Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Do Your Back-to-School Shopping Anywhere But Here [Don't Reward Them for This]

In their quest to promote the East Hills Shopping Center in St. Joseph, MO, the retailers starred in their own commercial.

This is perhaps the worst local advertisement ever produced. It's not even bad enough to be good.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Just in Case Money is No Object - The Most Expensive College in Every State

Meet Herman Goldman: 101 Years Old and Still Working

(AP Photo/Mel Evans) 

Herman "Hy" Goldman has worked at Capitol Lighting in Hanover, N.J. for 73 years (since 1941).  He celebrated his 101st birthday, yesterday, on August 18.

Goldman drives himself to work, four days a week and works on restoring broken or discarded light fixtures which are then sold in the company's clearance room. "102 is too soon [to retire]," he said. He's is shooting for 105.


Coca-Cola Hopes Coke Life Breathes New Life into Sales

What's a soda company to do?

The anti-sugar people have made haters of traditional recipe Coca-Cola. And now the artificial sweeteners used in Diet Coke and Coke Zero are under fire for being unhealthy and for contributing to weight gain.

In response, Coca-Cola is releasing a new product, Coke Life, which is promoted as tasting like classic Coke due to it's use of stevia, as its primary sugar substitute.

Already marketed in Argentina, Chile and the U.K., Coke Life is meant to offer a healthy alternative to the traditional Coca-Cola.  A can of Life contains 89 calories versus 139 per can of traditional Coke.

It's yet to be seen if Coca-Cola haters will be satisfied with this new offering. My guess is that the haters will continue to hate and that a life fulfilled, will require more than 89 calories.

Companies that Dominate the World's Food Production Industry

A small number of global companies have a disproportionately large impact on the production of food. Here are the top ten. The chances are good that you've eaten food items produced by every one of them.

1.  Associated British Foods

Revenue: $21.1 billion
Profits: $837 million
Employees: 112,652

Operates sugar factories, sells food ingredients to wholesale and industry customers, and manufactures consumer products such as Mazola corn oil and Twinings tea.

2.  The Coca-Cola Company

Revenue: $46.9 billion
Profits: $8.6 billion
Employees: 130,600

3.  Groupe Danone S.A.

Revenue: $29.3 billion
Profits: $2.0 billion
Employees: 104,642

France’s Groupe Danone is the world’s largest seller of fresh dairy products, which accounted for 11.8 billion euros in revenue, or over half of the company’s total sales in 2013. Danone is also among the world’s largest sellers of early life nutrition products and bottled waters.

4.  General Mills, Inc.

Revenue: $17.9 billion
Profits: $1.8 billion
Employees: 43,000

General Mills owns a number of America’s best-known brands, including Betty Crocker, Green Giant, and Pillsbury.

5.  Kellogg Company

Revenue: $14.8 billion
Profits: $1.8 billion
Employees: 30,277

Kellogg also owns a large number of very well-known brands, including Kellogg’s cereal, Keebler, and Pringles.  It is the world’s leading cereal company and the second-largest maker of cookies. In all, Kellogg makes 1,600 different foods, which it sells in more than 180 different countries.

6.  Mars, Incorporated

Revenue: $33.0 billion
Profits: N/A
Employees: 60,000

Mars is the the only one of the world’s 10 largest food companies that is privately owned. Mars owns several well-known chocolate brands, such as M&Ms, Milky Way, Snickers and Twix. Mars also owns a range of food brands such as Uncle Ben’s rice, as well as chewing gum and candy-maker Wrigley.

7.  Mondelez International, Inc. 

Revenue: $35.3 billion
Profits: $3.9 billion
Employees: 107,000

In 2012, Kraft Foods split into two separate companies, Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez. While Kraft Foods Group took North American grocery brands, Mondelez took its snacks and candies brands, which include Cadbury, Nabisco, Oreo, and Trident, among many others.

8.  Nestle S.A.

Revenue: $103.5 billion
Profits: $11.2 billion
Employees: 333,000

By many measures, Nestle is the largest of the 10 food companies, with more than 92 billion Swiss francs in revenue last year — net profit and total asset figures that dwarf other food companies.

9.  PepsiCo Inc.

Revenue: $66.4 billion
Profits: $6.7 billion
Employees: 274,000

In addition to owning famous soda brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and Gatorade, PepsiCo also controls food brands such as Tostitos, Doritos, and Quaker.

10.  Unilever Group

Revenue: $68.5 billion
Profits: $6.7 billion
Employees: 174,381

Unilever products are hardly limited to food and drinks. The U.K.- and Netherlands-based group also makes personal care and home care products. Its foods and refreshments businesses accounted for almost 30 billion of the company’s nearly 69 billion in revenue last year. Brands owned by Unilever include Lipton tea, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

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Seven Signs You're About to Be Fired

By Dominique Rodgers, a contributing writer for

1.  Your level of responsibility has taken a nosedive. You notice that the amount of projects of tasks has been reduced, significantly.

2.  Your boss is avoiding you or has become less responsive to your calls.

3.  You've been disciplined recently. The first disciplinary action is a warning.  The second tells you you're on thin ice.  The third usually involves being shown the door.

4.  The work you do can be automated. It's only a matter of time until the company automates something that can be accomplished better and for less money.

5.  You're no longer permitted to leave for professional development events or activities.  This is a not-so-subtle sign that the company is no longer interested in investing in your long-term future.

6.  Your company was recently acquired. If you're in the small company acquired by the large company, then chances are good that your job is already being done by someone else. Count on the elimination of duplication.

7.  You've been asked to create a job description for your position. A typical tactic taken by companies who want to replace you with a lower paid employee.


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