Travel Agents Are Still In Demand

Although their are numerous online travel services a traditional Travel agent is as much an important part of the trip as comfort is to traveling! The role of a travel agent has been increasing with the times and today most people are dependent on them for executing most of their travel plans so that they can rest easy and just enjoy their trip.

It is the responsibility of the travel agent to help and guide the travelers about the constantly changing schedules and airfares, availability of packages for vacation, and a lot of travel information that the traveler may not know about.

Choosing a reliable travel agent can be an important decision, since how you travel and your comfort will be largely decided by the travel agents. You should verify the information given by the travel agents, to be on the safer side and minimize your travel hassles. Incase of International travel, choosing a proper agent becomes more important.

The right agent should be able to foresee your problems and guide you about them. They should provide information related to customs regulations, important documents like visas, passports, currency exchange rates and certificates of vaccination.

Many hotels, cruise liners, resorts, and special travel groups make use of travel agents to market their travel packages to the ever increasing rate of people choosing to travel both inland and overseas. Most agents advice you on destinations and make arrangements for hotel stays, transportation, tours, car rentals, etc.

Information on weather conditions, restaurants, tourist attractions, and other such necessary information are also provided. A good travel agent could also take the trouble of checking out hotel services to gauge their quality of service in order that they can base references on a first hand report.

With the changing times, the travel industry has seen a big development in terms of Internet bookings and travel related information made available on the net. The number of people using online services is growing. This has resulted in a change in the view of the convenience of traditional agencies.

A poll result of American tourists revealed that over 92 percent of them generally buy their travel related necessities online. According to these consumers, online travel agencies have cheaper rates, are the easiest to use and offer all the relevant information. A word of caution is necessary for those using the Internet for their travel bookings. Be sure to navigate the site, verify that the agent has a good back-up system.

Also ensure that there are no added costs that are credited to your credit bills.

Till a few years ago, travel agents provided free services to their customers. Travel agents worked as agents for airlines, hotels, rental car companies, etc. The agencies worked on a commission basis from these suppliers.

But free travel agent services began changing as a result of certain changes in the rate of commissions. For example, in 1995 Delta Airlines imposed a $50 limit on domestic airline commission rates.

The Need for Innovation in Fashion

My first big purchase shortly upon moving into a beautiful apartment in Brookline and starting my first post-bachelors full time job was a set of antique bedroom furniture. The 1930’s flowing lines, the intricately carved flowers, the walnut inlays, cedar lined draws and the Bakelite draw pulls were enough for me to overlook the major drawback of the set – the dresser/armoire had only about a foot of space for hanging clothing.

This was in 2006, the high reign of fast fashion, and my closet was overstuffed with clothing from Zara, H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Filene’s Basement and TJ Maxx. The multi-fiber agreement expired a year prior, online clothing sales were gaining speed and increasingly competing with b&m, and the ever-multiplying number of stores was flooded with a dizzying variety of inexpensive, trendy clothing. It seemed like the golden age of fashion: even with a modest entry-level salary I still hardly wore a party dress more than once per season, and the plethora of my perfectly coordinated outfits could have launched a lifestyle blog. The 1930’s, with the hand-produced wardrobe enough to fit into a foot of hanging space seemed very far away indeed.

Yet as could be expected in retrospect, the bubble burst. I’m not fully sure yet if it was the exposure to the socially aware and innovative spirit of Cambridge, the financial crisis of 2008 and the recession that followed, or the greater awareness of the world that grew from my addiction to the iPhone and all the news/blogs apps. The endless choices of soft printed shirts, ruffled blouses, skinny jeans, fitted dresses and a shoe collection to fit every passing fancy, were all beginning to feel stifling – more so with each and every news article about the sweatshop labor and the environmental impact of throw away fashions.

The basic way that clothing is made has not changed much since the introduction of the sewing machine. Apparel manufacturing has remained a low technology, labor-intensive process. The decreasing tariffs of the 1990’s encouraged the shift of the most labor-intensive part of clothing production to industrializing countries with abundant low-cost labor and typically fewer safety regulations and government oversight. Incidentally, this also brought apparel production geographically closer to raw material manufactures, such as Uzbekistan’s cotton and China’s leather. Shifting production from the developed to industrialized countries continued to bring the cost of garments down, while at the same time discouraging technological innovation on the production side.

The Fashion innovations of the 2000’s mainly came in a form of using technology to optimize company operations. Following Zara’s breakthroughs in responding to customers and bringing new concepts to the stores in as little as 3 weeks, fashion companies focused on quick turn around, increasing variety and lowering production costs. The growth of the fast-fashion retailers, in combination with further lowered import barriers, gave these companies the leverage to push for faster turn around and lower prices from the apparel manufacturers in, among other countries, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Tunisia.

