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All hail the Bling! February 7, 2011

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When Britain’s Prince William got down on his knees to propose to Kate Middleton, he sealed the deal with a $45,000 blue sapphire ring surrounded by diamonds, which had belonged to his mother, Princess Diana.

That price tag too steep for your budget? Relax. Thousands of brides-to-be have discovered they can feel like princesses without breaking their fiances’ bank accounts.

Sapphire Rings 

Images courtesy of photoblog.msnbc.msn.com and dawn.com
That’s because manufacturers in China are creating replica and partially genuine engagement rings to meet surging demand, at a small fraction of the cost of Kate’s fully authentic version. And they’re flying off the shelves, not only in Merry Olde England, but around the world. Now, for only a few dollars or thousands, every bride can sport some eye-catching flash on her third finger. And non-brides too.
Royal Engagement Plate Royal Mug 

Images courtesy of rings.org.uk and royal-wedding-memorabilia.co.uk
Besides the rings, Chinese factories are also turning out related royal wedding memorabilia such as jewelry, coins, plates, statues and key chains with images of the happy couple.

The World of Gifts March 19, 2010

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Gifts could be exchanged at any and every occasion. Gifts, presents and parcels, always find a ready and eager audience, in children and adults alike. Not restricted to family and friends, gifts have also made their way into the corporate world, with corporate gifts and promotional gift items forming a sizable bulk of an already brimming market. Additionally, special occasions, such as birthdays or Christmas are waited upon as opportunities to receive and present gifts. These are the times whereby Gift Manufacturers earns the most.

Gifts can be of any form, from ornaments, home furnishings, figurines, antiques  collectibles, toys, flowers, cakes, apparel, garments, leather items, stationery items, to cotton and canvas bags, craft items, photo frames, cosmetics, jewelry and books. Anything and everything is available, look for it and you’ll be able to find it!


Top 5 Questions To Ask When Hiring Carpet Installers March 16, 2010

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Now that you’ve got your replacement carpet ordered, you need to find a reputable carpet installer to finish the job. Many Carpet Suppliers have their own installers but if you’re not sure of their quality, you can certainly do some research and find a carpet installer on your own.

However, don’t just hire the first person who gives you a low bid. There are certain questions you need to ask to insure you’re hiring someone who is reputable and not someone who will do a lousy job.

1. Are you licensed, bonded and insured?

All types of contractors and small business owners should have a state license and business liability insurance. Contractors who do work on other people’s properties should also be bonded, which means there are secured funds available should the customer make a claim about property damage or unfinished work. If a carpet installer is legitimate, they won’t have any problems answering this question and supplying you with their license number.

2. What kind of experience do you have?

Ideally you want to hire a carpet installer who has done many jobs that are similar to yours. There’s a large difference between installing upgraded, premium carpet in a custom home versus low grade carpet in a series of apartment units. Be sure to ask how long they have been doing installations. Someone brand new will most likely work more slowly and possibly make more mistakes than contractors with years of experience.

3. How much do you charge per square yard?

Prices for carpet installations will vary widely, depending on where you live, but don’t assume the cheapest price is the best choice. Some carpet installers with glowing references and years of experience might charge more than someone just starting out but you most likely will have a better result with the more experienced installer.

When you’re talking price, ask about any extra fees that may apply to the job, such as removal of the old carpet and padding or carpeting stairs. Nobody likes surprises, especially when you’re talking money and budgets.

4. Do you have any references?

Again, any carpet installer or contractor who values their reputation and runs a legitimate business will happily give you a list of past clients to call. The key is to actually take the time to make those phone calls! Ask about what type of project is was (apartment, commercial, new construction, etc), did they complete the job on time, and are you happy with the outcome.

5. How long do you guarantee the work?

Even after using the best carpet installers, you still might find minor problems that need fixing. Installers generally offer 1 -2 year guarantees but some also offer lifetime guarantees on their work. Be sure to get the guarantee in writing.

Doing this research is time consuming but well worth the time investment. Having the carpet installed correctly the first time around will save you money and unnecessary stress.


History of the Can March 15, 2010

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THE HISTORY OF THE CAN IS LITERALLY A HISTORY of western civilization, and its innovation an engine of prosperity in the United States. Two centuries ago, the first cans were designed to sustain world powers in their quests around the globe. In boomtown America, the can was key to big business and broader frontiers. Today, can making is a major economic force; the more than 130 billion cans Americans use each year have created an eight billion dollar industry, with 200 manufacturing plants in 38 states, that employ more than 35 thousand employees.

The can has moved as fast as consumer demand has grown; always adapting, innovating and satisfying while preserving the qualities that provide its inherent value—protection and strength. From the original, crude tinplate canisters shaped by hand to the lightweight, completely recyclable containers produced mechanically today, the can preserves and endures like no other package available.

