How to Write a Proper Memo


May 21st is #NationalMemoDay

Even with all the technology available to us today, surprisingly, effective memo-writing remains an essential skill in interoffice communications. Memos may be delivered via e-mail, but they still should follow the same professional and formatting standards as those printed on paper.

Called memos for short, memorandums are routinely used within an organization to communicate a variety of ideas – from a new sick day policy, to short reports and proposals. Among their many uses, memos confirm conversations, share ideas, instruct employees, and communicate policies. Because memos either request or share important information, they need to be carefully and concisely written so that the message is clear and accurate. A poorly written memo could confuse readers, offend employees, and create a loss of time. Typically, memos are short and communicate a single subject. If you have two subjects to cover, consider writing two separate memos.

Helpful hints:

  • Think of your readers and their needs.
  • Be specific when making your points.
  • Make your subject line short and descriptive.
  • Use bullets or numbers to clarify points or lists.
  • Cover only a single subject.
  • Memos should be short and concise; try to keep them to one page.
  • Proofread, checking for spelling and grammatical errors.

Writing a memo is not difficult and does not require much time. Just remember that a memo is in writing, which means it is permanently documented. Your memo represents you and your company; any glaring errors may cast you in a negative light among your peers and subordinates.

The Parts of a Business Memo:

  1. Date
  2. To
  3. From
  4. Subject
  5. Body
Memo Example

Source: https://www.universalclass.com/articles/writing/business-writing/how-to-write-an-effective-business-memo.htm


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Why Buy Private Label Products?


What is a private label product?

A private label product is manufactured by a contract or third-party manufacturer and sold under a retailer’s brand name. The retailer specifies everything about the product – what goes in it, how it’s packaged, what the label looks like, etc.

Reasons to Buy Private Label Brands

According to TIME, most consumers “have gotten clued in to the fact that many generic store-brand foods are actually made by the same companies that produce the higher-priced, name-brand stuff,” which “come out of the same factories with the same ingredients…with the only difference being the label.” The author goes on to say that the result of switching from a name brand to a private label is “an easy way to save 30% or so, without sacrificing quality.”

Lower cost and similar quality to name brands, are two reasons to make the switch to private label branded products.

Private label brands lower costs by outsourcing production and logistics to large national brand manufacturers with excess capacity, or to specialty manufacturers who focus on a limited variety of products, eliminating the need for large capital investment. In addition, marketing costs for a private brands are incremental or nonexistent. This presents a significant cost savings to the retailer, a portion of which is passed along to the consumer in the form of lower prices.

While quality can be defined in many ways, most consumers feel there is little difference in the quality of a private label versus a national brand product. Consumer Reports has conducted blind taste tests between store brand and national brand products to poll consumers about the quality of store brands. They reported that more than 80% of those polled (about 24,000) indicated the private label brand to be the same or better than the national brand. Consumers are always looking for ways to save money, even on necessities. Using private label brands is a good place to start!

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Sources:

https://www.shopify.ca/encyclopedia/private-label#:~:text=Retailers%20interested%20in%20filling%20their,over%20product%20ingredients%20and%20quality.

https://www.moneycrashers.com/private-label-store-brands/

How Air Purifiers Work


Although Air Purifiers seem like a new innovation, they have actually been around for more than 200 years!  They started out as protective masks for firefighters and have evolved over the years to highly effective and efficient air filtering devices that remove various types of particles from the air. 

So, how do these small machines protect us from potentially dangerous airborne particles? 

Air purifiers have very fine sieves that filter particles out of the circulating air. The finer the sieve, the smaller the particles it will trap. High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are the benchmark for air purifier filters, which are guaranteed to trap 99.97% of airborne particles larger than 0.3 microns in size. Microns are the standard unit that is used to measure the size of particles in the air. Each micron is equivalent to 1/25,400 of an inch. The naked eye cannot see anything that is smaller than 10 microns in size, so pollutants like bacteria and viruses cannot be seen. 

The more that air passes through a HEPA filter, the cleaner the air will become. The room capacity of a HEPA air purifier will determine whether the air cleaner can handle your needs and/or if you require multiple air purifiers for your space.


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