The Lion Park, one of Gauteng’s leading tourist attractions, has installed an Epson SureLab SL-D3000 dry lab photo printer in its new Photographic Centre, a facility installed to complement the comprehensive services it currently offers its visitors.

 

The new Photographic Centre will allow visitors to print photos and photo books onsite after their visit to the park, to take away as a memento of their experiences there. After capturing images of the Park’s extensive variety of wildlife, visitors can download their images via self-help kiosks, order prints in various sizes, or design and order photo books.

 

“The Epson SureLab SL-D3000 makes it possible for the Lion Park to stand tall alongside other tourist facilities worldwide,” says Andre Lacock, project manager of the Photographic Centre. “Visitors are now able to take home photos of their favourite pictures captured at the Park, sharing them with friends and family as mementos of a wonderful day.”

 

George Rosa of ImageMed, an Epson specialist reseller, recommended the printer to the Lion Park. “The Photographic Centre needed a robust, reliable and easy solution to print larger prints than usual for use in photobooks, without the hassle of conventional minilab machines that use complex chemistry, and are labour intensive to operate and maintain,” he says.

 

“The printer has a very small footprint, is fast, reliable, and easy to use,” says Lacock. “The unit is also environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient, does not require water to operate, and doesn’t use toxic chemicals.”

 

The Epson SureLab SL-D3000 printer leverages Epson’s core technologies and original inks to deliver high-quality print production on glossy, matte and lustre media, and is ideally suited to print shop owners, studios and professional photographers. It can produce prints up to 30.5cm wide, including photographs, greeting cards, invitations, flyers, banners and promotional leaflets.

 

The Lion Park has also placed an order for a new Epson SureLab D-700 printer; a six-colour compact photo printer that will provide additional capacity for peak periods at the park. The printer has the same media capabilities as its big brother, the SureLab SL-D3000, but is more suited for small to medium runs, or kiosk printing. It combines high quality, great flexibility, and an impressively low cost of ownership.

 

“The Epson brand is synonymous with the highest quality in professional printing, and these two SureLab printers respond directly to the Lion Park’s goals to provide its visitors with the best possible experience,” says Vernon Mellors, business account manager at Epson South Africa. “Both models are ideally suited to tourist environments, as well as to professionals such as school photographers and other high-volume, instant demand photography environments.”

 

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product line-up ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for enterprise and the home, to sensors and other micro devices.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 78,000 employees in 99 companies around the world, and is proud of its on-going contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.
http://global.epson.com/

About Epson sub-Saharan Africa

Epson’s operations in sub-Saharan Africa were established in 1997 with headquarters based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, Epson has established a panel of distributors and resellers throughout sub-Saharan Africa who are dedicated to serving Epson’s end-consumers with the highest quality products and levels of support. Epson now manages sales and support in 21 sub-Saharan African countries including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Eritrea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.http://www.epson.co.za/

 

Environmental Vision 2050  

http://eco.epson.com/

 

 

Cut the clutter and transform awkward places into functional storage spaces with a UCAN Space Saver.

Buy it, unpack it, assemble it with ease and add a bit of imagination – and you have a three drawer side table, bedside table or bathroom storage cabinet. With a coat of chalk paint, you can also create a fun and interactive storage kit for your kids’ playroom or a ‘to do’ list on your home office storage unit. Push it under a table and you have a desk. Snap on some wheels and you can have an on-the-spot craft or tool holder that moves with you for an instant tidy up.

UCAN offers quality ‘do it yourself’ solutions that can turn any house into a trendy home where the day-to-day living is easy.

The three drawer UCAN Space Saver in white melamine measures 450 X 550mm and is 480mm deep. It retails at R550 from selected Game stores, including Game Gateway. 

For inspiration or to find a store near you, visit www.ucandoit.co.zaor call 086 022 2829. Find us on facebook (UCAN DIY) or follow us on twitter @UCANinspire.

