Whyness Worldwide wins Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems’ creative biz

Whyness Worldwide wins Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems' creative biz

Whyness Worldwide has been handed the creative mandate for Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems, one of India’s most iconic brands.

This union is a second strategic coming together of Godrej and Whyness, as this follows immediately after Godrej having awarded Whyness with the creative duties of its upcoming premium furniture brand.

Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems now looks to deepen its brand footprint and consolidate its presence and reach in a market that it has dominated for decades. Whyness will bring its expertise in traditional and digital communication, as well as design and data, to galvanise a brand that has an ideal mix of heritage and future-ready capabilities.

Shyam Motwani, executive vice president and business head, Godrej Locking Solutions and Systems, said, “This is a strategic partnership to burnish the brand and re-connect and engage with all key stakeholders. We look forward to a very exciting future for our iconic brand in the coming years.”

Ravi Deshpande, the founder and chief creative officer of Whyness Worldwide, added, “You can find a Godrej lock on almost every Indian home door, and it has been so since my childhood days. It is with great pride therefore that we at Whyness accept stewardship duties for this most famous of brands. Charting the future course of this iconic brand across platforms and media is a challenge gladly accepted.”

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New Smartphone from LG, Cloud Management Services from Staples Make Small Biz Headlines

If you want to run a mobile business, you need mobile specific tools like a smartphone and a cloud management platform. This week, small businesses got a few new options. First, Verizon called a new LG smartphone perfect for content creators. And Staples launched a new cloud management and records storage solution.

You can read about these new services along with more small business headlines in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information roundup.

Technology Trends

Verizon Calls New LG Phone Perfect for Content Creators, But Why?

The V20 from LG (KRX:066570) was announced in August, and it is now available online from Verizon (NYSE:VZ) targeting content creators. Today’s smartphones are more than just phones, and manufacturers are addressing different segments with a range of models.

Staples Adds Record Storage and Cloud Management for Business

Small businesses looking for record storage or cloud management services just got another option from a familiar source. Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS) is partnering with GRM, a leading provider of information management solutions, to offer these services under the Staples brand. Staples Records and Cloud Management offers a range of specific services that businesses of all sizes can choose from.

Windows 10 Adds New Dimensions with 3D Paint and PowerPoint

If the upgrade of Paint to 3D by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) works, this might be what catapults the technology for mass adoption. For over 30 years the Paint app has remained popular because it is easy to use, and thankfully Microsoft hasn’t forgotten that. According to the company, it will be just as easy to capture, create and share in 3D with the revamped app.

Office 365 Users, GoDaddy Will Encrypt and Archive Your Email

If you use Office 365 on GoDaddy (NYSE:GDDY), a new service will protect your email with an encryption and archiving service. The increase in security by GoDaddy and others in the tech industry highlights the threat landscape in the digital environment, which is very high.

3 MacBook Pros Focus On Productivity — But Are They For Business?

The revamped MacBook Pro line of laptops has arrived with 13 and 15-inch models almost four years after the last noteworthy upgrade. And this time around there are more changes, both inside and outside. A Look at the New 2016 MacBook Pros Externally, they are smaller with the 13-inch coming in at 14.9 mm thick and 3 lbs, while the 15-inch is slightly bigger at 4 lbs and 15.4 mm.

Microsoft Touts Surface Book i7 as Ultimate Laptop — with Ultimate Price Tag

Coined the ultimate laptop by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), the new Surface Book i7 packs a punch, in terms of performance and the bruising your wallet will take. The announcement of the new i7 comes just as Microsoft released Surface Studio, another bruiser that is squarely aimed at taking on Apple’s stronghold among creative users.

Economy

UPS Sees Profits Jump 14 Percent with Ecommerce Driving Growth in Shipments

Riding high on booming ecommerce in the U.S., UPS (NYSE:UPS) has posted a profitable third quarter. UPS 3rd Quarter 2016 Results Domestic Shipments Drive Growth In the third quarter, international operating profit went up 14 percent to $576 million, achieving the seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. What’s more, average daily package volume grew 5.7 percent in the U.S.

Amazon Sees Third Quarter Sales Increases of 29 Percent – in Part Due to New Biz Opportunities

Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) third quarter results are out. This quarter, the company posted $32.7 billion in revenue in the third quarter, up 29 percent. Q3 2016 Amazon Results Key Highlights Among highlights shared by the online retail giant, some are especially significant for small businesses.

