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Did Lilly get preferential treatment on a disputable billboard ad?

November 4, 2010
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Billboard companies spiked the cancer ad. But Citizens Gas or WellPoint might have gotten a different result.
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Tip-offs for when CEOs lie

August 31, 2010
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A new study offers insights into when CEOs are fibbing. But those who benefit most from the revelations might be their handlers.
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How federal pork suppresses business

June 15, 2010
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A Harvard study shows companies suffer when politicians deluge their states with federal dollars.
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Perils of non-family managers

February 25, 2010
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A former Toyota exec blasts non-family managers for the company’s problems. Are some Indianapolis-area companies better- or worse-off after families relinquished control?
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Wal-Mart gets into the casket business

November 6, 2009
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Batesville Casket Co., the world's largest manufacturer, says it's watching, but isn't worried.
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Steak n Shake and the new NEA chief

November 5, 2009
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Should Biglari take Landesman's remarks as praise where he can get it, or consider them an insult?
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Lilly as an employment destination

September 14, 2009
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Eli Lilly and Co. has experienced a string of setbacks in recent years. Is it still a good place to work?
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Is Lilly under-appreciated?

June 25, 2009
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Indianapolis has always had Eli Lilly and Co., it seems, and Lilly always seems to care for Indianapolis like a rich uncle. People employed directly by Lilly and by companies doing business with Lilly account for about one of every 30...
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Indy's best leaders

March 2, 2009
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Conseco has seen a string of leaders since the company began to stumble and co-founder Steve Hilbert stepped down nearly nine years ago. The insurer still doesnâ??t have its footing, saying today its auditors arenâ??t convinced it can More

Ideal places for public companies

February 13, 2009
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Just as an Indiana company goes through the nationâ??s first initial public offering in months, its executives ratchet up their plans to move the headquarters out of state. Mead Johnson, the Evansville baby formula maker, staged a successful IPO...
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WellPoint brass and rank-and-file

January 16, 2009
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WellPoint unwittingly made an interesting point this morning when it announced it expects to save $24 million by laying off 600 workers. Those 600 workers in affect are being valued at about half the $47.5 million in total compensation...
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Circuit City and HHGregg

November 20, 2008
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How can it be that Circuit City is bankrupt and HHGregg is still going strong? Both companies sell electronics to consumers, though Gregg also deals in appliances. Part of the reason may be found in how they treat their sales staffs. Circuit...
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Bringing on the generic drugs

October 30, 2008
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Times are tough enough that more people are beginning to switch to generic drugs to save money. Insurers like Indianapolis-based WellPoint are playing a role, too, by pushing policy holders toward generics. People also are splitting pills...
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Are WellPoint execs greedy?

September 19, 2008
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Three activist groups dropped off a wallet and handbag crammed with play money at WellPointâ??s front door this week to protest what the groups say are outrageous salaries pulled down by company executives. The groups â?? Health Care for America Now,...
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Susan Bayh as a political liability

August 19, 2008
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Barack Obama is expected to announce his vice presidential running mate any day now, and Evan Bayhâ??s name is still thought to be on the short list. The Indiana senator is viewed as a moderate who would counter Obamaâ??s liberal voting...
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Impressions of settling lawsuits

July 1, 2008
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Eli Lilly and Co. settled its racial discrimination lawsuit yesterday for $64,000, ending a claim by an employee who alleged the company fired her because she was disfigured through exposure to a blood pathogen. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...
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Do ads make you feel better?

June 23, 2008
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Weâ??re increasingly bombarded with ads for health care products ranging from drugs for osteoporosis and restless leg syndrome to knee replacements. Zimmer went over the heads of doctors when it advertised its knee replacements designed specifically for women, and...
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Emmis does better, sort of

May 12, 2008
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Emmis Communications chief Jeff Smulyan today was more positive about the companyâ??s fiscal fourth-quarter performance than heâ??s been about an earnings report in a long time. Revenue at its U.S. radio stations, which have been dogged by an industry...
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Starbucks, piercings and Band-Aids

May 1, 2008
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Some local Starbucks workers are looking like they tangle with cats. Theyâ??ve taken to putting bandages over piercings to meet the letter of Starbucksâ?? dress code, which minimizes the number of earrings and other piercings visible to customers. Band-Aids beat the hassle...
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The next Fortune 500 companies

April 23, 2008
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Conseco has dropped off the Fortune 500, leaving WellPoint, Lilly, Cummins and NiSource as the only Indiana companies remaining. Several Indiana firms are closing in on the elite list, though. One is Steel Dynamics, the Fort Wayne company that recycles scrap metal....

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Is Lechleiter the fall guy?

April 17, 2008
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CALPERS, the big pension fund, doesnâ??t want Eli Lilly and Co.â??s new CEO, John Lechleiter, to be voted onto the board at Lillyâ??s annual meeting on Monday. Lechleiter was a high-level player within Lilly in recent years while the...
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Will Delta, NW merger help you?

April 15, 2008
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Analysts say the Delta-Northwest merger is good for the companies and the profit-starved industry. That means ticket prices probably will climb. Both airlines serve Indianapolis. What do you think the merger will mean for local travelers?...
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Will Fresh & Easy make it here?

April 10, 2008
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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the grocery chain owned by U.K.-based retailing giant Tesco, has put the brakes on the U.S. invasion it launched on the West Coast last year, but still claims it has designs on plastering the U.S....
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About that other airline

April 4, 2008
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As postmortems fly on ATAâ??s second, and final, nosedive into bankruptcy, another Indianapolis airline is doing a lot better and getting hardly any attention. Republic Airways Holdings Inc. isnâ??t a household name because it quietly flies regional routes on...
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Would you miss ATA?

April 3, 2008
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Barring a small miracle, ATA Airlines is dead, now that itâ??s lost a major military contract. The carrier was headquartered in Indianapolis until it moved to the Atlanta area late last year. How big a blow would ATAâ??s demise be...
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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