How to Boost Your Business in The UK

(NewsUSA) – The term "global economy" has been bandied about for more than a decade and there is no doubt that with evolving technology, businesses can go global from anywhere in the world.To that end, if you’re looking for a new direction to take your interests, you may want to consider the United Kingdom (UK). Taking a business to the UK can be a unique and profitable opportunity when equipped with the right insight.But keep these simple strategies in mind to help avoid pitfalls when entering the UK market:-Prepare. Before exploring taking your business to the UK, do your due diligence. Be aware of opportunities to launch your business in conjunction with an annual show or exhibition, or by putting on your own event designed to appeal to UK consumers.-Plan. Several elements of expanding a business overseas are the same as those for expanding within the United States – locating space, hiring staff, and creating local interest and buzz.However, these tasks can be challenging to complete remotely and having local insight on factors including competitors, the right route to market, and the appetites and demands of customers/consumers allows an incoming business to be more efficient and effective.-Partner. A common pitfall that businesses may encounter when establishing a foothold in the UK is trying to manage everything from the United States.Forming a partnership with a local marketing group can help incoming companies understand the local business environment and open up networks.-Purpose. Determine the goals you want to achieve with your business expansion.For consumer goods, pop-ups are one way to test the waters by setting up a short-term shop. Consider social media campaigns and focus groups. But remember that what sells in the United States may not sell the same way in the UK. Determine whether your business brand travels well and what products or services will be a hit by utilizing local experts to design ways to target your core audience.-Profit. Many factors make the UK a desirable place to grow a business and increase profits, including tax breaks, flexible employment, and a diverse population.Partnering with a local company that specializes in helping businesses enter the UK ensures that you make the most of this new market opportunity.For more information, call 646-905-0646 or go to rochesterprgroup.com to find more information and advice about expanding your business to the U.K. 

Aerospace Industry Uses 3D Printing to Make Parts Safer, Stronger

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A revolution is brewing in manufacturing, especially in high-tech industries such as aerospace.
That revolution is being made possible by a whole new approach to making things, called 3D printing or “additive” manufacturing, which was invented at MIT in the late 1980s.
In the traditional method, companies start with a hunk of metal (or other material). Using milling machines and other tools, they cut or drill away material in order to create the desired part.
In contrast, 3D printing builds parts layer by layer, adding material in just the right places to create the precise shapes needed.
For aerospace companies, this 3D printing or “additive” manufacturing offers the promise of making parts that are better and stronger, enabling them to build airplanes and rockets that are safer, more reliable, and better performing. GE uses 3D printing to build jet engine fuel nozzles, for instance, instead of welding together 20 small pieces. Technology Review recently named additive manufacturing one of its 10 “Breakthrough Technologies.”
But this new industrial revolution is being held back by a thorny problem. Tiny variations in parameters like temperature or raw material composition can subtly alter how each layer of material is laid down. As a result, it is extraordinarily difficult to build identical top-quality parts every single time.
The industry has recognized this problem, and is working hard to solve it. The most promising approach is meticulously monitoring all the relevant parameters as a part is being built, then processing the information to determine if the part meets all standards. That will ensure repeatability, consistency, and reliability.
Several companies are working on this idea, but one leader is Santa Fe, NM-based Sigma Labs, Inc (NASDAQ:SGLB). Sigma has developed sophisticated software that monitors the 3D process as a part is being built, and determines whether the product meets quality standards. Its Process Quality Assurance™ software is now being used in pilot projects at major aerospace manufacturers.

