From True Crime to Consumer Tips, Fox Television Stations Rev Up Local Podcasts

When WNYW-TV reporter Dan Bowens found himself wiping away an inch of dust from Beta tapes of newscast recordings excavated from the Fox O&O’s archives, he knew he had something. Bowens is the host of WNYW’s podcast “The Tape Room,” which focuses on deep dives into unsolved crimes from the New York, New Jersey and […]

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MEN’S FORUM: The Whitaker Group’s James Whitner Relies on Instinct and Close Consumer Connections to Stay Ahead

For The Whitaker Group’s founder James Whitner, being the consumer is essential to knowing the consumer.
With an assortment of stores via his company’s four retail entities — Social Status, A.P.B., Prosper and A Ma Maniére — Whitner emphasized the importance of being submerged with the people you are trying to connect with. He asked, “Are you focused on the consumer? Do you know who the consumer is and why? Most people don’t. You’re casting a wide net in men’s wear…I’m the guy. I’m the guy who’s buying the stuff and wearing the stuff.”
Aside from anticipating what his shoppers want, Whitner spoke of how he tries to design spaces that they will emotionally respond to. “I’m always trying to re-create the places and spaces I’ve been in. I feel like I have a romantic affair with the consumer in the process. Can someone cue the music? [Romantic tunes follow.] When I walk into a store, this is how I feel. I’m being romanced by the romance,” he said.
Referring to outdated business practices that can’t keep up with quick fire social media and fashion’s rapid speed of change, Whitner said, “You’ve got to set your businesses up to move like we move.

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The Next Big Threat to Consumer Brands (Yes, Amazon’s Behind It)

Already grappling with upstart rivals and the rise of e-commerce, personal-care and packaged-foods makers now face the threat of voice-search assistants that often offer customers just one or two product options.
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Capsule, Liberty Fairs to Add Consumer Component Via Frenzy App

Shopify’s flash sales app Frenzy continues its push to grow its business in the U.S., striking a partnership with Liberty Fairs and Capsule tied to New York Fashion Week: Men’s.
The app, which has made some inroads within streetwear as a tool to help brands and retailers with product drops, will help make certain pieces from designers available for sale through its app as part of special presentations happening at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in conjunction with the Capsule and Liberty Fairs trade shows.
“There’s never been an official partnership between the trade fairs and the CFDA so fashion week now extends to market week,” said Capsule director Christopher Corrado.
Layering in the capabilities of Frenzy adds to that partnership, Corrado continued.
“It really does lay the path for the future of the way that we hope to engage consumers in our trade event.…There’s been obviously a lot of conversation around the seasonality of the fashion industry and how we capitalize on all the excitement that happens around a runway presentation and how we actually engage the end consumer and that’s exactly what Frenzy does from an event producer opinion.”
Participating brands include Band of Outsiders, Arc’teryx Veilance, Necessity Sense, Daniel Patrick, DDugoff

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Kraft’s $143 Billion Bid for Unilever Highlights Squeeze in Consumer Goods

Kraft Heinz has made a $ 143 billion approach to take over U.K. consumer-products giant Unilever, a move that would bring together some of the best-known household brands in the world.
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Articles on Technology Trade Associations, Including: DVD Copy Control Association, Consumer Electronics Association, Electronic Industries Alliance, USB Flash Drive Alliance, Information Technology Association of America

Articles on Technology Trade Associations, Including: DVD Copy Control Association, Consumer Electronics Association, Electronic Industries Alliance, USB Flash Drive Alliance, Information Technology Association of America


Used – Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Hephaestus Books represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Hephaestus Books continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domai

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Consumer Health Information for Public Librarians

Consumer Health Information for Public Librarians


In today’s health care environment, lay people are increasingly anxious to be more involved in decisions that affect their well being. They actively seek medical and health information in libraries, bookstores, and on the Internet. Such high demand has left many public librarians struggling to meet their clients’ needs – even as large numbers of new publications are becoming available. This book also addresses the issues involved in developing a CHI (consumer health information) collections in public libraries, with particular attention to the needs and behaviors of its target clientele.

