Business Want to shop at the top? Here are the 10 companies that American consumers were most likely to recommend to their friends and family, as determined by a Statista-Newsweek survey. 1: Disney Cruise Line The subsidiary of Walt Disney World formed after negotiations between Disney and Royal Caribbean and Carnival foundered. The line became a family favorite for vacations. and now has four active ships that travel to destinations that include Europe and Alaska. 2: See’s Candies In 1971, Charles See and his wife, Florence, opened the first store in Los Angeles to sell his mother's original recipes for chocolates, toffee and peanut brittle. Those recipes are still delighting fans at more than 200 stores across the U.S. 3: Justice The top destination for all things tween girl, it sells fashion and Lands' End is an online company that customers are likely to recommend. Tim Boyle/Getty Images 4: Lands’ End The lifestyle brand began in Gary … [Read more...] about The Top 10 Consumer Service Companies: Cracker Barrel, Avon, Disney Cruise Lines and Other American Favorites
Ag Commissioner Candidate Nikki Fried Nikki Fried is a lifelong Floridian, lifelong Democrat, attorney, and passionate activist. And because she is a fighter, known for her ability to bring people of all parties and backgrounds together for a greater cause, the Community Newspapers endorses her for Florida State Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Fried says she is running for Florida Agriculture Commissioner primarily because she sees firsthand how state politicians are failing the people with medical marijuana, by denying access to sick, injured, and dying individuals. We are impressed with Fried’s determination to help revitalize the struggling agriculture industry in Florida by advocating for legislation to allow the growing of industrial hemp (currently authorized as a pilot program); support Florida farmers still recovering from Hurricane Irma and citrus greening; and ensure that industry concerns are properly balanced with environmental and consumer … [Read more...] about Nikki Fried is the best choice for State Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Overview Innovation changes the way consumers access, borrow, and transfer money. Checks, ATMs, and debit cards are examples of technologies and products that changed people’s use of funds. Today, innovations such as mobile banking and payment apps (sometimes referred to as financial technologies, or fintech) are attracting attention from consumers, investors, service providers, and regulators.1 However, these technologies—whether new ways to deposit old instruments, such as checks, or novel tools like mobile banking apps—can expose regulatory gaps, ambiguities, and duplication.2 Recent research demonstrates the difficulties regulators around the globe face in addressing innovations in the financial system, especially emerging mobile payments and banking platforms.3 One key challenge policymakers contend with is the need to manage sometimes conflicting priorities such as market growth, competition, and safety in the financial system. Striking that balance may involve … [Read more...] about How Can Regulators Promote Financial Innovation While Also Protecting Consumers?
When Comcast launches its worldwide rival to Netflix in 2020, one key difference will set the two services apart: digital advertising. While some international audiences can expect a Netflix-style ad-free experience, the cable giant's initial efforts will focus on signing up more than 50 million U.S.- and Britain-based customers for the ad-supported version of the app, Comcast executives said Wednesday on a company earnings call. "Between the United States and Sky in the UK, we think we should start and try to gain as much scale as possible with an ad-supported free consumer service," said Steve Burke, chief executive of Comcast-owned NBCUniversal. The app will be free only to Comcast's existing TV subscribers; others will be asked to pay a fee. (The rumoured price point is $12 a month, according to CNBC.) But that decision says a lot about where Comcast stands, both as it faces an accelerating cord-cutting movement and as it chases other companies, such as AT&T, that have merged … [Read more...] about Comcast’s New Streaming Service, Rivalling Netflix, Is All About the Ads
PORTLAND, Maine, Jan. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading broadband and business communications provider, today announced it has joined forces with AT&T* to give customers more ways to order Consolidated Communications’ residential Internet service by offering it through AT&T’s call centers and more than 50 retail stores throughout Northern New England. /EIN News/ -- “We’re delighted to work with an industry leader like AT&T to bring best-in-breed offerings to our mutual customers,” said Rob Koester, vice president of product management, consumer services at Consolidated Communications. “As customer relationships continue to evolve, it is vital that we recognize the value of expanding our sales channel with strategic alliances.” Customers who purchase Consolidated Communications Internet service at speeds up to 1 Gig through AT&T will receive the same high-quality Internet … [Read more...] about Consolidated Communications Works with AT&T to Reach New Residential Internet Services Customers in Northern New England