Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Does Your Company Need Viagra?

The economy is in its worst shape in over 60 years. At this difficult time, does your company have the energy and drive it needs to compete successfully?

Some indications that your company needs a strong dose of “Viagra” include:

Soft Sales - A significant reduction in sales. Most companies are experiencing significantly lower sales due to the economic downturn. Some companies have lost so much business that their existence is being threatened. The good news is that there are still customers for most businesses. The challenge is, what can your company do to compete more effectively and attract customers away from your competition, and to keep your current customers?

Declining employee satisfaction and employee engagement - Due to personal economic stress and the fear of losing their job, many employees are feeling the pressure and not performing at peak levels. Employees may be nervous, sleeping less and feeling depressed. As a result, they may be taking unnecessary risks, making more errors, providing poor customer service, selling less and working at lower productivity levels. What can your company do to identify employee engagement and satisfaction and make the needed changes?

Increasing risks - Risks of losing more customers, putting off essential equipment purchases, the need to lay off employees….especially some of your better employees, losing your business line of credit, needing to declare bankruptcy, going out of business and other, “hidden risks” that may erode profit. What can your company do to identify and manage risks more effectively?

If your company is experiencing any of the above indicators of low energy and drive, there may be actions beyond those that are already being taken to increase sales and company performance.

Viagra for Your Company - A low cost, highly effective way to identify what your company can do to energize sales, increase employee satisfaction and employee engagement, and identify and manage risks more effectively is to conduct surveys, taking the pulse of your customers and employees. Surveys enable your company to gather information and insight from customers and employees about what your company can do to energize performance, increase sales and enhance customer and employee satisfaction.

Employee and customer surveys can answer the following questions about driving your organization's performance and bottom line:

1. How can you significantly increase your company’s sales?
2. How satisfied and engaged are your employees?
3. How satisfied are your customers?
4. What is it like to be a customer of your company?
5. How effective is your IT support?
6. What risks does your company face?
7. How effective are your leaders?
8. How effective are your business processes?
9. Are your employees and customers thinking about going to your competition?

For all of the above questions, how did you arrive at your answers? How confident are you that you really have current, relevant knowledge about many of these issues that are driving and impacting your company’s performance?

Your Company’s Employees and Customers Have the Answers
Your company’s managers may think they know what’s on the minds of your employees and customers, and what is driving employee and customer behavior. Chances are, there are many gaps and misperceptions between what your managers are thinking and reality. Using surveys to ask employees about their perceptions, desires and needs and then taking action based on the survey information and insight is a highly effective and affordable way to energize your company.

Now is the Time to Conduct New Surveys and to Update Previous Surveys

The results from surveys your company may have conducted several months ago may no longer be valid. As the economy has eroded, customer and employee perceptions, expectations and requirements of your company have likely changed. Now is the time to conduct surveys to update information and insight about what your company needs to do now to compete more effectively and provide the solutions you need to energize sales and your bottom line. Now is also the time to conduct new types of surveys that will help your company to make better, more informed decisions and to chart a new, more competitive direction.

Surveys that can Energize Your Company’s Performance and Competitiveness

There are several types of customer and employee surveys that can provide the information and insight your company needs to significantly increase performance and competitiveness, and differentiate your products, sales and service.

Following are a few of the types of surveys that can energize your company and your bottom line:

Sales Force Opinion Surveys - Gathering information and insight from your sales force about sales processes, sales programs, marketing effectiveness, sales managers, product competitiveness, customer service, internal and customer communications and other vital issues. Sales force opinion surveys identify actions for achieving large-scale increases in sales of individual sales people and for the sales force overall.

Customer Opinion Surveys – Asking business customers and consumers about their satisfaction with your company’s products and services, customer service, product/technical support, sales people, using the company's website for information and other issues. Customer opinion surveys and customer satisfaction surveys identify actionable information and insight for enhancing marketing and increasing sales to new customers and cross-selling to current customers. They also identify opportunities for strengthening customer service, improving products, adjusting pricing, etc.

Employee Satisfaction Surveys / Employee Engagement Surveys – Learning from employees about their level of engagement and their satisfaction with their job and working for your company, identifying opportunities for increasing employee and company performance. Employee satisfaction and engagement surveys assess key issues such as company direction, internal communications, training and development, adequacy of information and tools / technology, performance measurement, empowerment, effectiveness of management, company culture, compensation and benefits, employee commitment and other issues to gather actionable information to increase employee and company performance and competitiveness.

IT Customer Satisfaction Surveys – Gathering feedback from internal IT customers about their satisfaction with IT help desks, desk side support, applications support and other IT services. Customer satisfaction surveys and customer opinion surveys assess the performance and effectiveness of internal and outsourced IT resources, providing IT managers with the information and insight they need to increase IT performance and customer satisfaction. Poor performance on the part of IT negatively impacts the performance of employees (IT’s customers) and satisfaction / loyalty of your company’s customers.

