Global Warming

Global warming is a term misused by most individuals when talking about the repercussions of the use of fossil fuels. The effects that the human race has had on the global climate patterns are not so simple as just an increase in temperature. As a result, the use of the term ‘global warming’ simply confuses the general public, and helps spread misinformation about the changes in weather patterns that scientists predict will occur. However, it is useful when discussing climate change as a catch-all term for the negative effects on climate patterns caused specifically by people rather than a natural phenomenon. For this reason, it is commonly used by scientists when they are attempting to inform the general public about what damage will be done to the environment. The most important factor contributing to the global warming phenomenon is a dangerous buildup of greenhouse gasses like CO2 in the atmosphere, exacerbated by the use of fossil fuels across the world. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, and the adoption of the use of coal as a source of energy, large amounts of carbon dioxide have been released into the atmosphere. While this gas is released into the atmosphere naturally by a variety of sources, the amount of it being produced was always very small when compared to the amount of nitrogen and oxygen. Even large volcanic eruptions only produce a relatively small amount of greenhouse gasses, having no significant impact in the long term on weather patterns. But, the …

Holiday Trends for 2018

Every year, the holiday season is the high point of most industries in terms of sales and profits being generated. Retail outlets depend on this phenomenon, recouping a large percentage of their annual overhead costs all in a few months. A variety of industries also experience an increase in profits during the holiday season, from the healthcare industry to car sales. Beginning in October with Halloween and ending with New Year’s Eve, the holiday season is the time of year that most people spend the most amounts of money, and companies make the most amounts of money. While the holiday season is has remained incredibly productive for the global economy over the last few decades, the way that money is being spent has begun to change. Ecommerce is slowly but surely becoming the dominant way that business transactions are completed. The market has shifted, and the industry in which this is most evident is the retail industry. The American mall is dying a slow death, as internet shopping siphons away more and more of the business that sustains it. About thirty percent of all holiday related sales take place online, with Amazon and Ebay dominating the ecommerce market. The vast majority of people buying gifts or looking for a deal have begun to use the internet to find whatever product they are looking to buy. While for now they still primarily go out and buy these products from stores, it has become evident that soon almost all shopping will take …

Michelin Star

Approximately one hundred years ago, brothers Edouard and Andre Michelin published a guide for French motorists, in an attempt to increase the demand for both cars and tires. It contained maps, instructions on tire replacement, and the locations of mechanic shops and hotels. After twenty years, the focus of the Michelin Guide changed, now containing more information specifically about restaurants. The brothers hired people to go to these restaurants and report back on the quality of the establishments, and developed a system designed to rank them. By the mid-1930’s, this system was streamlined into a simple form, giving from one to three stars to restaurants deemed suitable. One star meant that the restaurant was good for the type of establishment it could be categorized in, such as a diner or a steakhouse. Two stars meant that the restaurant was good enough to merit a small detour, and the food was very good. And three stars meant that the restaurant was excellent, worth making an entire trip solely in order to eat at there. The first American version of the Michelin Guide was not released until 2005, containing reviews of upwards of five hundred restaurants. By 2013, the Michelin Guide covered more than twenty countries, with fourteen different editions in print. Famously, the Michelin reviewers sent out to inspect restaurants remain completely anonymous. They have no contact with any members of the press, and are encouraged not to tell even their own families about the work they do. They simply write …

Global Shirts

There are a variety of industries that require their employees to wear a standard uniform while they are working. The casino, restaurant, hospitality, and formal wear industries all generally require employees to wear the same outfits so that the customers they serve can more easily identify them as employees. Global Shirts is the company that supplies these various organizations with the shirts they require their employees to wear on a day to day business. Global Shirts controls every aspect of the production and distribution of the shirts offered to customers, starting with the design. There is a large variety of the type of shirts offered by Global Shirts, including several different styles of button up and collared shirts. The design of these shirts is specified to each individual customer, allowing them to customize the shirts they wish to purchase in several different ways. They are able to include the logo of their company, and decide everything from the placement of seams to the amount of buttons on the shirt they are ordering. Long sleeve, short sleeve, and traditional polo shirts of every kind are offered for sale to our customers. Global Shirts. not only designs the shirts we sell, but we manufacture them as well. Because we manufacture the shirts ourselves, the quality of the shirts is unmatched by any of our competition. Every shirt produced has break-resistant buttons, allowing the employees who wear them to keep wearing their shirts for years at a time. There are a variety of …

TerraSlate Paper

The paper industry is one of the many industries in the modern global economy that has become dominated by large mega-corporations. Companies like Staples and Office Depot are responsible for the vast majority of the business conducted in the paper industry, having slowly absorbed or eliminated their smaller competitors. The NBC television program The Office was a mockumentary following the lives of employees of a small paper company, and it made the general public aware of the challenges that a smaller paper company faces when competing with companies that operate on a global scale. Because these large office supply chain corporations operate on such large scales, they are able to offer their products at lower prices than a small business can afford to do. However, because they operate on these large scales, they are unable to reach niche markets that a smaller business can focus on. TerraSlate Paper is one of these small businesses. TerraSlate Paper offers a product that no other organization can match, a waterproof printer paper. Normal paper offered by generic office supply stores needs to be laminated in order to obtain the qualities of the TerraSlate paper products, and that process can be both expensive and damaging to the environment. The lamination process involves coating paper with a thin layer of plastic, and requires specialized lamination equipment in order to complete the process. Once this process is completed, the laminated paper cannot be used by a laser printer any longer. Laminated paper cannot be written on …

