Driver Dilemmas: To Diesel or Not to Diesel

The registration of diesel cars dropped by a third in the first six months of 2018. It appears that many drivers are moving away from diesel vehicles and opting for alternative fuels, in the wake of increased environmental campaigns and government measures that make those vehicles less appealing to fleet operators. In this article, we look at the pros and cons of diesel and consider whether now is the time to go green.
Diesel Difficulties

Although, in the past, diesel has been promoted, this government has been discouraging its use by raising the BiK surcharge from 3% to 4%. This could be the reason petrol registrations are up 11% this year and, in fact, over two-thirds of new cars in the UK are petrol powered. So why is diesel being targeted?

New vs. Old

Many people have a fixed idea of diesel-powered vehicles as being harmful to the environment. This does have scientific backing, of course, but proponents of the fuel argue that although older vehicles do pump out high levels of NOx, newer Euro 6 compliant units are much cleaner. Despite this, due to BiK increases, some fleet managers may be looking for alternatives to power their trucks.

The Alternatives

Green alternatives, such as hybrid and electric are becoming more popular. National registration of these is up by almost a quarter this year and, although the starting point was admittedly very low, this increase is likely to continue over the next few years. With clean emissions, these vehicles are a great option for reducing a company’s environmental impact, however electric trucks may not be ideal for the average fleet driver job quite yet.

Hybrid and Plug-Ins could be a good alternative for a regular fleet driver job encompassing short distances in towns and cities, because these central hubs give easy access to electricity – the main fuel source. However, these vehicles may not be the best overall option for a fleet driver. Job distance, time and location must be taken into consideration and, for example, at motorway speeds and over long distances, hybrid vehicles are still not entirely economical in comparison to other options.

The next five to ten years may see fleet managers having to make tough decisions as they weigh up environmental impact, cost, efficiency and convenience, when making decisions about fuel. Surveys suggest that many drivers are still hesitant about making the switch from traditional fuels to green energy. Members of the public have said that they don’t see themselves going fully green for at least ten years, however, for logistics companies, it is important to be ahead of the game. If the future is green, is it best to take the plunge and make the switch soon? Or should you hold back, save funds, and see where the market goes?

Whatever ever you chose for your fleet right now, in a couple of decades time, it is likely that we will be talking about the disappearance of petrol and diesel for good.

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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching fleet driver job opportunities with available drivers. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.

Fully Automatic Mattress Tape Edge Machine

As we all know. There are mainly two different kinds of mattress tape edge machine in this world. They are automatic mattress tape edge machine and semi-auto mattress tape edge machine.
what is Mattress Tape Edge Machine
If anybody knows the mattress tape edge machine or anybody has used such mattress tape edge machines. They might know, these two machines are not the most effective mattress edge tape machine for taping. Because these two machine are not the fully automatic machines.
Automatic mattress tape edge machine
Such as theautomatic mattress tape edge machine is only with the taping, turning and flapping function. But it still needs our workers to operate.We need to arrange one worker to operate this mattress tape edge machine. The worker is to assist the machine taping and cutting or adding the tapes in the mattresses. Obvious, It’s not the fully automatic mattress tape edge machine. Though it’s effective can reach 20units/h.
Semi-Automatic Mattress Tape Edge Machine
While the semi-automatic mattress tape edge machine is much more slower than the automatic mattress tape edge machine. Because this machine does have the automatic flapping function and there is no belt driven (The belt is assisting to move the mattress) And you might ask: If so, How could it complete the sewing ? Well, this machine working table is fixed ,which means the working can’t move. But the mattress tape edge machine sewing head can move around the working table.So your worker needs to move together with the sewing head, So that you can complete the sewing. That’s why it’s called semi-automatic mattress tape edge machine.
Production Efficiency
The effective of the semi-automatic mattress tape edge machine is about 13units/h. It’s a little big slow.But this machine is very popular with some factories.Because this machine price is very competitive and it’s very durable.The sewing thickness can reach up to 66cm.
Future Development
However, human desires cannot always be filled.These two different kinds of mattress tape edge machine are not the fully automatic mattress tape edge machine.They can’t be connected to the fully automatic mattress production line at least. So We are developing a newest mattress tape edge machine.We have basically completed the sketch of this mechanical design. It’s the fully automatic mattress tape edge machine.
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Actionable Affiliate Marketing Checklist For Online Businesses

Online Affiliate Marketing Checklist For Digital Businesses
It’s time to up your game in the affiliate marketing business. You are making money from your affiliate links but that same traffic can be used to build your email subscriber list. What traffic do you want? The traffic that fits best with your niche and will eventually buy your products and services.

Choose the Right Affiliate Products to Promote

-Identify Pillar Affiliate Products – those that are in line with your website niche and also are returning the highest commissions

-Promote those products in unique ways – bonus products, videos, webinars, coupons, product reviews, email autoresponder series

-Freshen up your content – use Google Analytics to track content that had the highest conversion rates and get it ready to be used again

Streamline your Affiliate Marketing Process

-Plugins to track metrics and add affiliate links with ease – EasyAzon, Better Links Pro, ConvertKit

-Set up link redirects – Better Links Pro oUpgrade content for bonus offers – compile blog posts into a PDF; use a series of articles on the same topic to create an e-course or series; create an audio course or workbook, etc.

