How Pizza Delivery Bags Ensure Customer Satisfaction

If you are in the restaurant business, you may be well-aware of how important it is to serve quality food in a great environment. These are the two primary components that equate to customer satisfaction in the restaurant business, and satisfied customers are repeat customers. You have complete control over the quality of food served in your establishment as well as the atmosphere and cleanliness of your restaurant. Many restaurants also have a delivery component to their business, and this may be one area that you have far less control over. You certainly want your delivery customers to be just as satisfied with their dining experience as your in-house customers are, and pizza delivery bags can assist with this in several ways.

Warm, Quality Food
Pizza bags are most commonly associated with the delivery of pizza, but they actually come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Because of this, they are often used by other types of restaurants as well for their food delivery needs. Regardless of the type of restaurant you run, food delivery bags ensure that the food delivered to your patrons is warm. Some delivery drivers may not be able to deliver the food to patrons for 15 or 20 minutes or longer after the food has been prepared and boxed up, and during this period of time, the food can easily get cold and lose consistency in some cases. Food delivery bags have excellent thermal qualities to ensure that the food stays piping hot while en route.

Faster Service
Without the use of food delivery bags, some restaurants require each driver to make a single trip out and to return to the restaurant for the next pickup. Taking multiple orders out at the same time is not feasible as it would result in the delivery of cold, low quality food. With food delivery bags in use, however, your drivers may take out three or four order or more at a time. This boosts their efficiency and decreases your overhead. More than that, it often means that your patrons receive their food much more quickly than they otherwise would.

Happy patrons turn into repeat customers as well as customers who spread word about their great experiences with your restaurant to their friends and family members. You understandably want to take every step possible to ensure that your delivery drivers consistently deliver warm, quality food in the most efficient manner possible, and food delivery bags facilitate your achievement of this goal. There are numerous sizes, shapes and styles of these bags available for you to choose from, giving you incredible flexibility to find the best options for your needs. There is a lot of useful information available at the Covertex Corporation website.

What It Takes to Succeed in Business College

Students in colleges Toronto and across the country are actively working hard to earn a degree, and many are studying in their school’s business college. Degrees in areas such as digital marketing, accounting and business management are in high demand. However, before you can benefit from having one of these incredible degrees in hand, you must first find a way to succeed in school while taking a challenging course load. These important factors will help to find greater success in your efforts to earn a business degree.

Ample Time to Study
While you understandably want to earn a degree, you also want to get a good grade point average through your efforts. After all, your degree, your GPA and even the courses you took in business college may be reviewed by a hiring manager when you apply for a new job. Keeping your grades high while taking a demanding course load is easier to do when you allow yourself ample time to study. If you are on the fence about your abilities to take so many hours when registering for courses for a semester, consider cutting back even if it means taking another semester or two to earn your degree.

The Ability to Skimp on a Limited Budgeted
Business college can be expensive, and many people use student loans to pay for at least a portion of their classes, books and more. However, you may want to minimize the amount of student debt you take on. In some cases, student loans will not pay for all of your expenses, and you may be required to pay for some fees out of your own pocket. Learning how to live on a tight budget may be necessary as you work toward your goal, and it may ensure that you have ample funds available to complete your entire degree.

A Strong Focus on Your Goal
Attending business school is not a short-term process. Even if you can take a full-time course load, it may take your four years or longer to complete your degree. If you take a part-time course load, it may take you longer than six years to complete your degree. This is a lengthy period of time to pursue a time-consuming goal. In order to succeed with reaching your goal, you must have a strong dedication and ample focus on your goal.

If you are planning to attend business Canadian Business College in the near future, you may want to take stock of your situation before you enroll. If you are already enrolled, you may need to re-work your situation for the best results. With these important factors working in your favor, you can more easily improve your chances of success.

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Maintaining Digital Infrastructure With Periodic Software Testing

Ensuring that all software, systems and applications are able to work across multiple platforms is an essential part of establishing the right digital infrastructure. Performing periodic tests and inspections of software applications is absolutely critical in terms of producing the most up to date and accurate information regarding their level of functionality. Even smaller businesses and new ventures may benefit by prioritizing system integration testing and assessment procedures that will produce greater clarity and insight.

Ongoing Testing Processes

Businesses that create a culture of testing can enjoy numerous benefits. Lacking the right information can make it all but impossible to address issues, resolve problems or even take advantage of opportunities that may be time-sensitive in nature. Establishing a benchmark for future application quality assurance and conducting software testing at regular intervals can reduce and even eliminate many of the problems and issues that may be caused due to improper configuration, lack of periodic maintenance or conflicts that may be caused when utilizing multiple software applications as part of the same workflow process.