Research Chef’s Association

The Research Chefs Association was founded in 1996, by a group of researchers and chefs working together in order to achieve their goals. They shared a vision, and dedicated their time and energy towards a scientific study of food preparation and development. The Research Chefs Association has many members who can be considered to be part of a movement in the culinary world known as molecular gastronomy. Molecular gastronomy is a discipline of the food science industry focused on the chemical and physical reaction that take place during the preparation of food for human consumption. But the Research Chefs Association has a wider focus than just molecular gastronomy, aiming to research all aspects of food science. This includes not just the actual cooking of food, but also the scientific principles and engineering behind the preparation of food, but the processing and storage of food products as well. Furthermore, the Research Chefs Association, or RCA, believes in developing an understanding of the business and regulatory aspects of the food industry as well. There are a variety of subjects that any individual member of the RCA can be expected to be familiar with, ranging from the presentation of a finished meal to the FDA regulations governing the food service industry. The RCA refers to their research and standards by the term Culinology, a trademarked term that refers to their aim of combining the culinary arts with the chemistry and biology that are needed to understand the principles of food science. A large …

7 Lessons in Leadership and Entrepreneurship

(Trending Today Host Karen LeBlanc interviewing interior designer Stacy Garcia, Founder of a global licensing and design company) In more than a decade covering business as a journalist, I’ve interviewed dozens of executives, entrepreneurs, small-business owners, philanthropists and community leaders. I’d like to think the wisdom I’ve gleaned from probing their career paths and personal histories functions as a type of DIY business degree based on the practical advice of those who’ve built something of value in the marketplace. I keep a notebook where I often write down these nuggets of insight—quotes and ideations about success and leadership. (Trending Today Host Karen LeBlanc at International Builders Show talking design trends with Wellborn Cabinets Inc.) As the host of Trending Today, my notebook is filling up fast with expert business insight from the innovators, luminaries, disruptors, and leaders we feature on the show. I look forward to sharing with you, new entrepreneurial insights in each episode. Meanwhile, I’m opening up my notebook to reveal my top seven takeaways for success from all the brilliant business minds I’ve had the privilege of interviewing. Venture Outside Your Comfort Zone: The overarching advice I hear in my interviews with successful people is to push beyond your comfort zone. An executive with a leadership consulting firm once said of her career path: “If I had stayed in the status quo, I would’ve grown bored with my job. Instead, I said yes to new challenges even if was hard work or I had no clue what …

Astrophysics

Astronomy is a broad term often misused by the average individual, that refers to the study of literally everything that takes place outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is one of the oldest forms of science that was ever developed, studied in some form by every civilization in recorded history. Most often, astronomy is confused with astrology, a nonsensical method of fortune telling that is loosely based on the position of the Earth in relation to the other planets and constellations. Astrophysics is a more specific branch of astronomy, that focuses on what it is exactly that astronomers are observing in the night sky, rather than where they are located and how they are moving through space. Astrophysics is a complicated subject, and those who study it must be familiar with essentially every discipline in physics. It encompasses everything from quantum mechanics to thermodynamics, as a result of the sheer variety of phenomena that are being studied. Every single thing happening in the universe falls under the umbrella of astrophysics. This includes stars, galaxies, cosmic background radiation, and even the fabric of space itself. Because astrophysics is focused on things so far away from the scientists themselves, almost all of the work being done is theoretical in nature. Astrophysicists such as Carl Sagan and Neil deGrasse Tyson have helped make the general public more aware of the things that they study, from the theory of General Relativity to the origins of the universe itself. As a result, in the last …

Bluon Energy

In almost all refrigeration and air conditioning systems, there are various chemicals used in order to drain the heat from the system. For most of the twentieth century, the coolants used in these systems have been Chlorofluorocarbons, the most well known of which is freon. Freon has become so ubiquitous in its use that most individuals, when referring to Chlorofluorocarbons, simply use the brand name Freon instead. However, starting in the 1960s, the negative effects of these Chlorofluorocarbons on the environment have become well know. When released into the atmosphere, these CFCs accelerate the rate at which the Ozone in the upper atmosphere is being depleted. The Ozone in the atmosphere plays an important role in regulating the global temperature and radiation levels. As radiation from the sun enters the atmosphere, the vast majority of it is reflected and absorbed by the gasses that pervade the upper layers. The Ozone layer serves the primary purpose of absorbing ultraviolet radiation before it reaches the Earth’s surface. Ultraviolet radiation is incredibly harmful to animal and plant life, and is most commonly known to cause skin cancer in human beings. The Ozone layer absorbs approximately ninety percent of the ultraviolet radiation before it can do any damage. This layer is being depleted at a dangerous rate however, and one of the primary causes is Chlorofluorocarbons in the atmosphere. Today, as a result of increased awareness of these negative effects from Freon in the atmosphere, most refrigeration and air conditioning systems use a compound …

Jamix

Last year, in the United States alone, the foodservice industry was responsible for supplying more than 1.3 trillion dollars worth of food to consumers. Restaurants and catering services account for approximately eighty-five percent of all food sales, with the remainder attributed to a variety of businesses that are not known for selling food such as recreational facilities or retail stores. The sheer volume of food that this encompasses is truly immense, and managing the logistics of ordering and providing it is a difficult and time consuming job. Jamix kitchen management software is a revolutionary system designed for restaurants of any size, catering services, and other members of the foodservice industry. The purpose of the Jamix software is to provide these types of businesses with an easy to use and efficient method of operating on a day to day basis. Not only does it assist users with the logistics of inventory management and acquisition, but also managing recipes, budgeting, and nutritional information. The Jamix software is an invaluable tool for any organization involved with the foodservice industry, allowing users to manage every aspect of their business in one streamlined system. Whether you run a chain of fast food restaurants or a small coffee shop, Jamix kitchen management software can help you better run your day to day operations. The menu planning and recipe management tools are incredibly useful for any chef or caterer when deciding which foods they will offer for sale and how they will prepare them. The inventory management …