This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.
Advertise in this news brief.




Text Version   RSS   Subscribe   Unsubscribe  Archive   Media Kit   August 26, 2015

About Us   Membership   OneShow   Vending   Coffee Service   Technology  Micro Markets   Education  Gov't Affairs   State Councils   Publications

 



7 ways to save big on business travel
Inc.
Benjamin Franklin famously said, "A penny saved is a penny earned." Entrepreneurs, take note from one of our favorite founding fathers! When you're running a small business, it's crucial to run a tight ship where your budget is concerned. Travel can be way too costly if it's not managed correctly. Yet for so many, business travel is essential. You need to travel to meet new clients or keep existing contracts — it's just a cost of doing good business. You want your business travel to be an expense that justifies itself. Here are seven ways to save money on your next out of town client meeting.
   Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE  




3 proven tactics to increase your email open rate
Business 2 Community
Business owners spend a lot of time thinking about how to increase their email open rates. After every email you send, you eagerly check your reports and take a look at your open rate results. Are they going up? Going down? Do some of our customers open your emails more than others? Was your subject line the best it could be?
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


10 small business commandments for every entrepreneur
Business Collective
In a world of Instagram experiences, hashtagged vacations and overwhelmingly social moments, sometimes people know the glory but not the insane story behind your perfect photos. The journey to success isn't like Google maps, with turn-by-turn directions. There are nails in the road, dead ends and confusion.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


SPONSORED CONTENT


The definitive guide to marketing your business on Facebook
Forbes
You probably won't be surprised to learn that Facebook is the No. 1 social media platform used by businesses. In fact, according to eMarketer, 41 percent of U.S. small businesses now use Facebook as part of their online marketing strategy. Yet, despite its widespread usage, many business owners report that their efforts aren't as effective as they would like. In a survey of over 3,700 marketers, Social Media Examiner found that only 45 percent felt their efforts on Facebook were working.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


10 ways you can gain trust online
Entrepreneur
Trust is one of the most challenging things to earn and the easiest to break. When you're first starting to build your brand, gaining the trust of your prospective new clients and keeping the trust of your current clients is life or death for your business. When you add the extra dimension of building trust online, with a person you've never actually met or spoken with, establishing trust can be even more difficult. So what are some of the best ways to go about building trust?
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Shoppers Buy 52 Times/Second

That's right - Every 52 seconds, shoppers buy a Little Debbie SKU. Are you getting a piece of that pie? 6 Little Debbie products are available to vending operators including the Double Decker Oatmeal Creme Pie, Nutty Bars, Zebra Cake, Fudge Brownie, Fudge Round and PB Creme Pie. Contact foodservice@mckee.com for samples and information on Fresh, FOA and Fit Pick Options.
 


3 E's of providing 5-star customer service experiences
Business 2 Community
Bad or unpleasant customer service experiences can cost your company money both in the short term and the long term. In the short term your company will lose a sale and possibly the chance to do business with that customer ever again. In the long term, however, you lose future customers because previous ones will share their negative experiences and "warn off" other potential consumers from working with your organization.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


How to be influential without being manipulative
Fast Company
Influence is as good as gold in business. Not only do we want it, we need it. A marketing plan that doesn't influence prospective customers is a failure. So is a manager who can't influence a team to collaborate. But influence has an evil twin, and it's called "manipulation." We like to think they're worlds apart, that we aren't manipulative people. But the truth is the two are more closely related than we'd like to admit.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  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.
 


BEVERAGE NEWS


Coffee boom has not helped poorer nations
Science 2.0
The explosion in coffee consumption in the past two decades has generally not benefited farmers of coffee beans in poorer nations along the equator, it has mostly just helped corporations, including those marketing "fair trade" as some sort of ethical improvement. The analysis of trade and globalization found that the shift to "technified" coffee production in the 1970s and 1980s created harsher economic and ecological consequences for heavy coffee-producing nations, such as Honduras, Colombia, Guatemala, Brazil, Vietnam and Ethiopia.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Your body within an hour of drinking a cup of coffee
Yahoo Health
Maybe you're a coffee-shop junkie or a cold-brew devotee. Or maybe you prefer to keep it old school with a trusty drip coffeemaker. However you consume it, if you're among the 59 percent of Americans who drink coffee, that java buzz after downing a cup is probably familiar to you. But chances are, you aren't aware of the extent to which this beverage can affect nearly your entire body (from your eyes to your blood) within minutes post-sip.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE



