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Buying on EBay will soon provide near instant gratification:
Bottom Line: We are closing in on an new era of super fast delivery with online purchases. Amazon.com is nearly there with a nationwide distribution network that will make same day and next day shipping options standard. Target and Wal-Mart are working on their own online delivery options. It appears as though EBay may get there first.
EBay Now has been underway in select test markets (in the link below) that offer same day shipping options with a specific geographic area. Because EBay doesn’t warehouse any merchandise themselves. If you want a purchase on the same day, you’ll be able to search items only within your geographic region that can be delivered same day. Pretty cool for consumers. Somewhat scary for retailers that operate physical locations – unless you use this the right way.
If you operate a retail business with a physical location you should be planning, if you haven’t already, how you’ll be able to participate in these new shipping options. That means having an EBay and Amazon presence. One of the few reasons why consumers still need to shop in physical locations, they need it now, will be eliminated. This can be an advantage for consumers and businesses alike. For the existing EBay now cities (all out West): http://www.ebay.com/now/
Necessity is the mother of invention and College tuition:
Bottom Line: The cost of college is the subject of a national debate and a constant concern of parents of children that either have kids in college or anticipate that they will. While the real and big issue of the cost of tuition itself isn’t improving, the way that it’s being paid for actually is.
I was fortunate to have a college scholarship that basically covered all costs of college for me. What I noticed is that many college students were only aware of the opportunities for many scholarships and grants after it was too late for them to qualify for them. I’ve long been an advocate of parents aiding their children in finding options that may be available to them – before they even start their freshman year in high school. Often the key to students being able to obtain a grant or scholarship is identifying the opportunities as early as possible and executing and intentional plan to achieving what’s required throughout high school. Most opportunities will evaluate the entire high school performance and record. Too many wait until their senior year to look into opportunities.
Here’s the good news. In Salliemae’s annual “How America Pays for College” survey we see two positive trends.
In fact grants and scholarships are now the most common ways college is paid for. 30% of all tuition is now covered by them – up from 25% just four years ago. Additionally 27% of college is paid for my the savings of parents. That’s down from 36% three years ago. That’s also good news because draining savings to pay for college tuition is one of the top three ways that adults are leaving themselves unprepared for retirement. You might be surprised that only 18% of college tuition is paid through student loans. As a parent, the best way you can help you and your kids pay for college is to set a plan before high school begins.
The least polarizing politician or perhaps most accepted politician with national recognition is...:
Bottom Line: I think most will agree that we’re about as politically divided as we’ve ever been as a country. Seemingly all politicians can be predictably liked by one group ideologically, or disliked by all. But according to a recent Quinnipiac poll in
Not surprisingly Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are extremely polarizing. Scott Walker less so but he is still viewed negatively by most Democrats and Independents. Christie transcends all three. It will be very interesting to see how this data may affect the thought process of many in the political process on both sides of the isle.
Surprise 2.0 – Apple’s earnings report:
Bottom Line: Last week I hinted that Apple just might pull a big surprise when reporting market share and sales of their products in the most recent quarter. That’s exactly what we received with Apple’s earnings report. If you thought that Samsung was knocking Apple off of their throne as the top mobile company in the world, you’d be greatly mistaken. Apple not only has been able to hold it’s own, it’s still showing super impressive growth in sales of the iPhone.
Apple reach and market share is still actually growing. The only slight disappointment came with iPads with sales declining 4% year over year. Perhaps the most interesting nugget was that
Motorola is going longer than anyone has gone before:
Bottom Line: Motorola is looking to get its groove back by releasing three new phones. One for every consideration:
The Droid Mini is a base level phone with the latest Droid offerings with a price of just $99 with a Verizon contract
The Droid Maxx will have the longest lasting battery life of any mobile device and checks in with a tag of $299 with a contract.
They’re all now available for preorder: http://news.verizonwireless.com/news/2013/07/droid-mini-droid-ultra-droid-maxx.html