It’s time to tip our hats to 2012 with a countdown of our most popular blog posts on Bizmology. As you might expect on a blog where our editors cover every industry under the sun, our top posts also covered a wide range of industries and topics, from cities going bankrupt to battles between energy drink makers to new markets for e-readers.
by Anne Law @Hoovers_Pharma
The particularly scary sleep aid story is based on a research project (conducted by Scripps Health) that found higher death rates and cancer rates in sleeping pill users compared to non-users over a period of time. The study is seen as preliminary by the scientific community, however, and would have to be repeated with more rigorous standards (such as in a clinical trial) before such risks would be added to warning labels on medications.
Drug safety is a pressing issue for the medical industry. Our Anne Law looks at the latest medical research tied to sleep aids and cholesterol medications and explains which risks were conclusive enough to warrant new product warning labels.
by Laura Huchzermeyer @First_Finance
This most recent outbreak of bankruptcies may be a signal that more will come as cities run out of options. Many cities in California continue to deal with high unemployment (about 15% of San Bernardino residents are unemployed). California also has high levels of foreclosures. The struggling economy there has hurt property valuations and decreased city revenues. That is on top of higher employee costs tied to public pensions.
Chapter 9 bankruptcy, once a rare occurrence, is becoming more widespread as cities run out of options. This post examines the ramifications for city workers and the municipal bond market.
by Catherine Colbert @Hoovers_CnsmrEd
While the fates of these mattress-selling foes were ultimately different, the Texas-based retailing pair began and grew their businesses in a similar fashion, tapping deep-pocketed private equity funding to expand. Perhaps this is a story of survival of the fittest, or one where the first to market gains the surviving momentum.
A tale of two Texas mattress retailers. Catherine Colbert explains how one retailer ended up as the new king of bedding while the other walked into the sunset.
by Catherine Colbert @Hoovers_CnsmrEd
With a 40% share in the world’s energy drinks, Red Bull is a stalwart that is striving to stay on top. Rather than resting on its laurels, enjoying a 10% growth rate from its taurine- and caffeine-spiked drinks, the company is looking elsewhere for even bigger returns. To capture a more enticing 35% growth rate, the company has devoted time and energy to wooing consumers with its Red Bull Energy Shots, a product that counts Monster and 5-hour Energy Shots among its competitors. Selling more than 4 billion cans of Red Bull annually, the beverage maker has been targeting Western Europe and the US for growth while also expanding in Brazil, Japan, India, and China.
The energy drink industry remained in the news throughout much of 2012 with some reports linking illness and death to the beverages. This post from early 2012 examines the high hopes of energy drink makers and their strategies to win over its target trendy and fickle customers.
by Michael McLellan @mclellan_m
Buffalo Wild Wings is working toward its goal of eventually reaching 1,500 locations, with plans calling for corporate-owned restaurants to make up about 40% of the chain and franchised locations making up the other 60%. Its large estate of company-owned and operated eateries accounts for the greatest share of the company’s sales (about 90%) and allows it to maintain control over the Buffalo Wild Wings dining experience, while its franchising efforts help expand the chain with fewer construction and operating costs.
Move over, Hooters. Buffalo Wild Wings has plans to spread its wings this year and develop itself as a go-to spot for families and groups, as our Michael McLellan explains in this post.
Posts #5 through #1 will be revealed in the second part of our countdown.