Food Retail: Rise of the Discounter: Alex Oyston
Retail Disruptors:The Spectacular Rise and Impact of the Hard Discounters Jan-Benedict Steenkamp, Laurens Sloot
Groupon’s Biggest Deal Ever is the exclusive, behind-the-scenes account of the incredible rise of discount coupon giant Groupon and the compelling story of its offbeat founder, Andrew Mason, as he created a juggernaut of online commerce and ignited a consumer revolution that is disrupting how people shop all over the world. Love him for saving you 50 percent on last night’s Indian dinner or hate him for cashing in big when he could be losing millions for merchants and investors alike, Mason - Groupon’s thirtysomething founder and CEO - made an incredible gamble when he turned down Google’s $6 billion buyout offer to go it alone. The experts thought he was insane. Groupon was little more than two years old and staffed from top to bottom with twentysomethings. The wild ride couldn’t last, but Mason thought otherwise, and with dreams of a potential IPO that could be massive, he liked his odds. But did he make the right decision, or did he blow a chance to continue to grow ´´the fastest growing company in history”? Is Mason an Internet genius, or is he sitting on another bubble that could burst at any moment? While everyone has an opinion on Groupon, Frank Sennett has written the only inside account. With exclusive access, interviews, and documents that no one outside of the company has seen or been able to report on, Groupon’s Biggest Deal Ever has every twist and turn from start-up to IPO and is the real story of Mason’s audacious gamble and the meteoric rise of Groupon from start-up to $16.7 billion online giant. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bryan Kennedy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010031/bk_adbl_010031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Adult life is full of mysteries. What should you check before renting a flat? How do you ask for a pay rise? Does anything really need to be dry cleaned? And why does everyone else seem to know these things except you? (They don´t, but this book will help.) Being An Adult is a practical and entertaining guide to all the aspects of life you don´t get taught about at school, from when to ask for a discount or send a condolence card, to how to make sure you save money every month, and what you really need to know before your first day in the office. If you have ever wondered when you´re going to become a ´real´ grown-up, this book - put together with the help of 20- and 30-somethings who reveal their top tips so far, as well as proper knowledgeable adults including a plumber, a doctor, and a personal finance expert - will give you the answers you need.
Welcome to Forbes for April 23rd, 2012 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, ´´Obamacare Billionaire: What One Entrepreneur´s Rise Says About the Future of Medicine´´ - With a big boost from Washington, Neal Patterson´s futuristic vision for computerized health care has made him a very rich man. But will it make us all healthier? Also, ´´Two Years After the Spill, BP Has a Secret: It´s Booming´´ - Two years after the well from hell, Bob Dudley has steered BP to one of the great corporate survival stories in history. But he´s not bragging about it - for good reason. We´ll also tell you about, ´´Apple´s Secret Plan for Its Cash Stash´´ - A chunk of Tim Cook´s $100 billion war chest is going toward outfitting factories in Asia that will be beholden to one customer:â¿¿Apple. Next, ´´It´s Time to Buy Disk Drive Stocks´´ - The cheapest stocks in the universe. Then, ´´Beware: A Chinese Recession is Coming´´ - It´s time for new stimulus in Beijing but in Europe austerity will mean depression and chaos. Followed by, ´´Surfing´s Toxic Secret´´ - The $7 billion surfing industry is rooted in an environmentally friendly image, yet surfboards are as toxic as ever. Michael Stewart sees a way to bridge the gap. And in our final story, ´´How to Get a Dollar for 85 Cents - This closed-end fund trades at a 15% discount to net asset value. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/120423/pe_forb_120423_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Forget the wannabes. Discount the twenty-something reality-TV stars. Here, for a change, is the story of someone who´s actually lived a life... and it makes for one hell of a listen. Almost a Celebrity is the no-holds-barred autobiography of radio megastar James Whale, a man who, for over 30 years, has never been afraid to say the unsayable. Written (and now spoken) in his typically deadpan style, Almost a Celebrity charts James´ rise to the top – with plenty of trademark rants along the way – from his Surrey childhood, where he avoided school by hanging out in Soho strip joints, through his humble beginnings in local radio, via the eponymous TV which made his name, to his current status as late-night king of the airwaves. Whether discussing his encounters with celebrities or his involvement in tabloid scandals, the book is crammed with extraordinarily