but they are also keeping watch of their home countries so they can go back as soon as the standard of living has stabilized.