Managing Technology To Keep Mobile Workers Happy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Walk into any coffee shop and there you’ll see them – the freelancers, hunched over their laptops at corner tables, talking furtively into their earphones, fingers flying across their keyboards. They might be employees working remotely or contractors securing a new deal. The world is their office and their phones are universal remotes for professional services.
Welcome to the new normal – the 24/7, 365-workday, in which many of today’s employees default to their mobile devices for most essential business tasks.
Given these changes, it’s no surprise that the statistics support even more growth in this area.
In fact, the number of mobile workers in the U.S. will rise from 96.2 million to 105.4 million over the next five years. By 2020, mobile workers will account for nearly three-quarters (72.3 percent) of the U.S. workforce, according to new research from the IDC. By 2025, more than 70 percent of the workforce will be millennials, who grew up with cell phones and can’t live without smartphones.
Among the driving factors of these tech trends, the foremost is that millennials are more at home in the digital world of mobile devices, social media and cloud-based everything.
To keep these workers engaged, businesses of all sizes are investing in the latest technology to help them be more productive, generate revenues and keep costs low – both now and into the foreseeable future.
Spoke Phone represents the next generation of millennial-friendly phone systems, taking mobile technology to the next level.
Small businesses can download the Spoke Phone app to transform employee mobile phones into a central business phone system in three minutes or less.
More than just a virtual phone system, Spoke is a platform that makes it easier for millennials to make and answer more calls. Small businesses are deploying Spoke Phone to solve problems faster, enhance company culture and scale up the business at their own rate.
The benefits of the Spoke Phone app include:
* Simplicity. Small businesses don’t need and don’t want to pay for too many unnecessary features. These only confuse employees and hurt productivity. Spoke Phone supports just the core features that small businesses want, and none that they don’t.
* Connectivity. Spoke Phone encourages more connections between employees and customers, laying a strong foundation for business growth. It also masks the employee’s personal number on outbound calls to keep employees safe.
* Lower Fixed Costs. There’s no hardware to buy, no servers, no wiring and no IT required to keep it running. Companies spend less and employees love their freedom.
* Flexibility. Spoke Phone runs on top of any network. Employees can use a smartphone on any phone network or with any carrier – either their own phone or one you provide for them.
* Professional. It’s easy to transfer calls to anyone on your team. You can transfer a call from your mobile phone and get customers talking to the right people in record time.
The traditional work model is long gone; the world and the workforce have already gone mobile.
The world’s best mobile tech saves money, keeps millennials engaged and turns up the dial on productivity.
Welcome to the future of work.

Reassessing Office Culture – The Demise of The Desk Phone

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – People used to just pick up the phone and resolve work issues on the spot. Today, employees have to choose from among many different communication channels – emails, texts, video calls, chat windows, messenger apps and many more, especially for those who work remotely.
Over the past decade, smartphones and the cloud-based app ecosystem have changed everything about the way we work and live. People have become accustomed to working anytime, anywhere and staying in touch using their own personal devices, customized to their own precise preferences.
Meanwhile, the lonely desk phone sits idly by, collecting dust. Many professionals consider the desk phone an antiquated communication tool that no longer meets the needs of the new mobile workforce.
According to research by IDG, unused phone systems are costing companies an average of $8.1 million per year. Related studies project that three out of four US workers will be mobile only by 2020.
To help businesses everywhere lower their fixed costs and go mobile, one company is reshaping the way small business owners and their employees communicate through an app that transforms employee mobile phones into a full-featured business phone system.
The Spoke Phone app makes it easier to get people talking in real time so they can solve problems faster, strengthen the internal company culture and promote company growth.

