Today has been a pretty bad day. To make it all worse, my back is acting up on me again, and I guess I am going to have to do something about. I don’t really want to have to go see someone about my back, but I don’t have a choice anymore. So I suppose I will call around and try to set up an appoint me with a chiropractor in Bakersfield in the near future.
My back has been bothering me on and off for over a year now. Last time it happened, I did not do anything about it, but I promised my wife that if it happened again I would go see a chiropractor or a doctor to see what was going on with my back. So since it has happened again, I guess I can’t go back on my promise.
I suppose I should be glad that she is going to make me do something about my back, because it is probably a better option than to continuing to deal with these spurts of back pain.
I tried handling my accounting needs myself when I first started my business, and it worked out well enough. I was not doing a lot of business at first, I had no one else on my payroll, and I did have a mountain of expenses and deductions to figure out. That was nearly ten years ago though, and so much has changed in the last two. I landed a very lucrative account, and I hired nearly two dozen people as a result. I knew then that I was going to have to look at accountants in Bristol because I was going to be out of my league as far as accounting needs went.
Not only did I have to worry about payroll now, but I was also going to have a nightmare as far as my books were concerned unless I had a professional handling everything from the start. I also wanted to make sure that my employees were going to be given the right wages, because there would be deductions that would need to be made before their final pay was figured out.
If you are interested in the best ways to clean your house windows, well there are several ways to go. You can choose to book the services of a reputed professional company for windows cleaning in Stockport, which will do the job perfectly while you rest or do something else.
But then there is the DIY variant, which many of you have most probably chosen for this spring cleaning.
The best and most efficient way to clean your windows is by using a commercial window cleaning solution, a squeegee, sponge and water. If you want a cheaper and more natural cleaning solution, you can simply mix a cup of white vinegar with two cups of water in a spray bottle and use that for washing the windows, windows screens and sills.
When preparing for washing your windows from the inside, you should get a bucket of cold water with a few drops of liquid dish soap, an old towel, some clean microfiber cloths, a sponge, a squeegee, some black and white newspaper pages, and the detergent or vinegar and water solution which you have chosen to use.
Firstly, spread the old towel beneath the window, so that it absorbs any spills of the dirty water and residue which is likely to drip down during the washing process.
Then, soak your cloth or sponge in the cold water with some soap in it. The reason why it should be cold is that hot water will likely evaporate faster from the windows during the washing process, which will leave unsightly stains and streaks. This is the same reason, why professional window cleaners recommend that windows are washed in cooler weather with no sun.
Wash the windows, sills, frames thoroughly with the water and soap, and keep rinsing the cloth or sponge. After you are done, spray the detergent or the vinegar solution thoroughly on the window. Remove the solution with a squeegee by starting from the top and getting to the bottom. Use a dry microfiber cloth, a paper towel or best of all, a crumpled newspaper to dry the solution off and to buff the window. If there is still residue after you are done, you should repeat the entire process of washing, then spraying and polishing your windows, until you get the effect you want.
Cleaning windows from the outdoors can be a bit tricky, especially if they can’t be reached from the inside, and they are on a higher floor.
You can use a hose to wash them, and use a sponge or a sponge on a pole to rub off the residue. Then you should spray them with the solution and use the pole or a squeegee to get the water off and clean them. Repeat if necessary. In some cases, you may need to use a ladder, but if you find this too risky or difficult, it is OK to call the professionals in cleaning services in Stockport of your choice to do the job for you.
When you are done, you will find that your home suddenly looks much wider, fresher and lighter.
I’m pretty sure that everybody knows how to wash dishes and normal pots and pans, but the question is – how to best wash some of the more specific types of kitchen cleaning equipment and utensils.
First of all, if you own a pan from cast iron, you need to be careful and remember to oil it after every washing, in order to make it more efficient and non-sticky. So, after using the pan, proceed to wash it with warm soapy water, dry it and then use a rag dipped to carefully spread a spoon full of oil on the entire surface of your pan. In order to keep the oil from this pan from getting the bottoms of other pans oily when piled up one top of each other, you can use a paper towel to cover the re-oiled surface of the bottom pan.
Experts in cooking and cleaning advise never to use your dishwasher for sharp metal utensils even if they are stainless steel, because they can get damaged. This includes knives, graters, micro planes and other tools you use when cooking or eating. Instead of machine washing them, wash with warm soapy water and let them dry off.
If you use chef’s knives or other sharp knives in your kitchen, you should avoid washing them with normal dish washing detergent, because it reacts to the proteins on the knife’s edge, rather than dissolving them. Instead, normal soap should be used to wash them efficiently. After slicing lemons and other acidic foods, you should wash your knife immediately or repeatedly because the acid can cause the knife edges to become dull faster.
