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    Passing on Club Shopping

    Passing on Club Shopping
    As 2008 comes to a close, the economy continues to make an impact on consumer shopping habits. Many consumers have established new shopping patterns, whether they include cutting back on products purchased, reducing the number of shopping locations or purchasing lower priced or private label products. One would think the current economy would be beneficial for club store and mass merchandise ...
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    Novartis to Build $486M plant in North Carolina

    Novartis to Build $486M plant in North Carolina
    BASEL, Switzerland – Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG said Thursday it has secured a $486 million contract to build a new flu vaccine plant in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted the eight-year contract to build and run a vaccine manufacturing site in Holly Springs, North Carolina, Novartis said. The company said more than 300 ...
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    Category Focus: Coffee Changes The Playing Grounds

    Category Focus: Coffee Changes The Playing Grounds
    Energy, sustainability, single origin, Fair Trade and antioxidants are a few of the trends impacting coffee and ready-to-drink coffee drinks this year. Ground coffee posted nearly $2.3 billion in sales, which marked an increase of 8.2 percent in food, drug and mass merchandise outlets (excluding Wal-Mart) for the year ending Oct. 5, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), Chicago. Whole bean ...
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    How World of Warcraft Promotes Innovation

    How World of Warcraft Promotes Innovation
    We are caught in a pincer grip between intensifying competitive pressure and accelerating change in the landscape around us, creating enormous performance pressures. What we know today is becoming less valuable as we struggle with the challenge of innovating faster and learning faster to operate more effectively in these challenging times. Mention learning to senior executives, and they tend to default ...
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    Why Your Local Search Visibility Matters...A LOT

    Why Your Local Search Visibility Matters...A LOT
    As much as $500 billion in local spending in 2007 was internet-influenced, according to Forrester Research. What's more, industry analysts report that people spend approximately 80 percent of their income within 50 miles of their home. That's a lot of cash circulating locally. If your business relies heavily on a local customer base, you need to welcome local traffic to your ...
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    TurboTax Offers Free Services on MySpace

    TurboTax Offers Free Services on MySpace
    h4. Objective: TurboTax's online services got a 37% jump in use last year, driven by its free tax preparation offerings that focus on simpler forms, such as the 1040EZ. This is the second year TurboTax has offered some free items, so it sought to build on their popularity. Its new “Freeloader Nation” campaign targets taxpayers in the 18- to 35-year-old range ...
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    Consumer Lists - Out With The New?

     Consumer Lists - Out With The New?
    Every element of the sales food chain is vulnerable in a recession, but perhaps none more so than the list sector. When businesses feel the pinch they tend to follow a familiar pattern, shifting the focus from prospecting activities, which can be expensive and risky, to the relatively safer ground of customer retention. "We saw the same in the last recession," ...
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    Extreme Team Building for Fun and Profit

    Extreme Team Building for Fun and Profit
    Talking with members of Team Triumph a few days after the 2008 BG U.S. Challenge in Lake Placid, N.Y., the five women are still high on adrenaline from their three-day adventure and talking about competing again next year. In fact, given their less-than-stellar showing in this year's competition, they'd love nothing more than an immediate do-over. Six months ago, Melissa McHaney, ...
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    Docs Want More Info, Less Rep Chat

    Docs Want More Info, Less Rep Chat
    The results of a recent study revealed that doctors want more clinical information from drug reps but want to spend less time interacting with them. An analysis by management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, indicated that physicians are skeptical of sales reps, and are unwilling to meet with them for more than a minute. The study, A Prescription for Change: The Future ...
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    Trend Alert? Allergan to Launch Eyelash Enhancer

    Trend Alert? Allergan to Launch Eyelash Enhancer
    Allergan is gearing up for the launch of Latisse, the first FDA-approved cosmetic eyelash enhancer, with a website and consumer ads in development. Allergan estimates that global sales of Latisse could exceed $500 million annually. A complete product website, at www.latisse.com, goes live on January 15. Approved in December, the product will land on drugstore shelves in “late January, early February,” ...
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    Pharma to Democrats: We're here to help