Researchers ponder how pushing nitrogen into specially brewed coffee imparts a smooth, creamy flavor
Chemical & Engineering News
Before Nate Armbrust was even working as a food scientist at Portland, Oregon-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters, he was daydreaming about how to push bubbles into a cold cup of coffee. Armbrust first tried carbonating coffee, but he quickly realized it was a terrible idea. "Coffee just doesn't take acid the way juice or teas can," he says. "When the CO2 becomes carbonic acid in solution, it just destroys the flavor."
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


Coffee-based filament turns java into brown 3-D-printed objects
CNET
Do you like the color brown? Do you enjoy using your 3-D printer? How about coffee? Do you like coffee? Of course you do. That means you'll get a kick out of a new java-based 3D printing filament from filament manufacturer 3Dom USA in partnership with bio-composite company C2renew. Wound Up is a filament with a caffeinated history. It uses coffee waste byproducts (coffee bean hulls) to create a material with "a rich brown color and a noticeable natural grain." It will work for any printer that uses regular PLA filament and can be substituted in for your normal print jobs.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


  FEATURED COMPANIES
Great Brands. One Company.

Lacas Coffee, Dallis Bros & Gramercy Park; Servicing the Food Service, OCS and Vending markets with our branded & private label programs. Talk to us today about customizing your own brand! Contact Us!

Directly contact our CEO, Jonathan Del Re, at jdelre@lacascoffee.com
Advertise here!

To find out how to feature your company in the NAMA eNewsletter and other advertising opportunities, Contact Tom Crist at 972-402-7724.
MORE


Coffee, other soft commodities drop amid global market rout
Nasdaq
Soft commodities dropped recently as global financial markets plunged amid intensified fears over a significant slowdown in China. Prices for arabica coffee for December delivery recently were down 2.1 percent at $1.2360 per pound on the ICE Futures U.S. Exchange. Frozen concentrated orange juice for November fell 3.2 percent to $1.240 a pound, and December cotton dropped 3.7 percent to end at 64.52 cents a pound. Raw sugar for October delivery declined 1.4 percent to 10.29 cents a pound.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE



CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


Social good meets business strategy: Putting your signature on CSR
GreenBiz
A few key financial and organizational dynamics — like pressure from shareholders and consumers for public reporting and a growing desire for business to define its ROI on every dollar spent — are changing CSR. This makes it more important for companies to differentiate their CSR initiatives Companies are giving out fewer — but usually larger — donations. They are working with a smaller number of non-profit partners, but in more strategic ways.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE


How to make sure your business is sustainable
e27
Entrepreneurs are classic risk-takers. They are continually assessing the world around them, seeking to identify problems in need of a solution. They work hard to address these problems, and transform them into opportunities to improve their world. However, in their haste to identify and seize those opportunities, many entrepreneurs rush into their businesses and forget to establish a long-term vision.
Share this article:   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
READ MORE



TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    7 warning signs that a prospect is just wasting your time (iMedia Connection)
Use these 24 tools to run your business from anywhere in the world (Entrepreneur)
11 ways to generate sales leads online (Small Business Trends)
Health effects of coffee: Where do we stand? (CNN)
The small business owner's lament: 'Please make my website show up' (AllBusiness Experts)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

 
Keeping In Touch With NAMA
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
Download media kit

Christina Nava, Content Editor, 469.420.2612  
Contribute news

Roni Moore, NAMA VP of Marketing & Communications, 312.346.0370, ext. 239   

Kelly Doherty, NAMA Marketing & Communications, 312.346.0370, ext. 242   

This edition of Keeping In Touch With NAMA was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here. Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here -- it's free!
Recent issues
Aug. 19, 2015
Aug. 12, 2015
Aug. 5, 2015
July 31, 2015



7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063