3 Ways to Convert Media Into Optimized Digital Assets

Today we operate in interesting times when almost all forms of media and communication are digital. From finding resources and information via search engines to establishing meaningful connections through social media, much of what we do is executed online.

In the commercial context, both small businesses and large brands stand to gain from integrated content strategies as part of their core digital marketing and advertising programs. There’s no question that soft-selling, value-packed content marketing is one of the most effective ways to advertise. For some successful companies, it’s the only thing they do to grow their business.

The challenge for most companies is consistently creating content that resonates with their target audience. Coming up with compelling ideas, conceptualizing the medium, articulating the delivery, and developing the actual content is often a resource-intensive effort. However, sometimes there’s great media and content right under our fingertips. In other words, sometimes the best content we can create has already had a head start in its development.

For the organizations that have been in business for several years, putting forth some degree of proactive marketing and advertising effort, there’s often times a lot of media and content on hand that can prove to be both valuable and repurposable for fresh content marketing strategies (even if it’s not digital). From video footage used for TV commercials, tangible brochureware used for tradeshows, and audio recordings that may inspire a podcast series, there are numerous ways in which tangible media can be converted into optimized digital assets.

I use the term “optimized” in sense that almost any form of digital content can be addressed for greater search potential or SEO-value. It’s the core guiding principle of the company I work for: helping businesses and brands take a search-first approach to their marketing and advertising efforts, both online and off. So without further ado, below I underscore three ways in which companies can make use of the media they have on hand to actualize meaningful online content strategies that help expand their reach and grow their business.

Convert Resourceful Visual Content Into YouTube Videos

Many businesses have invested in some sort of video production, whether for the use of television commercials, recruiting, product and service overviews, etc. In the case of video content that offers some degree of value, engagement, or both (even if it’s just 20 seconds of a longer video file), this type of media can be repurposed for something new and digital (i.e. an engaging YouTube video.)

This concept, as well as the rest of ideas presented in this post, require a strong creative muscle, as the possibilities may be limitless depending on what you’re working with. As such, there may be many different purposes and outcomes for the project at hand. To provide context and shed light on some of the possibilities this concept, here are few examples:

  • Convert TV commercial footage into a digital video that can be edited to promote specific products or services of the company. YouTube videos can be optimized for keywords, enabling them to rank in Google search. So if the video can focus on a primary product or service category that has merit for SEO, there may massive potential for online advertising.
  • Case studies, reviews, and customer testimonials can provide meaningful web-based video content. These types of videos can be embedded on related pages of the business’s website (i.e. a testimonial for a specific service the company offers or a customer review of a particular product). When converting this type of video content to YouTube, it can also have SEO potential, as many users are often searching for “(product/service) reviews” and related keywords on Google.  
  • Dated promotional footage or recruiting videos may have served their purpose ten or twenty years ago, but may be humorous to watch today. Not that your audience shouldn’t take your business seriously, but there’s no question that memes and funny videos are “in.” A humorous twist on outdated video content may be an effective way to build brand awareness, or display how far the company has come since the old days.

The application of this concept in digitizing old video footage to YouTube videos and other web-based applications will depend on the type of content you have on hand, and what new forms it can take. Again, exercising your creativity will be paramount in bringing it life in meaningful ways.

For example, this very low budget YouTube video was created from just photos. It probably took a few hours to create and it’s obvious that publisher has put forth some basic SEO techniques by including specific keywords in the YouTube title as well as the video content itself.

optimized review video

In turn, this content in the organic search results for related keywords used in the YouTube video. Despite the actual video being relatively poor in quality, it still serves its purpose by increases the brand’s visibility and ability to earn new customers. And because of the social signals and links stemming from this content, such efforts are also helping increase the trust, authority, and credibility of this junk car company’s website.

optimized assets

Businesses that need help converting old video content to digital can often utilize professional media conversion services offered by specialized companies. We recommend seeking out local providers over big online brands to aid in this effort. A good example is Current Pixel, a small specialized video transfer and film editing company based in Atlanta who helps both businesses and individual consumers with their projects. They specialize in transferring VHS to DVD service, among many other video and film conversion solutions.

Turn Tangible, Text-based Content Into Optimized PDFs

Similar to the previous concept but often less intensive is turning tangible documents, like promotional content or educational pieces, and converting them to digital. There can be substantial advertising and marketing potential in this effort, as digital content like PDFs can have significant SEO value.

