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3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Care About The Environment

More and more reputable companies in the private sector are waking up to the fact that sustainability and being environmentally conscious actually pays off in business. Going green is now way past the hippie fad that it once was and is a serious contestable issue. Any company thinking about reaching great, profitable heights needs to think about their environmental policy and carbon footprint before they get pulled up by the government or called out by consumers. Here are three main reasons why your business should start to care.

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Saving Money On Fleet Vehicles

Depending on your business, your fleet vehicles might be a small but valuable asset or an absolute cornerstone of your operations. Whichever applies to your company, it’s important to make sure you’re making the most of your fleet – and getting the best value for money, too. Continue reading

5 Liabilities to Consider Before Opening Your Own Restaurant

If you’re a prospective restaurant owner, then there are many factors you need to consider before opening your doors to the public. Although a stellar menu is a top priority, so is familiarizing yourself with all the liabilities that go along with restaurant ownership. Before you dish up the main course, here are 5 liabilities to consider when opening a restaurant. Continue reading

Parsons awarded Qatar rail network consultancy contract

Parsons, an American success story few companies anywhere in the world can begin to emulate, was formed before a time when the likes of a business credit card was further away than a distant twinkle in the eye of Bank of America. Now, 65 years on, the chances are you’re probably no more than a few miles away from an engineering or construction project designed and built by the California-based Corporation. Continue reading

Green Shipping: Putting the Pressure On

Maersk. That one word is the name of a company, one which affects your life a great deal considering it’s likely you’ve never heard of it. The giant Danish conglomerate (also known as A.P. Moller – Maersk Group) is involved in a wide variety of different sectors of business.

The one we’re going to focus on is its shipping arm, known as Maersk Line. Since 1996, Maersk has been the largest container ship operator on the planet. The multi-billion dollar operation is slowly but surely changing how it works, and these changes could have pretty major effects on the shipping industry as a whole.

Starting earlier this year, the logistics giant has ventured into the world of green shipping, making sure that they are as environmentally friendly as they can be. The move is sure to make waves across the industry.

Pressure from Investors

Investors can put pressure on a business in a way that no other stakeholders could even dream of, even when you look at something as large as the shipping industry. A few short months ago came an event organised by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative. At this event, a representative of a Dutch bank stated that the methods in which ships are financed are set to change – investors will start to ask for an insight into environmental matters, wanting their ships to start being more “green”.

Bunker fuel – the fuel used by the shipping industry – is one of the least clean around. It produces high amounts of sulphur and carbon dioxide. That being said, shipping is still the cleanest method of transporting goods over long distances; a thirty minute car journey produces more CO2 than a day’s shipping. Container rentals are a great way to achieve this objective.

Roughly 90 per cent of all global trade is transported via boats and ships; it is an incredibly important industry. Almost every business sector you can think of relies on it, from the less obvious such as snacks and cars, to the more openly apparent, like marine suppliers (visit the website for more information on that).

The Big Step Forward

Thankfully, shipping companies have stepped up to the plate, and taken the initiative into their own hands. Maersk had set a goal (in 2007) to reduce its carbonic emissions by 25% by 2020; they blew past this amount last year and have increased their target to 40%.

To keep using Maersk as an example of the methods that can be pursued, they have introduced a cleaner fuel, lower in sulphur, for use on routes that involve some of the more badly polluted cities, such as Hong Kong. They also pressured the HK government to introduce regulations demanding the use of cleaner fuels.

Arguably their biggest improvement, however, are the Triple-E class ships on the horizon. Standing for “efficiency, economy of scale, and the environment”, the Triple-Es are to be bigger, more efficient, and above all, more environmentally friendly. Due to a large amount of small improvements, they’re said to cut emissions by 50% per container.

The future’s bright; the future’s green.

Stay Ahead of the Game with Emergency Alerts

When running any kind of business, it’s important to be able to factor emergencies into day to day operations; planning for emergencies can involve having a clear business continuity structure, whereby staff know where to look to backup work and get things back to normal. Emergency alerts can be part of these solutions, and can enable you to communicate with staff on different devices, while also encrypting messages and using dynamic conference calling to get people onto the same page.
Emergency alert software can be installed on devices and an internal IT network for your business, either individually or as part of a larger software package. Different messaging options can then be set up to connect people, whether within an office or across different locations and countries. Software can run in the background, and can be configured to send out emergency alerts when a crisis does occur.
Some of the approaches that can be taken to ensuring that emergency alerts are being sent include having a dedicated messaging service that can be run solely during a crisis – this can be synced up to different devices for easy coordination of information. Broadcasting services can also be used to bypass internet only communications, while recorded messages can be used with formats and templates to speed up automatic responses.
At the same time, if there is a problem that needs to be dealt with through a conversation, emergency alerts can be used with voice communications to ensure that staff can get through to managers. A special phone number can be used and hosted either on or offline – multi-channel numbers can be set up to handle different calls, and can be managed through a central administration point, with redirects to ensure that calls are going to the right place.
Emergency notifications can also involve making multiple calls at the same time through methods like dynamic conference calls; these live calls can bring people together across a company to discuss a crisis, and can be used to make decisions quicker than with regular communications. Online call services and messages can then be applied to ensure that a conference call can be kept stable across international borders.
Emergency alert systems should consequently be understood as an important part of business communications and business continuity plans. When something does go wrong, having software that can run in the background means that you can rely on a dedicated service to keep in touch with different people. If you have to, using full conference calls to reach a decision on a problem can also help to convert alerts into actions that can enable you to restore stability to your business. When looking for emergency alert systems, it’s important, then, to make sure that messaging can cover many different areas, and that it can be made compatible with various devices.