This video of a shopper has gone viral on social media after he showed off his tattoo of his Woolworths Reward barcode on his arm.
It works, the barcode reader reads it and the Woolies system proceeded to say: “Your Everyday Rewards Card has been added.”
Click here for the video.
If you used that barcode in our loyalty system, the storekeeper would not have to worry about him losing his reward card.
I do not know what he will do when Woolworths changes his number in a few years.
It makes me wonder how long before we all get some microchips implanted into us. I know a parent of a disabled kid that wants it.
Many of our clients have contacted us needing help due to the floods in North-East Australia now.
One of our clients sent us this photo of the flood in Lismore NSW; check it out. Same place a few days later.
It seems impossible that so much water can build up that deep across so much land. So I decided to check it out to see if it was legit. Click here so you can see what it looked like before the flood. That is a lot of water.
It will take time to know the full extent of the loss, but I am sure that many have lost everything.
I think many of the readers here will find it interesting. I am using it in a talk I am giving soon.
This is the earliest published mention of newsagencies in Australia. It was published in an Australian newspaper Empire (newspaper) on Monday 26 Mar 1855. This advertisement above was repeated many times. So it appears that in 1855, an operating newsagency system was in place in Australia.
Here are the earliest photos, I could find of newsagencies in Australia,
By 1879, the first Newsagents Association in Australia (VANA) formed in Melbourne.
A lot of us are wondering if remote work is the future? Retailers with large offices near are wondering if these customers are coming back? Retailers selling to home offices are wondering if these customers are staying.
Well, Google had much to do with setting up remote working with its Google Meeting product. It was also one of the first company to convert to remote work. It has decided that it wants its employees back to the office at least three days a week. It has rejected remote working. So everyone is advised to get the Covid-19 vaccine, but it's not mandatory (yet?). If employees want to continue to work remotely after Sept 1st, they have to apply for more than 14 days per year. They are also talking of pay cuts for employees that continue to work remotely as they are less productive. The problem from what I understand is co-ordinating staff if they work remotely.
Amazon has come up with a similar decision. It also wants its staff back.
As an employer, who has had to run the office remotely, I can relate to this. How are you supposed to manage when you really do not know what people are doing? How are you train someone if they are not there? There are times when it's just so better to have everyone there to discuss a problem. Another problem is that many people at home do not have an area and facilities to run a home office.
After the experience with remote working, we have decided for our customers' needs that we need one or more support people, a hardware and software expert always in our headquarters at all times.
Other big tech companies like Facebook and Twitter have now decided to allow most but not *all* remote work to continue.
These are tech companies whose work is much easier to do remotely than companies. So, I would not be so sure that remote working is the future? If it does, as Google shows, it may come with a pay cut. Another issue is that I am thinking about is if an Australian worker can do the work from home, I am sure many Australian employers feel that Indians and Filipinos have homes too!
Currently, in Australia, because of our troubled vaccination drive, US is at 40%, we are at 2%, we probably will not see a decision soon on all of this?
Anyone have any thoughts let me know?
The COVID-19 situation in Queensland now is showing that these sudden lockdowns are still happening. This is despite the vaccine rollout which unfortunately we are way behind on schedule. These shutdowns are causing havoc with our clients. This is particularly with those that deal with perishable products. I have a client now throwing out three days of food. He told me he could not justify buying quality food in his restaurant now with this happening?
If the rollout doesn't work or takes too long, retail, I am sure, will pay a heavy price again. I doubt the public know how devastating these restrictions and lockdowns can be.
This is made worse by the attitude of many landlords now toward retailers. To be fair, many landlords have much to be worried about eg JobKeeper has ended. They know this will hit their clients, some directly but all indirectly. Then there is also the removal of the laws that allowed people to trade while insolvent.
It is a good time if you rent to negotiate with the landlord.
Still, there is a lot of optimism.
People have much in savings. Plus people now want to go out. There is nice weather now, which is unusual for this time of year, which helps. I intend to join them outside, so I am taking a few days off too. I will do some blogging, but that is it. If you need me unless it is urgent, please call someone else at POS Solutions. This is the first break I have had since COVID hit, and I am looking forward to a few days off.
I hope you have a good Easter and stay safe.
We all in this together.
I use the button on the bottom right, a lot.
Right now, almost everyone is doing some online conferencing.
Almost overnight, video conferencing services have become a must, used by everyone. In business today, it is practically a necessity. I use it for family and business meetings. It has often replaced telephone calls as it's much easier to discuss something when we can see it.
For example, my office above is that it is not precisely a great-looking space as it is a little messy now. At least it's an office. Many people want to appear professional, yet they have to give their presentation now in a kitchen or bedroom.
Plus, people want privacy.
So what they do use a virtual background to change their space. To do this properly, you need a green screen to add an appropriate background.
I am in my workshop.
See the impressive skylights in my office. These types with skylights in business background images are now very popular.
Some prominent executive here, see my office.
Of course, if you want to use some fun themes to have a memorable meeting.
Here am I on the Startrek ship, zooming the galaxy.
In a cockpit of a plane
In a cartoon
I am going to have fun experimenting with this with my family with green clothes on!
A suitable virtual background can help you make an engaging meeting. You should of course pick a background that is suitable for your video call.
Want to learn more, this guy explains it well.
In business as in sports, we do not get far alone.