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Small businesses are willing to get rid of their old technologies

Small-business owners have decided that enough is enough. They are ready to ditch their antiquated technology and embrace new solutions that allow them to experience higher levels of efficiency and improved productivity among their staff. According to a recent study released by business cloud and digital media services provider j2 Global, nearly 9 in 10 of more than 32,000 respondents said they at least want to get rid of their old business technologies this year. In addition, 23 percent stated they either plan to throw away their landline phones in exchange for mobile devices and virtual phone systems. “The unrelenting trend toward the…

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3-D printers are changing how manufacturers operate

The 3-D printing phenomenon is taking the manufacturing industry by  storm. Leveraging the technology can give firms in the architecture, construction, industrial design, automotive, aerospace and many more fields the opportunity to make prototypes and improve the speed of bringing products to market. In fact, a new study from IT, software and telecom industry research specialist Business Advantage Group showed 26 percent of American computer-aided design companies are using 3-D printers. In addition, all of such businesses expect to be using additive manufacturing in the next two years. The 3-D printing trend doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Keeping this in mind,…

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Businesses are changing their equipment acquisition strategies

With the economy beginning to turn around, small-business owners are beginning to feel more optimistic about their opportunities to grow in the upcoming year. A new survey from loan provider and equipment financing company Balboa Capital revealed three-quarters of more than 300,000 small-company owners believe the economic problems plaguing the country are in the rear view mirror, while 84 percent expect to experience higher levels of revenue in 2014. "Our latest survey is a follow-up to one that we conducted six months ago, and the results show that business owners continue to be more optimistic in 2014," said Jake Dacillo,…

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Construction equipment spending is on the rise

The Wells Fargo construction Optimism Quotient is at its highest level ever, and that means contractors are ready to add to their customer base and increase spending on the materials they need. More than 26 percent of the 522 construction industry executives who took part in the study said they plan to spend more money on new equipment this year, while roughly 91 percent said they will rent. Nonetheless, contractors are adding to their inventory, which will allow them to compete for new projects and boost revenues. "The strong sense of optimism about construction activity is a natural contributor to the upward trends in…

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Support mobile commerce with the right POS system

Sixty-eight percent of roughly 14,000 smartphone and tablet users who responded to recent research conducted by mobile advertising company InMobi and Decision Fuel revealed they have already purchased something through their device, and another 15 percent expect do so in the upcoming year. Today's businesses need to prepare for the mobile commerce revolution that is gaining steam. "In last year's report we found that mobile had touched most aspects of modern life," said Naveen Tewari, CEO, InMobi. "But this year, we find that mobile has really become an essential part of daily life, even a daily workhorse, that has replaced the desktop and TV…

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