For example, Huntsman Corporation has created an in-depth PDF titled “A guide to thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU)”. In turn, this PDF guide ranks just below the Huntsman website for a highly-competitive keyword “thermoplastic polyurethane manufacturing.”

optimized content

This is just one of countless examples of how tangible, text-based content can be scanned and converted into an effective digital medium. And when properly optimized for specific keywords, this type of content help generate meaningful traffic, increase new customer leads, and help grow the business.

Translate Popular Articles & Blog Content into Videos

One of the most profoundly effective content strategies a brand can take is creating multiple versions of its content. This is common for niche brands that have deep advertising budgets. For instance, a power company that has a dedicated business model in renewable energy credits might create articles, videos, and infographics all centered around its “renewable energy credits.”

But for businesses and brands that don’t have a lot of money and resources to invest in such comprehensive content strategies, prioritization is key. If Google Analytics data is accessible, take a look at some articles or blog post generating the most meaningful traffic (as well as some of the keywords associated with those posts) and explore ways to expand upon these topics through other mediums, namely video content.

vegan protein powder review

Take for instance this Amazon affiliate-fueled review site that produces content on specific plant-based protein powders. For the product review posts that have generated the greatest buzz and search engine rankings, they have created highly-optimized YouTube video reviews to supplement the site’s traffic generating efforts. In the example above, they are featuring the site’s Vega Clean protein review.

In turn, these videos are getting a decent amount a views right out of the gate. But what’s more is these videos serve as rankable assets in themselves, similar to the cash for junk cars video in the first concept presented in this post. Additionally, a relevant video embedded in this blog post will only increase the page’s level of engagement. Improvements in user metrics like average time on site, pages visited, etc. are ranking factors that further help support this site’s SEO efforts.

The key takeaway is that there’s limitless potential to create impactful content. And in some cases, purposeful topics and great strategies can actualized more efficiently by converting existing media and ideas into optimizable digital assets.

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What You Need to Know Before Undergoing A Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you are self-conscious about loose, drooping skin around your midsection or if you have weakened abdominal muscles due to excessive weight loss or pregnancy, a tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty may be the best way to achieve a firmer, youthful figure. Even though it is  not considered a weight reduction procedure, abdominoplasty can remove a person’s contours when exercise and diet cannot eliminate excess tummy skin.

Abdominoplasty is not the same as liposuction, although you may opt to get a liposuction along with it. Abdominoplasty is a major procedure. Thus, if you are considering it, it is important you know the facts before deciding whether to go forward.

Why do most people undergo a tummy tuck procedure?

Many patients have gained lots of benefits after undergoing a tummy tuck surgery. First, an abdominoplasty helps to eliminate significant amounts of skin and fat that has accumulated in the abdominal region. Second, it helps to tighten the rectus or vertical muscles of the abdomen, which further helps to define the tone of the abdomen. Third, abdominoplasty helps to remove a majority, if not all, stretch marks that have resulted from weight fluctuations or previous pregnancy. Generally, the outcome of the procedure better define the shape of the body and gives a more tone and defined central region to the body.

Who is an ideal candidate for abdominoplasty?

  • In general, you may be an ideal candidate for abdominoplasty if:
    You are physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • You have a loose, drooping skin around the abdomen
  • You carry excessive weight in the midsection
  • You have healthy expectations of the procedure, which can be discussed with plastic surgeon
  • You are committed to maintaining the results with a good diet and routine exercises

Note that tummy tuck surgery is a highly individualized cosmetic procedure, and you do it for yourself, not to fit any sort of ideal image or to fulfill the desires of some else.

What does tummy tuck surgery involve?

Depending on your expectations, a tummy tuck surgery can take anywhere from one to five hours. The complexity of the procedure will also determine whether it will be done as an outpatient or in-patient basis. Medication will be administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will recommend the best option for you.

There are two major types of a tummy tuck surgery: complete or full abdominoplasty and partial or mini abdominoplasty.

Complete Abdominoplasty

A complete or full abdominoplasty is mostly used to address cases where the drooping skin and loose abdominal muscles are present below and above the belly area. During a full tummy tuck surgery, the incision is made across the lower tummy, from hip to hip, just above the pubic area. Excess skin is removed, muscles are tightened and liposuction may be done to contour the abdomen. A new location for the belly button is created to ensure it remains in its natural position. The procedure can take between two to five hours. Some procedures are outpatient based while others may need to stay in the hospital for a few nights.

Partial or Mini Abdominoplasty

A partial or mini abdominoplasty is ideal for patients with minimal loose, drooping skin below the navel. During the procedure, the doctor will not move your belly button. Instead, he or she will make a large incision across your lower tummy, separate the skin from the abdominal wall below the tummy button, remove excess fat and cut away excess skin. Finally, they will pull together the remaining skin and stitch it in place. The entire procedure may only take up to two hours, depending on your situation.

