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Blockbuster Still Has One Branch In The US, In Oregon

Posted by on Feb 22, 2019 in Business, Industry, Service, Tech, Tips | Comments Off on Blockbuster Still Has One Branch In The US, In Oregon

Blockbuster Still Has One Branch In The US, In Oregon

The popularity of services like Netflix and Hulu, alongside VHS to DVD businesses, has put an end to the days of people heading for VHS stores to get a copy of their favourite film, with most people simply going out for the snacks, drinks and meals for their movie, not for the movie itself.

Blockbuster, the video store many consider represent the bygone age of VHS tapes, is considered extinct by many people, save for the locals at Bend, Oregon, which still stands strong despite the expansion of digital streaming services like Netflix and HBO. The store, located 150 miles of Portland, is in line to become the last Blockbuster branch in Northern America once the two Blockbuster stores in Alaska close.

Alaska saw Blockbuster stores stay for quite a while thanks to the difficulties associated with getting good Wi-Fi or broadcasting reception, but, recently, the managers of the Blockbuster stores in Anchorage and Fairbanks have made a dire announcement regarding the future of the stores. According to their Facebook posts on the 12th of July, they’ll be closing up shop soon and that they’d plan to sell off their inventories, in case someone wants the old VHS tapes for VHS to DVD conversion or just to collect them.

Blockbuster, in recent years, has been closing its corporate-owned stores, but the privately owned branches that simply license the brand, like the one in Oregon, have managed to stay. General Manager Sandi Harding, who’s been working for Blockbuster since 2004, says that the Oregon store has no plans to close the store any time soon.

Harding says that they still have a core group of customers that know of the local store, are loyal and come in regularly. She says that some people need something different from staying on their phones and their laptops, without any personal interactions.

A decade ago, Blockbuster had over 9,000 stores across the US, with Dish Network acquiring the brand back in 2011 after the retailer went under the hammer in a bankruptcy auction. Blockbuster ended up on the auction list thanks to having been crushed by digital video distributors like Netflix.

According to a spokesperson from Dish, there are still licensed Blockbuster stores outside the US, in places like Australia and Brazil.

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Recall Of Toyota Vehicles In Australia Due To Faulty Airbags

Posted by on Nov 18, 2018 in Business, Car Wraps, Industry, Service, Tech, Tips | Comments Off on Recall Of Toyota Vehicles In Australia Due To Faulty Airbags

Recall Of Toyota Vehicles In Australia Due To Faulty Airbags

Auto recalls are now treated as a common occurrence but it is better than the alternative which is not recalling faulty cars at all. Prior to recalls, car owners would complain about a certain feature in their vehicle and bring it to the cheapest mechanic on the Gold Coast only to find out that their car is not the only model suffering from the issue.

The latest vehicle recall announcement in Australia is from Toyota. Around 2,121 cars are subjected to safety recall because the airbags are found to be faulty. The auto manufacturer said that it will begin accepting Corolla vehicles for recall. The particular models in question were sold from April of 2004 until February of 2007.

According to an explanation released by Toyota, there are issues found with the ECU of the airbag or also known as the electronic control unit. There is a possibility of electrical shorting if left alone which can fry the entire system of the vehicle. When this happens, the warning lights attached to the airbag will light up and the front airbags as well as the pretensioners of the seatbelt will then be deactivated or it could trigger to deploy them inadvertently.

The auto manufacturer further explained that it is on the process of getting the replacement parts needed when the vehicles recalled starts arriving. They did not reveal exactly when the parts are going to arrive but they said that the first quarter of next year is when they will begin the recall. The company will put a replacement electronic control unit to the airbag but will not charge the owner of the car.

Toyota Australia said that more than half of the cars that are affected by the airbag recall will also be subjected to Takata recalls because of issues with the airbag infiltrators that are attached to either the driver or the passenger side that were manufactured by Takata. Considering this, Toyota will also replace the faulty airbag infiltrator at the same time. Many of the car owners of the said models are now finding the cheapest mechanic on the Gold Coast to have their vehicles checked prior to sending it back for repair at Toyota authorized repair centres.

