Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Guest Blog: The problem with cars and sustainable design

When I think of the term, "sustainable design," I immediately picture the pyramids. Still drop-dead gorgeous, the Gyza pyramids were perfectly constructed for the purpose of honouring the dead, and display an intrinsic harmony between form and function. And they're still standing without electricity, water, or the Internet, over 4500 years after being constructed.

Oh, and people still debate whether or not they were built by aliens. Or Transformers.

With vehicles, I wager that we haven't yet created such timeless, sustainable design.

As I mentioned above, design is both form and function. Sure, a Ferrari 250 California is beautiful, so is a Voisin C27 Aerosport, and countless others. Problem is, their function is directly related to gasoline to keep them going into the future. Otherwise, they become very beautiful paperweights — but not cars.

IPods are beautiful objects, but without future support from Apple — or a steady supply of power — they become form without function.

Personal mobility is already a huge issue on this planet — and an issue that changes almost across borders. In the US, it's about meeting ever-more-stringent safety and emissions standards, while keeping costs low for the consumer. In China, to contrast, the issue is in meeting an incredible demand for cars, and the socioeconomic implications that ride along with that.

A well-designed car for American consumers probably isn't going to be celebrated in China, and vice versa. But auto manufacturers know this, and spend billions of dollars tailoring vehicles to suit specific markets the world over.

Problem? A well-designed vehicle — in America, China, or wherever — isn't going anywhere without oil.

And that's why open-source design can transform the well-designed vehicles of today into sustainable ones for tomorrow.

Kudos to Local Motors here in America and Riversimple in Europe, and a few other startups that recognize that sustainable vehicle design isn't just about the looks, the powertrain, or using recycled materials. Sustainable design is about creating a consumer product that can be adapted over time to fit different needs and different fuels.

Making vehicle plans available to consumers means that with a little skill, time, and money, Local Motors vehicles can more easily be adapted to different powertrains, fuel sources, and environments. Sure, Ferraris will remain beautiful, but what happens if the oil dries up in a hundred years? Do you think collectors will rip out the engines and install battery packs and electric motors? Ha! They'll be all form and no function. 

Anyway, I look forward to the next 50 years of the automobile. Vehicles may not be as beautiful as the ones we've loved in the first 100, but you can bet they'll be more sustainable.

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I want to thank Michael for writing this impassioned blog.
 
Michael Banovsky is an award-winning automotive journalist, blogger, and photographer, based outside Toronto, Canada. He contributes to vLane.com, actively Twitters attwitter.com/michaelbanovsky, and runs his own website at banovsky.com. When not writing, he's guarding precious cables around the apartment from his kitten, Arcee, jogging, reading, or drinking coffee to put him to sleep.

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کودکان به دلیل سیستم دفاعی ضعیف و حساسی که دارند باید از ادکلن هایی استفاده کنند که از حداقل مواد شیمیایی تشکیل شده باشد. ادکلن های کودک از مواد با کیفیت و خوشبو با بویی ملایم تولید می شوند که برای کودکان مناسب است و هیچ گونه حساسیتی برای کودک ایجاد نمی کند.

با دقت به کیفیت و مواد استفاده شده در ادکلن های کودک، اکثر مشتریان و مصرف کنندگان رضایت و استقبال بسیاری از از این ادکلن ها داشته اند. فروشگاه لیمادو برای جلب رضایت و اعتماد شما مصرف کنندگان گرامی ادکلن کودک را با مناسب‌ ترین قیمت ارائه کرده است.
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Oabeans said...

Next was Abyaneh, with people who have saved their history in their everyday life and through centuries. We explored Iranian life from 500 AD to the 17th century there. Then, we moved to Isfahan with that masterpiece bridges of the 17th centuries over Zayanderud, where have been family hangouts all these years.
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Soaking in the natural hot springs of Sarein, I got to close my eyes, relax, and settle down. Letting the medicine of mineral water wash away all the tiredness of traveling out of my body and soul. The warmth of the springs in the cold weather of Ardebil was so soothing!
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Hundreds of men will be carrying a massive wooden structure called “Nakhl” around town. The Nakhl symbolized Hussein’s coffin, and taking it around town (Nakhl Gardani) is like a ceremony for the dead body of this heroic figure in Iran.
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How to Do Online Arbitrage?
As a sustainable business model, online arbitrage helps you to make some serious cash, but of course, it needs your time and effort. There are some steps to follow to start a successful online arbitrage business on Amazon.
Create Product Ideas
The process of choosing products could be overwhelming as there are millions of different products sold daily on Amazon. But, you have the chance to use particular tools that helps you to find the best items for reselling.
Identify Your Products
When you understand what position you want to resell, you need to find sourcing for your products in the next step. There are various marketplaces to look for your products like eBay, Craigslist, Esty, Facebook. You should monitor all marketplaces daily; just when they go on sale, they would sell out very fast.
How to start making money with online Arbitrage?

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How Much It Costs To Start Amazon FBA Business?
Cost is the section that sellers always want to jump. According to Jungle Scout’s research, some Amazon sellers are starting an Amazon FBA business with $500 or less.
Amazon app's seller panel
At the same time, other sellers spend five figures or more on new business. And both groups became successful on Amazon. In general, the cost depends on your selling plan and the strategy you choose. So while starting an Amazon FBA business, you need to consider two preliminary charges: fees and the cost of your shipments.
How to Start Amazon FBA Business?
Trading for more than ten years indicates that Amazon is one of the best and easiest ways to gain profit. If you are newbie, It is better for you to start with sourcing leads instead of doing keyword research manual. Companiews like OABeans use different software and codes to generate leads in order to save your time for more important things in your life.
How to Start an Amazon FBA Business with Little Money?

