HSS LiveHire; New Features Enable Absolute Control

HSS Hire, the UK’s award winning and leading tool and equipment hire company has announced new features to its successful tool management system, HSS LiveHire, which will give users “absolute control” like never before.

The recently launched HSS Livehire is a free online hire management system which gives larger clients firm control and complete transparency of tool and equipment hire contracts. Unique to the tool hire industry, free to use, and with 24 hour customer support, HSS LiveHire has been described as the most powerful tool the hire industry has ever offered.

The ease-of-use and customisable nature of HSS LiveHire provides a personalised and tailored management system, with a live dashboard which keeps users up to speed with live contracts, outstanding invoices, as well as any items which may need to be offhired on a given day.

HSS LiveHire allows for separate user accounts to be installed, with differing levels of access if required. All products include an image and a comprehensive product specification, as well as a downloadable operation and safety guide.

Fiona Perrin, Key Account Director as HSS, explains: “The level of detail HSS LiveHire enables clients to access and manage is remarkable. Our aim was to put the control and management into the hands of our clients, and we believe this innovative system does just that.”

New features which have recently been introduced include electronic proof of delivery and collection, in addition to an electronic expected time of arrival for each hire. The latter is the latest part of hire information which can be accessed and viewed in ‘real-time’ in the ‘my hires’ tool.

Perrin adds: “We believe having access to a wealth of ‘real-time’ information regarding hires creates greater efficiency and control which, in turn, combine to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget.”

The clever yet uncomplicated tool is easy to navigate, intuitive to use and effective at helping clients get what is needed, when it is needed both on and offhire.

HSS LiveHire is the latest pioneering hire service run by HSS Hire. HSS Onsite, HSS Assured and HSS Pitstop are all services run by the award-winning tool and equipment hire specialists.

HSS Hire also have over 250 stores and supercentres located around the UK and Ireland, stocking over 15,000 items for hire, such as Lawn aerator, carpet cleaners and chainsaws.

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UK POS Prepares Retailers For An Explosive Halloween

Last year’s retail figures suggest that Halloween is fast becoming the UK’s most favourable Autumn event, overtaking Guy Fawkes Night, with more and more Britons adopting the American way and hosting parties to celebrate. Here, UK POS lends its advice on how Halloween preparations can set retailers in good stead for the much-anticipated Halloween rush.

Consumers have become accustomed to dedicated seasonal aisles in stores and, with Halloween parties and half-term shopping contributing to a 10.7% rise in sales at clothing and footwear stores last year, retailers recorded the biggest year-on-year rise since May 2008*. Retail sales from 2009 also confirm that October last year was 3.4% ahead of the October 2008.

To make sure your Halloween promotions aren’t over looked, UK POS has recommended its most popular Halloween products; the ‘Wobbler for Data Strips’ is made of clear PVC and securely fits into shelf edge data strips, and perfect for those Halloween sweets, are the ‘Hang Strip’ or easy to assemble ‘Impulse Bin’. ‘Pavement Signs’ are ideal for promoting outside of shop hours and getting customers off the street and into the store.

Debra Jamieson, Sales and Marketing Director of UK POS, comments:
“Choosing products that emphasise special displays and indicate to shoppers where a particular product is, are essential. High street retailers and supermarkets increasingly have to compete with online retailers but have the upper hand in terms of visual impact and the opportunity to cross-sell, either on the aisles or at the tills. Halloween is a time where retailers can be more creative with their POS and choose more playful and creative options to encourage their customers to enjoy the occasion but they need to start thinking about this well ahead of the Halloween rush.”

UK POS has been manufacturing point of sale products for over 20 years and is continually adapting to changing market trends when it comes to working with retailers to market their offers. Best selling products include banner stands and snap frames. For more information on UK POS please visit www.ukpos.com or speak to a member of the experienced customer services team on 0161 431 4400.

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Corner Stork Baby Gifts Goes Wild With New Animal-Themed Baby Gifts!