If you own a wok, you probably remember how you had to season it before using it for the first time. Actually, most woks come oiled to keep them from rusting, so this needs to get burnt off by heating the wok until it is just about to begin smokes, move it back on the burner and repeat until the surface becomes the same black colour. After that, rinse off your wok with some warm water, dry it and place it back on the burner until it starts smoking. Add some vegetable oil and make sure it covers the entire cooking surface. After you are done, pour out the oil and wipe away any excess oil with a paper towel. After that don’t use soapy water to wash your wok, because it will remove the oil and will cause the need for a new re-oiling procedure.
The wooden cutting boards in your kitchen can efficiently be washed with hot water and body soap. Then they should be sprinkled with some salt and left like that for a few minutes before washing the salt off and let it dry. Bamboo cutting boards should be cleaned by rubbing them with a used black tea bag and then rinsing them out with warm water. For more suitable information check professional cleaners in Ilford.
If you are a fan of dumplings, then you are probably the proud owner of a steamer basket. After using it, just leave it to soak in hot water for a night, and this will remove any residue, odour, and will actually strengthen your steamer basket.
If you truly want to kill all the germs and dust mites, which probably have infested your carpeting, mattresses and upholstery, you should definitely look for the best carpet cleaners in Bury and hire them to perform a good old deep cleaning of all carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture at home.
This will not only lead to a healthier and fresher air and environment at home, but will prolong the life of the carpets and upholstery as well.
However good you are at DIY cleaning, you most probably can’t reach the expertise of cleaning professionals, who are trained and experienced enough to handle all types of stains, soils and problems on any kind of carpet or upholstery. But, also it is hardly possible and definitely not financially sound to call a professional cleaner every time a spill or soiling of the carpet occurs at home.
So, here is how you can deal with some of the common spills and stains which can happen at home by yourself:
For urine removal, first of all blot all the liquid as you can and then with a damp cloth dab the spot for a while. After that, dab it with a cloth dipped in a 1:1 water and vinegar solution. Dab carefully without rubbing and let the vinegar and water solution sit for about 15-20 minutes before “rinsing” it off with a damp clean cloth. After that, dry the spot with paper towels, and use a ventilator or hairdryer. This should remove all urine and avoid staining. But, if staining has occurred and you notice a colour change on the spot, you can ask your carpet cleaning company to re-dye the spot. Odour can be treated by sprinkling baking soda on the try spot and letting it sit for about 12 hours, and then vacuuming it off.
If you happen to spill or splash acid on your carpet you need to act very quickly and flush it out with water with a sponge soaked in water, rinse it out and repeat several times, so that it doesn’t cause permanent damage and discolouration of the carpet. After thoroughly rinsing the spill with water apply a lukewarm water and baking soda solution with a clean cloth. Make sure you dry the spot quickly with a hairdryer or with another quick drying method.
Another common occurrence is spilling candle wax from all those nice scented candles which you love lighting at home. In order to safely and properly remove spilled candle wax from your favourite rug, first of all gently remove as much of the hard wax with a spoon. Then dab a cloth with some alcohol and carefully treat the stain without rubbing. If you can’t seem to get all of the wax out, you can cover the stain with brown paper and iron on top of it, but be careful as not to burn and melt the pile fibres of the carpet.
By knowing the basics about how to treat common stains, and with regular vacuuming, you can ensure a longer life for your carpets and rugs, and can limit resorting to your preferred cleaning services in Bury to only once in every 12 or even 18 months.
While you can call your favourite Wigan carpet cleaners to deep clean your carpets, mattresses, upholstery and curtains once a year for that nice deep cleaning, you should be able to deal with some stains and spills, as well as other problems with your carpeting and upholstery during the other 364 days of the year as well.
So, you need to know the basics about dealing with some common and some more unusual stains and problems which can happen to our favourite carpets, rugs and sofa.
Of course, for the usual spills of food and drinks, the most important factor is to soak it up as fast as possible with a clean cloth and then wash with a damp clean towel or cloth dipped in the cleaning solution of your choice. Rinse off by dabbing up the spot with a damp cloth and dry out with paper towels.
Some more unusual stains and soils can also happen though, so here are some tips for dealing with some of them too.
If you notice that your rug or carpet is turning yellowish, then you can easily remove the carpet yellowing by treating it gently with a cloth soaked in 1:1 water and white vinegar solution. You can also use other acids instead of the vinegar like tartaric or citric acid.
