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America's Overlooked Addiction Crisis - Bloomberg
As alarms over the opioid crisis sound ever louder, a larger and more expensive substance problem in the U.S. is quietly growing much worse. One in eight Americans abuses alcohol, a new study finds, a 50 percent increase since the start of the century.

Alcohol abuse is as old as civilization itself, of course, but quantifying its costs is a more recent endeavor. Alcohol is responsible for one in 10 deaths among working-age Americans -- from accidents as well as illnesses. There are almost 90,000 alcohol-related deaths in America every year. Excessive drinking, mainly binge drinking, costs some $250 billion a year in lost productivity, health care and other expenses. The toll in personal suffering and ruined lives is incalculable.
alcohol  drinks  health  review  impact  cost  taxation  pricing  USA  Bloomberg  2017 
7 weeks ago by inspiral
The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth - The New York Times
How excessive staffing, little competition, generous contracts and archaic rules dramatically inflate capital costs for transit in New York.
publictransport  construction  LongIslandRailRoad  MTA  cost  review  critique  NewYork  USA  NYTimes  2017 
7 weeks ago by inspiral
Who killed the curry house? | Bee Wilson | Life and style | The Guardian
For a few decades from the 1970s to the 2000s, the curry house – like its high street companion, the pub – looked like a permanent feature of British life; maybe even an emblem of Britishness itself. Yet it is now clear that our passionate relationship with these restaurants was a product of particular circumstances. For the high street curry house to flourish in its classical form, British tastes needed to stay fixed and south Asian cooks needed to be free to work here. Neither of these conditions now holds.
curry  food  culture  trends  decline  immigration  employment  cost  UK  Guardian  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Why America's Restaurant Industry Is in a Bubble About to Burst - Thrillist
What we're witnessing, as you see this rise of both the high and low end, is the hollowing out of the restaurant industry center -- the gentrification of food, carried to its logical conclusion. You had something that was interesting and a great value, it attracted everyone, and now all that's left until a rebirth is extravagance or thrift.
restaurants  bifurcation  trends  cost  employment  property  Thrillist  2016 
january 2017 by inspiral
It's official: the Olympics result in the worst budget overruns of any megaproject / Boing Boing
In "The Oxford Olympics Study 2016: Cost and Cost Overrun at the Games," three researchers from the University of Oxford's Said Business School examine the cost estimates and actual costs of every Olympic games since 1960, and finds that they are the most likely of all megaprojects to exceed their estimates, and also exceed those estimates by the largest amount of any megaproject.
Olympics  cost  overrun  research  OxfordUniversity  SaidBusinessSchool  BoingBoing  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Swiss Fintech Report 2016: The role of Switzerland as a fintech hub
This report thus looks at Switzerland as one of the main global financial centers, and its evolution in response to recent changes, such as the introduction of automatic information exchange. Furthermore, the report outlines the main criteria and reasons that speak in favor of starting ventures in Switzerland compared with the other financial centers, New York City, London and Singapore. The report is backed by several interviews we had the privilege to conduct with extraordinary entrepreneurs at different stages of their respective ventures, as well as one of the biggest reinsurance companies globally.

Overall, the report indicates that Switzerland is making good progress on the journey to become an excellent place to start a venture. Widely recognized for its excellent education and world-class universities, together with a deep knowledge in the field of financial services, Switzerland remains attractive despite the high cost of living and the corresponding high salaries needed to attract the right talent. When it comes to financing, Switzerland is facing some challenges despite being one of the richest countries in the world. Because of its location at the heart of Europe, pan-European business models are typically expected from the outset of a venture, which can prove a tough proposition depending on the circumstances. As a result, venture financing can sometimes be more difficult to find in Switzerland compared with other countries with large domestic markets that allow operations to be scaled up more easily.
Switzerland  startup  fintech  financialservices  review  employment  education  government  cost  support  investment  comparison  London  NewYork  Singapore  EY  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The Future of the British Music Festival is Bleak | NOISEY
With each passing year, the condition of music festivals in the UK inches closer to breaking point. A modern plague of VIP packages, pulled pork sandwiches, and “boutique camping” experiences may have already spelled the end of the golden age of festivals for hedonists who like their headliners without a side of aggressive branding, but at the same time, the UK festival industry is now valued at around £2.3bn and rakes in £3.1 billion in tourism combined with live music events in general. So at least the people putting them on must have a pretty healthy-looking bank balance, right?

