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Electric vehicles will face stiff competition from eco-friendly gasoline-powered cars

Popular notions that electric cars will suddenly replace conventional gasoline-powered cars don’t acknowledge the possibility that there could be eco-friendly advances in conventional car technology. A study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) finds that “internal combustion engines are improving their ability to cut CO2 emissions at a lower cost than expected, and, as a result, carmakers should be able to meet 2020 emissions targets mainly through improvements to conventional technologies.” Continue reading

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Rubbermaid sees its future as innovation + premium prices

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. plans to trim its product line — eliminating low-end plastic storage containers, trash cans and office chair mats — in favor of high-end, innovative products. The company “plans to invest more heavily in research and advertising for more-innovative products,” according to a Wall Street Journal article, aptly headlined: “Rubbermaid Wants to Be … Continue reading

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New rules reveal CEO perks

U.S. disclosure rules that took effect last year are prompting companies to reveal (in proxy statements) a wide variety of perks provided to CEOs in fiscal 2007. Examples: Kathleen Danenberg, Response Genetics Inc.: $86,622 for clothing expenses (since repaid). Micky Arison, Carnival Corp.: $115,884 for courtside Miami Heat basketball tickets (he owns the team). Bahram … Continue reading