Reuters reports that according to a study by A.J. Kearney, more than half of U.S. auto suppliers face bankruptcy in 2009 which could result in the loss of more than one million jobs.
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I think an online tool that assists us in making good restaurant choices is a positive development. I tried out the search for restaurants in my area and the first one listed was Burger King. To be fair, it gave me “healthy” options and listed out calories and other nutritional value but as I looked down the list of mostly chain restaurants, I realized this was more of a tool for the restaurant industry than for the consumer looking for restaurants big AND small near the house to take the family.
Speaking of the restaurant industry, check-out my report card on the National Restaurant Association which is a guide to how to utilize the website for competitive intelligence.
But is it enough?
Here are some key finding from the 2008 Bivings Report, a survey of what newspapers are doing online.
*70% of newspapers allow users to comment on article up from 33% in 2007.
*Registration requirements have fallen to 11% from 29% in 2007.
*100% of newspapers have RSS feeds as well as feature online advertising.
*58% allow for user generating content; photos, videos or articles up from 24% last year.
The problem is that newspapers in every case are behind the curve, are responding where web-only sites have been for much longer and it raises the question, what makes the newspapers better than Dailykos, HuffingtonPost, Drudge report, the Associate Press website? If newsPAPERS were about the efficient and attractive dissemination of hardcopy news, what is their value proposition without that? One argument is that they have trained reporters and editors who offer a much high caliber of reporting than a “blogger.” True, but there is nothing about the web that prevents quality reporting. So then the question comes again to why newsPAPERS? I don’t see an answer which is why I cite back to my previous post on this matter:
The U.S. Census Bureau is a great resource for lots of macro-economic information. I have to admit that frequently the information is too macro to be useful to me. For business development purposes, some macro information is helpful but really only if its tied to specifics, like actual companies and that is not the mission of the Census Bureau.
I was interested in this new tool called “Business Dynamics Statistics” but turns out to be another geek-orama that I’m hard pressed to see how I’d use. Give it a try and let me know if can do something cool that I can use.