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When the U.S Dollar Collapses, the Elites Will Try to Steal Your Money

Throughout the ages in times of crisis, out-of-control governments, states, and empires have seized from their citizens what they perceived to be real money.

In recent history, gold has allowed citizens to protect their purchasing power from fiat currency depreciation and escape state-imposed financial repression. Though, it has been the prime asset that authorities confiscate when monetary systems fail.

In 1933, former U.S President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, enacted  banning American citizens from hoarding large amounts of gold. In 1959, the Australian Government signed  allowing Aussie authorities to seize citizen’s precious metals. And in 1966, . These are just a few of the many wealth confiscation episodes over the past century.

Past governments approved these actions without their citizen’s consent to achieve “order” and remove “chaos”, but this is code-speak for theft via temporary authoritarianism. So when the U.S dollar inevitably collapses, if you think this 21st-century U.S administration won’t pursue your precious metals stash, you’ll be in for a surprise when the debtor-in-chief’s “sound-money hit squad” knocks down your door, empties your safe, and gives you nothing in return.

Unfortunately, protecting your purchasing power from a fiat currency system isn’t as straightforward as buying gold, silver, and Bitcoin, and storing it down at your local JPMorgan branch. When it matters, the state will seize your property and will remove your rights to restore — what they believe to be — monetary order, whether that’s via a government-created cryptocurrency backed by gold or a new fiat currency backed by IMF (International Monetary Fund) SDRs (): “the international reserve currency”.

“You’ll be in for a surprise when the debtor-in-chief’s “sound money hit squad” knocks down your door, empties your safe, and gives you nothing in return.”

For the elites to create a new monetary paradigm, they will use any excuse to try to steal your hard-earned wealth when things go wrong. Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, encouraged citizens to hand over their gold in exchange for steel wristbands bearing the inscription “”, the Soviet Union banned large private ownership of gold altogether, and Saddam Hussein, the deceased Iraqi dictator, cleaned out citizen’s gold, jewelry, and other valuables while holding them at gunpoint — they traded their assets for their lives.

Despite past events, elites will tell you gold is nothing more than a barbarous relic, a useless lump of shiny rock with no purpose in modern-day society while continuing to amass vast quantities of gold bullion. Since 2000, , and U.S reserves remain equal despite a 100% debt-backed currency. When the time comes they will show their true feelings towards gold and will come for yours — if required.

Though, there are ways to get around a government that imposes tyrannical policies in desperate times. But you’ll have to game the system, discard patriotism, and think outside the box.

Removing all your assets from entities connected to the banking system is the first step. With “bail-in” legislation passed and enacted in several countries —— if you store your gold within your bank and your bank goes bust, they have the power to use your gold — — to bail out their mistakes.

You might think to store gold in your home safe, but like anything in investing, diversification is key. Storing gold in a private vault is important, but so is the location: You must store it offshore, outside your government’s jurisdiction, otherwise they will hunt down your stash, like in 1907, 1959, and 1966. Though you don’t need a high net worth to store your assets in other countries. Companies like Goldmoney allow their clients with small account balances to buy and store gold in various countries from Singapore to Switzerland — countries with governments that have never seized precious metals.

Though, if you’re desperate to keep some gold at home, stick to jewelry. You don’t need to hide your gold bracelets, earrings, and other wearables because the U.S government doesn’t recognize them as financial assets. As precious metals analyst, Jeff Clark, says, “History has shown, in the developed world, gold confiscations have targeted monetary metals, like coins and bars. Jewelry was spared. Only in oppressive nations, ruled by dictators, was it a target. In other words, residents of developed nations that own gold jewelry have an asset that remains [less] appealing … to grab.”

“Your primary aim is to preserve your capital avoiding wealth destruction and confiscation.”

Another way to preserve your purchasing power is to use asset classes that most people shun as investments, ones you can touch, feel, and treasure, but also profit from over your lifetime. They have real uses, they tend to hold their value, and, most importantly, governments don’t need them to restore order during monetary Armageddon. “To bail out our beloved country, we’re seizing all vintage guitars, fine wine, and luxury watches,” is something you’ll never hear on the six o’clock news — hopefully.

In 1957, you could have bought a Rolex submariner watch for  — adjusted for inflation — , not only preserving both your wealth and purchasing power but netting yourself a tidy profit. Today, with that money, you could walk into any watch shop and purchase 11 of them without breaking a sweat.

