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June 27, 2019

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Best Outlaw Style Motorcycle Helmets

June 27, 2019

For law-abiding citizens, an outlaw motorcycle helmet may be the closest they come to breaking the law. These slick helmets are durable, stylish and designed to keep you safe. Whether you’re looking for a new style to try out or need to find the best motorcycle helmets that offer the unique outlaw look, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some top picks for the best outlaw style motorcycle helmets on the market.

Scorpion EXO Covert Helmet

An affordable option that can still take a beating, the Scorpion EXO is a dynamic option for a wide variety of use. You can wear the Covert as a half helmet, full face or 3/4 helmet. This gives you all the benefits of a durale, full face design, and still allows you to feel the wind once and awhile.

A retractable visor, generous vents and a unique look, you’re sure to get a killer helmet that works well in a variety of situations. Stay comfortable on long trips or take this one for a spin around your neighborhood to show off your new look.

Biltwell Lane Splitter

Fast, furious and protective enough for even the most painful crash, the Lane Splitter is a testament to function and fashion in one helmet. While the interior is lined with EPS to absorb shock, the patented ABS shell keeps you safe from skids, rocks or a collision with other hard surfaces. Choose an outlaw helmet that doesn’t just promise a great-looking exterior, but also walks the talk and keeps your head safe. Touring, commuting or impressing the fans all requires a healthy blend of comfort and safety. Thankfully, the Biltwell Lane Splitter delivers.

While it comes with expansive intake vents to allow plenty of air flow, these non-adjustable vents are likely to cool your face off in cold climates. An inner mesh pocket for your communication device seals the deal on this iconic outlaw helmet that boasts a wide variety of shell colors.

Scorpion EXO-AT950 Neocon Helmet

From the aerodynamic touring shape to the attachable sun visor, this multipurpose Scorpion helmet is great for most riding situations. Not to be confused with the Covert, the EXO-AT950 is a dual-sport dream that is easy to use all day long. The dynamic lines and aggressive look matches your motorcycle aftermarket parts you use to trick out your ride.

From motocross mud pits to day and night driving on long cruises, the EXO-AT950 delivers expert performance and a sleek look. Go with the standard matte black color scheme or choose a vibrant accent color to turn heads as you fly by.

The liner is antimicrobial, so you won’t have to worry about sweat and dirt creating a funky smell as you ride. You’ll find a communication inner pocket, a generous manufacturer warranty and a dual-density shell for even the toughest crashes.

While there are many more outlaw style motorcycle helmets, these three designs represent some of the most premium, flexible and well-rounded options on the market. From specialized motocross setups to dual-sport enthusiasts, grab the outlaw helmet that fits your needs, matches your motorcycle gear and promises you’ll be the coolest biker on the road.

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What are the top tips for saving money?

June 27, 2019

We’re always on the lookout for ways to save money, especially after our bank balances have taken a hit over the festive period. Of course, there are the traditional ways of saving such as budgeting and setting aside a certain amount of funds each month. But, without overly restricting your leisure activities, what everyday changes can you make to spend less?

  1. Spend less on your energy bill

Make small everyday changes to lower the cost of your energy bill. 

Did you know that 4% of your energy bill is attributed to cooking? Work on lowering this if you can. Your oven stays warm for a long time after you’ve switched it off. Try turning it off 10 minutes before you’re finished cooking to save on energy. 

Instead of turning your thermostat up during the colder months, layer up instead to save on pennies! Switching down by just one degree Celsius can save you £85 per year — it all adds up. When it comes to showering, cutting your shower time down to 5 minutes instead of 15 minutes can save you £98 per year — less singing and faster washing!

  1. Storing food properly 

When we’re packing food away in the fridge or freezer, we usually don’t think about how it’s stored. But, the way that you put away your goods can have an impact on your energy bill.