Application Quality Assurance and Improvement Efforts

Just because a digital working environment is able to function effectively today does not mean it will continue to do so in the future. Long-term quality assurance and improvement efforts are often essential to ensure a businesses day to day operations are able to be conducted with greater efficiency. Ongoing software testing is one of the most effective ways to overcome the many challenges associated with system integration. Without testing to provide information that is accurate and up to date, businesses may be far more likely to encounter future issues and problems that could have been prevented.

Small Scale System Integration Testing

The addition of a new software platform, application or digital service can easily disrupt even the most stable and dependable systems. When it comes to ensuring more successful System integration testing that is performed prior to implementing wide-scale changes can play a vital role. Performing small-scale software testing or limiting implementation of a new application or procedure to a narrow or controlled environment can limit the scope and consequences of any problems that may develop throughout the process.

Comparing Current Performance to Established Benchmarks

Testing used in application quality assurance can help to identify underlying problems and issues which would have otherwise escaped notice. Small and seemingly minor issues that may impair system performance are often the first sign that a larger problem may be developing. Performing application, software and system integration testing at regular intervals and comparing the results to established benchmarks is a proven and effective way to ensure that digital working environments are able to remain properly configured and free of any issues. More information can be found at QA Consultants, which provides additional resources.

Paper Shredding and Community Services

Anyone who has watched the news in the past decade knows that paper shredding services play a vital role in protecting individuals and companies from the unscrupulous attention of identity thieves. What you may not be aware of is how these same document shredding services have become a new revenue center for local businesses. Other businesses use document destruction as a promotional device by offering free paper shredding to community residents.

Identity Theft

Paper shredding services assist individuals and businesses in reducing papers that include personal information down into indecipherable particles; hopefully before criminals can turn that information into dishonest dollars. According to the Canadian Anti-Theft Centre, identity theft increased from 17,094 victims in 2012 to 20,611 in 2014. Those victims lost more than $10 million dollars due to personal information falling into the wrong hands.

Business to Consumer

Because of this significant increase identity theft, more and more business, such as office supply shops, offer paper shredding services to consumers for a small fee. For example, ten pounds of paper might cost just a few dollars, which is great for small, infrequent jobs, but what happens when the consumer is a business or a family member cleaning up after a deceased relative who made hording into an art? In those cases, it is more cost-effective to contract with a document shredding specialist to make frequent pickups of sensitive paperwork that needs destroyed or to take it to a recycling business who has the equipment to handle bulk paper shredding in a secure manner. And in cases where paper shredding services are offered as promotional tool, professional shred services are a must. After all, the ultimate goal is to create goodwill not another resource or identity thieves.

Community Services

Helping the community protect themselves from crime is a terrific way to create goodwill and name recognition. That is why many businesses and local governments hire document destruction specialist to help them promote their own image within the neighborhood. Often, they will sponsor a free shred fest at a local recycling center or hire paper shredding services to go onsite to assist with community document shredding. Communities like Mississauga and Brampton turned a community shred event into a fundraiser by trading free shred services in exchange for non-perishable food items. Montclair arranged for a shred truck to reduce personal documents into recyclable waste, not only did they offer a great service to residents, they sold the recycled paper to help support the neighborhood.

Sum It Up

While paper shredding service are most commonly thought of as an identity theft deterrent, communities and businesses have learned that this this valuable service is a great way to create goodwill within the community. You may want to visit Shred-it for more info and insights.

Welcome to the June/July 2010 Issue of Dulcimer Sessions®!

Hammered and mountain dulcimers are different instruments with different playing techniques, but they have a lot of music in common, and many people play both. To make mountain dulcimer music accessible to hammered dulcimer players we usually include with mountain dulcimer tablature the accompaniment chord letters and either notation or sound files. Be sure to check our 40 “Back Issues” that start with 2003 articles on the rudiments of playing both instruments. You’ll find 121 free musical articles in all – courtesy of Mel Bay Publications.

The Mel Bay Publications is the largest publisher of books for hammered and mountain dulcimers. You’ll find outstanding resources for playing techniques colorful music styles by visiting www.melbayxpress.com. Click on “Dulcimer” in the left margin. Click on “Hammered Dulcimer” or “Mountain Dulcimer” or just cruise down the page for a delightful browse of books for both.

This issue of DulcimerSessions.com begins with the following articles with easy music:

  1. “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” from the Mel Bay book FIRST JAMS for Mountain Dulcimer by Lee “Drew” Andrews. This Bluegrass “classic” is presented in tablature and notation, with chord letters and sound file. It’s a simple, picked arrangement that will prepare you to begin jamming with other instruments.
  2. “Flop Eared Mule” from the Mel Bay book The Hammered Dulcimer Treasury of Tunes by Sally Hawley. This is an easy tune, popular at jams and dances, that changes key from G to D.

