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JD.com Takes a Strong Foothold in Thailand

The Jingdong Shengxian (JD.com) e-commerce platform has set its sights on the ripe Southeast Asian market with its advent of the platform within Thailand. Recent developments within the company have spurred an expansion into Southeast Asia reeling in a whole new plethora of customers from a relatively untouched populous. One of the largest e-commerce conglomerates located in China the Jingdong corporation upholds an outstanding reputation providing a safe and well organized platform for retailers and suppliers to sell their products.

These products range from cosmetics to electronics to even processed foods. This is a strong signal that JD.com might become the next big global platform for the exchange of goods and services that would normally be confined to the local markets. Alongside this we can expect to see a wide variety of Thai products also start to enter the platform alongside existing products giving the end consumer an even more fantastic experience when it comes to shopping. The JD.com platform will also allow retailers to access a strong tool set of logistics and delivery methods empowering JD.com and its partners.

JD.com has recently partnered with Central Group one of China’s most vast retailer networks proving its place as a big player within the market whilst establishing a its hubs deep within Southeast Asia. This partnership will enable JD.com to completely revolutionize the local economies and markets of said nations such as Thailand speeding up both circulation and sales of mass produced products. Soon JD.com plans to offer same-day delivery within the large Thai capital Bangkok enabling digital shoppers almost instant access to their orders on demand, an amazing feat of logistics indeed. In essence with its impeccable quality of service and extremely hasty delivery coupled with logistics the Jingdong e-commerce platform will be the first choice of any online shopper within the Southeast Asian market.

A Jeunesse Global Y.E.S. Skin Product Collection Review

On September 9, 2009, retirees Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis started Jeunesse Global, the maker of the Youth Enhancement System product line. This Y.E.S. collection includes skin care products and health supplements.

The Jeunesse Global Expansion Story

Since this company’s inception, it grew into a company with more than 32 offices around the world marketing to more than 130 countries. In 2014, this company reportedly became the number one fastest growing Direct Selling Associations in the world. They are now a Fortune 500 company, and at one point, they became recognized as one of the top five percent.

The Y.E.S. Skin Product Line by Jeunesse

One of the latest products marketed by this company is the NV foundation and bronzer. It provides a priming texture and glow similar to that of using a cosmetic airbrush. It comes in nine shades to provide the desired tone and has aloe in it for soothing the skin and the APT-200 polypeptide ingredient in it. This formula is said to provide a photo-ready coverage that could last up to 12 hours.

Here is a description of two other popular Y.E.S. skin care products (two non-edible, one edible):

  • Luminescence – This solution provides restoration as it eliminates dead skin cells. It also alleviates wrinkles and lines and serves as a face tightener. It sometimes is referred to as the “advanced night repair” and the “flawless skin brightener.”

Luminescence –

Instantly Ageless –

  • Instantly Ageless – It often is called a “micro cream,” and it also has tightening properties. It helps give the skin that toned, lifted look and is used for improving facial elasticity. This solution also is applied to facial pores, eyebrows, and the forehead. In addition, it often is used under the eyes.

Reserve –

  • Reserve – This actually is an edible product. It’s a nutritional drink that provides antioxidant support. It kills off free radicals that can cause cancer and also helps stop skin blemishes. One primary ingredient included in it is resveratrol, which combats stress. It also has dark cherry, blueberry, concord grapes, pomegranate and acai substances in it. This product also has green tea and other ingredients in it that also provide antioxidant support.

Other Y.E.S. Products by Jeunesse

This company also provides AM and PM Essentials that have vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other ingredients appropriate for both morning and night. Additional products include as follows: A 50-calorie energy drink called NEVO with real fruit juices, the Zen Project 8 (BODI) for cleansing and fitness support, and FINITI for restoration, and M1ND for memory support and clarity.

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The founder and CEO of ATS Digital Robert Deignan

At the ATS Digital services Robert Deignan is the CEO of the company. The high school education he got at Thomas Aquinas High School and later he got admission at the university Purdue where he got a degree in organizational leadership that took him three years from 1992 to 1995. He has gained the needed experience that has helped in the growth both individually and professionally.

