Why Is Food Packaging Important?

Food easily goes bad if it is not properly stored and preserved. Bad food may cause health problems or serious diseases. People have many practical simple methods of protecting food from being spoiled. High-end technologies are developed to prolong edibility of food and advanced equipment is designed for the purpose of long-distance transport. For instance, people cure food with salt or sugar, air dry it under indoor temperatures, or put it in refrigerators so as to keep its freshness and edibility. In spite of the diversity of preservation methods, techniques and equipment, the core idea behind is to preventing fungi, bacteria, or other microorganisms from growing in the food. Food packaging is one of the most cost effective preservation methods and serves as a basis for customers to protect food for an even longer time.

Food manufacturers pack their products in a pretty manner, with an aim to promote them in a broader region so that more people will buy the products. For the manufacturers, food packaging means more profits. They do their best to improve package design, adding additional value to manufactured food. To ship food abroad, manufacturers also need to pack food with caution, preventing physical damage to or chemical change of food in the process of long-distance transport.

Packed food in stores looks appetizing if the package design is pleasant to eye in color and picture. A good package design not only serves to maintain food shape and quality but also arouse customers’ desire to buy them. More often than not, prospective consumers are convinced of buying a product mainly because of the attractive design. Labels on packages contain information about the food inside, telling people what it is made from, how to cook or eat it, when and where it is produced, as well as some precautions. In the event of a food poisoning accident, label information helps people find the food supplier as soon as possible.

Food is packed all the way to be enjoyed by consumers. Thanks to food packaging, seasonality of food is no longer a problem for people who would like to taste summer fruits in winter. Also, people may enjoy fresh green vegetables even though they are not locally grown. Packages for liquid food are designed with straws or other assistant tools to facilitate people drinking. Power-typed and grain-like food is contained in bags, cans and boxes for transport requirements. A wine with a pretty package is a good option for people to give as a gift between friends. Such a gift makes you look decent and shows your cherishment of your friendship.

With the continuous development of modern society, food packaging is endowed with many additional purposes. It is not simply a preservation method any longer. It serves to create profits for food producers, attract more consumers, and even as a bridge of friendship.

VOIP Technology in Call Centers

To those who may be less familiar, call center technology consists of automated phone systems capable of answering incoming phone calls and performing outbound autodialing. A call center is a group of telephone agents who receive incoming calls and/or make outgoing calls. Software applications usually associated with calls centers are CRM (Customer Relationship Management) programs.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) is a call center technology that allows call center to make and receive calls using the Internet instead of traditional phone lines. As a matter of fact, today, many call centers deploy VOIP technology in a bid to reduce costs and improve operational efficiency as also employ remote call center agents. Businesses worldwide have built VOIP into their call centers, because of the scalability, and VOIP enables call centers to adapt and grow along with business and technology needs.

Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) technology has come to stay. It has made steady progress in replacing traditional telephone lines in most businesses and even in homes. It is the technology of the future as more and more people are enamored of the features of VOIP technology and the concomitant benefits. For many businesses, reduced cost is perhaps the most compelling reason to adopt VOIP in the office. VOIP allows organizations to set up core operations in their main office, while operatingat many locations across the globe.

Ordinarily, a VOIP is a virtual communication warehouse for marketing, and to a lesser extent, customer relationship management (CRM) functions. Using software on your workstations along with a broadband Internet connection can result in significant savings on operational costs. The telephone communications through the Internet allows the VOIP staff to initiate and respond to any number of simultaneous telemarketing calls, phone orders, and customer inquiries. Essentially, a VOIP centralizes telemarketing, ordering and customer service functions for various manufacturing and service companies.

There are two different choices – one is to make your current equipment -enabled. The other is to build up a new system through a separate gateway. But there are greater gains in having VOIP technology native to your existing system. You can use your current equipment by adding a VOIP interface board or similar bridging device to your current system configuration. There are many manufacturers who offer these products.

While exercising this option, buy a product that is certified and capable of easy integration with your existing equipments. Please remember the vendor’s commitment to developing VOIP solutions for you is important. If you find it difficult, hire a professional consultant, who has already handled multiple VOIP deployments, to guide you through your project.

Since all telephone functions of are computerized, and since the Internet is by far more capable of handling multiple phone transmissions than a Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), a call center need not be unduly bothered about overburdened telephone lines. This is a huge advantage. A number of opportunities are presented once you have your call center on the VOIP technology.

What’s Up in Washington?

What is really going on in Congress and the White House? In the past year, the word “change” has become the most overly used word in the English language. But what change will actually occur and how will it affect your life? President Obama made over 800 campaign promises… it is impossible for him to deliver on every one of those promises in only four years. But however you feel about the new administration, some things are about to change. I have sifted through the media muck to highlight the probable affects of this new administration and our new Congress. I am pleased to present the top 10 ways Washington will affect you in the next few years:

1) It’s all about the ice cream. Now what does that mean? To explain, I will simply relay a story that I received as an email forward. This story was first told by a teacher in the Nashville area:

“The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade last year. The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president. We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote.

The class did a great job in their candidate selections. Both candidates were good kids. The day arrived when they were to make their speeches. Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Every one applauded. He sat down and Olivia came to the podium. Her speech was concise. She said, “If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream.” She sat down. The class went wild. “Yes! Yes! We want ice cream.”

A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn’t sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it? She didn’t know. The class really didn’t care. All they were thinking about was ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.

Every time the government offers ice cream, fifty percent of the people react like nine year olds. They want ice cream. The other fifty percent know they’re going to have to feed the cow and clean up the mess.”