Choosing Health Care Benefits – a Chore or a Labor of Love?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – If you’re like most Americans, you probably view benefits open enrollment as somewhat of a chore. After all, 67 percent of employees describe shopping for benefits as complicated, long or stressful according to the 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report.
For many, that might be true. But why not look at choosing benefits as something more positive? Consider it a labor of love: a necessary process that helps shelter you and your family from financial concerns in the event of a medical event or emergency.
As open-enrollment season hits full swing, think about the effect a serious healthcare issue – whether the result of an accident or an illness – would have on your family. Major medical insurance is the foundation of a solid benefits plan, but it doesn’t stretch to cover copayments, deductibles or the bills that continue to roll in when a breadwinner is too sick or injured to work.
That is where voluntary insurance benefits come into play. From accident to disability insurance, voluntary options help pay bills major medical insurance was never intended to cover. That is critically important in today’s world, given that 65 percent of employees who participated in Aflac’s survey reported having less than $1,000 on hand to pay out-of-pocket expenses associated with unexpected serious illnesses or accidents, while 39 percent have less than $500.
Tough financial realities may explain why the demand for voluntary insurance coverage is rising among American workers: Overall, 81 percent of 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report participants say they see a growing need for voluntary insurance benefits, and 90 percent at least somewhat consider voluntary insurance part of a comprehensive benefits program. In fact, access to voluntary options is a key factor in workplace contentment, with the survey revealing that it is closely tied to satisfaction, productivity, retention and recruitment.
The bottom line is that voluntary insurance is a key part of a well-rounded approach to staying ahead of rising healthcare costs that can add up quickly after an illness or injury. Benefits are paid directly to you, the policyholder, unless otherwise assigned. That means you choose how to use your benefits. Whether you use your benefits to help pay everyday bills, to help cover transportation to receive medical care, to help defray the costs of copayments and deductibles, or to help address any other urgent need, with voluntary insurance, the choice is yours.
To learn more about choosing the right healthcare benefits for you and your family, visit Aflac.com.

Honoring Veterans through Partnership And Education

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Every year on November 11th, we formally thank men and women who have honorably served in the United States military. In fact, Veterans Day was born on May 13, 1938 as a way of honoring the veterans of WWI. Fast forward to 2017, and thousands of our fathers, mothers, sons and daughters have served in WWII, the Vietnam War and War in Afghanistan, to name a few.
At Humana, one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, the commitment to veterans is strong. Humana, across its diverse sites and services, works closely with its members, partners and industry to foster innovation in health care for all of its members, including our veterans.
Several partnerships enable Humana to honor veterans through education and guidance about navigating health-care choices -; specifically, when veterans have the opportunity to consider health care options through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and plans like Medicare Advantage.
There are often misconceptions among veterans about how their VA benefits work with Medicare Advantage. In fact, enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan may provide veterans with additional service and location options. Every day, Humana’s trusted advisors are there to provide guidance and clarity on health insurance and wellness matters that impact veterans and their family members.
These Humana experts have the unique knowledge to help senior veterans gain a better understanding of their Medicare options and help them to make better-informed health-care choices.
For many veterans, the opportunities to get help in understanding health-care choices happen in their local communities. For example, Orlando Gallardo is a 75-year-old veteran service officer from Conejos, CO who has partnered with his Humana agent to help veterans get the education and information they need to secure the right health-care coverage to achieve their best health.
“[My Humana agent] understands and appreciates veterans, and I appreciate him.”
“If we can help a veteran, why not?” Gallardo asks.
Gallardo and his agent honor veterans through their partnership and genuine care for our American heroes.
One thing that can be confusing to veterans is how their VA prescription drug benefits work with a Medicare prescription drug plan. Gallardo and his agent help veterans understand that they can actually consider either or both options for coverage. But both types of coverage can’t be used for the same prescription at the same time.
Veterans can also comparison shop for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans, as well as research prescription drug costs, on the website Medicare.gov.
Furthermore, Humana provides guidance about Medicare Advantage plan options by partnering with organizations that support veterans, including through its national affiliate partnerships with the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) and American Veterans (AMVETS).
With whatever health-care options veterans choose for themselves and their families, having a personal commitment to well-being is a part of the equation.
Gallardo, a Humana Medicare Advantage member, understands that he has to do his part in staying healthy.
“My part is being healthy and to stay active and keep the cogs turning and keep’em oiled,” says Gallardo.
Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS organization and a stand-alone prescription drug plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal.
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Medical Device Protects Doctors, Nurses from Pathogens in Patient Fluids