In his career path, it started when he was among the people that co-founded Fanlink. That, however, did not last for long since after the company offering their services for two years it was dissolved. In 2012, at the iS3 he provided his services as the executive vice president of the company, where he offered the services for nine years and in 2011 July that is when he left the company. After him leaving the company it was just the start of something great in his career. Because in the same year he joined ATS Digital Services where he was the co-founder. The company mainly deals with offering their services all over the world in giving the needed digital support.

The company ATS digital is based in Boca, Raton Florida which was founded in 2011. The main thing that the company is concerned with is the customers, and that the service and products that the customers will receive will be of the highest level. They will ensure that client’s computer will be kept safe, smooth and stable. Due to the leadership of Robert Deignan the company has been able to offer just those services. Through the help of Robert Deignan, he has created a history that will be remembered for so many years in making sure that the company is the first call center to get the certification from the AppEstreem Corporation.

Robert Deignan over the years he has been able to create a career that is notable and by his diligence. Robert through the charitable contributions that he has given that has well shown that he cares about the community. The more the community is embracing technology, the more the company will grow.

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Credit

Let’s be honest here. Having great credit is very important in today’s day and age. If you fail to optimize your credit, you may not get approved for certain loans that you need. This is why it is important to build your credit early on. If you have already obtained a bad credit score due to bad habits, it can be fixed over time. The bad news is it may take a while. This article will be useful for everyone looking to become more knowledgeable about credit. In this article, I am going to be breaking down the top way on how you can have a great credit score in the future.

  1. Pay off all debt

If you have a current credit score that isn’t the best, it is most likely a result of bad financial habits. One of these habits might be not paying your debt in time. When you skip payments or make the minimum payment on your card, you begin to rack up debt. This debt becomes more and more as the interest begins to grow and it begins to compound. If you are looking to pay off your debt, I would highly recommend reducing consumption and overall consumer spending. Put this extra money towards paying off your debt. Over time, your credit score will begin to get better. As for paying off your debt, I would recommend using the method called the “debt avalanche”. This method is where you pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first.

  1. If you can’t pay cash, you can’t afford it.

If you are putting things on credit that you otherwise couldn’t afford, you are digging yourself into a bigger hole. As a beginner with credit, only charge smaller expenses to your credit cards like gas and grocery bills. This way, you won’t go into debt.

If I was to choose one credit company to go with, it would have to be GreenSky Credit. GreenSky Credit has over 12,000 active merchants. GreenSky Credit also uses state of the art technology to enhance the user’s experience. All in all, GreenSky Credit provides some of the best loans out there.

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Refresh Yourself with OVME

The ultra-trendy Atlanta district of Buckhead has welcomed the equally chic new neighbor OVME Aesthetics to town. The medical aesthetic company specializes in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures for customers looking to enhance their appearance and give themselves a lift of self-confidence. Although the company has a brick and mortar practice in Atlanta, OVME, pronounced “of me,” is available nationwide thanks to their mobile app which connects customers to medical providers available in their select city.

The company is the latest creation of founder Dr. Mark McKenna, who has spent his career as an entrepreneur with the education and background of a medical doctor. Graduating from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans in 1999 with his medical doctorate degree, Dr. Mark McKenna joined his father’s practice soon after. After several years with the medical practice, Dr. McKenna felt drawn to the real estate business and set out to build upon his already fast-growing company. He eventually moved from New Orleans to Atlanta in 2007, setting up his successful business venture OVME.

Although Dr. Mark McKenna’s faithful Atlanta clients will be familiar with his name and prestige, OVME offers a fresh and new approach to elective cosmetic procedures that Buckhead and nationwide clients will be refreshed by. Combining an innovative mobile app with trusted medical caregivers, OVME offers the best of both worlds. Clients can conveniently schedule through a mobile platform then be warmly welcomed with a high quality in-person experience at cosmetic boutiques of their choosing. OVME strives to enhance every part of the customer experience, from the first point of contact to the personalized procedures. Clients can expect such services as micro needling, testosterone replacement therapy, dermal fillers, and personalized weight solutions based on individual DNA analysis. Clients can expect a deeply personal approach to luxury aesthetic treatments, with the results that only advanced technology can bring.