If your carpet or rug has been soiled with hydrochloric acid, which is contained in some toilet bowl cleaners for example, the acid can actually destroy the fibres and its colours. There could be a solution which will make you wish you had paid more attention during those chemistry classes back in high school. The answer is that you catch it on time, you can neutralize the spill with an alkaline rinse solution.
If you accidently spill a bleach agent on your carpet or rug, this can cause a discolouration and white or yellow permanent staining. Unfortunately, in this case if you don’t get it in time, you may need to call your carpet cleaning company to either re-dye the spot or cut and replace the damaged piece of carpeting.
Another unusual stain can be caused by a commonly used product – acne medication. Most of these creams, gels and ointments contain benzoyl peroxide, which is a rather strong oxidizing agent with a slow reaction time and can cause white, pink or orange bleaching in the affected areas when affected by moisture and humidity even months after it has first come into contact with the carpet.
Some other commonly used chemicals and products which you use in your everyday life at home which can cause permanent or serious damage to your carpets, rugs and upholstery include: insecticides, laundry or other cleaning solutions with high alkalinity, mildew removers and even hair shampoo.
So, make sure you carefully handle any cleaning or other household products with chemicals at home, in order to avoid causing permanent damage to your favourite carpet, sofa or curtains. But if the damage is already done, you can always call an experienced local company for carpet and curtain cleaning in Atherton to help resolve the issue.
Even if you hoover your carpet every day, there comes a time when you need to call your preferred professional cleaning services to deep clean it, and ensure it has all the dirt and residue removed, and that it is healthy and beautiful once again.
This is especially true for people who have pets and have to battle with the damage done to the carpeting by all the shedding and the dirty paws of their furry friends.
There are some tips to help keep your carpet as clean as possible when you have a pet at home.
First of all, wash and/or dry your dog’s paws before it enters your home. It is a good idea to keep a towel near the front door, so you can wipe of most of the dirt from it paws before it happily steps on your carpet.
Also, if you have the possibility to install tiles in your entryway and near the door, this will take-away some of the dirt from the dog. It can shake of most of the dirt or mud there, and the cleaning up will be much easier than washing the carpets. If you can’t do that, you can make sure your dog goes straight into the bathroom after it enters your home. There you can take care of the washing and drying.
If your pet accidently (or not) pees on your carpet, make sure you dab the excess urine up right away and treat the stain with a warm water and white vinegar mix, in order to prevent staining and to remove the horrible smell of dog or cat urine.
If your pet is prone to urinating on your nice carpet, then you could get some smaller area rugs to place on top of it, so you can easily wash them and dry them after an “accident.”
Also, make sure you hoover your carpeting regularly with the proper application brush in order to remove all the hairs or any dirt which your pet has shed.
You have to be informed though that some of the everyday cleaning products we use for washing and cleaning at home can be bad for our pets. A study done by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of the US and a non-profit environmental foundation found that pets have higher levels of synthetic industrial chemicals than the humans that live in the same house. The results showed that dogs had 2.4 times more perfluorochemicals (stain and grease proof coatings) in their bodies than humans. Also, that the cats tested had 23 times more PBDEs (fire retardants) than humans. Both cats and dogs had 5 times higher levels of mercury in their bodies as compared to people. This is why you should be careful with the detergents and cleaning products you use at your home, especially if you have pets.
Of course, it is highly recommended to find professional carpet cleaners in Middleton to deep clean your carpets at least once a year, and if your pet has a lot of “accidents” on the carpets – even more often.
Before you hire professional cleaners to deep clean your carpet, you should make sure that the solutions and techniques they use for cleaning are safe for your pets. Don’t be afraid to ask them whether there are any risks for your pets.
You may be wondering why bother finding a company for green carpet cleaning in Barnet, when you can rely on the traditional kind of cleaning? Well, here is some basic information regarding the difference between organic and traditional chemicals for carpet cleaning, as well as the dangers of the so-called Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) often found in the fumes of harsh chemicals.
Organic cleaners use all-natural, environmentally friendly and non-toxic solutions and technologies and yet still provide efficient deep cleaning for your carpets and upholstery.
By not using any harsh chemicals and strong detergents, they ensure both that your health will not be affected or damaged by the harmful fumes released by the chemicals. At the same time, they also ensure that no harm is done to the environment when the leftover solutions are disposed of, since they are biodegradable, unlike many of the harsh cleaning detergents.
Most green cleaning companies use deep cleaning solutions which have no or low levels of VOCs, which will help you and your family avoid all the negative effects and health problems which being exposed to VOCs can cause.
