Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Laser Distance Measurer Stanley Delivers New Features Brilliant


KRAEUTLER Tom: Welcome to the podcast edition of The Money Pit Top Products.

Well, when the traditional meter becomes heavy and inaccurate, you may want to consider investing in a much more sophisticated tool.

The Laser Distance Measurer Stanley can provide a more accurate measurement of longer distances in less time.

Here to tell us more Spencer Maheu, a global product manager for Stanley.

Welcome, Spencer.

Spencer Maheu: Hey, good to be here, Tom. Thank you for having me.

KRAEUTLER Tom: So, laser rangefinders - been around for a long time now. But I know that you always start with what is here now. You always reinvent the wheel, so to speak, and put a lot of research and a lot of land, and build many new features to your device.

So how Stanley Laser Distance Measurer change what's there, and what changes you added?

Maheu Spencer: Well, we got three great new items that we will be launching next month: TLM 99, 165, and 330. The display unit is just one more range and accuracy than you normally see in that price point they play now.

So TLM 99, for example, has 100 feet of range and retails for around $ 79 which is about $ 20 less than the opening price point in the market today.

And show them more advanced functionality that provides user productivity, as no direct measurement of Pythagoras, continuous measurement.

And TLM 330, our pro advanced unit, fitted with inclinometer and tilt sensor that can be used as a digital level, and can not directly calculate the value of height or horizontal distance through the barrier.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Okay, so let's talk about how the contractor or homeowner can use some of these products. For example, measuring 100 feet today?

Spencer Maheu: A lot of people, actually. I mean, you have a realtor to take the measure of distance to many, inspectors and provide value, and stuff like that, and then there are builders and remodelers, as well as, a measure of distance.

And, really, the only alternative they have in the past using the old tape or use of objects such as wheel gauge, which actually pretty accurate ...


Spencer Maheu: ... Compared with laser rangefinders.

KRAEUTLER Tom: It's like using an abacus when calculators were sitting there.

Spencer Maheu: [Chuckles] Of course. I mean, if you look at the accuracy of these tools and to compare it with the traditional short-record, for example, the 25-foot tape measure has a plus or minus 1/16 of an inch accuracy during TLM 330 is plus or minus 1/32 inch, so when you combine the flexibility of the tool accuracy, you really have a superior measure.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Now, you mentioned some of the other features that this tool will do.

You mentioned that measure the incline, so it will be effective, for example, building a road or sidewalk, trying to get a pitch in porch, that kind of thing?

Maheu Spencer: Yes, definitely. Even if you want a quick reference while riding on the roof to convert the angle to the field, you actually get better at taking care of OSHA regulations before you get up on the roof to do the job.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Now, this is a market that is actually growing now, and that's a good thing, but what do you think is behind it?

Maheu Spencer: There are several reasons, actually.

Emerging markets as the need for productivity growth in cutting costs. To remain competitive, professional trying to do more with less - less work, less time, and so on - and laser rangefinders that can greatly improve your productivity.

And then, on the other hand, there is the age of technology we live. As people get more comfortable with the iPad and smartphones to be part of their lives, and use them to manage their day-to-day, they become more likely to try a tool like LDM.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Yes, actually, especially considering that Apple does not know how to make an app for. [Chuckles]

Spencer Maheu: [Chuckles].

KRAEUTLER Tom: So let's talk about some of the trades that can benefit from. You mention realtor and contractor.

It seems to me that there might be more out there that you have not mentioned, because anyone who really have a need to measure anything that can benefit from it, such as decorators, for example.

Maheu Spencer: Yes, definitely. I mean, the merchant as drywallers, painters, and floor installer can all benefit from this because, in the end, what people do for a job estimate is that they know what areas need They have to cover what they need to paint. And this tool will include several automatic counting function that will automatically calculate the area and automatically calculates the amount of any area measurement.

KRAEUTLER Tom: What is one of the very recent changes, if you are really stuck that thing do?

Maheu Spencer: We actually measuring the horizontal distance hurdle. So if you want to measure the distance from point A to point B, and there is something in the way that does not allow you to get a straight shot, you can actually measure the hitch on top whatever you want to measure, and will inclinometer to calculate the horizontal distance away if you are measuring by the interruption.

KRAEUTLER Tom: Oh, that's really cool. So, in other words, do not shoot it horizontally, you can shoot it in the corner, and calculate what is the same distance as it can connect over to the other side. Actually - you know, the long side of the triangle that resource, but it is this - it will calculate the accurate basis.

Maheu Spencer: Yes, exactly.

Tom KRAEUTLER: Very cool.

Spencer Maheu, Global Product Manager for Stanley Black & Decker, about Laser Distance Measurer Stanley, a very cool - lots of changes, and very, very affordable.