 

UCAN cupboard legs & wheels retail selling prices (a wide variety is available instore)

  • Caster wheel (50mm) – R20 each
  • Square leg (150 x 25mm) – R23 each
  • Chrome six hole leg 120mm – R32 each
  • Chrome round leg with base 80mm – R40 each

Strategic thinkers and marketers have been drilling the concept of a unique selling point or differentiator into our heads. Executives, we were told, need to carve out an unique marketing position by distinguishing themselves clearly from competitors.

 

 

Yet at the same time, businesses are becoming commoditised. An innovative market leader might pop up, but soon the crowd of “me-too” followers will duplicate the effort, with different levels of profitability and success.

 

The problem with the philosophy of differentiation is that it comes from a strong economics viewpoint – suggesting that everyone has to offer something completely different so as to not get bogged down in competition. Yet we consistently see – particularly with technology providers, classifieds and e-tailers – that there are companies offering virtually the same functionality (at least on the surface), yet with a clear market leader heading up the race.

 

The modern marketplace is customer-orientated, and very much driven by social elements. For marketers and companies to be successful, they need to remove their economic hat and replace it with a firmer grasp of sociology.  In short, why do people do business with you?

 

Virtually every business makes promises of efficiency, customer service and ease of use and those terms won’t propel you to the top of the marketplace – unless those values truly reside in practise and execution, rather than as values on a mission statement poster on the wall.

 

There is real beauty in doing something simple extremely well. Individuals in the ecommerce market are pragmatic – they are drawn by efficiencies. Whether it’s connecting buyers and sellers, simplifying the shopping process or continually supporting your long-term community as you grow – if it works, it will result in the loyalty of your customers.

 

The gap between competitors in a largely undifferentiated market is not won by innovation, but perhaps by a combination of competence and customer service. To use the cliché –  customer is king.

 

True innovators in these markets are the ones who aren’t falling over themselves to add greater complexity to their service offering in a bid to be creative, but the ones who are keeping an eye on what customers want – and giving it to them.

 

By Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing, Gumtree South Africa

 

www.gumtree.co.za

 

 

Karaoke System with 5000 songs – R3500 – valid till Wednesday 7 May only

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All you have to do is plug it into your TV at home, in office in the bar, anywhere, and you have a complete karaoke system.
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This is one of the best and most complete systems you will find.

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Teamwork at the Executive Level

Every company I have ever worked with had a corporate hierarchy of managers with titles listing specific areas of responsibility. However, in spite of these titles and the CEO referring to them as the management team, a number of them had no clue as to how to function as an Executive Management Team. (EMT) Consequently, although it may seem semantically insignificant, the first thing I recommend is to rename the team the EMT. The next step is to define everyone’s role and level of authority including the CEO. This alone often can uncover micro management and various levels in the organisation.

The action of every member of the EMT affects the action of others including their peers and their subordinates. What one EMT member may fail at can lead to the failure of another. If that builds on itself it can then morph into a culture of failure. If your timing is off it can throw the timing of the entire team off. Sometimes you must reach out and help one another to insure you maintain focus and stay on the path to success. The best way to maximize the chance for success of the EMT is to back each other up. That means you need a foundation of trust and respect for one another. If trust and respect does not exist -teamwork will not exist universally. Keep the following concepts ever present in the EMT charter of integrity.

Think teamwork at all times

Understand each other’s roles and contribution

Encourage challenge and questioning amongst the group

Create an attitude of support

Eliminate Me and encourage We

Create a climate of Trust & Respect

No Team is Perfect – Look in the Mirror

Understand that perfection is almost never realized in anything you do. No CEO or leaders can create a high level of performance if they surround themselves with weak players. However, having an executive management team that is weak is an indication that the CEO is weak. After all, the CEO selects the team they surround themselves with. I often tell CEOs that even if you are average, if you surround yourself with above average people, they will make you an above average CEO. O the other hand, if you surround yourself with losers, even if you are above average, they will make you a loser.