The disaster in Bangladesh stresses the need for change in the Fashion Industry. Clothing production should never be a deadly business. Fashion, and fashion production, simply can not stay the way that it is now. While people are becoming increasingly aware of the real costs of disposable fashions, and in response are changing the ways they approach and consume fashion, the demand for clothing will continue to grow with the growing populations and improving living standards. This need for growth challenges us to envision a better fashion future.

What will be the fashion innovations of the next decade? These innovations can not simply be in design – with the globalization of the fashion industry and a fashion week happening every single week somewhere in the world, the true innovations with an impact to change the industry are unlikely to come from new designs using the existing materials. Simply stated, everything has been tried, and there hasn’t been anything new in fashion design in ages.

Will the fashion innovation then come from using new materials? Recently I’ve come across a video featuring Bradley Quinn discussing the Fashion Future, and the material innovations currently in development. Self-cleaning clothing, clothing with embedded technology, garments that protect and make us stronger seem just around the corner. Yet how will these be produced? Perhaps they will be self-assembled, or painted-on, as some have suggested. However exciting, these ideas still seem far away from implementation.

Even if the fabrics of tomorrow are ready to be introduced in the next season, material innovations alone will not address the all of the problems currently faced by the Fashion industry. While it is easy to envision new fabrics and material technologies as supplementing the choices we have now, they are unlikely to replace them. You might wear a self-cleaning high-tech communication suit during the day, but your most comfy pj’s are still going to be flannel.

3D printing, as a concept, gives us the promise of customization. This certainly could be the answer to the desire for trendy, new pieces that capture a certain mood or tone of the moment – the very soul of fashion. Recycling 3D printed items, something that is currently being explored by some innovators, could help to address the environmental impact of quickly-changing trends. One could easily envision a future where fashion is produced using 3D printers, while ‘consumer items’ such as socks, pj’s, t-shirts and other basics are ethically and responsibly produced in industrializing or even back in industrialized countries.

Yet until every single household has a 3D printer, the challenge with 3D printing, besides the current lack of clothing appropriate materials, lies in the question of mass-production. Could 3D Printing technology evolve to allow for mass-customization? Will this mass-customization happen in mini-factories, or directly in the home? Or will another technology arise to solve the problem of fashion production? Its an interesting future we are in for, and I can’t wait to find out.

Tips For Getting Your Vehicles Auto Body Repaired!

When your vehicle is in need of auto body repair you are already under a lot of stress. You trying to think of everything and hoping that your vehicles repair come out looking great. You have a lot to worry about so you should have something to help you as you prepare to get your vehicles auto body repaired. Here are a few tips for getting your vehicles auto body repaired.

First of all you need to be sure that you take the time to find a great auto body repair shop. You must find a shop that has a good reputation, so ask around and see what you find out about auto body shops near you. Also you should get a good feeling from the auto body repair specialist as well, so if you get a bad feeling move on. You can and should ask to see examples of work they have completed so that you can see for yourself their standards of workmanship. You also want to make sure that you are getting a good deal. Most auto body shops will give you an estimate for free, so ask for one from each shop you are considering. If you are going to be using insurance to help pay for the repair you must ask if they work with the insurance provider before you get the work done. After all this research you will move to the next step.

Once you have found the auto body shop that will work for you, your vehicle and your budget you will want to set up a time to get your vehicles auto body repaired. Before you set up a time you should ask the auto body repair specialist how long they will be working on your vehicle so you can plan for it. Some auto body repairs take more time than others. Once you set up the time you are on your way to a great looking vehicle. However you may need a rental car depending on your situation. Be sure to ask if they offer any discounts on rentals at nearby rental facilities that way you can save a little money. Plan on a little set back when getting your vehicle auto body repaired. They may have told you a 4 hour time frame, but may tell you they are running a little behind. Things can come up while repairing your vehicle that they might not expect. It will reduce the amount of stress you encounter if you simply just plan for a little delay. Once your auto body repair is complete they will usually contact you to let you know and you will be able to go pick up your vehicle. Usually when it comes to auto body repairs they can be completed in a way that it is not even visible that there was ever any damage to your vehicles auto body.

Follow these tips to getting your vehicles auto body repair and you will find that auto body repairs can really get your vehicle to look great!

If your car is in need of auto reconditioning start looking for a qualified professional to handle your concerns. Look for an auto body professional to take care of your ride from bumper repairs.