Vintage guitars sell for 1000% more than their 1960s price. If you choose the right guitar, it could become part of your retirement fund. When the world goes into a prolonged recession or depression, people lose confidence in their paper wealth and shift into tangible assets, hence, guitar prices appreciate significantly. The .

But the most underrated and most overlooked asset of all time is fine wine. Over the past decade, the Burgundy 150 index, the broadest price measure of fine wine,  with . Prices vary based on rarity, exclusivity, and desirability. A bottle of Domaine Romanée Conti will set you back roughly $50,000 while a bottle of Fontaine Gagnard will cost you around $1,000. Though the fine wine market is difficult to enter with limited learning resources online — and a degree of pretentiousness — going down this rabbit hole has reaped big rewards so far.

Then, there are the “protected” asset classes: stocks, bonds, and real estate. As we have a financialized economy, not a real economy, higher prices in speculative assets maintain the stability of a broken system, so the last step the government will take is to confiscate assets that paint over American’s fake economy. They want you to keep buying these — and in bulk!

But creating a diversified portfolio of physical assets, which remain outside the protected class and have proven the test of time, will help you financially and will give you future peace of mind. You’re spoilt for choice with old-timers like precious metals, and new kids on the block like Bitcoin.

The hard part, of course, is trying to predict which assets will not only hold their value but appreciate over time, though with a few hours of research, your chances will rise dramatically. Again, it’s a bonus if an asset yields a profit. Your primary aim is to preserve your capital, avoiding wealth destruction and confiscation.

The rise of anti-fiat sentiment worldwide has caused a surge in alternate versions of wealth preservation, and with central banks and governments continuing their money printing onslaught, protecting your purchasing power through “radical” means will likely gain popularity in the next decade.

The mighty U.S dollar could survive for many years to come, and by then, the world will be a very different place: a new government, a new culture, a new society, a new way of life. But whatever the future holds, the elite’s monetary agenda remains the same. Though in the next economic collapse, if you have gone the extra mile to safeguard your real wealth, you won’t care whether the state starts seizing assets by any means necessary.

Your real wealth will be undetectable in plain sight.

Is the Government seizure of Gold still possible today?

One thing that makes this scenario less likely to happen today is the fact that gold is not a currency. Back in those days, a dollar was basically a receipt you could exchange for actual physical gold, the actual currency.

Today, the Central Bank sets the currency, and could easily devalue the dollar with a simple push of a button. This was not possible under the gold standard. Back then, the only way to devalue the dollar was to buy off all the gold and raise its price, as the value of the dollar was directly linked to the amount of gold the banking system owned. The amount of dollars in circulation could not be changed unless an equally proportional amount of gold was added to the reserves.

But today, devaluing the dollar is much easier. All it takes is a push of a button, and the Central Bank can add all the dollars they like since they are not limited by the gold standard or other similar physical requirements. Gold is no longer a determining factor in spending, inflating or lending of money. Therefore, governments have no actual reason to confiscate privately owned gold.

One of the main reasons why investors shouldn’t fear gold confiscation is the fact that not many people own gold. In fact, only 3% of Americans own physical gold. Therefore, the amount of privately owned gold is too small to bail the government out of a financial crisis.

In contrast, they have much more interest in gaining control of retirement funds, forcing the owners to hold government issued debt in place of actual finances. The best thing about this scenario (as far as the government is concerned) is that there is no need for actual physical confiscation, which makes obtaining the funds much easier.

For that reason, governments today are more interested in controlling the official currency. While the official currency in 1933 was gold, in 2020 the official currency is the dollar in the U.S. and the Euro in Europe. Governments are interested in controlling the cash flow. That means that you should be more concerned about your savings rather than gold bullion.

A Letter from Norm Waller, CEO of Millennium Tux

I opened Millennium Tux over 40 years ago with one mission: rent folks boxy, baggy, trashy suits.

And I’ve stuck with it! Renting a suit at Millennium Tux is exactly the same today as it was in 1973. Only now you can browse our catalogue online (you still have to come into the store to rent).

Why rent from Millennium Tux?

Why not? We rent the same garbage every other place does. And we promise what you see is what you get, and what you get is a suit made of trash.

And if you’re a fancy fashion man, we’ve got styles for every occasion: weddings, funerals, court arraignments, job interviews — even prom (pretty much an interview with dancing, am I right, guys??).