-Use bonus offers to confirm and track affiliate sales when subscribers present their affiliate sale receipts to claim bonus offers

-Sign up for one or more email services (Aweber, MailChimp, iContact) – separate your subscriber list into segments based on sub niche interests in different affiliate products

-Create content that will appeal to each email subscriber list

-Utilize lead magnets for a targeted email marketing strategy – checklists, tip sheets, eBooks, email courses, coupons, etc.

-Split test lead magnets with each subscriber list to see which bring the best conversion rates

Setting up an Email Follow up Series (autoresponder series)

-Capture subscriber email addresses when they claim bonus offers after clicking affiliate links

-Direct them to opt-in form (through a link)

Send direct download link in a Welcome email once form is submitted. Send initial email no more than 24 hours after submission

-Follow up with second email in 2 or 3 days – one series will recapture those who didn’t click on the link in the first email. A second email series will provide quality content within the same niche topic as the affiliate product and the bonus offer

-Third and fourth email are also geared towards providing quality content and engaging the subscriber (soft sell)

-Use the fifth email in the series to offer a product promotion that they can take advantage of (your products) – include a clear call to action

-Track your email messages to see which ones have the highest conversion rates (Google Analytics)

Create a strategy for keeping new subscribers up to date – recycle your most popular and profitable email content

-Incorporate email broadcasts – use newsletters as a way to increase opt-in rates. ConvertKit can be used to segment your list for newsletter distribution without being charged double for subscribers found on more than one list. Sales blasts – designed to present subscribers on certain lists with promotional offers when new products come out

How to Rock Affiliate Product Launches

-Implement launch jacking – use the publicity surrounding a new affiliate product launch to increase commissions.

-Choose affiliate products you love to promote

-Check their product release calendars for affiliate products

-Give yourself at least 3 weeks before the launch to conduct your launch jacking plan

-Buy a domain related to the product – either use the exact product name or add “review” at the end of the product name

Set up your website with your new domain name

-Create an email opt-in form through your email service for each product launch website

Create content that makes use of targeted keywords for this product

-Keep your audience updated with new content as the launch date nears (pre-launch content)

-Write an honest review of the product. Let this be your last post. If you can’t endorse the product for whatever reason, include with your review, a link to products that you would recommend instead. If the review is favorable, include your affiliate links

-Use article marketing to create backlinks to your site from social media, social bookmarking and article directories

-Feature launch information on social media sites

-Consider using other tools like press releases or product review videos

I hope you enjoyed reading my affiliate marketing checklist for online businesses.

Remember to save it somewhere and follow the tips while doing your affiliate promotions.

The steps mentioned in this guide are proven steps used by successful internet marketers.

Zero Is a Hero: Reducing Gas Emissions in the Haulage Industry

The time for throwing rubbish out of the window indiscriminately and leaving your lights on all day and night have passed – people care about the environment now more than ever. With heightened awareness and focus on sustainability, many new laws and regulations have been passed. However, not everyone needs a rule to keep the earth as clean as possible – some people just need a little help.
Three years ago, the UK government asked those in the haulage industry to decrease their greenhouse emissions. With the steep request of a 15% reduction by 2025, many companies wondered if that was possible, especially if they wanted to keep up with their transport contracts. The Department of Transport assured them it was.

The Plan

To help those in logistics meet this hefty goal, the Department of Transport put their heads together and studied roadblocks (both literally and figuratively) that drivers could run into. After all, fulfilling an ever-increasing number of transport contracts while simultaneously lessening their carbon footprints is an admittedly challenging task.

The plan they came up with, known as the ‘Road to Zero’, contained the following information:

• The most practical fuel to use (diesel is frequently recommended). • Road congestion and how to handle it. • The Energy Saving Trust. This initiative was recently launched and provides advice for more environmentally-friendly freight forwarding.

The Endorsement

The FTA has empathetically endorsed this voluntary target, by publicly voicing that they understand how conquering this challenge is no easy feat. However, they also believe that ensuring the environment is protected is important, and that hauliers should remain motivated to meet these new emission goals head on as they complete their transport contracts.

The Help

Luckily, some advice for how to actually do this has come to light, turning what some believed was a pipedream into a tangible reality. The Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme was recently relaunched by the FTA; the ambitions of this initiative are very similar to the UK government’s objective for Heavy Goods Vehicles to become more energy efficient.

Bringing this scheme back into the light will be exceptionally helpful for hauliers who care about the environment as much as their transport contracts. By recording and reporting their vehicle’s carbon emissions, it will be much easier to begin to make a reduction. Monitoring how much fuel they use and how much gas they’re producing is the first step towards reaching the final goal of 15%.

The haulage industry and environmental protection don’t have to be at odds, even if the goal proposed by the UK government may seem overwhelming to begin with. Luckily, hauliers will not be left blindly in the dark. The FTA and the re-emergence of the Logistics Emissions Reduction Scheme will be with them every step of the way, helping them move past any potential roadblocks and enabling them to deliver their loads and deliver on their reduction promises.

Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching drivers with appropriate transport contracts. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.