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Five Popular Advantages Of Reverse Logistics

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018 in Business, Logistics Industry, Service, Tech, Tips | Comments Off on Five Popular Advantages Of Reverse Logistics

Five Popular Advantages Of Reverse Logistics

Supply chain management  does not only mean the flow of raw materials to the production units and the supply of finished products to the end customers, it also includes the absorption of unsold or unused goods back into the inventory and their reverse flow back to the company from the point of consumption. The absorption of the unused goods and their reverse flow is known as reverse logistics.

Most of the businesses prefer to outsource their logistics to the 3 PL companies which provide reverse logistics. The Tecdis network provides a range of reverse logistics for its clients to help them in waste management and recycling. Some of the reverse logistics solutions offered by the network are WEEE recycling, Redeployment, Return merchandize authorization, end of life disposal and field asset recovery.

Some of the benefits of reverse logistics solutions offered by the Tecdis network are

  • Businesses can reclaim defective products. They can refurbish or use the working parts in the defective products in the manufacture of new products. This helps companies to reclaim value out of defective products.
  • Reverse logistics offered by the Tecdis network helps the clients to recycle the packaging and other materials used in the defective pieces. This generates scrap value to the company.
  • Reverse logistics helps businesses to instil confidence among the distributors. Since the Tecdis network collects the unsold products from the stockists and distributors and sends them back to the company, they can confidently place orders for all the products.
  • Reverse logistics is also gaining popularity as a successful marketing strategy. Companies offer to buy back used electronics and other white goods from the customers. More and more users are preferring to buy refurbished electronics like computers and televisions, which are sold at low prices when compared to the brand new ones. Companies also rely on the exchange offers to boost sales during the dull seasons.
  • Reverse logistics helps business organizations to portray a professional and responsible image to their customers and society. Since the logistics firms with Tecdis Network offer WEEE recycling and end of life disposal services, the hazardous e waste can be recycled and disposed responsibly without harming the environment.
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How To Choose And Replace Automotive Parts

Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in Parts, Service, Tech, Tips | Comments Off on How To Choose And Replace Automotive Parts

How To Choose And Replace Automotive Parts

For most people, they allocate money for car payments, gasoline and insurance. However, costs for maintenance and repairs can be something unexpected. If your mechanic gives you an expensive quote, one way to cut down expense is to search for aftermarket automotive parts, rather than those offered by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

If you replace the parts from your manufacturer, it may not be the best choice for your vehicle. It may actually cost more so you need a provider that suits your budget and when it is capable of using aftermarket parts. So here’s how to find them:

  • Schedule a Regular Maintenance:

As stipulated in the owner’s manual, the manufacturer can list down all its suggestions for regular maintenance. Some of these recommended services will entail more work than the others. To save money, you can ask your mechanic to prefer aftermarket filters, fluids, and other automotive parts during the service intervals without posing threats to vehicle performance.

  • Replacing Damaged Parts:

Some automotive parts like tires, brakes and windshield wipers wear out over time. They need to replace the parts where the best way to do that is to utilize aftermarket parts. They may seem perfect for the vehicle, especially that it helps save money. However, you need to be careful with your choices, like the tires and brakes, as they may endanger the passengers of your vehicle. Choose an aftermarket part that closely resembles the OEM.

  • Mechanical Malfunction of Parts:

There are people who prefer OEM or aftermarket parts depending on their needs and what they can afford. Sometimes, the aftermarket parts can fail and may need you to stick with original equipment. Also, aftermarket parts may be essential for other mechanical items. For instance, many manufacturers of OEM products can have one supplier. If another supplier can provide a similar component as the original, then why not choose this provider to cut on costs.

  • Damages on the Body:

For damages on your car’s body, you need to choose original automotive parts for replacement to ensure good performance and safety. They need to remain in the same standards as the original so that passengers are protected at all times especially during a crash.