VOCs are known to cause nausea, headaches, nervous system problems, eye and skin irritation, as well as more serious psychological and physical health problems, including: mood swings, depression and cancer. Some of the highly toxic chemicals in the VOC group include: benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, acetaldehyde, perchloroethylene and others.
Free of any VOCs, after the green deep cleaning session, your home will be healthier, cleaner and the air will be fresher.
A few people realize that a lot of VOCs are released from new synthetic carpeting installation, and especially 72 hours after it is first installed. This is why, installing a new synthetic carpet when expecting a baby or with a newborn at home is not recommended.
The VOCs in new carpets come mainly from the factory stain protection treatment as well as the added flame-resistant protection. The VOCs can also be in the padding, adhesives and the carpet itself. Unfortunately, the new industrially produced carpets are usually treated with a number of different chemicals for protection from insects, fungi, bacteria, dust mites, spills and fire as well.
Among the most dangerous of the VOBs are the flame-retardant PBDEs which can cause infertility, or for pregnant women – birth defects, neurodevelopmental problems and delays in the child as well as lower IQ scores, behavioural problems, hormonal problems and even cancer.
It is advisable, that when you need to buy a new carpet to choose one made of natural materials, such as wool.
If you have to install a synthetic, industrial made carpet, make sure it is unrolled and aired-out for at least 72 hours outdoors or in a well-ventilated place before installing it at home or in your office.
To avoid these harmful effects don’t change your carpeting unless absolutely necessary. Also, think about the environmental harm you are doing by sending your old carpeting to the landfill. A better, safer and healthier option is to use green professional carpet cleaners to clean and refurbish your old carpet instead.
If you want to get a newly designed window for your home, then you should take some action for a new installation or a replacement project. If you can replace your window by yourself, then that would be ideal and could save you lots of money. But if not, you can hire a professional window replacement service. You can out more about when you should hire a professional here Roofing Contractors Florida . Try to speak with them for all of your replacement projects. Replacing your windows by yourself will take about six hours for each window replacement and it will not be easy. Window replacement is competitive work and you may find or get a reliable window replacement contractor for less than you would spend doing it yourself. It is important to know that good window contractors often have years of experience and generally can replace your windows within a few short days. Give a call by phone to Atlanta windows replacement company
before you start to replace your windows. Measuring is the most important thing to do in order to get the right size and design for your window. It is important to measure all windows’ shape, size and design in your project to make your window installation go smoothly. Make sure you measure old windows from the bottom up to top of window horizontally and from the left to right vertically. Do not worry with the gap because you will insulate and use caulk to make sure all new windows seal up properly. Once you get the right measurement, then you can go to buy the new window.
In ordering window materials, you also need to order equipment and supplies that includes; a square, tape measure, caulk tube, caulk gun, wood shim, hammer, screwdriver, knife, miter saw, strong cordless drill, putty kife and small pry bar. To start replacing your windows.
Vinyl window have become a popular style and type of replacement windows that you can used to replace your windows. Vinyl windows are a more affordable material than wood window, fiber glass and metal. Vinyl is also energy efficient and effective if it is installed correctly. It can provide long years of warranty and free maintenance. Most people want to replace and renovate their window because they want to update and change their home to become more aesthetics, elegant and comfortable. While some window still has the specific purpose, old windows will fade and deteriorate, especially if you install windows made from a wood window frame. Many people are expanding their window by renovate the size of windows to make it look natural style.
One of the well-developed neighbourhoods in Bangkok is Ploen Chit. Downtown Bangkok is a major tourist attraction for most people. The combination of high-rise buildings and townhouses in this vicinity add a beautiful touch to the city’s architecture, making it a prime neighbourhood in which to invest. However, you should know that properties in Ploen Chit are not cheap at all.
If you have decided to buy a condo in Ploen Chit, you will have to shell out a considerable amount of money. Since this is such a sizeable investment, you will need a lot of information before making the final decision. Here are a few things that you should know before buying a condo in Ploen Chit.
Choose Your Style
There are many different kinds of condos in this neighbourhood. Depending upon your budget and your personal preferences, you need to decide on the one you want. High-rise condos are more luxurious, but they are also very expensive. On the other hand, there are certain condos within the city that come with additional amenities.
Needless to say, these will set you back a pretty penny. Condos that are exclusive of any amenities are slightly more economical. Ploen Chit is filled with upscale apartment buildings and condos, so you will have to decide on your style before you start looking. Your realtor is going to show you a hundred different properties. Since their job is commission-based, they won’t really care much about which type of condo you buy. However, this will have an impact on your personal lifestyle, so make sure you talk to the realtor about the pros and cons of each style.
