Having more than 800,000 employees not drawing their paychecks can't be a
good thing in a struggling US economy where job reports are watched as
closely as the Dow Jones Industrial Average.
Some experts don't believe the government shutdown will have much of a
negative impact. According to the research firm IHS Global Insight, "The
spending habits of government employees probably would not change if the
shutdown was short-lived, particularly if they believed that they would
receive back (pay)."
The average American will likely be thinking of the government shutdown when
making purchases, but spending will probably pick back up when the things go
back to normal. The shutdown "hurts consumer confidence, and it doesn't help
with cash flow, but in terms of financial impact it's going to be made up
when the government reopens," said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC... (more)
With a wealth of technology and online resources, many people are ditching
the traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle and opting to become entrepreneurs. Unlike
businesses of the past, where a large financial investment was required to
get off the ground, today's startups can get the ball rolling with limited
They can also operate with a high level of efficiency and often compete with
much large larger companies. One of the top resources that is fueling
startups is cloud technology. Below are some ways that entrepreneurs can
benefit and why this technology is so advantageous.
Copper wire, copper pipes, copper tubing ... plenty of copper components
exist for your home. The question is: Should you use them?
Copper may be an old solution for your repairs and household parts, but it's
still a great metal with plenty of advantageous properties that beat out
plastic and steel options. The next time you have to buy new materials, keep
in mind the benefits that copper has to offer.
A wide range of sizes
Because copper has been used so long as a household material for piping of
all kinds, it's very easy to find whatever parts you're looking for. Copper
comes ... (more)
Data management is undergoing a major shift as more and more enterprises are
discovering the benefits of Big Data and venturing headfirst into a dynamic
new era of innovation and data explosion. Today, there are more opportunities
for businesses to gain insights from valuable data than ever before, but they
must embrace change to do so.
Organizations across the world are embracing this change and beginning to
implement Big Data programs. However, with an overwhelming array of moving
pieces to consider, some remain puzzled as to where to start. Well, here's
some valuable advice o... (more)
"In the U.S., there is a 5 percent increase in switching due to poor customer
service from 46% to 51%. Globally, there is a 4 percent increase in switching
due to poor customer service from 62% to 66%." This quote comes from the 2013
Global Consumer Pulse Survey from Accenture where the focus was the
"Switching Economy," or the shift of consumer loyalty from one provider to
another due to poor customer service.
The report lists a number of customer service practices that aggravated the
13,168 respondents, 74 percent stated that, "having to wait for a response
after I've requeste... (more)