A leader must demonstrate the need for maximizing performance to the team. This is communicated more by action than words. Tolerance for the lack of excellence or subpar performance sends a distinct message; the wrong message. A cohesive management team is probably the most critical element required to maximize success and meet objectives.

The key to being a Real Leader is the ability to influence the influencers. You have to touch people in such a way that they can reach out and touch other people. Leadership isn’t something you learn from a book or a college course. It is developed over time. Inspiring greatness in others is a phrase often used to define leadership responsibility.

Dave Thomas founder of Wendy’s Restaurants, describes teamwork succinctly:

“Teamwork is the starting point for treating people right. Most people think that teamwork is only important when competing against other teams. But competition is only part of the picture. In most things we do in life, people have to work with rather than against each other to get something done. Win-win situations and partnerships are the most important results of teamwork. The best teams in the world are the ones that help people become better and achieve more than they ever thought they could on their own.”

 

 

 

www.ceostrategist.com Dr. Rick Johnson (rick@ceostrategist.com) is the founder of CEO Strategist LLC. an experienced based firm specializing in leadership and the creation of competitive advantage in wholesale distribution. CEO Strategist LLC. works in an advisory capacity with distributor executives in board representation, executive coaching, team coaching and education and training to make the changes necessary to create or maintain competitive advantage. You can contact them by calling 352-750-0868, or visit www.ceostrategist.com for more information. CEO Strategist – experts in Strategic Leadership in Wholesale Distribution. E-mail rick@ceostrategist.com.
 

Stupid hipster 80s fetishism notwithstanding, cassette tapes don’t get much love. That’s a shame, because magnetic tape is still a surprisingly robust way to back up data.

Especially now: Sony just unveiled tape that holds a whopping 148 GB per square inch, meaning a cassette could hold 185 TB of data. Prepare for the mixtape to end all mixtapes.Sony’s technique, which will be discussed at today’s International Magnetics Conference in Dresden, uses a vacuum-forming technique called sputter deposition to create a layer of magnetic crystals by shooting argon ions at a polymer film substrate. The crystals, measuring just 7.7 nanometers on average, pack together more densely than any other previous method.The result: three Blu-Rays’ worth of data can fit on one square inch of Sony’s new wonder-tape.

Naturally, that kind of memory isn’t going to go in the cassette deck on your ancient boom box any time soon. Sony developed the technology for long-term, industrial-sized data backup, a field where tape’s slow write times and the time it takes to scroll through yards and yards of tape to find a single file aren’t crippling problems.

Sony wouldn’t say when or if this new type of tape is expected to hit the market, but when it does, it’ll be a victory for the old school. [ExtremeTech]

Written by Robert Sorokanich

Source Gizmodo.com

Fight preceded fatal office shooting

The Cape Town businessmen who died in what was initially described as a murder-suicide in Cape Town’s CBD last week, had been arguing in one of their offices.

Die Burger said Herman Pretorius, a businessman from Welgemoed had used R40m of his own money to pay out dividends to investors and had launched a private investigation into his former business partner, Julian Williams’s transactions.

Williams and Pretorius apparently had an argument in Pretorius’s office in the Cape Town CBD and both died in a shooting shortly afterwards. 

There was speculation that Williams was shot first and that Pretorius then committed suicide but this had not yet been confirmed by police.

An expert, who didn’t want to be identified and who was helping Pretorius with his investigation, told reporters: “In my view, things weren’t done right. I suggested a forensic audit to him and told him to appoint a strong auditing firm.” 

Moneyweb had reported in June that Pretorius had invested the money of selected investors from Moorreesburg, Porterville, Hopefield, Malmesbury, Riversdal and Durbanville. 

Williams was the CEO of Basileus Capital. 

A recent survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reveals crime is increasing in South Africa.

 

Titled the ‘2014 Global Economic Crime Survey’ it was conducted among 134 respondents from organisations in 17 industry sectors.  

