Woolworths and Coles shaking up the insurance market

It seems that Woolworths and Coles are moving into every consumer area possible and the insurance industry is one area which they are targeting next.

The entry of these big supermarket giants has seen a healthy drop in premiums and strong competition to the current insurance giants, IAG (Insurance Australia Group) and Suncorp. Until now, the insurance industry has been relatively static with very little competition having an effect on the market due to the fact that IAG and Suncorp control nearly 90% off the insurance market.

An investigation has discovered that home premiums around the country has dropped by about $40 since 2010 in Victoria. Car Insurance premiums has risen in the same time period however some say that this is due to competition and prices may have increased more otherwise.

Coles Insurance has indicated that they have captured around 270,000 customers which is a 10 times increase since it’s inception. Woolworths Insurance has also expanded it’s product offerings to appeal to a wider customer base.

 

 

Lenovo refreshes the X1 Carbon

The Lenovo X1 Carbon is the flagship ultrabook from Lenovo and at CES 2014, Lenovo has taken the product to the next level.

The 2014 X1 Carbon is now slimmer and more advanced than ever. The body is still made from Carbon fibre but is now thinner than before (0.68 instead of 0.74 inches). The whole computer is now 0.1 pounds lighter as well.

Surprisingly, even with a lighter package, Lenovo have stated the battery life has now increased by an amazing 70 percent to approximately 9 hours of usage. A great improvement on an area where this laptop would need it.

The screen on the X1 Carbon is now a 14 inch IPS touch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. There are some changes made to the keyboards as well which may appeal to some but may take some time to get used to.

The computer is well equipped with the latest i5 or i7 processor, 4GB of ram and a SSD.

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BooHoo making waves online

One of the biggest competitors to ASOS to emerge in the online space is another UK online retailer going by the name BooHoo.

BooHoo‘s roots stem from Manchester in the UK and was started by two people with a mutual vision and complementing skills. Mahmud Kamani provides the business know how and drives the business decision making. Carol Kane is the creative partner and she is largely responsible for the product.

Kamani’s story is one of rags to riches coming from Kenya with very little money to his name before building this empire. He has been responsible for other successful business but has had real success with the explosion of BooHoo.

The company became one of the most searched terms in Google, surpassing even ASOS at one stage. See here for a BooHoo coupon. It’s growth year on year is usually in the triple digits and the company now employs over 500 people at it’s Manchester offices.

 

The guide to Riga

One of the surprise places which has made an appearance in the list of top places to visit in the world is the city of Riga. Riga is the largest city in the Baltic States and is the capital city of Latvia in eastern Europe.

The city has become one of the most architecturally beautiful places to visit after undergoing a major restoration program over the past few years. Many of the old buildings in the city have been restored to their former glory and the result is nothing short of spectacular and unique. The city is in fact, filled with German Art Nouveau architecture.

The city is centuries old and was initially a trading port owned firstly by the Swedish before being taken over by the Russians. Germans had a big role in shaping the city and much of the architecture is German in nature.

Visit the beautiful city by flying in by plane into the international airport or catch a train from a Russia or Belarus. There are many beautiful hotels in the city and HotelClub have some great offers.