What is the recovery for an abdominoplasty?

After the surgery, you will need to take about 4 to 6 weeks off work and exercise. You may not be able to drive for a few weeks after undergoing the procedure (your plastic surgeon and insurance company will advise you about this). It may take several weeks before you see the full effects of the operation, and it takes about six weeks to fully recover.

During the recovery period, bandages or dressings will be applied to your incisions, and you may be wrapped in a compression garment or an elastic bandage support your abdomen and reduce swellings as it heels following surgery. Small, thin tubes may be placed temporarily under your skins to drain any excess blood or fluids that may accumulate.

More importantly, you should avoid strenuous activities in the first few weeks after the operation, to avoid putting a strain on your stitches. After the first one or two weeks, your doctor will carry out a wound check. At the sixth week, your bandage should be able to come off and you should also be able to resume to most of your normal activities.

What are the expected tummy tuck results?

The outcome of an abdominoplasty may not be very clear initially due to the swellings and your inability to stand upright. Within the first two weeks, you should be standing tall and confident with your new slimmer shape. Your tummy tuck will result in flatter, tighter abdominal contour that is proportionate with your body and weight.

You can view a few tummy tuck / abdominoplasty before and after photos below (tummy tuck photos courtesy of Allure Plastic Surgery http://www.newyorkplasticsurgeryallure.com/tummy-tuck-abdominoplasty)

Example of a tummy tuck procedure, before and after.

Photo courtesy of Allure Plastic Surgery, Staten Island / New York, NY.

Example of a tummy tuck procedure, before and after.

Photo courtesy of Allure Plastic Surgery, Staten Island / New York, NY.

Example of a tummy tuck procedure, before and after.

Photo courtesy of Allure Plastic Surgery, Staten Island / New York, NY.

 What are some common side effects you should expect?

If you had a complete abdominoplasty, you will be left with a scar around your belly button. If you had a partial abdominoplasty, you will be left with a scar running across your lower tummy. It is also common after the procedure to:

  • Have pains and bruises
  • Have difficulties standing upright
  • Feel numbness in your tummy for the first few months
  • Have a temporary fluid swelling on top of the scar
  • Have red, raised scars in the first five to six weeks.

Like any other surgical operation, a tummy tuck surgery can sometimes go wrong and the outcome may be what you expected. If you think the procedure was not carried out correctly or are not happy with the results, you should take up the matter with doctor who performed the operation. However, most patients who undergone a tummy tuck surgery were contented with the final results and have reaped numerous benefits.

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An Inside Look at the 2016 NACHC CHI Expo in August

The National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) Community Health Institute (CHI) is one of the biggest and the most important yearly conferences for health centers and professionals in the general medical community. Taking place in Chicago on August 28-30th, the 2016 NACHC CHI expo will host over 2,000 community health center managers, clinicians, employees, practice management professionals, board members and leaders – bring all of these professionals together to collaborate and address key matters in today’s health and medical climate.nachc chi 2016

The 2016 NACHC CHI event is set to be one of the biggest so far, with topics ranking from FQHC billing reimbursements to meeting today’s digital demands in tele-medicine. There has been a large growth in health care centers which aim to meet the growing demands for primary care services. The inconceivable changes in the social insurance environment get under way by the Affordable Healthcare Act’s implementation. The ACT raises a wealth of new issues for Community Health Centers and their patients in every aspect ranging from operations, finance, business, marketing and event management. The NACHC CHI expo aims to unite the most informative people and give one. The apparatuses to stay strategically competitive in the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

NACHC CHI Topics of Discussion

It is a great opportunity for health centers to attend this meeting. The attendees will have the chance to learn be more informed and updated about various issues in the current medical climate. Some of these issues include:

  • Various funding opportunities
  • Outreach, marketing and enrollment opportunities
  • Negotiating and socializing with contracts with a pre-planned way and vendors
  • Workforce which includes veterans and succession planning
  • Clinical care group integration
  • PCMH recognition and accreditation
  • Tele-behavioral health
  • Trust, quality, compliance and sustainability

It is a great idea for health center practices and medical professionals to attend NACHC CHI expo because one gets to interact with lots of industry thought-leaders, discover and leverage new resources, and learn great insights on cutting-edge ideas.

Expo Events at the 2016 NACHC CHI Conference

This 2016 expo, the NACHC CHI conference will focus on the following events:

  • Hiring, growing and retaining a strong workforce
  • Realizing the full benefits of affordable care act
  • How to build a strong community with the social media
  • Helping to influence the future of health centers through strategic thinking
  • All information in detail related to FTCA
  • How to manage better quality with persistence at a lower cost and an amazing experience

All in all, attending the NACHC CHI expo in August is a great choice for any healthcare professional seeking to learn and grow in the industry.