Consider Your Options
Don’t buy the very first condo that you visit. It is always wise to consider your options before you make your purchase. Obviously, your realtor won’t show you all the properties on the very first day. Most people search for months before finalising the property that they want to buy. However, if you find a good deal on a great condo, you shouldn’t pass it up. Condos in Ploen Chit tend to sell off very quickly due to the high demand. Needless to say, two or three-bed condos sell off much quicker than studio and one-bedroom condos.
Negotiate the Price
If you have found a good condo for sale in Ploen Chit, the next step is to negotiate the price. You should never buy any real estate property at face value. Since Ploen Chit is a popular neighbourhood, you won’t be able to negotiate as much. However, you will still be able to knock off a few hundred thousand Baht off the price. Talk to your realtor about negotiating the price, since he will act as the mediator between you and the seller. These are just some of the most important tips that you need to keep in mind when looking at condos for sale in this upscale neighbourhood.
Wicker outdoor furniture Sydney is one of the most popular material options homeowners seek out when buying new furniture. With this said, it is not the only option out there. So, like any other product you would buy, it is a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of this type of material, so that you can make an informed decision when time comes to buy your new outdoor set. For those who are considering this material option, these are a few of the factors to keep in mind before you buy, and a few of the pros and cons of this material, when choosing your new outdoor furniture sets.
The pros of wicker outdoor furniture Sydney
There are a number of benefits to purchasing new wicker sets when buying outdoor furniture. For the homeowner who is considering this material, some of these pros include:
- The variety. With this material, there are a wide variety of styles, colours, shapes, and design options for you to choose from.
- Bamboo style, rattan-based furniture is sustainable. It is eco-friendly, it can withstand the elements, and it looks good.
- Whether you plan on using it outdoor exclusively or indoor as well, it will look good if you have the right decor in place.
- Modern or traditional style – wicker works well with both.
- It is light. This not only makes it easy to move around, but also easy to store away in the event of storms or other outdoor conditions which the furniture isn’t suitable for.
The material is suitable for various styles, design scape, and unique outdoor settings. The benefit of having many colour schemes, design styles, and unique piece sets available to you, is also something consumers appreciate. For those who like variety, who like the ability to work with various styles, and who want to use the furniture in various settings, wicker is a great option to consider when you are buying new outdoor furniture sets for your home.
The cons of wicker
Yes, there are several benefits to this material in outdoor furniture Sydney. With this said, it is not all positive, there are a few cons for you to keep in mind as well, if you decide this is one of the materials you are considering for your outdoor furniture sets. Some of the cons to keep in mind before you invest in new wicker sets will include:
- If it is rainy, if it is too much sun in a particular area, if there are heavy wind or hail conditions, all this can damage the furniture. It is not nearly as durable as other materials out there, so keep this in mind before investing.
- The cost. Finely woven wicker furniture is not cheap. It is quite expensive, especially if you are buying custom sets, or limited colours or editions. It is far pricier than many other styles of outdoor furniture you can buy.
- The upkeep. In order to prevent mould, bacteria, fading, and discoloration, you will have to clean it regularly. Cleaning is not difficult (a damp cloth will typically do the job) but you will have to clean it often. Especially if you want it to last for several years, upkeep and maintenance are going to be required on your outdoor furniture set, if you choose wicker for the material.
With this said, the cons are not much. And, although it is pricier than many other material options, it looks good, it blends well with most styles and decor, and when properly cared for and treated, it should last you for many years to come, giving your outdoor setting or space a great vibe and comfort.
When choosing new outdoor furniture Sydney, there are several factors to consider as a homeowner. How will it look with current decor? What will it cost? Is it the right style and material finish? These are only a few of the questions you will want to ask your furniture provider, prior to investing in new outdoor furniture sets. For those who are selecting new outdoor furniture, wicker is a great option. These are a few of the pros and cons to keep in mind, if you do plan on investing in this popular material, and are debating between other styles and available material finishes. Still want to invest in beautiful outdoor pieces? Consider Bali Republic online store for great quality goods and helpful assistance.
As the prices of real properties skyrocket, lots of people can no longer dream of own houses with wide front lawns. A handful meters of extra area surrounding the perimeter or sometimes simply in the front and back of one’s house are what most new home owners could afford now. This can be sad especially if you planned to tend to have a huge sprawling garden, but in spite of limited space, it’s possible to have a beautiful front garden design by planting the most appropriate plants at the right locations. This is how you can design your own personal small front garden.