Corner Stork Baby Gifts, a premier online resource for unique baby gifts and favors, introduces new animal-themed baby gifts to expand its collection of lovies, baby socks and sleep sacks.

Corner Stork Baby Gifts now offers six new products that are inspired by the animal kingdom: “Jakka the Giraffe” Little Expeditions Plush Rattle Lovie with Crinkle Leaf, “Ekko the Elephant” Little Expeditions Plush Rattle Lovie with Crinkle Leaf, “Mr. Sock T. Pus” Plush Octopus with 4 Pairs of Socks, “Mrs. Sock T. Pus” Plush Octopus with 4 Pairs of Socks, “Caterpillar Crawlers” Baby Socks Gift Set and “My Little Night Owl” Snuggle Sack and Cap.

“Lovies are always popular gifts that babies use for companionship during play time and sleep time, and we’re excited to offer these two new products that are ideal for boys and girls,” says Brooke Plott, Brand Manager for Corner Stork Baby Gifts. Both “Jakka the Giraffe” and “Ekko the Elephant” feature a “jungle leaf” that crinkles when touched and are packaged in a safari-themed gift box that also features leaves and grosgrain ribbon imprinted with the animal’s name.

As with many of the items from Corner Stork Baby Gifts, the packaging and unique presentation are important selling points for the products. “Presenting baby socks as a caterpillar or an octopus shows the creativity and ingenuity that has become synonymous with the Baby Aspen brand, manufacturers of these and other unique baby gifts, which is why we are proud to be a leading distributor for these products,” says Plott. The “Caterpillar Crawlers” feature four pairs of socks with perky prints in a cute caterpillar presentation, while the “Sock T. Pus” includes a plush octopus with head that rattles along with four pairs of socks on the crinkling tentacles that can be removed and worn by baby. It is available in pink or blue.

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Penguin Books Announces Publication Of New Lorien Legacies Series

Penguin Books has announced it is to publish ‘I Am Number Four’ by Pittacus Lore, the first instalment of The Lorien Legacies, a mind-blowing new thriller series.

I Am Number Four is a tale of John Smith (aka Number Four) as he desperately tries to outrun his past, escape his mortal enemies the Mogadorian, blend into normal student life and above all pray his newly found powers, legacies from home; Planet Lorien, don’t give him away before he can complete his destiny and protect his future.

In an unprecedented move for Penguin, I Am Number Four will be published simultaneously in two editions on 26 August 2010 – one for adults (Michael Joseph) and a second for Young Adult readers (Razorbill). It has already captured the imagination of publishers around the globe and translation rights have been snapped up by over 18 territories worldwide. The film rights for I Am Number Four have been snapped up by Spielberg for DreamWorks and the movie will be hitting screens in early 2011.

“It became clear after only a few chapters that I Am Number Four is far more than an exceptional thriller, it’s a book to fall in love with”, said Mari Evans, Fiction Publisher for Michael Joseph.

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Guide to Top 10 Shopping Negotiating Tips Launched by DiscountVouchers.co.uk

Money-saving codes and vouchers website DiscountVouchers.co.uk has announced the launch of a new guide offering tips and hints on negotiating the best value deals when shopping in partnership with Pareto, one of the best-known training companies in the UK.

The guide is called ‘Top 10 Tips – How to Bag a Bargain’ and can be downloaded for free from the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website. The guide is designed to specifically to teach shoppers how to bargain for the best retail deals by haggling on things from cars to holidays to clothing.

Simon Terry, managing director of DiscountVouchers.co.uk, comments: “Prices continue to rise and budgets remain tight, and with the UK set to see a VAT rise it’s a great time to learn new negotiating skills to help save when shopping”.

“People in Britain aren’t so used to bartering and bargaining, but they’re getting more into the habit. They can though stretch their budgets further by using these skills and hints to get great bargains. Our guide in partnership with Pareto is there to help people learn to negotiate more value deals.”

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