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Walz Scale: Well-Versed in Truck Scales for All Applications

Walz Scale is a reputable business that provides truck scale solutions for a variety of different industries. From mining to farming, from construction to waste management, Walz Scale will be able to provide you with the perfect truck scales for the job. walz scale

Walz Scale is the only place that you need to look when sourcing truck scales and weighing systems for virtually any application. Reliable, high quality and professional, this is a company that knows exactly what each industry needs, and meets that need every time.

Popular Products by Walz Scale

As mentioned above, this company provides a very wide range of different truck scales. These can be general purpose truck scales, or they can be specifically adapted to suit a particular industry. Waste management truck scales are a good example of the latter option, as here the truck scales will need to be adapted to be able to handle all types of waste, including biochemical waste. shipping pallet scales

Let’s take a closer look at some of the main types of truck scales for sale offered by Walz Scale. One key example here is onboard weighing systems. These mobile onboard scales can be used in agriculture as great general purpose scales for weighing a range of different loads on many types of vehicles and equipment. Or, you can opt for onboard weighing systems that are designed for use in conjunction with a conveyor belt,  among other options.

Another classic type of truck scale, of course, is the pallet scale. This can come in a very heavy duty form, so it can be used (for instance) by mechanics to weigh heavy parts such as wheels and shipments.

All of the truck scales offered by Walz Scale are advanced systems, using the latest technology to weigh loads in almost any industrial context. And, all of them are precision weighing systems, so you can be sure that they will deliver accurate results.

Divisions of Walz Scale

Walz Scale operates a number of divisions specifically geared toward providing weighing systems for certain industry applications.On-board weighing system scales


AgWeigh.com is another branch of Walz Scale. This website is designed for the use of personnel who work in agriculture. Here, you will be able to find truck scales and weighing systems that are perfectly suited to meeting the demands of the agriculture industry. Farmers and agricultural producers will find all that they need here.


This is another branch of Walz Scale. This site collects together a fantastic range of truck scales that are suitable for mining companies. People who work in the mining industry can head down to the Walz Scale site to source their weighing systems, or they can visit PayloadPros.com.

LoadScanner.com load scanner

Finally, it is definitely worthwhile mentioning a recent advancement in the field of weighing technology: the load scanner. Whilst Walz Scale is renowned for their truck scales solutions, they are also well aware that some customers may find traditional truck scales a little too unwieldy for their needs.

This is where the load volume scanner comes in. The load scanner uses laser technology to accurately and efficiently scan the weight and volume of a load in a truck. This laser based option is highly recommended for people who are seeking an efficient alternative to regular truck scales. More information is available at LoadScanner.com.

For more information about the various truck scales and weighing solutions offered by Walz Scale, visit the official website at WalzScale.com.

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Dimensioning & Weighing Systems: Leading Suppliers in the Industry

dimensioningThere are a number of different suppliers that specialize in providing dimensioning and weighing system. However, some companies have advanced their product lines in now offering both highly advanced and cost efficient products which are combined with software integration, in addition to being suitable for logistics and warehouse operations.

When investing in costly dimensioning and weighing systems, choosing the right supplier is a decision that is somewhat challenging, especially when seeking specialized and dynamic dimensioning and weighing systems that are highly intricate and advanced.. Therefore, below we feature the industry-leading suppliers of dimensioning and weighing systems currently on the market.


Asan emerging company in the industry, DimensionalWeighing.com provides the most advanced dimensioning products and systems of weighing. These products are highly effective, fully automated and real time. The cubing system of Dimensionalweighing.com is capable of making a complete process of shipping and distribution very accurate, simple and reliable.dimensioning weighing systems

This is very possible because dimensional and weighing equipments are designed to handle all dimensioning and packaging aspects and lower the cost of operation significantly.

Dimensionalweighing.com offers change in motion package scanning solution, providing instant in motion dimensioning and weighing data. This is the best product for systems of conveyor belt because an advanced technology was used to make this system. It can therefore be perfectly merged with shipping and logistic operations. In order to give accurate data, in motion system makes use of the laser technology. This therefore helps to reduce errors. Besides, the system cuber of this company can operate in high speed conveyors. This saves your time and money.

Every system of DimensionalWeighing.com is made with a lot of care for effective, reliable and accurate data such as dimensions, weight and ID. Apart from improving performance, the prices of these products are affordable.


