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We pass the time of day to forget how time passes: Amazon may raise prime subscription prices after a bad holiday season

We pass the time of day to forget how time passes: Amazon may raise prime subscription prices after a bad holiday season | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

If the world’s biggest, most aggressive, and lowest-cost online retailer had a bad quarter, then it really was one of the worst holiday seasons in years. Amazon reported earnings today that missed expectations on both sales and profit.


The company had sales of $25.59 billion, a 20% increase from the year before but below analysts expectations of $26.06 billion. The earnings miss was bigger, 51 cents per share versus the 66 cents analysts expected, for a net income of $239 million.

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Amazon isn’t the only online retailer to report weak results: eBay revenue and sales for the fourth quarter also missed expectations. More confirmation of what many analysts and companies have already described as a weak holiday shopping season is expected to come when retailers report their financial results in February.

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Interactive Infographic: What If Waste Had Worth? | Innovation on GOOD

Interactive Infographic: What If Waste Had Worth? | Innovation on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
This content is brought to you by P&G As the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer packaged goods, Procter & Gamble creates products found in millions of homes all over the world.
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What if we didn't think of waste as waste? Take a look at the infographic closely to see some of the innovative ways P&G has turned waste into something of worth.

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Find Cheap Prices - Recession 101: Saving Money on Gas

Find Cheap Prices - Recession 101: Saving Money on Gas | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
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10 tips on saving money on gas seem more like common sense to me. But, of course, these days it seems common sense has flown out the window!

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Barn Raising for Social Enterprise: You Can Help Build Your Favorite Companies

Barn Raising for Social Enterprise: You Can Help Build Your Favorite Companies | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
GOOD is a global community of people and organizations working towards individual and collective progress.
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Dozens of sustainable, for-profit social enterprises from around the globe are vying for a spot in the Finals where they will be pitching in front of over $100 million in capital to scale their impact. The Judges need your help in deciding who is worthy of a spot in the Finals, and ultimately which ones will get funded.

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New York City Needs A New Sustainable Model for Fashion Production

New York City Needs A New Sustainable Model for Fashion Production | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
New York City Needs A New Sustainable Model for Fashion Production

 

Sometimes an industry simply can’t move forward without changing the conversation and embracing more sustainable business models.  My name is Bob Bland, and I am a Brooklyn-based serial entrepreneur and community art advocate. I'm also a professional apparel and graphic designer with previous experience everywhere from Ralph Lauren to Marc Jacobs. I founded Brooklyn Royalty in 2006 as a growing number of industry veterans grew tired of designing quality merchandise extolling the virtues of New York City, only to have it produced in China. We dedicated ourselves to a vision of completely Made In USA labels utilizing local sourcing in the Garment District and all five boroughs whenever possible. In the last two decades, the U.S. has lost 80 percent of its apparel manufacturing jobs, and post-recession there has been little growth because designers lacked the infrastructure, resources, and industry support necessary to make substantial gains in domestic production.
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Made in USA...not a bad idea! In fact, a GREAT idea!

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5 Great Companies That Make Money & Do Good

5 Great Companies That Make Money & Do Good | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Need a little inspiration? Check the creative spark behind these socially conscious business models.

 

A new generation of consumers, influencers, and entrepreneurs has come of age--and its outlook on doing business is revolutionary. Millions of children born between 1980 and 2000, commonly known as Generation Y, have matured into adulthood with a unique worldview that is firmly entrenched in the beliefs that anything is possible and anyone can make a difference.

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Inspiration and motivation to harness the power of business to make a difference in the world sizzles!

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Green Ninja: A Smokey the Bear for Climate Change

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Green Ninja: A Smokey the Bear for Climate Change

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own superhero to reduce the global carbon footprint? Enter the Green Ninja, a climate action superhero who fights global warming through education and social change.

We all know the importance of reducing emissions of heat-trapping gases to help stabilize our climate system. In 2012, the U.S. experienced a number of significant weather and climate events including the warmest year on record, a drought that peaked in July with over 60 percent of the nation in drought conditions, and devastating storms including Super Storm Sandy. Together with another record-setting minimum in Arctic sea ice, policy makers have again been forced to take climate change seriously.

So what is the way forward and could the Green Ninja help?