When is going to hit the market?

Maheu Spencer: It will hit the market in November. Shops very aggressive in this unit: TLM 99 is going to be $ 79; TLM 165, featuring a range of 165 feet, it was $ 129, and TLM 330, featuring a 330 meter range, is going to sell for $ 299.

Tom KRAEUTLER: magnificent. Spencer Maheu, Global Product Manager Stanley Black & Decker, thank you so much for stopping by The Money Pit.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Politicians are starting to get their act together

NOT Italian heritage can be difficult. I'm not just referring to the Six Nations rugby tournament, or many football scandal, but specifically related to politics.

The position of prime minister in Italy has changed 12 times since 1990 and the country is often called the sick man of Europe, continued sluggish economic growth for over a decade. But Italian political and financial turmoil should not only be a concern in the country because it threatens the future of Europe.

Last year, investors have vibrant markets and FTSE 100 Index fell nearly 20% between July and October. In large part, this is down to fears over problems in Europe.

For short, too European government debt and borrowing costs, or bond yields in technical terms, will rise sharply. This has raised the possibility that some countries do not pay their debts - it is too late for Greece.

Many European banks have large Companies and European sovereign debt default in exchange for a big loss. But while Greek small in grand scheme of things, it would be a disaster if Italy or Spain were to go the same route. Italy is the third largest bond market in the world, behind only the U.S. and Japan, with more than $ 2 trillion in debt. Rising yields on Italian government bonds not only threaten the financial stability of Italy, but also in Europe.

As long as it pains me to bash both Milanese (and owner of my football team, AC Milan), former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is unable to restore faith in Italy. It is surprising he lasted so long but his tenure is more to do with lack of opposition with the ability of his own political prowess.

Skip to November 2011 and step Mario Monti, or "Super Mario" called by his colleagues and the press. In the midst of the European debt crisis he was invited to develop a new technocratic government after Berlusconi's resignation. Monti seems the opposite of Berlusconi. Known for his quiet demeanor and gentle character, he does not use the emotional rhetoric of a typical politician and admitted not very friendly.

In December, the government Monti has managed to introduce emergency austerity measures intended to restore market confidence. He also addressed measures to combat the chronic problems of the country tax evasion and tailor a package of much needed reforms targeting the labor market. European politicians to support him.

Also another Mario was instrumental in calming the market. Mario Draghi succeeded Jean-Claude Trichet as president of the European Central Bank (ECB) in the same month with the appointment of Monti.

In December, Draghi oversee the three-year loan program in the region of € 500 billion from the ECB to European banks, calming fears that banks are difficult to fund themselves.

Right now, the market looks calmed nerves and emotions are improved. The FTSE 100 Index recovered to 20% from the lows in October. Peripheral bond yields fell sharply in Europe, although it remained at a level that is not sustainable. Sort itself out when Europe, stocks still look cheap.

But there are still many challenges and seem likely that Europe will enter a recession this year. Known and unknown exogenous risks could derail feeling. But at least for now, seems politicians getting their act together and a step in the right direction. Hopefully.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Ward Hadaway an important role in the NHS services

LAW firm Ward Hadaway has helped to play a role in bringing new medical service hours - NHS 111 - the North East.

The experts of public sector enterprise and the Newcastle-based commercial team recommends East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (Neas) about the issues surrounding the provision of procurement services contract with the Trust across the region.

The NHS 111 service is intended for those who need immediate medical assistance but where the circumstances are not life-threatening. Service 24 hours starting trialled in County Durham, where he was powered by Neas.

Faith then teamed up with Northern Doctors Urgent Care to jointly bid for contracts to supply the services in the North East, from Berwick to Teesside.

Bid to win a five-year contract to provide services in November 2011 and the first stage of NHS 111 in the North East is now about to be realized on the 4th of September.

Ward Hadaway public sector commercial team recommends Neas whole process of procurement and contractual arrangements in Northern Doctors Urgent Care to provide NHS services 111.

Melanie Pears, partner and head of public sector at Ward Hadaway, led the team Neas counseling company.

He said: "The NHS 111 service is a major change in the way health services are urgent care is sent to the right people across the region, so we are very happy to play the role of the helping to bring services to the North East.

"After advised North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust over the past few years, we have been able to work together in partnership with our colleagues in the Trust."

Under the system, the caller has to call 111 toll free and talk to trained advisers, supported by experienced nurses.

Ask counsel to assess the symptoms of callers' and provide appropriate advice or direct them to local services that can help them best.

It could be an accident and emergency department of the hospital, out-of hours doctor, walk-in center or urgent care center, a community nurse, emergency dentist or late opening pharmacies.