Business Risk Assessment Surveys - Running a company is a risky proposition. Too much risk can be very costly, particularly when things go wrong. Too little risk can also be very costly, especially when smart risks are being avoided or too much money is being spent to limit risks. Significant risks are often hidden or ignored by organizations. Business risk assessment surveys gather information and insight from managers about risks to physical, financial, human, intellectual and other assets, identifying and assessing hidden and ignored risks. It is all about identifying, assessing and managing a wide range of risks at acceptable levels.

Employee Benefits Opinion Surveys - Benefits programs can be very costly to both employees and companies. Designing benefits plans based on employee survey feedback can provide greater value from benefits dollars spent by employees and companies, and help avoid benefits costs that provide little value to some employees. Employee benefits are an important driver of employee satisfaction and employee performance. Well designed employee benefits plans that are based on employee desires and needs for benefits can enable companies to strengthen their ability to attract and retain employees.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Canadian Drugs are Cheap, But are they Legal?

Americans have begun buying their prescription drugs online from Internet Pharmacies based in Canada. If you've ever looked at some of these Canadian drug websites, you may have noticed that many of the drugs are 80% cheaper in Canada then they are in the United States, which begs several questions.

Firstly, Canadians pay fantastically less for the same medicines than Americans because the Canadian government stipulates a price ceiling at which they allow drug manufacturers to sell to Canadian drug distributors, and the government also controls the prices at which Canadian distributors can then sell those drugs to the public. So, the pharmaceutical industry is tightly regulated and price controlled by the Canadian government, resulting in very cheap, very affordable prescription drugs.

This socialized system for prescription drugs is not anywhere to be found in the United States. In the U.S., drug companies are allowed to sell medicines to the public at whatever prices the market can bear. Isn't that nice? We live in a country so free that our drug companies can charge us $350 for 20 tablets of Viagra or Cialis, whereas in Canada you can get it for $90.

As a result of these enormous price discrepancies, internet pharmaceutical suppliers in Canada have launched extensive marketing campaigns targeted at the U.S. to capitalize on the American demand for affordable prescriptions. Visit any search engine and type in the words "Canada drugs" or simply type in the name of any prescription drug you can think of, and you'll find a ton of Canadian-themed sponsored links for online pharmacies based in Canada selling drugs that are so cheap it makes your eyes pop.

But is this legal? According to the FDA, the importation or re-importation of drugs into this country from a foreign source is against the law. Simply put, it is technically illegal to buy drugs from Canada that were either manufactured in Canada or manufactured in the United States and then sold to Canadian distributors. Is this dumb? Absolutely. The FDA says that they can't guarantee the "quality" of the drugs from Canada, that these drugs might be dangerous, that they might have been poorly manufactured or improperly formulated, or manufactured in facilities in Southeast Asia.

So, the FDA is dismissing the idea of allowing Americans to legally purchase drugs from Canada because the products might have been made in a bathtub in Cambodia, because I suppose Canadians are too dumb to make this stuff on their own. This is an absurd excuse on the part of the FDA. The FDA could regulate the Canadian pharmaceutical trade, and investigate as to which Canadian pharmacies, online or offline, are making the drugs themselves and/or buying the drugs directly from American drug manufacturers, as opposed to those that are making them in foreign countries. Most of the drugs sold by Canadian internet pharmacies are drugs that were made in the USA, and have simply been sold to Canadian distributors. Some of these drugs are manufactured by Canadian manufacturers. But rather than publish a buyers guide for Americans and allowing us to buy our drugs from "certified Canadian pharmacies", they make the whole practice illegal to increase the profitability of the American drug industry.

Yes, it is true that there are some rogue companies on the internet masquerading as Canadian pharmacies that are actually Mexican pharmacies that don't even have a doctor and pharmacist review your medical history before sending you the medicine. But the FDA could easily set up a legal Canadian-American drug trade where the FDA makes it legal for Americans to buy their drugs from a select group of Canadian pharmacies that buy all their products directly from the U.S. or manufacture their drugs in the facilities of Canada's major drug companies.

This isn't likely to happen, however, because we have an administration in Washington that is for the corporations and by the corporations, and an FDA whose sole purpose is to protect the windfall profits of the drug manufacturers while allowing drug companies to make and sell hugely overpriced, noxious drugs that kill us, like Vioxx and others they've allowed onto the market that produce harmful and sometimes lethal side effects.

If the FDA sponsored a system of legal and regulated prescription drug buying from Canada, this would force American pharmaceutical companies to drop their prices by 80% to compete, resulting in a better situation for the consumer. The drug companies would still make profits, because the demand for the drugs would go up tremendously if they suddenly became affordable for people without health insurance, but the profits wouldn't quite be the same.

For the time being, Americans will continue to have to choose between buying food for their family or buying health insurance they can't afford that hardly covers the costs of the drugs they can't buy.

Benefits of Online Generic Drugs

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Procuring from online generic drugs could save upto 70% to 90% of an individual’s your money. Some online shops even offer concessions on re-orders. In today’s century one can hunt for advice from the online physicians and pharmacists of the online shops before zeroing on any meticulous generic drug. By the mean of browsing any one can know more in depth about the name and variety of drugs in the easiest way with the help of such online pharmacies. Mostly of the generic drug manufacturing companies use the latest manufacturing technologies in producing the generic drugs.

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