Joe Peters

Baltimore-based Earthling loving progress and innovation. Writing about disruptive tech and businesses, and everything progress-related. Check some of my published work below.

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5 Tech Trends Changing the Face of Retail

From hospitality to customer service, Industry 4.0 is impacting every sector including retail. Until now, technology has given businesses the ability to do more with less, but embracing technology hasn’t been a do-or-die necessity until now. With an increasingly mobile world of more demanding consumers, those that fail to adapt to new technologies may quickly find themselves being left in a trail of dust. Here are 5 tech trends that are changing the face of retail. While e-commerce is doing a

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5 Tools That Will Bring a Digital Transformation to Your Small Business

Most small businesses start using a number of manual processes that evolved over time into one (relatively) smooth system. Making the switch to digital can increase production and productivity, but the switch itself can sometimes be a bumpy ride. As a result, many businesses upgrade a few applications, while continuing to do things the way they’ve always been in other areas. Ultimately, this leads to disorganization that can take a toll on efficiency and profits. Today customers, clients and co

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5 Steps to Setting Up Your Workspace at Home

Whether you are running your own business or working as a remote worker for a larger company, success is dependent on a wide variety of factors. One of the biggest factors, however, is self-motivation. Obstacles to self-motivation will vary from person to person so it’s important to understand what helps you work best and what keeps you from doing your best work. Some people will actually be more productive in a traditional office environment, while others find it more difficult to do their best

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5 Questions to Help You Evaluate Your Business Idea

The truth is, almost every person at some point in time has a great idea for a business, product or company.  Taking a great idea and turning it into a reality, however, is a whole different issue.  In some cases, people with great ideas lack the skills to turn it into an actual salable or marketable product and in other cases, there are other factors at work that simply make it infeasible in the current market, time or conditions.  If you think you have a great idea for a business, here are 5 f

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Choosing an eCommerce Platform for Your Business

Unlimited opportunities await you, now that you’ve decided to sell online. Of course, to have the best chance of success, you will need to pay careful attention to your choice of e-commerce software. No one-size-fits-all solution is out there. Of hundreds of available e-commerce products, it could be that only one of them is right for you. Make the wrong choice, and you will face operational challenges and future expenses. However, choosing the right e-commerce package can boost your sales and

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How IoT is Changing Prototyping

In 1995, a New York Times article by James Gleick offered a glimpse at the future of the Internet of Things by focusing on a hot tub located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Paul Haas, a pioneer in connecting machines and systems to the burgeoning internet, ran 50 feet of Ethernet cable to a set of sensors that returned the temperature of his hot tub. Connecting vending machines, CD players and other devices to the internet so that users could check on their status or even manipulate was an early 1990s

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Checklist for Starting Your Home-Based Business

Starting a home-based business can fill you with a full range of emotions. On one hand, you may be thrilled to get the chance to be your own boss and work from home, but you may also feel intimidated or even fearful about the unknown aspects of the process. While there are no guarantees that your venture will turn into a profitable success, thinking about a few important points up-front can help you to better prepare yourself and your home for the days ahead. As amazing as working from home and