frank revelations. There are also unexpected twists: James´ former career as an international spy and a dark family saga that brought him into contact with a hit man. Yet James is no stranger to controversy. His outspoken opinions have led to numerous TV and radio watchdog enquiries, death threats, and even his arrest. In 2000, he confronted his toughest opponent so far when he was diagnosed with cancer and given only months to live. An inspiration to millions, James Whale is a genuine man of the people. And – as usual – there´s no stopping him from telling his story in his own engaging, inimitable way. Although slightly abridged, this audio edition contains brand new asides and off-the-cuff additions from James in the studio – nothing less than you´d expect from the radio master! 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Whale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/001296/bk_isis_001296_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In response to what has become known as the financial crisis of 2008, the central bankers of the world have employed nearly every form of monetary alchemy at their disposal in a desperate attempt to maintain the status quo. The status quo, which in this case means that all commercial banks and sovereign governments remain both liquid and solvent, has become increasingly difficult to maintain, as each attempt to stimulate economic growth via ultra-low discount rates and quantitative easing has seen a diminishing marginal return in terms of economic growth. The longer the central banks of the world engage in these and other forms of financial alchemy, which in the end serve as futile attempts to defy immutable natural laws, the greater the danger of a complete economic collapse becomes. The unconventional measures employed by the central bankers of the world over the past five years are not only failing to achieve their stated goals of increasing employment and economic growth; they are triggering what is quickly becoming an unmitigated disaster in fixed-income markets. These markets, once the bedrock of global finance, have now been conditioned, in the Pavlovian sense, to do nothing more than attempt to front run the actions of the Federal Reserve and other central banks up and down the yield curve. As the chaos continues to unfold, it is important to examine and understand how humanity has arrived at this critical juncture in history. It is the aim of this volume to answer this question by exploring two of the oft-overlooked elements that have, each in its own way, given rise to the system that enables a relatively small group of persons the ability to destroy the accumulated wealth of mankind´s 9,000 years of toil in just over 100. These elements are commonly known as dual-entry accounting, which we refer to as mankind´s greatest invention, and central banking, which we refer to as mankind´s greatest catastrophe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Croft. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034141/bk_acx0_034141_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to recognize substance abuse and addiction. Drugs are classified as legal and illegal. Medicines, cigarettes, and alcohol are considered legal drugs. But excessive drinking and smoking by adults, and by teenagers, also poses a threat for long addiction. Medicines that are taken with or without proper prescription are detrimental as well. Illegal or prohibited drugs, like heroin and marijuana, are those that have intoxicating effects to the human body and usually produce negative behaviors when taken. The commonly abused substances include alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, heroin, steroids, inhalants, stimulants, depressants, club drugs, and prescription medications. Unfortunately, all of these drugs are being abused widely. We cannot discount the fact that substance abuse or addiction is among the most severe socioeconomic problems we are facing today. It is a persistent problem that needs to be addressed head on. Some negative consequences of addiction are school failure, poor judgment that may pose higher risks for accidents, violence, and unproductive work output, and in some instances, suicide. Substance abuse negatively affects not only the person involved but others around them as well. Domestic violence, child abuse, and failed marriages are the most common results. Schools and communities are also negatively impacted by drug addiction, as the quality of education deteriorates, and the crime and unemployment rate rises. As a result, the nation´s economic status also suffers. Fortunately, we have various agencies and facilities that provide prevention, reduction, and treatment of illegal substance use. If you think you or someone you know have a drug abuse problem, the best thing to do is to contact the right resources to get help right away. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trevor Clinger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/094963/bk_acx0_094963_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.