Don’t worry about the fit

Whether you like your suit boxy or baggy, we’ve got your size. All thanks to our guiding principle: “one size fits all.”

When you’re done, be sure to bring it back the next day or you’ll pay late fees. I don’t care if you’re hungover. Renting isn’t supposed to be fun, people.

I’m Norm Waller and I’m here to say renting a suit will NEVER change as long as me and Millennium Tux are still around. That’s my guarantee!*   In all seriousness, if you are looking to BUY an affordable suit there’s much better options then renting trash (literally).

*Guarantee void pending fraud investigation

Hey guys, a little confession….

I got real excited to don your first ever 100% garbage bag suit, get ready to be disappointed. Millennium Tux isn’t real.

The cardboard-box-clad models, the greasy CEO – all faker than a $10 Rolex in Chinatown.

But renting a tux IRL is almost that bad. You spend hours dealing with sketchy sales guys in musty stores, only to end up with cheaply-made suits that don’t fit well.

Do better with Cheap Suits

No more trips to the strip mall. No more glued polyester suits.

And since Cheap Suits ships your suits fast from Canada, you have plenty of time to make sure it fits. If it doesn’t, they will replace it, free of charge.

Cheap Suits is giving you wonderful premium suits for  $111 off your order , what are you waiting for, check out out this awesome and inexpensive blue suit. Let Cheap Suits know what event you have coming up so they can help you suitup in style.

Bye bye, trashy suits and gross salespeople. Hello, handsome.

The problem with programmatic ads

It all started when The Times ran a story highlighting a mid-roll ad for L’Oréal smack dab in the middle of a “hate-filled sermon” a couple weeks ago.

Then Alphabet stock took a 3% tumble, as they and other big brands started pulling their ads off YouTube after finding their logo next to “unsavory” content.

This year, internet advertising around the world is set to pass TV ads for the first time ever and Google has built a massive business on the back of metrics like “reach” and “impressions.”

But apparently, everyone was so obsessed with these metrics, they never asked the basic question,“Where are you actually showing my stuff?”

So now it’s all coming under question

JPMorgan Chase, one of the companies rethinking their ad strategy, narrowed down their whitelist (approved websites) from 400k websites to around 5k.

And if you were picturing a fancy algorithm instantly narrowing the list, think again. They started with the 12k sites (of 400k) that ever recorded a click. Then, an intern manually visited each of them one by one and cut another 7k.

Apart from realizing they should give that intern a raise, Chase also saw almost zero change in overall ad performance.

What? How is that possible?

The claim is that ad tech companies use garbage impressions to artificially adjust the conversion rate to a point where it’s clearly better than the alternatives (print, radio, TV) but still low enough to exhaust ad budgets.

Google gets paid more the more ads are shown — even if only 1% of the placements actually convert. So even though you’re looking for 1,000 people to buy your product, they’re still going to show your ads to 99,000.

But things could be changing

If this unrest continues, we may see a digital enlightenment period, where brands manually control their spend without reliance on programmatic (e.g., algorithms and stuff).

The result? No shampoo ads next to hate speech, more money for the “good” part of the internet, less money for the long tail (the “bad” internet), and fewer days of fresh, line-caught Alaskan salmon at Google’s cafeteria.


Business hack when travelling abroad using an iPhone

Today in the life of a business man,  a phone has become indispensable. As business persons we often have to travel for work.   This means one problem when it comes to iPhones – carrier locks.

If you have bought an iPhone in the last few years and get a great deal or  a discount off of the regular retail price by your network carrier, then you eventual realized there was one big catch -the network lock.


This means that your iPhone won’t work on any other carrier’s network until you unlock it. So basically, when travelling to another country you have to ROAM on a local network using your original sim card instead of buying a local sim card and benefitting from much cheaper data and calling rates.

There’s an easy fix to this which I think everyone in business must absolutely benefit from. I am going to show you how to easily remove  this network restriction from any iPhone irrespective of the carrier that it is locked to.

With an unlocked iPhone, you will no longer be stuck using only one network.

You’ll be able to use local SIM cards, which is important if you don’t want to rack up a cell phone bill in the thousands of dollars.

How to unlock any version of the iPhone

Now that you understand the intricacies of carrier restrictions, let’s get down to business and review your options for removing that annoying network lock.