Walz Label & Mailing Systems (WalzEQ.com) brings to the table inventive products and new technology to its clients who on look for dimensional and weighing solutions. WalzEQ.com is the main supplier of wide range of industrial and business automation solutions. The dimensioning and weighing solutions at WalzEQ.com provides clear systems and automation of shipping, hence offering a low cost and efficient solution. It’s weighing technology takes care of all aspect of your package dimensioning requirements.dimensioning weighing system

Dimensional solutions of WalzEQ.com make use of advanced technology that is much efficient, affordable and easy to use. The state of art equipment offers faultless accuracy with dimensional weighing capabilities. These dimensioning systems help you to gather weight and dimensional data quickly and with great care. As a result, dimensioning systems at WalzEQ.com becomes an important part of logistics. This saves you a lot in time, effort and money.


RiceLake.com offers a number of solutions for customers searching for accurate dimensional and weight measurement for large freight and pallets. The Pallet and Large Freight Dimensioning Systems from RiceLake.com provide fast and accurate measurement in tough conditions. The company’s dimensioning systems are easily operated and the data management functionality facilitates seamless integration into existing shipping and warehouse management systems. freight dimensioning system

The large freight and pallet dimensioning systems from RiceLake.com makes use of field proven laser scanners in order to achieve accurate dimensional data. Their scanners are available for operation in both outdoor and indoor depending on their client’s applications.

These are the top three suppliers that provide the best and highly advanced dimensioning systems. They are also affordable for all business organizations. The supplier’s products can be integrated with various supply chain and warehousing management systems to reduce overhead costs.

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3 Budget-friendly Address Printers for Small Business

In need of an address printer for your small business or home office? You have to consider several factors when making the choice of the envelope address printer that you need, all of which will influence the price.

This review walks you through the major features and specifications of three entry-level address printer machines to help you narrow your search. Whether you are looking for the most basic envelope address printer or a fully-functional addressing system, the products below are great options for home office or small business mailing needs.

Pitney Bowes DA50s AddressRight Addressing SystemPitney Bowes DA50s AddressRight Addressing System

In a nutshell, the Pitney Bowes DA50s AddressRight Addressing System provides a low-cost investment that offers fast, small footprint, full-color printing for envelopes and other documents. Creating compelling personalized envelops can increase the probability of your mail being opened and read. Using fast inkjet technology, the DA50s from Pitney Bowes can help your mail command a lot of attention.

Designed by one of the leading manufacturers of addressing and mailing systems, this address printer connects easily to available network allowing for print job processing on any computer. Take advantage of the optional lighting mode printing functionality to maintain proper resolution while using less ink. Use the system in tandem with mail management software solutions AdressRight and SmartMailer7 to help you cleanse your address list to deliver them to your customers and take advantage of pre-sort discounts.

Features of the DA50s AddressRight Addressing System

  • Low ink costs
  • Automatic duplexer
  • Handle multiple media sizes
  • Small footprint allows it to fit in mailroom environment or small office
  • Prints in three print qualities
  • Addresses up to 4400 #10 envelopes per-hour

Verdict: The Pitney Bowes DA50s is a well-balanced address printer. It delivers good performance and good features for the price. While its price and maintenance cost is affordable for small business, its small footprint also saves space. Get the Pitney Bowes DA50s and other envelope address printers for sale.

AstroJet M1 Address PrinterAstroJet M1 Address Printer

The AstroJet M1 is an envelope address printer with epic power and range. The M1 is a benchmark machine in address printer category. For its $165 price tag you get a 1600×1600 dpi print resolution, 16.8 million color palettes, and an output of 7500 envelopes- per- hour. Its $29 ink cartridge has to be changed every 900 envelopes and give the printer an ongoing cost of 2.04cc per page.

Whether you’re a small business, organizational/corporate mail room, marketer, dedicated print shop, or mailing house, you’ll find the M1 to be a convincing solution for your color printing needs.

Features of the AstroJet M1 Address Printer

  • Dramatically reduced cost of operation
  • Full high-resolution process color
  • High speed—up to 7,500 pieces/hour
  • Diverse media compatibility—envelopes, photo paper, matte, glossy
  • High capacity ink tanks
  • Automatic printhead cleaning
  • Small footprint

Verdict: The AstroJet M1 is an easy to use color printer that won’t take up much space on a desk. Its print quality isn’t the best, but it will suit for business users who want to print envelopes for their clients, for example.

FP Mailing Solutions AJ-2650/2800 Address Printer

FP Mailing Solutions’ AJ-2650/2800 Address Printer provides super high-speed entry-level printing at an affordable price. A key feature in the AJ-2650/2800 address printer from FP Mailing Solutions is the printhead configuration that allows mailers to print the recipient address, permit identical indicia, and return address all in a single pass.

