October 7, 2016

1 Phone Call

2 Email

3 Post card

4 Greeting Card

5 Flowers

6 Gift basket

7 Logo Merchandise

8 Magazine subscription

9 Livestock

10 Discount on next product purchase or future service call

11 Party

12 Lunch or Dinner meeting

13 Event tickets

14 Personal gift

15 Personal visit

With the end of the year coming up fast, many businesses are looking for a way to say to their customers “Thank you for your business”.

Here are 15 gift category considerations to assist you in choosing just the right thing to show your customer appreciation and to let them how thankful you are for their business.

Personalized Message

– Phone call – While this is not the best choice, it needs to be mentioned as with all the electronic communication that goes on these days, sometimes even just a real, live phone call can have special meaning.

– eMail – While this may seem to be an extremely insincere method of communicating a “Thank You” gesture, it happens all the time!

– Greeting card – This method is very popular because of its low cost, and general acceptance as a sincere form of acknowledgement.

– Post card – While not as personal, for many businesses this is still a preferred method. Just don’t send one from where YOU are vacationing from on the profits you made on their business!

– Personal visit – Nothing makes more of an impression, especially with a long distance business relationship, than to just show up in person and say “Thanks!”.

Gifts

– Company logo merchandise – There are many was to show your appreciation of a clients business properly, and still leave a strong impact on the client while marketing your business. Yes, if you can think it up, a company can put your logo on it.

– Flowers – Depending on the client, flowers are an excellent choice as this gesture is widely accepted as a personal way to reach a client with your message of gratitude.

– Gift basket – There are so many wonderful ways to express your thankfulness with a gift basket, as each one can be custom tailored to a specific clients interests.

– Magazine subscription – This may not necessarily be your first choice, but what better way to show a client all year long that you truly appreciate the business they are doing with you, but it is a constant reminder throughout the year of who they ARE doing business with.

– Event tickets – Whether this would include such things as say a sporting event, a performing arts venue, or any other entertainment event occasion, this type of gift can make a very lasting impression if chosen correctly.

– Personal gift – This is probably the strongest way to show a client that you not only are grateful for their business, but that you are also appreciative of the personal relationship you’ve built between them and that you know them well enough to be able …

What is a fraud? An international trade transaction involves several parties-exporter, importer, ship-owner, charterer, ship’s master, officers and crew, insurer, banker, broker or agent, freight forwarder. Maritime fraud occurs when one of these parties unjustly takes another’s goods or money. In some cases, several of these parties act in collusion to defraud another. Banks and insurers are often the victims of such frauds.

The sinking of an over-insured vessel carrying a high valued non-existent cargo has been encountered at regular intervals. During periods of economic and political upheaval and depression in the shipping business, there have been incidents of unusual losses. In the last few years, these and other factors have led to a significant escalation in the number of incidents that can be termed as ‘maritime frauds’.

Types of Fraud

Maritime fraud has many guises and it methods are open to infinite variations. Majority of these crimes can be classified into four categories as under:

o Scuttling of ships

o Documentary frauds

o Cargo Thefts

o Fraud related to the chartering of vessels

Scuttling of Ships

Also known as ‘rust bucket’ frauds, this involves deliberate sinking of vessels in pursuance of fraud against both cargo and hull interests. With occasional exceptions, these crimes are committed by ship-owners in a situation where a vessel is approaching or has the end of its economic life, taking into account the age of the vessel, its condition and the prevailing freight market. The crime can be aimed at hull insurers alone or against both hull and cargo interests.

For example, a dishonest shower may approach am exporter and offer to carry his next large cargo shipment on his vessel. The exporter is to arrange the contract and the proposed buyer to open a letter of credit in his favor to pay for them. No goods are actually to be supplied or shipped, but the ship-owner agrees to supply bills of lading to show that the goods have been loaded on the vessel. The bills of lading together with such other documents as are required are presented to the bank negotiating the letter of credit. The banker pays against documents and not against goods. After ascertaining that the cargo description corresponds to the requirements as stipulated in the L/C, the bank, in the normal course of events, releases the funds under the terms of the L/C.

The ship, without it is by now paid for, but non-existent cargo, leaves port. It should not of course reach its destination, because should it do so, the missing cargo would lead immediately to the discovery of the fraud. To avoid this eventually, the ship is deliberately scuttled in a suitable location, so as to remove the evidence of the non-existent shipment beyond any prospect of subsequent investigation.

The ship-owner enters an insurance claim on his hull underwriters and he also receives a share of the proceeds from the letter of credit from exporter, leaving the hapless buyer to pursue an insurance claim for loss/non-delivery of his cargo.…