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Debit card swipe fees lower, but may still be too high for retailers
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The Federal Reserve has released data showing that the debit card swipe fees charged large banks charge retailers have dropped dramatically as a result of 2011 reform legislation. However, the National Retail Federation and others continue to argue that debit card swipe fees are still too out of line. According to the Fed's report, the average debit card swipe fee charged by large banks has dropped to 24 cents — down from an average of 43 cents prior to the passage of November 2011 legislation that limited the debit card rates that large financial institutions could charge retailers. More


The wide world of coffee
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AudioBrief It's not just Colombian in a can anymore; the days of a quick cup of joe have evolved to dozens of choices — espresso, latte, cappuccino, macchiato. And, if you wish, you can delve further — fair trade beans from Costa Rica; shade-grown Brazilian beans, Yirga-cheffe from Ethiopia. So many decisions! More

The pros and cons of the daily cup of coffee
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Many can't start the day without that steaming cup of coffee. It's both emotional and chemical. We know caffeine is a stimulant and a drug, which leads to a lot of back and forth when it comes to health benefits. So, is it good for you or not? More

Alpine® "Flowing with technology™"

Alpine® is the industry leader in (POU) point of use water filtration solutions. Alpine® recently introduced their new high end Aurora POU cooler using digital technology, tri-temp, UV sanitization, filter monitoring, leak detection, etc. Microsoft® picks Aurora™ as best in the industry. more

Starbucks leads coffee stocks as coffee consumption passes soft drinks
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Daily coffee consumption soared by seven percentage points, moving coffee solidly ahead of soft drinks, according to the 2012 National Coffee Drinking Trends from the National Coffee Association. Significantly, the new figures more precisely reflect consumption behaviors of the new U.S. demographic make-up, using sampling that statistically mirrors the Hispanic- and African-American segment. More

Tea production in the US industry market research report now available from IBISWorld
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Demand for tea will continue to heighten over the next five years due to increased health awareness and new product offerings, supporting the Tea Production industry. Tea is becoming infused into the American diet as consumers become more health-conscious and look for alternatives to sugar-rich carbonated beverages. As small niche tea companies sprout up at increasing rates, the brands and tea varieties available to consumers are also growing. While the tea industry will continue to experience an upswing, strong demand for ready-to-drink teas and beverages will somewhat limit revenue growth because they are not included in this industry. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Tea Production industry to its growing industry report collection. More

Bottom Line Benefits of using GPS North America

Reduce operating expenses - including fuel costs, overtime pay, and insurance premiums, and enhance safety and reduce liability. Better measure, monitor, and manage fleet performance while increasing driver productivity and enhancing customer service.

Bottled water company wins Walmart contest
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HumanKind Water, a bottled water company that touts its social conscience, won the most votes — and the top prize — in Wal-Mart's "American Idol"-like contest. As grand prize winner, the Philadelphia-based company will soon have its bottled water sold at up to 3,800 Wal-Mart stores nationwide and on More

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Business / Industry

Small businesses to get IOUs from health insurers
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If you're a hardworking small business owner who provides health benefits to your employees, there's a chance your insurance carrier owes you money. And if it does, you can start looking for a check in the mail. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are being held accountable to their customers in a brand new way — which means they're expected to owe businesses and individuals a whopping $1.3 billion this year, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation. More

Vagabond: Vending operations management at your fingertips
Live machine views, net profit reports, inventory management—they're available in real time on your desktop or mobile device with Vagabond. A cloud-based vending operations software tool, Vagabond helps you carry less inventory and increase revenue as it learns product/sales trends. As machines are serviced less frequently and more efficiently, Vagabond customers report a reduction of up to 25% in labor costs!

Why small business owners are hesitant to hire
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Many small business owners aren't hiring or expanding because the outlook for the economy, or their own companies, is uncertain. That raises the question of whether small businesses will give the economy the boost that it needs. Economists say that in past recoveries, small companies were the first to hire. When the economy was improving, they were more nimble than large companies because they didn't have the bureaucracy that can slow the hiring process. Their hiring helped propel the economy forward. The economy is growing, but that growth has slowed — and so has the pace of hiring among business with less than 500 employees. More


In this time of economic pressure, Ameri-Source makes sense: it cuts your costs, and helps deliver more profit to your operation.

Just what the world needs: Havaianas flip-flop vending machines
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France has them for baguettes, Amsterdam's Schipol has them for welcome home banners, and now the vending machine fun arrives on the shores of Australia. We're not talking a machine full of boomerangs or koalas. The world famous Brazilian flip-flop manufacturer, Havaianas, have made their rubbery comfort much, MUCH easier to buy. There are now a handful of official vending machines located around Sydney, Australia and its suburbs, primarily in shopping centers. With a sizing chart sticker on the ground, customers can pick from a variety of colors and four different sizes, naturally after sliding their credit card for $20. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

3 reasons why genuine social change is better than CSR
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Only corporations with a genuine and long-term commitment to social change will realize a material benefit to their businesses. Here's why, along with three examples of remarkable corporate social purpose programs. More


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