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Aloha Construction Is The Proud Recipient Of The BBB’s 2017 Torch Award For Ethics

Aloha Construction recently announced that they are the proud recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics. Only a limited number of companies receive this award each year so the team at Aloha Construction, located in Lake Zurich, Illinois. was pretty happy to earn it. They had to show a team of judges that they had demonstrated extraordinary committed to maintaining ethical practices for all of the prior year. This company helps homeowners who need their home’s roofs, gutters, and/or siding repaired or replaced.

There are six standards for a company like Aloha Construction to show in order to earn the Torch Award for Ethics. First, the leaders of the company need to show they are committed to ethics, and proactively seek out feedback. They also need to communicate their ethical conduct codes to all employees. The leaders of the company need to show strong convictions and demonstrate that management is highly competent in their jobs. They need to have clear ethical human resource practices they are beholden to and the company needs to show they are committed to their community, including acting philanthropically.

One example of Aloha Construction’s commitment to making people’s lives better occurred when they partnered with Learning Express. They wanted to help a local low-income family during the holidays. An organization called Omni Youth Services matched them with a family made up of a single mom and four daughters. They all have one minute to grab as many toys as they could at a local toy store. They were able to grab about $7,000 worth of goods during this time which made the girls and the mom very happy.

Another organization Aloha Construction has partnered with is Camp One Step By Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. Each time the Illinois State University’s basketball team has an assist it resulted in a $5 donation by the team at Aloha Construction. Additionally, they sponsor a number of youth sports teams and leagues such as the Central Illinois Flying Aces and Roselle Medinah which has both softball and baseball leagues. They also support their local Boys and Girls Club.

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Larkin & Lacey

In October 2017, U. S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton validated President Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio. The pardon did not surprise many people. Arpaio was convicted during the summer of 2017 for criminal contempt. He ignored a judge’s order in 2007 racial profiling lawsuit. He was pardoned a few weeks prior to his sentencing.

The official ruling closed a 10-year, long-running Arpaio saga. The saga included an outrageous arrest of Phoenix New Times co-owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. Larkin and Lacey were instrumental as their time as co-publishers in relentlessly covering and exposing scandals involving Arpaio.

Larkin and Lacey Began Their Pursuit of the Truth about Arpaio Decades Ago.

Their pursuit of the truth began during the 1970s. Lacey and Larkin documented in their newspaper alleged brutal beatings, inmate suicides and county money illegal going to another source. It did not end when Arpaio arrested them.

When Lacey and Larkin were contacted about Arpaio’s pardon, they did not have a lot of good things to say. In fact, Lacey listed a litany of negative things that happened during Arpaio’s six terms as sheriff. One thing on the list made the former sheriff infamous: the tent city he allegedly referred to as his concentration camp.

Lacey referred to the pardon as a failure in the justice system. After he listed how Arpaio had harmed people and destroyed their lives, he called the former sheriff’s behavior a ” Pretty stunning trail of evil.”

Larkin decided to discuss their time fighting for the truth. They (he and Lacey), in his opinion, was a thorn in his (Arpaio) side. That’s the reason he thinks the former sheriff arrested them.

When the Truth Meet Injustice: The Arrest of Lacey and Larkin.

In October 2007, both Lacey and Larkin were taken from their homes in handcuffs by sheriff deputies. It was done under the cover of darkness. Larkin and Lacey were driven away from their homes by plainclothes detectives in unmarked vehicles with Mexican license plates. Read more: Michael Lacey | Twitter and Michael Lacey | LinkedIn

Why were Lacey and Larkin arrested by the former sheriff? The reason can be traced back to a night in 2004. The New Times published an investigative column about Arpaio concealing ownership of several commercial real estate land parcels owned by him and his wife. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Angel.co

The commercial real estate was reported valued at about $700,000. That same year the former sherrif made about $78,000 per year.

The sheriff was alleged outraged by the article and started a three-year quest to have the investigative reporter arrested. Allegedly he would be arrested under a rarely used statute that made it felony charge to publish any law enforcement official’s address. However, it was not illegal to publish any law enforcement official’s address.

