08/4/18

North Korea Expectations

North Korea – whassup?

Big Red Car here on a lovely Saturday morning back from blueberry pancakes at the Counter Cafe, y’all. Is this a great country or what?

So, I have been following the continuing saga with North Korea and their de-nuclearization. The story continues.

Let’s update it a bit, shall we?

US Secretary of State Pompeo meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Singapore at the ASEAN Conference. I think our guy can take him.

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08/4/18

Employment Structural Change

Big Red Car here on a Saturday morning getting ready to go out for blueberry pancakes at the Counter Cafe.

I have always been interested in delving beneath the covers of employment in the United States. The average person focuses on BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) U-3 – the widely reported level of unemployment which is currently at 3.9%, but that paints a very shallow picture of the employment status of the economy. Perhaps, an overly optimistic one.

Let me give you the bottom line first – the US economy is undergoing a huge structural change as the Baby Boomers begin to retire and younger folk have a different attitude toward employment.

I have often observed that the prospect of long term, stable employment is a thing of the past and the “gig” economy is here to stay. Talking to you, Mr. Internet.

My favorite source of useful data and analysis is dshort.com which is run by Doug Short, PhD, under the banner of Advisor Perspectives. You should be reading this guy’s stuff. The best in the business.

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08/3/18

Canadian Drug Purchasing

Big Red Car here on a …………. aw forget it.

Today, we chat about buying prescription drugs in Canada. Why? Because it will save you a lot of money.

The Big Red Car has been doing this for a decade. It is easy, but you have to know how and where.

Today, I tell you.

First, there is an organization called the Certified International Pharmacy Association <<< link. They certify Canadian pharmacies.

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08/3/18

Pricing Strategy – Rent the Runway

Pricing strategy, Rent the Runway, Big Red Car? Huh?

Full disclosure: The Big Red Car has never rented a dress from Rent the Runway, but the Big Red Car has always been intrigued by RTR’s pricing strategy.

Oh, my goodness, Big Red Car!

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 24: Jenn Hyman, Christian Siriano and Jenny Fleiss attends the Rent the Runway DC store Opening at Rent The Runway on November 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Rent The Runway)

Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss – co-founders of Rent the Runway – at their 24 November 2014 opening in Washington, DC (Kris Connor/Getty)

So, it’s a beautiful warm Austin day and we live in the greatest city, in the greatest state, in the greatest country in the world! Ahhh, on Earth as it is in Texas!

So, the Big Red Car has always been a fan of a smart pricing strategy. I think one of the smartest guys out there is a chap named Patrick Campbell of Price Intelligently by Profitwell.

Here is their website: Price Intelligently.

Pricing strategy is a way for a company to obtain a better source and magnitude of revenue by being smart. You should be reading that Price Intelligently blog.

As a bonus, here is the Price Intelligently “Tear Down” on the Rent the Runway pricing model. Read it here.

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08/2/18

CEO Shoptalk – Traits of Leaders

Big Red Car here on a beautiful, sunny Thursday. Ahhh, on Earth as it is in Texas, y’all.

So, I’m at church on Sunday listening to the sermon – I love and desperately need a good sermon – and it inspires me to think about some of the traits of great leaders – not “good” GREAT!

I come up with four traits which seem to separate the great from the good and the mediocre.

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