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3 tips for using big company sales tactics at growing businesses
Forbes
Small, growing businesses may not have the budget, bandwidth, or complex sales processes of larger companies, but what they do have is speed. As a result, they can take advantage of enterprise tactics while still retaining their unique superpower of moving quickly and iterating as they go. Here are three easy ways growing businesses can take their sales processes to the next level while they grow.
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5 tips to create effective personalized sales emails
Business 2 Community
Email remains the number one communication method. 87 billion emails are drafted daily around the world. Ninety-four percent of Americans regularly use email. More than half of us check our inboxes first thing in the morning. Email is one of the most effective sales communication strategies. Even more effective are personal emails. When possible, send emails that are either personal, or if automated, appear to be personally from you. Get away from the templated HTML emails and send plain text emails where you're actually reaching one person. Here are some helpful tips around personalized emails.
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How to up your small business cash flow — fast
Entrepreneur
Of the many challenges that small businesses face, the vast majority cite cash flow as one of the biggest roadblocks to running a successful and growing enterprise. About 60 percent of them fail for this reason alone. The flow of capital in and out of a business is an inevitable part of operating, but there are ways to prepare for working capital gaps. Here, the most common root causes of such cash-flow gaps and tips to remedy the situations.
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4 tips on how to grow leaders within an organization
By Betty Boyd
Growing leaders within an organization is a great opportunity, but leadership is not developed overnight. It takes a long, steady process of coaching, mentoring and giving people a chance to excel. Current leaders must step up and mold the future of the organization. Here are four tips to better help grow leaders within your organization.
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10 productivity hacks every small business owner can benefit from
The Huffington Post
Running a business is not an easy task — it can be extremely stressful. You need to be as efficient and productive as possible. Here are 10 productivity hacks to help you kick into gear and come out swinging as we enter Q2 of 2015.
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Social customer service: How to support customers and stop online trouble in its tracks
Forbes
If you want to be known for great customer service, you have to provide that great customer service and support regardless of the channel through which the customer has reached out to you. It's not the customer's responsibility to make customer support convenient for you; it's your responsibility to make it convenient for your customers.
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4 habits of people who are truly happy
The Huffington Post
This article explores how cultivating gratitude in your life can help you, and everyone around you, live a happier, healthier life. Check out the habits of truly appreciative people below.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Little Debbie's Bakery Fresh Pastries

All Little Debbie products are now available as pre-ordered bakery fresh pastry with your vend distributor. This includes Mini Donuts, Zebra Cakes and Swiss Rolls. Distributors may also be stocking top-sellers like the Oatmeal Cream Pie and Nutty Bar. Call your distributor today to place your order (or pre-order) for Little Debbie snack cakes.
Crane's Media Touch Technology

Crane’s Media Touch is changing the way consumers experience vending, helping operators win new business and increase same-store sales. The 7” touch screen can display nutritional information, interactive promotions and digital advertising. Built on NAMA’s open standards, Media Touch provides a powerful platform that’s capable today and ready for the future.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


Single cups and workplace coffee in the NCA's 2015 Consumer Trends Report
Daily Coffee News
Single-cup brewing systems are continuing their meteoric rise, while workplace coffee may provide one of the industry's biggest opportunities for development. This according to the National Coffee Association's 2015 National Coffee Drinking Trends report.
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What are the best coffee 'buzz' words?
CSP Daily News
While convenience stores still lag behind traditional coffee houses and doughnut shops when coffee is the topic, they're not far behind, especially with their No. 1 weapon of choice, convenience.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Payments at Vending Machines made Eazy

EazyCoin™ has developed a pioneering Wireless Mobile Technology that allows customers to make purchases in vending machines by using their Android and iOS (Apple) mobile devices. Offering such features as intuitive interface, product selection from the device, vending machine location, and fund transfers between users. One feature or benefit of the EazyCoin™ solution, that will be of great value to the Industry, is the capacity to provide Inventory control.

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Coffee harvest in Indonesia expanding to record on rainfall
Bloomberg
Coffee farmers in Indonesia, the world's third-biggest producer of the robusta variety used by Nestle SA, will probably harvest a record crop in the season starting April after rains boosted yields. Production may increase 18 percent to 650,000 metric tons from 550,000 tons a year earlier, the median of five trader estimates compiled by Bloomberg shows.
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Why tea is the sneaky ingredient to brighter, better skin
POPSUGAR
You probably already know that green tea can give you brighter, tighter skin (the natural antioxidants do wonders for your complexion), but did you know that most herbal teas have similar beauty advantages?
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


A study in building a purpose-driven business
Fast Company
How do you create a successful business with social good in mind? The answer used to be simple. Companies held an annual campaign for the United Way or sponsored a local charity, but there was no doubt that any purpose beyond profit was secondary. What may have been an afterthought in the past is the entire reason to start a business today. A purpose extending beyond profit is more than a marketing tool. It guides every choice and decision. It's a valuable tool for attracting and engaging employees, customers, and communities who value a company that does good while also being successful.
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Corporate social responsibility: 3 steps to getting started
Mining
As companies continue to evolve and migrate to remote locations for operations, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plans have become common practice. While companies have a responsibility to run good businesses, they also have a responsibility to deliver sustainable benefits to host communities. By implementing an effective CSR program, companies can successfully achieve both.
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The thorny task of advocating good corporate behavior
The New York Times
In the war to control corporations, the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the $300 billion pension fund, has decided that it is willing to actively press companies to emphasize the environment, diversity and good corporate governance, perhaps even at the expense of profitability. It may save the planet by changing the way companies are run, but will it lead to the returns Calpers desperately needs?
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