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Readers Respond: $15 minimum wage?

BY HBSDealer Staff

The minimum wage debate is back on the media’s front burner — both here, and here, and other places.

Driving the story is the effort of California lawmakers to push for the increase by 2020. New York’s governor has also supported a hike of the minimum wage to $15.

Today’s federal minimum wage stands at $7.25 an hour.

Would a dramatic hike freeze hiring, or is it about time to raise the rate? Take the survey here.

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In a hurry? Amazon wants to help

BY Dan Berthiaume

Amazon Prime members looking to quickly reorder goods have an expanded assortment at their fingertips.

Amazon.com has tripled the number of brands members of its Prime loyalty program can order via Amazon Dash buttons. There are now more than 100 Dash buttons available for thousands of products across brands including Brawny, Charmin, Clorox, Doritos, Energizer, Gain, Honest Kids, L’Oreal Paris Revitalift, Lysol, Peet’s Coffee, Playtex, Purina, Red Bull, Seventh Generation, Slim Jim, Snuggle, Starbucks, Trojan, and Vitamin Water, The buttons cover dozens of retail categories, including new ones such as chips, vitamins, office products, pet supplies, feminine care, batteries, tea, soda and juice.

When a customer sees supplies from select brands running low, they press a Dash Button to order.
"We’re thrilled with the positive response we’ve seen for Dash buttons, and we heard loud and clear from customers that they wanted more brands, more categories, and more products in the program,” said Daniel Rausch, director of Amazon Dash. We’re excited to now offer over 100 Dash Buttons representing top-name brands across dozens of retail categories and thousands of product options.”

According to Amazon, in the past three months, Dash button orders have grown by more than 75%, with customers using the buttons more than once a minute. Dash buttons are available to Prime members for $4.99 each, with a $4.99 credit after the first order. Customers receive a notification with every order and can change the product purchased through the button anytime.

Amazon has been busy trying to establish itself as an automatic purchase option in consumers’ homes. The retailer also recently rolled out the first devise available with Amazon Dash Replenishment, which enables connected devices to automatically order physical goods from Amazon when supplies are running low. For example, a Brother printer that will order toner or ink when it’s needed.

In addition, the Amazon Echo artificial intelligence device lets Prime members order goods by voice. Echo uses the customer’s order history and can place orders using default payment and shipping settings. If Echo can't find the requested item in the order history, it may suggest an alternate item using Amazon’s Choice, which picks highly-rated Prime-eligible products.

Amazon has a history of being in front of technology trends, and is obviously ramping up for a future where connected devices are as or more important to e-commerce than web, mobile or social sites. Other retailers may want to start catching up before competitive advantage turns into competitive necessity.

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True Effects Hand & Skin Shield offers protection for mechanics and miners

BY HBSDealer Staff

True Effects Hand & Skin Shield offers up a solution for workers who get their hands dirty.

The product goes on like a cream, protects like a glove for hours without washing off, yet allows skin to breathe.

Hand & Skin Shield typically lasts for up to four hours to protect hands from chemicals, and it stays on through repeated hand washings or applications of alcohol-based sanitizer. It deflects wet or dried paint, tar, oil, grease, stain, ink, adhesives, and even plant oils like poison ivy. Hands are protected against immersion in water, which would normally dry and damage the skin. This makes Hand & Skin Shield ideal for mechanics, miners, dishwashers, hairdressers, pet groomers, firemen, fishermen, or others exposed regularly to detergent and water.

Hand & Skin Shield is also not petroleum-based, which means it's non-greasy and non-staining, doesn’t impair grip, and can withstand frequent washing or sanitizing.

“Besides guarding hands against chemicals and dirt, it’s is a powerful moisturizer," added president Dan George. "It helps repair dry, chapped, cracked skin, and anyone who works outdoors, around water, or in industrial settings knows how uncomfortable those can be. Some of our users have even reported using it as an aftershave to soothe skin and help prevent razor burn.”

Check out a video of Hand & Skin Shield protecting against paint stripper, heavy-duty over cleaner, and pepper spray.

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