If you pack your freezer more tightly, this keeps more of the cold air in when you open the door. This means that the appliance doesn’t have to work as hard to lower the temperature again. The same applies for the refrigerator too — a full fridge requires less energy to stay cool than one that’s empty. If you’re struggling to pack your fridge or freezer full, filling it with newspaper can do the job. 

  1. Save money booking holidays 

Even when we’re trying to save money, we all deserve a holiday now and then! The good news is that you can save money by following a few top tips the next time you book a vacation. 

Try and fly out on a Friday if you can, this can save you 18% on your airfare compared to if you flew out on a Sunday. Taking into consideration the average cost of a flight and the fact that the average Brit goes on holiday three times a year, you could save £85 annually by following this top tip. 

Be calculative about when you book your holiday too. You can save £36 per year by booking your trip on a Monday as flights are 5% cheaper. 

Consider packing more economically too. You can save £144 per year by only taking hand luggage on your flights. Squeeze more into your suitcase by rolling clothes and packing garments in your shoes.

  1. Meal prepping 

Being prepared when it comes to grocery shopping and planning lunches for the week can help save on cash. 

Even making a shopping list before you head to the supermarket can help. In fact, 60% of people who take a shopping list to the supermarket said it saves them money. It stops you buying things that you don’t necessarily need and helps you stick to your budget. 

Create a meal plan for the week too. This means that you’re only buying what you need and don’t need to spend money on unexpected lunches out. Statistics have shown that you can save an impressive £1,300 per year by preparing lunch at home rather than eating out during the week. 

  1. Eco-conscious coffee drinking 

There are a few ways that you can be eco-conscious about your coffee drinking while saving money. 

First of all, you can start by making your coffee at home when you can. You can save £507 per year by making your coffee at home instead of buying one each day from a retailer. If you prefer coffee from the store, why not take your own cup? This is helping the environment and you can save £150 per year as many high street retailers now offer 50p off coffee when you present your own cup. 

Make the small changes above and watch your pennies turn into pounds this year! For more saving tips, check out True Potential Investor’s Life Hacks interactive. 

Sources

https://www.uswitch.com/energy-saving/guides/5-lifestyle-hacks-to-save-energy/

https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/slash-your-electric-bill-with-11-savvy-hacks-48497#efficient-fridges

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/755367/money-saving-tips-electricity-bill

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/comment/how-airfares-have-fallen-since-golden-age-of-flying/

https://metro.co.uk/2017/05/13/how-far-the-average-british-tourist-travels-every-year-6635197/

https://www.skyscanner.net/news/tips/expert-tips-for-snagging-a-cheap-flight

https://www.statista.com/statistics/304108/number-of-passengers-on-united-kingdom-airlines/

https://www.skyscanner.net/news/7-ways-beat-easyjet-cabin-baggage-rules

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/blog/five-ways-to-save-at-the-supermarket

https://www.vouchercloud.com/resources/lunch-at-home-research

http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/uk-coffee-shop-sales-enjoy-a-growth-high

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3979712/coffee-costa-starbuck-nero-chains-cost-each-year/

Technology

How print is supporting the digital industry

June 27, 2019

It seems like digital is ‘upgrading’ every sector, but there are still areas in which print is trusted as the number-one choice. For example, businesses often prefer to print confidential documents rather than sending them digitally, due to concerns over digital copies being less safe in terms of potential interception by a third party during its transmission.

In fact, even digital giants Google use print as a means to confirm addresses and identities of customers and contributors by sending out postcards with codes on for businesses signing up to their location services, as a physical security measure. This is particularly interesting, considering so many believe that digital will make print redundant — far from it, it appears that print is wholly necessary for digital to be a success. Managed print solution experts, United Carlton, investigates… 

The issue of trust

There’s no denying that the digital age has opened up a world of information at our fingertips. But not only is this information far more rapidly accessible, it is also just as quick to hit the digital platforms of the world. The speed in which information can be uploaded digitally is both a benefit and a problem — before anything can be checked, screened, or verified, it’s already out in the world and being shared across several platforms. This has given rise to what we now call ‘fake news’. 

