Sunday Sales Blast 10/29/17

Amazon’s New Plan for Home Deliveries: Hand Over the Keys

The online retailer’s new door-lock system would allow homeowners to give couriers access to the house.

The company on Wednesday introduced a connected door-lock and security-camera system to let package carriers, guests and eventually dog walkers in and out of customers’ houses, all controlled via an app.

Dubbed “Amazon Key,” the new $249.99 system...

When a courier arrives with a package for in-home delivery, they scan the barcode, sending a request to Amazon’s cloud. If everything checks out, the cloud grants permission by sending a message back to the camera, which starts recording. The courier then gets a prompt on their app, swipes the screen, and voilà, your door unlocks. They drop off the package, relock the door with another swipe, and are on their way. The customer will get a notification that their delivery has arrived, along with a short video showing the drop-off to confirm everything was done properly.

Why does this matter to you and your business?

While Amazon isn’t going to allow any third-party delivery services to get inside your house with Key (at least not at launch), the company is hoping that you’ll use Key when ordering stuff like dog walking or kitchen cleaning from its Amazon Home Services division. In the coming months, it says Key will be integrated with over 1,200 service providers across 60 professions.

Bullen could see this being broaden to commercial service very easily in the future. If you sell contractors that do home cleaning Amazon would have them locked in for products as well and the ability to connect with the services end of the business.
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5 Powerful Ways to Give Thanks to Your People

There's no better time of year than the approaching holiday season for company owners to roll up their sleeves and spread gratitude to the people who have contributed to the business all year long: the amazing employees who embody the culture, vision, and soul of an organization. 

Showing appreciation should be a regular year-long practice at any business. But the end of the year is a great time to step up the expressions of gratitude and go above and beyond in saying, "I love you!" Here are five simple ways to say thank you to your people:

1. Give thanks.
For the past seven years, my partner and I compose a long "we give thanks" email to our entire company. In that email, we list every single person in our organization and explain why that individual is special to us in just one sentence. Some of the remarks are funny, many are serious and all are heartfelt.

2. Send personal notes.
Sending love and appreciation to a team member can be as simple as sending a note. I try to write five notes a day to my people. This gives me an excuse to sit down and think about who in my company deserves a pat on the back. It doesn't have to be a long letter and can simply be a note of thanks for the contribution this individual makes and your gratitude for the hard work and loyalty. 

3. Help your staff show appreciation to others.
Most of my company is composed of salespeople. I own a real estate firm with 260 real estate agents and 20 staff members. One way I show appreciation is by helping members of my team express appreciation to their clients.

For the past five years, we have organized a Thanksgiving-time event with a pie giveaway for the agents. The company prints up individualized marketing materials for each agent negotiates discounted pricing on pies from a local farm and then drops the desserts at each agent's office for distribution two days before Thanksgiving. 
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Have a great day and an even better sales week!
Scott Jarden