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Here are the most popular things to do in lockdown

The coronavirus now appears to have been around forever, as lockdowns continue and our everyday lives put on hold. It has completely changed the way we live our lives but this appears to now be changing. Improvements are being made in many areas, and these lockdowns are being eased and economies re-opening. This is something that needs to happen, so that lives are not ruined. It is now a very important step forward for the world and how it responds to this unprecedented period of time in 2020.

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5G Is Here, But What Does It Bring?

For many of us 5G has already arrived and for others it may be just around the corner as local infrastructure is set to roll out the networking upgrade on a wider scale – many of our devices are also already compatible with 5G and upcoming devices to be launched within the coming months will already be compatible too. Despite the unfounded concerns spreading around what 5G is, it brings a huge number of benefits that may change the way our devices behave and how we interact with them.

Speed – Perhaps the most notable change for many will be in the speed possible with 5G – currently our 4G network is comparable to what may be found from the typical home router with a theoretical max speed of 100 Mbps, for context that would download a two hour movie between six and ten minutes. The theoretical max speed for 5G is 10 Gbps – one hundred times faster, using the same point of reference this would download the same movie in three to four seconds. This will be felt across all streaming media as the quality of what can be watched dramatically increases – 4K HD will stream seamlessly where it may have stuttered before, other services such as our favorite puzzle and bingo games here will have the potential to introduce new features for players as connection is improved. It is important to note, however, that these speeds will be limited at first by hardware capacity and will only get faster as network chips improve on the devices.

Capacity – The next important factor is within capacity – data transfers over a certain spectrum and once that becomes too crowded, much like wifi, connection is slowed as an impact of this. 5G will change that by increasing the bandwidth capacity that is available, meaning that despite the number of people actively using their mobile network, the everyday user should never see any difference in performance as it remains at a higher potential for longer.

Upload Ability – This goes hand in hand with both speed and capacity but our mobile habits have changed as social media has grown – we now send just as much data as we download as programs such as Snapchat require a lot of upload capacity – 5G increases the speed and availability of uploading and provides opportunities for how our devices communicate and transmit data going forward as current restrictions are lifted.

Once it is fully introduced, 5G will likely be around for a long whilst to come – it is a vast improvement in mobile networking, and in the long term presents a lot of opportunities for what may be possible. For many the connection is also much faster than what is possible on their own home internet and WiFi connections, and as such it may be further reaching than just mobile as home internet is also forced in to a position to upgrade infrastructure to provide a similar service to what is possible on our mobile devices.

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Harnessing the Power of a Business Loan: Making It Work for Your Company

It’s true that you sometimes have to spend money in order to make money. What if you have the opportunity to strengthen your company but there’s no cash on hand? One way to get the funding that you need is to look into options for instalment Smarter.Loans financing that fits your needs. Here are some examples of what you could do with the money from that instalment loan.

Reorganizing Company Debt

A smart way to restructure outstanding debt is to secure a loan with a rate of interest that’s lower than the rates on all those individual debts. Use the loan proceeds to pay off all of them. That leaves you with one obligation to manage each month. Best of all, you save money since the loan’s interest rate is lower. Go with a fixed rate as a way to protect yourself from economic shifts. Along with simplifying the debt and reducing what you’re paying in interest charges, retiring those other debts will only help your business credit rating.

Purchasing Raw Materials

You have the chance to accept a lucrative order. The only problem is that you need raw materials to produce the volume of goods needed to fill that order. How will you pay for such a high-volume purchase? Use the money from the installment loan to cover the cost of the materials. Make the goods and fill the order. Once your customer remits the payment, use it to pay off the loan. There will still be net profit and your quick turnaround increases the odds that the customer will be back with another huge order. Guess where you will go to get more money for raw materials?

Replacing Aging Equipment

All good things must come to an end. That includes equipment and machinery you’ve used for years. While it was great at one time, you need to update in order to remain competitive. The funds from an installment loan will allow you to replace key pieces of equipment and increase your operational efficiency.

Preparing for a Slow Period

Some companies experience a steady flow of orders all year long. Others have peak periods followed by lulls of two or three months. Your business happens to fall into the latter category.

Ensure that there’s money to maintain the operation by taking out an installment loan. You can use the funds to make up any temporary shortfalls in collected revenue. Once your business volume picks up after the seasonal lull, pay off the remainder of the loan.

Funding a New Marketing Campaign

Building your brand does take money. With the right sales and marketing approach, there’s the opportunity to increase awareness and reach out to new customers. You may even be able to use the campaign to penetrate new market sectors and broaden your client base. With right approach, the increased business volume will make it easy to pay off your loan ahead of time.

Along with knowing how to use the loan proceeds to best advantage, it helps to spend time comparing what different business loan lenders offer in the way of terms and conditions. Look closely at what’s required of you by each lender. This will help you choose the offer that allows you to pursue the goal and reap greater benefits from the financing arrangement.

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The Plastic Problem: How to innovate the packaging dilemma

The general public are now far more informed when it comes to the damage of non-recyclable plastics on the environment. This has led to far more importance being put on this in recent times and change is now finally being made. A huge part of this drive came from the Blue Planet Documentaries, led by David Attenborough. Research showed that up to 88% of people who had watched the second series had changed their behaviour towards the subject as a result of this. A major positive step.

David Attenborough’s Blue Planet Documentary

So what are packaging companies doing in order to tackle this problem?

Returnable packaging is the ever growing force within the industry and at PPS, they have been pushing this greatly across their services. Returnable packaging can come in many forms such as plastic pallets, plastic crates, boxes, trays and containers. These are then reused over and over again in a closed loop through logistic chains.

So how does this work?

For example the crates would be delivered to the supplier, which are then packed with the goods and delivered to the end customer. This packaging is then collected before being washed and then returned to the start of the loop. This is fast becoming the method of choice for businesses, which is replacing the previous single trip and use packaging. These being the likes of cardboard boxes and polystyrene, which have long been the popular choice in the meat and seafood industry for example.

Different terms?

Returnable packaging can be described under a number of different terms. These being Returnable plastic or transit packaging, RTP, Reusable packaging, Reusable distribution packaging, RPC, Closed loop distribution, Sustainable packaging, Transport packaging, Polypropylene packaging and bulk containers.

Why returnable packaging?

Returnable packaging in most cases will result in significant cost savings for businesses over the traditional single use packaging. These product cycles will usually last on average from three to five years, which also provides better protection for the products during the shipment. This sustainable approach is therefore a no brainer for most.

Environmental benefit?

The key to this entire process is the positive on the environment. This has resulted in this becoming the preferred option for businesses. The materials can be reused in a lengthy life cycle, in comparison to being dumped into landfill, which ultimately has a very negative impact on the environment and can be an expensive process.