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The Digital Consumer Technology Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Devices, Standards, Future Directions, and Programmable Logic Solutions

The Digital Consumer Technology Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Devices, Standards, Future Directions, and Programmable Logic Solutions


New – The consumer electronics market has never been as awash with new consumer products as it has over the last couple of years. The devices that have emerged on the scene have led to major changes in the way consumers listen to music, access the Internet, communicate, watch videos, play games, take photos, operate their automobiles even live. Digital electronics has led to these leaps in product development, enabling easier exchange of media, cheaper and more reliable products, and convenient

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The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Radio, Television, and Consumer Electronics Stores

The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Radio, Television, and Consumer Electronics Stores


INTRODUCTIONOVERVIEWThis study covers the world outlook for radio, television, and consumer electronics stores across more than 200 countries. For each year reported, estimates are given for the latent demand, or potential industry earnings (P.I.E.), for the country in question (in millions of U.S. dollars), the percent share the country is of the region and of the globe. These comparative benchmarks allow the reader to quickly gauge a country vis-à-vis others. Using econometric models which project fundamental economic dynamics within each country and across countries, latent demand estimates are created. This report does not discuss the specific players in the market serving the latent demand, nor specific details at the product level. The study also does not consider short-term cyclicalities that might affect realized sales. The study, therefore, is strategic in nature, taking an aggregate and long-run view, irrespective of the players or products involved. This study does not report actual sales data (which are simply unavailable, in a comparable or consistent manner in virtually all of the 230 countries of the world). This study gives, however, my estimates for the worldwide latent demand, or the P.I.E, for radio, television, and consumer electronics stores. It also shows how the P.I.E. is divided across the world’s regional and national markets. For each country, I also show my estimates of how the P.I.E. grows over time (positive or negative growth). In order to make these estimates, a multi-stage methodology was employed that is often taught in courses on international strategic planning at graduate schools of business.

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The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Radio, Television, and Consumer Electronics Stores

The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Radio, Television, and Consumer Electronics Stores


New – INTRODUCTIONOVERVIEWThis study covers the world outlook for radio, television, and consumer electronics stores across more than 200 countries. For each year reported, estimates are given for the latent demand, or potential industry earnings (P.I.E.), for the country in question (in millions of U.S. dollars), the percent share the country is of the region and of the globe. These comparative benchmarks allow the reader to quickly gauge a country vis–vis others. Using econometric models whic

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The Internet Consumer Bible

The Internet Consumer Bible


The Internet Consumer Bible is the most authoritative guide to the internet available. Far more than a directory, this book shows you – whether novice or experienced web surfer – which sites can help you and which sites are a waste of time. Taking you through every aspect of life and showing how to save hundreds of pounds and release hours of valuable time for other activities, the book also looks at what you can’t do on the web or what you can still do better offline. Chapters finish with a list of sites in the area providing a brief description of what the site does and a star rating of 1-5 for how good each is. There are five major sections: 1) Basics. Chapters in this section include: what is a ‘good website’?; getting started, unmetered access, ADSL, virus programmes, firewalls, screening software, mobile internet and interactive TV.2) Lifestages. Chapters in this section include: births and young children; education; dating, marriage and divorce; work: job-seeking, self-employment, redundancy; death.3) Shopping. Chapters in this section include: home, mortgages, online estate agencies, DIY, gardening, cars, clothes, groceries.4) Entertainment and Leisure. Chapters in this section include: travel and holidays, sport, films, music, restaurants, TV, nightlife, genealogy, weather, hobbies.5) Organising Your Life. Chapters in this section include: money (covers investing

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Are All Online Travel Sites Good For The Consumer: An Examination Of Supplier-owned Online Travel Sites

Are All Online Travel Sites Good For The Consumer: An Examination Of Supplier-owned Online Travel Sites


