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Facebook Debuts Donate Button

Posted by Drew Hendricks on December 25th, 2013 at 9:17 am

Choosing the right time killer just got a little easier. Can't decide whether to check out the latest posts from your friends or maybe make the world a better place by donating to a charity (and scoring some last minute tax write-offs to boot)? Facebook is marrying the do-gooder approach with social media and right in time for the holidays. It's been easy to like charities, both their pages and their posts, for a while, but with the introduction of the donate button it now just takes a few second to give a little goodwill, too.
The donate button debuted Dec. 16 2013, but for now, only a few select charities get to take advantage of it. These include the American Cancer Society, the Red Cross and Water.org. However, charities can sign up by filling out a quick application and it's expected that they'll quickly be approved. This comes right in time for those last minute shoppers who can't decide between a personalized holiday gift or donating to charity in someone else's name.
A welcome addition?
Many users already "like" favored charities and have already noticed the "donate now" button popping up next to posts. There's a suggested donation of $10, $25, $100... Read more

6 Alternatives to Traditional Jobs

Posted by Drew Hendricks on December 8th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

If you're reading the Simply Hired blog, chances are you're looking for a job or at least interested in opportunities. And while the standard nine to five sort of job is most-often featured on online job sites, there are plenty of other choices for anyone looking to supplement their income or seeking less conventional work.
Work for yourself
Freelancing is a good way to increase income as well as a great way to develop a full-time profession that is remarkably flexible (if a little risky at times, depending on contracts and client agreements). Professionals with experience in Web design, development/programming/coding, copywriting, and related areas can often freelance for a full time income, or add to their day job's paycheck with freelance work. Microlancer.com offers plenty of great advice for beginning and seasoned freelancers alike.
Sell your expertise
Consulting is a great way to earn extra income or develop a full-time profession. There are widely varied choices, including everything from becoming an IT consultant (for the tech-savvy) to more standard business analyst work.
Contract work
Contracting for an existing employer can work if a full-time gig doesn't - this is a great option for parents who require flexibility for childcare or similar needs, but already work for... Read more

Alibaba Segues Into Logistics Market

Posted by Drew Hendricks on December 2nd, 2013 at 8:47 am

China’s mega e-tailor Alibaba recently revealed that it’s making a major investment—to the tune of $360 million. The goal? A partnership with the Haier Group, another Chinese giant, best known for manufacturing and distributing appliances from refrigerators to washing machines. The join partnership will marry Alibaba’s incredible online presence and platform to the logistics unit at Haier, Goodayamart. Haier has experienced great success in smaller provinces and cities in China, and Alibaba executives see this as a route to further staking their claim in the homeland.
In order to make this move work, both companies must design a joint-venture business in logistics. In anticipation, Haier’s shares spiked 20 percent as soon as the announcement was made—that eagerness waned a bit, leading to an average 13 percent gain (which is still nothing to scoff at). According to Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, the company “is honored to join with Haier Group to create this platform that will equip China’s manufacturing industry with enhanced nationwide and global access.”
A win-win?
Although it’s a wise move, it’s nothing new or surprising—on a global scale, e-tailers are leading the pack and people are searching for the best ways to take a digital platform and actually make... Read more

Amazon's PrimeAir Unveiled Right in Time for the Holidays

Posted by Drew Hendricks on December 1st, 2013 at 10:38 am

In early December 2013, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos took to "60 Minutes" to reveal the latest and greatest concept of the e-tail giant: Amazon PrimeAir. Called the future of marketing, PrimeAir would promise 30-minute delivery via drones. That's right--you could order your egg yolk separator, temporary lip tattoos, book on baby rearing and holiday ornament, and a drone would deliver it in 30 minutes, just like the promise the pizza places used to make. How is this possible and is Bezos actually onto something?
While the Bezos revelation was perfectly timed for the holidays, don't put off your shopping until the hour before everyone opens their presents just yet. It's estimated that it will be at least five years before PrimeAir takes off. At the moment, the Amazon drone army is still in the planning stages and Bezos was understandably vague about specifics. He did, however, state that the packages would have to weigh five pounds or less and the recipient would have to live within 10 miles of an Amazon fulfillment center.
The caveats
The weight limit? That's understandable, but the simple fact is that the majority of Americans don't live within 10 miles of a fulfillment center--yet. Amazon may have plans... Read more

Coffee Fruit Spreads to the Mainland With Great Fanfare

Posted by Drew Hendricks on November 30th, 2013 at 8:25 am

After topping the Forbes top five list for micro trends in the beverage space, Kuaui's KonaRed Corp. is getting ready to go public ... largely due to the rapid-fire online media coverage and social sharing love that consumers have driven.
Focused on products of the Kona coffee fruit, legal and partnership negotiations have been finalized, which means you'll be seeing these trending beverages all over shelves on both the Hawaiian islands as well as mainland USA and Canada.
After settling a patent infringement kerfuffle from 2011, KonaRed is on the brink of expansion with the help of VDF FutureCeuticals as a full-fledged partner.
It wasn't that long ago that health-based companies like this struggled to get the word out about the many benefits of their products. It was also challenging for startups and smaller companies to take on the giants.
CEO Shaun Roberts explains, "It's like a David and Goliath situation. We have a very valuable product and we have a very valuable supply source -- we exploded onto the scene."
Of course, when the competition sees KonaRed coming, they attempt to put a stop to it (in this case, by alleging that the firm's use of "coffee cherry" was too close to the trademarked... Read more