What’s more, the can brings products into our hands and into our homes, allowing us to enjoy things made at another time in another place which we otherwise would never experience. Exotic foods and out-of-season produce are merely the beginning of what is now within reach. Food supplies aid third-world countries, blood plasma rescues wounded soldiers, and a vast array of household products are kept safely in the home, thanks to the utility of the can.

Because we have come to rely so much on the convenience and easy familiarity of canned products, almost imperceptibly present in every part of life, we are the “tin can civilization.” Without fanfare, the can has played an essential role in the standard of living we enjoy by making the products we want cheaper, safer, easier, more readily available and reliable. Our health and long life expectancy have benefited from nutritious canned foods provided by Can Suppliers ; our wealth and productivity have increased as cans made their products more cost-effective and accessible; and the innovation and improvement of canned products has left more time for life and leisure.

Research and continual improvements guarantee that the can will consistently and faithfully remain the necessary-but-unnoticed, unsung hero of contemporary living.


Liquid Soap Vs Bar Soap

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Like a lot of people, you’ve probably got at least bar of soap in a dish in your shower.

You always have. Don’t look now, but users of liquid soap are gaining on you.

Powered by the lure of exotic fragrances and the promise of skin-pampering ingredients, liquid soap, body wash and shower gel have steadily eroded the primacy of bar soap over the past decade, largely on the well-scrubbed backs of female consumers. (Men – 83 percent of them – still prefer bar soap.)

With the ever increasing usage of liquid soap on top of bar soap, bar Soap Manufacturers needs to pick up the pace and produce better bar soaps, in terms of its usage, design, fragrance, and quality.


E1 Will Bow the First Fitness Title on Blu-ray November 19, 2009

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The Johnsons’ workout is unique in its system of providing goals, measuring progress and setting accountability, all of which is based on research.

“There are tests in between at the beginning and end of each phase, based on age and gender,” Jay Johnson said. “Every three weeks take the test. If you don’t pass it, just rewind.”

The Johnson’s also give that extra mental push to get users through the physical challenge of the workouts.

“Fitness is more mental than anything,” said Robert I. Gonzalez, president of Music Access.

While most fitness suppliers haven’t so far seen the value of releasing fitness titles in high definition, the producers behind the “Boot Camp” series do.


ZOLD to Offer Canadian Eco-Fashion Designer Labels November 17, 2009

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ZOLD represents twelve of the eco industry’s finest apparel and fashion manufacturers. Some of these brands include prominent designers such as ecoSkin, Indigenous Designs, PI Organics, B-Green and Our Love Yoga apparel, as well as PO-ZU’s and Autonomie Project’s lines of footwear.

But the company doesn’t stop here. ZOLD compliments its garments line with accessories and jewelry, such as Pure Blanks and Eco-Gear, two well-known Canadian brands. ZOLD also carries a selection of accessories and handbags from English Retreads and Designs by Estrada.


Strong business roots produce fruits for future

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When I took over a struggling envelope company, I had every intention of making it more successful than the previous owner could imagine. Toward that end, our mission statement since Day One has been “To be in business forever.” Anyone could make an envelope with the proper machinery, I figured, but some would upset their customers, some would sell out to other operations, and some would have management or quality issues. When I started, there were more than 400 envelope manufacturers in the country. About 100 remain.


Check out my package November 11, 2009

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• Cellophane: A lot of people complain about how hard it is to remove this tightly applied shrink wrap and I usually rip it off as soon as I get home with my purchase (damaging the box in the process), but I’m still kind of glad it’s there, indicating that my movie is brand new and factory fresh. It’s like an unspoken guarantee that nobody has opened the box and licked the disc.

• Stickers: These colorful, eye-catching little decals look good, but since they’re affixed to the shrink wrap, they get ripped off and forgotten almost immediately. I’ve discarded loads of these things and I can’t recall what a single one of them said.

• Security tape: To some DVD manufacturers, shrink wrap isn’t enough. You’ve got to seal the top of the box with a strip of safety tape, just to be sure. All this does is add an extra step between you and an open box. Some companies put it on every single edge of the box, apart from the spine. Now that is one secure DVD. Next, they’ll be welding the damn thing shut.


Automotive camera market stays turbulent

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Cameras in vehicles are still emerging, and their suppliers are still tying to find their way. Automotive system suppliers, camera suppliers, and the makers of the image sensors are all fighting for a piece of the action in this growth segment in the automotive industry.

The supplier landscape has become more complex over the last two years. Increasingly, the major system suppliers are developing their own camera modules. At the same time, new and highly specialised suppliers are coming to market, delivering the whole application package. All in all, there are some 20-25 suppliers active in this area, with camera modules or vision systems either in development or production. Despite this only a handful of them currently have contracts and are in production.