New Study Uncovers The Powerful New Role Of Media In Children's Lives

By Katie Lepi on November 7, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, Common Sense Media released their findings from a study they conducted on children's media use in America. This was their second survey designed to document the media environments and behaviors of kids ages 8 and under, the first of which was conducted two years ago. While this information would clearly be interesting on its own, we find it to be even more interesting to have the comparison with the data from two years ago.

5 Online Learning Trends Worth Knowing About

By Jeff Dunn on November 6, 2013@edudemic

Online learning is quickly growing and is changing the way most of us think about modern education. Before we dive into the current trends, let's take a step back. What exactly is online learning and why should you care? Basically, it's the implementation of new technology into education so that both teachers and students can interact in a new way. Simple enough, right?

Online learning is useful for K-12 students up to college students. That's primary and secondary school students for some of our international audience. So this new type of digital learning is a fabulous thing. We get it. Technology in the classroom is like the invention of the lightbulb, car, and airplane all rolled into one thing. Got it. It's great.

Nine Steps to Effective Business Problem Solving

Martin Zwilling, Startup Professionals Musings JUL. 19, 2011, 9:30 AM

Creating a startup, or managing any business, is all about problem solving. Some people are good at it and some are not – independent of their IQ or their academic credentials (there may even be an inverse relationship here). Yet I'm convinced that problem solving is a learnable trait, rather than just a birthright.

Entrepreneurs who are great problem solvers within any business are the best prepared to solve their customers' needs effectively as well. In fact, every business is about solutions to customer problems – no problems, no business. Problems are an everyday part of every business and personal environment.

Reason to Use SWOT and PESTLE Analysis

by Neil Kokemuller, Demand Media

SWOT and PESTLE analyses cover a full range of internal and external strategic business considerations.

A main reason companies use both SWOT and PESTLE is because these tools offer broad and effective analyses of key areas of a strategic plan. SWOT is an acronym that stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. PESTLE has wider coverage of business and external issues, including political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental factors. Small businesses can better compete by using these critical tools to assess opportunities and challenges.

What is Porter's Five Forces?

Michael Porter

The five forces model is an industry and business analysis development strategy. This framework was created by Michael E. Porter, a professor at Harvard Business School in 1979. His method determined that every industry and business is affected by five forces: barriers to entry, supplier power, threat of substitutes, buy power and rivalry. Porter's five forces model attempts to explain the different situations businesses may experience when operating in the economic market place. Each force includes specific elements companies must overcome or prepare for when conducting business operations.

Advantages and disadvantages of internal versus external corporate governance mechanisms

By: Andy Law

Internal corporate governance mechanisms are established to insure the proper actions of management. Because providers of capital do not control the daily operations of the business, so they set up corporate governance mechanisms to insure that management acts in the best interest of the owners. This mechanism is controlled directly by the owners of the firm. It can be applied to monitor corporate risks and assurance corporate controls

Introduction to StopGreenwash.org

These days, green is the new black. Corporations are falling all over themselves to demonstrate to current and potential customers that they are not only ecologically conscious, but also environmentally correct.

Some businesses are genuinely committed to making the world a better, greener place. But for far too many others, environmentalism is little more than a convenient slogan. Buy our products, they say, and you will end global warming, improve air quality, and save the oceans. At best, such statements stretch the truth; at worst, they help conceal corporate behavior that is environmentally harmful by any standard.

An investment strategy that always works

larry-steinBy Larry Stein

We're all looking for an investment strategy that works consistently. Perhaps a valuation technique, a technical strategy, or a way to predict which funds will outperform.

While investors go to great lengths to create such cleverly named strategies as "Japanese cloud" formations and "economic surprise" indicators, no methodology seems to work all the time.


9/11, 10 Years Later: How The Insurance Industry Has Changed

By NATIONAL UNDERWRITER EDIT STAFF

The horrific events of September 11, 2001 fundamentally altered the insurance industry in a multitude of ways. To examine those changes, we asked carrier executives, catastrophe modelers and five top risk managers to explain in their own words how the coverage landscape has been transformed in the wake of the attacks.

Pick n Pay retrenchments a result of 'Walmart invasion'

07 Jul 2011 11:35 Staff Reporter

Cosatu has expressed "shock" at Pick n Pay's announcement that it is contemplating retrenching about 3 137 workers.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Thursday expressed "shock" at Pick n Pay's announcement that it is contemplating retrenching about 3 137 workers.

