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U.S. Consumers Expect to Spend Same or Less in 2011 Holiday Shopping Season Due to Economy

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — A telephone survey conducted among 1,000 U.S. adults by Ipsos Public Affairs commissioned by Offers.com found that, given the state of the economy, 87 percent of respondents are planning to spend the same or less during the upcoming holiday season than they did in 2010.  The survey also found that almost half of consumers have been looking for deals throughout the year when shopping for those on their holiday gift list, while just 18 percent are planning to wait to shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Only 48 percent plan to look for online coupons or coupon codes to stretch their holiday spending dollars before making a purchase.

Other highlights from the survey asked specifically about holiday shopping plans include:

  • 52 percent of respondents spend more than an hour researching the best price for each holiday purchase, while 7 percent of consumers report to spend more than 6 hours researching each purchase they make for the holidays.
  • 27 percent have been keeping their eye on online specials and daily deals, and 50 percent turn to newspaper or magazine coupons for savings.
  • 69 percent of holiday shoppers would prefer to shop in a retail store rather than online if the merchandise and deals were the same, while 47 percent said they would shop online if the deals were better than in stores.

“With a majority of U.S. consumers being not likely to look for online coupons or coupon codes when they shop this holiday season, millions of consumers may let savings pass them by,” said Steve Schaffer, CEO of Offers.com.  “Online shopping can provide much better value, selection, and convenience than shopping at retail, and online coupons offer extra discounts that can’t be found elsewhere. The team at Offers.com makes it easy to save money and time while shopping at any time of the year, because we manually screen thousands of the best available offers and deals on a daily basis to ensure that they work.”

Offers.com provides consumers with easy-to-find online coupons, coupon codes, offers, and deals from thousands of online stores, and the Offers.com Holiday Savings Center provides consumers with unique and helpful content such as checklists, shopping tips, and survival guides.  Offers.com also organizes deals and provides guidance around specific holidays and trends such as Halloween, Black Friday 2011 Deals, and Cyber Monday 2011 Deals.

Additional demographic findings of the holiday spending poll include:

  • While just 16 percent of adults with a household income of $75,000 or more indicated that they were not at all likely to seek out online coupons or coupon codes, almost three times as many (44 percent) of those with a household income of $25,000 gave the same answer.
  • 73 percent of respondents aged 18-34 would prefer to shop in retail stores if the merchandise and deals were the same, but if the deals were better online, 50 percent would shop online instead.
  • Similar to other age groups, 51 percent of respondents aged 18-34 have used newspaper or magazine coupons in the last 30 days.

The survey was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs in September 2011.  For the survey, a nationally representative sample of 1,001 randomly-selected adults aged 18 and over residing in the U.S. was interviewed by telephone via Ipsos’ U.S. Telephone Express omnibus.  With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate within +/-3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, of what they would have been had the entire population of adults in the U.S. been polled.

Small Town Company Thrives Against All Odds

Fighting Diabetes and a Bad Economy at the Same Time

SIERRA MADRE, Calif., Aug. 31, 2011 — In the quaint little town of Sierra Madre, one budding business just joined the ranks of companies such as Microsoft and Oracle. By helping hospitals all over the country, Wound Care Advantage has reached #316 on Inc. Magazine’s “500″ list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies. The recognition comes despite a volatile healthcare industry and down economy. They were ranked #1,190 just one year ago and are the only wound care company to make the 2011 list. Wound Care Advantage is thriving by helping hospitals keep their doors open to fight the crippling complications of a deadly disease – diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death. Currently, 60 million Americans are prediabetic. Diabetes and other growing conditions are leading to chronic wounds. Chronic wounds affect more patients than heart attack and stroke victims combined. These non-healing wounds account for $20 billion in healthcare expenditures and over 150,000 amputations every year. Wound care centers around the country are being overwhelmed with this challenge as the recession and an unpredictable industry give them a run for their money.

Wound Care Advantage is helping these medical centers fight back by providing them with financial planning, management, marketing, as well as equipment and training on new wound healing techniques. WCA’s hospitals retain some of the highest profit margins in the industry while simultaneously healing patients faster than ever before.

The company’s success is in large part due to their emphasis on technology. The company’s implementation of hyperbaric oxygen therapy among other techniques has achieved an average healing time of 34 days for wounds that traditionally took months to heal or resulted in amputation. Their Cloud Wound Care technology has cut costs and improved efficiency; it puts everything from electronic medical records to financial statistics at the fingertips of administrators in real time.

