Why Does Online Shopping Click With Women?

Shannon Hayes is just another woman in her early 20s and naturally, women her age are vicious shoppers. The thing is, Shannon is not that eager to brave the malls and stores, even on holidays and during sales. It is because Shannon is a plus-size woman and physically purchasing items from a store, particularly clothes, makes her feel conscious and uncomfortable.

“It seems like everyone is looking at me,” says Shannon, who just turned 24 recently. “I feel like their eyes are watching my every move and it makes me more and more aware how heavy I am.”

Shannon is not alone in such a predicament. Many women who are on the heavy side are not that excited with the prospect of shopping. For one, they are embarrassed about how they look. Two, many people do tend to throw judgmental looks at them. Some people even pitch in a couple of snide comments that can really bring down a person’s self-esteem and worth.

Online shopping on websites like ASOS has been a great thing for Shannon. Not only does she get what she wants at reduced prices using discount codes, but she can browse and shop for items for hours and hours with no watching her or making insulting and insensitive remarks about her weight.

Outlook for the Global Economy Past 2012

Almost all countries globally are experiencing bad effects from the global economic crisis. We’ve all witnessed how the whole world struggled with both the political and economic mayhem brought about. Over the past year, the economic developments have been interrupted by natural disasters such as the Tsunamis in Japan, revolts in the Middle East, and the Euro-zone debt. All these and many more factors have contributed to the slowdown in the improvement of the economy, as prices of commodities remain unpredictable and supply pathways have been disrupted. Looking forward to the end of 2012 and beyond, prospects for the global economy aren’t looking much better. Although the outlook is clear, the global economy still probably faces a very rocky road to recovery.

Despite the slowdown in the economy in the previous year, the past few months of 2012 have shown some positive results. However, there is still a heightened risk of downturn. One of the biggest threats to the economy is the European-sovereign debt. Over the next decade, it is expected that the global growth will slow down to an average of 3% annually. For 2012, the expected global economy growth is 3.5% and it is also expected to increase to 3.6% from 2013 to 2016.

The Cost of Indulgence

A breaking investigation fromĀ  the CNN freedom project “Chocolate’s Child Slaves” has recently shed light on the shocking abuse of children in the Ivory Coast cocoa production hub that so many of our confectionery producers rely on for their raw materials. One ten year old boy, Abdul, uses a machete to open the cocoa beans for a living. Here, “living” is used in the broadest of terms; he receives no pay other than basic food items. He admits he has never tried the chocolate that his beans are made from. Another boy, bearing numerous machete scars on his young limbs, tells how he was brought to work on the plantation by his widowed mother but yearns to go to school. He has no hope of ever doing so.Watch this short video, originally from the CNN website:

In 2000, a major consumerism report indicated that customers simply lacked interest in ethical produce. Today, Fairtrade products and other ethical brands are enjoying considerable support from consumers and the government, with 4.4 billion dollars worth of sales and a brand awareness rate of 70%.

Latest Job Gains- Healthcare, Transportation

With the Bureau of Labor Statistics releasing latest figures showing unemployment at a two-year low, long term job seekers may be left wondering just what they’re doing wrong. For those in the finance or local government sectors, this positive change may have been easy to miss. In reality, the employment upswing is due to steady growth in key areas such as transportation, healthcare and mining. Other growth areas include retail and manufacturing, not surprising considering that the data was taken from the month of December, a time of year notorious for Christmas shopping and post-holiday sales.

Of all the aforementioned sectors, transportation and healthcare remain the most consistently reliable, with steady growth projected though 2016. Bus driving positions, for example, are due to rise by an average 7% within the next few years and their average annual salary remains steady at $37,060. Healthcare is faring even better, with projected growth of 18%, and as one example, an average salary of $64,900 for diagnostic sonographers in the US.

You can also read the full report now on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.