The arrested created a tsunami of negative press and opinion at the sheriff. The Maricopa County’s attorney, and Arpaio ally, announced the charges would be dropped against Lacey and Larkin. This was 24 hours after their arrest. In 2013, the men agreed to a settlement.

Arpaio Pardoned, Lacey And Larkin Fight Back

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are two newsmen who decided that they needed to do something to stop the discrimination that people of minority communities in the United States face. To pursue their goal, they started the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which has become an incredibly notable organization that fights for the rights of people in society. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Michael Lacey | Twitter

The organization was founded after Lacey and Larkin got to experience what it was like being discriminated against at the hand of Joe Arpaio, who was considered to be someone who targeted members of the Latin American community in the state of Arizona.

Lacey and Larkin were working for the Phoenix New Times, a well-known publication that thousands of readers all over the state had access to. They had heard of the acts that Arpaio had been committing, and decided to write about it to inform the people.

This was particularly needed because the city of Phoenix had an incredibly large Latin American community who could become a target of Joe Arpaio at any time, even without reason.

A day after the article hit the stands, Lacey and Larkin were forcefully taken from their homes in the middle of the night by a group of men dressed in black.

This further cemented the statements that people were making about Arpaio and the atrocities that he had been committing. The duo was released after a period of forty-eight hours, after which they decided to take action against Arpaio for the wrongs that he had committed.

The case took an incredibly long time to reach a resolution, and Lacey and Larkin were given a three million dollar settlement each by Maricopa County.

The fact that Arpaio got away with just a settlement and was allowed to resume his role as the Sheriff of Maricopa County was evidence enough that the government at the time was not working in favor of the people.

Lacey and Larkin knew that if something needed to be done, it had to be done by the people themselves since the government is unlikely to take any actual action.

Lacey and Larkin finally thought that they had reached their goal when Arpaio was given a prison sentence in October 2017. It seemed like he was finally getting what he deserved for the twenty-five years that he spent disrupting the lives of countless people all over the state of Arizona.

However, just a month after the sentence was given to Arpaio, Donald Trump announced that he would be granting presidential pardon to Arpaio. This meant that he would not have to serve his sentence, and would be free from all charges pressed against him.

Even though Arpaio was pardoned, Lacey and Larkin aren’t stopping here. They plan to continue to fight to hopefully one day, seek justice for all the people of minority communities in America.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

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Larkin and Lacey Launch Front Page Confidential to Preserve Free Speech

Back in 1970, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were students at Arizona State University seeking to find a way to get their voice out to the masses. What a better way than to start their own newspaper? The pair thought it was grand idea, so they pitched in and started the New Times alternative newspaper out of their apartment.

 

The small weekly newspaper quickly caught onto readers in the Phoenix area. 40 years later the couple had grown their small newspaper into a media conglomerate with 13 newspapers across the United States. In 2006 they acquired New York City’s Village Voice newspaper and changed the groups name to Village Voice Media.

 

Just a year later, Larkin and Lacey would make headlines across the world when Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio unlawfully arrested them. The basis for the arrest was later ruled unconstitutional and they won a civil lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for nearly $4 million.

 

They used that money to launch a new venture they called the Frontera Fund. The purpose of the fund is to supports groups that are seeking to keep the First Amendment alive and well. The pair feel that the First Amendment is crucial to the success of the United States. They launched a new online newspaper called Front Page Confidential which reports on news that is associated with the First Amendment and free speech.

 

Madison Street Capital: Chicago’s Award-winning Investment Banking Firm

Mergers and acquisitions can be stressful and frightening, even for a seasoned pro. It is not an easy feat, especially for a transaction that is rife with uncertainty. Mergers and acquisitions fall through all the time, even at the last minute.

If the full scope and value of the company are not understood, someone could lose a substantial amount of money. Fortunately, Madison Street Capital has an outstanding reputation and experience in full-scope valuation and advisement.

Madison Capital was the 2017 winner of the award for Debt Financing Deal at the annual Mergers & Acquisition Advisor awards ceremony. The M&A Advisor commended MSC for its advisement on the WLR Automotive transaction. MSC was among 650 other companies up for the award.

