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Fast food restaurants are going mobile

Fast Food Restaurants Are Going Mobile

What if you could order a meal from your favorite fast food joint with your cell phone? Then all you would have to do is go pick it up and enjoy it. Well, that is exactly what is on the horizon for cell phone users as fast food restaurants are going mobile with SMS technology.
A company in the UK has come up with a way to utilize the global texting network. Businesses, like fast food restaurants, place the small device, called an SMS printer, in the kitchen. The unit receives messages as a text message and prints it out. The kitchen staff treats it as an order and fills it as they would any order. All the customer has to do is pick it up.
The SMS printer is a standalone device that is not dependent on the Internet and does not require a hard phone line in order to operate. Therefore it is completely and totally portable. It is also small enough to be placed anywhere that is out of the way, yet accessible to the staff. Kitchens in fast food settings can use these types of printers to convey messages to kitchen staff correctly.
The printers use a thermal standard receipt paper sort of like that used by some fax machines. They also use a standard SIM card like all cell phones. This is how the printer picks up the SMS text message and prints it for viewing. The SIM cards can be bought almost anywhere and will can be either a contract or PAYG (pay as you go) type card. This choice is totally yours, in either case.
Here is how this idea works. A customer goes online and places an order. Before the order is completed, it can be edited or changed in any way. Payment is also done online and the order is placed. Your order is now sent through the SMS network to the kitchen. The kitchen sees your order exactly as you entered it, so mistakes with the orders are not a problem.
Since the whole process is done electronically, there are no interactions to worry about, misunderstandings or forgotten details. It all comes through in hard copy print to the kitchen personnel. Customers no longer have to pick up a phone or wait in a line at their favorite fast food or takeaway restaurant.
Customers can even control when the order is placed with the push of a button and with the exception of the order that prints in the kitchen, is entirely paperless. There is no call to make, handwriting to decipher or line to wait in.
Because the orders are placed on the Internet, they may be placed from any computer whether that is a desktop PC, a laptop or a cell phone with Internet capabilities and access. Not only is this a quicker, more precise order process, but adds a new dimension to fast food as we know it now.
So now the Internet has a new use for everyday life. Fast food has gone mobile in one maneuver.

The failure of the eus competition policy

The Failure Of The EU's Competition Policy

If the U.K. is expected to abide by E.C. Competition rules then why can other member states get away with bending the rules to meet their own national interests?
The U.K. has long been following EU Competition rules to the letter allowing fully open opportunities for foreign ownership of its utilities. So much so that there are only two major British owned gas and electricity suppliers left, namely Centrica and Scottish and Southern Energy both of which have not escaped recent rumours of foreign takeover.
However, it would appear that when Europe talks about fully open and integrated markets it really means open for some but closed for others. Neelie Kroes, the European Competition Commissioner, made it clear that she would not tolerate the lack of cross-border competition in mainland Europe yet when she proposed that the only real solution to this problem was a break-up of the giant European utilities she was forced to accept a watered down version under severe pressure from the German and French governments.
Others, such as the Spanish, have not been quite so keen as the British to take the competition rules literally. So it was perfectly O.K. for Spanish company Iberdrola to take over Scottish Power but when the German giant Eon began to make moves for Endesa the protectionist tendancy of the Spanish government began to rear its ugly head. Despite the Spanish government being found guilty by the European Commission of imposing totally unfair conditions on Eon’s takeover bid Spanish company Acciona along with Italy’s Enel were able to conjure up a deal that would send Eon off with its tail between its legs. But if Italy’s Enel thought that it would be able to take control of Endesa through the back door it must think again as Spain is busy putting together further nationalistic obstacles which will restrict its future business options.
Graham Paul of independent and British owned electricity4business Ltd, the specialist supplier of business electricity to small and mid-sized businesses, finds it difficult to comprehend why German, French and Spanish governments who could all be classed at least one notch above the U.K. on the Europhile scale still insist on protectionism whenever their national energy suppliers are threatened with foreign takeover or a foreign energy company is seeking to gain entry into their markets.
“All that we ask is for a level playing field.” says Graham “If European legislation prohibits protectionist policies then all member states should abide by the same rules. The additional benefits to be gained by full European co-operation massively outweigh any sacrifice at national level. By fully opening European energy markets, for example, the status quo of having the price of gas pegged to the price of oil, for decades an added burden on European industry, could be altered in an instance enabling Europeans to compete far more favourably in global economies.”
And Spain has been active in other sectors too with recent takeovers of Abbey National and BAA in the U.K.. Part of the reason for such acquisitive behaviour lies in the tax breaks that are available to Spanish companies who buy abroad but are unavailable to other E.C. companies.
The downside of all this concentration fever in mainland Europe is that those who lose out must look elsewhere to fulfil their expansionist plans and there’s no easier location than the U.K., even when only two major indigenous gas and electricity companies remain. It’s not surprising then, that some analysts are suggesting that after its failed attempts to take over Scottish Power and then Endesa Eon may now turn its attention to Scottish and Southern Energy – and then there was one?