The BiblioGov Project is an effort to expand awareness of the public documents and records of the U.S. Government via print publications. In broadening the public understanding of government and its work, an enlightened democracy can grow and prosper. Ranging from historic Congressional Bills to the most recent Budget of the United States Government, the BiblioGov Project spans a wealth of government information. These works are now made available through an environmentally friendly, print-on-demand basis, using only what is necessary to meet the required demands of an interested public. We invite you to learn of the records of the U.S. Government, heightening the knowledge and debate that can lead from such publications.
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Treasure Hunt: Inside the Mind of the New Global Consumer

Treasure Hunt: Inside the Mind of the New Global Consumer


The essential follow-up to the "BusinessWeek" bestseller "Trading Up" A BMW in a Costco parking lot? A working class family with a 50 inch plasma TV? A 27-year-old Japanese administrative assistant with a collection of Coach purses? An 87-year-old retiree in Ohio exclaiming the value of Aldi brand honey? What’s going on in the mind of the new consumer? Today’s consumers can seem impossible to understand, and even harder to please. For instance, the average mall shopper will spend her 0, then leave when she hits that limit. She’ll probably buy shoes rather than clothing, because she doesn’t want to think about her dress size. And the store most likely to get her money isn’t the one with the nicest display or the deepest discounts… it’s the one closest to her parking spot. In his research with dozens of leading companies, Michael J. Silverstein has interviewed thousands of customers, extracting fascinating patterns about what really drives their purchase decisions. His first book, the acclaimed bestseller "Trading Up," has taught a generation of marketers about the "new luxury" phenomenon, and why consumers will happily pay a steep premium for goods and services that are emotionally satisfying, from golf clubs to bathroom hardware to beauty products. But "Trading Up" only revealed part of the story of the new consumer. The same middle class consumers who are happily trading up at Victoria’s Secret and Panera are going on treasure hunts at Costco and Home Depot. And they are often getting as much emotional satisfaction in the discount stores as in the luxury stores. Silverstein’s new book explains how the new consumer approaches bargain hunting, and how even the most mundane shopping a for things like paper towels and pet food — have become an adventure rather than a tedious chore. It turns out that, in just about every consumer category, both the high end and the low end are growing and innovation rich. Many middle class consumers gladly spend .00 a day for a vente Starbucks latte; others spend 40 cents a day on home brewed coffee, feel good about their frugality, and save up the difference to buy Apple’s newest Nano. Treasure Hunt explains the success of companies as diverse as Dollar General, LG, H. E. Butt, Ebay, Commerce Bank, and Tchibo. Beware: in our bifurcated global market, businesses need a clear strategy for aiming high or low, while staying away from the treacherous middle, where so many have recently stumbled. If your offering isn’t exciting enough to inspire trading up, but not enough of a bargain to satisfy the treasure hunters, you’ll have no emotional connection with your target audience. And, like General Motors or Sears in recent years, your tried-and-true marketing strategies will go into a severe stall. "Treasure Hunt" takes us into the homes of real people making real decisions, and into the CEO’s offices of innovati
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Treasure Hunt: Inside the Mind of the New Global Consumer

