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Operational performance identifies performance targets for major investments. Each metric indicates how often actual measurements will be reported (monthly, quarterly or semi-annually) and provides a unit of measure. There are two essential types of operations metrics:
We could almost throw in the 1000 thread count towel and just admit we’ve been insurmountably topped in the Wrongest Product Awards competition. First came the suggestion from a reader following our nomination of the lighted pillow spied in a local outpost of a chain store. (local chain store = oxymoron?)
The Wrongest Product Awards will go to those products (and their designers) that embody the least amount of redeeming value while incurring the use of unnecessary, often gratuitous, materials or energy. How is this relevant to EcoOptimism, you might ask? Easy – it shows how extraneous so many products are, often in a “what-were-they-thinking” sense. Nominations are open.
The equity markets continued to tickle historic highs even as Sequester became inevitable last week. This is a good reminder that there is a lot beyond politics that moves markets. After years of recession (and the post-recession recession), many, if not most, publicly-held companies have already tightened their belts and are operating with great efficiency. And the wrangling in Washington has become a dull throbbing background noise, not just for the markets, but for most Americans, too. Despite the end of the payroll tax holiday, and the subsequent return to 6.2% Social Security (FICA) tax from its previous 4.2% level, consumer spending was up slightly in January – even though the higher taxes caused a 3.6% drop in real income. 70% of the U.S. economy is consumer driven. Auto sales and especially truck sales rose, despite higher gasoline costs – probably due to the resurgent housing market (construction workers need pickup trucks).
This story was first published on March 8, 2009. It was updated on May 27, 2009. A lot of people are worried about their banks these days.
Created by the Health Ranger and Robert Scott Bell You've seen it happening all across the world: Protests, riots and even revolts due to economic upheaval. In Wisconsin, near-riots broke out over cuts that threatened worker incomes. In Egypt, the people overthrew their corrupt government that was stealing their economic productivity and suppressing their freedoms. In Libya, Iran, China and even in North America, popular uprisings are becoming increasingly common for one simple reason: The global economic crisis is now upon us. Everywhere around the world, food prices are skyrocketing beyond the reach of ordinary families.
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