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NOTE: In early 2007, partial data from the wRatings System was published by Kanbay International (NASD: KBAY) and Capgemini US LLC. Gary A. Williams, CEO & Founder of wRatings, was the President & Founder of the Kanbay Research Institute, an unincorporated operating unit of Kanbay. Capgemini acquired Kanbay in February 2007, and wRatings cancelled Capgemini's non-exclusive license to use their data as of December 31st, 2007.


12/03/07
RANKINGS BY wRATINGS SAID TO MOVE STOCK PRICE
Aflac Inc. (AFL) opened at 63.40. So far today, the stock has hit a low of 62.66 and a high of 63.91. AFL is now trading at 62.87, up 0.23 (0.36%). The stock hit its 52 week high of 63.91 today and set its 52 week low of 43.83 in December. AFL has been moving upwards for the past year. Aflac shares have been climbing today after independent competitive research firm W Ratings named AFL to the list of most competitive companies in U.S. Technical indicators for the stock are bullish but slightly deteriorating while S&P gives AFL a very positive 5 STARS (out of 5) strong buy rating. If you?re looking for a hedged play on this stock, consider a January bull-put credit spread below the $55 range. AFL stock could fall up to 12.5% before expiration and this position would still be profitable. [RHF - Seven Summits Strategic Investments NewsBite].


11/30/07
THE wRATINGS FIRST ANNUAL RANKING OF MOST COMPETITIVE COMPANIES
Independent competitive research firm wRatings has published their first annual ranking of most competitive companies among U.S. consumers, using data collected since 1999. The Top 40 Most Competitive Companies report identifies the best performing companies or specific business segments through a patented method that blends financial and market data. Specifically, wRatings measures a company's ability to achieve higher economic profit than rivals and sustain that competitive advantage through moats, or barriers to entry, as rated by consumers.


10/10/07
Under Armour Debuts as No. 1 in Annual Study on Most Competitive Retailers
wRatings Corporation, an independent competitive research firm, and Capgemini US LLC, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology, and outsourcing, announced today the results of their annual "Most Competitive Retailers Study'. The study measures the ability for retailers to simultaneously meet consumer expectations and deliver superior profits. According to this year's ratings of 120+ market leading retailers, Under Armour ranks as No. 1 in their first year of measurement with a Competitive Rating? (CR) of 95.6. Victoria?s Sec'et and Bed, Bath & Beyond tied at No. 2 with a CR of 92.3. The co-branded Capgemini W Report identifies companies winning with both consumers and shareholders by utilizing patented methods from wRatings. The research team interviewed 6,000+ consumers about more than 120 retailers they had frequented in the past six months. Each company's performance was rated across nine sources of competitive advantage. Those ratings were combined with each company's trailing five-year average economic profits to calculate the Competitive Rating (CR) for every retailer.


10/12/07
Results of Research Institute?s Bookstore Study Presented at Independent Booksellers Consortium (IBC) Event
Kanbay Research Institute (KRI) President and wRatings CEO Gary A. Williams presents the results of the 2007 Book Retail study to leaders from prominent independent retail booksellers and industry professionals. Originally released at BookExpo America in June, ?Book Selling Demand Today" details the actions booksellers can take to meet consumer desires and build durable competitive advantage. Study results show that although revenue growth is up in the book industry, same store sales is down, masking the need for organic growth in this industry. Strong ratings have allowed Independents to win a substantial share of consumers even though they make up only 9% of the market. The report also identifies that among both the national bookstore chains as wells as online book retailers only one company possesses a competitive advantage.


10/10/07
Media and Entertainment Study Presented at INISIGHTS INTO ACTION: 2007 Teradata PARTNERS Conference & Expo
Gary A. Williams, President of Kanbay Research Institute (KRI) and CEO of wRatings Corporation, presents a ground-breaking study of the competitive advantages of top companies in Media and Communications. The presentation is titled COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: Emerging Ways to Make Money in Media & Entertainment. Attendees from the Media and Telecommunications track at Teradata?s Annual Partner Conference (http://www.teradata.com/teradata-partners/) learn a powerful, data-driven method of strategic planning and hear up-to-the-minute, real-world examples of companies that are finding new and innovative ways to compete in a constantly shifting industry.


09/19/07
Gary A. Williams Presents at HP/Oracle/Capgemini Wrigley Field Event
Gary A. Williams, President of Kanbay Research Institute (KRI) and CEO of wRatings Corporation, presented a ground-breaking study of the competitive advantages of top companies and brands in Retail, Restaurant & Beverage and Life Sciences. The event was organized by Oracle, Hewlett-Packard and Capgemini to provide partners and clients the opportunity to view study results and gain competitive insight from a powerful, data-driven method of strategic planning.


06/01/07
Results of Research Institute's Bookstore Study to be Announced at BookExpo America
Within the book selling industry, strong pricing power exists for national chains and independent stores, but web-based sellers have significantly lower pricing power with consumers, according to a recent study conducted by Kanbay Research Institute (KRI). Strong ratings have allowed Independents to win a substantial share of consumers even though they make up only 9% of the market. The study, ?Book Selling Demand Today," shows that although revenue growth is up in the book industry, same store sales is down, masking the need for organic growth in this industry.


