Although I may be an optimist, it does seem as if we are beginning to see some faint glimmers of hope in terms of an economic recovery.
The Consumer Confidence Index rose from 47.4 in July up to 54.1 in August; the stock market is steadying; and unemployment rates are leveling, if not decreasing. We certainly are not out of the woods yet, but we are at least pointed in the right direction and seem to be making our way out.
Businesses everywhere seem to be going green these days—and for good reasons. Not only will the benefits of environmentally responsible behaviors ensure sustainability for generations to come, but green is actually in demand by consumers today.
It was about this time last year when the water quality industry began its fight against California’s misguided Assembly Bill (AB) 2270, which would have banned the use of water softeners in residences.
Here we are a year later, and in the words of Yogi Berra, it’s like déjà vu all over again as the Golden State’s government is back at it with the newly proposed AB 1366.
April 15th has come and gone, but it’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s tax season. And with the stimulus bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, most Americans will notice some differences in what they may or may not owe Uncle Sam next year.
While President Obama has vowed not to increase taxes for families making less than $250,000 a year, the roughly three million high-earning U.S. families and businesses may not be so lucky.
You’ve been hearing it a lot lately: Change has come to America. Well, it is coming to the water treatment industry as well, so you better be ready for it.
Last year, with the help of many industry associations and members, the water quality industry narrowly escaped AB 2270, California’s proposed legislation that would have banned the use of residential water softeners without any regard to science-based facts.
You may be surprised to hear this, but if you haven’t already joined Facebook you should probably do so soon. Research shows that most business executives and CEOs will also be joining Facebook at some point this year. The fact is, social media is having a profound impact on businesses, and the corporate world is adjusting.
Water is essential. It makes up 50% to 70% of an adult’s total body weight, and without it, survival time is limited to a matter of days. Globally, people are confronted with many problems relating to water. It is estimated that 1.5 to 2 billion people in the world lack access to safe potable water. Third-world countries specifically continue to be plagued by water-related diseases; however, even developed nations confront water problems.
It’s official: The numbers for January are in and more than 598,000 jobs were slashed in the first month of 2009, bringing the unemployment rate up to 7.6%—the highest it has been since September 1992.
The U.S. Labor Department recently reported that since the recession began in December 2007, the economy has shed 3.6 million jobs—half of them in the last three months alone. And the hemorrhage continues as small businesses—who are usually the first to create jobs and the last to cut them—made significant staff cuts for the 12th consecutive month, according to CNNMoney.com.
While it’s no surprise that sales are down, as consumers tighten their wallets amid economic recession, it may surprise you to know that when it comes to Internet sales, the outlook is fairly positive.
Online sales held up better than the rest of the retail market during the bleak 2008 holiday season, and on the day dubbed “Cyber Monday”—traditionally one of the busiest online shopping days of the year—online retailers saw a 15% increase in sales from 2007.