The Founder and CEO behind this small town powerhouse is Mike Comer. Comer has rapidly expanded his company with experience, vision, and passion. “Over 50% of patients who receive an amputation die within five years,” says Comer. “We founded WCA to heal these wounds before amputations are necessary.” The team’s passion for partnering with community hospitals and helping patients heal is apparent on the company’s website. One webpage boldly displays “Six Rules to Live (or Work) By,” which include rules such as “We should earn your business every day” and “We must do well, in order to do good.” Wound Care Advantage is doing very well by doing a lot of good for a whole lot of people.

Whether it’s their website, technology, or ten-year track record, this small town company is making a big noise by climbing 874 spots in just one year to rank at 316 on the Inc. 500. Comer states, “If you happen to be by our office, drop in at 3:16 – we will be popping champagne.”

Wound Care Advantage is a healthcare management company founded in 2002, focused on the development and management of outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapies for community hospitals. The company’s business is centered on empowering hospitals with their own wound care programs and delivering the best care for patient healing. To learn more about WCA, please visit http://www.thewca.com.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Mike Comer, please call Morgan Craven at 888-484-3922 or send an email to [email protected].

A Limited Edition T-Shirt for $50,000.00, Who Says the Economy Is Bad?

20 Collectible, Numbered T-shirts to Be Produced by 50K Tees with a Portion of the Proceeds Being Donated to a Charity of the Buyer’s Choice

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2011 — When a performer asked designer Daniel J to make a T-shirt that no one had seen before, he had an idea for T-shirts so rare that only the economic elite could own them. After creating the design, Daniel J created 50K Tees, the world’s most expensive and collectible T-shirts.

With a limited production of only 20 shirts, each selling for $50,000, the black, 100 percent cotton shirts bear his original design of 50 letter “K”s in various white fonts and sizes.

Each T-shirt is visibly numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity signed by the designer. While the T-shirts are truly collectible items, Daniel J encourages owners to wear them and then send him a photo of themselves wearing the T-shirts, which he will post on the http://www.50ktees.com site. “You could call it the ultimate ego trip,” he said. “Only 20 people in the world will own one of my T-shirts. They are more than fashion pieces. They are conversation pieces.”

The buzz has already begun. Three people are already proud owners of the designer T-shirts. As the different numbers sell, the site will be updated. Buyers who want a particular number will be able to see if it is still available. Nos. 3, 14, and 19 are taken, purchased by a couple of performers and a serious collector.

“Our customers range from T-shirt collectors to rock stars, the hip, cool, trendy and wealthy crowd,” said Daniel J.

These customers can not only get satisfaction from knowing they own an extremely limited T-shirt, they can take pride in the fact that their purchase also helps make the world a better place. Daniel J will donate 10 percent of the purchase price of each shirt to a charity of the buyer’s choice.

“Whether you’re partying in the T-shirt, performing in it, clubbing in it, walking the red carpet or washing your car in it, I’d love to see a picture of you enjoying wearing it,” said Daniel J.

Each T-shirt is shipped in a gift box, and all orders are insured and require a signature for delivery. For more information or to order an extremely limited T-shirt, visit http://www.50ktees.com.

Contact:
Mr. Daniel J
Email: [email protected]
973-464-5621

MSSC Joins President Obama In An Effort to Credentialing 500,000 Manufacturing Workers

File:Industrial factory.pngALEXANDRIA, Va., June 15, 2011 — President Obama last week announced an initiative to credential 500,000 manufacturing workers with industry-recognized certifications through an expansion of Skills for America’s Future. He stated that this would be implemented through a close partnership between industry, education and the National Association of Manufacturers.

As one of the Founding Members of the national Manufacturing Skills Certification System endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) credential will be an essential tool in the effort to meet this goal.

“We are pleased to see this joint action from industry, education and the public sector to grow a skilled manufacturing workforce within the framework of a robust nationwide program with macro-economic impact,” said Leo Reddy, MSSC CEO. “The manufacturing jobs of the 21st century continue to become more technical and require a higher level of skill among front-line production workers. Based on MSSC’s industry-defined, nationally validated standards, the CPT program addresses this demand by certifying these workers in the core technical competencies of high performance manufacturing common to all manufacturing sectors.”

While the manufacturing sector has faced real challenges in recent years, it continues to be the lifeblood of the American economy. The manufacturing sector currently employs over 11 million Americans, and by itself it would be one of the 10th largest economies in the world. Manufacturing is also critical for continued innovation; manufacturing companies account for two-thirds of private sector research and development and roughly 90% of all registered patents. Most importantly, manufacturing has long provided good-paying jobs for millions of families and serves as the anchor employer in communities across America. For that reason, the ability to win the future will depend in large part on the ability to train the most productive manufacturing workers in the world.