    Pharma to Democrats: We're here to help
    WASHINGTON – After years of bitter disagreement with Democrats, the pharmaceutical industry's top lobbyist said Wednesday he is ready to work with the party as it assumes power to expand health care coverage. "We're going to be part of the solution," Billy Tauzin, head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The group represents nearly all of the world's major ...
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    Why You Should Encourage Online Product Reviews

    Why You Should Encourage Online Product Reviews
    What do customers think of your products? Let them tell other shoppers by posting their comments on your website. As plenty of e-tailers have discovered, online reviews by happy customers carry more weight with other buyers than most forms of marketing communication. "The more clutter we get in traditional media, the more consumers are talking to each other," says Peter Kim, ...
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    Second Interview Questions

    Second Interview Questions
    Congratulations, you've made it to round two of the interview process. What are you likely to face, and what are your best strategies for nabbing the job? Keep these tips in mind as you head toward the finish line. • They'll quiz you to see if you really know your stuff. Make sure you are prepared to answer more detailed questions. ...
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    Finding Distributors for Your Product

     Finding Distributors for Your Product
    Q: We have designed and developed an online appointment scheduling application. Businesses that are appointment-oriented can eliminate the paper calendar and improve their in-house scheduling, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction by allowing customers to schedule appointments over the Internet. They can also increase appointments and revenues with easy-to-use CRM features. Our business model is to distribute through Value Added Resellers ...
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    Sony Expected to Report $1.1B Loss

    Sony Expected to Report $1.1B Loss
    'Loss would be only the second in Sony's history.' - In 2008, many companies that traditionally had high profits saw things change as the global economy went soft. Moving into 2009, the global economy hasn't changed and electronics firms that are traditionally profitable are now announcing that they could see a loss. Sony is reportedly ready to announce only its second ...
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    Four Ways to Get on Your Boss's Radar Screen

    Four Ways to Get on Your Boss's Radar Screen
    Hopefully, you're not still under the illusion that if you're talented and hardworking, somehow people will notice and you'll get your just rewards. A lot of career Cinderellas are still out there waiting around for that prince of a promotion or raise to come, getting more disillusioned and depressed with every passing day. Getting promoted means getting noticed, which is not ...
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    Retail Sales Fall for Sixth Consecutive Month in December

    Retail Sales Fall for Sixth Consecutive Month in December
    WASHINGTON — Retail sales dropped in December as prices plunged at gasoline stations and stores, and consumers cut spending during the key holiday shopping season amid uncertainty about their jobs, incomes and the overall economy. Sales dropped a seasonally adjusted 2.7% in December, the sixth-consecutive monthly decline, the Commerce Department said. Sales were down 9.8% from December 2007, the biggest year-over-year ...
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    Why Most Small Businesses Will Beat the Recession

    Why Most Small Businesses Will Beat the Recession
    Business owner Gene Marks offers three reasons why smart entrepreneurs will emerge from the downturn stronger than before There are about 20 million small businesses right now in this country, depending on who you ask. I'm going to bet that a great majority will survive the Great Recession of 2008-2009. I'm hoping my business will be one of them. And I'm ...
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    TV 2.0 - Internet Ready

    TV 2.0 - Internet Ready
    Last week's Consumer Electronics Show was chock full of companies touting ways to bring the Internet to TVs, with direct ethernet connections, or boxes that married the Net and TV. Phil Leigh, who runs the Inside Digital Media research firm, suggests in a new report that consumers save their money. Instead, Leigh advises consumers to just buy a cheap laptop and ...
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    15 Companies Hiring Despite the Recession

    15 Companies Hiring Despite the Recession
    Are you looking for a job, but think you can't find one because there just aren't any opportunities out there? Think again. There are a few companies that are still growing and thriving despite, or maybe because of, the economic downturn. SalesHQ did the research for you and compiled a list of 15 workplaces that aren't laying people off and that ...
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