5 Must Have Shopping Apps

There’s no excuse for ever giving the wrong gift again with so much technology at your fingertips. Apps abound with information on a plethora of items from all over the internet and wether it’s for friends or family… or just a gift for yourself, you needn’t get lost again. We’ve come up with a selection of five organisation, time saving and big ideas shopping apps that may also go easy on the pocket.

1. Wanelo Shopping by Wanelo, Inc

Named from the abbreviated ‘Want, Need, Love’ Wanelo is a good-looking app that helps you find all that is beautiful in the world. One of the greatest features of this app is the ability to follow stores and other people so you can gain inspiration from their likes and posts presented in a customised feed. This is a great way of uncovering unique and wonderful items posted from the millions of users across the globe.

Check out some of the new features on this app including the ability to filter search results by price and category and also see if anything you’ve been watching has dropped in price. Beware as it’s addictive.

2. The Hunt – Style & Shopping Advice by ShopTAP Inc

Ever see something online but can’t find the store where you buy it or maybe there’s a look that you like and you want to know where to buy the pieces? This app offers the solution through style advice and help from users through photo sharing. Simply ‘start the hunt’ by posting a photo of the look or item you are after and users will reply with pictures of items that follow the same theme.

Rated No 1 Best New Lifestyle App by Apple this app allows users to find lots of different styles of fashion and follow trend setters for the most fashion forward seasonal looks.

3. Etsy by Etsy, Inc

The coolest thing about Etsy is accessibility to hand crafted items from around the world. If you like to avoid buying mainstream items that everybody has then Etsy is the place for you. From homewares to jewellery to pet wear, Etsy has it all and often in a uniquely fashioned way that you just won’t see anywhere else.

With 800,000 sellers around the world you’re sure to find that perfect gift here and can be rest assured that there will be no double ups when you give it!

4. Scoopon by Scoopon Pty Ltd

Australia’s most popular group buying site offers massive savings on services that are all local to where you live. The unique experiences on offer include pamper packages and luxurious dinners out at restaurants at heavily discounted prices.

Every day at noon, you’ll be sent exclusive deals directly to your phone. Pick up an exciting adventure experience for a great gift to be shared with someone special. And with super reasonable prices you can look like you’ve spent a fortune when you’ve actually saved one instead.

5. Gift Plan by Airsource

There’s nothing worse than forgetting a birthday and really not having a clue what to get. With an app like Gift Plan you can get organised by importing occasions like birthdays from Facebook and your own contacts. One of the highlights of this app is making profiles of the people on your gift list. With a profile you can add photos of family and friends you buy for as well as their clothing size and personal taste.

Ever have one of those moments when you’re with someone and they mention something they would just love to have? This app allows you to add this to their profile page or jot it down as an idea. You can add ideas to different occasions under their profile like Christmas and birthday’s as well as prices and brands.

Commercial Agents – Tips to Qualifying Commercial Tenants Today

When it comes to leasing commercial or retail property today, the selection of tenant will be fundamental to the quality of the outcome for the landlord. This says that not all tenants will do or be acceptable when it comes to leasing vacant commercial premises.

So the commercial real estate agent has to qualify and understand the tenant that is enquiring on the vacant property before matters proceed. Some questions need to be asked to get the correct match of property.

When fewer properties are selling, the lease activity tends to be higher. Successful businesses still need to operate from quality commercial or retail premises. This is an opportunity for commercial property agents that specialise in commercial leasing.

So let’s go back to commercial property leasing and the elements that should be considered when qualifying tenants. Here are some key factors to consider before you start:

1. Understand the capabilities of the property when it comes to tenant occupancy. Things to know will include services, amenities, and size of tenancy, improvements, fitout design, and availability, term of lease, options, rental requirements and type, and landlord plans for the property. The permitted use or legal use of the property should be understood as part of this process.