1. Plan the Layout
Considering that you will certainly be working with a bit of small space, it is very important that you plan ahead before you start digging directly into soil. Draw a layout of your front garden design and quickly take note of where your walkway should be as well as where your home should start and end. Make certain that trees or shrubs is not going to cover the mailbox later on.
2. Visualize Your Garden
Visualize how you want your future garden to look like from a third party glance. Would you want it to look colourful? Then give thought to flowers or plants with colourful leaves. Would you want it to become lush green? It could be that you should choose trees and shrubs then. When you eventually know what you want, you will pick specific plants that should grow within your garden. Utilizing a small space, you do not have the luxurious of planting large trees, so opt for a small tree instead.
3. Create Balance
Same as within a flower arrangement, the way how you place your plants need to have a well balanced effect. By way of example, position the tree away from the door so as not to interfere with the focal point of one’s front of your respective home. To balance the tall tree, plant some shrubs along at the opposite side of a given tree, near your door.
4. Create a Bed of Plants
You cannot let the area leading from the tree into the front door bare. Have a bed of plants with a path to bridge the gap. It’s possible to choose between flowers or herbs, whichever you really like to grow from the garden.
5. Line the Pathway
Included in your front garden design some emphasizing the path that leads to your door. To give definition to your current pathway, line both sides with low flowers whose blooms complement the skin paint of your home. Allow some space between these flowers to stay clear of crowding.
6. Define the Borders
You’ll be able to place sets of shrubbery with the borders or corners of your garden. There are going to further balance the visual effect. Eventually, trim these shrubs so that they are going to be of distinct heights to enhance dimension.
7. Plant Some Lawn
It would be great to be able to walk on your garden with barefoot, so plant some grass on it. Decide on a variety that will actually grow at the top of the your particular location, that actually suitable for your climate. In particular, some varieties can withstand shaded areas while other cannot.
8. Include some Accessories
A garden bench, a little fountain,a gnome statue, and even a beautiful but small Steel Building are simply just some fantastic decorative ideas for your outdoor areas. They put in a beauty that is different from what plants can offer. Just be minimalistic with the decorations, as you might not wish to overcrowd your small front garden around with them.
Author info: Ralph Parezo is a passionate gardener and landscape designer. He also loves to blog and writes articles that involves his passion in landscaping design. Visit his blog at Small Garden Ideas to read more about Modern Landscaping
Woolworths was a company that was started in the year 1879 in the City of New York. Its founder Frank Woolworth was interested in offering a one stop shop for a wide range of commodities at an affordable price. He transferred this same concept to the United Kingdom thirty years after establishing the same stores in the United States. He was well received in Liverpool with enthusiastic shoppers thronging the premises.
However, the retail chain store industry has undergone numerous dynamics and Woolworths seems to be a victim of these circumstances. The report shall highlight some of the internal and external challenges that have affected the company. Additionally, an analysis of the company will be done with reference to the theme of globalisation and recommendations for improvement given as a result.
Description and analysis of the internal and external factor to which Woolworths UK is subject
Woolworths is affected by some human resource based issues plaguing the retail industry. For instance, some clients have asserted that before purchasing items in any retail store, they usually consider behaviours of the stores employees. Woolworths has received numerous reviews about this aspect. Consumer surveys have indicated that a half of retail purchasers are happy with Woolworths consumer service while the other halves have asserted that their employees are rude. Consequently, the company has to work on the latter percentage. (Hammer and Champy, 1993)
Marketing strategies are crucial in running any business. For companies to dwell in the retail sector today, they need to portray a clear theme in their advertisement and marketing strategies. Woolworths marketing manager asserts that the companys marketing strategy is largely centred on three major categories and these are;
These three themes are what make Woolworths stand out. However, other critics assert that Woolworths is severely lacking in this area. They claim that while other retail chain stores are distinct and stand out depending on specific themes; Woolworths has nothing special that makes it unique. Consequently, this is a marketing or branding issue that will affect future decisions made by Woolworths.
Demand determinants are also instrumental in determining how Woolworths performs in the UK market. There are a number of things that UK consumers look for when shopping in retail chain stores and some of them include
Quality of items
Brand recognition (Chopra and Meindl, 2000)
When one talks about convenience, they are referring to the ease of reach with which one can find commodities in retail stores. This is usually depicted by the manner of arrangement. When commodities are arranged haphazardly, then customers may not be enticed to come back there. Woolworths seems to have failed in this regard because many consumers complain of its haphazard nature. For instance, when one steps into a Woolworth store, they are likely to find childrens costumes placed together with table mats and the table mats may be placed alongside video games or other kinds of things. Consequently, it can be argued that Woolworths sense of appeal in terms of convenience is quite wanting. However, it can also be argued that this haphazard arrangement is what contributes to Woolworths uniqueness. This is because it is kind of a spur of the moment alternative rather than a distinct kind of arrangement. (Price Waterhouse, 1995)
On the other hand, convenience can also be assessed through a stores location, when stores are located in busy streets or in accessible places, then demand for ones items may increase. Woolworths may receive a plus for this aspect because their stores are conveniently located and one does not have to look for parking to get into their stores.