We continue with more specialized and challenging music in the following:

  1. Blues for Mountain Dulcimer 101 by Bing Futch. This very thorough article covers the history, intrinsic sounds and musical structure of the blues and how to work this style on the mountain dulcimer. It includes written music and sound files.
  2. “Kevin Keegan’s Waltz” for hammered dulcimer by Ken Kolodner. This sentimental waltz learned from Irish musician Billy McComiskey, is one Ken’s “signature” performance pieces.

I invite dulcimer players to submit articles to me for possible inclusion in future issues of Dulcimer Sessions. We offer a small honorarium for those articles use. Requests for articles on new subjects are also welcomed.

Enjoy! See you in our August 2010 issue.

“Flop Eared Mule” an Easy and Popular Old-Time Tune for Hammered Dulcimer

arranged by Sally Hawley

This popular jamming and contra dance piece is also called the “Blue Bell Polka.” It is actually what’s called a “cotillion.” Usually with cotillions, the parts are played in A-B-A sequence. “Flop Eared Mule” is also fun because it changes key. The A part is in the key of G, and the B part is in the Key of D – both easy keys to play on the hammered dulcimer.

“Kevin Keegan’s Waltz” an Irish Waltz for Hammered Dulcimer

This is one of hammered dulcimer artist Ken Kolodner’s “signature” pieces. Ken says of this it, “Kevin Keegan’s Waltz is one of the many great tunes which I have learned from button accordion virtuoso Billy McComiskey. Billy is widely regarded in traditional music circles for his playing in the Irish Tradition and, in more recent years, Trian. Hailing originally from East Galway and later settling in San Francisco, Kevin Keegan was also a well-known box [Irish accordion] player.”

You can hear and watch Ken Kolodner play “Kevin Keegan’s Waltz” below and several other online locations.

Hammered Dulcimer: “Be Thou My Vision”

This collection of music conveys author Madeline MacNeil’s love of hymns. Many of these arrangements provide a harmony part that may be performed on another instrument such as the flute, guitar, bowed psaltery, or mountain dulcimer. The majority of these tunes can be played on a 12/11-course hammered dulcimer (with G below middle C being the lowest note on the instrument). Selections include: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God; All Beautiful the March of Days; Amazing Grace; Be Thou My Vision; Come, Thou Font of Every Blessing; Evening Hymns; For the Beauty of the Earth; He Leadeth Me; Here I Am, Lord; How Great Thou Art; and many more. Written in standard notation only with complete lyrics and suggested chord changes.

The original Old Irish text of Be Thou My Vision, Rop tú mo Baile, is often attributed to Dallan Forgaill in the 6th Century. The text had been a part of Irish monastic tradition for centuries before its setting to the tune, therefore, before it became an actual hymn. It was translated from Old Irish into English by Mary E. Byrne, M.A., in Ériu (the journal of the School of Irish Learning), in 1905. The English text was first versified by Eleanor H. Hull, in 1912, and is now the most common text used.

Christmas Carol for Hammered Dulcimer

The melody of “Ding Dong, Merrily on High” was first a secular dance tune titled “le branle de l’Official” and appeared in a sixteenth century dance book written by Jehan Tabourot. The lyrics, in somewhat antiquated language, were written much later by an English composer named George Ratcliff Woodward and was published in 1924 in his The Cambridge Carol-Book: Being Fifty-two Songs for Christmas, Easter, and Other Seasons.

This is a fun tune not only to play but also to sing. You just have to remember to take a deep breath before you start in on the “Glo—ri-a”  part.   And don’t forget to breath when you are playing it either!

This tune lies nicely in a vertical pattern on the left side of the treble bridge with easy harmony notes falling closely on the right side.

I have included three versions other than the basic melody that I use in my arrangement recorded on my CD “Yuletide Strings”.

Listen to Cindy Ribet play “Ding Dong, Merrily on High.”

Printable Version

 

Simple Embellishments Version:

In the A section (verse) harmonies are added using intervals that are located across the treble bridge from the melody.  Most of the harmony notes in the B section are just a third beneath the melody. The next to the last measure is the same as in the A section and I play the harmonies on the treble-right position.

 

Advanced 1 version:

This version is a little harder as it utilizes some arpeggios, harmonies and syncopation.  Don’t forget that you have options on either side of the treble bridge for the harmony notes.  Try different combinations until the tune flows best for you.  For me, playing notes that are close to each other horizontally works best. So, in this version every where you see a two-note chord that is more than three steps apart I am playing the melody on the treble-left position and the harmony on the treble-right position.