The report outlines how economic crime is a serious concern for South African companies, and 69% of respondents say they have experienced some form of economic crime in the last 24 months. The global average is 37% – an increase of 3% since the last report was released in 2011, compared to a 9% increase in South Africa.

The types of economic crime experienced by South Africans are:

Asset misappropriation 77% (globally 69%);

Procurement fraud 59% (29%);

Bribery and corruption 52% (27%);

Human resources fraud 42% (15%);

Financial-statement fraud 35% (22%);

Cybercrime 26% (24%);

Money-laundering 14% (11%);

Tax fraud 11% (6%); and,

Illegal insider trading 9% (5%).

Other types of crime reported include market fraud involving price fixing (8% vs 5%); intellectual property infringement, including data theft (7% vs 8%); mortgage fraud (4% v 7%); and espionage (3% locally and globally).

According to corruptionwatch.org.za, the fastest-growing economic crime category in South Africa is bribery and corruption, which together with procurement and human resources fraud as well as financial statement fraud, sets local organisations above their global counterparts – and not in a good way. Bribery and corruption has risen from 42% to 59% since the last survey.

Just over half (52%) of South African respondents reported bribery. And with numerous South African companies expanding into Africa and abroad, bribery and corruption may pose a significant threat to them, especially if they do business in the US or UK. This is because offences are often pursued by regulators across borders through far-reaching laws such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.

Procurement fraud, another of Corruption Watch’s focus areas, was experienced by 59% of South African respondents during the past 24 months, compared to only 29% of global respondents. Locally, the most vulnerable step in the procurement process is vendor selection, but other areas such as the invitation to bid, drawing up the contract, and the payment process are also targeted.

The PwC survey reports that formal fraud risk management programmes have become the most effective fraud detection method, but that risk assessments are a neglected area of doing business in South Africa.

In addition, 82% of South African respondents (against 62% globally) indicate that their organisations have implemented a formal whistle-blowing system. However, the survey also finds that the effectiveness of whistle-blowing mechanisms has decreased over the years, but it does reveal an increase in the number of crimes detected by accident.

And once the crime has been sniffed out, more South African companies (82% versus 49% globally) hand the case over to law-enforcement agents to deal with internal culprits.

 

The following crime tips have been developed by the SAPS and Business Against Crime South Africa:

1. Cash Management  

Shops should keep the amount of cash on hand to a minimum and there should be highly visible signs that indicate this.

Set a maximum amount of cash that should be available in the tills and try not to exceed this amount.

During busy periods the cash tills needs to be checked regularly to ensure that they have not exceeded their limit.

Remove excess cash from the register/s and secure this cash in a drop safe or secure safe not accessible to the public.

Ensure that banking is done regularly and do not allow large amounts of cash to be kept on the premises.

Do not count money from the cash register on the service counter/s where everyone can see.

Where the shop does not have a dedicated cash oice, prepare cash for banking in a secure part of the store which is not accessible to the

public.

Do banking on a daily basis, to restrict the amount of cash in the tills.

Vary the times of banking.

Do not display that you are on your way to the bank.

2. When using private security services 

The security guards should be rotated.

 Insist that guards are vetted on a regular basis.

Use the services of reputable guarding companies. Ensure that the security company is registered with PSIRA.

3. Controlled entrances

Ensure that the premises are not overcrowded.

Restrict movement at the entrance and exits.

Install the best security you can afford. For example, security gates on entrance to the premises and back doors. Keep these gates locked and fix a door viewer to the gate and an automatic door opener or latch chain.

If you have a firearm make sure it is secured and that you have a safe on the premises. 

Ensure you stay out of reach of this security gate to prevent someone grabbing you through the closed gate.

4. Be alert during opening and closing times

Request to be accompanied by Security staff if available.

Work in pairs to prevent being overpowered or surprised e.g. When taking out trash.