One of the challenges in today’s manufacturing sector is the lack of a standardized credentialing system that manufacturing firms recognize as useful preparation for their unfilled jobs. As a result, students often spend time and money on training that can have little value to potential employers while employers have difficulty identifying which credentials are of value and should influence hiring and promotions. An additional challenge faced by manufacturers is that Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age. An estimated 2.7 million manufacturing employees are 55 years of age or older and are likely to leave the labor force in the next 10 years.

“The CPT credential addresses the needs of both the worker and the employer by providing the individual with a nationally portable, industry-recognized credential and reducing recruiting and on-the-job training costs of employers,” said Reddy. “This is often a first step into manufacturing and launches workers into an educational and vocational pathway supported by the other NAM partners.”

The Manufacturing Skills Certification System, developed by NAM’s Manufacturing Institute, gives students the opportunity to earn manufacturing credentials that travel across state lines, are valued by a range of employers and improve earning power. The founding partners of this system include MSSC, ACT, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the American Welding Society and the National Institute of Metalworking Skills. This allows students and workers to access these manufacturing credentials and pathways in community colleges in 30 states as a for-credit program of study.

 

New Whitehouse COS, Bill Daley. Capitalist, or Socialist?

New Whitehouse Chief of Staff  Mr William Daley was on the TV over the weekend, making some interesting statements aimed at the current GOP message of cutting spending and debt reductions. When Mr. Daley was appointed by the President to replace Rahm Emanual. the media was quick to celebrate him as a person who understands capitalism and who will work well with the GOP on heavy issues, such as reducing the National Debt.  That stated honeymoon came crashing down to reality Sunday, while on CBS’  “Face the Nation” where Daley made some interesting statements which were posted on The Chicago Tribune/ Nation and World* Sometimes it is all-telling what is left out of an article when searching for the truth. While The Chicago tribune continues to paint Chicago’s own Daley as a savvy businessman/capitalist, one statement Daley made didn’t make it into this article or any others that I can find so far. They do stay on message that tries to show Obama as a Centrist all of a suddden:

“William Daley, the new White House chief of staff, in his first Sunday television appearance, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” program that his past experience as a businessman tells him government investments in private enterprise, along with spending cuts, are the best way to spark the economy.”

“We all agree there must be cuts to this government,” Daley said. With the U.S. debt climbing to record levels, he urged patience, noting that Obama’s current plan for a five-year freeze in spending would save $400 billion.

First of all, Mr Obama’s spending “freeze” is not a cut, and there is no way to actually prove what, if any savings will be achieved. That would be like a person saying they will only spend as much as they have spent last year while taking a paycut at work, and while they are 6 months behind on their mortgage and car payments. That doesn’t work in the real world. A person has to live within their means of they lose their home, car  and end up bankrupt. They have to stop spending money they do not have, plain and simple. That is called economics 101 and it applies to families, businesses, and yes, even big bloated government. What part of this “cut spending” doesn’t Mr. Daley, the vaunted businessman understand here ? In what appears to be another smoke and mirror job in painting Mr. Daley as the Centrist Savior Capitalist that proves Mr. Obama has changed his Liberal stripes, the truth can be found in what was not printed in The Chicago Tribune piece. I heard it on the TV today, yet one line is left out of every single article on this interview.

Mr. Daley stated in his interview on CBS’ Face the nation, that, ” We have got into the hole over many years, ( blaming prior admins again) and “No businesses, when they get in trouble, just cut, and has much of a business left when the cycle comes back.” Then he goes on to say what Obama is talking about is “investing.”  You can watch the complete interview on metacafe. **  The 10 minute mark is where Mr. Daley makes his pitch for more irresponsible spending, via the new Obama codeword “investments.”  The USA is $14.5 trillion dollars in debt. We got that way by the now vaunted “investing” in America that our Congress has been doing for decades. Usually when people talk about investing in the business world, they are taking a risk based on projected returns on initial investments. If a company is bankrupt and has been operating at a loss for decades, who would be ignorant enough to risk their own money on that company without new management proving to them that there is  a stated plan to make a profit ?  That plan would include cutting waste and non-profitable sections of the company while installing strict oversight and accounting practices. It surely would not include continuing to write checks on a business account that is $14.5 Trillion dollars in the red.

So when the media paints Mr. Daley as the “New Centrist Obama Savior” when it comes to stopping the reckless spending in DC today, we are seeing that it is pretty much the same old Liberal song and dance of  putting this country into irrecoverable debt. New face, same old con job.

* http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sc-dc-0131-daley-boehner-20110130,0,6685776.story

** http://www.metacafe.com/watch/cb-Z47i_ctGtg5wlzUsE6rPSWGOihjvGfL1/white_house_chief_of_staff_william_daleys_exclusive_interview/