CAFE Standards Set By The Obama Administration Didn’t Take Into Account Carbon Fiber Shortages

One problem with creating new regulations historically speaking is that you end up modifying industry sectors, and often catch companies off-guard. New rules and regulations can also cause severe shortages of materials needed to ensure that the industry remains stable and can meet the demand of consumers, customers, and clients of all sizes. Okay so, let’s talk about the Obama Administration’s recent update to the CAFE standards, or required mpg ratings for all new cars produced in the future.

There was an interesting piece in Plastics Today Magazine’s online news on July 10, 2012 titled; “Will a carbon fiber supply crunch emerge?” by Stephen Moore which noted amongst other things that even with a very modest increase in demand which should by all means be expected, shortages will start to emerge. Why do I expect shortages? Well, when we place regulations on automobile makers with things such as Federal CAFÉ Standards for mileage the car makers have no choice but to use lighter materials to reduce weight.

This at a time when the airline manufacturers are increasing production to meet demand for newer lighter aircraft to save on fuel, just as the trucking industry is, and further we have the private space industry coming up too. Not to mention sporting gear, specialty race cars, sailboats, and well just about everything that needs to be lighter and stronger. It is not that the free-market system cannot find solutions for these disruptions, free-market capitalism always finds the way, it’s that it was forced into a box unnecessarily.

It is quite possible that carbon nano tubes and graphene can help in the future to offset the shortages of plastics and plastic composites. However, that science isn’t upon us yet to the level of manufacturing process needed to help us overcome this current challenge which has been created by overregulation. In the future composite materials made up of various things such as carbon nano tubes, plastics, and carbon fiber will make everything lighter and stronger.

We didn’t really need new regulations on the auto industry to bring these technologies into fruition. The price of fuel and the need for efficient transportation is surely enough without government intervention – which has now once again led to the law of unintended consequences. At some point it would behoove us to have more free-market capitalist thinkers in our government, those that understand how industry works, how things are made, and where everything comes from.

Until that happens I guess we have to expect more disruptions in industry causing temporary job losses and chaos driven reshuffling of our workforce. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

What Are The Street Regulations Around Cafe Banners?

Café banners are an excellent way of advertising your business. They are really cheap to acquire and you can have them custom made to suit whatever your needs are. However, you have to be very careful to avoid breaking the law when you are installing them and also when you are traveling in areas where there are banners. Here are some general street cafes and banners you should know about.

You might need permission to put one up

As much as you would like to have a free world where you put up a banner anywhere, there are restrictions to where you can do it. Unless you are putting a banner at the door of your café, you should be prepared to take a trip to the local authorities to get permission to put up a banner. They will tell you which places you are allowed to put up a banner and where you cannot. In most cities, they will also give you a written permit showing that you are allowed to put up your banner there.

You might need to pay for the space where you erect or hang your banner

This is one of the ways that some local governments make revenue. If you want to put up a banner on a building that is not the area you have rented or built a café room, you might have to pay some fees. Banners are somehow like live ads and you have to pay a fee to advertise in some spaces. The amount you pay and whether you pay anything at all will depend on where you are putting up your banner.

Your banner may not block any other Ads or hinder the usage of social amenities

Wouldn’t it be great to hang a huge banner for your café on a landmark like let’s say, the liberty tower? Well, you cannot. There are places where you are not allowed to put up your banner. To start with streetlights are off the bounds. Banners that block entries to parks and other public utilities are also at the risk of being torn down by the local authorities. Make sure you position your banner in a place where it can be seen, but does not prevent the normal running of any public utility.

If you don’t put up your banner well, it will be torn down

There I no way you can expect local authorities to watch and do nothing a s a badly erected banner falls on motorists or pedestrians. You have to make sure you enlist the services of good banner makers who can correctly erect the banners for you. This way, the risk of paying fines or causing accidents will be reduced.

There are many more street regulations around café banners. For instance, it is illegal to tear down a banner that you did not erect. If a person feels it is being a danger to the people using the street, they are supposed to report it to the relevant authorities. With the help of a good banner making company, you will be able to make and erect banners well.

Hey, Law of Attraction, I Didn’t Ask for This!

“What you resist sticks to you like glue.” – Judith Orloff

The Law of Attraction states that you will attract into your Life whatever you focus on – whether you want it or not. Therefore, although you may not have gotten what you wanted, you did get what you asked for.

You Always Get What You Ask For. If the waiter serves you something you truly dislike, keep in mind that the Cosmic Café never gets an order wrong. You never get something you did not request. You are never served someone else’s order by mistake.

Q: Waiter, I hate Brussels sprouts. Why do you keep bringing me Brussels sprouts?
A: I keep bringing you Brussels sprouts, young man, because you keep focusing on Brussels sprouts.