The processing is known as IMEI Unlocking

There may be other hacks or ways people on the internet claim you can try to network unlock your iPhone but believe me they dont work or can possible screw up your iPhone, or relock later on. IMEI unlocking is the most reliable and permanent solution as it is done directly through Apple by syncing your phone to iTunes.

First thing you’ll need to know is the IMEI number of your phone. The IMEI is a unique number assigned to your iPhone and you can find it under your settings or simply by dialing    * # 0 6 # directly from the phone dialer.

There are many websites who offer this unlocking service for iPhones.  However, after trying several different websites over the years, there is a only few sites I’d actually recommend.

The two sites below are the ones I use with confidence for myself, family and friends who want to unlock their phones. – The most reliable unlock service for Canada, USA and Mexico. – The most reliable unlock service in the UK and across Europe.

Once you have ordered the unlock service for iPhones and paid the one time fee, you can  change your carrier and use any SIM card worldwide. Everything is done online usually in a matter of minutes although depending on the carrier that your phone was locked to, it may take a few days also.  It is best to plan ahead of your trip to make sure that you have a working unlocked phone in time.

Give it a try before your next business trip and let us know in the comments your experience.  You can thank me later 😉

U mad? Or just hungry?


Normal humans make about 35k decisions on a typical day — and whether or not they’re good ones depends a lot on what our stomachs say.

You’re probably familiar with the idea of “decision fatigue” — the idea that each decision we make pulls from a single, limited pool of energy. But, how big of a pool we start from, and how fast we drain it, is impacted by a bunch of factors.

And recognizing when our “decision tank” is running low is crucial to making good judgments. AKA, not yelling at Sven, the intern, for bringing you a latte with 2% milk instead of soy.

HALT in the name of Sven

Human behavior expert Melody Wilding suggests using the “HALT system” to ask yourself whether or not you’re in any condition to make a rational decision.

The method boils down to taking stock of a few basic needs and asking yourself whether you’re:

Hungry: “Hanger” is real. Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and cranky (take, for example, a study which found that judges ruled more harshly right before lunch). So before you scald someone with a boiling hot latte, grab a cheese stick.

Angry: If you’re actually experiencing non-food related anger, research shows that “venting” has “virtually no benefits,” and can actually increase negative feelings. Wilding suggests journaling or meditating to re-center. Dear diary, I hate Sven…

Lonely: Humans are social by nature, and turns out, the warmth of your laptop isn’t a replacement for human touch. If you find yourself spiraling, phone-a-friend, or take a break to grab coffee with a coworker.

Tired: Fun fact, going through life in a state of perpetual exhaustion isn’t sustainable. Having good “sleep hygiene,” (a nightly bedtime routine) is just as important as brushing your teeth.

HALT — It’s pretty simple stuff. And your interns will thank you.

Protecting your  Phone from theft.

Cell phone’s today are no longer an optional in the business world. Being connected in today’s busy life is essential, whether it’s to use your twitter APP for outreach purposes or just to stay on top of your emails and DMs,  there is no way to avoid having a cell phone.

That being said, the rate of phone theft is up year after year and something is being done about it.

Percentage of U.S. cell owners lost or stolen in 2012 by age

This statistics above shows the rate of cell phone owners [grouped by age] who have had their phone either lost or stolen in the USA during 2012. To no surprise the youngest group are more likely to have either lost or had their phone stolen. 45 percent of people surveyed aged 18-24 have had this happen to them at some point. Additionally 1 in 5 mobile phone owners age 65 and up  have reported having their phone stolen.

Source Statista 2018

A Program to Reduce Phone Thefts

In co-operation with carriers and governments worldwide the International Mobile Equipment Identity number (IMEI) was created as  part of a program to prevent cell phone theft.  An IMEI is your 15 digit number which identifies your wireless device.  By having this unique 15 digit number in a national database and hopefully a global database [still in progress] the objective is to discourage or even prevent thieves from stealing phones. When buying a phone there is many imei check services available online to find out if the phone has been is blacklisted or not.  When a cell phone is reported stolen it is blacklisted in this IMEI database making it essentially unusable on most or all network carriers locally and worldwide.

How to make more money with your website on mobile devices

Did you know having a mobile-friendly website increases the chance of the costumer buying your product buy more than 50%! In fact, around one third of ALL PURCHASES are made on mobile.