6. Persons entering the premise 

Train staff to ask for identification and to call for verification before allowing entrance to the premises.

Always check the identity of people who visit you shop for deliveries or other business reasons.

Verify and keep staff aware of all maintenance being done.

Insist on verification of personnel employed by builders and maintenance companies.

7. Proper identification of staff employed (even temporary staff)

Verify that the person to be employed stays at the address given as the residential address.

Ensure that a copy of the original identification document is obtained from all people employed.

Obtain and verify contact details of close friends and relatives of the person employed.

Regretfully, My Office magazine’s own Wendy Dancer was a recent victim of an attempted hijacking. While she did manage to get away unscathed, it pays to be prepared:

Keep vehicle windows closed when approaching a robot, and be vigilant at all times, especially at night.

Do not wear jewellery when going out shopping, rather leave it at home in a safe.

Always check that your vehicle’s doors are locked before walking away from the vehicle.

Make sure your valuables are stored out of sight before driving off.

Try to park in paid parking areas where there are security guards.

Test your tracking device to ensure it is in good working order.

Always leave your window approx. 5cm open – if the window is totally closed, it is easier for them to break!

Always put your bag under the passenger seat or in the boot – never grab for it when you are getting out the car when being hijacked he will think you are reaching for a gun and shoot you.

Don’t use petrol stations after 9pm – they are now hijacking there too.

Always keep your cell clipped to your belt so when you are out of the car you can call for help.

Be more aware – count the number of cars around you, the number of people in groups etc. then you will know exactly when one is missing!

Don’t race to the robot if it is red – you get hijacked only when the car is stationary – rather glide to the red robot, so there is only a short time until the robot turns green.

Be very aware when going under bridges – they drop stones onto your windscreen etc. forcing you to stop.

When the gun is put to your window – put both hands up facing him – always allow him to see your hands otherwise he thinks you are looking around for a gun and will shoot you.

Be aware of where the police station is in your work /home area. If a “cop” wants to pull you over drive to the police station first – maybe he is not a cop.

The human body takes 21 days to kick into a habit – therefore, don’t give up on being aware, persist for at least 21 days.

 

Report all crime to the shop-sa Crime Alert number on Jhb: 011 7810372 or CT: 0217901209

How POPI affects Email Marketing

The long-awaited Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) was finally approved by the President on 27 November 2013, giving companies approximately 18 months to become POPI compliant.

What is POPI?

The act has been born out of a need for more stringent rules – and harsher punishments – against the protection of personal information of individuals, thereby affording every person further rights to privacy and protection of their personal data.  

What does POPI have to do with Email Marketing?
In chapter 8 of the Bill, POPI explicitly outlines the conditions under which electronic communications (such as Email marketing and newsletters) is prohibited. According to section 66, the act does not permit companies to send any form of electronic marketing messages without being granted permission by the recipients to do so.

Until POPI, the only legislation governing electronic communications has been define under the Electronic Communications and Transactions (ECT) and Consumer Protection (CPA) Acts, where both pieces of legislation imply that direct electronic marketing is permitted, even without prior consent form the individual, provided that the recipient is given the option to opt-out of such future communications.

POPI, on the other hand, completely outlaws any form of direct marketing without having first obtained permission from the individual (referred to in the act as the ‘Data subject). 

Does POPI apply to ‘older clients’?
Companies with existing marketing database must ensure that they have an audit trail of evidence demonstrating that they have their client’s permission to send marketing communications to them. 

Where such (traceable) permission was never obtained in the past, marketers will need to request permission from their existing clients to continue to market to them in the specific manner in which the client has agreed to, and where not, they must be removed from any and all marketing databases.