Why Small Business Share of U.S. Inventions is Declining

Small businesses are accounting for a smaller fraction of new technology creation than they used to, at least according data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). That trend has many policy makers and pundits concerned that our innovation system is handicapping small business. While that explanation is possible, I think a more basic story accounts for the trend.

Hispanic-Owned Businesses See Revenue Spike, Says Biz2Credit Report

Hispanic-owned businesses are on a roll, reveals a new study. According to the Biz2Credit Hispanic Small Business Credit Study, Hispanic-owned companies had average annual revenues of $202,327 in 2016, up from $68,540 the previous year. The number of loan applications by Latino entrepreneurs made through Biz2Credit.com grew by 68.7 percent in the past 12 months.

Employment

Obamacare Enrollment Opens Today With Impacts for Self-Employed Solopreneurs

Open enrollment for individuals and families wanting to apply for health insurance through Obamacare starts today. Depending on where you live, you can either go to Healthcare.gov or your state’s healthcare exchange website. Self-employed businesses and solopreneurs with no employees  should also use this option.

#SalaryWins Twitter Chat Explores How to Get the Best Employees on a Budget

If you want your business to be successful, you need to hire the best team possible. But the reality for small businesses is that it’s not always possible to spend as much on hiring as large companies. That doesn’t mean that you have to settle when it comes to your team though.

Retail Trends

Are Starbucks Cups Brainwashing Customers? Some Think So (Watch)

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) is in hot water (er – coffee?) again over a special cup design. The design features a variety of different people sketched all over the cup. The cup is green with a white circle in the middle where the Starbucks logo would normally go. The company has said that the design is supposed to represent unity.

10 Awesome Tips for Using Gift Cards to Boost Your Holiday Sales

Whether you own a retail store, beauty salon, restaurant, housecleaning service or other local business, gift cards can be a great way to spark new holiday sales. Gift cards aren’t just for big, national chains anymore; in fact, a new study reports, half of U.S. consumers are very open to buying gift cards from small, independent retailers.

Hair Care Company Faces Lawsuit, Investigation – and Possibly Worse (Watch)

Hundreds of people who purchased hair care products from Wen by Chaz Dean got a little more (or less) than they bargained for. According to a class action lawsuit against the company and direct marketing company Guthy-Renker, 200 women from 40 different states have reported hair loss, scalp irritation and rashes after using the products.

How the Election is Impacting Halloween Spending (Watch)

People are spending more money on Halloween this year than they ever have before. And you might have Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to thank for that. Before this year, 2012 held the record for highest amount spent on Halloween. And there was even an uptick in 2008 even though the country was in the middle of a recession.

Small Biz Spotlight

Spotlight: Aulta Specializes in Watches for Surfers

If you have an active lifestyle, traditional fashion brands might not provide enough durability when it comes to clothing and accessories. But Aulta is different. The company, which was founded by three friends who love to surf, makes watches for surfers and others who have active lifestyles. Read more about the company in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

Small Business Operations

10 Lessons Your Small Business Should Learn from the Podesta Email Hack

The email hacks — not the other email problem — impacting this year’s Presidential election should be a stern warning to any small business owner. Cyber attacks are on the rise and you don’t have to be the campaign chair of a Presidential candidate to be a target. In fact, if you’re a small business owner, you’re more likely to be targeted.

Airstory Gets Your Team Collaborating on Content — From Anywhere

There are many small businesses that specialize in creating content for websites, and when Airstory becomes available by the end of the month, it could make it much easier to do so. Airstory is a collaborative cloud-based content creation platform for planning, writing, editing and kicking ideas around with your team. It works no matter where they are or what device you are using.

Feds Short-changed Small Businesses Out of $200 Billion in Contracts in 2015 Alone, Says Advocacy Group

The United States government agency responsible for supporting entrepreneurs has been accused of short-changing small business owners out of $2 trillion in federal contracts over the last ten years.

QuickBooks Users Can Now Accept Payments Through PayPal

Intuit Inc. (NASDAQ: INTU), QuickBooks’ parent company, has announced that QuickBooks users will soon be able to send an electronic invoice from Intuit QuickBooks Online and seamlessly accept payment from their customers through PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL). Yep, now small businesses can accept PayPal payments through QuickBooks.

Taxes

5 Changes to Information Returns — Coming in January

The year 2017 may seem like a long time from now, but it will be here before you know it. There are some important changes impacting businesses required to file certain information returns. The sooner you gear up for this tax responsibility, the easier your filing responsibilities will be.