On Wednesday, Pick n Pay said the retrenchments were in terms of Section 189A and 189 (3) of the Labour Relations Act, "due to operational requirements at the company within the non-management bargaining unit".

Strikes hit five year high with 99 in 2012

Sapa | 18 September, 2013 12:11

Image by: ROGAN WARD / Reuters

The number of strikes last year in South Africa hit a five-year high, the labour department said on Wednesday.

A total of 99 strikes were recorded in 2012, close to half of them unprotected or illegal strikes, and many of them characterised by violence, labour director general Nkosinathi Nhleko told journalists in Cape Town.


Hellopeter.com: Is Peter Cheales the modern-day Gwen Gill?

by Peta Krost Maunder
12 JUNE 2013

Peter Cheales is a maverick – one of those people who goes for exactly what he wants, doesn't take orders from anyone and lives life on his terms.

Some people think he is the best thing that ever happened to consumers – and a few despise him.

He is the man behind Hellopeter.com, the largest customer service website in the world. His brand gave South Africans an opportunity to demand better service, and introduced social media to them long before that was a term. His website has even entered the South African lexicon – people threaten to: "I'll 'Hellopeter' you!"

Footholds in tight market

WITH ENTREPRENEURS increasingly looking to start up their own businesses, South Africa's food franchise industry is seeing extraordinary interest.

Maxi's, one of two food brands under the listed Taste Holdings banner, has invested in the long-term success of the brand since taking it over in 2005 and has succeeded in repositioning this 13-year-old brand in all aspects, including design and other in-store elements, such as menus, uniforms, logo and through the redesign of all marketing material, advertisements and in-store promotions.

What is batch.co.za?

Batch is a platform for promoting young South African design talent through a web based store that showcases their products. This provides them with opportunities to sell their products. The idea of batch.co.za is to simplify the sale and promotion of products, by giving young designers an easy way to connect with possible clients, media and potential employers by promoting their products and themselves on the batch website.

Why start batch.co.za?

We had products that we believed had potential, but soon realised that there was no outlet where these products could be sold.

Steers Holdings Limited

Following a visit to the United States in the 1950s, the late George Halamandres returned to South Africa to introduce the steakhouse concept to this country. A keen business sense also led Halamandres to introduce the concept of franchising to the South African market.

In the mid–1980s, the founder's son, John Halamandres, joined forces with four cousins. Together, they grew the Steers Holdings Ltd group from a small number of Steers steakhouses, takeaway outlets and a sauce and spice production unit, to the country's leading franchised fast food organisation.

MultiChoice Sees Off TopTV Threat For Now

MultiChoice added almost more than 360 000 new subscribers in SA in the six months to 30 September 2010, beating its new rival TopTV in May.

Interim financial results show that the pay-TV operator added 498 000 during the six months from April to September across its Africa operations.

In SA, the gross base expanded by 363 000 to 3,2m households. Most of the growth came from the lower-priced Compact bouquet. In the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the base grew by 135 000 to 1,2m homes.

Simba is a powerful brand that has been in existence since 1939. The Southern African countries have enjoyed some of the best snack offerings from Simba for a number of decades.

The success of our company and brands is anchored on our people and the values we live by. Simba is part of PepsiCo, an exciting multinational organization that is a world leader in convenient foods and beverages with revenues of more than $ 32 billion and more than 153,000 employees across the world.

IPad: The PC Killer?

After he unveiled the iPad at a San Francisco conference center in early 2010, the late Steve Jobs spent a few minutes asking people holding the device for the first time what they thought of it. A reporter suggested it might make consumers forget why they needed a laptop computer. Jobs shrugged his shoulders and said, coyly, "We'll see." Jobs was a master not just at anticipating paradigm shifts but creating them. If tablets eventually did eclipse the laptop and desktop businesses, Jobs was determined that Apple would reap the windfall.

Woolworths: Grooming brand carriers

Financial Mail 27 October 2006
By Chris Gilour

Woolies seeks innovative ways to attract the right people for the job

Woolies employs almost 16 000 people and that number is expected to double by 2014, says people director Zyda Rylands. "We'll need to take on 2 000-2 500 new employees in the current year just to accommodate the new stores being built," she says.

Getting the right people and retaining them is a big challenge for any retailer.

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