February, 2015

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Wal-Mart to Pay All Employees At Least Ten Dollars an Hour

Retail giant Wal-Mart announced plans recently to start paying all their employees at least ten dollars an hour by February, 2016. There is an in depth article on the CNN Money website which explores this decision. Wal-Mart employs more people than any other company in the United States and for years has been the target of reformers and activists who say that they should pay their employees more. Wal-Mart says that they are not giving in to the demands of reformers but are rather increasing wages in order to increase employee retention. The decision is expected to cost Wal-Mart around one billion dollars the first year after it is implemented.

Personally, I think that this is a good thing, and the BizJournals and even people on Cipher Cloud seem to agree. While Wal-Mart is going to lose some money in the short term, they are going to make money in the long term though increased employee satisfaction. Giant companies like FedEx pay their low level package handlers decent money and also offer health benefits for part time work and doing so has worked for them. The same can be true for Wal-Mart. While Wal-Mart owes their success largely to their low prices, it can’t continue to dominate the retail world without a content workforce. Raises for employees at the bottom should help keep everyone happy and working hard.

Former Quadriplegic Surprise Those Attending Fashion Show

After years of being paralyzed from the neck down, Megan Silcott can now walk through the help of a walker, and she surprised the crowd attending a New York fashion show as PR Newswire reported. This young woman battled a rare disease and didn’t think she would ever walk again, but she has worked hard and she has walked – a very special kind of walk sponsored by Imaging Advantage.

Megan Silcott made her way slowly down the catwalk, walking carefully with the help of her walker, but she was an inspiration to all in attendance. She surprised those in the crowd, and she is an encouragement for them to never give up on life, to never give up on their dreams. This young woman didn’t know that she would be able to walk again, she could have spent the rest of her life in bed, but she worked hard and she is walking, and she received the chance to be a part of a very important event.

The Antique Wine Company: Treasure of London

Wine and wine services are one of the oldest and most prestigious goods on the planet. Many of the great ancient civilizations, the Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians all saw wine as a form of power and prestige. Wine has only grown in popularity over the years, and as tens of millions of people enter the middle class of the world every year the demand for wine will only increase. Wine makers make money over time after growing and developing their wines. One of the most important aspects of a wine is the brand of the wine. A well known brand of wine will command a much higher price on the open market than a relatively non well known brand. Stephen Williams founded The Antique Wine Company in the 1980’s and has been committed to wine excellence ever since then.

The Antique Wine Company is based in London, England and is one of the most well known tourist attractions there. When anyone goes to visit The Antique Wine Company, you can tour the winery, see the wine services, and even get a great taste of their most famous bottle of wine. The Antique Wine Company is so well known that they have over 10,000 customers come through their doors every year. The Antique Wine Company also is known for making the most expensive bottle of white wine in history. This among other things helps The Antique Wine Company build its brand name recognition and stay atop some of the most well known wine companies in the world.

The Antique Wine Company does a great job with its customers. It has a unique website where customers can sort by brand name, year, or price for a bottle of wine. The AWC even allows customers to ship wine anywhere in the world for a price. Because of this and many other reasons, many wine experts projects that The Antique Wine Company will continue to grow its business and its brand name recognition in the years to come.

Overall, The Antique Wine Company is one of the most iconic wine brand companies in the world today. Stephen Williams has done a great job of taking the company from obscurity to where it is today in less than thirty years. The Antique Wine Company wine and wine services offered on site give tourists and fans alike a taste of what The Antique Wine Company is all about, and because of this and many other things The Antique Wine Company should continue to grow in the future.

8 Healthy Shopping Tips for Women

Health tips are usually for both genders. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. However, since women are the primary food purchasers and prepares, these 8 healthy shopping tips are targeted towards the female gender. Flavio Maluf claims these tips will benefit men as well, so it’s worth the read.

* Eat less meat. You’ll not only be healthier, but save money too. Select alternative sources of protein for your daily diet, like beans, eggs and tofu.
* Buy fruit and vegetables when they are in season. Produce is cheaper and more flavorful when it’s in season.
* Stock up on favorites when they are in season or on sale and stash them in the freezer for later use.
* Buy in bulk and save time and money. Less money spent, fewer trips to the store when you purchase items in bulk-size quantities.
* Find a use for vegetables trimmings and fruits that are past their prime. Like make a stock from vegetable peels and banana bread from over-ripe bananas.
* Cook once, eat twice. Whenever possible, cook in large batches so save time and money.
* Make water your beverage of choice. It’s the healthiest and cheapest beverage around.
* Make a shopping list and stick to it. Shop the perimeter of the supermarket (that’s where the fresh food is displayed) and resist impulse buying.

Cache Files for Brankruptcy, Follows Other Teen Retail Stores

While 2015 Is bringing about some optimistic news in terms of unemployment and the creation of jobs, it is not off to a good start where the merchandise sector is concerned. Cache, a clothing and prom dress retailer, has officially filed for bankruptcy, following in the wake of Delia’s and Wet Seal.

Cache was a popular retailer In the 1990s and early 2000s, catering almost exclusively to teen and 20-something woman. The store had a similar demographic to Wet Seal, Delia’s, and Deb, all of which have gone under in recent months.

According to the statement, the company blamed a depressed retail market, and changing tastes for their demise. Haidar Barbouti has learned that the popularity of online shopping is also allegedly to blame for the retailer sinking into obscurity. Find  more on Barbouti on about.me.

Experts have long argued that such shops have failed miserably to meet the needs and demands of today’s shopper. Simply put, Cache’s clients grew up and into adult stores, and they simply failed to keep pace with what teenagers of today want and need from clothing retailers.

The official filings state the company will close all of its stores following liquidation sales. What will take its place in rented retail space remains to be seen.

Pot Vending Machines? Yes.

Marijuana Vending Machines. Not even George Orwell could have imagined a future like this. The ZaZZZ medical marijuana machine has just opened Tuesday morning at Seattle Caregivers, a medical marijuana dispenser. The machine is climate controlled and verifies the age and reads the medical marijuana card.

Paul Mathieson wonders: Can This be Abused? Check out more on Mathieson on Examiner.com. 

The first question that will likely be brought up in everyone’s mind is ‘can this be exploited’? Well according to the president and COO of American Green Stephen Sherin “You never have access to the machine ever if there isn’t a human around to check your medical ID initially on your way in”. This quote: over protection by both medical marijuana machine check, and human check is completely understandable when new technologies come out.

Employees, entrepreneurs and consumers around the United States are almost guaranteed to watch this development as it takes place. This is the free market, and it is working as intended. Giving availability, versatility, and ease of use to consumers everywhere, at least where it is legal.