That means in order to get more customers MAKE SURE you provide the best mobile experience for your users. Here are some tips you might like:

  1. Make sure your site is responsive
  2. Make sure you website loads as fast (or faster) on mobile
  3. Simplify your checkout page
  4. Make a mobile app (it might not do too much but it wouldn’t be a bad idea)

Now go ahead make these changes to your website sit back and see the results.

How To Make Money In Mobile Marketing

There are so many choices when starting a mobile marketing plan that you might not know where to begin. The ideas discussed below were selected to help you become smarter at using mobile marketing tools for your business.

Your mobile marketing campaign will not get very far if it doesn’t take your target demographic’s interests into perspective.

Mobile content should be brief and easily understood. They need easily understand and absorb the message that you want to convey.

It can be hard to make a mobile website that is attractive. It is best to hire a professional website designer with experience in mobile websites.

Wait for the results  on your first mobile marketing campaign before beginning a second one.

The most successful mobile marketing strategies implement changes gradually.You should operate this approach for your company. Use everything you have access to.

Although many mobile users actively send text messages and use their phones to check their email, most people haven’t got a clue what they mean.If people can’t figure out what you’re trying to tell them, the message is not likely to win you any sales.

You may find people telling you to go away or telling you they want more, but keep in mind that any information from a consumer should be treated as valuable input.

Make sure that your mobile marketing ad to send on and they perhaps they will.

While mobile marketing is an effective way to connect with your customers, it needs to have the capability of working on multiple platforms. If not, you could lose customers due to technical issues.

Use A/B testing on your mobile version of landing page.You can progress with your mobile campaign with the best landing page.

If you decide to incorporate SMS messaging as part of your mobile marketing campaign, be sure that you are honest about how many texts you will be sending out, and have an easy way to opt-out. If using SMS, it can be detrimental because of the integrated ties that mobile device release systems use. It can seem like it’s invading peoples’ privacy.This honesty will go a long way to build up your brand.

As you can see, most mobile marketing techniques share some fundamentals. They differ based on their technology and application. Do some research and use your common sense in choosing the most ideal approaches for your business, your budget and yourself.

The Best Marketing Tips of 2017

The Best Marketing Tips of 2017

Before you do anything else you should start off by researching your competition. You need to know what prices, products, guarantees you are up against so you can beat them in as many categories as possible. One thing that I have seen personally over the years is that business owners/directors often assume that they are beating their competitor when really the are pretty average and in some cases worse. So again make sure you ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, scout your competition before you do anything else.

When it comes down to using a web marketing company they will emphasize using essential services and strategies to ensure you achieve online success in the long run. Managing your own online marketing campaign may be a daunting and time consuming process, but if you make use of a specialist company you can save yourself valuable time and energy, as well as resources moving forward.

There are a numerous web marketing tips you should be focusing on if you have chosen to manage your own campaign for now. As your business grows and you don’t have the time to focus daily on your online marketing, then it’s time to hand your project over to a professional who can help you boost your brand, increase your web traffic and help you improve online revenue.

The First Essential Factor that any web marketing company will tell you as the number one key for success is to know your market, your product, your viewers and lastly to get to know your competitors. You want to pay attention to this in everything you do from your website design to the online marketing that you choose to do, whether it’s ppc (pay per click) advertising, social media advertising or both.

Next, you will want to set yourself goals. Setting goals are essential to monitor your progress and ensure that your efforts are meeting your unique online needs. You should keep your goals realistic, from increasing your ranking to growing your followers on social media to setting up a blog or increasing your brand using pay per click advertising. There are so many things to remember and so many different goals to set and if you don’t have online marketing experience, you may find that an internet marketing company is the best choice to help you grow your business online in the long run.

And lastly, make sure to always give yourself a marketing budget. You will be pleased you did. Your budget should be set if you are using an internet marketing company to identify how much you can spend with them each month. It is easier if the company you choose has set packages to take advantage of, so you can ensure your budget remains the same on a monthly basis. If you are considering pay per click advertising, set a daily budget, so that you only pay for the leads generated as a result up to a set amount, so that you are sure to not exceed your budget at any time.

What To Consider When Buying A New Car

What To Consider When Buying A New Car

It is fun to buy a new car for many reasons. Just the idea of choosing a new vehicle to drive and how it will smell and drive is exciting. People have reasons for choosing the cars that they do. Some may only have a certain amount of cash so their options are limited but there are still reasons why they choose the make and model.