2. Get a full brief from the landlord as to the type of lease that they will do for the premises. A lease can be varied and negotiated, but you have to have the landlord’s base requirements before you start. Ask the landlord about rent levels, lease terms, option periods, preferred tenant, renovation and maintenance plans for the property. These facts should be in parity to the comparable properties in the local area that are also on the market to lease at the moment.

To qualify the tenant you can take the following approach:

  • Find out where the tenant has come from and if they are moving from another property. It is likely that the timing of the move will have impact on your negotiations and inspections.
  • What does the tenant know about rent and properties in the local area? Have they looked at anything else in the area and if so what? It is best to know what you are up against early in the inspection process.
  • Has the tenant been looking at other property with other agents and are negotiations underway elsewhere on any ‘short-listed’ property now? This will have an impact on your discussions and inspections with them.
  • What levels of rent and lease term does the tenant have in mind? Make sure you find out about the extras of lease occupancy such as outgoings payments, and consumables including electricity, gas, water, and communications.
  • Will the tenant require a long lease term and or an option period for a further term? This may not always suit the landlord.
  • The numbers of tenant staff and the type of business will have impact on the improvements and fitout in the property. Ask questions about things such as car parking, loading and deliveries, office configurations, hours of operation, security, access, customers to the property, and quality of fitout.

So you can do a lot with a tenant before you take them to a property. Importantly this information is captured into your database. As a general rule do not give out any property information until the tenant has told you everything that you need first.

If a tenant is also or has been dealing with another agent, be very careful to check that they have not seen any of your listed properties with other agents earlier.

6 Reasons You Should Outsource Mobile App Development

I think it goes without saying, and I believe we really don’t need a backing survey, that users all across the globe have turned to their digital devices like women to fashion. In a space pervaded with compact mobile phones, innovations drive mobile users towards a legal digital predilection. On an average, mobile users spend as little as 2 hours a day interacting with their mobile screens. Of this time, they tend to devote some 30 minutes fiddling with mobile apps.

If there are more and more unique apps coming to flood the mobile app store, the reason is the fact that mobile app lovers are rising in leaps and bounds. Among all types of mobile apps, what has dominated the major portion of the app market is gaming, ecommerce, social networking, education and lifestyle apps.

However, with a market filled with both hyped rumors and excitement of challenges, many marketers happen to foster the notion that outsourcing mobile app development process leads to technical mistakes, delays in app releases, miscommunication and limited life cycle of final product.

Such misconception might lead to many hurried decisions about mobile app development, which will ultimately cost you a lot of pain. To debunk this myth lets review the top 6 reasons for outsourcing mobile app development process.

Stronger focused knowledge

Usually, App development process comprises of many critical stages that require intense attention, greater care and precise knowledge. With each component screaming for best digital tactics and utilization of modern resources, the process needs specialist app developers who have extensive experience in this area. You should outsource to a location that is a hub of outsourcing companies and that have mastered the art of creating remarkable apps with high usability, life cycle and excellent UI. They should have specialized in special genre of mobile apps and embody best knowledge in industry matters and latest technologies.

Flexibility of app development model

Having reliable expertise in special area of app development process allows companies to choose which part of mobile app process they can outsource. For instance, if an app development agency has credible experience in the QA section of App development, it becomes easy for companies to outsource the quality assurance part to receive the best results and a product that they know will achieve highest standard of quality. Such flexible model is only possible with Outsourcing mobile app agencies.

Time-saving alternative

Time is of precious value for any business, and the app development process involves heavy components from building the app, scaling up the features, using the right technology to working on its UI, deploying and testing it. All of it takes a good chunk of time before the product is finally ready to launch in the app store. Outsourcing the app development process saves you from all the tedious elements involved in the creation of an app, so that you can focus on its post-product marketing tactics and other essentials.

