Quality Issues You Need to Know About



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...We are always in QUALITY Time....



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QUALITY ISSUES
TODAY


WINTER: January 2015






STICKER-SHARK...
It's Coming... Obamacare fees that may shock the unsuspecting taxpayer...
...not just a $95.00 fine for not having insurance...
Many middle and upper class families will find it considerably higher:
...many families will owe 1% of their household income instead of the $95.00 (which is a minimum fee)
...That fee will increase to $325 or 2% of household income in 2015...
... and increase to $695 or 2.5% of household in 2016...
... all to force families to 'overbuy' insurance that most will not need....





The "Uberization" of America... and the world...

Uber is a 'car-hailing' service - not a taxi service...
But it is bigger than the taxi market in many of the places it operates...
CEO Travis Kalanick has revealed some startling statistics about the 4 year old company...
Despite regulatory troubles the company faces in many areas, growth continues at a fast pace:
...Growth in San Francisco is growing at 200 %... valued at $500 million to date (the entire San Fran taxi market is only $140 million)
...New York growth is up 400%...
London is up 500%...
...but the company is not without its critics...
In fact it shares a place on "America's Most Hated Companies" list (see below)


Why Is It?
America's Most Hated Companies...

We'll give you a hint... GM, Sony, DISH Network, McDonald's, Bank of America, Uber, Sprint, Spirit Airlines, Walmart and Comcast...
What does it take to be so disdained? Read more...




Do Companies Charge Online Shoppers Different Prices?

... the answer is 'yes' ... but they try to be sophisticated enough to keep you happy anyway...
... or do they?


Can They Do That?

... is it legal to charge different prices for the same item?
...in a word - yes -
...read more here.





QUALITY METRICS:
The Company with the Best Car Repair Record:
(courtesy CBS Marketwatch)...



Be Careful out there...
Indoor Tanning Injuries - sending thousands to the hospital each year...
(courtesy: CBS Marketwatch)...






HEALER:
Wireless implant that fights bacteria - then dissolves...
(courtesy: Forbes)...



New help for sensitive teeth...
Taiwanese researchers develop experimental paste that may "cure" sensitive teeth and repair tooth enamel...








Could a simple sponge replace an Endoscopy test?
A lower cost, less invasive sponge test may be able to replace the endoscopy test currently in use...
will be used in Britain soon..
...could be used in the United States by 2018...














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Quality is a process...
Keep it moving to keep it coming....















Quality is a passion...






Value is always a Quality feature...



Looking Into Economic QUALITY...



"RESPONSIBLE"

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini just gave his lowest paid workers a 33% pay raise...

Starting April, 2015 - 5,700 Aetna workers will see their pay raise from an average of $12 an hour to $16 dollars an hour...

Bertolini was impressed with the Piketty book: "Capital in the Twenty-First Century"...

"It's not just about paying people, it's about the whole social compact.
Why can't private industry step forward and make the innovative decision on how to do this?"




LOOK!
January 2015: Happy New Year Indeed!

Pittsburgh restaurant Bar Marco will pay its workers $35,000... ban tips... include healthcare... And It Won't Increase Menu Prices to do this...




DEPENDABLE:
The Weather Service will boost its computer power ten-fold to improve forecast accuracy...




VALUE:

Duracell Quantum Batteries were tested to see if they really do outlast regular batteries...
Are they worth the extra cost?
The Results: Probably not... read why...


More on batteries...
... These test results may change the way you buy batteries...





Quality - an increasing part of our expectations...





AMORAL....
The most hated banks in America...
Do you hate your bank? Many Americans do...
(courtesy CBS Marketwatch)...




RELIEF...
Scientist developing first bedbug trap...
(courtesy: CBS Marketwatch)...








Global Warming Yes or No...
How will climate change affect us in 2015?
















Always Looking for Quality...




Quality is Concept from start to finish...
















VALUE:
Can you save more flying?
YES! Here's how...
Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz are the 'big three' that flyers check when booking airline reservations - and they know it!
But one simple addition can save you more...
Look at "ITA MATRIX" for cheaper flights...
You can't book a flight directly through this site, but you can find the best flight and book it through your favorite site.


Check it out here.



More QUALITY to come.......
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