How to Reduce Food Waste Starting from its Production Process

Food waste is one of the most relevant issues in the global debate about the future of our planet. It’s generally accepted that an improvement of world population’s quality of life passes necessarily through a more scientific approach to the recovery of natural resources. And all the products – both fresh or processed ones – destined for food consumption purposes are definitely part of this area of interest.

Bread on conveyor belt in a food production facility

Focusing on the production process

Distribution, storage and retail routines are now involved in a general revision of food preservation’s policy: new technologies have been introduced in order to avoid a quick decay of perishable products.…

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How to Manage Rapid Growth as a Business Owner

All business owners aim for growth – after all, who doesn’t want their company to thrive? But while rapid growth is exciting, it’s often tricky to manage. A lot of the time, many of us don’t know what to do with the extra money we’re taking in. To sustain this boom, it’s vital to invest leftover profit wisely.

Managing rapid business growth

To deal effectively with fast growth, why not follow our top business tips?

Spot the cause of growth

So, you’re enjoying a profit surge – but why, exactly? Can you identify any specific causes? Is there a product that’s particularly popular, for example?…

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4 Reasons to Use Event Planning Software

Regardless of the size or type of business, you run, hosting events can be a very effective way to promote yourself. They enable you to reach out to potential customers. Or, if you prefer, connect with and reward those you already have.

Businesswoman using event planning software

You can use events to grow your business in all sorts of ways. But, you do need to stay organised. If you are not careful, things can get out of hand and you can end up with a flop on your hands. Using good-quality event planning tools is the best way to avoid this happening. Below, we explain why they are well worth using.…

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Startup Financial Management: 8 Tips for Staying in the Black

Are you managing a startup with little or no sales as yet? Running on a lean skeleton crew of employees banking on your promises of success?

Small business accountants

At this stage, it might seem most important to just do everything possible to keep the doors open, but that’s the wrong kind of thinking. Working on a day-to-day approach is the same as saying “We might not make it.”

In order to keep your startup in the black, or get it to that point if you’re not even there yet, you need to put systems in place that will help you both presently and in the future when sales start to pour in and potential investors start to show interest in your company.…

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How to Plan a Startup Team Building Retreat

As startup culture takes over the modern generation, it has become more necessary than ever to encourage team-building efforts. Most start-ups deal with a skeletal group and work through many stressful situations together. When such a variety of work is being dealt with with a small group, animosities can arise very quickly.

Team building retreat activities

Team-building efforts like corporate retreats are a great way to bring the team together. Not only do your employees get to spend time together, but they also do group activities and learn to build trust. These simple activities can bolster group confidence and help them do work together without any problems.…

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Advantages of Proper Business Storage for Local Area Businesses

Smaller enterprises which serve the needs of their local area have just as much need of good storage solutions as larger companies with nationwide coverage. With high-quality storage systems, your business can operate more efficiently and help you to serve your customers better. For example, many Midlands-based enterprises can find that they are able to respond quicker to customer enquiries by simply having better knowledge about their current stock levels.

Business storage solution

Have you ever wondered what can proper storage solutions do for your business?

Quicker dispatch with pallet racking

If you opt for a system of pallet racking, then goods that come in on pallets can go immediately into your stockroom without waiting to be unpackaged.…

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Does an In-House IT Team Make Sense for Your Business?

For most companies, IT underpins everything. Even if your core business doesn’t involve a desk, there’s almost always a team of people backing up your efforts – sales, marketing, accounting, payroll – and so on.

In-house IT specialist

The trouble with IT is that it doesn’t really do a good job of looking after itself. Sure, you might have someone who knows there way around your router and has the patience to talk to your internet service provider – but the complexities of an IT network will require specialist professional support – and that support can often be costly if you want it in-house.…

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How to Prepare Your Small Business for an Emergency

According to a survey by Staples.com, just 19% of office workers believe that their company is prepared to handle a major emergency — which is especially concerning, since each year across the U.S. explosions and fires occur in approximately 70,000 businesses and cause nearly 200 deaths.

Emergency situation in small business premise

Furthermore, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notes that approximately 1,200 tornadoes occur each year, and virtually all states — not just those on the west coast or Hawaii — are vulnerable to experiencing a moderate to severe earthquake. For example, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake rocked Oklahoma in 2016, and a magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked Virginia in 2011.…

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Shifting Methods: 4 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Shift Planning

A well-staffed shift does not happen by coincidence, it’s engineered through smart shifting methods and efficient planning. Shift planning should be something that adds value to the function of your business, rather than slowing it down. If shift planning is taking you or your management away from crucial work and opportunities for improvement, here are some tried and tested shifting methods that will ensure productive days and reduced administration requirements.

Two managers planning work schedule

1. Retire the paper pushing

The familiar paper timesheet and roster have faded away in recent years, and what a miracle that is. These paper solutions have made way for more reliable shift planning tools.…

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How to Create Smarter Inventory Management Solutions

Inventory management is about much more than just tracking down missing items. It’s about increasing your business’s efficiency, keeping shrinkage as low as possible, and ensuring that inventory counts are accurate. With accurate counts, you’ll never over-order, and you’ll always have your customer’s favorite items in stock.

A happy customer is a paying customer after all, so why not keep your inventory counts accurate? Here’s how to create smarter inventory management solutions for your business.

Man pointing at area of inventory management chart

Start with Your POS System

If you’re using a bulky, outdated cash register for your POS needs, it’s time to upgrade and move into the future.…

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