Business Planning

How to build your business on what’s not going to change

He’s been up. He’s been down. At least, that’s what you’d expect.<p>Late last month—for six short but glorious hours—Jeff Bezos was officially crowned the world’s richest person. Then, during last Wednesday’s premarket session premarket session, Amazon’s stock dropped by nearly a full percent in the …

Business

The Hackett Group and ADP expand strategic alliance

The Hackett Group (HCKT -0.4%) and ADP (ADP +0.1%) have announced an expansion to their strategic alliance that will offer midsized companies new to …

Business

Alibaba Q1: Key Takeaways

Alibaba posted another quarter of outstanding growth, thanks to the strong momentum in the core commerce business.<p>Cloud Computing is constantly …

Business

What Is Ubiquiti Networks' Competitive Advantage? -- The Motley Fool

The company minimizes one important cost to an extreme degree.<p>In describing his and Warren Buffett's investing philosophy, Charlie Munger once said, …

Stocks

SG Blocks: An IPO With The Building Blocks For Long Term Success

SG Blocks recent IPO raised $7.2 million.<p>Backlog increased $1.5M since Form S-1 filing.<p>Disruptive model with clean balance sheet with $5.6 million in …

Business

Starbucks: As A Dividend Increase Approaches, An Insider Makes A Million Dollar Purchase

Starbuck’s shares trade near 52-week lows despite a strong pipeline of food/beverage products/digital innovation as it faces a challenging …

Stocks

Quintiles IMS Poised For Robust Growth Over The Next Few Quarters

Q/IMS merger will result in differentiated offerings into the CRO market and generate shareholder value over time.<p>Next-Gen CRO initiatives and $50B+ …

Stocks

The Role Of 'Best-In-Class' In ESG Integration

For years, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing has offered investors the opportunity to help achieve their financial objectives in a …

Business

The Power of Partnering With a Private Equity Firm

Private equity firms are often targeted by the press as inherently evil and exclusively driven by profits, often to the detriment of everyone else -- but that is far from accurate.<p>Private equity firms are often targeted by the press as inherently evil and exclusively driven by profits, often to the …

Venture Capital

Importance of Productivity

The term productivity is defined as the ability of an organization or company to convert available resources into profitable services or goods. …

Standard Of Living

Expanding On GNC's Inventory Reduction Potential

We provide additional detail on the company's historical inventory levels.<p>We evaluate the company's prospective inventory ratios against historical …

Business

How to Make Sure Your Business Keeps Running When You're Ready to Walk Away

Realize you can't hold the reins forever.<p>For most entrepreneurs, including myself, the start of a new business venture usually depends on a single idea -- one we feel feel passionate enough about to invest in with our funds, time, resources and, perhaps even our lives.<p>This passion is what gives …

Entrepreneurship

Daseke - Gaining Traction From Increasing Analyst Interest

Daseke reported second quarter results which beat on revenues and missed on earnings, due to acquisition costs and a tax provision.<p>Analysts have …

Business

If You're Trying to Raise Money, Doing Any of These 9 Things May Scare off Investors

Avoid these mistakes and funding could be yours.<p>Most new and existing businesses can benefit from outside funding. With such funding, they can grow faster, launch new initiatives, gain competitive advantage and make better long-term decisions as they can think beyond short-term issues like making …

Entrepreneurship

Get Your Business Started With This One-Page Questionaire

If you've got a side business or other entrepreneurial endeavour in mind but haven't made a business plan for it yet, don't worry. You can create a …

Small Business

Skate To Where The Puck Isn't

In investing, edge is a matter of perception and thinking. It may be staying a step ahead of the herd, or going in a completely different …

Business

Why We're Getting Ready To Short Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

AMD has notoriously underperformed Intel in the extremely competitive microprocessor market for years.<p>Intel has far greater financial and operating …

Business

Fresenius Medical Care: A 2017 Success Story Not To Be Missed

Despite intense competition, Fresenius Medical Care has managed to maintain its foothold in the dialysis products and services business.<p>Care …

Health Care

Xerox: It's A Great Annuity Business, Not Just A Printer Salesman

Xerox has made great strides during the previous year in shedding non-core assets and driving its primary businesses into the modern landscape.<p>75% of …

Business

H.B. Fuller: Execution Stumbles Raise Concerns

H.B. Fuller is a leading adhesive manufacturer - a highly attractive market to have a market-leading position in.<p>Unfortunately, the company has been …

Business

Groupon May Turn The Corner

Transition in progress for Groupon from a daily deal website to a daily habit e-commerce platform.<p>Positive mix development into higher margin local …

Business

3 Reasons You Should Never Use Transfer Pricing

Should you treat your internal customers and suppliers differently than your external ones? Here are 3 reasons you shouldn't.<p>In 2004, I attended a leadership workshop at Texas Instruments. At the time, I was the general manager of a $100 million business unit. The CEO attended one of the sessions, …

Business

Developing a Market Strategy to Reach Even the Most Fickle Consumers

Leslie Petry, accomplished marketing leader and entrepreneur, shares her tips for creating a plan that puts your customer first.<p>I have had the pleasure of starting four start-ups over my twenty plus year career, and while I'm always on the quest to find the right customers and the best customers, …

Marketing

Glimmers of Hope for Beleaguered Telecom Companies

Competitive challenges are weighing on telecoms companies' profitability and share prices. In this outlook we examine their major businesses, …

Personal Finance

Narayana Murthy urges CEOs, top executives to practice austerity to scale up growth of companies

<b>Bengaluru:</b> Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy on Tuesday pitched for top executives, including CEOs, and other practicing austerity for scaling …

Business (India)

Business Innovation And Stock Selection

How an independent wealth management firm views business innovation and applies it to their socially responsible investing process.<p>Business …

Business

Understanding Medical Facilities Corporation, An Excellent Long-Term Investment For Dividend Lovers

The business model of Medical Facilities Corporation (MFC) is very strong. This article will describe the business, competitive positioning, …

Health Care

Why Forward-Thinking Companies Put Marketers on Their Boards

Over the past decade, we've all seen how rapidly the the influence of marketing in the C-suite has expanded. Despite this, and even while chief …

Advertising Industry

How to Start a Thriving Retail Clothing Company, From the Inside Out

Brian Berger of Mack Weldon on launching and building a retail clothing company: From idea, to design, to launch, to rapid and sustained growth.<p>I'm hardly a fashion plate. In fact I'm probably a poster child for poor fashion sense and dressing down. Jeans and Under Armour Heat Gear T-shirts make up …

Clothing

IDG Contributor Network: Assessing your organization’s digital transformation maturity

With most organizations now several years into their digital transformation journeys, many are looking to measure progress, gauge maturity, and …

Digital Transformation