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Tips For a Calmer Work-Life Balance

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Finding a proper work-life balance for yourself can be a challenge, whether you work at a startup or a corporation. We all have different levels of ‘workaholic’ as our base line. Some of us seek out jobs that are fast paced and time-consuming, while others seek a calmer quieter position. Nonetheless, it can be hard to find the right work-life balance no matter our job. It can be crazy to balance our job, our families, friends, loved ones and activities…

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IRX and EDX 2017: must-attend events for the retail industry

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Lululemon, Facebook, Google, Harrods and Alibaba join the UK’s biggest multichannel and fulfilment events this year   This year’s InternetRetailing Expo (IRX) returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 5 & 6 April. It’s the seventh year in a row for the UK’s only dedicated multichannel retail expo. The underlying theme for 2017 is ‘Unveiling the Future of the Retail Nation’, which aims to provide insight into what the future holds for ecommerce and multichannel retail in the post-Brexit Britain. The show…

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startups

Navigating Professionalism at Startups

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So, let’s say you’re beginning work in a start up or non-hierarchical company. It can be hard to get used to the shift from the corporate world to a small, hungry startup. There’s usually by nature less structure in small startups, especially in growth phase. But that’s where both the chaos and fun lies. Without a set way of ‘this is how we do things’, there’s more room for innovation and creativity. You can see your ideas implemented in real…

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Tallinn hosted the largest blockchain conference in the Baltic states

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On March 9, Tallinn hosted a large-scale conference dedicated to blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency development – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Tallinn. The event became the largest platform for blockchain entrepreneurs and developers in the Baltic states. The conference was attended by 250 people from 20 countries. Event organizer is Smile-Expo, the company that holds blockchain conferences in Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic. It has decided to enter the Estonian market due to the favorable IT environment of the country…

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Time management

Easy Office Time Management Tips

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Time management is one those skills that everyone at the office needs but is seldom taught in school. Most of us figure it out ourselves through trial and error. Or by missing a deadline and realizing it’s time to shape up! Here at Payments & Cards Network, we’re a headhunting agency, and time management is vital to running a successful business. Scheduling time for calls, time for business development and time for admin and sourcing is really important to having…

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job hunting

Interview Spotlight: Talking Travel & Job Hunting with Melanie

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Today we sat down with our newest employee, Melanie Mladenova. She joined us  as a Marketing Sales Manager. Melanie is in her final year studying at the International Business School at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Today, we sat down to talk about job hunting and why she joined Payments & Cards Network. What led you to Amsterdam? I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and attended a language high school while there. This exposure to languages helped me see how…

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Customer Relationship

Stel als dienstverlener je klant centraal, niet jezelf

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Retailers en financiële instellingen willen het de klant zo makkelijk mogelijk maken. Eisen aan veiligheid en zekerheid lijken daarmee soms strijdig. Die schijnbare tegenstelling maakt het zoeken naar een goede oplossing extra leuk, zegt Bas Boelhouwers, CCO van MoneYou. Financiële dienstverlener MoneYou, een zelfstandige dochter van ABN Amro, verstrekt online hypotheken, spaarrekeningen en leningen. Het bedrijf zoekt voortdurend naar mogelijkheden om processen voor klanten te verbeteren. Zo is recent het proces van klant worden en identificatie verbeterd. Boelhouwers presenteert de…

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De kracht zit in collectief data verzamelen

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“Veel ondernemers in het MKB zijn op individuele basis een te klein ecosysteem om relevante data te verzamelen”, dat stelt Karel-Lodewyck Lefere van CCV in een exclusief vraaggesprek met Internetkassa.nu. “Wij willen deze ondernemers ondersteunen door samenwerking te stimuleren.” Volgens Lefere is de kracht van het collectief daarin doorslaggevend. “Door de MKB’ers binnen een collectief te laten optreden stijgt hun relevantie voor de consument exponentieel, waardoor ze beter in staat zijn om essentiële klantdata te verzamelen en hiermee de customer…

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MPE

MPE Berlin: Industry Expert Interviews

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Every year, the Merchant Payments Ecosystem stands out as a leading event for those working in merchant payments. Throughout the duration, there are amazing networking opportunities, along with great panels and discussions. Some of our team traveled to the event in Berlin last week and our Commercial Director, Rogier, spoke about Talent Management and executive search. Our Head of Marketing, Amir, joined as well. Now that he’s back in the office, we had a chance to catch up on the experience….

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BlockShow Europe 2017: The First Blockchain Oscar to be Held This Spring

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March 2, 2017 – the first stage of Blockchain Oscar starts under the BlockShow Europe 2017 programme. Blockchain Oscar is a Startup Competition, which will be held in two rounds. The first one will take place online for three days on March 2-4. During this stage, the board of expert judges will give the thorough look at the participating projects and assess each one of them; finally, the shortlist of 6 the most promising companies will be selected. These exact…

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