Kiosks Should Be Placed in Stores to Request Desired Products that Are Not In-store

I am always surprised when I hear of popular department stores closing or going out of business, especially when in most if not all instances it is because they simply do not have enough of the right products on the shelves. Stores should rely more on customers than their staffed buyers to select merchandise to market…

Kiosks that would link to the websites of all or the most popular brands carried by subject stores should be placed in stores for customers to request desired products that specific stores do not carry or that are not in-store. Customers should be capable of voting or requesting placement of products that they like into the brick-and-mortar stores where they shop…

Stores could additionally utilize sizable electronic galleries to display in-store and other merchandise of brands that they carry that are not in their stores. The noted merchandise would rotate amongst all or synonymous products on the websites of brands represented at the stores and customers would be prompted to vote on products that they’d like to see on the shelves.

Customers should additionally be capable of placing orders for shoes and clothing, etc. from the store kiosks and having the merchandise either shipped to the store, where they could try it prior to finalizing a purchase, or having the items shipped to their homes and/or other designated addresses, with each store earning a commission for all products sold via their kiosks…

…Placement of kiosks in stores for the said purposes would facilitate customer acquisition of products that they really like in that it would not be necessary to drive all over town searching for and often never finding those items. It would improve sales of desirable products that might not otherwise be seen by most potential customers and improve the performance of stores marketing those items…

A Review of my Blog!!!

One of my Linkedin connections created this review of my blog. I saw and saved it a while ago prior to his unpublishing it from his You Tube account. I actually thought this was rather awesome.

I am most definitely planning major improvements to this and my other blogs, and I am really flattered and appreciative of this.

Thanks again Mr. Nate Woodbury!!!

Brand Affiliate Designing Programs

Brands like Nike, etc. should have affiliate designing programs that would enable marketing of publicly designed shoes and clothing. This would resolve a major issue for brands, all of which struggle or are challenged at some point to come up with great product ideas.

Customers and/or anyone interested should be capable of designing for brands, celebrities, etc. utilizing varied styles of the brand or suggested logos, which should be available for said purposes on brand websites.

The following are samples of designs that I created actually several years ago now: Nike t-shirt designs, Team Lyfe Jennings t-shirt designs, Jordan Houston t-shirt designs,* Michael Vick t-shirt designs (*I designed and sent these to Jordan with an apology shortly after we became friends on Facebook for a while for hurting his feelings when he tried to date me in high school. Several of our classmates and others teased me about Jordan when learning of his infatuation with me, and my immaturity about the situation prompted me to say some things about the shag he sported at the time that I should not have said. Jordan turned out to be a handsome fellow, however. The first time I saw him on television was when some of my students at the Atlanta Job Corps Center saw him on ShowTime at the Apollo and were in an uproar in the lounge of the dormitory in which I was working. Several things have happened since my returning to Memphis from residing in Atlanta for roughly 20 years to indicate that perhaps Jordan still likes me, whether or not the boy who I was assigned to work with as a Shelby County Schools Substitute Educational Assistant at Houston High School kissing me was instructed by Jordan to do it. Being the Christian lady I am, I did not like the idea of someone who identified with Satan and who uses the language that Jordan uses in his music trying to date me. I dated other Memphis rappers who cursed and still curse in their music; though I’m still friends with those those guys, I am no longer into that sort of music or expression of the lifestyle that is depicted in it. Perhaps I was trying to change Jordan with the t-shirt designs, et cetera, when Jordan should just be himself…Jordan is free to implement the JHou Brand however).

Several brands already have product customization elements on their websites to enable customer personalization of clothing and shoes, etc. They do not allow public designers and/or customers to market their creations via the brand affiliate programs, however.Affiliates could create and/or input their designs into their own online stores, and brands could include the most popular public designs in their official collections on their websites, in their catalogs, and in the physical stores that market their products.

Enabling public designers to readily create and affiliate market their product designs for any brand would significantly increase brand sales and generate income for public designers based on the volume of sales of their created products, without necessity for the brands to formally hire them…

Students Should Have at Least Thirty Minutes from School Opening to Class Start and for Breakfast

All students should have at least thirty minutes from school opening to class start. Students should have sufficient time to report to school and to their classes from the time that the doors of their schools are opened. The few extra minutes that certain schools open prior to set times are beneficial, though they should not be rationed into the prescribed thirty minute period. For example, if a school is set to open at 8:00 a.m., though the doors of the school might open a few minutes prior to this time, students should have until 8:30 a.m. to acquire breakfast and/or report to class. In certain Shelby County Schools students must be in class by 8:15 a.m. if their school opens at 8:00 a.m.