Treasure Hunt: Inside the Mind of the New Global Consumer


The essential follow-up to the "BusinessWeek" bestseller "Trading Up" A BMW in a Costco parking lot? A working class family with a 50 inch plasma TV? A 27-year-old Japanese administrative assistant with a collection of Coach purses? An 87-year-old retiree in Ohio exclaiming the value of Aldi brand honey? What’s going on in the mind of the new consumer? Today’s consumers can seem impossible to understand, and even harder to please. For instance, the average mall shopper will spend her 0, then leave when she hits that limit. She’ll probably buy shoes rather than clothing, because she doesn’t want to think about her dress size. And the store most likely to get her money isn’t the one with the nicest display or the deepest discounts… it’s the one closest to her parking spot. In his research with dozens of leading companies, Michael J. Silverstein has interviewed thousands of customers, extracting fascinating patterns about what really drives their purchase decisions. His first book, the acclaimed bestseller "Trading Up," has taught a generation of marketers about the "new luxury" phenomenon, and why consumers will happily pay a steep premium for goods and services that are emotionally satisfying, from golf clubs to bathroom hardware to beauty products. But "Trading Up" only revealed part of the story of the new consumer. The same middle class consumers who are happily trading up at Victoria’s Secret and Panera are going on treasure hunts at Costco and Home Depot. And they are often getting as much emotional satisfaction in the discount stores as in the luxury stores. Silverstein’s new book explains how the new consumer approaches bargain hunting, and how even the most mundane shopping a for things like paper towels and pet food — have become an adventure rather than a tedious chore. It turns out that, in just about every consumer category, both the high end and the low end are growing and innovation rich. Many middle class consumers gladly spend .00 a day for a vente Starbucks latte; others spend 40 cents a day on home brewed coffee, feel good about their frugality, and save up the difference to buy Apple’s newest Nano. Treasure Hunt explains the success of companies as diverse as Dollar General, LG, H. E. Butt, Ebay, Commerce Bank, and Tchibo. Beware: in our bifurcated global market, businesses need a clear strategy for aiming high or low, while staying away from the treacherous middle, where so many have recently stumbled. If your offering isn’t exciting enough to inspire trading up, but not enough of a bargain to satisfy the treasure hunters, you’ll have no emotional connection with your target audience. And, like General Motors or Sears in recent years, your tried-and-true marketing strategies will go into a severe stall. "Treasure Hunt" takes us into the homes of real people making real decisions, and into the CEO’s offices of innovati
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Make: Technology on Your Time: Volume 38: DIY Consumer Electronics

Make: Technology on Your Time: Volume 38: DIY Consumer Electronics


New – Makers are always identifying ways to invent new products and hack devices to improve their lives and lifestyle. With easily accessible components, open source hardware, and hackable platforms, it’s easier and more fun than ever. In MAKE Volume 38, readers will learn to build many projects, including: A Raspberry Pi-powered tablet An Arduino-driven cell phone The Sing-Along Song Devocalizer Amazing CNC furniture projects The Pocket Bot Mini Robot Arm The possibilities are endless wit

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Consumer Reports Best Baby Products, 8th Edition: The A to Z Guide To Everything You Need For Your Baby

Consumer Reports Best Baby Products, 8th Edition: The A to Z Guide To Everything You Need For Your Baby


Consumer Reports Guide to Baby Products is the perfect personal baby shopping consultant. Over the years, this invaluable guide has helped thousands of new parents navigate the sea of complex and sophisticated baby merchandise, pointing them to the best products, and steering them away from the less-than-the-best. Consumer Reports allows buyers to streamline the selection pro-cess, avoid shopping pitfalls, and help keep the baby budget in balance. This newly revised edition includes: -Helpful tips on `building` the baby`s nursery from crib to diaper bag -Hundreds of items in the all-new Product Guide -Ratings of car seats, carriers, play yards, and travel systems -Recent safety recalls -The most commonly prescribed medications for babies -Shopping guides to websites, catalogs, and stores -Checklists and worksheets to help organize the shopping process.
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Creating Mexican Consumer Culture in the Age of Porfirio Díaz

Creating Mexican Consumer Culture in the Age of Porfirio Díaz


In Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, a character articulates the fascination goods, technology, and modernity held for many Latin Americans in the early twentieth century when he declares that “incredible things are happening in this world.” The modernity he marvels over is the new availability of cheap and useful goods. Steven Bunker’s study shows how goods and consumption embodied modernity in the time of Porfirio Díaz, how they provided proof to Mexicans that “incredible things are happening in this world.”In urban areas, and especially Mexico City, being a consumer increasingly defined what it meant to be Mexican. In an effort to reconstruct everyday life in Porfirian Mexico, Bunker surveys the institutions and discourses of consumption and explores how individuals and groups used the goods, practices, and spaces of urban consumer culture to construct meaning and identities in the rapidly evolving social and physical landscape of the capital city and beyond. Through case studies of tobacco marketing, department stores, advertising, shoplifting, and a famous jewelry robbery and homicide, he provides a colorful walking tour of daily life in Porfirian Mexico City. Emphasizing the widespread participation in this consumer culture, Bunker’s work overturns conventional wisdom that only the middle and upper classes participated in this culture.

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