 

Advanced 2 Version:

In this version the B section is syncopated. I happen to use a right hand lead in this tune so my syncopated notes fall on the left hand. When I play this way every beat is played with my right hand, which makes the half-beats fall to the left hand.

I also utilize the chords to the right of the treble bridge and so I have marked those notes in green.  There are some notes you can use from the bass position (the lowest notes in the measure) but do what seems best for you.  I only highlighted the notes in the measures with the syncopation.  You can make it just a little easier by leaving off the lowest note in those measures.  But remember to return to using the right hand for the next beat so the following half-beat falls on the left.

 

“Ding Dong Merrily on High” words:

Ding dong! merrily on high,

In heav’n the bells are ringing;

Ding dong! verily the sky

Is riv’n with angel singing.

Gloria…

Hosanna in excelcis!

E’en so here below, below,

Let steeple bells be swungen,

And “Io, io, io!”

By priest and people sungen.

Gloria…

Hosanna in excelcis!

Pray you, dutifully prive

Your matin chime, ye ringers;

May you beautifully rime

Your evetime song, ye singers.

Gloria…

Hosanna in excelcis!

“Spanish Lady” for Mountain Dulcimer

This traditional Irish song captured my attention on folk radio. What struck me was the beautiful melody and rhythm in conjunction with the quirky counting chorus, and the story: a young man is smitten by a woman of questionable reputation washing her feet by candlelight on a late-night street in Dublin. I’ve heard different theories about the counting chorus: that it is “mouth music” or score-keeping for a game, but mostly that she is counting money. As always with the old songs, there are many variants of “Spanish Lady,” as well as other traditional songs with the counting chorus and the floating verse of “Round and round goes the wheel of fortune.”

The version I fell in love with is from Maighread Ní Dohmnaill, Tríona Ní Dohmnaill & Dónal Lunny. You can hear it here:

 

They, in turn, got it from Irish source singer Frank Harte (1933-2005):

 

I am now a link in this chain and you can hear and see me sing and play “Spanish Lady” here:

 

I have tabbed this out in D-A-D mountain dulcimer tuning, but I actually play this in C-G-C-C (bass to first string) with four equally-distant strings, one of my favorite ways to play. If you have not experimented with four equally-distant strings, this is a good opportunity to get your feet wet. I play this way a lot, letting the second string drone, forming the chord shapes like I would with three strings, but skipping over what is now the second string. There is something so haunting and lovely about that dronal effect and the rich addition of that extra string—you’ll be hooked!

The quirky rhythm escaped me until I started to tab the song for a student, realizing it is a mixture of 6/4 and 4/4. These are the kinds of fascinating nuances that make songs unique and emotionally compelling. I want to thank bandmates Heidi Cerrigione and Kevin Doyle for helping me understand this rhythm.

My strumming is percussive and strong, and the beginning instrumental part has an intentionally different chord order in one section—a way to mix things up a bit but not necessarily on a conscious level for listeners.

My vocal style, as for any singer, is an expression of my generation, heritage, and creative influences: traditional Appalachian and Celtic styles blended with influences such as Joni Mitchell, Mary Black, and of course, Jean Ritchie. Enjoy! Feel free to write to me at www.atwater-donnelly.com

Printable Version

 

Lyrics to “Spanish Lady”:

As I was walking through Dublin City, about the hour of twelve at night

It was there I spied a fair pretty maiden washing her feet by candlelight

First she washed them, then she dried them, over a fire of amber coals

And in all my life I never did meet a maid so neat about the soles…

Chorus:

She had twenty eighteen sixteen fourteen, twelve ten eight six four two none

She had nineteen seventeen fifteen thirteen, eleven nine seven five three and one

 

I stopped to look but the watchman passed, said he, “Young fellow, now the light is late

And away with you home or I will wrestle you, straight away to the Bridewell gate.”

I got a look from the Spanish lady, hot as a fire of amber coals

And in all my life I never did meet a maid so neat around the soles…

(Chorus)

As I walked back through Dublin City, as the dawn of day was o’er

Who should I spy but the Spanish lady, when I was weary and footsore

She had a heart so filled with loving, and her love she longed to share

And in all my life I never did meet a maid who had so much to spare…

(Chorus)

I’ve wandered north and I’ve wandered south, to Stoneybatter and Patrick’s Close

Up and around by the Gloucester Diamond, back by Napper Tandy’s house

Old age has laid its hand upon me, cold as a fire of ashy coals

And gone is the lovely Spanish lady, neat and sweet about the soles

‘Round and around goes the wheel of fortune, where it rests now wearies me

Oh fair young maids are so deceiving, sad experience teaches me…