JNR Spotlight: Sleeping While Traveling

Whether you are traveling for business purposes or going on a lavishing vacation to another country, one thing we can all agree on is that sleeping in an economy seat on an airplane can be quite a mission. The small space and the upright seats can make it hard to get comfortable enough to take a relaxing nap. Here are a few tips to keep in mind through air travel that will help you doze off peacefully.

Expectations

Do not board a plane with the expectation that you will easily fall asleep. This is often unrealistic, causing a traveller to get frustrated when they can not slip quickly into slumber. Putting too much pressure on yourself will almost always ensure you get no sleep. Keep in mind that for the most part, people are so excited to get to their destination.  The anticipation does not always make it easy to relax and sleep.

Seat Selection

With airline seat availability becoming more and more limited for economy travellers, flyers do not always get the seat they want- “the window seat!” This spot is the easiest seat to fall asleep in as you have something to lean on. If the window indent is an inch or two in front of the seat you have the perfect place for your head to lie against. That however cuts out two thirds of the rest of the plane leaving travellers in the center or aisle with less than optimal sleeping arrangements.

Travel Gear

When traveling by air it is important to wear comfortable clothing and loose-fitting shoes. Think about it; are you able to fall asleep in your bed while wearing jeans? If you can’t fall asleep in your own bed then how will you fall asleep in a small upright chair? In addition, due to pressurization our bodies swell so you want to ensure that your clothing doesn’t fit too tight leaving you uncomfortable.

Now that you are wearing the right gear you want to be sure to bring the correct sleep goods to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Three important must have products are a travel pillow, an eye mask and earplugs/headphones. A neck pillow will help your head from falling side to side while the eye mask is a gateway way to escape from your surroundings. The earplugs/headphones are the icing on the cake zoning out any unwanted noises or allowing you to listen to soothing music, calming and relaxing your body.

Eating and Drinking

People don’t usually think about how eating can affect their sleep, but this is an important component that should not be overlooked. Before and during your flight you want to avoid eating anything salty.  Salty foods paired with cabin pressure can lead to uncomfortable bloating. Stash chamomile tea bags and ask the attendant for hot water as the drink cart makes the rounds.  A nice cup of tea can help you reach dreamland mid-flight.

Some flyers order a nice cocktail to help them nod off quicker, but don’t be fooled into thinking you will get a better rest. Studies have confirmed that falling asleep after consuming alcohol will leave you dehydrated, making you groggy when you awake. In addition, it can amplify jetlag and disrupt your sleeping pattern all together.

Add these few tips to your routine when traveling by air next time and arrive at your destination rested and refreshed.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Tatum Dumont

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

 

JNR Spotlight: How a Massachusetts Dealership breaks all the Traditional Automotive Rules

The Kelly Automotive Group credits three generations of hard working and dedicated automobile enthusiasts for the phenomenal growth and success it has experienced over the past 50 years. Established by Roland D. Kelly in 1965, his son, Brian Kelly is now the President and CEO and runs the 11 stores, with 485 employees and 13 franchises in Massachusetts.

Their showrooms contain fleets from Nissan, Infiniti, Honda, Volkswagen, Jeep, Maserati and Fiat, with their Nissan Dealership representing over 35% of the new Nissan’s sold in the surrounding district.

What factors make the Kelly Automotive Group so successful? It all comes down to the treatment of people: Customers and Employees.

Customers:

  1. “Honest Sales and Excellent Service”

When Roland D. Kelly founded the Kelly Automotive Group he wanted his dealership to stand out from the crowd. He instilled a pride in “Honest Sales and Excellent Service” for all of his employees and as a result, his customers trust the company.

 

  1. The “Kelly Automotive Look”

The Kelly Group understands that buy a car is big decision for most of the people who walk through the doors of their dealerships and that customers want to see someone represents the worth of the vehicle. All employees at any of the dealerships must adhere to the company dress code. Their outfits must come from Men’s Wearhouse, White House Black Market or Anne Taylor and the company shares the cost of the clothing but the employee gets to keep the garments.

 

  1. Easy Process

The Kelly Automotive Group maintains a 25,000 sq. ft. climate controlled indoor showroom that can hold up to 200 vehicles. Having so many models in an array of colors on hand can cut the buying process down by 45 minutes. A customer can come in knowing what they want and drive out with the car that day.  Their website touts their great guarantee “If we advertise it, we’ll have it when you get here. It’s easy, it’s honest and it’s guaranteed!”

As the winters get cold in Massachusetts the indoor showroom also cuts down any deterioration of the vehicle compared to when cars are left outdoors.

 

Employees:

  1. The Right Employees

The Kelly Automotive Group hires educated people and spends time training them in the areas they need.

 

  1. Take Care of Employees

The Kelly Automotive Group takes good care of their employees with Brian Kelly stating “It really isn’t complicated. There isn’t a magic formula to it. It’s just doing the right thing.” This motto has resulted in high retention rates with some employees celebrating over 40 years with the company.  A feat not often met in the Automotive industry.

 

  1. Promotes from Within

A big key to success is listening to employees and hearing where they see themselves in the future. Brian Kelly takes time to hear what employees are passionate about. It is not uncommon for those who start off as receptionists or greeters to progress into higher roles.