FP Mailing Solutions AJ-2650/2800 Address Printer

Print logos, graphics, and barcodes at up to 580dpi with the AJ-2800 an eight head printer, and the AJ-2650, a six head printer. At roughly $100 less than the Pitney Bowes DA50s, you get 750#10 envelopes at up to 3/8” thickness.

Features of the AJ-2650/2800 Address Printer

  • Low initial cost
  • Speedy printing
  • Reasonable Standard and good High print quality
  • Up to 4“ of stitched printing in one pass
  • Built-in cartridge station
  • Parallel and high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • Optional conveyor/stacker and drop tray

Verdict: The AJ-2650/2800 address printer has a low initial cost as well as reasonably low ongoing print costs. There is no automatic duplexing, but if you’ve got simple print needs and require swift output at sensible quality then the AJ-2650/2800 is a good low cost choice.

If you’re operating a small business that relies on mailing, buying any of the above reviewed address printers is a no-brainer. They are all affordable yet functional address printer for your small business.

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Top 3 Best-Tasting Vegan Protein Powder Reviews

If you’re researching vegan protein powder reviews to find the best-tasting products, then this article is for you. We know that plant-based protein powders can sometimes taste earthy, chalky, and in some cases, not very good. So we’ve compiled some of our favorites and put together this short vegan protein powder review article to share.

Please let me know what you think (or if you have reviewed these or any other awesome tasting vegan protein powders) in the comments section below. If you’d like to see more vegan protein powder reviews, visit my site VeganProteinPowder.reviews for comprehensive reviews of other plant-based protein products.

Sunwarrior Classic Plus Protein Powder

sunwarrior classic plus protein powder reviewA level-up from Sunwarrior Classic (the flagship plant-based protein powder from Sunwarrior,) Sunwarrior Classic Plus offers more protein (20 grams) and amino acids per serving. We had opportunity to review all three flavors of Sunwarrior Classic Plus: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Natural. And each flavor is very delicious compared to other vegan protein powders rich in grain.

The Vanilla review was perhaps the best of them all. The vegan protein powder very smooth with a light layer vanilla bean sweetness to liven the taste buds. The sweetness is well-balanced, is not overpowering, and does not have any strange or artificial aftertaste. This vegan protein powder from Sunwarrior has a highly refined and floury texture, so it mixes well into almost anything.

Classic Plus Natural is essentially flavorless, but also very smooth and transparent. This flavor is barely noticeable in smoothies and other blended applications. As a result, you can retain the “natural” flavor of whatever you add it to. When it comes to the natural-flavored plant-based protein powders, this option from Sunwarrior is tops.

Last in the series of best-tasting Sunwarrior Classic Plus protein powders is the Chocolate flavor. Unlike some chocolate protein powders that taste more like mocha and dark chocolate, this flavor tasted a bit more like milk chocolate, (also slightly creamy.) If you want to learn more about the flavor and nutritional profile of this product, be sure to check out my Sunwarrior Classic Plus protein review. I am huge fan of Sunwarrior and some of the products they offer.

Orgain Organic Protein Powder orgain organic vegan protein powder review

One of the most delicious yet lesser known vegan protein powders is Orgain Organic Protein. It offers 21 grams of an organic protein (containing hemp seed, chia seed, pea, and brown rice proteins.) Both flavors, Creamy Chocolate Fudge and Vanilla Bean, contain Orgain’s “Organic Creamer Base” which is bee’s knees to making the product taste amazing.

We only had the chance to review the Vanilla Bean flavor of this plant-based protein powder. Suffice to say, it was extremely tasty, fairly sweet, and indeed quite creamy. In essence, Orgain Organic Protein (Vanilla Bean), is one of the best-tasting vegan protein powder reviews we’ve conducting. It tastes like a vanilla milkshake.

Garden of Life RAW Fit™ Protein Powder

Garden of Life RAW Fit Protein Powder ReviewLabeled as Garden of Life RAW Fit™: High Protein for Weight Loss Review , this product has a lot to offer, in addition to delicious taste. In addition to 26 grams of sprouted, orgain protein, Garden of Life RAW Fit™ also contains three “RAW Certified blends” for weight loss and stress management, probiotics, and glucose management. Each blend is rich with all things that are good for you.

As for taste, the Unflavored version was equally as smooth as Sunwarrior Classic Plus, but with a bit more flavor. There is subtle taste of vanilla and hints of eggnog. That is of course if you only blended the protein powder with milk. In a smoothie, this flavor of Garden of Life RAW Fit would be quite transparent.