Giving students a mere fifteen to twenty minutes to eat breakfast and report to class from the time that the doors of schools open is really unreasonable, in consideration of students who are driven to school and must wait for numerous cars ahead of them to drop their children off and in consideration of walking students who reside a significant distance from the schools who should not have to wait in cold or inclement weather for the doors of the schools to open to get their children to school on time.

Breakfast itself should last at least twenty minutes, and students should have sufficient time to use the lavatory to wash their hands… before and afterwards, and to exchange material from their lockers, if this is applicable.

Though my son typically has good attendance (and grades) and my daughter has had perfect attendance for nearly a month now (juxtapose her typical perfect grades) and we intend to keep up the momentum whether or not what I’m prescribing here is implemented, consideration should be given to students with varying circumstances who continue to be affected by the brief period of time that students are required to report to class from the opening of school doors.

A Facebook, etc. Friend-My-Neighbor App

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We recently moved from an apartment complex where both of my children have lots of friends to a house in a much better area not far from the old neighborhood. My son in particular is having a bit of a challenge making new friends, and, against my wishes, regularly returns to visit with old neighbors in the apartment complex from which I moved him and my daughter out of concern for their safety. Many students from the schools my children attend and others reside on the street that we live on. My daughter quickly gravitates to other children, and has made several friends in the area, though she complains that she doesn’t have enough friends, or they do not come out and play with her frequently enough.

I and most parents, I’m certain, am concerned with my children having healthy social lives; I too, like any concerned parent, want sufficient information about my children’s friends and their parents and about my neighbors generally. I gave it serious thought and realized that Facebook is one of if not the very best platform for a solution…

A Facebook Friend-My-Neighbor app*would be a really great tool that would facilitate acquaintanceship and creation of friendships amongst neighbors who are Facebook account holders who might otherwise go for years without ever knowing each others’ names. *This could otherwise be a non-Facebook app, distinguishable from platforms like Nextdoor, which is essentially a neighborhood forum via which neighbors discuss local occurrences and/or query their neighbors about where to find the best of anything nearby that they need, and others like Apple’s Find my Friends App, via which it is possible to locate family members and already-known friends.

Facebook launched a Nearby Friends feature a few years ago that allows users to track nearby friends. Friend-My-Neighbor would be different from Nearby Friends and Facebook’s Friendshake in that it would focus on familiarizing users with their literal neighbors who they typically do not know, whether or not they are on the go…

Friend-My Neighbor would have age filters that would connect minors to their specific age group of neighbors and adults to their adult neighbors, or they would be capable of reading neighbors’ profiles to determine who shares like and ideally constructive interests…

Member profiles would include brief biographies indicating what their jobs or professions are and/or what schools they attend or have attended. They would further list hobbies and other interests, professional or other merited group affiliations, etc. and/or any other information that they’d wish to share…

Members would enter their addresses and other required information into the secured and private registration page. Addresses would be verified and updated when necessary, or when members have moved, though members could stay connected to any of their previous neighbors.

Once member addresses are verified via preferably automated electronic searches of records, members would be capable of seeing and connecting electronically and eventually in person with their selected neighbors.

Members could optionally elect to share or disclose their residential addresses and phone numbers to their neighbors, preferably the nearest, and invite select neighbors to gatherings or events that they are hosting or attending, i.e. a dinner or party, a neighborhood walk or meeting, a study group, or just to watch television and chit chat…

The noted app or feature would impactfully address a major social issue of our times, that of loneliness/boredom, which should never occur with an abundance of other human beings in the world; and in our quests for friendship and good company, we should first look to our very own neighbors…

SafeLink and Other Government-Issued Low Income Mobile Phones Should Issue Local Numbers

Safelink and all government-issued low income phones should issue local phone numbers to customers that are really based on the specific addresses/cities, states, and zip codes where they reside. Per Safelink/Tracfone, they do not offer phone numbers in the 901… area code, though they briefly issued me a number with a 901… area code that I changed after this particular number was “transferred to another device” that didn’t belong to me, without my permission.

The incident really perked my antennas—I reflected on a question that I was asked that I could not answer while completing my income tax return this year via Turbo Tax about a residence* on “Camp Ground Road,” where I have never resided.

(*Despite our recent move from 4050 Camelot Lane, Apt. #3 to a house several streets over, we are still in the same 38118 area code in Memphis, Tennessee). I further considered other matters that have prompted me to believe that I am a victim of identity theft, and thought of how attachment of the erroneous 662 area code to my Safelink phone could make matters worse…

Issuance of long distance area codes to Safelink and other government-issued low income mobile phones raises a number of issues; for one, it is a misrepresentation of information, and it heightens the potential for identity theft…

It can additionally and significantly increase long distance charges on clients’ residential phones, when family and/or others make calls to the Safelink or other government-issued mobile phones from their home phones.