 

Brian Kelly makes a conscious effort to expand to new locations most years by accessing new pieces of land every week. This growth in dealerships allows for his young employees to continue to grow and move up in the company.

 

Employee retention is one of the most valuable assets a company can have.  For additional ideas on how to keep customers and employees loyal and engaged contact us directly at 800.343.4546, or email us at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com. We would love to set up a time to discuss programs that can increase productivity and ROI.

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

JNR Spotlight: How Popular are Incentive Travel and Prepaid Incentive Card Programs?

An Incentive Federation study of US businesses confirms that incentive travel, prepaid incentive cards and merchandise are popular tools for business leaders seeking to boost sales, reward their employees, customers, sales teams and customers. A total of 74% of US businesses spend $76.9 billion per year on non-cash award programs to achieve their performance objectives.

The value of incentive programs goes beyond its monetary return on investment.  The number one “secret” to success according to the CEO’s of the top companies in America: Motivate Your People. Target audiences (employees, dealers and customers) are inspired to perform at a higher level or remain loyal in exchange for an incentive reward. It is no coincidence that many of the most profitable companies (those with revenues over $1 billion) are those implementing the most incentive programs (89%), and in turn, also have engaged employees, positive workplace cultures and a better bottom line. In fact, 100% of “best-in-class” companies (those with the highest customer retention and sales growth numbers) offer group travel to recognize year-end sales success. (Aberdeen Research)

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By JNR Incorporated

Written by Kelly Woolsey

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom incentive travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

JNR Spotlight: Prepaid Card Incentives

The idea of developing a prepaid card incentive program has been around for many years but now with new generations and demographics adopting prepaid cards in their personal life, the advantages of cards over cash are becoming easier to see.

A paper released in September, 2014 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia titled Millennials with Money: A New Look at Who Uses GPR Prepaid Cards highlighting the increased uses of general-purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards brought to light some of the main reasons for increased adoption of these financial tools as well as some of the advantages of them.

As consumers continue to become disenfranchised by the financial industry, companies and organizations need to find a way to distribute money to individuals who do not have bank accounts. Reloadable prepaid cards create a means to do this. There is now a large group of individuals who have taken to using reloadable prepaid cards as a substitute to direct deposits into traditional checking accounts.

As is expected, there is a direct relationship between a person’s age and usage of these cards, with younger people adopting the technology more rapidly.  However, there is a large segment of middle and high income households that already employ a range of traditional banking services now adding reloadable prepaid cards to their wallet. Combining conventional banking services with prepaid cards creates a hybrid tool that is easy to manage and even easier to use.

Key Findings:

  • More than 73% of respondents stated that they expect their usage of prepaid cards to stay the same or increase in the coming year
  • 53% of respondents that currently have a prepaid card agreed that owning a prepaid card is a good alternative to a checking account
  • 42% of respondents indicated that their prepaid cards offered a significant advantage over cash
  • 59% of respondents agreed that prepaid cards helped them “manage money better/ spend less”
  • 62% of respondents stated that prepaid cards helped them avoid overdraft fees

As the demand for reloadable prepaid cards increase, so too does the demand for prepaid card incentive programs. It is becoming clear to companies that sales goals, employee engagement and loyalty are easier to reach when rewards are given on a reloadable prepaid card rather than with cash or merchandise. A 2013 survey of more than 1,400 people revealed that respondents preferred prepaid cards as rewards for a purchase.

To learn more about how JNR can create a custom prepaid card program for your organization and leverage the higher perceived value of card over cash, please call us today at 949.476.2788 or email info@jnrcorp.com.  You can also find additional information on our website.





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By JNR Incorporated

Written by Stephanie Thomas

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.

 

Top 5 Reasons Your Incentive Should Swap Checks for Prepaid Cards

If you are using checks as a payment solution for your incentive or reward program, it might be time to make the switch to Prepaid Cards. Here are five reasons Prepaid Cards make a better incentive and reward program solution than checks:

A smart alternative to paper checks, Prepaid Cards are an ideal solution for organizations interested in a cost-effective, quick, and memorable way to reward their employees, customers, dealers and channels members. With a wide array of solutions, Prepaid Cards are a perfect fit for:

  • Rebates/Refund Programs
  • Consumer Promotions
  • Loyalty Rewards
  • Employee Rewards
  • Channel Incentives
  • Sales Incentives
  • Safety Rewards

 

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For more information on Prepaid MasterCard® Solutions and how they can be customized to your goals, give us a call at 800.343.4546, or email us at jnrinfo@jnrcorp.com.

 

By JNR Incorporated

Written by Kelly Woolsey

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JNR Incorporated is a results-based, globally recognized leader that specializes in creating custom travel, meeting, event, prepaid card and merchandise programs that motivate, engage and inspire the employees, customers and channel members of our clients. We have over 30 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies of many diverse industries. Our programs are tailored to fit the specific needs of marketing, sales, management and human resource professionals. The unique solutions we apply are measurable and proven to increase performance, loyalty and revenues.