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Ps deluxe – an emerging online hub for photoshop lovers

Ps Deluxe – An Emerging Online Hub For Photoshop Lovers

PS Deluxe is an ultimate delight for all Photoshop enthusiasts. Armed with a huge pool of information regarding the tools and tactics of Photoshop, it aims to become a one-stop hub in the near future for everyone who loves Photoshop.

Once you visit this site, you would not only be glad to have found a lot of useful information but are sure to harp here to discover several tools that enhance your experience of Photoshop and that too without paying a single penny. Yes, you got it right! Textures, PSD files and brushes, you can find it all here in the freebies section.

As you go through the Photoshop tutorials listed here, you can hone your skills in the software with easy to read instructions provided under several categories such as Photo Retouch, Drawing, Web Layouts, Text Effects and Web layouts. However, in case you wish to grasp some advanced skills in the above mentioned categories, Video Tuts section of the website would prove to be of great help to you. View the amazing videos that brief free tutorials that relate to Photoshop and add onto to your knowledge and skills.

Not to forget, you can join PS Deluxe anytime and become a part of the community with like-minded people who are all interested in sharing information and clearing their doubts about Photoshop. The forums section can be a good platform for Photoshop professionals who might buy and sell their services here, thereby making a good deal of profit.

Last but not least, browse through its articles category and you would come across several informative random write-ups that pertain to website reviews, tutorial reviews, graphic and web design. So, the site is definitely a complete package for any Photoshop enthusiast, no matter if it’s a novice in the field or an expert.

Q&a: christian kaufmann, unilever

Q&A: Christian Kaufmann, Unilever

A few years ago, Unilever Europe embarked on one of the largest outsourcing deals in European business history, as part of the transformative One Unilever programme. Following his presentation at the 7th Annual Finance & Accounting Transformation & Shared Services conference in London, we spoke with Christian Kaufmann, MD Finance Business Services, about the impact this transformation has had on his organisation – and his tips for maximising the benefits of outsourcing.

SSON: Christian, Unilever’s been on a prolonged and significant transformation process over the last few years. Can you tell us a little about this?

Christian Kaufmann: We have been on an incredible journey since around 2005, when we internally announced the One Unilever programme aimed at streamlining our business to be more competitive. And one of the key elements of this has been to implement financial shared services with an outsourcing provider. We are now at the stage where we can say “let’s get the benefits out of that” – where we have now harmonised processes to a great extent across Europe.

SSON: That outsourcing deal is one of the biggest in Europe’s history, isn’t it?

CK: It is, I believe – so I’m always told! It affects various processes in Finance to a great extent – purchase-to-pay, travel expenses, record-to-report, bill-to-cash – and it affects around 800 people.

SSON: And you’ve said that this has resulted in great efficiency gains – can you tell us exactly what you’ve gained from this transformation?

CK: To put it simply: alongside the implementation of a single-instance ERP system, which happened at the same time, we have now managed to get new harmonised tools in place which we have worked with our service provider. We believe we now have access to the best technology which we wouldn’t, quite frankly, have had access to before. So that’s one element. The second element is simply that you get a better approach in service delivery; you can beef up the qualities of your delivery on a more harmonised level, whereas it was quite frankly of very varying quality before. And then obviously we’ve moved to a lower cost-base.

SSON: To give readers some idea of the scale of the transformation, how many regional offices have been absorbed into the One Unilever programme?

CK: Within the One Unilever programme itself… it has been around 25 countries, and within each country we had at least three units, so let’s say 80 units. We had three different divisions of business; each of them was quite proud to have its own ERP system, and – guess what – more or less each country managed to have its own customised version, so at the end we believe we had 18 different ERP systems. And we managed to have so many variants of the processes that they numbered in the hundreds.

So we had a very, very diverse situation which we confronted at the beginning of 2005. And that has now actually changed dramatically, because now we have only, let’s say, one process for each of those I mentioned earlier – like purchase-to-pay, the way we do general ledger, reporting, how we do travel and expenses, fixed assets, and also bill-to-cash. I think for a fast-moving consumer company such as ours that’s a great achievement and we’re very proud of it.

SSON: You recently presented at the 7th Annual Finance & Accounting Transformation & Shared Services event in London, and as part of your presentation you were speaking on the importance of clear and robust governance, and of good communication with an outsource provider. Let’s look at the governance issue first: why is that so important?

CK: I believe governance is important because, as I always say, it has to work on good and bad days. So when you talk to your provider you have to have as robust a relationship as possible which will take you through the ups and downs – especially the downs, obviously! Because there will be issues, and you have to manage those issues, as you have to manage them internally as well on a day-to-day basis. Operational issues are hitting you left, right and centre at some point; at other times it’s more quiet.

We had – at the time when we decided on our outsourcing provider, IBM – decided to go for a cooperative style. We spent some time, deliberately, on what type of relationship we wanted to build, and we said that, well, we didn’t want to have a shared P&L at the end of the day, but we wanted to get very close in the way that we would jointly solve issues, and that we would jointly take ownership of issues even if they would hit one party harder than the other one. So I think we learnt from other regions where we had also outsourced, within our own organisation, and from listening to a lot of other companies as well, that this is quite fundamental. So we have moved away – I think successfully – from normal customer-client behaviour towards a partnership.

SSON: You said “keep regular meetings going even during the good times when it might seem there’s nothing to meet about”; how important are those meetings, and keeping the relationship going even when things are going well?

CK: I think it’s really crucial. There’s always a tendency – especially now in times of economic crisis – to see everything else as more important than your basic processes; but if you can’t find the five minutes, ten minutes, half an hour, whatever it takes, to link up with your service provider – who’s actually managing quite big parts of your processes – and just ask “how’s it going?”, if you’re not careful, issues will creep up and they will not be resolved, because people will see them as not being urgent enough and so on.