Chocolate Cacao was the second flavor of vegan protein powders to review in the line of Garden of Life RAW Fit. The cacao flavor is very apparent and up-front, but in a pleasant and inviting way. Robust mocha and dark chocolate dominate its flavor profile, minimizing any earthy undertones.

There’s also Marley Coffee and Vanilla flavors in this line of vegan protein powders. But I have yet to review those. If you’ve tried them, be sure to let me know in the comments.

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New Shipping Container Weight Regulations Put Pressure on Maritime Shippers

Are you a shipper or the owner of any maritime-based logistics company who is looking for a proper way to weigh shipping containers? Due to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) program, anyone who ships containers or cargo should ensure that his/her cargo is measured properly.

Shipping Container Weight

What Exactly is SOLAS?

SOLAS program will be in effect from 1st July 2016. This program states that “any packed shipping container must be properly verified before it’s loaded onto a vessel”. Therefore, if you don’t verify your containers weight, you will be violating SOLAS terms and conditions. Due to these amendments, shippers have only two acceptable methods to verify their shipping container weights; weighing the cargo and container plus the weight of the container’s tare weight or weighing the container after it has been packed.

SOLAS Requirements

This program doesn’t allow shippers to estimate the weight of their containers. As a shipper, you will be responsible for not only the weighing process but also the contents of your container. The weighing equipment must meet all the certification standards and national calibration.

In addition to meeting all shipping container weight requirements, any shipping documents must be signed by the person who is authorized by the shipper. Once signed, these documents must be submitted to the master or their representative. If there’s no proper way of weighing shipping containers at the marine terminal, signing will not be done hence more time and money will be wasted by weighing the cargo at the port. This is why you need to invest in good weighing systems.

Does SOLAS Effect Shippers & Related Logistics Companies?

Yes it does. First, it will be difficult to pin-point who the exact shipper is. There are numerous parties involved in the entire supply chain. Secondly, it will force shippers to invest in new technology and retrofits that are very costly.

However, this program aims at creating a safe and conducive environment while shipping containers. As a result, shippers are working with companies that produce the proper truck scales and weighing systems to meet these requirements. One provider of on-board weighing systems, Walz Scale, is pushing its on-board telehandler scale  as an optimal weighing solution for shippers.

The Optimal Weighing Solution for Shippers

Shipping Container Weight SOLASOf course there are many weighing systems that can be used on shipping containers. However, few are as efficient (especially at busy ports) as the on-board telehandler scale system.

This on-board weighing scale can efficiently ensure that your shipping containers are properly weighed while being loaded onto ships for transport.

  • High precision – The telehandler scale comes with integral weighing systems that enable uses to install it while at the field and get consistent accurate weights.
  • Very durable – Working conditions at the ports aren’t friendly to any weighing systems. However, this system uses a patented sensor technology that makes it extremely durable and reliable.
  • User friendly interface – The on-board telehandler weighing system comes with an interface that provides operators with all the tools required for an accurate and efficient operation. It was designed to work for 24/7 in very harsh conditions. In addition, its screen is very visible during daytime and nights. This is due to the LCD backlit display feature.
  • State-of-the-art design – This weighing terminal is designed to withstand constant abuse and continuous use without failing. Here, all the credit goes to the internal membranes and a long-lasting keyboard plate.

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The SOLAS program is an international treaty signed by 162 states including the USA. It aims at improving safety while ensuring proper shipping container weight limits. By investing in a telehandler, you will not only make your work easier but will also evade any fines arising from shipping container violations.

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The Best Postage Meter Machines in 2016?

Postage meters are a convenient and easy way to process bulk mail. Investing in postage meter machines is cost effective for many businesses since they not only process outbound mail, but most companies receive a 2.5% rebate on the postage value each time the meter resets.

These postage meter machines also save a lot of time because the average postage meter could accomplish 100 letters per minute. It can also track costs because it automatically generates detailed expenditure reports. Today, let’s take a look into the Best Postage Meter Machines in 2016 and learn about their features.

Neopost IS-5000/6000 Postage Meter

Neopost’s most recent addition to their range of incredible postage meter machines is the IS-5000/6000. As one of the leading postage meter machines for sale, the IS-5000/6000 has been carefully designed with the user in mind. This means that it has an adjustable height touch screen which moves back and forth and swivels left and right.

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This postage meter machine boasts the newest advancements in ink and printing technology which ensures that it will always produce maximum ROI. Its equipment was created with investment protection, cost savings and simple ergonomic operations. It also comes equipped with reliable production and maximum up time.

