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7 keys to a more satisfying and successful life and career
Business 2 Community
In our culture of multitaskers, we attempt to accomplish more by doing several things at once. But here's the rub: Multitasking fails us. Why? Because it doesn't work. In reality, multitasking decreases our productivity. And by no small measure: as much as 40 percent. Researchers and neuroscientists around the world, including those at Harvard, Stanford, and the University of London, agree that multitasking is a problem. It not only hurts our productivity but also lowers our IQs and shrinks our brains. Moreover, consider the personal, economic, and social toll of distracted driving. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31 percent of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 report they had read or sent text or email messages while driving within the last 30 days. Worse, a whopping 69 percent report they had talked on their cell phone. What's our stressed-out society to do? One word: singletasking. By singletasking you'll be more productive and present. Plus like any other skill, singletasking can be learned or relearned over time. Soon enough you'll be singletasking your way to success and sanity at work and in life. Start here with seven simple tips.
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How your business can get a PR story this summer in 5 steps
By Emma Fitzpatrick
We're inundated with ads now more than ever. Throughout the course of one day, we see an incredible 5,000 ads. That's one every 11.5 seconds. And how many of those can you ads can you recall? Much of the time, our brains barely see these ads — which means their messages certainly aren't sticking. So, the solution isn't to spend more on advertising. It's to try something different. Break through the advertising noise and get the attention of your audience through public relations.
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Tips to enhance your small business's summer marketing strategy
PRNewswire
With the beautiful weather and all sorts of fun and different activities, summer is one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Taking advantage of the summertime shouldn't just apply to people's personal lives, though. There are numerous seasonal marketing opportunities that small business owners can utilize to ensure that business does not become too stagnant during these summer months.
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Top tech tools to help your small business grow
Forbes
When you're launching a small business, the details matter. Even though you're starting out small, you still have to convince your customers that you're a big deal. Thankfully, there's a wealth of technology tools out there to help you look the part and better serve your customers. Laurie McCabe, a partner in the SMB Group, which provides technology research for small and medium-sized businesses, offers five tech tips to help your small business grow.
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  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.
 


4 ways to bring the best out of your employees
Fast Company
The most important characteristic of successful business leaders today is the ability to embrace, inspire, and manage their organization's human capital. Now more than ever, employees drive success by identifying with the company's values. It's all about connecting to meaning, rather than regulating execution. The business leaders creating the most impact are those who recognize and manage their employees like the valuable assets they are.
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BEVERAGE NEWS


It's 8 a.m. Do you know where your coffee came from?
Mashable
In essence, coffee is a simple drink — dried, ground beans mixed with hot water and strained. Most people think less often about where their coffee comes from than what type of sweetener to add to it. Learning more about the origins of your coffee and how it's grown and harvested can be an incredibly rich and rewarding field of study.
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How coffee changed the world
Mother Nature Network
Through the centuries, coffee has become increasingly popular. It is the world's most widely traded tropical agricultural commodity, according to the International Coffee Organization. Some 70 countries produce coffee, in 2010 global coffee sector employment was about 26 million people in 52 producing countries and exports of 93.4 million bags in 2009-10 were worth an estimated $15.4 billion, according to the London-based group. Global production for 2014-15 is forecast at 149.8 million bags, according to a December 2014 USDA analysis.
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Why your glass of wine could soon be replaced by a cup of tea
The Telegraph
Dinner parties and evening tipples could look somewhat different in the future as almost two thirds of Brits are prepared to ditch their night caps in favor of a cuppa. A survey of more than 1,000 people by the market research firm Mintel found that 62 percent of respondents see drinking tea as a good alternative to alcohol.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
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.
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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11 things no one tells you about your morning cup of coffee
The Huffington Post
Is there anything more satisfying than that first sip of coffee in the morning? Whether you're a latte drinker or you take yours black, there's no question that coffee is energizing and unbelievably delicious. Plus, that smell. It's unreal. We could go on and on about how great coffee tastes, but let's be real. You already know that. So in honor of everyone's favorite hot beverage, here are 11 things you probably didn't know about your morning cup of coffee.
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Upgrade your iced tea with these 6 tips
TODAY
Warm weather is here at last, and that means time for cool drinks among friends. Want to be the host with the most this season? Serve updated takes on refreshing iced tea. We asked Steve Schwartz, master tea blender for the Los Angeles-based tea importer and seller Art of Tea, for his tips on how to reinvent the classic seasonal beverage as a killer crowd-pleaser and he shared these six hacks and tips.
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Hugh Jackman expands rair trade coffee efforts, makes our caffeine buzz so much better
The Huffington Post
Hugh Jackman already has Broadway star, blockbuster superhero and "sexiest man alive" under his belt. Now, the triple threat is making a bigger name for himself among those who want to empower faraway farmers with their morning cup of joe. On June 4, Keurig announced that through a partnership with Jackman's Laughing Man Coffee, four varieties of the actor's brew will be available for purchase on Keurig.com.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


A look at consumer receptions of corporate social responsibility
4Hoteliers
According to a recent study on consumer perception of corporate social responsibility, 80 percent of Americans think companies should strive to be more socially responsible. However, many respondents in the study feel that companies are showing signs of improvement, with 57 percent saying that companies are more socially responsible today than they were three years ago.
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Small Giant steps towards a greener, more sustainable life
CSR Times
Environmental resources are limited and sensitive to everything that we do. Over the past couple of decades, we've seen extensive developments across the globe. We are starting to experience the effects of the actions of generation that preceded us. To make sure that future generations will not experience any worse, we not only need to be aware of the ideals and requirements of sustainability but also contribute in our own way to make the world a better place to live in.
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Where to find the holy grail of customer engagement
GreenBiz
The potential for consumers to affect sustainability outcomes is on the rise. Thanks to the ever-increasing amount of information on the affects of products in a supply chain, the power of the consumer seems to be growing. However, whether they actually use that information to make better decisions with their wallets is the million-dollar question that continues to vex the sustainability community. As the debate trundles on over whether consumers really do care, innovative initiatives, platforms and tools are emerging that transform consumer behavior to more effectively embrace a sustainable future.
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