You have to work continuously on the issues as well as on the partnership; I believe you can have lovely PowerPoint slides telling you all about governance but at the end of the day it comes back to the people who have to deal with things, and they need to talk to each other. I strongly believe you can’t substitute this through email or other means; you HAVE to talk to each other. And you have to do it at the lowest possible level; you can’t always do it at the top level because you have to get the teams who actually have to do the job talking to each other.

SSON: You mentioned the financial crisis there, so let’s finish on that topic. Obviously times are getting tougher for companies around the world; often companies that don’t have Unilever’s scale and resources are struggling particularly. What quick wins might you recommend for practitioners going into troubled times without much light at the end of the tunnel?

CK: There’s no simple recipe as such and I can’t speak for other businesses; but I think people need to look at their processes and find out where the leakages are. Some of them may have inefficient processes and the cost of the transaction may be simply too high, so they have to think how they can resolve that. There are options there. They don’t necessarily have to go through an outsourcing provider, as we have chosen; you may find a different solution in-house. It depends really on the type of business, on the culture, and on the current set-up of the infrastructure.

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Project direct receives key rx assistance from acirx

Project Direct Receives Key Rx Assistance From Acirx

ACRX announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project of where arrangements have been made to donate over 20 million ACRX discount prescription cards throughout the country. One of the main locations in the Raleigh,NC area that received an initial donation of ACIRX free prescription cards,is Project Direct. The ACIRX discount cards are to be donated to anyone in need of help in defraying the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 3 million discount prescription cards were donated to the community across the country free of charge between 2004-2005.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd’s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but we are focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare.

ACRX made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at ACIRX org where it can be downloaded as well. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. We made it possible for future request to be made from online as well. We also developed a unique marketplace at 2spendless where you can also click on the ACIRX blue banner and download your free discount prescription card as well as find other key discounts.

With a backorder of over 40 million cards ACRX is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. ACRX will be working over the next few months to fulfill as many backorders as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, we do not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. ACRX states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Managing the stress of entering the workforce

Managing The Stress Of Entering The Workforce

Many people are in the position where they are entering the workforce for the first time. Some of these people may be college students, single mothers, or any one who has taken a long break from work. This transition can become very stressful for these people. As a result, here is a list of techniques on how to manage the stress of entering the workforce.

The first thing a person can use in transitioning to the work force is to go to your local career center and get some help. There are many small profit organizations in your community that can offer low cost services in helping you find a job. These services can offer counseling, resume development services, and how to network. Many people of all ages can go to these centers which will help them when they go into the work force.

It is important to know what you would like to do when entering the employment field. This can help ease the stress of getting a job because you will save yourself a lot of work in applying for jobs that you may not be interested in.

For instance, you do not like to work in the field of accounting. With this in mind, it would be a waste of time to apply for any jobs that deal with accounting. Even if you did get a job that involved accounting, you would probably would not last that long since you would lose interest. Instead try to determine what jobs you do like and apply for those jobs. This will save you a lot of time and will reduce the anxiety of finding employment.

Remember that there are all kinds of jobs that are out there so do not be discouraged when you get turned down. The employment process can be very difficult and stressful. You will get turned away from many jobs. The key is not to let it bother you. You can reduce the fear and anxiety of entering the workforce by realizing that it might take a few months to get a job. What is important is that you do not give up and you keep on trying.

Remind yourself that you are not the only one who is going through this process. Every day there are people leaving and entering the workforce. You should not feel as you are alone and that no one can relate to you. That is the reason why it is important to join a group where job seekers can get together and help one another. Your local church may offer some of the programs for these job seekers. This is a great way to work with people who are in the same boat as you.

Entering the workforce does not have to be a stressful event. There is much assistance available that can get you back on your feet. Try to remain positive and reduce your negative thinking. Remind yourself that you will eventually find work if you keep at it.

Quality used medical equipment through online auctions

Quality Used Medical Equipment Through Online Auctions

The developments in the medical field are coming so rapidly that equipment that was cutting edge yesterday is obsolete today.  This doesn’t mean that used medical equipment and used laboratory equipment isn’t perfectly good, it just means that hospitals and medical labs are replacing good equipment with even newer units.  Medflip Inc. has a new site which allows buyers and sellers of medical equipment the convenience of an online auction.  This online marketplace specializes in buying and selling used medical equipment and used laboratory equipment

  1. The buyer enjoys the opportunity to buy equipment at a much lower cost than he might otherwise expect to pay.

Medical equipment which may not be the newest technology still can be useful in the offices of doctors and dentists.  Clinics and other facilities that depend on donations and grants for funding, can save money and still have very good used medical equipment.  Even older equipment will find buyers who want to purchase it and make use of it in their medical practice.  Medflip Inc. provides a valuable service in putting buyers and sellers of used laboratory equipment and used medical equipment together.  Medflip doesn’t have any financial interest in any of the equipment that is bought or sold on their site.  All of the equipment that is featured on the site comes from their worldwide network of clients.  The clients price the equipment themselves.  Medical professionals everywhere can benefit from this Internet auction site.

On Medflip, medical professionals will have no difficulty locating the piece of equipment they require.  It is not unusual to find dental equipment on the site as well.  Used laboratory equipment for both dental and medical offices can be found on the site.  It is helpful for both doctors and dentists to have a laboratory attached to their office.  They can perform basic tests, develop x-rays and provide their patients with a higher level of care with even a few pieces of equipment.

  1. Medflip Inc not only has a great service, the are actually helping members of the medical community while running a business.
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