Brand recognition and quality of items are an important demand determinant. Once a company fails to deliver in terms of these parameters then there is fertile ground for failure. Woolworths have been praised by some consumers for their high quality items. However, there are still other buyers who have not been satisfied with their commodities claiming that they are a jack of all trades but a master of none.
Lastly, demand for commodities in this industry is affected by the price of its commodities. In analysing whether Woolworths is doing well, it is essential to look at what other companies in the industry are doing. Most of the commodities offered by Woolworths are sold by other competitors such as Asda and Tesco at cheaper prices. This means that Woolworths decisions need to be changed to respond to these challenges.
One of the major external factors affecting Woolworths is closely associated to its operating aspect. The retail chain industry is quite a huge industry since the numbers of stores located in the UK are numerous and this means increased competition for Woolworths. Additionally, the industry is not export oriented. Most products are sourced from outside and then bought into the region thus making players here to become susceptible to international forces that may sometimes be difficult to predict.
It is also interesting to note the fact that the retail chain industry is slowly being outcompeted by supermarkets. Times have changed over the past few years and the sale of non household items within the retail industry is no longer a reserve for companies such as Woolworths alone. Supermarkets which were once associated with the sale of food alone now offer almost all household items under one room. This increased competition from other categories of business has affected the overall productivity and performance of the company. (Porter, 1985)
Market size is an important factor that affects the any kind of business. This is largely because the rate of growth of the market largely reflects the amount of consumers available to purchase ones time. Statistics indicate that the UK retail chain sector is slowly reaching saturated levels. There are stores for almost every type of product under the sun. For instance, when one is looking for old suits then they may choose the option of going for Argos, when they require music CDs, then they have the option of going to Zavvi. Consequently, Woolworths is placed at a position where they are competing for a stagnating market i.e. one that is growing at very low rates yet the number of industry players is on the rise.
Other external factors affecting Woolworths decision making processes are also linked to the way they go about making their personal decisions. For instance, the issue of taxation is quite important in determining whether Woolworths succeeds or not. Since it depends on exports for most of their commodities, then the company is affected adversely by international tariffs in trade. However, it should be noted that the retail chain store sector is not highly regulated by the UK government and this is a plus on the part of Woolworths.
1)How globalisation influences policies and decision making at Woolworths UK
Enterprises and corporations alike are highly influenced by the concept of globalisation and Woolworths is not an exception. Before critically analysing this issue, it is essential to clarify its meaning; globalisation is defined as the increased level of contact between a certain entity and the rest of the world, through globalisation, mutual understandings, personal friendships and world citizenry is created. However, in terms of business entities, globalisation may not be a positive. This is largely because it causes increased competition which may be difficult to out manoeuvre especially when one lacks the capacity for change.
Woolworths UK was a brainchild of the US based subsidiary. Consequently, it had transferred knowledge and business structures from that part of the world to the United Kingdom. This meant that the company ought to have created a local solution to the local UK environment. Local marketing appeal for international companies such as Woolworths is crucial in succeeding in their market. This can only be done by incorporating all the external and internal factors. The United Kingdom was not the original company base for Woolworths; consequently, they needed to look for ways in which they could adopt to the local culture in the UK.
The UK consumer culture has changed dramatically over the past few years. This is as a result of increased levels of exposure brought on by information technology. Consequently, consumers are well aware of their rights and they also know where to find cheap bargains. This is actually the reason why Woolworths has not been performing very well; most consumers want a retail store with preset themes or one with cheap products.
Since so many other retail stores are available, then Woolworths has been pushed to the periphery in light of this competition. It should be noted that globalisation has played a large role in promoting this information driven consumer culture. Through interaction with other parts of the world, the UKs technological status has dramatically improved. People can get important retail information at the touch of a button and this makes them very choosy. In other words, globalisation has boosted information technology which has heightened consumer awareness and thus diminished demand for Woolworths products which do not represent the best value for money.
