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Data-Driven Disconnect: Cultural Gaps Impede Companies’ Efforts to Harness Benefits of Data, New Global Study Reveals
CEOs’ Rosy View of Data Initiatives, and Barriers to Data Access, Hinder Success (Photo Credit: Bulldog Reporter)
A new global study sponsored by big data analytics and marketing applications companyTeradata Corp. has revealed an apparent disconnect between how chief executive officers see the current status and benefits of data initiatives and how lower-level managers see them. This and other disparities impede success and imperil the competitive advantage companies hope to realize.
“The survey is clear that organizations succeed when the data-driven vision and leadership are shared, and the benefits of data initiatives are consistently tracked, promoted and, most importantly, linked to corporate goals and business results,” said Chris Twogood, vice president of products and services marketing at Teradata, in a news release. Keep reading…
Barbie is Having a Tough 56th Year. Read about the challenges facing toy makers, Mattel and Hasbro as reported in The New York Tines. Read more…
Barbie and other traditional toys are having a much tougher time supporting their elderly parent Mattel, a toy maker significantly weakened by stiff competition from small upstarts and by digital distractions aimed at children.
On Monday, the company reported that toy sales during last month’s crucial holiday shopping season plummeted, apparently one of the reasons the company also announced a management shake-up. Bryan G. Stockton, who worked for Mattel for more than 14 years and was chief executive for the last three, resigned over the weekend.
“The board recognizes that the company is not meeting our own expectations and those of our shareholders, and we felt that now is the right time to make a leadership change,” said Alex Clark, a spokesman for Mattel. Read more…
Some insight on middle class economics by Dionne Searcey and Robert Gebeloff
The middle class that President Obama identified in his State of the Union speech last week as the foundation of the American economy has been shrinking for almost half a century.
In the late 1960s, more than half of the households in the United States were squarely in the middle, earning, in today’s dollars, $35,000 to $100,000 a year. Few people noticed or cared as the size of that group began to fall, because the shift was primarily caused by more Americans climbing the economic ladder into upper-income brackets.
But since 2000, the middle-class share of households has continued to narrow, the main reason being that more people have fallen to the bottom. At the same time, fewer of those in this group fit the traditional image of a married couple with children at home, a gap increasingly filled by the elderly. Read more…
After the latest USPS rate hike, it’s going to cost more to ship magazines to your subscribers. But it might not stay that way.
The USPS announced a rate increase last week intended to keep mailing prices in line with inflation—a jump of about 1.9 percent across the board. It’s a change that’s expected to generate about $900 million annually for the struggling postal service.
While periodicals as a whole, will be 1.965-percent higher, accompanying changes mean that some magazines will be treated differently than others. A few publishers will see price reductions of more than 20 percent, while others will have their mailing costs rise by up to 100 percent. Read more…
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Read about how bankers and executives use Davos as a meeting place for the World Economic Forum. This article was written by David Gelles of The New York Times.
Even before deal makers descended on Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, they were making an important decision: how to protect their feet from the elements.
‘‘What shoes to wear is one of the most important questions,’’ said Jeffrey Rosen, deputy chairman of Lazard. A regular at the forum, Mr. Rosen is well accustomed to the mix of unpredictable winter weather in the Alps, long walks from the Congress Center to various hotels, fancy dinners and casual meetings that makes zeroing in on footwear a particular challenge for attendees.
It might seem mundane. But comfort is important because, for investment bankers, the main reason for being at the snowy resort town this week is not to linger over presentations about artificial intelligence or to schmooze at the chalet soirees. The point is to meet up with clients and prospective clients. As many as their endurance will allow. Read more…
The latest news from EBay as reported in today’s The New York Times.
EBay has made billions reinventing ways to sell items on the Internet. Now, in the face of declining growth, the company must reinvent itself once more.
Facing stiff competition and the declining growth of its auctions business, eBay announced a shake-up of the company on Wednesday, saying it planned to cut 2,400 positions, or 7 percent of its global work force.
“It’s going to get a little bit worse before it gets better,” said Bob Swan, chief financial officer of eBay, citing declines of traffic and repeat customers in the company’s online auction business. “Our ecosystem has simply been disrupted.”