Unfortunately not. According to research published earlier this week, hiking security and infrastructure costs could mean that one in ten of this year’s events won’t make it another twelve months. Despite ticket prices averaging £200 and big events attracting hundreds of thousands, the amount of money many British festivals scrape back is so little that even the most seemingly-stable ones struggle to stay afloat. To put things bluntly: UK music festivals are fucked, unless something drastically changes.
festival  music  decline  cost  research  premiumisation  sponsorship  UK  Noisey  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Porter's Generic Strategies - Strategy Skills from MindTools.com
Key Points

According to Porter's Generic Strategies model, there are three basic strategic options available to organizations for gaining competitive advantage. These are: Cost Leadership, Differentiation and Focus.

Organizations that achieve Cost Leadership can benefit either by gaining market share through lowering prices (whilst maintaining profitability) or by maintaining average prices and therefore increasing profits. All of this is achieved by reducing costs to a level below those of the organization's competitors.

Companies that pursue a Differentiation strategy win market share by offering unique features that are valued by their customers. Focus strategies involve achieving Cost Leadership or Differentiation within niche markets in ways that are not available to more broadly-focused players.
PortersGenericStrategies  management  strategy  differentiation  cost  MindTools 
june 2016 by inspiral
GTA Boss on VR: "No Market" for VR that "Requires You to Dedicate a Room" - Road to VR
Now, in an interview with Gamespot, in the wake of the roll out of the first consumer VR headsets, Zelnick has once again aired scepticism, with his worries primarily centered around cost and space requirements. “It’s way too expensive right now,” Zelnick said at the Cowen and Company Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, “There is no market for a $2000 entertainment device that requires you to dedicate a room to the activity. I don’t know what people could be thinking. Maybe some of the people in this room have a room to dedicate to an entertainment activity, but back here in the real world? That’s not what we have in America.”
virtualreality  gaming  VRgaming  critique  StraussZelnick  TakeTwo  cost  review  RoadtoVR  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Cost to Build a Mobile App: A Survey | Clutch.co
Clutch surveyed representatives from 12 leading mobile application development companies to determine cost ranges of building an iPhone app and the key variables of cost.
mobileapps  development  developers  software  cost  iOS  research  Clutch  2015 
may 2016 by inspiral
The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life - The Atlantic
Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane.
automative  critique  safety  pollution  cost  USA  review  TheAtlantic  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
San Francisco Magazine | Modern Luxury | The Great Restaurant Deluge
Between the skyrocketing cost of doing business and the unprecedented level of competition, Bay Area restaurant owners are sounding the alarm: A storm is coming.
restaurants  food  cost  employment  review  SanFrancisco  ModernLuxury  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
The future is disappearing: How humanity is falling short of its grand technological promise - Salon.com
The two reasons I’ve just described as to why the future remains as such — profit motive and device isolation — are obviously not entirely unrelated. In fact, they could be considered two sides of the same Bitcoin. However, there’s still value in examining each individually before bringing them together into a unified theory of technological evolution.
technology  innovation  barriers  cost  interoperability  standards  Salon  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
What I Learned About the Smart Home From Building a Home | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
These two experiences highlight some of the major issues the smart home faces today. High cost, complexity of installation and usage, and interoperability issues between devices. Nest is creating its own smart home ecosystem, and AT&T’s Digital Life is an umbrella brand for its version of a smart home platform. Neither talks to the other and neither is part of the Apple HomeKit ecosystem or other major consortia. So, even though I might, in theory, want to be able to turn off the HVAC and arm the alarm with one simple “I’m leaving the house” gesture, in reality I have to manually set both of those things in separate apps (or by hand) if I want them to occur as I leave the house.
