WSJ: BMW, Daimler, VW and Ford to Build Auto-Charging Station Network

Hundreds of ultrafast, high-powered charging stations planned for electric cars in Europe

BMW AG, Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG said Tuesday they plan to build together with Ford Motor Co. a network of hundreds of ultrafast, high-powered charging stations for electric cars in Europe.

That’s a good start on standardization and providing customer comfort in buying vehicles that require a way to refuel (electric charging) that is different and currently less available and more unknown.

WSJ: Drugmakers Find Competition Doesn’t Keep a Lid on Prices

Drug price increases will likely bring more regulation in the future. In the short run that is probably not the case. The balance of power in Washington can change very quickly. 

 

Drugmakers Find Competition Doesn’t Keep a Lid on Prices

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http://www.wsj.com/articles/drugmakers-find-competition-doesnt-keep-a-lid-on-prices-1480248003

 

“The two companies, though rivals, followed a common industry practice: raising prices almost in lockstep.”

 

““You’re not rewarded for having a low price and for the most part, the market doesn’t punish a high price,” says Mick Kolassa”

 

“The freedom to raise, rather than slash, prices in the face of competition is a big reason why U.S. prescription-drug spending has surged by close to 10% on average annually in recent years to $310 billion in 2015”

 

“Tandem drug-price increases for other ailments have prompted lawmakers to call for investigations into potential collusion.”

 

“Tandem increases can be perfectly legal, so long as companies don’t confer with each other, says Herbert Hovenkamp”

 

“In compliance training, companies tell employees not to discuss pricing with rivals. But when it comes to drugs, list prices are public.”

 

““Any profit-optimizing company is going to want to get as much price as they can get,””

 

 

 

Podcasting Has An Ad-Skipping Problem, Too – WSJ

Podcasting Has An Ad-Skipping Problem, Too – WSJ:

“Podcasting Has An Ad-Skipping Problem, Too The 15-second skip button allows listeners to avoid commercials”

*Ads need to be relevant to the listeners of the show. People will continue listening if the product is relevant to them.

Also, if the listener has a device in their pocket there is some resistance to pulling it out and forward skipping.

**Some corded and bluetooth headphones have the ability to skip ahead as well using physical buttons.

Sales Downshift at Heavy Truck Makers – WSJ

Sales Downshift at Heavy Truck Makers – WSJ:

“Heavy-duty truck orders plunged nearly 37% in December from the same month last year, according to data compiled by industry research firm FTR. Some carriers say they are waiting to see how much consumers spend over the holidays before committing to new vehicles, which can cost more than $150,000 each.”

*Clouds are starting to form. The most recent recession ended in June 2009. This expansion could continue for a few more years before a recession arrives. This isn’t the first negative indicator and it will not be the last.  

The Check Is in the Mail: Shorenstein Cashes Out of LA Postal Warehouse – Developments – WSJ

The Check Is in the Mail: Shorenstein Cashes Out of LA Postal Warehouse – Developments – WSJ:

“Shorenstein and Mr. Worthe are among a growing roster of landlords who successfully leased up renovated buildings to so-called ‘creative’ tenants in the area.”

*Wonder how other places are doing this and having it happen in their community. Bringing people together can create new ideas and opportunities.