Saturday, December 29, 2018

Camel Bone Jewelry Box - Middle East Antique ($25)

I am selling a Camel Bone Jewelry Box - Middle East Antique for $25 on OfferUp. Check it out.

This very old jewelry box from the Middle East is made from Camel Bones, hammered brass, velvet lining and local semi-precious stones. It is hinges and has a lockable clasp Using an Owl design. Approximately 4.5" wide, 3.5" deep and 2" tall. Look and feel is very genuine and very old. Great collector item should be bought with the oval companion box also listed for sale.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

American Life Expectancy Drops

Overall life expectancy for Americans was 78.6 years in 2017, a drop of 0.1 year. 

That may not seem like much, but usually, life expectancy goes up a little each year. If it goes down, it means people are dying at younger ages.

The death rates are driven mostly by a startling 9.6 percent increase in drug overdose deaths, from 63,632 in 2016, to 70,237 in 2017

Most of the overdoses involved opioids of some sort, and the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics recorded a 45 percent increase in deaths from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and tramadol. They accounted for nearly 30,000 of the 70,000+ drug overdose deaths.Image: Age-adjusted drug overdose death rates: United States, 1999-2017

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Jewelry Box - Camel Bone Hans Made ($25)

I am selling a Jewelry Box - Camel Bone Hans Made for $25 on OfferUp. Check it out.

I have two camel bone jewelry boxes from India which are for sale at $25 each or $40 for both of them. Very cool looking and lined with jewelers velvet. Very charming and unique.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Car Business Is The People Business


Most people think of automotive retail as a product business. 

After all, the
primary activity of most dealerships involves selling new and used cars. But with dealerships in the U.S. combining to employ more than a million workers (with that number expected to grow substantially in the near future), automotive retail is as much a part of the people business as anything else.
1. To put it simply: people impact profits. When dealerships hire the wrong people, fail to train them properly, and send them off to the frontlines of auto sales, they usually make the wrong impression on customers. And when customers fail to connect with people, they simply find what they're looking for somewhere else. As a result, sales, CSI scores, and customer retention all suffer. 

Even worse? When your dealership invests in training quality employees, industry trends show it's not enough as statistics reveal high turnover costs dealerships billions of dollars every year industry-wide.

2. Despite the importance of recognizing auto retail as a people business, most dealerships delegate the duties of hiring and retaining talent to human resources. And while this might make sense on the surface— human resources personnel being the trained experts in this area— decisions involving people in a people business are too valuable to be ignored by ownership. Again, it's all a matter of outlook. When dealer principal owners (DPOs) stop viewing auto retail as a product-centric profession, they're able to understand that the bottom line begins with job postings, applicants, and interviews, and ends with long-tenured employees who provide a distinct advantage over the competition.
In an interview with Automotive News, Adam Robinson, CEO of Hireology, a hiring software provider and consultant, said the "difference between a mediocre dealership and a great dealership is the strength of its people," and that "improving the people side of automotive retail is the last great return on investment available to dealers."

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