The Neopost IS-5000/6000 has a powerful integrated software solution to be used for postal management. It uses a new internet connection which ensures optimum efficiency. If you’re in need of the best high volume mailing system, you can’t get go wrong with this amazing postage meter machine from Neopost. Find this product and similar Neopost postage meter machines for sale at WalzEQ.com.

You can visit their website at neopost.com to learn more about the company.

Pitney Bowes DM Infinity Digital Mailing System

DM Infinity Postage Meter Pitney BowesPitney Bowes has one of the best postage meters available in today’s market in the form of the DM Infinity. It was built with patented ink cartridges and dual print heads. As a result, it could virtually provide a non-stop printing process for high volume needs. It’s very easy to use and is equipped with the ability to put additional advanced messaging on your existing mail.

This postage meter machine uses a single meter which processes mixed weight mail using the latest Reset on the Fly technology exclusive to Pitney Bowes. The DM Infinity was built with a plug and play ability to replace their existing R150/6500 meters. The postage meter also has a removable User Interface Control which makes it very convenient to refill without having to use a phone line connection. It is the only high volume postage meter which is USPS compliant.

You can visit their website at pitneybowes.com to find out more about their products.

FP Mailing Solutions Centormail Max Mailing System

The CentorMail MAX is very reliable in processing high volume postage. It is very efficient in swiftly completing a variety of mixed mail formats without sacrificing quality. It uses a one inch pass through mechanism which is the widest available in the market today. This means that it can effectively process fat padded envelopes as well as thick publications.

What makes this postage meter machine incredibly popular in the industry is its ability to feed mail vertically for business purposes. It is the only postage mailing system that can do this which is similar to how the United States Postal Service (USPS) operates. It ensures a jam free operation and is extremely reliable.

The CentorMail MAX can process mails at a speed of 120 to 140 letters per minute. You can visit their website fp-usa.coma to learn more about FP Mailing Solutions.

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3 Leading Loader Scales for Accurate & Efficient Weighing

On-board loader scales are unique weighing systems that provide the ultimate in convenience and accuracy without any requiring extensive installation and continuous calibration. These types of wheel loader scales are proven to boost efficiency in payload management/harvest management processes of mining companies and agricultural producers alike. loader scales

On-board weighing systems for loaders are typical made to function on almost any kind of wheel loader used globally. As soon as its installed, the weighing systems can seamlessly and efficiently provide accurate load weight measurements without the need of an external scale. Below are three industry-leading loader scales that provide exceptional and dependable performance.

WK50XS Wheel Loader Scale

This wheel loader scale provides you reliable and accurate weights at an affordable price. The WK50XS is the highest in durability and reliability, due to company’s reliable and accurate sensor technology. These types of on-board weighing systems let users to interchange a maximum of five different attachments.

This loader scale is best for all people who want to really track data of production as well as maximizes time of truck loading. The weighing system integral permits for any field installation and also gives accurate weights. It has all the necessary tools to operators to carry out tasks accurately and efficiently. Contrary to other scales, the housing of these scales is made to relentlessly work always in the toughest place.

You can use the total function of the running to manage production. Handle production through shift, day, week or even month. It’s available in kit form with all necessary components needed to install the system easily.

Just like on-board truck weighing systems, WK50XS installation is easy and simple In fact, customer can install their personal scale system easily if they decide. The beauty of this type of scales system is that it’s available with a support of largest service force. Calibration, installation and onsite service assistance is obtainable through their service offices’ network.

Walz Scale also gives specialized test weights for accurate scale verifications and calibrations. Their capability to bring the specialized weights to the site straight ensures you’re making use of the systems which are proven accurate. Check out the Walz WK50XS Wheel Loader Scale at WalzScale.com.

Loadrite L2150 Loader Scale

The Loaderite L2150 Loader Scales is a high precision loader scale, it gives reliability and accuracy with basic data functions. By making use of speed compensation, multiple-point triggering and dual pressure measurement, this scale gives high level weighing accuracy no matter the loader movement and lift speed. All you have to know really is that trucks will have to be loaded to the accurate weight first time. You can learn more about this wheel loader scale at Loadridescales.com.

Loadrite L2180 Loader Scale

No matter the application, the usual challenge for fleet and site managers is the same: gain maximum value from current equipment by using it in the most efficient way. The key to producing effective decisions is getting the right information available. The L2180 from Loadrite is more than an on-board scale only. It provides a simple way to capture information on the loading process where it occurs – on the loader.

The Loadrite L2180 can easily deliver genuine financial benefits for any kind of wheel loader application. The feature set which is very extensive can be configured to fit a variety of industries. These include stone and gravel, sand, public works as well as waste and recycling.

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