Power: How much power do you want? Are you looking for a vehicle that will get you to where you are heading to fast with a charged V8 engine? Or do you want dependable and reliable with a 4 liter engine. The power you want is not available in almost all cars.

Price: The more features you get on a car the more expensive it will be. Many people want a certain model car and will sacrifice the features for the brand. Then other will only look for the car within their budget and get the best car with the most features for their money.

Seats: Enough seats for a family will be a factor when searching for a new vehicle for many. Others do not care if they are single and will look for something whether it has two seats or seven. Others use their cars for other purposes, such as a surfboard, and their car needs to accommodate their hobbies.

Rating: The rating of a vehicle’s safety is a determinate for many people. They will only choose a car if it one of top rated cars for safety. It can also be a make or break factor if they are deciding between two different vehicles.

For many the rating of customer service they receive makes a difference too. If someone bought a car from someone and it was a good process they are more likely to develop a relationship with them and buy from them again. They will also recommend them to others. For each and every reason the bottom line is that it is exciting to buy a new car.

Stand out from the others in your situation and get advice that works!


Improve your MEMORY Power with these Simple Tips

Most of us are blessed with amazing set of intelligence and memory power to recollect every incident in very minute details. People often get amazed by seeing people’s memory power and often claim them to be the blessed ones. But recent set of studies related to Neuro Plasticity revealed that anyone can work on his memory power and increase the same significantly with his consistent efforts. It’s set of discipline that one puts himself in to manure his remembrance power.

Tips to Improve your remembering power


All we need to do is to follow some simple tips wholeheartedly and religiously. Those simple tips are as follows:

  • Bring Mindfulness In Life: Person don’t remember any detail of things and keeps forgetting to do list mainly because he is not mindful of his acts. Distraction is what this technology driven world brings in which makes it very difficult for a person to stay aware of this present moment. He keeps living in past, regretting what have happened and keep building plans for the future. In doing so he loses the sense of focus from this present moment and because of this his mind doesn’t capture what is happening now and makes a person forget things often. People can practise mindfulness meditation at least 20 minutes a day to strengthen their awareness in the present moment. In doing they will gain good focus of task in hand and will function efficiently.
  • Take Enough of Sleep: Our brain and its circuitry properly stores information when we are at sleep. In sleep our brain rejuvenates itself and nourishes every neural pathway to function well. It is found in research that person with good memory have tendency to get good deep sleep. So do take ample of deep sleep to make your mind sharper.
  • Eat Right Memory Diet: There are foods which enhance functioning of the brain and makes brain work in more efficient manner. Foods like Almonds, Nuts, Vitamin-C enriched food etc. makes brain more alert and sharp. So people should make that food part of their diet and also they should stay away from junk and frozen foods which makes brain dizzy and dull.
  • Take Notes: Proper notes taking habit helps brain to recollect the sequence of events more easily. So person who aspires to improve their memory should make a habit of writing things down often to have brain hardcode everything.

Avoid Multitasking: Brain loses its ability to work or function when it has been put in the circumstance where he is propelled to do more than one task at any point of time. Involving brain in parallel tasks loses its capability to record each set of event independently and makes brain freak out and register events randomly. As it is innate capability of the human brain to do one task at any point of time so if person is involves him in multi-tasking, than he himself is challenging brain to function smoothly. So habits like watching T.V while eating food, listening to music while working, talking to someone while driving is all the examples of the activity which distracts the brain and makes its memory power weak.

Amazon’s A/B testing the produce aisle

Back in December, you may remember us talking a bit about Amazon Go, a grocery store concept that uses cameras and sensors to track what customers pick up. So ideally, instead of waiting behind someone buying 60 cans of cat food, you could just walk out and get charged automatically.

The whole “facial recognition” thing seem like overkill? Well, we thought so too. And apparently, they’re having trouble getting it all to work properly, postponing their planned launch from the end of this month to some unknown future date.

But, less than 24 hours after releasing that self-defeating statement, the largest river in the world announced their next grocery store business model, grocery pickup. Fishy timing, great PR move.

They’re calling it AmazonFresh Pickup

It all started with straight up grocery delivery (AmazonFresh), then the cashier-less shoplifter haven (Amazon Go), and now their next big thing: Ordering online, driving to the store, and having someone put the groceries into your car (AmazonFresh Pickup).