This was my own personal experience—My children made a number of calls from our home phone to the Safelink phone that I had, and when we received our home phone bill it was inundated with costly charges for calls made to the Safelink phone that, according to the bill, was an Olive Branch, Mississippi number, noting that I’ve never resided in Olive Branch, Mississippi…

Attaching long distance phone numbers to Safelink and other government-issued low income mobile phones essentially defeats the purpose of the program, which is or should be to decrease the telephonic costs of qualifying participants.

All Students Should Be Using Khan Academy

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I signed my son up for another round of ACT Prep at the University of Memphis to be certain that he’s prepared for the test, which will be administered at his school in the next few weeks.

When the success coaches announced requirement to sign up for practice on the Khan Academy website, my second-grade daughter, who was in attendance with us, took note and instantly signed herself up on her tablet.

She has completed several lessons in her grade and is making great progress on material that they’re not presently working on at her school. She loves it, clearly because it is technology-based and, perhaps, because of the visual and sound effects that it makes when she gets her answers right. For this I second my thumbs up and recommendation of this program.

Khan Academy is an excellent resource for students who are struggling in any particular area and/or who want to practice or familiarize themselves with new material for their current or forward grade levels and/or material in any previous grades that they might need to revisit.

I’m discussing my son’s progress in ACT Prep University and on Khan Academy in a future post. If you have school-age children, especially one who plans to take the ACT and/or SAT test, don’t hesitate to sign them up on Khan Academy for practice. It is maneuverable on a smart phone or tablet, and, best of all, it’s free!!!

How All Stores Can Really Profit from Digital Signage

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Some stores already make use of digital signage by advertising a few random products on sparse fixtures throughout select departments, and often the few advertised products are not within proximity of the actual products in the stores.

Sales of digital signage advertisements in stores is essentially an untapped market that can increase sales of products juxtapose earning stores magnanimous advertising revenues. Stores could sell advertisements on their digital signage to potentially each of the thousands of companies with products in their stores…

Digital signage, which should always be utilized within vicinity of advertised products, can be utilized to make consumers aware of the existence and/or presence of certain products in stores that are not readily seen; they should, most importantly, display the resourcefulness of exhibited products.

Digital signs should rotationally exhibit the advertisements and/or commercials for specific products. For customer convenience, they could and should also be programmed to exhibit the department, aisle, and/or section where an advertised product is located.

Major or oversized digital signs, which could be mounted near front entrances and/or the center points of stores, should sync with overhead store radios to randomly display advertisements of products from all departments between songs…

…Digital signs could display the names of recording artists and songs while specific songs are playing. This could increase sales of music, especially if the songs or albums on which the songs are featured are marketed at the stores. Those within areas other than entertainment departments would only display products on relevant or sections of relevant counters…

Digital signage would generate substantial revenues that would empower stores to expand/provide more employment opportunities and/or increase wages and philanthropic endeavors.

Prosecuting Medical Murders and Attempts

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What are in many instances preventable medical “mistakes” claim more lives than violence each year, and there is sound reason to believe that not all and perhaps many are not mistakes. Not to badger the doctors who have made innocent mistakes, it is unfathomable, however, that there are so many.

What if this is a method of population control and/or what if doctors are following orders, with or without incentives, from prominent local or other officials to carry out what are in many instances revenge murders, domestic violence, and/or hate crimes, etc…

This, of course, would reduce the doctors carrying out the orders to criminals who should have the same fate as any others, even if they were following orders from superiors or external power players, who should additionally be prosecuted for any roles that they have played in the ordeals…

People should be safe in a medical facility, of all places. Doctors have a responsibility to save lives, not to destroy them. They should protect the vulnerable, and never give ear or obedience to the lawless. They should uphold the Hippocratic Oath while refraining from hypocrisy…

All Cell Phones, Tablets, and Computer Screens Should be Shatterproof

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After my children cracked the screens in my laptop, two tablets, and my son’s cell phone, I, like many other smart device owners, I’m certain, realize the need for them all to be shatter proof. All tablets, cell phones, and computer screens should be shatterproof, or they should be purchasable with installed screen protectors that shield them from cracks and scratches, etc. Many smart device owners are not aware that screen protectors can be separately purchased and installed on their phones and/or other devices. Accordingly, they do not know to request them when purchasing phones, tablets, laptops, et cetera; and they’re usually not offered during any suggestive selling marketing tactics…

Making all cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc. shatterproof or pre-installing screen protectors into them would enable brands to automatically include the cost of the protectors; and they could inform their customers that they’d be capable of purchasing additional protectors to replace pre-installed protectors if they and others are ever damaged…

Making all smart devices shatterproof would save customers costs of replacing an entire phone or other smart device in the event that they incur significant damage; it would too save smart device manufacturers costs of replacing phones that are insured by preventing most potential damage, while further increasing revenues via incremental marketing of the protective element…