Author Archive: Gillian Lindenberger

The Limitless Ways To Expand Online Shopping Extravagance

With the growth of e-commerce, the prospects for online shopping is consistently on the rise. A majority of the retailers have an online platform to sell their products. Many have expanded their product range. A few offer free shipping offers to boost their sales. And a clear majority have their focus on social media to make their profits soar. The standard bricks and mortar shops are being reinvented to online boundaries. In the age of smartphones, tablet, and iPads, online shopping seems to be the best match. The physical distances are already blurred with several technological advancements. The online retail markets have gathered the impetus towards establishing their brands.

Business stalwarts like the Walmart have already acquired Kosmix, the renowned social media platform. They are looking forward to opening Walmartlabs to enhance their online sales. It is important for all online stores to focus on customer opinions, diverse product categories, strong return policies for acquiring a better reach among the consumers. Online retailers can also opt for in-store pick up to enhance their services. Many stores allow their customers to order products online and provides a delivery on the go. It can blur the distances further and cut down on the delivery time. A pick-up depot could be a viable option for the smaller retailers.

The online marketplace seems to be crowded already. The online stores can focus on providing mobile apps for an enhanced service. Sending out coupons and price comparisons are some of the proven trends to attract customers. Uploading customer’s video clips after a new purchase can bring about the required momentum to boost your online sales. The social networking sites are another potential option to double up your sales pattern. Targeting the huge socially active population is important. Facebook can enormously add to the return on investments. The flash sales and daily deals being experimented by the veteran retailers have always turned out success stories.

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What Do Scientists Really Think About The Global Warming Phenomenon?

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For climate scientists who just want the government, any government, to take action on global warming, it is indeed a terrible time. The scandal widely known as Climategate first started at the Copenhagen summit with the exposure of scientific proof that rendered the whole “humans caused global warming” argument moot. While it is true that the public does not place lot of trust in scientists when it comes to the problem that is global warming, the topic has been one of the most widely debated between politicians and scientists alike.


While it is true that a very recent IPCC report did state global warming was likely caused by the activity of humans, skeptics argue that even the IPCC is influenced by politics and hitherto unknown agendas. The truth however, is that most scientists are at least as cautious as politicians, if not more, when it comes to announcing a doomsday prophecy regarding global warming. While more than a tenth saw little to no danger in the next 100 years due to the rise in temperature, about 40% foresaw moderate anger while the same percentile saw catastrophic danger in the future too. Interestingly enough, a small percentage of scientists remained undecided on their opinion and declined to answer.

To be fair, the scientists’ genuine responses reflect a certain humility regarding our capacity to correctly predict the future. It also reflects a closer appraisal of the scientific community’s understanding of climate change today. Considering the origins of the debate, this hardly comes as a surprise, in light of the relatively recent origins of this debate. While this doesn’t signify blatant ignorance about climate change and its effects, it does mean more information is required on global warming. Political leaders must strive to acknowledge that science can help them make informed choices on their environmental policies but cannot be pressured to dictate them. As Climategate most glibly revealed, searching for certainty as political cover can surely backfire.