Q: Waiter, I distinctly ordered the roast duck and you brought me a hot dog.
A: Well, Sir, you do not order in words. You order vibrationally. To get roast duck, you must vibrate roast duck.

Q: Waiter, why did you bring me the veggie plate when I requested the escargot?
A: Well, Madam, although you say you want the escargot, you are not vibrating escargot. You are definitely vibrating veggie plate.

So what do you do when you’re served something you definitely do not want? You place another order. You place an order for what you want clearly and specifically and with all the passion you can muster. Then you give your full attention to what you do want.

Place Another Order. Let’s say you manifest your dream job and later learn that it requires significant amounts of travel, which makes balancing the other aspects of your life more challenging. Not a problem. Now that you’re clearer about what you do want, place another order by specifically focusing on a job with no travel or minimal travel. As you focus on this desire, either the travel part of your current job will be reduced or you’ll attract another job with the perfect amount of travel. Hold your gaze unwaveringly on what you do want so that you offer a clear signal rather than a fuzzy vibration.

Max claimed to be surprised when he was laid off from his job. Closer inspection revealed that, some months earlier, he had declared – “I hate my job. I’m ready for a job I love.” The Universe believed him and got him out of that miserable position. It was not immediately clear to him that this was evidence of the Law of Attraction working on his behalf, and he did spend a few days feeling shocked. However, he soon recognized that he was now free to find more fulfilling work. As he was able to quit listening to his own negative self-talk and the fear-based advice of family members telling him to “just get a job, any job,” he held out until he found – you guessed it – a job he loves.

Who Ya Gonna Blame? If you don’t understand that you have created an unwanted situation in your life through your thoughts and feelings, you may look for excuses. You may play the karma card, blame your mother, or curse your bad luck. When you realize that your life is the way it is because of the way you direct your thoughts – and for no other reason – you can seize the power to design your destiny.

When you apply the Law of Attraction and order with focus and clarity, the Cosmic Café will serve you the most delicious life you could ever imagine!

Pareto’s Principal Applied to Running a Cafe, Takeaway or Restaurant

Increased turnover and sales in your café, takeaway or restaurant does not equate to increased profit. Too often as business owners we focus so heavily on increasing our sales in the hope that our business will become more profitable, when the unwanted truth is often not in the turnover but the efficiency of the business.

An inefficient business that makes small sales or a small turnover has the potential through small oversights to make small losses. Conversely a large inefficient business making large sales and large turnovers has the propensity to make large losses. I call this the rule of relative inefficiency. Profits will only ever be relative to sales when you’re business is running efficiently. That is when your wages, cost of goods purchased, and overheads are relative to your sales. I have seen and also owned and run small well run cafes that have been more profitable than larger more inefficient cafes. Try the following principal to help you tighten the bolts on your hospitality business:

Investigate Pareto’s Principal, the 80/20 rule and how it applies in your business. Pareto’s law suggests that the 20 percent of something will be vital to your business and the 80 percent trivial or that 20 percent of your effort will result in 80 percent of your results.

One example of Pareto’s law in the instance of café, takeaway and restaurant management dictates that 20 percent of your products can be attributable to a greater level of profit than the other 80 percent of your stock. I was looking over my Coke ordering the other day and identified the 80/20 rule clearly there. The vital 20 percent was in the sales of black coke and water, which far outweighed the sales of all other coke varieties. I have also identified Pareto’s law in the gross profits our products generate. If you consider that perhaps as in the example of Coke sales above that you are making little gross profit on the sales of the 20 percent (Black Coke and Water) but you are making a good gross profit on the other 80 percent of coke products. You may find overall your cost of goods sold as a percentage of turnover isn’t too good. With the required adjustments on either the purchase price, the sale price or both on the 20 percent you will likely see a marked improvement to your overall bottom line.

If you consider that 20 percent of something is potentially responsible for 80 percent of the results, as a business owner or manager you should be spending some time considering whether or not you’re allocating more of your time to the 20 percent or the 80%. You should consider outsourcing or delegating the 80 percent of tasks that are essentially trivial and largely inconsequential and focusing on the 20 percent that counts towards your business growth.

Consider the following applications also 80 percent of your stock comes from 20 percent of your suppliers. Are you misallocating your time with suppliers? Also 80 percent of your sales will come from 20percent of your staff. How should this affect your roster? 20 percent of your staff will cause 80 percent of your problems, but another 20 percent of your staff will provide 80 percent of your productivity. Can this aid in cutting back rosters? Absolutely, but you must learn to identify the attributable 20 percent.

What Pareto’s principal is ultimately trying to teach us is to focus on the 20 percent that matters and remember that often 20 percent of something is responsible for 80 percent of the result. Do this and your business will profit.