(NewsUSA) – Every time a patient has surgery or any other procedures at a hospital, the hospital faces the challenge of disposing of all the blood, urine, and other fluids that result. These fluids can contain pathogens such as HIV or hepatitis, so they may be dangerous.The traditional method for taking care of these fluids is suctioning them up into canisters. Once each canister is full, hospital workers cart them out of the operating room, open them up, and dump the fluid down the drain. The problem is that the workers can be exposed to the infectious agents in the fluid.That’s what happened to Fran Hahn, now a nurse at Huntingdon Valley Surgery Center in Pennsylvania. When she was working at a different hospital, "I was changing a full suction canister-and contaminated fluid splashed in my eye," she recalls. "The patient was HIV-positive, so I had to be tested for the next 18 months." She wasn’t infected, but the ordeal was agonizing. "No one should have to go through that," she says.Now no one has to — ever again. Skyline Medical (NASDAQ:SKLN) has developed an automated system that suctions fluids from the patient directly to a unit mounted on the wall that’s hooked up to the sewer system. The fluids are put directly down the drain right in the operating or procedure room.Huntingdon Valley Surgery Center found that the FDA-cleared STREAMWAY® System not only virtually eliminates the possibility that doctors, nurses, and other medical staffers will be exposed to pathogens; it also improves suction, helping doctors do better operations. "For facilities like ours, that take pride in providing the best patient care and keeping staff safe, STREAMWAY is such a logical choice," says Hahn.Moreover, hospitals such as the Tucson Medical Center (TMC) have learned that the system saves time and money as well. "We’re not spilling fluid or accidentally pulling the patient’s catheter out, because we aren’t having to stop and exchange bottles," says Moravia Costanza, TMC Ultrasound Department Supervisor. "One of our radiologists said the STREAMWAY System is worth its weight in gold."

How to Increase Your Savings on Your Terms

(NewsUSA) – "You need to save money." You tell yourself this. Others tell you this too. However, according to the 2015 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households*, approximately nine million U.S. households don’t use any type of bank account to save their money. Since banks tend to offer similar products and services, even those who do save often don’t see a need to explore their options. Understanding the ins and outs of saving for the future is the first step to becoming a successful saver.It’s important to note that all savings accounts are not created equal. Online bank accounts often offer higher yields than traditional bank branches, with savings account interest rates and certificate of deposit (CD) interest rates that are higher than the national average annual percentage yield (APY).For instance, Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS Bank) empowers consumers to save by offering a high yield savings account and CDs to help achieve savings goals, while at the same time providing the convenience and the security of a traditional bank. Additional advantages include no minimum deposit required to open an account, no transactions fees and only a $1 balance required to earn the APY associated with an account. With the backing of Goldman Sachs, GS Bank customers have access to a range of savings products that will help them save, as well as the expertise of a 148-year-old financial institution.Digital alternatives to traditional banking don’t have the overhead that comes with managing branches and are therefore able to be more competitive with their rates, providing consumers with a realistic way to accumulate savings with higher interest rates and a stronger financial portfolio.Accumulating savings can be difficult at any age. Here are some small steps that can make a big difference in the long run:Make a budget: If you don’t know what you’re spending each month, start paying attention. Track your spending for a few months and make a budget to live by. Track the money you save by eliminating unnecessary spending and put it right into your online savings account.Split-deposit paychecks: Consider having your employer split-deposit your paycheck to your checking account and a separate high-yield savings account. This way, saving becomes automatic and because your savings account is separate, you might be less tempted to spend it.Manage spending: For instance, you could save money by bringing your lunch. If, for example, you average $8 a day for lunch at work, that’s $40 per week and $2,000 per year. It adds up. If you were to bring your lunch from home for about $2 per day, you could achieve a savings of $1,500 per year to add to your savings account. Homemade sandwiches taste pretty good when you’re watching your savings grow.Sock your money away: Once you accumulate significant savings, you may want to move some of your savings to an FDIC-insured fixed-rate CD account to lock in an interest rate. A CD is a type of savings tool that offers a higher rate than most standard savings accounts. Generally, there is little risk and most typically don’t have monthly fees.Keep your savings safe and secure: Consider keeping all or a portion of your core savings in an FDIC-insured bank. This can mean keeping your money in savings or CD accounts that are insured by the FDIC up to the maximum allowed by law. According to the FDIC**, since the FDIC was established in 1933, no depositor has lost a penny of FDIC-insured funds. For more information about FDIC deposit insurance coverage and limits, visit FDIC.gov/deposit.As you work towards achieving your savings goals, you can learn more about savings strategies and financial insights from GS Bank by visiting www.GSBank.com. Have additional questions? You’ll find someone to connect with at 1-855-730-SAVE (7283). Start saving more right now to make a difference for your future.*2015 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households (link to: https://www.fdic.gov/householdsurvey/) **According to the FDIC (link to: https://www.fdic.gov/deposit/deposits/) **According to the 2015 FDIC

PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability on College Campuses

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – For the second year in a row, PepsiCo is going beyond store shelves to make a real difference on college and university campuses by giving students the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding to implement new sustainability initiatives or improve existing efforts in their communities.
The Zero Impact Fund (ZIF), which launched in August 2016, provides cash prizes for college and university sustainability projects related to energy, waste or water that aim to achieve long-term environmental, economic and social impacts.
In its first year, ZIF awarded cash prizes to eight schools chosen from more than 40 applications. Awarded proposals from last year included campus bike share, composting and solar energy programs. Now in its second year, the program is planning to significantly increase the amount of funding available in order to make an impact on more campuses.
PepsiCo Recycling encourages students (with the help of a professor or school administrator), staff and faculty to submit their ideas for campus sustainability and zero-impact initiatives. Application submissions are open September 19 through December 19, 2017. Click here to apply.
Proposals will be evaluated by a PepsiCo Recycling committee, which will consider factors such as environmental and social impact, longevity, ingenuity, desirability and feasibility.
Protecting the planet is a key pillar of PepsiCo’s “Performance with Purpose” agenda. PepsiCo Recycling is an initiative that brings this mission to life with the goal of helping increase the U.S. beverage-container recycling rate to a significantly higher level.
PepsiCo Recycling drives this impact by offering recycling programming and solutions for colleges and universities and K-12 schools, and by making recycling convenient for communities. Since 2010, more than 100 colleges and universities have partnered with PepsiCo Recycling on sustainability programs.
For more information about how PepsiCo’s Zero Impact Fund can improve sustainability on college campuses, or to apply, visit: PepsiCoRecycling.com.

FDA-Approved Device Improves Managing of Medical Fluids

(NewsUSA) – Hospitals, surgical facilities, doctors’ offices, and medical centers all face the same problem: how to safely dispose of the substantial amount of fluids that take place during surgeries and other medical procedures.These fluids include blood, urine, spinal fluid, ascites fluid and saline solution used to irrigate wounds and surgical incisions. Since they may contain pathogens like HIV or hepatitis, they can be dangerous.The standard method for managing fluids is suctioning into canisters, typically about one to three liters each. Once full, the canisters are either opened, and the fluid is dumped down the drain or opened and a solidifier is added and the canisters are then handled as regulated waste. These activities can expose medical workers to the infectious agents in the fluid. Given that a single surgery can fill up three or four containers, the risks can be substantial.That’s why some hospitals have moved to install a medical device that can suck the fluid out of the canisters directly into the drain, with no pouring needed. But that still requires the canisters to be carted around by workers to connect them to a secondary medical device.Now there’s a better approach, a completely automated medical device developed by Skyline Medical (NASDAQ:SKLN). Called the STREAMWAY® System and approved by the FDA, this innovative direct-to-drain waste management product collects, measures and disposes of surgical waste directly to the facilities drainage system without handling of fluid waste or additional labor typically required to move equipment or materials to a sink or utility closet for dumping.This new medical device thus virtually eliminates the possibility that doctors, nurses, and other medical staffers will be exposed to pathogens in the fluid. The device is completely safe, because infectious agents are quickly neutralized at the sewage treatment facility.Skyline’s potential has caught the attention of the others in the biomedical community.Skyline announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge with San Antonio-based CytoBioscience, a maker of devices and instruments used for human research that measure how cells react to drugs.