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CVS, Good for Public Health and Good for Shareholders

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

CVS/pharmacy announced on February 5, 2014, that it would pull tobacco products from its stores by October. The benefit of improved heart health, reduced chronic burden of disease, and household economies saving money on the direct cost of cigarettes? Priceless.

Bob Dylan's Times, They Have a-Changed

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

That is what's so sad about the Dylan commercial. The man is pitching a product that is the antithesis of today's cool. In an age where high mpg's are the ultimate status symbol for cars for those who understand cool, Dylan's peddling a car for "the zoom and the roar and the thrust."

Consumer Review Credibility, Brand Marketing and Social Media

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 03.25.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Amazon and other sites have shown that shoppers consider product reviews an accurate way to gauge consumer experiences, and a site known for independe...

Coping With Contagious Affluenza: Mindful Consumption

Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Lilian Cheung, D.Sc., R.D.

Do we really need all this stuff? Why are we eating so much? Why can't we focus on what's happening right now? The symptoms and effects of affluenza are plentiful, but there is good news -- relief is possible, and it can be put into action right away.

Harshing Your Mellow

Katy Keiffer | Posted 02.16.2014 | Home
Katy Keiffer

Although the FDA is making a public display of ratcheting down antibiotic use in livestock agriculture, a reality check is in order. What has to happen in livestock agriculture is nothing less than a paradigm shift in production practices.

The Not-So-Sweet Skinny on Sugar-Free Gum Sweeteners

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Chameides

If you like gum, perhaps sugar-free gum is part of your strategy for shedding some pounds while still enjoying some sweet masticating. But there may be a chemical downside to sugar-free gum. A downside that comes from the many chemicals that substitute for sugar.

HHS Shares Tips for Consumers Visiting HealthCare.Gov

Kathleen Sebelius | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact
Kathleen Sebelius

As we continue working around the clock to improve HealthCare.gov and the holiday shopping season kicks into gear, we wanted to share some consumer friendly tips for individuals looking for quality affordable health insurance.

Cyber Safety on Cyber Monday

Yvette Miller | Posted 11.25.2014 | Technology
Yvette Miller

As you go online to nab gifts for your loved ones (and maybe pick up something for yourself as well), here are a couple of common diversions and deceptions to watch for and navigate away from.

Where to Find & Access Big Data to Drive Business Forward

VisualNews.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
VisualNews.com

With 2.1 billion people on the internet, the amount of data generated every second is overwhelming.

8 Brands With Religious Affiliations (Who Knew?!)

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sara Schwartz | Posted 11.10.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Would you like a Bible verse with those fries? Check out these popular U.S. companies that incorporate their beliefs ...

The Freedom Of Simple Living

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Craig K. Comstock

I've known rich people who feel inferior to friends who are even richer. The key is spending less than we earn, growing other values, and just ignoring (or laughing at) all the blandishments of an economic system dependent on our cravings every last thing we can get.

The See-Through Company: 3 Reasons Why Businesses Would Opt for Transparency

Adrian de Groot Ruiz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adrian de Groot Ruiz

We're living in an age where information travels fast and is becoming a public good. So why share?

The Marriage of the Giants: Big Data and Big Box

David Sable | Posted 12.28.2013 | Business
David Sable

Twitter and Royal Mail go public in a similar time frame, and while nothing about them seems similar at all, maybe their futures are more linked than not.

Letter From a New Economy Consumer

Stephanie Michele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stephanie Michele

Everyday there are thousands of marketers competing for my time. I am consuming data and information at an alarming rate both online and off. When I am at my computer, on average I am switching tabs or functions more than twice every 60 seconds.

Why GMOs Need Labeling

Bill Couzens | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Labeling is important, not just for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) but for many things we bring into our homes from food to cleaning supplies and even materials for our gardens.

WATCH: Consumers Are In Charge Now

Shawn Amos | Posted 12.11.2013 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Nine out of 10 senior level executives plan to collaborate with customers in the near future. Just one of the facts revealed in a new study from IBM a...

Changing Labels Won't Increase Food Prices

Scott Faber | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Scott Faber

At a time when so many Americans have been struggling to feed their families, it made little sense to increase the price of basic staples.

Gas Prices: Should They Continue to Rise?

Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Emmanuel I.S. Ajuzie

No other commodity has that type of influence on our economy and the economy of the world. If that is true, the question then is why do we treat it in the same manner we treat other commodities with less simultaneous pronounced effect on both domestic and global economy?

The Nightmare at the Branding Party

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

You don't want to be the brand having that kind of conversation that sends people looking for the nearest exit or delete button or channel changer, do you?

Five Years After the Financial Crisis: A View From Main Street

B. Dan Berger | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
B. Dan Berger

This is just another example of the banks putting their self-interest ahead of consumers and our nation. If the credit union tax exemption were to be eliminated, the repercussions on our economy and consumers would be catastrophic.

Mobile Video Advertising Works Best in the Right State of Mind

Will Kassoy | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
Will Kassoy

Consumers are generally in one of two mindsets when they are using apps: want or need. Understanding which mindset a consumer is in can make or break engagement with mobile video campaigns.

Be Good -- and Protect Your Rep

Steve DiFillippo | Posted 11.12.2013 | Business
Steve DiFillippo

Ultimately, any business is replaceable. Even yours, my friend. So do what I always try my best to do: Be good, and protect your rep!

Leading the Sony Legacy: Q&A with Phil Molyneux

Ivo Lukas | Posted 09.06.2013 | Technology
Ivo Lukas

I have recently had the honor of chatting with Phil Molyneux, the passionate Chief Operating Officer (COO) and President of Sony. He is a 23-year Sony...

Household Debt Is Still Too Damn High

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 08.15.2013 | Business

A consensus seems to be forming that U.S. consumers have cleaned up their balance sheets enough that they're ready to stuff themselves with debt all o...

Serving Millennials -- What's Different About Younger Consumers?

Alistair Niederer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business
Alistair Niederer

This is no longer about stereotypes of the young just loving technology. There are some fundamental differences in how people who grew up surrounded by information expect to be treated by retailers