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Reasons To Opt For Faux Leather Seat Covers For Your Vehicle

Posted by on Mar 20, 2018 in Service, Tech, Tips | Comments Off on Reasons To Opt For Faux Leather Seat Covers For Your Vehicle

Reasons To Opt For Faux Leather Seat Covers For Your Vehicle

Seat covers have practical purpose of protecting your car’s interior from dirt, dust, mildew and harsh UV rays. They also enhance the aesthetic looks of the interior of a vehicle. They extend the durability of the seats in the vehicle keep them looking fresh and new for a long time. This also increases the resale value of a car. There are a number of varieties in seat covers and the days of boring black and brown seat covers are gone. The modern designing has led to innovation and availability of seat covers in an array of colors, designs, prints and materials.

The most in demand and sought after variety of seat covers is the faux leather seat covers. These covers offer the look and feel of genuine leather covers at low cost. The seat covers are available in a wide range of beautiful designs and colors. These faux leather covers are custom built according to the specifications of the client and fit the seats of your car like a glove. They offer the best luxury at low cost. The use of faux leather covers lifts up the aesthetics of your vehicles interior. The seat covers are available for all the vehicles like cars, truck and SUV.

The faux leather seat covers have a three-layer construction design with reinforced seams for added strength and soft foam backing for support and enhanced comfort. They are damage resistant and hence are durable. The faux leather covers are breathable and are UV resistant and do not allow the growth of mold and mildew. The covers are also water resistant and hence you need not worry about damage caused by accidental spills when travelling with kids and pets. The material is easy to clean and maintain. They are more durable than the leather covers because faux leather is strong and do not tend to break like leather

The trendy and stylish faux leather seat covers cost less and provides the same aesthetics of genuine leather products. The covers are also available in full set to cover the complete row of seats, armrest, headrest and console covers. You can have a uniform look for your interior by installing these covers. The covers generally come with a warranty so you can be sure of the quality of the product.

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Bitcoin Progresses Into The Logistics Industry

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Logistics Industry, Service, Tech, Tips | Comments Off on Bitcoin Progresses Into The Logistics Industry

Bitcoin Progresses Into The Logistics Industry

The freight industry reached a milestone after it saw its first transaction that was dealt with using cryptocurrrency. This is big news for transport companies in Perth that are yet to accept digital currencies as form of payments.

According to Bloomberg, the parties involved in the transaction are Turkey and a leading wheat shipper from Russia. The digital payment used for the transaction was the cryptocurrency bitcoin. This was included in the pilot testing of the payment system based on blockchain technology. The developer responsible is Prime Shipping Foundation. The transaction will make it possible for logistic companies as well as members of the freight industry to handle payments and convert them from cryptocurrency to monetary value and vice versa.

Ivan Vikulov, the chief executive officer of the company which is the outcome of a partnership that occurred between Interchart and Quorum Capital. According to reports, Prime Shipping Foundation is also planning to create a digital currency under their company.

Vikulov said that they are on the process of creating a payment system capable of cross-border which is easier and faster compared to what is in existence. In terms of their knowledge, this is the very deal in the freight industry done using cryptocurrency.

The transaction was prompted by the desire of the industry to text the capacity of the blockchain technology and the impact of cryptocurrency in making transactions efficient. Data sharing will also be made easier between partners and other sectors of the supply chains.

The company is also waiting to have a banking license in order to operate in Gibraltar where they can manage the transactions utilizing the cyrptocurencies issued by the government. In addition, the company is planning to generate funds within this year.

Other industries have also tried using cryptocurrency in their transactions. One example is Louis Dreyfus, a big name in the food trading industry. They used blockchain technology to process the import of soybeans between Shandong Bohi Industry Co in China and United States.

Blockchain technology is believed by experts to be the start of a new era. It will not be surprising if transport companies in Perth will follow suit.

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