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Saturday, February 27, 2010

H1N1 Bacteria can live on Money up to 3 Days!

Do you realize how many GERMS are on Bills and Coins?

Money is one of the dirtiest things we as humans come in contact with. Many people handle money throughout the day. These people may or may not be sanitary people, and the amount of germs on a person's hands varies from person to person. A person rarely thinks about what is on their hands when they hand someone a dollar bill. Perhaps they were cooking and touched raw meat, or they were cleaning their house or going to the bathroom and forgot to wash their hands. Whatever the case, money is very very dirty and you should have knowledge of exactly what kind of bacteria is on your money and how to avoid getting sick from handling dirty money. Even illegal drug residue can exist on money for a long period of time.

Sick people handle money all the time. They transmit germs to the money by coughing on the money, or wiping their nose and then touching the money. You can get sick from handling the money immediately after touching it. A cashiers job is particularly dangerous and they have to wash their hands constantly to avoid getting sick from the bacteria on money. There can be millions of germs on money at any given point. You have to remember how small bacteria is and that the paper really acts as a magnet for them.

So how can you keep yourself safe from dirty money? The answer is easy, wash your hands. Washing your hands with antibacterial soap will kill most of the germs you get from handling money. The problem is many people forget to wash their hands from time to time. Some people obsessively wash their hands over and over, which is not good either. Just wash at times your hands will get near your mouth, like before or after you go to the bathroom and especially wash your hands when you are sick to prevent the spread of germs. All types of germs are on money like the germs that cause staph infection, strep throat, pneumonia and especially H1N1 for a long as 3 days.

Coins also can hold germs on them but not as many as paper money. Paper money is by far the best way for germs to be transferred from person to person. People that are elderly or young or with comprised immune systems should be especially careful when handling money. These people are more susceptible to infection the healthy adults. Money is very dirty and filled with many different types of bacteria and microscopic bugs, so keep that in mind when handling it.

Just remember that the Microtronic Cashless System can help prevent many workplace illnesses by limiting the amount of cash that is handled! This is another selling point to customers to go Cashless!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Be a Sales Superstar

This is a wonderful time to be alive and working in the profession of selling. Regardless of the ups and downs of the economy or temporary changes in your industry, there have never been more opportunities for you to achieve more of your goals-and enjoy a higher standard of living-than exist today by selling more of your products and services in the marketplace.

Commit to Excellence

Ambitious people have one remarkable characteristic in sales. They dream big dreams. They have high aspirations. They see themselves as capable of being the best in their fields. They know that the top 20 percent of salespeople make 80 percent of the sales, and they are determined to be among that top group.

Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail

Fear, uncertainty, and doubt are, and always have been, the greatest enemies of success and happiness. For this reason, top salespeople work continually to confront the fears that hold most salespeople back. The two major fears that stand as the greatest obstacle on your road to success are the fear of failure, or loss, and the fear of criticism, or rejection. These are the major enemies to be overcome.

Put Your Whole Heart into Your Selling
Selling has often been called a transfer of enthusiasm. The more enthusiastic and convinced you are about what you are selling, the more contagious this enthusiasm will be and the more your customers will sense it and act on it. Human beings are primarily emotional in everything they so and say. This is why caring is a critical element in successful selling.

Position Yourself as a Real Professional
Top salespeople see themselves as consultants rather than salespeople. They see themselves as advisors, helpers, counselors, and friends to their clients and customers. They see themselves as problem solvers more than anything else.

Dedicate Yourself to Continuous Learning

To earn more, you must learn more. You are "maxed out" today at your current level of knowledge and skill. You cannot get more or better results by simply working harder using your present abilities. If you want to earn more in the future, you must learn and apply new methods and techniques. Remember the old saying: "The more you do of what you're doing, the more you'll get of what you're getting."

Action Exercise

Develop an action plan for personal and professional development. Prepare a "training schedule" for yourself exactly as if you were training for a marathon or a big competition.

Remember: The harder you work - the luckier you get!

NEW Microtronic Website

I am so excited about the new look and feel of the website. There is so much more information than we have ever had in the past.

One of the great features is the "Learning" page that has various presentations about the different applications that the Microtronic system can do.

We are working on some exciting new projects and hopefully we'll have everything at the NAMA OneShow! I believe this will be the best show ever!

Check out the site and contact me with any feedback that you have to offer! Let's go cashless with Microtronic!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

MicrotronicUS: Ashtonishing Growth in Use of Prepaid Debit Cards

MicrotronicUS: Ashtonishing Growth in Use of Prepaid Debit Cards

Ashtonishing Growth in Use of Prepaid Debit Cards

I don't know if anyone follows the Payments news, other than those in the business, but there is one article I must insist that Vending operators read: http://www.getdebit.com/debit-news/730/astonishing-growth-in-the-use-of-prepaid-debit-cards/. It is a great article that explains some the recent research and growth of Prepaid cards, both from major Credit Card companies and "Closed Loop" or individual store cards. The growth on these are astounding!

Microtronic can offer this same "Loyalty/Prepaid Card" program for an Operator or their Customer. What a great way to say "We value your business and want to offer something special in return!" Every consumer, or for that matter, person in the world wants to be valued and appreciated. Loyalty cards for vending can offer, discounts, bonuses (one free with ten), happy hours, freebies, etc. There are so many options with the Microtronic system. And to have a "captive" audience that will use the vending machines daily - what a better way for them to spread the word to friends about the great new service their Vending company is giving. Word of mouth is one of the greatest tools we have - let's use it!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Basics of Cashless Vending - Lesson 1

When a Vending operator thinks of Cashless, it seems their first thought is "Credit Card", which is a common misconception. Cashless is so multifaceted that it is or, can be confusing.

Everyone knows that Credit Cards pose a much larger "beast" with lots of needs (fees). It needs a Cellular link ($), it needs monthly fees ($), it needs processing fees ($) and it needs lots and lots of users, with higher merchandise prices to give a good return on investment.

Pre-paid or Loyalty programs, as some like to call them, are much less "needy". The card reader is about the same price, but the beauty of Pre-paid is, it's PRE-PAID - you get your money in advance!! Before any item is sold, you already have money in the bank! With Microtronic, our media (cards, keys, stickers, etc) can be loaded directly at a Vending machine. We also offer a Loading Station that can accept Bills and/or Credit Cards.

Microtronic offers the best of both worlds if someone really feels that they must provide the addition of Credit Card Loading. With Microtronic - an operator can have ONE (1) or maybe two (2) Credit Card/Cash Loading stations in an account, as opposed to a Credit Card Reader on each and every machine, paying all those fees. Our system only requires one or two Credit Card fees and you still get your money in advance - before the purchase has been made!! Plus with our Credit Card loading system - YOU decide how much the customer is going to load to the Microtronic media. It could be $10, $15 or even $20, which brings your "processing fees" down to 2.50 % - not 5% or 6% for each and every transaction.

Think about it - FEES or Money in the BANK!! 1-800-879-3586. You'll be glad you did!