2 Simple Reasons why NOT to upgrade to Windows 10 Now

Almost everyone using Windows at this point has seen the little upgrade button for Windows 10. It’s offered for free, it’s new, it’s exciting. Why not agree and download? Will it not be free and you miss out if you don’t accept now? Well there are somethings to consider before you jump ship on your tried and true installation of Windows. Here are the two simple unmistakable reasons not to switch:

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1. Wait for everyone else. Why put yourself through an update for a brand new system when other people can find out the problems first.

2. Your upgrade may be a downgrade. The upgrade to Windows 10 may not be the same level of Windows you have. If you have Professional, or Ultimate versions of Windows, basically anything above the Home Version, you will be downgraded. This may have important consequences you won’t realize until after the change.
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Frozen Yogurt Trends Around The World


The resurgence of frozen yogurt in the early 2000’s has proven the test of time in the United States as it’s popularity has only steadied, grown and reinvented itself with new innovations constantly added to the market. One may be surprised to discover the trend was actually an import from Europe (to the East Coast) and Asia (to the West Coast.) We see this evident in froyo flavors and toppings. (mochi and tiramisu, anyone?) With frozen yogurt being such a growing international market let’s look at some of the trends around the world that you can incorporate into your own business.

International Frozen Yogurt Trends:

*Soy Yogurt: Tutti Frutti is a global brand with hundreds of shops open all over the world. In order to cater to their international clients dietary restrictions and allergies; there’s a big lactose intolerance in Asia, many countries don’t eat eggs for religious or personal reasons, and a growing gluten intolerance, Tutti Frutti has opted out of using dairy and utilized the sustainable and environmentally friendly product, soy. This soy frozen yogurt makes Tutti Frutti able to transcend borders regardless of dietary restrictions in the area without too much recipe alteration and base their product on a more natural and sustainable business practice which is in keeping with their mission statement.

 


*Nigeria has an abundance of coconut-based product (oil, milk, meat etc.) so they incorporate each part of the coconut into their yogurt making process.

*In South America countries that have adopted this lighter treat and have put their own spin on it with local tropical fruits such as mango and traditional flavors such as dulce de leche as a base and incorporated cocoa bits in as a topping.

*Italy claims a pivotal role in the invention of frozen yogurt as gelato shop keepers traditionally would mix in yogurt into their gelato in order to achieve the ideal consistency. They use their abundance of grapes in the wine regions to top their creamy recipes.


*Australia has opted to use frozen yogurt in the health market. As yogurt is a great source of protein, protein shake shops have opened up boasting this workout friendly option of slurping froyo down.

*South Koreans pile the red bean, and mochi ball toppings high up onto their frozen yogurt concoctions along with flavor additions like sweet potato and green tea.

*In India, dessert ghee is a popular ingredient. Some have used these flavors of cardamom, fennel and saffron into the yogurt itself or offer it up as a topping.

 


How to Open a Frozen Yogurt Shop


Opening a frozen yogurt shop can be a fun, delicious, and lucrative endeavor. However, you can’t really get far with this if you don’t have all the licenses and certification you need. Follow this quick “how to” to give you a rundown of all the items you’ll need before opening your frozen yogurt shop.

What you’ll need:

Business license
Tax identification number
Liability insurance
Retail license
Food permit
Frozen yogurt inventory
Office equipment
Fees

 

Steps:

1. You’ll need to determine what kind of frozen yogurt business you want to start. Do you want to branch off on a franchise? Will it be self service or full service? When you have these questions answered you can begin researching your local market to learn about opportunities, menu offerings, and pricing scales.

2. Now you’ll need to apply for all of your permits. These include your business license, tax identification number, retail permit and food license. Get started by visiting the U.S Small Business Administration’s website to get more information about businesses and permits in your area.

3. Now you’ll need to do the purchasing for your business. use this helpful checklist
* digital scales
*self-serve machines
*caddies for displaying toppings
*chairs and tables for customers to sit
*fax machine
*telephone
*credit card machine
*point of sale system, a great point of sale system helps you keep track of all your inventory and lets you know when and what you need to order new product.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Frozen Yogurt Machines -Buying from Overseas

Is it worth buying overseas? The Frozen Yogurt machine is at the epicenter of the frozen yogurt shop. It determines quality and quantity output of your yogurt as well as operation and service costs which can be a bit mysterious until you have actually purchased the machines in which case you are a bit stuck.

To help carry the load we are examining a few yogurt machines every week and different important aspects of the upkeep of these machines so you can compare them to the ROI of the machine.

There are a few major players in the US that most people looking to open a shop come across; Taylor, Forte, Stoelting and Sani Serve. From recent pricing investigations these machines run from $8,000 – $13,000 with Taylor being the most expensive.

I also came across Alpine which gets their machines from a manufacturer in China. Now some of the warnings I have come across about buying overseas were that if you buy overseas you have to order any broken parts from overseas, many machines not being NSF or UL certified, and high risk of scams. The site seems to address all three issues on the home page stating “free spare parts, 3 year warranty on motors and compressors, and the man behind these machines is a frozen yogurt shop owner in AZ.”

alpine360, frozen yogurt machine

 

Whether or not you think the Alpine is the machine for you they had some interesting points about what to look at when shopping for a commercial frozen yogurt machine. for example; they compared their machines to taylor and reasoned about how the energy bill alone is outrageous compared to how much yogurt you are actually putting out and suggests that for most places it is not necessary. Here are some of their key points when comparing to Taylor, one of the top brands when it comes to commercial frozen yogurt machines.

1. Each machine has two separate, independent motors and compressors so they require much more energy to operate. That is fine if you are running a very high volume business with 1 or 2 machines. What I found with most self serve yogurt store is they have from 6 to 8 machines to provide a variety of flavors so they carry a lot less load. . What I think people are looking for is machines that are energy efficient since they are only being used a few times a day each during peak hours.

2. Taylor uses two motors and two compressors means: More energy consumption – My store had 4 machines and cost me about $1,600 in electricity monthly. Now I have 8 Alpine and the utilities dropped considerably to only $900 monthly! More moving parts that could break down – Since the new machines were too expensive, I bought some used ones as an alternative and they cost me on an average $800 per month for repair and maintenance for four of them.

3. Expensive cost to build out – Since most commercial rental spaces have about 200amp electrical panel and because of the load that Taylor needs, a new operator has to add an additional panel and that can cost anywhere between $5,000 to $25,000 depending where the main electrical line they have to bring it from. With our machines, existing 200 amp panel should be enough.

Keep in mind it wasn’t easy finding additional information on these machines, but that seems to be the trend with commercial yogurt machines. I do appreciate the free manual and the specifications page on the site. There are some important aspects to think about when considering buying from this company, they offer a warranty but don’t say much about service. Sure you have a manual but how much will it cost you in the long run? It depends on how long it takes to fix.

There are some opinions out there that service through the yogurt machine supplier is expensive and unnecessary. A simple refrigerator repair man could do the job. If you have a refrigerator repair company that you have an on going service plan or relationship with, it may be worth it to buy a machine such as the Alpine 360. I would suggest bringing in the specifications to the refrigerator repair company and collaborating with an expert on parts and functionality. That way you have a local go to guy that knows what to expect and where to find the parts if necessary.