This idea of “click-and-collect” has been popular in the UK for years and Walmart launched the same thing last June in a handful of stores.

For now, Amazon’s going to try it with 2 locations in Seattle, making it available exclusively for employees now, and eventually opening it up Prime members.

Seems like they’re grasping at candy straws

And for good reason. According to Morgan Stanley Research, the average US household spends about $107 a week on groceries or $5,500 annually.

That’s more than double what the average Prime member spends on Amazon per year ($2,500) and 10x what non-members spend.

Do a little mental math, and it’s clear that if Amazon can make serious headway in the grocery biz, they’re going to make — carry the 2, divide the square root — a boatload of money.

For the time being, however, it’s up to us to decide which of these new ways of buying kombucha and eggs is going to stick. Let’s just hope it’s not drone delivery.

3 Freight Shipping Options Available to You

When shipping freight is one facet of your business, there are a number of logistics companies that can handle this task for you. Before you commit your freight to a transportation company, it is a good idea to get some references and to shop around for the best quotes. Those quotes will vary depending on the shipping option you choose. In some cases, you may have to chose one option over the other due to time, handling or temperature constraints. In other cases, you may have enough wiggle room to choose the least expensive mode.

Here are three shipping options available to you.

Third-Party Logistics

Third-party logistics, aka 3pl shipping, has become a popular shipping option over the last few years. A logistics company essentially takes over the product warehousing, order fulfillment and freight forwarding duties for its client. Additionally, the client is keep apprised of the status of the goods at all times. Completely outsourcing freight responsibilities can be a valuable money and time saver that allows you to focus on other aspects of your business.


Intermodal is a shipping option that combines rail, ship and truck. As the freight travels, it remains in its container and is not touched when it changes from one transport mode to another. Intermodal has grown in popularity because it has proven to be efficient due to the rail component. Since trains receive the right of way on the road and do not have to battle traffic, rail transport is productive. Additionally, rail transport is not affected by higher gas prices and labor shortages, so it remains cost-efficient.

Over the Road

Over the road (OTR) shipping offers the most flexibility in regards to the types of freight that can be handled. OTR can accommodate products that require a certain temperature setting like food products, are less than a truckload or must be transported on a flatbed. Shipments that must arrive by a certain date and time, for example, should be sent OTR since the rest of the load can be worked around the time-sensitive one. When shipments are less than a truckload but exceed a certain volume, OTR will offer the best rate, too.

Ensuring your freight is delivered on-time and without damages does not have to be time-consuming. Transportation companies offer third-party logistics, intermodal and over the road options that get the job done.

BuzzFeed plans to go public — OMG cute!

According to a scoop from Axios, the master of virality plans to go public in 2018, and it’s gonna be hot AF.

The source of such gems like “Stoned People Get Surprised With A Sloth,” has already turned down multiple acquisition offers and it looks like they’re finally making good on CEO Jonah Peretti’s IPO promises.

Which is a rare move in media these days compared to the other “Big Four” digital content companies, including Vox, Vice, and Group Nine Media (owns Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker).

Rumor has it Vice is looking to sell, and neither Vox, nor Group Nine has plans to IPO in the near future.

These old people are helping millennial publishers expand

BuzzFeed, like its peers, has partnered with a traditional media companies (NBC) to expand its media offerings beyond listicles: NBC now owns stake in both BF and Vox, Disney in Vice, and Discovery in Group Nine.

Recently, they even announced a plan to leverage NBC’s cable audience by co-authoring an original, true-crime TV series, much like Netflix’s Making a Murderer (clapback alert!).

At the same time, a series of journalism hires, including their editor-in-chief from Politico, has helped them expand from stuff like dog engagement photos into a legitimate source of investigative news.

Only ‘90s VCs will get this

BuzzFeed is uniquely positioned as a media company with the sensibility and structure of a tech company, and investors are taking note.

Their valuation at the end of 2016 hit $1.7B after NBC doubled down on their investment with another $200m round, and Peretti claims revenue grew more than 65% in last year.

And hey, while they might not have the BUZZ ticker name locked down yet, they can tell you “Which Beyonce Hit You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign.”

The Bloomberg terminal bubble finally burst

Last year, the number of Bloomberg terminals, which let bankers analyze real-time financial market data and place trades, dropped for the second time since the company’s creation in 1981.