smarthome  internetofthings  critique  standards  complexity  cost  AT&TDigitalLife  Nest  Techpinions  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
What Does It Really Take to Launch a Fashion Brand? - Fashionista
Talent, yes. Connections, most definitely. But more than anything: a lot of money.
fashion  startup  cost  Fashionista  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Study: How cost-efficient is Facebook advertising? - Inside Facebook
Neustar’s study shows that Facebook’s cost efficiency in Q2 indexed 70 percent cheaper than the industry average. It was also the only channel that out-performed the indexed average for reach efficiency, beating ad portals by 286 percent.
onlineadvertising  cost  price  ROI  Facebook  onlineportal  onlineadvertisingnetwork  advertisingexchange  comparison  Neustar  2014 
september 2014 by inspiral
Would you pay extra to own an iPhone or iPad with a hardened screen? « iTechnician.co.uk Blog
e surveyed in total 1,206 customers who had recently requested an Apple screen repair quote, and asked them to answer one simple question: Would you pay extra to own an iPhone or iPad with a more damage-resistant screen?
smartphones  screen  sapphire  protection  cost  survey  iTechnician  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Air pollution, the invisible killer | OECD Insights Blog
Air pollution has become the biggest environmental cause of premature death, overtaking poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water. According to the WHO, more than 3.5 million people are being killed each year by the air that they breathe in urban areas, and the number is rising. Air pollution now kills twice as many people as HIV/AIDS. That’s the stark message from the latest OECD report, The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport.
pollution  emissions  cost  externalities  global  Germany  India  China  diesel  OECD  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Travel: Costs: 30 Jun 2014: Hansard Written Answers - TheyWorkForYou
(i) Between 1980 and 2013 the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, declined by 12%, bus and coach fares increased by 59% and rail fares increased by 62% in real terms. (ii) Between 1997 and 2013 the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, declined by 9%, bus and coach fares increased by 28% and rail fares increased by 22% in real terms. (iii) Between 2010 and 2013 the real cost of motoring, including the purchase of a vehicle, decreased by 2%, bus and coach fares increased by 3% and rail fares increased by 5% in real terms. (iv) The costs of travelling by air are not available from ONS data. However information is available based on fare data from the Civil Aviation Authority. The real cost of the average UK one-way air fare, including taxes and charges, covering domestic flights from 2000 to 2013 declined by 43% and from 2010 to 2013 declined by 3%. Estimates are not available on a comparable basis before 2000.
transport  cost  automotive  railways  airlines  critique  officeofnationalstatistics  UK  TheyWorkforYou  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Most Consumers Willing to Wait If It Ships Free, UPS and comScore Survey Finds | Multichannel Merchant
Today’s “flex consumer” is channel agnostic and willing to wait longer to receive items purchased online if it means free shipping, according to a new survey released today by UPS and comScore. According to the third annual joint survey, which polled 5,849 consumers in February and March 2014, four out of five respondents said free shipping is an important consideration when making an online purchase, while 83% said they were willing to wait an additional two days or more if it meant they didn’t have to pay the freight. Also, half of consumers said they would choose a slower transit time to get free shipping.
ecommerce  research  delivery  cost  time  returns  customerservice  USA  UPS  Comscore  MultichannelMerchant  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media - Salon.com
Colleges are full of it: Behind the three-decade scheme to raise tuition, bankrupt generations, and hypnotize the media
tertiaryeducation  cost  growth  critique  liberalisation  Salon  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
» The End of Higher Education’s Golden Age Clay Shirky
Interest in using the internet to slash the price of higher education is being driven in part by hope for new methods of teaching, but also by frustration with the existing system. The biggest threat those of us working in colleges and universities face isn’t video lectures or online tests. It’s the fact that we live in institutions perfectly adapted to an environment that no longer exists.
education  tertiaryeducation  cost  disruption  ClayShirky  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral

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