Ability to explore the depth

With information becoming key to any business success, different set of information compiled tactically works like a miracle in this business. Database collected by mobile app creators helps drive any mobile app project towards its final fruition. What is digital industry without highly valuable data applied during the development process? A programmer needs to be a meticulous researcher who culls and harnesses data as a strong resource to transform the conceptual idea into substantial mobile app.

Financial comfort and affordability

It doesn’t swoop as a shock when a business person emphasizes on minimizing the development cost to keep their overall budget to optimal level. Companies indeed look for alternatives that offer great mobile app solution in return for affordable investment. There is nothing wrong in expecting low-cost solutions. Usually, app development cost stops at 6 figures which can be kept at certain level only by outsourcing the entire project. By doing so, you don’t have to typically spend time and money creating infrastructure, hiring a skilled team and employing healthy resources. You can easily find app developers that cost you not more than 5 figures for the same expensive-looking project.

The full range of quality service

If you collaborate well with an agency that provides entire service suit of end-to-end app development services, you will get to enjoy the process hassle-free. From ideation, conceptualization, discovery, development, testing, deployment and support, you will receive entire package so that in the end all you have to do is to wait for the finest result to come your way. So what’s stopping you from outsourcing app development?

If you too nurture any dreams of launching robust app development services that had brought smiles and satisfaction to many businesses. Are you looking to make your app presence to be felt everywhere? Do share your ideas or send in an email for any questions you may have.

Commercial Agents – How to Negotiate Leases in Commercial Property Today

When it comes to commercial property leasing and performance, the lease that you negotiate is really a key part of the process. Lease negotiation today can be protracted and lengthy. The landlord and or the property manager need to be aware of lease negotiation practices that apply to their property type and local area, and have a system to implement when they are leasing vacant premises.

At the outset, it should be said that a good property solicitor is highly valuable to the lease negotiation process. The commercial real estate agent is really only there to negotiate the lease and is not a lease preparation specialist. The agent brings the parties together through a comprehensive marketing campaign targeted to the right type of tenants. That is why they are paid the commission. The solicitor should then take over the lease documentation process to ensure that a correct and comprehensive lease document is created for the particular occupancy situation.

There are many types of landlords out there owning diverse and different properties. Regrettably the smaller property investors commonly tend to cut corners in legal costs or seek low cost lease documentation. The end result is a lease document that generically relates to the property.

It is best to get a solicitor involved in each and every lease document after the agent has negotiated the basic elements of the lease. A heads of agreement is appropriate for this process and that agreement can then be given to the solicitor to structure final documentation in legal form.

Here are some other main elements to consider in negotiating leases in commercial or retail property:

  1. Form a decision as to how long the premises should be leased in the initial term. This term should comply with the changes to the property that the landlord requires including any refurbishment strategies or relocation situations.
  2. Many landlords do not like options for a further term being given to tenants. Whilst you have to comply with property legislation relating to leasing, the issue of options really does need to be considered before the tenant asks for such. Options should only occur if the landlord can comfortably allow the tenant to remain in occupancy in the location. Due regard should also be given to the other adjacent tenants in occupancy and their needs for expansion.
  3. The type and amount of rental to be asked for should be clearly set before the marketing of any vacant tenancy occurs. Whilst it is permissible for a landlord to negotiate rental downwards, it is important that the asking rental is comparable to market rental; otherwise you won’t get any enquiry from the marketing of a vacancy.
  4. Understand the outgoings for the premises and how you are going to recover those costs for the landlord. The decision here will have impact on the net and gross rents that you may select.
  5. Prepare the premises for inspection and presentation. Whilst many landlords prefer to not spend any money until tenants are found, this process can be counterproductive and dissuade tenants from entering into negotiation for the vacancy. Essentially a vacant tenancy needs to look its best before tenants are taken through for the inspection. To achieve this you may need to paint the premises, reinstate the ceiling tiles, and replace the floor coverings.

The negotiation of a commercial or retail property lease is a planned process. By taking these and other steps early you can reduce the number of problems that you have in the lease negotiation process.