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Find ideas on Pinterest.
This social media platform has an option for images they may be liked: ”pin.” So everybody can see these images—the number of pins that an item has shows that it is trending online.
Search the Amazon Trends Report
There is an excellent resource on Amazon that the trending products on different platforms are listed.
Get Help From Product Research Tools
You can use many softwares or tools which help you select profitable products for selling on Amazon.
Perform Keyword Research
It is helpful to discover the keywords that resellers look for and which keywords receive the most online research. To reach that, you can use two methods:
Use Google Trends
Use Keyword Research Tools
See other MarketPlaces
There are many eCommerce giants that people use for online shopping, like Aliexpress, Alibaba, and eBay. Look at these platforms to see popular products on the market.
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First, you need to register on Amazon and create a seller account. The next step is finding profitable products on different websites. There are millions of various products all over the internet, and not all of them are profitable. You need analyzing tools, knowledge, and technical approach to identify the best items and purchase them. Then all you need is to list the items on Amazon, send your inventory to FBA prep, and wait for an order.
Doing Online Arbitrage with Tools
Amazon online arbitrage isn’t a get-rich scheme and can be challenging at the beginning. But by monitoring your mistakes and understand your revenue and margin, you can reduce the risks and increase your profit.
As an Amazon online arbitrage, you can face different challenges, one of them is finding profitable deals. In the beginning, you can’t sell all the ASINs and categories because they are restricted for the newbies and needs your positive sale background to be ungated. In addition, when the business scales up, finding enough items gets more difficult and time-consuming. Here Online Arbitrage Sourcing List Service can help the sellers.
What Is Online Arbitrage Leads List?
If you want to do online arbitrage without software hassles and spend time checking every website, you can buy a list of products from good companies.
What Is Online Arbitrage?

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Amazon, as an e-commerce leader, offers different business models and attracts various tastes in business. Suppose a former employee has a limited budget but wants to be his boss. In that case, Amazon can give him a company and reduce initial costs, or if a manufacturer looks for shoppers across the world, Amazon is an excellent platform to catch customers' attention. But this diversity can be confusing when it comes to starting a business.
Different Amazon business models are:
- rivate label
- Wholesale
- Retail arbitrage
- Dropshipping
- Handmade
- Online arbitrage
What Is Online Arbitrage?
Online arbitrage is the act of buying something online (from online retailers like Walmart) and sells it on an online marketplace (like Amazon) for a profit. It seems all you need is a computer, yes and no. Online arbitrage isn't a "get rich quick" scheme. If you don't want to end up out of pocket and holding plenty of inventory that you can't sell, you need tools, data, and a systematic approach to identifying profitable deals.
Man is calculating the profit of Amazon
This business model is largely the same as retail arbitrage. However, everything is on the internet in online arbitrage, from searching for profitable deals and listing them to sourcing, selling, and shipping them. You don't need to check the physical stores, and you are not limited to your local sales, but you can source your products from all over the world. That's why online arbitrage is much easier than retail arbitrage. This business model allows you to work remotely from everywhere at any time.
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Purchasing online arbitrage leads list is a hassle-free method to source your items. Every day you can find low price or discounted items from different online stores without spending many hours searching and analyzing.
Amazon sourcing leads are created by experts and software and online tools, and it can reduce the possible errors.
The ROI of the leads lists can vary from 10% to 100% based on the provider company. So before buying any service, make sure the service can make you happy.
This article introduces you to the basics of online arbitrage. We learned what this less hassle and easy sale technique is and how you can start selling on Amazon on a tight budget. This method of selling eliminates the need to engage with the distribution network. But keep in mind that this method also has problems. For example, one of the problems with finding cheap merchandise in retail stores is to start online arbitrage deals. In this regard, you can always get help from expert teams and start your sales quickly.
What are Online Arbitrage Deals and How to Start Doing it?

Oabeans said...

Can I Do Online Arbitrage on Amazon from Nigeria?
For finding international customers, use an online platform like Amazon. This will give you the incredible opportunity to improve your sales. Online Arbitrage on Amazon is a method that is allowed in many countries, including the United States, France, Nigeria, South Africa, and many other countries. You can check the OABeans website to see the list of countries in which Amazon lets the sellers do Online Arbitrage from them. Apparently, you need to follow the local rules and taxes regulations.
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Oabeans said...

The next point is paying sales tax in different states. Technically speaking, only governments can levy taxes, and Amazon is only responsible for arranging the systems to take taxes from each online transaction. Amazon only has to comply with the numerous taxes of different states as there is no federal sales tax in the United States.
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Oabeans said...

The Amazon supply chain is very powerful, and more sellers have recently begun to sell products on Amazon. Apart from massive customers, this is a common question that comes to mind of any new sellers, How much can I make selling on Amazon FBA? About 85% of Amazon sellers profit from Amazon FBA Business. Basically, Amazon sellers have an average income between $12,000 to $300,000 annually.

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Retail arbitrage is a very common term in the eCommerce business. It doesn’t require too much money at the beginning. It has many aspects that you should know to become successful. Keep reading our post to learn about retail arbitrage.
Retail Arbitrage

Oabeans said...

The absolute risk you are willing to take is the next factor that affects your earnings. Sometimes you need to choose a high-risk strategy for your business. For example, oversized items have the risk of expensive storage fees. Plus, their shippmentcosts super expensive. For mitigating failure in Online Arbitrage, avoid them for your inventory.
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