Make Driver Safety a Priority

Any business which has drivers out on the road on a regular basis needs to make driver safety a priority. Careless drivers are at risk of injuring others, racking up hundreds or even thousand dollars of damage, and destroying the credibility of your business. Anything that will help encourage and improve driver safety is a good investment.

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Here are a few tips.

1. Keep Vehicles Properly Maintained

Even a good driver may not be able to deal with a malfunctioning vehicle in time to prevent an accident. Have a regular maintenance schedule that you adhere to consistently. Check brakes, windshield wipers, tires and steering often. If any driver reports an issue with a vehicle, have it inspected as soon as possible before you send it back out on the road. Keeping up with regular maintenance may add some extra expense, but it’s far cheaper than paying for a whole new vehicle or skyrocketed insurance premiums after an accident.

2. Set and Enforce Driving Rules

Distractions can turn a good driver into a bad one, so make it a company rule that no cell phone use is allowed on the road. Depending on the scope of your company, you may be able to provide work phones to drivers on the road, letting them leave their personal cell phones behind altogether. This makes it easier to check up on drivers and ensure that they’re not using their phones behind the wheel. Make it very clear that this cell phone ban is mandatory. Enforce the rules the way you say you will, and it won’t be long before the entire company is on board with these new rules.

3. Consider a Driver Safety Program

It can be difficult to determine where exactly your drivers need to improve when you’re not out on the road with them every day. Consider implementing a program like Lytx, which uses a video recorder to track and assess driver behavior. These programs often offer real-time coaching, teaching drivers to self-monitor their behavior and change it before it results in a collision. LifeLine Ambulance co-founder Max Gorin began implementing the Lytx system in 2014, saying he anticipated an immediate change in driver behavior. Lytx and other similar driver safety systems are especially useful for large companies with more drivers than they can easily assess on an individual basis.

4. Offer Refresher Courses

Sometimes it’s just best to redo training if certain safety concerns keep popping up, like not using seat belts or driving too fast on icy roads. Reminding everyone of proper safety procedure and rules is sometimes all it takes to reduce incidents. These can be done as a rehash of all the rules every year or two, or you can have short meetings as needed to address specific issues.

5. Motivate Employees With Incentive Programs

One way to promote driver safety is by making it clear to everyone that driver safety is a priority. Create an incentive program where employees can receive bonuses for completing refresher courses on driver safety or earn raffle entries for being a safe driver every month. This not only rewards employees who are already keeping safety in mind, it encourages those who have gotten into the habit of slacking off a little bit. Keeping safety at the forefront of everyone’s minds with these programs is a great way to improve driver safety across the board.

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Make the Most Impact with Your Presentation

There are times when you have to stand in front of a group of people to make a presentation. This could be for a department meeting, a client presentation, a business plan presentation for your stockholders, or a press briefing to launch your products and services. Whatever type of presentation you are making, you want to exert the effort to make the most impact.

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These are some of the things that you have to include in your checklist of presentation must-haves:

1. Engaging Content. You cannot bore your audience with all the details of your presentation. Even if your topic is not exciting, you should find ways on how to make your presentation more engaging. You can make use of graphics and props to enhance your presentation’s appeal. There are different presentation materials and tools that you can use to carry and support your message. You can work towards graphic continuity by having your presentation template design as well as the design and packaging of your handouts all in a single design.

2. Informative Handouts. You cannot expect your audience to digest everything you have to say in your presentation. Take the time to prepare handouts containing the pertinent points you want your audience to remember. Your audience should be able to open their presentation kits and find all the information that they need. You can use these presentation kits to underscore your message as well. You can also have custom binders for that make your presentation kits look more professional.

3. Interesting Ice Breaker. You have to establish a connection with your audience. Sometimes, the attendees of the meeting or event may not even know each other. Although you might not have the need for your attendees to know one another, you still need to think of creative ice breakers to calm the nerves and encourage participation among the attendees.

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Businesses Moving to Manila: German start-ups expanding to the Philippines

Berlin is the start-up hub of Europe, and the Germans are bringing in their business to Manila. It is no secret that the start-up scene in the Philippines is booming with entrepreneurs now thinking in a more global scale. Why?

The Philippines has been mentioned multiple times as one of the emerging markets to watch out for, and as an investment hotspot in Asia. Despite the Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that devastated the country late last year, the economic growth still rose from an already impressive 6.8 to 7.2 percent. The country’s foreign direct investment has doubled to $2.8 billion between 2008 and2012.

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International start-ups looking to for the next place to expand to are looking at these numbers, and joining the ride in the growth of the Philippine economy. Multiple ones are originally based in Germany and/or were founder by German venture capitalists.

Zalora (http://www.zalora.com.ph/)

Zalora quickly became one of the most known online fashion stores in the country. With products ranging from apparel to beauty products, and featuring brands with both physical (stores) and non- physical presence, Zalora has made a web-based one-stop shop for fashion-holics.

Zalora began as a Rocket Internet venture. Based on Rocket Internet’s famous, as well as controversial business model, which is to take successful web-based ventures, replicate them, then launch them in emerging markets, the Berlin based start-up incubator did just that, and Zaloralaunched in the Philippines last November 2011.

Lamudi (http://lamudi.com.ph/)

Not surprisingly another Rocket Internet venture, Lamudi isa web-based company, although this time, it is not shopping for clothes, but for real estate. It is a property finder that provides a secure platform for both agents and buyers.

With everything being searchable on the Internet, properties for rent or sale are not outliers to this, and the convenience and ability to find multiple options in a shorter span of time is the backbone of Lamudi’s vision for the future of the real estate industry.

Backed by a €5 million investment for Asia by the Tengelmann Group – a German holding company, and now listing 29,000 properties, 20,158 to buy and 8,842 for rent, Lamudi Philippines was launched in February 2014.

Co-founded by Paul Hermann, Antonius Salis, Kian Moini, andStefan Haubold, Lamudi lists available properties from houses and condominiums to land and commercial spaces for development to even islands for sale. Their head office is located in Berlin, Germany.

Coins (https://coins.ph/)

Bitcoins are a form of crypto currency, which is a newly developed cyber currency that is gaining ground with fans and critics alike all over the world. The way it works is through a peer-to-peer system bypassing the traditional methods of money transfer. What this means is that digital money is exchanged directly (and faster) between people via the Internet.

Not formally considered a currency, it is already being used like it is one, and is called the future currency of the Internet. It is an absolute cashless monetary movement in the World Wide Web.

Coins.ph buys and sells bitcoins – “including those who do not have access to credit cards of bank accounts”, which stands at 95 million Filipinos.

Brought to the Philippines by Ron Hose and RunarPetursson, coins.ph has not only penetrated the Metro Manila market, but the Cebu market as well.

Bitcoins currently stands at 19.568 PHP (buy) and 19.168 PHP (sell). For those who still worry about this currency turning into Mickey Mouse money, coins.ph lets you convert your bitcoins into cash payouts in any CebuanaLhuillierPeraPadala and LBC Peso Padala branches.

For those with bank accounts, bitcoins can be deposited as cash in the following banks that have partnered with coins.ph: BPI, BDO, Union Bank, China Bank, RCBC, MetroBank, PNB, Standard Chartered, EastWest Bank, Planters Development Bank, MayBank, Landbank, and Citibank.

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