A recent example of a fake news phenomenon came in the form of the Momo Challenge. This news story escalated quickly, being picked up by a number of tabloids including the Express and the Daily Mail, and even as far as the BBC. Touted as a haunting and harmful internet ‘challenge’ that would cut into YouTube videos and prompt children to contact a number through WhatsApp, the Momo Challenge sparked fear in parents and children across the world. Then, it turned out to be nothing but a hoax. 

The creature’s disturbing face was found to belong to a sculpture from a Japanese art show, and YouTube released a statement to say they had found no instances of such a video cutting into their broadcasts. But by the time the information could be checked and verified, it had already gone viral. 

Herein lies the issue of trust within the digital platform — information spreads so quickly that it is impossible to study and research the claims to prove them true or not before the world takes it as gospel. Hearsay and speculation become links, and these links are quickly referred to as ‘sources’ in order to lend credibility. Furthermore, as news outlets struggle to be the first with breaking news, verifying the story can fall by the wayside in favour of speed. A dangerous move, given people will likely trust a story more if they see it published by a known news outlet. 

Print media can, however, offer a balm to the downsides of digital swiftness. 

The power of apology in print

Consider this: in the wake of the scandal that gripped Facebook last year in which many users saw their details being unknowingly accessed by a political consultancy, CEO Mark Zuckerberg issues many apologies. One such apology took the form of a full-page printed advert in a number of national newspapers across the US and the UK. The apology read:

‘We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it. 

You may have heard about a quiz app built by a university researcher that leaked Facebook data of million of people in 2014. This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time. We’re now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again. 

We’ve already stopped apps like this from getting so much information. Now we’re limiting the data apps get when you sign in using Facebook. 

We’re also investigating every single app that had access to large amounts of data before we fixed this. We expect there are others. And when we find them, we will ban them and tell everyone affected. 

Finally, we’ll remind you which apps you’ve given access to your information — so you can shut off the ones you don’t want anymore. 

Thank you for believing in this community. I promise to do better for you. 

Mark Zuckerberg’ 

In terms of this printed apology being successful, it is worth noting that the phrase ‘I am sorry’ has been viewed as an honest apology by 74 per cent of Brits. Zuckerberg used the phrase once in his printed apology. But more importantly, he chose to publish it in a printed format. According to PrintPower, this form of apology shows a valuable act of taking time to consider the apology as well as being willing to put it in permanent record through print. Inevitably, the printed ad would be photographed and shared digitally by Facebook’s target audience, in a more authentic way than if Facebook had published the apology itself digitally. It stands out, and it looks genuine— as The Drum rightly notes, there’s a reason we still use the phrase ‘front page news’ when discussing important matters. It’s deemed a reliable source, where only 24 per cent of Brits reckon Twitter, Instagram, and even Facebook itself is trustworthy for news

It may well be that the future is predominantly digital. But the digital world will always benefit from the human elements that are inherent to print media. 

Sources: 

https://www.odwyerpr.com/story/public/9862/2017-12-08/print-media-more-trustworthy-than-digital.html

https://www.clearb2b.com/news-views/Thefutureofprintinadigitalage

https://twosidesna.org/US/mark-zuckerberg-apologises-through-a-newspaper-ad/

https://www.politifact.com/facebook-fact-checks/statements/2019/mar/05/facebook-posts/no-momo-challenge-isnt-real-its-just-another-inter/

https://yougov.co.uk/topics/lifestyle/articles-reports/2019/02/06/most-brits-think-im-sorry-any-offence-caused-prope

https://www.technadu.com/mark-zuckerberg-apologizes-for-the-breach-of-trust-in-full-page-newspaper-ads/23739/

https://www.printpower.eu/insight/the-art-of-the-apology/

https://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2018/03/29/print-dead-then-why-do-even-the-tech-giants-use-it-their-apology-ads

Business

How can you exploit data to make well educated business decisions?

