Holiday US retail sales stall

Much to the concern of US financial markets, the holiday sales were a big disappointment with consumers not spending as much as was hoped over the holiday period. In fact, the sales this year grew at the slowest pace since the country was in a recession which was 2008.

There are many reasons for Americans not spending but one of the main ones is the usual suspect which is economic uncertainty.

The country is approaching the deadline for the so called fiscal cliff which means that if a solution is not found then there will be massive budget cuts across all government departments and taxes will rise for a majority of Americans.

With a solution or agreement yet to be found, consumers are wary of splashing out incase they are faced with higher taxes in the coming year.

Retail sales this year grew 3 to 4 percent however last year it was 4 or 5 percent.

Australian retailers are also doing it though however the biggest threat to them is the online surge. Stores like Styletread are capturing consumers dollars by offering great prices, excellent conditions and an attractive Styletread coupon.


The Iconic attracting attention from the big players

Online fashion retailer, is only a year old but has attracted some big attention including an investment by JP Morgan of $19 million dollars.

The retailer bases itself in Sydney and has seen a meteoric rise in success over the past year due to a brilliant business model and marketing efforts. The company is described by it’s owners as a destination for fashion and footwear. They attribute much of their success to the goal of providing top notch customer service, free shipping and returns and often making available a The Iconic coupon code. The company was founded by Finn Haensel, Ryan Tuohy, Andreas Otto, Cameron Votan and Adam Jacobs, a bunch of guys that were working together at a consulting company called McKinsey and Boston.

The company started when a German based company called Rocket Internet, engaged them to start up The Iconic.


Queensland lagging on the technology front

Queensland has long labeled itself as the smart state however this is proving to not be the case when it actually comes to hard evidence.

Deloitte Technology’s list of the top 50 fast growing technology risers had only three Queensland based companies. This figure has been decreasing over the last 5 years and does not look like rising anytime soon.

The closest company to come in the Top 10 is the online surf retailer, SurfStitch. The company is owned by Lex Pederson and Justin Cameron and they came in 10th position. The company has performed astronomically over the past 12 months, growing 252 per cent. The company has achieved great sales due to a brilliant online business model and by often providing a SurfStitch coupon to lure the consumer. The company’s success has attracted the attention of Billabong, who purchase a minority stake in the business.

The goal for the state should be to push the Technology agenda further this year and try to regain some lost ground. If not, the status of the smart state is highly questionable.


Online shopping in Australia

Online shopping in Australia, as expected, is getting bigger and bigger. In fact, figures released today show that online sales in Australia has risen 23 percent year on year up to September. This figure is based on National Australia Bank’s monthly online retail index which is based on the bank’s transaction which are not cash related.

The NAB has said that the grown has picked up over the third quarter and continues to outperform the bricks and mortar stores.

Sales in brick and mortar stores are up 4 percent over the previous year.

In terms of percentage wise, online shopping makes up for 5.5 percent of retail sales as a whole. This figure excludes sales made at cafes, restaurants and other food outlets. 5.5 percent is still a relatively low figure compared to some other countries however it is expected to grow.

Some online stores such as Crazy Sales are big players in this market. Crazy Sales often offer a CrazySales coupon to entice shoppers to their store.


The iPhone 5 has mapping issues

One of the biggest complaints regarding the brand new Apple iPhone 5 is the iOS 6.0 maps application. Apple is making a big attempt at decoupling themselves from Google and the first step in doing this was to get their own mapping application to replace the very popular Google Maps.

Google Maps is such an advanced and detailed application that any attempt to replace it would be met with negativity.

The new Apple maps application really does not stack up when compared to Google Maps.

A surprising survey however, has shown that iPhone users aren’t too fussed with the poor app and satisfaction ratings are little changed when compared with the iPhone 4S.

Google had previously had a contract to supply the maps application to Apple for a longer period however were informed by Apple that the relationship was no longer needed.

In Australia, the iPhone 5 has sold incredibly well and considering the iPhone 5 is more expensive that the iPhone 4S, this is a good achievement.

To get a better deal on the iPhone 5, you will need either a Virgin promo code or Vodafone promo code to reduce the cost.

Australia’s initial supply of iPHone 5′s are now sold out.


The man who stopped a fight while eating chips

The Snack Man saves the world one fight at a time. This is the amusing story of the man who stopped a fight in the subway by eating a snack.

When Charles Sonder saw two people on the subway kicking and hitting each other, he decided to diffuse the situation in a way that not many people would have expected. He used his big frame to walk in between the two people and calmly ate his packet of chips. This gesture along with the help of another woman helped diffuse the situation and ensured that no more violence was displayed.

Every since the video was shown, Charles has received many messages from adoring fans and some have even gone as far as proposing to him.


A little history on wine

Wine is a beverage which is usually alcoholic and is made from a fermentation process of fruit. The most popular fruit that is used to make wine is grapes because they ferment without requiring the creator to add sugars, enzymes or acids.

Yeast in the process will actually consume the sugar in the grapes and convert it to alcohol. The type of yeast within the grape will yield a different type of wine.

Wine has been around for thousands of years and was especially popular in ancient Greece.

Wine is usually made from a grape variety called Vitis Vinifera. In fact, any type of grape can be used however some produce better results than others.

Wine is often placed in a particular vintage, meaning the year that the grape was mostly grown. This means that the character of the win can vary year to year depending on the quality of the grapes that year.

Wine can be cheap or expensive depending on what and where you purchase it. You can often obtain Dan Murphys Promotional voucher to lower the cost of purchase.


The iPhone 5 to feature LTE

t has been reported that the new iPhone, the iphone 5, will feature 4G LTE which will be compatible with 4G / LTE networks worldwide.

The iPad 3 only worked on a number of 4G / LTE networks around the world and therefore users could not utilise the device to it’s full potential.

The new iPhone 5 is expected to increase in size from 3.5 inches to a new 5 inch display.

To support the new screen and the LTE capability, it is tipped that the new iPhone will also have a bigger 5.45 watt battery.

The new iPhone 5 is also expected to come into a price point that matches the current price of the iPhone 4S. iPhone 5 plans will likely be on par in price to the iPhone 4S as well.

Another rumour floating around is that the Apple 30 pin docking port is to be replaced with a smaller 19 pin connector. This will annoy thousands around the world who have purchased devices that have relied on this 30 pin connector.


All about adelaide

Adelaide is considered one of the best cities in the world to live in and even ranks in the top 10 of places to live.

The city is small, yet is full of character and has many distinctive areas which allow you to experience something truly unique and different to the rest of the city.

The population of the city is over one million and many affectionately call the city the 20 minute city because you can get to basically anywhere around the city in 20 minutes.

The city was founded in 1863 by Colonel light. A statue of him overlooks the city. The city is laid out in an easy to navigate grid format.

The city has large areas of heritage listed park lands and it is well worth while visiting these park lands.

Make sure you visit this beautiful city. You can get a HotelClub promo code to get a good deal on a local hotel.


The Samsung Galaxy Note gets Ice Cream Sandwich

The surprisingly popular Samsung Galaxy Note has been given an upgrade to it’s software with the introduction of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the device. The upgrade has gone out to customers in Germany and the Netherlands so far. This is a good indication that it will be rolled out to the rest of the world shortly. The update is said to be 320MB in size.
Definitely something great to look forward to.

In Australia the Samsung Galaxy Note’s popularity has far exceeded the expectations of everyone. The device is great value and Galaxy Note plans are on par in price to other devices.