Thursday, September 29, 2011
So this means that the Government might make businesses' raise minimum to help fix the economy.
(If they do decide to raise worker's paycheck, they should start with raising teacher's salaries!)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Oil prices are continuing to fall to their lowest amounts in recent months and consumers are beginning to feel relief at the pump. Although, viewing the current prices from a historical perspective, the price of gasoline is still quite high. The lower gas prices means more money in the consumer’s pockets and, in turn, more income available to spend on other products. Gasoline prices usually follow the reduction in oil prices and recently, the national average has fallen to $3.56. The trend is expected to continue with an additional .09 in the next few weeks. Economists state that for every $1 decline in oil price, the average American consumer has an additional $3 billion to spend, save or pay down debt. Does more spending lead to a rise in the economic outlook? You would think so; however, sometimes low gas prices are linked to a weakening in the economy and should not be seen as a positive indicator of an economic recovery. As a matter of fact, experts attribute the recent drop in oil prices to several factors that include the political climate in Washington, the S$P downgrade and the debt crisis in Europe. As these factors continue without resolution, oil traders expect the demand for oil and gasoline to fall. The declines we are currently experiencing are an indication of trouble ahead and could be a sign of a pretty sick economy. Lower oil and gas prices are an automatic response to the prospect of worse times and paint a bleak economic outlook. If the trend continues, uncertainty will prevail within the American public, which will flow over into the business sector. It becomes a vicious circle: businesses will cease hiring, consumers will cease buying products, investors will cease investing in stocks, and the economy will slow down even further. As the article aptly states, “…be careful what you wish for.”
Makeups are like clothes to some people, they will always be needed all the time. Doing make-up for an American girl isn't a big deal,but what about making your own make-ups?
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
One man’s disaster is another man’s wish. While Hurricane Irene brought devastating flooding to the Eastern part of the nation, Texas has been suffering the worst drought in history. The record temperatures have stretched over extended periods, making this one of the hottest and driest summers since records have been kept in the last 150 years. While the flooding on the east coast has created an economic impact, it may be of shorter duration that the drought. The drought has affected major components of the food industry, and will take years to recover. Just in Texas, half of the normal cotton crop has been lost, which accounts for fifty five percent of the total U.S. crop. As a major exporter to other nations, the drought will drive the price of cotton higher, and there will be higher costs in the textile industry. Another area affected is the cattle industry. Due to the drought, ranchers can no longer depend on natural grazing lands to feed their stock. The drought has also led to the loss of the state’s hay crop, increasing the cost to ranchers, which forces them to sell off the stock they can no longer afford and in the process, are losing valuable breeding stock. As stated in the article, rebuilding herds will take time and be a long, expensive process. That will impact the price of beef for years to come. And as bad news runs in threes, the final blow will be in the fall wheat production. With lower than normal rainfall and high temperatures the ground is in less than ideal conditions to support any type of crop. Two of the states affected produce around a third of the nation’s winter wheat and a less than abundant crop will, as economists predict, cause a 50% increase in price. With losses already estimated at five billion and no relief in sight, the drought will make its impact felt in the most vulnerable area, the pocketbook.
Do you like Starbucks? How much do you spend on Starbucks per year? Many of us go starbucks 6-8 times a month and spend more then we would ever think just on getting Starbucks, Would you go to another Coffee store if there is a new one opening, the answer will probably be no for most of people. Why do we like Starbucks so much even though the price of it isn't cheap?
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
A Nucleus Research study done in 2009 estimated that 2/3 of Facebook users, access the site at work ad this causes a 1.5% loss of productivity. Some businesses use Facebook to branch out across the country to customers that are further away, so that must make it okay for employees to be on Facebook sometimes right? If being on Facebook is business related then yes, but if not the no! In the study, 87% of people were on Facebook for something completely unrelated to there business.
To solve the problem of employees being on Facebook, companies should either block all social networking sites, only allow employees on there phones during there breaks, or just have a no phone policy. If companies become more strict on there phone policies then employees will become more focused on there work and companies would see an increase of productivity since the employees arent distracted.
In an economy where people are trying to save money, there a few health/money tips that could save you later on in life. Buying off the dollar menu is a quick way to save a few bucks and fill up the kids but its also a quick trip to the hospital,evntually. Fastfood is full of calories and greasy fats that can result in clogged arteries. Finding and using exercise equipment that isnt professionally checked could also result in a trip to th hospital; the equipment could break down injuring a person. It seems like all accidents lead to the hospital so it would be smart to set up a co pay,like mentioned in the article, because its cheaper.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
What was old is new again! This is a timeless statement and appears to be the new Wal-Mart motto. In a society where everything seems to be recyclable, Wal-Mart is reviving the “layaway” shopping experience. This new yet old promotion is an attempt by the giant retailer to regain a foothold in the low income markets. Just recently, it was reported that Walmart’s share of the U.S. consumer market had dropped for the first time in over a decade. The retailer had seen a steady increase in its share of the market annually for the last ten years. However, in recent years, its main customer base has been hit hard by high unemployment and rising costs. It has also faced fierce competition from other retailers targeting the same consumers. Wal-Mart had offered the layaway option in previous years, but during the boom economic years with easily available credit, it discontinued the service citing high costs and lack of consumer interest. However, when other competitors began offering/and or expanding the service, Wal-Mart was forced to start up again in order to stay competitive. The program is available with quite a number of restrictions and is limited to certain minimum purchase and product requirements. It may be expanded to include all non-perishable items such as clothing, etc. if the demand grows. It will be interesting to see if this return to a method of purchasing made popular in the Great Depression will enable Wal-Mart to regain its status as the “King” of the low-cost, high volume retailers. Wal-Mart is not accustomed to being in a “catch-up” position and had become used to being the leader of the pack.
Hmart is a Korean supermarket that has really fresh vegetable and fruits also is has delicious Asian cuisine . It is always crowded. Not only Asians go to hmart, more and more Americans start going to Asian markets. More people are interested in the differences between cultures, and of course food is always the first thing we try to know! At hmart, we can find food thats wont be purchased at other grocery stores. The special food makes hmart fascinating , even though hmart is located far away from everywhere. Some time if we get hmart at the end of the day,all the fruit and vegetable would be gone. Because its scarcity, makes people wanting more.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Insomnia or sleepless is mostly defined by an individual's report of sleeping difficulties. People have stresses, even students have stresses from high expectations of others. AS the result, we get insomnia, exhausted and depressed. People who suffer insomnia are less productive than people who have 8 hours sleep every night. Those employees drag themselves to work, although they are physically at work, their minds are still sleeping. A research shows that insomnia costs U.S. $63 billion annually in lost productivity. So insomnia is one of the important factor of why employees can not meet their max efficiency at work. Most people don't see insomnia as a kind of illness, but those people might need some medical help. Have a good night sleep, everything might seem different the next morning. Just like we can work harder, more efficiency , and more productive. Sleep is not only important to work but also important to ourselves.