Browse Month: May 2016

Venezuela On The Brink Of Economic And Political Implosion

Venezuela was perhaps best known for its outspoken late former President Hugo Chavez. However in since Chavez’s death in 2013, the country has been steadily progressing towards what looks like a financial and political implosion. Even though the country is currently not in the throes of a violent conflict its citizens are living under conditions that are often produced by the kind of destabilization that a war can cause.
According to The Christian Science Monitor lawlessness and gang activity are rising in the wake of Venezuela’s economic and political crisis. The people of Venezuela are living through wartime conditions including the limited availability of critical medicines in Venezuela’s hospitals, food shortages and scarcity of jobs. According to reports, US-based beverage company Coca-Cola has stopped manufacturing the drink in Venezuela due to sugar shortages that the country is currently experiencing. It was also reported  by that one of the nation’s biggest companies Empresas Polar was forced to stop manufacturing beer because there was not enough barley available in Venezuela to produce the beverage. The production of electricity has also reached an all-time low in Venezuela.

Expert Diaz Granados say that the source of Venezuela’s economic and political woes can be traced to political mismanagement. Ricardo Hausmann, a former Venezuelan government official, told The Christian Science Monitor that Venezuela’s economic transformation would only be possible after it underwent a political transformation. Hausmann says that Venezuela’s leader President President Nicolás Maduro is misguidedly saying that the source of the country’s problems is a conspiracy spearheaded by the United States. Maduro’s facebook comments have led a Latin American political stalwart to call him the equivalent of a crazy goat.



Using Online Reputation Management To Enhance Business Presence

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Today’s advanced electronics has made the world a much smaller space. Businesses can reach clients around the globe with a few strokes on their keyboards. Complaints can be dealt with in minutes not hours, and customers can spread the word (good or bad) about your business in seconds. Having the right presence on the internet is important for the strength of your business.

Online reputation management is important to ensure that what prospective consumers hear about your business is what you want them to hear. While no one can avoid all bad reviews it is necessary to offset the badand accentuate the good to continue doing business. Sometimes it is necessary to hire professionals to manage online presence.

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That is what The Search Fixers do. They are a team of professionals that can enhance online presence and help maintain a positive word of mouth for business. SEO specialists work hard to make sure that searches for your business enhanceprofits and minimize bad press. They guarantee their services and perform all business in house.

Online reputation management affects all aspects of your business. Word of mouth is welcome when it is positive, although bad word mouth can seriously harm profits and presence. Bad reviews can result in bad word of mouth. Bad word of mouth can result in dropped sales. Dropped sales will results in lost profits.

What many businesses do not realize is that reversing bad word of mouth needs to be done fast. It can erode perceptions and do more harm than good for the business. What many do not realize is that a bad review does nothing but help competitors. As clients shy away from your business they will seek out others to do business with.

Think globally. Even if the business is small and deals with only local patrons it can have a global impact. Accentuate what the business does best and turn the focus on that and away from negative comments. Always keep things light and do not become bitter over comments made.

A key to remember is that there is no way to control what consumers, or even partners and employees say about the business. Everyone will have their own personal perception and opinion about the business. Having online reputation management is a perfect way to keep the positive flowing and minimize the negative. Deal with issues head on and have a team of professionals to help make your presence stronger.

Is Beneful Changing The Dog Food Industry For The Better, Or For The Worse?

Anyone who has been paying any kind of attention to the pet food industry will have seen a marked shift in the last decade. A shift which has given rise to a whole new sub-industry, the premium pet food market. This move has been predicated upon the increased use of familiar products in food, a ethos which can essentially be summed up by saying, “My dog will have what I’m having.” This has been shown to be true in numerous surveys which point to the fact that, more and more, people are beginning to consider their fine, furry friends as more a member of their family rather than just a pet.

One of the principal companies responsible for spearheading this growing movement is the well known and massively profitable Beneful Brand, a company under the ownership of Nestle Purina corporation which feeds a estimated fourteen million dogs each year (you can read more on this here huffpost beneful revisited). But Beneful has been under heated scrutiny as of late due to certain ingredients such as propylene glycol, according to is a chemical that can also be found in antifreeze. This may seem quite shocking to those who are not particularly familiar with the US Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) restrictions but those that are will know that this is not a uncommon practice. Indeed, propylene glycol is utilized in a wide array of different food manufactured for dogs and even for some human food products as well, all with the support of the FDA. Another criticism the company has received is it’s known inclusion of mycotoxins in it’s food, but again, this is a common practice in the pet food industry.

All of this was raised to new heights of media attention back in 2015 with a widely publicized class action lawsuit against Nestle Purina. The court case remains pending but the company has no plans to settle and has publicly stated that not a single shred of evidence of corporate misconduct or dangerous products has been offered. However, the case has had one affect – getting the company to remove it’s propylene glycol. Visit for more info.




Stephen Murray the Reason Behind CCMP Capital’s Strong Performance

While many individuals and investors alike are becoming more frightened by the current state of the markets, there are some people who have found the key to getting ahead is by working with the professionals who truly know and understand the financial world just as well as they understand people. Read more: Ex-CCMP Capital CEO Steve Murray passes away

One such company that has embodied the spirit of service within the financial sector has CCMP Capital, and as they continue to make waves within the investments field, the key to their success has been anchored by the determination and efforts of former CEO Stephen Murray. If you think back to the field of investments as little as a few decades ago, the world was a much different place.

There were explosions of growth, money to be made literally everywhere, and the information that was available to investors was minimal. You basically had to be in the inner circle in order to even understand investments let alone make them.

At that point Stephen Murray realized with the rise of information there was going to be a crowded investment field in the not too distant future, and with that revelation he knew he could help to create an empire just by giving people the guidance that they needed to wade through the salesmanship that would soon crowd the markets. Read more: Stephen Murray, The Great Investor and Deal Maker for CCMP Capital

The key to Stephen Murray’s plan was not that you could make money simply by offering people large promises of even larger returns. His focus was on creating relationships and building trust. Even if someone would see large returns in a given year or if they would hear stories of significant wealth being created elsewhere, the flash in the pan returns would not be a match for having someone on your side that you could trust when it came to true investment knowledge.

Currently the investing world may be on its side, but the name of CCMP Capital is only growing. As young and even mature investors hear the name they are intrigued, and when they hear about the service that the organization continuously delivers they are completely sold on the idea.

It was thanks to Stephen Murray that CCMP Capital was built with the idea of service in mind, and it is for that exact same idea that they are now growing into one of the largest and one of the most respected investing platforms in the financial field even today.

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