Unfortunately, this story sums up the first big change coming out of Washington… Some people will get ice cream and the other half will be left cleaning up after the cow.

2) Tax relief for some and pain for others. The Obama Administration plans to keep the estate tax even though it is scheduled to expire in 2010. This will hurt wealthy people, since the wealthy are the ones with an estate to tax. However, the White House has included a series of tax cuts in the $850 billion stimulus plan which you may be able to take advantage of…. a tax credit of $500 per worker or $1,000 per working couple. Those tax breaks would phase out for individuals making more than $75,000 a year and for couples making more than $150,000 a year. The stimulus plan also intends to add $70 billion in tax cuts for middle-class taxpayers stuck paying the Alternative Minimum Tax. And finally, President Obama has expressed a desire to wait to implement his tax hikes on the wealthy, which is a good sign. But the tax increases will come eventually, probably in 2010 once a recovery is underway.

3) Overhaul of the health care system. There are so many billions of dollars earmarked for health care projects that I cannot even begin to list them now. But in the end, Medicare and Medicaid are set to expand by over $100 billion. Also, the Administration wants all Americans to have access to health care… even those with pre-existing conditions. This is equivalent to crashing your car into a tree and then calling Allstate for insurance coverage of that wreck. In reality, you cannot buy an insurance policy on something you have already wrecked… unless it is your body and you are poor enough to qualify for it. The private insurance companies may not be able to afford these costs, so patients with pre-existing conditions could end up on a government funded program.

4) Your energy bill will go down! But this is after $59 billion in spending on energy and our power grid with benefits not being seen until 2011. However, an updated power grid and energy system would strengthen our nation’s competitive advantages.

5) A more competitive public school system for our children. Now this is a cause I can get behind. The President has supported pay-for-performance public schools. Our schools would greatly benefit if our best teachers were nicely compensated… because other teachers would find an incentive to work harder and become better teachers too! He also supports the rights of parents to decide which schools their children attend.

6) Breaks for businesses, but mostly for losing companies. While I cannot understand the thinking behind only rewarding those who are failing, I’ll take what I can get. The stimulus plan includes a provision to allow money-losing companies to carry current net operating losses back 5 years instead of 2 to reduce tax liabilities in previous years (and maybe get some money back now!) Loss carrybacks are similar to loss carryforwards, except companies apply their net operating loss to preceding years instead of subsequent years’ income. For example, if a company had a loss of $1,000,000 this year but had a gain of $1,000,000 five years ago, the company could apply this year’s loss to the gain five years ago and wipe out the tax liability five years ago. Since the company paid taxes back then, the company should get a refund. The stimulus plan will also offer relief for companies investing in new plants and equipment as well as those hiring youths and veterans. Any stimulus for business is crucial right now.

7) “Cut taxes on all Americans making under $250,000 a year.” Not exactly. When the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010, taxes will rise on everyone and probably settle around Clinton-era levels. And the $250,000 number is probably going to be lower, but no one knows exactly what it is going to be.

8) The South becomes the new Detroit. While the stimulus bill has preoccupied most people’s minds lately, I have not forgotten about the bailout of GM and Chrysler. The magnification of such major problems in Detroit served to also magnify the success of car manufacturers in the South. An interesting development that has already been under way in recent years is the South’s new role as host to foreign-owned automobile plants. But foreign-owned does not mean foreign workers, and the car companies that call Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and other Southern states home employ thousands of Americans. In fact, two-thirds of foreign cars are actually built in the South in nonunion shops where it costs at least $2,000 less to build each vehicle than it does in Detroit.

To make matters worse for the Big Three, GM supports 400,000 retirees while Toyota only supports 700 because the Southern autoworkers are a fairly young population. But there is good news… GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Congress are catching on! The South is the place to be to build vehicles due to a small union presence, lower taxes, and a welcoming attitude towards automobile plants. The South is becoming the new Detroit, which is a boon for small Southern towns that are supported by automobile plants.

9) The government enters the hedge fund business. TARP could be renamed “The United States Hedge Fund” because it would more aptly describe what the bailout money is accomplishing. Hedge funds borrow short, lend long, and hope to make money off the spread between the short and long rates, which has become the government’s new business. While this is the first time the government is truly “investing” directly in securities, neither the government nor the media will be calling it that. Even though we are told that every other spending program in this country is an “investment” in our country’s future, TARP does not get the golden title of “investment” that every other entitlement program gets. Instead, it is an ugly “expense” with the taxpayers footing the bill. In actuality, all of the programs are expenses and we foot the bill for every spending program. But expenses are necessary evils, and hopefully the investment in our banking sector will pay off.

10) The need to dodge traffic cones. The government’s new New Deal includes huge infrastructure spending that won’t really begin to affect the economy until 2010. But get excited about dodging lots of traffic cones! From bridges to water slides, construction cones will be everywhere. And that is about the only way the new New Deal will affect you until these projects approach completion in 2011 and 2012. But once they are completed, our infrastructure, particularly bridges, will be much more stable.

It is important to remember that we have elected a president, not a king. Congress makes the laws and The President in fact only has two major powers; the ability to veto and send the troops to war. So, the real success of the Administration hinges on the success of the new Congress and the ability to keep special interests at bay when important bills are proposed. Every single one of the ten points above falls outside of the power of the President, and therefore we should be much more watchful of Congress. President Obama has shown an admirable desire for bipartisanship in Congress, and I think we all commend him for that. He appears to truly want the best for America, and I remain hopeful that he and Congress will make the best choices for our ailing economy and for each of you.