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Matter of Time Before Every Health Plan Has a Rewards Program

Michael Dermer | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Michael Dermer

Health plans are entering a new competitive landscape. Rewards will not only be an essential component, but will also drive a healthier population - creating a win-win situation for all.

Want to Fend Off Cybercrooks? Wear Protection!

Michael L. Berman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

Every year at this time we anxiously await Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, hoping that this would be the year that all cybercrooks would disappear. But, as usual, our hopes have been stomped upon by the facts.

In Culture Clash, Consumers Take Control

Andy Stern | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Andy Stern

When Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the state's now-infamous "Religious Freedom" law, the reaction was fast and furious. Celebrities such as Mi...

Jonathan Cohn

Obamacare News That Should Make Conservatives Happy, But Won't | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

A new survey released on Thursday suggests that Affordable Care Act consumers are relatively happy with the insurance that they have purchased. And it...

Is It Time for Consumers to Fight Back Against Traditional Credit Scoring?

Miranda Marquit | Posted 05.05.2015 | Money
Miranda Marquit

Since the 2008 financial crisis, a growing number of consumers have questioned the current credit scoring system that runs our financial lives. Even consumers with good financial habits find it difficult to access the credit they desire because of their "thin" credit files.

EarthTouch: Saving Our Planet by Green Smart Shopping Made Easy

Woodrow Clark | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Woodrow Clark

Earth Accounting is the effort of a dedicated but as yet small group to create this real world activity accounting system and present it to people in a form useful to consumers who are responsible for 70 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Has the Consumer Finally Defeated the Worker?

Jacques Attali | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

Our elected representatives would rather upset those who come back from the office or the factory than those returning from the supermarket. The person elected chooses to encourage the lowering of product prices because that appeals to the consumer, even though this decrease favors imports and hurts local workers. The elected official chooses to increase taxes on work and to lower taxes on consumption: more income tax and less value added tax.

Tiny, Risky, Unlabeled and You're Eating it

Erich Pica | Posted 05.23.2014 | Green
Erich Pica

The last place we should be putting untested, unregulated nanoparticles is in our food. Yet, according to a groundbreaking new report by Friends of th...

Retail Chatter #7

June Haynes | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
June Haynes

You have to imagine why today it's so easy to find many new accessory stores pumping out knock-offs of designer shoes and bags, all for a fraction of its original brands. It's no wonder why more women are in search of finding the best replica at the right price.

Can Capitalism Afford a Conscience?

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Marian Salzman

At first glance, capitalism circa 2014 looks like a pretty soulless endeavor: massive piles of fast money, no wider context of conscience involved. Ju...

Warning: Groupon May Be Dangerous to Your Wealth

Norman I. Silber | Posted 05.06.2014 | Money
Norman I. Silber

Merchants basically get it -- to many of them, Groupon looks less like an innovative advertising mechanism than a loan broker, arranging bundles of small loans from consumers, and taking a substantial cut... Consumers don't often see this side of the equation.

Retail Chatter #6

June Haynes | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
June Haynes

Luxury retailers should take note of the old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover." If you want to attract this future generation of leaders, adapt to their beliefs that, luxury is not a symbol of achievement, rather a promise to self that "You Can Achieve."

'Nichification' and More Alter Mostly Mobile Classifieds

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.03.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Here's a new one: 'nichification' in classified advertisements. As if they weren't already categorized into assorted and sundry. Except now they're more than the print variety to which so many of us have grown accustomed.

Retail Chatter #5

June Haynes | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
June Haynes

I've always told managers that a return can hold lots of value, so once you've assessed the situation, try everything in your power to make and keep the customer happy by honoring a return.

New PS4 and Xbox One Game Consoles: A Mixed Bag for Energy Efficiency

Noah Horowitz | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

We found that the new models have made substantial progress on energy efficiency compared to their predecessors, the PS3 and Xbox 360. But despite these power-saving advances, the new consoles' higher performance and new features result in up to three times higher annual energy consumption than their predecessors.

Retail Chatter #4

June Haynes | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
June Haynes

There used to be a time, not so long ago when visiting the holiday windows after Thanksgiving was an activity just like going to see a show on Broadway.

Saying Goodbye to CPSC With the Wind in Its Sails, Set On The Right Course

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

We even overcame a last minute attempt to delay the vote by Republican members of the Commission. We persevered, got the job done, and children can sleep safer in the cribs used in childcare center centers and for sale today.

Who's Running The Retail Industry? It's You

Jill Puleri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Jill Puleri

As consumers, you've been enjoying a lot of power lately. Thanks to digital tools and an abundance of information, you can generally ask for and receive much more individualized service from your favorite service provider -- whether it be an insurance company, car dealer, a retailer or a bank. But this may only be the beginning.

A Labor Day Weekend How-to-Help-Save-the Ocean Video

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

For many Americans, Labor Day Weekend is traditionally the last one for a romp in oceans. Plastic should be on their minds. Study after study shows that we have a real plastic problem in our oceans.

Why Software As a Service Will Kill Accountability

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 09.29.2013 | Technology
Michael Morgenstern

I just downloaded the trial for Adobe Premiere Pro 7.0, which is available only as part of their Creative Cloud system. As explained by Wired, Creative Cloud isn't really a cloud; it's a fancy way of repackaging subscription-based software.

Caring Is the Future of Consumption

Axelle Tessandier | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Axelle Tessandier

Millennials are driving change. Even if some of the big corporate players still hold the pole position, you can already feel a change in the way they communicate with us.

Why Can't I Bring my Cloud-based Consumer Apps to Work?

Ric Telford | Posted 07.14.2013 | Technology
Ric Telford

If you're like most of us, you always keep your smartphone or tablet within arm's reach and have become accustomed to limitless access to information anytime and anywhere from an array of aesthetically designed, simple and user friendly apps.

Valentine's Day Gifts: Are You Giving Knockoffs or the Real Deal?

Renée Richardson Gosline | Posted 04.15.2013 | Style
Renée Richardson Gosline

Naturally, it can be tempting to look for a "deal," but buyer beware: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is, especially when it comes to counterfeit luxury goods.

The Comeback Kid: A Closer Look at the US Consumer

Diane Swonk | Posted 11.27.2012 | Business
Diane Swonk

In recent months, improving employment, a surge in refinancing and firming home prices have all worked together to release some of the pent-up demand created by the "Great Recession."

An Open Letter to My Health Insurance Company

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

Dear CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, I just received your letter, announcing the 20 percent hike in my health insurance premiums, due no doubt to r...