Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More about retail troubles

As retail bankruptcies climb toward post-recession high, these companies could be next

 Krystina Gustafson 21 hours ago 

Retail in trouble?

To follow is an article that should make you think! This is why you need a functioning website now, not later but now..

According to Bloomberg, store retailers are filing for bankruptcy at a record rate during Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the Oval Office. The former reality host has claimed again and again, during and after his presidential campaign, that he would be a job creator. But again and again his promises have proved to be bullshit.  
In a little over three months, 14 chains have announced they will seek court protection, according to an analysis by S&P Global Market Intelligence, almost surpassing all of 2016. Few retail segments have proven immune as discount shoe-sellers, outdoor goods shops, and consumer electronics retailers have all found themselves headed for reorganization.
How these companies file bankruptcy (something Trump is familiar with) will determine how much of the cost American taxpayers will pay.
Much of the retail decline is due to online stores outselling land stores. Like the housing bubble, there are too many land stores and not enough customers and this too has also created ”a bubble — that will burst,” according to Urban Outfitters Chief Executive Officer Richard Hayne.
“We are seeing the results: Doors shuttering and rents retreating. This trend will continue for the foreseeable future and may even accelerate.”
There doesn’t seem to be a quick solution for this.
Jim Elder, S&P Global Market Intelligence’s director of risk services, wrote that first quarter results suggest there’s no quick recovery in sight. Sears Holdings Corp., Bon-Ton Stores Inc., and Perfumania Holdings Inc. are among the most vulnerable in the coming year, according to an S&P analysis of public retail companies. Sears acknowledged in a March filing that there is “substantial doubt” about its future. Fitch named retail chains including Nine West Holdings, Claire’s Stores, and children’s clothing outlet Gymboree Corp. in a study late last year. (Representatives from Bon-Ton, Perfumania, Nine West, and Claire’s didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.)
The Standard & Poor/S&P Global Ratings states the department stores, electronics retail, and apparel shops are at highest risk.
Add another “accomplishment” to Trump’s #100DaysOfShame. Though the problem is mostly stemming from competitive online selling, many, many store employees will find themselves out of jobs — and jobs are something Trump promised there would be more of.
There is no enjoyment that comes with this news, which is bad no matter how one looks at it. And there is no hoping for the failing of retail stores just so Trump can look bad. No, that’s how many Republicans roll. This is to prove, once again, that Donald Trump is a fraud. He can’t make good on his promises, because he didn’t think them through, and he doesn’t know how to think them through because prior to his election, he had absolutely no experience in politics. He also can’t  make good on his promises because he’s a scamming, ignorant, lying, ego-driven, deranged and dangerous human being. If mainstream media won’t use these honest adjectives to describe him in their stories — I will.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Have you thought of a phone application?

If one thing was for sure it is that the web and users of the web are using their phones and tables more and more. It has been a slow rise of the use of phone applications for business but not if you are into sports or radio or weather.  Applications are springing up everywhere and your business can benefit by using and having a phone application that your customers can download and use. Want to give away coupons or discounts to prospective customers than a phone application is a great way to do it. If you want to send immediate notifications to your best customers using your app, a phone application is a great way to do it.

If you have an interest in having a phone application, we make them just let me know and we can discuss the benefits and costs to  you.

Talk soon.

Joe Rossini

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Visiting my customers and it was fun!

On Tuesday Brenda and I went to visit one of our neatest customer, Randy Rundle the owner of Fifth Avenue Internet Garage he is one dynamic man. If you ever get out to Clay Center Kansas, go visit Randy and see his museum of sorts. Randy has done many things and building his business almost from scratch is one of his great accomplishments among many others. You can learn more about Randy at http://fifthaveinternetgarage.com/

We also visited another old customer, Union State Bank and began work on their new website. It was neat to finally meet people you have heard of but never shook hands with. A new website should be released in about sixty days.

Finally, we met the economic development director for Clay County and added them as a new customer! We are proud to soon be working on a new and updated website for Lori Huber.

It was a great trip and one we will be making again soon.

More to come.

Joe Rossini

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Info about phone applications

  • About 65% of 300 retail IT managers and c-level professionals in the U.S. and U.K. that were recently surveyed about their technology priorities said mobile payments technology is the innovation most in-demand in their ogranizations, according to research from Zynstra, a U.K.-based enterprise-grade IT software provider.
  • While mobile payments technology was the far and away leader, about 49% said self-checkout capabilities are important, and similar time-savers like scan as you shop (44%), click and collect (41%) also finished strong.
  • Another 37% said in-store customer analytics were chiefly important, according to the survey
More and more people are using their phones for everything. A phone is not just for talking anymore they are the real Star Trek communicators!