Globalisation has highly affected shopping behaviour among a series of consumers owing to the fact that it has promoted more job opportunities. Many UK consumers are constantly moving form country to country while conducting business, getting educated or working for a certain multinational. This therefore means that globalisation has created situations in which the UK consumer has very little time in his or her hands. People are now working for more hours and most of them have very little spare time for themselves. What this means for Woolworths is consumers also have little time to spend in their retail outlets. When going for shopping, buyers may be interested in spending as little time as possible in such outlets so that thy can get back to their busy schedules. Decision making in Woolworths must be such that it centres on meeting this need to save time when purchasing. (Kubeck, 1995)
Globalisation highly affects the productivity levels at Woolworths through its supply section. This is because now Woolworths and other retail chain stores have a wider supply base to choose from. They can source their commodities at a cheaper price from other countries of the world or they can locate high quality goods from suppliers in continents. Depending on how Woolworths reacts to this, global supply sourcing can either be a positive or a negative. It can be positive when good suppliers are chosen. However, it can be negative when Woolworths has been outcompeted by other retails who manage to get cheaper goods at lower prices.
Globalisation has also raised the level of competition among various industry players in the retail chain store sector. This is because globalisation favours growth of multinationals. The UK is plagued with a series of multinationals such as Tesco, Wal-Mart, Asda and many more. These multinationals create greater competition because of their diffused processes and also because of greater network structures, greater flows of information and hence greater productivity.
Lastly, globalisation has created fertile ground for outsourcing of jobs. The new buzz word was largely associated with the manufacturing sector where most businesses chose to outsource their manufacturing function to Asian based countries such as China and Taiwan. The retail sector is also involved in this buzz word because a number of their suppliers come from the Asian continent. They have chosen to outsource this aspect to other parts of the world so as to promote their level of competitiveness.
2)Critical evaluation of the effectiveness of the organisations response
Globalisation has promoted greater adoption of information technology and thus a more informed consumer. This kind of consumer is less loyal to particular brand unless that brand offers good quality or value for money. Woolworths has also been slow in responding to this aspect of globalisation. Since the consumer is more informed, the company should have worked on their prices and it should also have taken the time to check the quality of their commodities so that they can increase their client base. Woolworths still has a long way to go in handling these challenges.
It can be argued that Woolworths has not responded as strongly as it should to forces of globalisation. As it has been asserted earlier, many consumers are now engaging in more work and have less time to shop. Consequently, Woolworths store formats should have been changed to meet this need. Compared to other retail outlets in the United Kingdom, Woolworth is yet to catch up with the rest in terms of in-store organisation. More often than not, consumers may not be able to find what they are looking for in a Woolworths store unless assisted by one of the employees. Consequently, this takes a lot of time and may prompt some of them to choose other stores. (Scheer, 1999)
In terms of sourcing for suppliers from other parts of the world, it is imperative for Woolworths to awaken to the possibility that other retail chain stores in the UK are doing much better than they are. This is largely as a result of the lower prices that some of their commodities are grouping for and also because of a result of greater investment in dependant supplier who offer high quality.
Woolworths may have been overwhelmed by the increased competition facing the retail chain industry from multinationals. Globalisation has created sound operating structures for facilitating better productivity and this has given greater precedence to these large multinationals. Woolworths is supposed to be competing with the multinationals by offering products or services that whether they meet or exceed the offerings in these multinationals. However, Woolworths has not responded as quickly and assertively as it should. The company therefore needs to look for other ways in which they can promote this development through sound service delivery. (Sterman, 2000)
Woolworths has responded to the need to outsource by getting some of their goods from the Asian continent. However, compared to their competitors, this company still has along way to go in terms of being at per with its competitors. Most of the time, the company relies on European based manufacturers for their commodities or their in store brands.
Conclusion – Areas for improvement in the response of the organisation
Globalisation is eminent in almost all spheres of the UK economy. Consequently, companies that fail to react swiftly to this phenomenon are bound to be left behind. Woolworths has debts of three hundred and eighty five million pounds as of mid 2008. This poor performance is further illustrated by the figure below depicts its performance over the past few months. Its shares have been on the decline.
Source; (Eriksson and Penker, 2000)
In order to boost its performance in the global arena, then Woolworths needs to change a number of things. First of all, the company needs to respond to the need to save time this can be done by more orderly arrangements of their commodities in their stores. Secondly, the company needs to take greater care in terms of sourcing better quality items. Consequently, the company will do much better in the retail industry by placing greater precedence on this matter. (Eriksson and Penker, 2000)
On top of the latter, there should be greater emphasis on the adoption of information technology especially with regard to the use online sales. Also, they need to embrace the fact that their brand is barely recognised among future market segments. The company has to work on adding value to their name and making their services easily recognised.
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