January 4, 2005
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Latest Trade Promises Immense Payoff!
off a strategic trade with some of the top U.S. and foreign universities
and libraries. They will scan the entire library of the University
of Michigan (7 million volumes), and large parts of the libraries
at Stanford and the University of Oxford, as well as books from
Harvard and the New York Public Library.
exceptional deal for Google in that it doesn’t cost the company
any cash, but rather they’ll be wearing their “trading”
hat by providing the schools with a copy of the scanned versions
of the books.
ads on the billions of pages of contents should generate enormous
additional revenues for the innovative Google. The search engine
company’s ambitious goal is to make all of the world’s
Giants Pull Off Unique Trade—Use Of Patents
example of major corporations trading on their assets is that of
Sony and Samsung Electronics exchanging the use of each others’
patents. The unique swap will cover all technologies the companies
deem basic...roughly 90% of their vast patent holdings.
In the U.S.
alone, Japan-based Sony holds about 13,000 patents while Samsung,
of South Korea, holds approximately 11,000.
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Management Can Sing “It Was A Very Good Year!”
The ITEX organization
(OTCBB:ITEX) has made a most impressive turnaround since the management
changes of June, 2003. Led by CEO Steven White and Alan Zimmelman,
head man in operations, the company’s stock price more than
doubled in 2004.
ITEX finished with the best cycle (a 30-day period) in its entire
22-year history, with cash billings topping the $905,000 mark. And
in August they posted their first full fiscal-year of profits in
the company’s history!
Moving the company
forward has been corporate’s position of transparency and
communication with their 65 area broker offices. White says the
company’s success revolves around a new positive focus and
awareness—an understanding that each day is important. “You
have to train every day to be a winner! Consequently,” he
stressed, “negative people don’t last too long around
Owners: Want More Mega-Traders In Your Exchange?? Then Resolve To
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worked extremely hard. Most likely you’ve put everything you
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years I’ve heard it said by many within the trade exchange
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the recognition due us and the resulting rewards.”
But it requires more than time and talk. Success comes to those
who go out and make things happen by providing extraordinary contributions
in the form of fulfillment.
for maximum success, is to get your community to totally understand
and embrace your services, by creating a vision for greater trading!
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base? One way is to take this simple test: Determine the percentage
of mega-traders within your trade exchange...clients making sales
of $100,000 or more a year.
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Restaurants Show Variable Cost Of Food Helps Charitable Giving
When an employee
participated in a walk to raise money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease,
BJ’s Restaurants provided the food for everyone at the walk.
“We have a responsibility to do good (deeds) because we have
the ability to do so,” co-CEO Paul Motenko said. “It’s
a multiplier effect. I’d rather give $1,000 in food that’s
worth $4,000 than give $1,000 in cash.” (This is a 25% variable
cost for food, and indicative of a restaurant’s “barter
cost” when trading inasmuch as their fixed costs are covered
by their cash business.)
is part of BJ’s Restaurants’ corporate culture. The
company, formerly Chicago Pizza & Brewery with corporate offices
in Huntington Beach (CA), has given $2.5 million to various beneficiaries
such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association,
and the local Saddleback Memorial Medical Center since 2000.
chief executive’s pay at local public companies is $2.2 million,
even if corporate profits shrank or losses widened. However, BJ’s
co-CEOs Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy earned $196,000 each...reflecting
their commitment to charitable giving.
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- The following
corrections are regarding last issue’s announcement on the
Ethical Marketplace TV series: The Ford Foundation has provided
funding for the pilot effort, not the entire series. And although
it will be carried on many PBS stations, it is not a PBS production.
As an Ethical Marketplace
production, all sponsors and featured companies go through the
editorial board’s social, ethical, and environmental auditing
process. The series was conceived and is co-produced by dynamic
entrepreneur and worldwide syndicated columnist, Hazel Henderson.
In the year 2005
Active International, the largest corporate barter company in
the world, will be celebrating its 20th year in the barter business.
To see how much they’ve accomplished read “Active
International—The Global Juggernaut!”
(OTCBB:BLYC) has launched an online exchange for Kidsave International
a non-profit organization that finds American families for hundreds
of orphans around the globe. Companies with products or services
can list their excess inventory, customer returns, and other
offerings in Kidsave’s Donation Exchange at www.kidsave.vbarter.com.
The International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) that is scheduled for January
6 - 9, will have Bill Gates as the major keynote speaker. The
show has increasingly grown in stature as Americans have ratcheted
their spending on consumer electronics to $130 billion annually.
There are always several barter organizations at these functions
looking to drum up business from the hardware and software companies.
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Where is the stock
market headed in 2005? Michael Painchaud, director of research
for Seattle-based Market Profile Theorems, sees some rough water
ahead. He says that CEOs are not enthusiastic about company
shares, as November’s insiders sales (executives and directors
at U.S. companies) were the highest since 2000 when shares of
Internet-related companies plunged.
In November, insiders
sold $46 in stock for every $1 purchased. Lon Gerber, director
of insider research for Thomson Financial, notes it’s
a “very bearish” sentiment which may reflect concern
for slowing earnings growth in 2005 as the Federal Reserve raises
U.S. tourism industry
slowly growing... The Commerce Department’s Bureau of
Economic Analysis said third-quarter tourism sales rose to $973.3
billion, up from $970.7 billion in the prior quarter.
PayPal, which is
now owned by eBay, has 32% of its transactions coming from eBay,
up from 27% in 2003. (EBay’s PalPal transactions amounted
to $4.5 billion.)
columnist for Newsweek, says big business is running
scared. (They’ve been scarred by the tech “bubble,”
the recession, 9/11, and corporate scandals.) But he believes
the economy may benefit from corporate caution, because a slow
rise in business investment-spending sustains recovery without
promoting inflation or speculation.
According to Samuelson,
although after-tax corporate profits have surged by more than
70%, business investment—in new computers, software, machinery
and buildings—has increased only about 18% in the last
corporate cash flow (the sum of undistributed profits and depreciation)
is up 42% and is now running at a record rate of $1.3 trillion
annually. Plus there’s surplus capacity in many industries...in
November the Federal Reserve’s capacity utilization index
stood at 77.6 well below the 81.1 average from 1972 to 2003.
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