Oh boy this might be cool:
  • Google is augmenting its Image Search capabilities through Android apps and the mobile web with a new “Similar Items” feature that helps users find products similar to those they see in searched photos.
  • Google Image Search accomplishes this by using machine vision technology, a form of machine learning that identifies products in lifestyle images and displays matching items to the user. The Similar Items feature currently allows search results related to handbags, sunglasses and shoes, and will cover other apparel and home and garden categories in the next few months.
  • Retailers and merchants wanting to leverage the new feature need to add and maintain schema.org product metadata on their web pages, according to the Google Webmaster Central blog. Schema.org/Product markup helps Google find product offerings on the web and give users an at-a-glance summary of product info.
More info about just how much phones are now being used:
  • American adults will spend 2 hours and 25 minutes daily on mobile apps this year on average, an increase of 10.3% from last year and slightly above an earlier projection, according to a new report from eMarketer. Mobile apps will account for nearly 20% of American’s total digital media time this year. 
  • The number of unique apps smartphone users occupy themselves with per month is expected to dip to 20.7 this year from 21 in 2016. In 2019, Americans will check out 20.1 apps at least once a month. App usage is contained largely in social media networks, and Google and utilitarian apps, a category that covers maps and messaging apps. 
  • When they’re using mobile apps, Americans mostly listen to digital audio, social network, play games, watch videos and message. The time Americans spend on those activities is poised to rise even further. In 2018, Americans are anticipated to spend 2 hours and 35 minutes on mobile apps, and that figure will clock in at 2 hours and 43 minutes in 2019.  
Lets face it phones and apps are the coming force and we at Rossini.com can make them for you!

Friday, April 14, 2017

How to spot fake news

This is from Facebook:

Tips to Spot False News
We want to stop the spread of false news on Facebook. Learn more about the work we're doing. As we work to limit the spread, here are some tips on what to look out for:
  1. Be skeptical of headlines. False news stories often have catchy headlines in all caps with exclamation points. If shocking claims in the headline sound unbelievable, they probably are.
  2. Look closely at the URL. A phony or look-alike URL may be a warning sign of false news. Many false news sites mimic authentic news sources by making small changes to the URL. You can go to the site to compare the URL to established sources.
  3. Investigate the source. Ensure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy. If the story comes from an unfamiliar organization, check their "About" section to learn more.
  4. Watch for unusual formatting. Many false news sites have misspellings or awkward layouts. Read carefully if you see these signs.
  5. Consider the photos. False news stories often contain manipulated images or videos. Sometimes the photo may be authentic, but taken out of context. You can search for the photo or image to verify where it came from.
  6. Inspect the dates. False news stories may contain timelines that make no sense, or event dates that have been altered.
  7. Check the evidence. Check the author's sources to confirm that they are accurate. Lack of evidence or reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story.
  8. Look at other reports. If no other news source is reporting the same story, it may indicate that the story is false. If the story is reported by multiple sources you trust, it's more likely to be true.
  9. Is the story a joke? Sometimes false news stories can be hard to distinguish from humor or satire. Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may be just for fun.
  10. Some stories are intentionally false. Think critically about the stories you read, and only share news that you know to be credible.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

How can I protect my Facebook account?

Here are 6 things you can do to help keep your account safe:
  1. Protect your password: ...
  2. Use our extra security features.
  3. Make sure your email account(s) are secure.
  4. Log out of Facebook when you use a computer you share with other people. ...
  5. Run anti-virus software on your computer: ...
  6. Think before you click or download anything.

Security Tips | Facebook Help Center | Facebook

What do I do if my Facebook has been hacked?
Once you click on End Activity, change your password right away. Next, getFacebook's help. Facebook has a system to help you if you've been hacked. Go to the Facebook help page, click on I think my account was hacked or someone is using it without my permission, and then click on secure it.

How do I set the highest privacy settings on Facebook?
Click the 'Privacy' tab located in the left column:**Set default privacy/sharing option to Friends.**Use the Activity Log to review all your posts and things you're tagged in.**Limit the audience for old posts on your Timeline.**Set who can send you friend requests. ... **Select if you want Basic or Strict filtering for your inbox.
I have used Facebook for several years and as time goes on so do the security options and threats. I will add more about this later.

Joe Rossini