Tag Archives: Business

Drive Thru Enticement

Sip gently.  Or risk drinking conventionally.

“What a deal!  Drive thru.  Free straw with drink purchase.”
Image courtesy of http://imgur.com/LyLZimV.


Nissan Frontier Plane Landing Rescue

Great commercial.  Will your next truck be a Nissan Frontier now?  Business at Nissan is sure to pick up, if enough people buy the message.

Nissan Frontier Landing Gear Commercial

October 7, 2011

Gaining Entry To The Business

Trying to enter a business can be tough sometimes.

“Push And Pull.  Push.  If that doesn’t work.  Pull.  If that doesn’t work.  We must be closed.”
Image courtesy of http://www.signpictures.net/pictures/Push_And_Pull.htm.

Burger King Folds At Lunch

A Burger King sigh was overheard as the lunch time crowd headed to McDonald’s.

“Poor Burger King.  Oh you’re going to McDonald’s… Okay.”
Image courtesy of http://imgur.com/gallery/z0OKq.

Sometimes 20 Minutes Is Not Enough Time For Business

Signs can be good for a business.

Assuming they advertise accordingly.

“What I do when I go to the bathroom with my laptop…”
Image courtesy of http://imgur.com/gallery/e4xp7.

Dispensing Medicine Used To Be Easy

Walgreen’s New Battle: Winning Back Express Script Customers

regaining customers lost from its contract dispute with Express Scripts (ESRX) is going to be a tough sled… even though Walgreen renewed its relationship with Express Scripts effective two weeks ago.

In June of last year, Walgreen and Express Scripts began a battle over payment issues, which continued through the fall open enrollment season of 2011 and ended Jan. 1 of this year with the two parting ways. That left millions of Americans with Express Scripts drug plans looking for a new pharmacy.

Express Scripts is a pharmacy benefit manager, or PBM, that works as a middleman between drug-makers and employers when it comes to buying drugs. PBMs pay pharmacies to dispense the drugs.

Walgreen said fourth quarter sales fell 5 percent to $17.1 billion.  Prescription sales – 63 percent of company sales in the quarter – fell 8.1 percent as the company filled fewer prescriptions thanks largely to the Express Scripts fallout. Walgreen said it filled 188 million prescriptions, or a drop of 6.9 percent.

Walgreen’s got a little too greedy, and got a taste of its own medicine.  So now Walgreen’s has to hustle and regain customer loyalty and work with the middleman that funnels the business in their direction, Express Scripts.  Otherwise, go poor.

It would never have come to this if things were just like back in the day.   When doctors had all the medicines you might need in their black bag of mystery items.  No middleman.  No pharmacy.  No insurance company.  No co- pays.  Treatment right out of the bag.  Just like the doctor ordered.   

“The good old days.  Cocaine, heroin, opium, morphine…we called that medicine.”
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Government Policy Scaring Business Into Paralysis

Business’s real problem: Uncertainty, uncertainty, uncertainty.  Fortune/CNN Money. 

An excellent descriptive on the state of economic affairs in America nowadays. 

The key word is “paralysis.”  Tough to make a move in unpredictable times.  When those with money are unsure about letting go to invest, spend, and hire as they please, then the great big wheels of the economy start dragging down painfully.

Economic uncertainty, especially policy uncertainty, is greater than it has been in many years. And if you’re wondering why the U.S. economy is barely moving or why millions of workers can’t find jobs, extraordinary uncertainty is a major part — maybe the largest part — of the answer.

High uncertainty creates a loop of paralysis, and that’s what we’re in right now. Policymakers have no idea what’s going to happen, so they sit on their hands, as the Federal Reserve did recently. “Nearly all participants” in the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting said that the economic outlook was more uncertain than it had been over the past 20 years, according to the minutes; the committee took no action, and the Dow dropped. The minutes also reported that business leaders were telling committee members that “heightened uncertainty” had led them “to put potential investment projects on hold until the uncertainty is resolved.” And what were those business leaders uncertain about? Government policy. An index of policy uncertainty created by economists at Stanford and the University of Chicago backs their view, showing that policy uncertainty has been much higher in recent months than during the previous 25 years.