Becoming POPI Compliant
In summary, POPI says the following about direct marketing and how companies should act in order to remain compliant:

Collect personal information from data subject directly

Collect personal information for specific, explicit and lawful purposes only

Only process personal information if the data subject consents

Do not retain personal information for longer than necessary

Facilitate that personal information remains accurate and updated

Notify the registrar and appoint an information officer

Protect the security and integrity of the personal information

If you have a 3rd party / operator, they must contractually comply

Must be able to report on the data upon request

For direct marketing, you must obtain the consent of the data subject

The data subject must opt-in to every particular channel

Where the data subject has requested a change, or opts out of a particular channel, this request must be honored immediately


According to a previous comment referencing Dr Tobias Schonwetter, director of UCT’s intellectual property unit in the Faculty of Law, direct marketers may approach a new customer once to obtain the required consent for sending direct marketing messages.

What are the consequences for non-compliance?
Before the Act can come into full force, the President must announce the official commencement date. It is anticipated that his may still be about 6 months away. However, from the date on which the effective date is published, companies will be given 18 months to ensure that they are fully POPI compliant, during which time the regulator and administration will prepare to govern the Act.

For those companies who are not compliant after this grace period, they stand to face a number of serious consequences. While the regulator is entitled to issue an enforcement notice in the event of discovering non-compliance within a company, repeat offenders may face criminal liability and/or fines. 

It has been reported that non-compliance with POPI (considered a criminal offence) may result in imprisonment of between 12 months to 10 years for violations (depending on the severity of the crime), or at the very least hefty fines that could severely harm the business.

Take action now!
Companies should immediately commence with an audit of their current email marketing tactics. Such an audit should review how they acquire their customer’s information, what permissions they have in place and how they go about acquiring permission. 

They should engage in a complete database clean-up, removing any contacts who have not granted permission to be contacted, and cleaning up any hard bounces (emails that get returned due to mailboxes that no longer exist, or where the recipients firewall has blocked your email etc.). 

Companies should review how opt-outs are currently being managed and ensure that these are honoured in line with the requirements of the act. 

Any agreements with 3rd party suppliers (where personal information is shared) must be reviewed, and where appropriate, contracts reviewed to protect companies against negligence by any service providers that they may use in the ordinary course of business, or for marketing.

 Written by Gillian Meier and reposted from www.bluemagnet.co.za

Do-It once, Do-It right

Hanging a product at eye-level can do wonders for attracting a customer’s attention; however, damage to the packaging might cost you sales as rigorous handling of products on the shop floor can take a toll on a product’s shelf life.

Pyrotec PackMedia offers the Reinforcer Hang Tabs as part of its Do-It range of packaging solutions to reduce torn header cards, improve the durability of existing packaging and ultimately leading to a decrease in product returns.

This unique and cost-effective product can up to triple the strength of your packaging hang holes and attaching the self-adhesive hang tab to a blister card keeps your product pricing competitive, allowing you to use lighter packaging materials to support heavier products.

The clear Reinforcer Hang Tabs do not interfere with the on-pack messaging and enables the product to hang safely and securely, making it more visible and therefore more likely to be purchased.

Whether you aim to group products together, increase impulse purchases or display your product at eye level where customers can see it, Pyrotec has the solution.  Other products in the Do-It range include the Round Hole, Flexitab and Slot Hang Tabs as well as Do-It’s Display Strips.

Reduce the risk of torn header cards, product returns or lost sales by applying Reinforcer Hang Tabs right from the start.  Do-It once and Do-It right!

 

ABOUT PYROTEC

Pyrotec is a privately owned South African company that specialises in providing innovative and top quality product identification solutions. The company’s extensive service offering includes on-pack product identification solutions including self-adhesive labels systems, as well as coding and labelling equipment. With a service offering founded on a dedication to quality, operational reliability, and excellent service, the Cape Town based company has a national footprint with centres in major cities across the country. With more than 40 years’ experience, Pyrotec has three brands operating under its ambit: Pyrotec PackMedia, Pyrotec PackMark and Tower which includes Toby Tower. The proudly independent company is headed-up by Managing Director, Rowan Beattie.

For more info please visit www.pyrotec.co.za

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