The only other time? During the global financial crisis. Which is pretty significant, because currently, the demand for financial data is as healthy as ever.

Global spending on financial info reached an all-time high at $24.7B in 2016, so one would think that terminals would be reaping the benefits.

But it’s not the market… It’s Bloomberg

First of all, to use the technology you still have to lease a physical system, which is insane. That’d be like Microsoft making you buy a whole separate computer to use Excel.

Plus, the setup itself hasn’t changed much since it launched 35 years ago — it still features an old school color-coded keyboard and monitors with colored text on a black screen that look like something out of a 1980s hacker movie. And it costs $20k per user per year to lease one of these suckers.

That’s led to huge customers like Bank of America and JPMorgan cutting 7k terminals to save money, while competitors like Money.Net and Sentieo are cropping up all over the place, offering similar services for half the price.

Which is bad news for the ‘berg

Because try as they might to diversify into segment like business news media, they’re still heavily reliant on their terminals to bring in the vast majority of their $9B in revenue.

And, with new technology continuing to automate traders out of a job, the outlook for companies willing to purchase a $20k monitor isn’t exactly rosy.



5 Warning Signs that you are getting less Conversions


Getting more conversions is an important thing if you are promoting something online. We all plan to increase our conversions in our own ways. But not every marketer plans how to deal with situations when your conversions are going down.

Conversion doesn’t always mean that you have to sell some product or some services, it also means you have to get some data from your target audience and this data can be anything including emails, phone numbers that you could later use in your marketing campaigns.

But have you wondered when you should start worrying about getting less conversions?

While you might have read many other posts that provide you tips to increase your conversions, there aren’t many post that might be able to help you in identifying situations when your conversions are going down.

In this post I am going to share 5 warning signs that might lead to your campaign going into waste if you don’t act on them when the time is right.

Without any further ado, let’s get right into it!

Your website’s bounce rate is going up!

Bounce Rate is a term that refers to the percentage of people leaving the website immediately after viewing just one page in a visit. The lesser the percentage is, the better and more comfortable the user feels on your web page.

High bounce rate can be a result of a lot of things. It can be your server being slow to respond, it can be the look of your webpage, it can be the number of ads that can be annoying to the users or it can be a simple fact that the content on your website doesn’t appeal to your users.

You can take some measures like changing your servers, looks of your website and even reducing the number of ads you show in order to reduce bounce rate.

You are getting less sign-ups for your services

Online businesses rely on user accounts to gather data about their users so that they would be able to sell them their services. But you might get less number of sign-ups because it might be hard for your users to sign-up on your website.

You can easily fix this by using a service that allows your users to sign-up easily. Services like work in an amazing way when it comes to making the sign-up and login process easy for the user. They use the concept of social media login as well as customer registration and apply them to make it easier for the users to sign-up and login to your websites.

They pull the data from the social media sites like Facebook, Google etc. and allow the users to sign-in using their social media accounts which just takes a few clicks instead of filling up a long boring form.

This results in a better user accumulation and data collection.

You are getting views, visitors but not conversions

Traffic matters a lot but it is up to you to find a way to convert the traffic. You need to target different type of audience for different types of campaigns. Social media is one of the biggest sources of traffic across the websites nowadays so it is important to see how your users are interacting with your website.

Services like social analytic will help you analyze the behavior of users on your websites. You don’t need to buy social analytic in a different package. You actually get it included when you get a plan for social sign-on on your website.

Your content is not reaching the target audience

It is important for your sales pitch to reach your target audience and just relying on search engines is an old technique now. People like to use social media sites to their advantage and use viral marketing to get more audience.

So, make sure that you use techniques like locking content for users. They can get the content they are looking for by just performing a social media action like tweeting, liking or giving a +1.

Your traffic is decreasing day by day

A good marketing campaign needs constant traffic till the last day of the campaign. You cannot have a successful campaign unless there is a constant flow of traffic to the main page where conversion happens.

Use techniques like SEO, SMO and even sending Press Releases in order to make some noise about your campaigns. The more traffic you have, the better chances of conversion there will be.

Also Check: How to improve website traffic after publishing a post


Good campaigns require proper attention so that they convert better and give you good results constantly. Making sure everything with your campaign is right is your own responsibility. In this post we have mentioned just five such warning signs that you should regularly check for when you are running a campaign. Make sure you take care of all these points and more. Let your imaginations run wild and have a great converting campaign!

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