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E-Commerce Food Biz Operators Must Obtain Licence: FSSAI

E-Commerce Food Biz Operators Must Obtain Licence: FSSAI

E-Commerce Food Biz Operators Must Obtain Licence: FSSAI
E-commerce food companies will have to obtain licence for their entire supply chain besides ensuring that delivery of products is done by ‘trained personnel’ in order to maintain safety under the new guidelines issued by food regulator FSSAI on Friday.

With an aim to regulate e-commerce food business, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) defined e-commerce Food Business Operators (FBOs) as those carrying out business through online medium.

“E-commerce FBOs shall be covered under schedule-I of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulation, 2011. These e-commerce FBOs have to obtain license from the Central Licensing Authority for the entire supply chain,” the FSSAI said in its guidelines for ‘Operations of e-commerce Food Business Operators’.

As per the new norms, the supply chain will include the companies Head Office or registered office, manufacturers, transportation, storage and distribution.

The FSSAI’s guidelines come in the wake of series of consumer complaints against e-commerce companies offering poor quality products and services.

With a view to ensure food safety, the FSSAI further said: “It shall be ensured by the e-commerce FBOs that the last mile delivery is undertaken by trained delivery personnel and the safety of food product is not compromised at the time of delivery.”
However, FSSAI said that e-commerce entities providing listing/directory services to the sellers/brand owners, restaurants, vendors, importers or manufacturers of the food product may not be required to obtain license/registration under the Act.

Although, these e-commerce entities should ensure that no misleading information/false claims pertaining to the sellers/brand owners, vendors, importers or manufacturers or misleading images of food products are made available or shown on their platform.

The e-commerce entities should clearly specify on their platform that liability of any violation of the FSS Act and applicable rules and regulation would be with sellers/brand owners, vendors, importers or manufacturers of the food products.

On a supply chain compliance, the FSSAI said that all e-commerce FBOs will be required to sign an agreement with the sellers/brand owners/manufacturers “averring that the said sellers/brand owners/manufacturers are compliant with the FSSA Act and rules and regulations.”

On handling of consumer complaints, FSSAI said that the e-commerce FBOs would have to immediately notify the issue to the sellers/brand owners/importers/manufactures who would be liable for expeditious resolution.

In case of recall, FSSAI said that e-commerce FBOs/ entities will have to immediately delist any food products listed on their platform, which are not in compliance with the Act.

Tags: Food E Retail, Food E Commerce, Apps, Interent, India

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Samsung Earnings Are Rebounding as Flurry of New Biz Tech Appears

One of the stories somewhat lost in the headlines earlier this month, is that of an impressive comeback. After almost two years of lagging performance, Samsung operating profits rose 80 percent during the last quarter over the same time last year.

Reuters reports much of the cause of declining profits was due to losing part of the smartphone market share to Apple.

While the Wall Street Journal attributes, much of the third-quarter increase to the popularity of Samsung computer chips and display screens.

The company has remained optimistic during that time, offering incentives for new customers in order to improve their smartphone market share. And this competitive spirit has brought flurry of new tech useful to the small business market.

For example during the last quarter, Samsung announced two new big screen devices, the Galaxy 6S Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 both with useful improvements.

The Galaxy 6S Edge+ has a larger screen than the previous model with a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display and bigger RAM by 1GB at 4GB.

The Galaxy Note 5 also has increased the RAM to 4GB. The screen is the same size, but Samsung claims that making the back of the phone curve makes it more comfortable to hold, more ergonomic.

The Galaxy Note series has featured a pen that allows the user to jot notes in a way reminiscent of writing on paper. And the Galaxy Note 5 has aimed to deliver on a promise to make that pen easier to use.

Some of the drawbacks are the lack of a slot for SD card extra memory and the inability to remove the battery. Other changes include a a new location for the headphone jack at the bottom of the device. There is, however, reportedly a problem with inserting the S-Pen of the Galaxy Note 5 backwards which may cause damage to the device.

Kwon adds: “We continued strengthening core competencies in our technologies and brand power, and launched innovative products based on our advanced technologies.”

Samsung also introduced the SmartThings Hub v2.0. This is the company’s answer to the Internet of Things (IoT). The Hub is the central exchange point that coordinates devices around your household with WiFi and your smartphone.

Small businesses will find this a reasonably priced alternative to professional security systems. These IoT systems can link video through your smart phone, automatically record the video when triggered by disturbances noted by motion sensors, and notify you when fire or water leak sensors detect a problem.

The Hub can connect up to 200 devices, managed by a free SmartThings app. SmartThings offers storage services for the video for $4.99 a month.

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