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How small businesses are balancing getting the job done without hiring new workers
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you work for a small business there's a good chance that, since the recession, you have taken on additional responsibilities and are working longer hours. Some of the work that used to be done by fellow employees may be getting farmed out to freelancers or other independent contractors. For small business owners, finding a way to cope with less staff is an even more delicate balancing act because they already have fewer workers to pick up the slack when an employee leaves. More


Coffee farmers in Peru look to carbon market to fund climate adaptation
The Ecologist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Thousands of smallholder coffee farmers scattered throughout the Andes Mountains are learning how to adapt to extreme weather through a project spearheaded by Fairtrade brand Cafédirect. They are learning how to better manage shade trees and soil fertility on steep hillside farms, adopting biological pest controls and repairing water channels to help irrigation in times of drought. But the farmers also came to realize that deforestation in a region 2,000 meters above them affects rainfall patterns and leaves them exposed to flash floods and soil erosion. More

Smucker cuts packaged coffee prices
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J. M. Smucker Co, the maker of Jif peanut butter and Folgers coffee, said it cut prices of packaged coffee products in the U.S. following a decline in green coffee costs. The company has reduced prices by 6 percent on average on products sold under the Folgers, Dunkin' Donuts, Millstone and Cafe Bustelo brands. More

Feel like a cuppa growth? Think tea
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If you thought tea's heyday had passed when the sun set on the British Empire, think again. Coffee may get all the buzz these days, but tea — the planet's most widely consumed beverage after water — is having quite a moment. Health nuts prattle on about antioxidants and flavonoids, and tea snobs discuss bouquet as though they're sipping Cabernet, helping to swell demand and send tea prices toward a two-decade high. 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.
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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.
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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!

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Richline introducing jewelry vending machine
JCK Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Vending machines aren't just for corn chips anymore. As anyone who's been to airport lately can attest, it is now quite common to see iPods sold via vending machines. There are even, believe it or not, devices that will sell you wine, shoes and prescription medicines. Still, many in the industry have trouble wrapping their heads around the idea of a vending machine for jewelry. But at the recent Berkshire Hathaway shareholder weekend, Richline introduced its latest brainstorm: Precious Express, a kiosk that sells jewelry via credit card. More

Why technology isn't always productive for small businesses
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The use of mobile devices and cloud-based services that let small business owners conduct business anytime, anywhere, held the promise of increased productivity and more time to focus on growing or conducting business. These new technologies have failed to deliver, a new survey shows. But it may not be technology's fault. More

Innovative Pillow Pack Brew Cone

Curtis Gold Cup’s Innovative brew cone - designed for pillow packs. Stand-off ribs create a mini-vacuum, fully extracting coffee flavors for perfect cups! Learn more!

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

Corporate Social Responsibility

Unsung heroes: Corporate sustainability officers
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Like everyone else, most business leaders want their companies to be good neighbors and respected members of the community — commitments long reflected in corporate social responsibility policies. But today, the drivers of environmental action go deeper than philanthropic motives, or doing the right thing. They also go beyond regulatory compliance. For a growing number of companies, "going green" is now a core business strategy. Those companies committed to minimizing their environmental footprints and factoring the value of nature into their business plans are the ones that will lead their industries in earnings growth, productivity, innovation and employee satisfaction in the decades ahead. More


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