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The Green Ninja Project is a collaboration among scientists, educators, and artists to create unique educational experiences that inspire young people to take action on climate change.

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What Your Wallet Says About You [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Your Wallet Says About You [INFOGRAPHIC] | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
What is a wallet? That sounds like a silly question, but new digital currency is making this more difficult to answer each day. How has technology changed the way we pay for things?
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What's your preferred form of payment? Do you fully accept the digital purchasing era, or are you still hording currency in your mattress?

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Underground Economy Is Recovery's Savior?

Underground Economy Is Recovery's Savior? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Millions of people who can't find a full-time job are turning to work that pays them under the table.
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"People are running out of patience when it comes to finding a job and losing income," Gonzalez said. "So it's not that surprising to have workers take jobs that are in the shadow economy. But it's a sign of how bad things are and how we have to get the real economy moving again."

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Why Helping Women Climb the Ladder Isn’t a Gender Issue—It’s Good Business

Why Helping Women Climb the Ladder Isn’t a Gender Issue—It’s Good Business | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Lean in. Speak up. Don’t opt out. Everyone’s talking about what women should be doing to get ahead at work. Why the sudden interest? Has corporate America finally got the message it should be doing right by us? I’d like to think so. But I suspect there’s more to it.

 

There’s no disputing that in business, nothing trumps the bottom line. So my theory is that as long as our economy struggles, anything that could possibly make the numbers rise is open to discussion. Even helping women get their due.
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The Poison We Never Talk About in School

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The Poison We Never Talk About in School

 

The most dangerous substance in the world is barely mentioned in the school curriculum. COAL.

 

According to the International Energy Agency, burning coal creates more greenhouse gases than any other source—including oil. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and arguably the world’s foremost climatologist, has called coal "the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on the planet."

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When you think about Superstorm Sandy, melting ice caps, wildfires in Australia, drought in the Southwest, floods in Pakistan, climate refugees from Bangladesh, dying polar bears and species you've never heard of, increased rates of asthma, and farmland that can no longer be farmed—think coal.

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Companies That Care: Brands That Give Back

Companies That Care: Brands That Give Back | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
In this economy getting the most for your money is more important than ever. And part of what defines good value is how your purchases give back to worthy causes.

 

This article highlights some of the major companies that give back. Nice to know there are companies out there that care.

 

Tide: Helping Victims of Disasters

L'Oreal Paris: Standing Up to Cancer

Burt's Bees and Habitat for Humanity: Making It Easy to Be Green

Hard Rock Cafe: Mastering the Art of Giving

Lee Jeans: Going Casual for a Cause

Mary Kay: Keeping Women and Girls Safe

Sonic: Improving Education

Trident: Brightening Kids' Smiles

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Caring means sharing and it is nice to know companies exist that give back to the communities without whom they could not prosper.

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Energy Entrepreneurs Can Unlock the Solution to Energy Poverty

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Energy Entrepreneurs Can Unlock the Solution to Energy Poverty

 

Before the lightbulb, man went from burning wood, to paraffin and whale oil, to kerosene. When Thomas Edison and his associates successfully built the first incandescent electric lightbulb in 1879, they did so with the goal of creating a high resistance system that would require far less electrical power than was used by existing arc lamps. The role of technological innovation in that context was to maximize the output from a specific fuel source to meet our energy needs. Since then, the evolution of lighting has made it cheaper, more convenient, and more efficient—freeing up time and resources. Enhanced agricultural productivity could not have happened without innovation in energy systems like tractors, irrigation, machinery for drying, and food processing.

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Hard to believe in the 21st century, 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity today. They rely on burning wood, candles, and kerosene lanterns for light.

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A Circular Economy: Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, NOT Manufactured

A Circular Economy: Why the Next Packaging Will Be Grown, NOT Manufactured | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Infinite economic growth is at odds with our finite planet, and this obsession with endless growth is driving us towards ecological catastrophe. I’ve just returned from the annual World Economic Forum meeting, and this reality has never been so clear to me. The forum brings together economists, but also activists, business leaders, humanitarians and technologists.

 

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Something sizzlin' to think about:  What if we could live in a society where everything—and I mean everything—was recycled using a system that requires no electricity and runs forever?

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