B2C Alive and Well On the Net

The soft economy has, like chicken man of old, “been everywhere”—but one area seems to be showing solid signs of growth: Business To Consumer (“B2C”) e-commerce.

According to eMarketer (www.emarketer.com), the leading provider of Internet business research and statistics, the number of people over age 14 who purchased something online will grow from 64.1 million in 2000 to more than 100 million in 2003. In dollars, eMarketer recalculated B2C revenues from $38.3 billion in 2000, growing to $54.2 billion in 2001. Those figures place them in the middle of the spread of industry expert projections, ranging from the Direct Marketing Association low of $37.1 billion to Giga Information’s high of $107.8 billion. Seems networking on the Net is working. Source: eMarketer www.emarketer.com

More Workers Are Taking Sick-and-Tired Days

According to the recent survey by CCH Inc., the Riverwoods, Illinois business information publisher who has conducted the survey annually for the past 12 years, more workers are calling in “sick” today than ever before. And more of them aren’t ill—in the strict medical sense. The researchers, who surveyed 333 companies based in the US, found that absences caused by “family issues” increased from 21 percent to 24 percent in just the past two years. Unscheduled days off due to “stress” increased over the same period from five percent to 12 percent. Only a third of unscheduled days off are because of illness. A sign of changing behavior and attitudes in our post-9/11 world? Or one more ad for owning your own home-based business, where “mental health days” are always your choice? Source: Associated Press www.ap.org/

… And Speaking of the Associated Press

The Associated Press (AP) was founded in 1848 and is the oldest and largest news organization in the world, serving more than one billion people per day. In the United States alone, AP serves 5000 radio and television stations and 1700 newspapers; add to that the 8500 newspaper, radio and television subscribers in 121 countries overseas. With 3700 employees working in 242 bureaus around the world, AP operates as a not-for-profit cooperative with its subscribing member organizations. 24-7-365, AP supplies a steady stream of news (20 million words a day!) to its domestic members and foreign subscribers. It also has the industry’s most sophisticated digital photo network, a 24-hour continuously updated online news service, a state-of-the-art television news service and one of the largest radio networks in the US. The Associated Press is the winner of 47 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization in the categories for which it can compete, and it has 28 photo Pulitzers, the most of any news organization.

MFS: Midweek Fatigue Syndrome

It’s only Wednesday and you’re already tired, beat, exhausted and ready for the weekend? Don’t worry. You are simply the unwitting victim of a group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a new disease, psychological disorder, or just another abnormal condition the world is driven to name. You’ve got Midweek Fatigue Syndrome—no kidding! MFS is a common byproduct of frenzied, fast-paced living and type-AAA schedules. According to the American Dietetic Association, a few lifestyle changes can boost your energy levels and delay the slump, at least until Friday:

• Get a good night’s sleep.

• Never skip breakfast. After fasting overnight, your body needs fuel to get it going again.

• Nosh on a piece of fruit or other light snack every three to four hours.

• Hold off on second helpings. Overeating adds to feelings of lethargy.

• Do something active for at least 30 minutes as many days of the week as you can.

• Own your own home-based business [okay, we snuck that last one in ourselves].

Source: HealthScoutNews www.healthscoutnews.com/

Re-do Your Vision With a New Car

Is that treasure map on your wall truly up-to-date? Well, it may be difficult to run down to the dealership and have the sales manager snap a shot of you sitting behind the wheel of the latest, greatest dream car...but, hey: if you live in LA, give it a try.

The Bently Arnage T—that’s the one you want. Climb in or out and anyone within eyeshot is certain to think you are a British Royal. Only 400 of these hand-made 5699-pound cruise-ships-with- wheels will be made per year. And at $228,990 (how did they come up with that price?—add $75,000 for bullet-proofing), it’s no wonder. Everything about the car is custom order, from the color of the lamb’s-wool carpeting to the choice of walnut burl on the dash. Even the rear seats recline.

Whoa, you’re a Viper person? Fear not, this big Bentley hosts a 450-horsepower engine, top speed of 168 mph and a zero-to-sixty in six seconds. Oh…and 10 miles per gallon. This is it, folks. The automobile to live for. Or, you might want to pick up a nice mid-priced Mercedes instead and feed 5807 Haitian children a nutritious lunch for a year. Source: Newsweek www.newsweek.msnbc.com