David Fergusson, the co-CEO, and President stated that Debt Financing Deal award is the highest honor for professionals and firms in the mergers and acquisition industry. MSC was also a nominee for the Boutique Investment Banking Firm, and the Financials Deal awards.

MSC won two other awards in 2017 from other events. It also won the Turnaround Award for Restructuring a Deal, and the International M&A Advisor Award for an M&A Deal. In 2016, MSC was the recipient of four annual awards. Read more: Madison Street Capital | Facebook and Madison Street Capital Advisors | Manta

Founded in 2005, Madison Street Capital is a privately-owned investment banking firm located on Madison Street in Chicago. MSC is a global firm with offices in Africa and Asia. MSC advises private and public middle-market companies in several differing areas.

Madison Street Capital offers corporate advice, valuations, financial state opinions, and financial report valuations across industries such as technology, healthcare, and consumer market retail.

What makes MSC different from its competitors is the dedication to educating clients so that they can make informed decisions. MSC will make sure the client has an accurate understanding of the current state of the company, even if it is not what the client expected or wanted to hear.

MSC has a long history of excellence and reliability. Part of that comes from the fact that the advisers are forthcoming and candid.

The other part comes from years of building a network of sponsors that specifically lend to domestic and international middle-market establishments. Learn more about Madison Street Capital: http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/16/08/r8401008/madison-street-capital-announced-as-finalist-for-the-15th-annual-m-a-ad and http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/promotions/chi-ugc-article-madison-street-capitals-chief-operating-offi-2016-04-12-story.html

Bottom line, because the business environment has changed so drastically over the years, the way we conduct business has also changed.

Whether you’re merging, selling, or weighing out your options, it’s best to have the big picture laid out for you.

However, not just anyone will give you the big picture you need, at least not for free. MSC does, even if you decide that you do not need their services, the advisers want you to walk out of the door fully informed.

In the end, having a clear-cut assessment from an award-winning, reputable, and prestigious firm is necessary to prepare a future for yourself, your family, employees, and company.

Mike Baur Helps Build Successful Startups At The Swiss Startup Factory

The markets of the current generation are the most difficult than ever before in history in many aspects, especially in terms of competition. This is why young entrepreneurs are finding it more difficult than ever to start up a successful business that can survive the first few tough years. Unfortunately, the first couple of years is where most companies fail, unable to find their footing in the market due to lack of experience and proper management. The good news is there are companies out there dedicated to helping people with their startups to ensure they are successful, such as the Swiss Startup Factory. Co-founded by Mike Baur, the Swiss Startup Factory is on a mission to help up and coming entrepreneurs find their way in the competitive business field. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, the Swiss Startup Factory has been building up their network since 2014 and help build startups all over the globe.

 

Since first launching, the Swiss Startup Factory has steadily been increased the size of its network, now maintaining a global reach to help entrepreneurs around the world with new business opportunities. The Swiss Startup Factory also offers one of the best accelerator programs in the industry, which focuses on mentoring clients for several months to bring out the most of their potential and help them build a successful foundation.

 

Mike Baur, along with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, co-founded the Swiss Startup Factory together, all with a similar goal in mind. Their hard work to push the company’s name and presence has managed to help them become well-known worldwide, helping new and existing companies flourish through the ever-changing markets. As CEO, Mike Baur works hard to ensure the company’s finances stay positive and promote fundraising for new projects and startups.

 

Mike Baur didn’t start out as an entrepreneur or startup investor, but instead, he was focused on banking and financial investments. Since a young age, Mike was focused on finances and went to college with that focus in mind, landing a job at a bank right after graduating. With degrees from both the University of Bern and Rochester, Mike had the academic background and discipline to make waves in his industry and held an executive position at one of Switzerland’s leading private banks. Despite this, Mike wanted to move on to new opportunities to fulfill his entrepreneurial endeavors and help others achieve theirs as well. Thanks to his administration, Mike Baur has managed to make the Swiss Startup Factory a leader in the industry as one of the most reputable startup companies.