June 27, 2019

Historically, the value of a business focussed mostly on the health of the most recent balance sheet. Essentially accountants could, at a glance, determine asset strengths and liability weaknesses, then offer an informed viewpoint as to what actions were needed to improve things. As a process of its time, this worked fine.


But fast forward to the present, and although financial statements retain all their validity, the balance sheet does not declare the value of the business’ data — arguably one of the most important and under-utilised asset. The value of data cannot be understated, as the opportunities it offers are immense. Sitting in the depth and breadth of transactional information, customer activity, purchasing, stocking detail etc, there is value to be found through a variety of applications and interpretations of this data. You just need to have to right tools to extract its gold mine potential in order to make your business greater. Moreover, data is an asset that does not depreciate, but grows day-by-day, almost effortlessly. This is something that is extremely exciting for the future of any business, large or small. 

Businesses must decide how best to work the data and bring home the spoils. Right now, you may be thinking about whether your current systems are up to the mark. Are they already maxed out in terms of harnessing the power of your data? Do you have absolute confidence in the quality of information you have available? Perhaps it’s time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture and the impact on your business model. A review such as this can highlight weaker areas of your business model that, once addressed, can push your company up to larger successes.  

Buying, stocking and distributing goods, in a trade, wholesale or even retail sector has moved on considerably since the dawn of the internet. Customer service expectations have been transformed to an on-demand model — a business that cannot fulfil an order quickly will be abandoned by a customer more than happy to shop elsewhere. Customers not only want to know your stock position, but they want and expect you to be looking after them pro-actively. Pro-active customer service requires quality communications to suit their needs. These processes are vital in order to make them feel important. But in order to achieve this, your systems need new levels of capability. Without it, you may find customers heading over to your competition instead.

In the same way that systems have become more sophisticated, more capable and more functionally rich, there is also an expectation to see greater ease of use and more flexibility. If applications are not intuitive then they simply won’t get used. Browser-based deployment and fully mobile-enabled capabilities are must-haves. At no point should a user be required to re-key data. Every application should be seamlessly integrated with one another.

Using data to make decisions is about having the relevant information you need available in an instant. More than that, you want the data to be presented ‘dashboard style’ for easy, timely decision-making and be able to highlight the opportunities within the complete picture, risk-free. Whether the task at hand is to spot gaps in buying patterns and sales trends, or to create effective new campaigns, being able to have your finger on the pulse has become mission critical. Those empowered and duly authorised to make the right informed decisions at the right time will be able to enjoy increased job satisfaction. At the same time, the business will be able to operate with renewed and profitable vigour.

Warehouse management specialists, Kerridge Commercial Systems have been at the forefront of developing fully-integrated solutions to the manufacturing and distribution sectors for over 40 years. The company’s latest generation of advanced applications incorporate all the requirements for efficient trading with comprehensive CRM, data analysis, and decision-making capabilities. Tony Pey, Head of Product Marketing, says: “Our solutions have been finely developed in partnership with our customers over many years. Right at the forefront now in terms of applications that can help businesses make timely, well-informed decisions, our Vecta sales analytics and CRM solution is immensely capable. It enables the user to stay in the driving seat and run the business their way. Implementation is straightforward — Vecta is easy and intuitive to use and results can start to kick in within days of going live.”

What does the future of data management hold then? In short, the bar is likely to go up even further as competitive pressures grow. It is particularly exciting that businesses are employing young, enthusiastic, IT-savvy staff, who have a greater awareness of the potential of technology. Particularly, this generation of staff know how to make the most from the applications and tools available. Bringing this to the forefront means that any business can not only improve decision-making processes but have the implicit trust and confidence that the information before them is accurate and reliable. Together with the need to serve customers to the levels now demanded, this is what it’s all about — with a stronger balance sheet and healthier P&L to show for it.