Online Shopping is REAL! 

I was sitting at my desk early this morning doing my usual “digital” stuff — meandering through social media, emails, news, finances, network marketing, etc. — when I saw a story out of China that floored me. According to CNN, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba reported that online sales today (11/11) eclipsed $18 billion after roughly […]

In Search of a “Side Hustle”! 

As the figurative fireworks explode to celebrate the Stock Market’s meteoric rise to 23,000 pts (they say “points,” not “dollars,” because they don’t want us to think it’s about money), many of us looking up can only watch as the embers fall and fizzle. The hype and glare of this mythical milestone of prosperity hide […]

What’s Your “Why”? 

Why? It’s a simple enough question, but often the hardest to answer and understand. For example, when a child asks, “why is the sky blue?”, there’s a scientific answer they’re likely to not understand. But they’ll look at you, maybe give a little nod of their tiny head, and say, “oh”, and move on. Change […]

Comfortably Miserable 

“Comfortably Miserable” I was surprised I had never heard this term before. It came up in a conversation as I was sitting on the deck of a vacation home overlooking the ocean on a late summer evening. I’ve always enjoyed the beach communities in southern New Jersey (no, not that “Jersey Shore”), but for some […]

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Retail is Hardly “Dead” 

“The report of my death has been greatly exaggerated!” ~ Mark Twain Like Chicken Little proclaiming the demise of the sky, TheStreet has spent the past week reporting on “the death of retail.” They cited the loss of 89,000 retail jobs since October (and 61,000 just in February and March) and a “wave” of store […]

College Presidents: Americans Wrong; Only Care About Jobs! 

Hmmm….. It appears Americans don’t know what college is for. At least that’s what a majority of college presidents believe, according to a recent Gallup survey analyzed by Forbes contributor, Ames Brown.* Brown said that American Council on Education’s Terry W. Hartle, a senior vice president for government and public affairs, was quoted as saying ‘College presidents […]

The “Complacent Class” 

The “Complacent Class” Came across an economist who sees beyond the glitz of the swelling Stock Market to an underlying problem. “We’re seeing an America that is stuck, and in some parts of the country it’s moving backwards,” economist blogger Tyler Cowen, author of a new book, “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the […]

A Class ACT 

Joe Ball of Advertising & Communications Times and I have been working together for 25-30 years. Neither of us can really remember when I began doing the print-production layout for his marketing-based newspaper, but in a brief meeting at the end of February in his Bala Cynwyd office we reminisced about everything that is ACT. Joe […]

Tis the season… 

The holiday season is a time to step back from our daily grind to spend time with family and friends, and reflect on the year that’s past and the year ahead. For those who work for someone else, the company determines when you get to spend that time.  In brick-n-mortar retail, for instance, holidays are […]