Monthly Archives: July 2015

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Amazon thinks it can beat Black Friday with ‘Prime Day’

The new question for customers is will you change your buying behavior on July 15th for Amazon Prime Day?  This is the rival for ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’ along with other holiday shopping days.  As an outreach of Amazon’s 20th birthday, big discounts are available for subscribers to their ‘Prime’ membership.  Will this be […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The real reason college is so expensive

This is a great article explaining the main reason for the rise in the cost of college tuition.  Using practical problem solving techniques and economic theory, the main reason is the expanded access to money by the federal government to pay for school.  For every dollar available to a student in subsidized federal aid, the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: 5 lessons from the U.S. women’s World Cup win

In business, the closer we can be to the customer the better.  As a lean six sigma professional, this eliminates wastes (muda) and delights our customers by delivery services the customer is willing to pay.  The result from the US women’s world cup victory indicates some changes in the customer profile that was not expressed […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Where do you fit in against the 1% based on Census Bureau data?

Median household income has not recovered from the Financial Crisis based on the studies from the Census Bureau’s release of the Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013 and the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances.  Overall, poverty improved 2% from the last study in 2007.  Median family income reduced 8% from $56,436 to […]