The cost of doing business on ebay the article ebay does not want you to read

The Cost Of Doing Business On Ebay: The Article Ebay Does Not Want You To Read

We’ve all heard the stories of people making a surprisingly good living from opening up a business on eBay. Some people have even become millionaires thanks to the ease of use and global reach of eBay. You may say to yourselves, “It seems easy enough. If others can make a nice profit on eBay, why can’t I?” The truth is, eBay is not as profitable as you may think. The escalating costs of fees and marketing are forcing more and more people to shut down their eBay business.
In August of this year, eBay announced to its members yet another increase in fees. For businesses who make their profit selling more expensive items, the fees don’t hurt as much. It’s the “little guys”, who make up the majority of eBay businesses, which are suffering the most. That is to say sellers that offer goods sold for less than $10.
The current fee structure for cheaply priced items is quite astounding. For this example, we will assume that the item being sold will be $5 or less. For items with a starting price of less than $1, eBay charges an insertion fee of $0.20. For its closing fee, eBay takes 5.25%. Now let’s assume you are using PayPal as your transactions service (this is the preferred method of payment for buyers and sellers on eBay). PayPal will take a fee of 2.9% in addition to a flat fee of $0.30. After all the fees you are left with $4.12. eBay and PayPal take a total of nearly 18% of your profit.
All those fees don’t even take the marketing costs into account. If you want to add a gallery picture, it will cost an extra $0.35. If you wanted to make your advertisement’s text in bold, tack on an extra $1.00. All these little fees add up and take a big chunk out of your profit.
Before spending time and money on starting a business on eBay, be sure to inform yourself on the potential fees you will be paying. The key to success is finding a niche that you can make enough to overcome these fees.

Brands not just craze but the new mantra of the youth in india

Brands: not Just Craze But the New Mantra of the Youth in India

Brand consciousness is one of the major traits of the upcoming Indian youth. The youth in India today are willing to spend on the maintenance of a lavish lifestyle. They want to go for brands- in terms of clothes, shoes, perfumes, eatables, accessories, gadgets and even lingerie. These sudden power and willingness to spend on the part of the Gen- Y as the modern Indian youth is referred to, has come as a result of the increase in the income of these generation owing to the phenomenon called globalization.

The increase in the income of the modern educated youth in India, or for that matter anywhere else, is not without a flip side. Because of the errand working hours the youth today is in an extreme want of time. And the little time that they get, they want to party or go for a movie. In short, splash cash. Shopping doesn’t fit in this scheme of things. The condition is such that people don’t get the time to spend even with the money in their pockets. This is where the concept of ecommerce has come in handy. Ecommerce or online shopping has grown in importance because of diverse reasons. Firstly, it saves the time and inconvenience of hunting for stuffs in the market. Secondly it makes the whole world of brands accessible to the customer. This is another important plus point of online shopping keeping in mind the increasing fetish for brands among the Indian youth. Thirdly even while purchasing brands some kind of concession is offered when you buy stuff online.

Whatever the reason behind the urge to spent, there’s no denying the fact that ecommerce is rapidly gaining importance in the modern global world. In keeping with this rapid climb of ecommerce, the need for an efficient website is an utmost necessity. The need for an intelligible website for the customers in the field of ecommerce cannot be overestimated.

This website can be termed as the doorway for the customer and then he or she can think over whether to buy the particular product or not. The website is thus the all important consideration for an ecommerce company. It is through this website that the prospective buyers approach the sellers. Thus the website has to be all informative and easy to understand.

The importance attached to ecommerce web site design and solutions has compelled most of the concerns to hire specialists to design this all important site for them. Most of the ecommerce websites provide ecommerce solutions. Store cart is one of the most important features of ecommerce solutions. Store carts are tailor made to bring in the maximum benefits to the company. Apart from accommodating the mode of payment, security and a place to store in the selected items, the store cart also provides things like market analysis. Apart from an efficient store cart, ecommerce solutions also offer a good store front. A store front is again a very important part of ecommerce solutions. The store front houses the catalogue that holds the products, the information about the products and such like important information.

Thus more and more ecommerce companies are taking professional help in designing the ecommerce solutions. Ultimately this is what makes all the difference to the company’s fortunes as it is the doorway of the customer to purchase stuff from the company.