05/21/07
Cracker Barrel Rated #1 in Competitive Advantage Report
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® (Nasdaq: CBRL) is the #1 restaurant in the casual dining category in meeting customer expectations, according to a survey released this week by the Kanbay Research Institute.


05/20/07
Chain Eateries Failing to Satisfy
According to a recent survey, chain restaurants are failing to satisfy their customers. Starbucks and Cracker Barrel fared well, along with several upscale chains, including Bonefish Grill, Ruth's Chris, Legal Sea Foods, and Morton's.


05/20/07
Survey: Eateries Fail Expectations
Only coffee chain Starbucks in the fast-food category and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant in the casual dining category meet consumer desires, according to the study of 50 restaurant chains by Kanbay Research Institute.


05/19/07
Eateries Found Failing to Deliver
It doesn't matter whether the restaurant has white table cloths or a drive-through window: Many eateries largely fail to meet customer expectations, according to a survey to be released Saturday, the opening day of the 88th annual National Restaurant Association show at McCormick Place.


04/02/07
The Training Advantage
Men's Warehouse was number nine on a list of top rated companies in "New Dynamics That Create and Build Retail Competitive Advantage," a report for the National Retail Federation Foundation by Kanbay Research Institute.


03/29/07
The American Customer Satisfaction Index: GEICO Ranks Tops in Property Casualty Insurance Industry
The Kanbay Report: Indicates GEICO is highly responsive to customer needs and one that consumers want to do business with.


03/20/07
Tale of Two Wal-Marts: Retailer's Legacy, Future Collide in Transition Era
After all these years and all their success, Wal-Mart is going through an identity crisis, said Gary Williams, founder and president of KRI, which researches and ranks top-performing retailers.


03/12/07
Success Calls for Innovation
"New Dynamics That Create and Build Retailer Competitive Advantage," a research report conducted for the NRF Foundation by the Kanbay Research Institute (KRI), found that the top 10 most competitive retailers in 2007 have generated a ROIC three times higher than other retailers since 2001.


03/09/07
Movers and Shakers
The study, "New Dynamics that Create and Build Retailer Competitive Advantage 2007," stresses how a brand interacts with customers as a driving force in maintaining a competitive edge.


02/28/07
BANK DEVELOPMENTS: Consumers prefer service over product
A new study by Kanbay Research Institute offers a glimmer of hope, however, in one of the deepest looks at US consumer opinion on a host of financial issues to date.


02/26/07
Blanco Leads Barnum Financial to Growth
For the peace of mind in trusting the company handling their money, consumers are willing to pay a 5 percent higher premium for financial services than any other industry, according to Gary Williams, executive director of Kanbay Research Institute, a Washington, D.C., company that benchmarks various industries.


02/26/07
No clowns, elephants, or dancing bears
For the peace of mind in trusting the firm handling their money, consumers are willing to pay a 5 percent higher premium for financial services than any other industry, according to Gary Williams, executive director of Kanbay Research Institute, a Washington, D.C. company that benchmarks various industries.


02/15/07
Stiff Competition- The Top Ten Most Competitive Retailers in 2007
Who's got the edge in the retail game? Kanbay Research Institute has come up with a list of the most competitive retailers in the U.S. via a complex set of parameters
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02/12/07
Sporting goods retailer to enter Utah market with West Jordan store
Last August, Sport Chalet was ranked the number one most desired retailer overall and the top retailer in sporting goods in the 2006 Retail Demand Today report published by independent research company Kanbay Research Institute (KRI) and the National Retail Federation.


01/29/07
Fifth Third redesigns logo, broadens service offerings
The move to more intensive customer services is in line with what consumers want from banks, according to a recent study by Kanbay Research Institute in Herndon, Va.


01/29/07
Trustworthiness: Customer Loyalty Stems From Competence
How important is security? Consumers want safety and competence from their banks, which are different values than they want from retailers.


01/29/07
New Survey Rates Petco Among Most Competitive Retailers in U.S.
San Diego's own Petco Animal Supplies Inc. is among the top 10 most competitive American retailers, according to a recent National Retail Federation study.



01/22/07
Balance Sheet - Winners and Losers On The Fiscal Battlefield
If you're looking to succeed in a tough retail market, you may want to take a page from the playbook of the UPS Store. According to a new study conducted by Kanbay Research Institute (KRI) for the National Retail Federation, The UPS Store is 2007's most competitive retailer, continuously finding ways to compete on a new level.


01/16/07
S. Florida brands learn to set themselves apart
While some companies have built brands that stand out, many are still unable to break away from their pack of competitors, retail experts said this week at the National Retail Federation Convention.


01/13/07
Business News
The UPS Store (NYSE: UPS) tops the list of a new study as the most competitive retailer in 2007.


01/12/07
UPS Store Named Most Competitive U.S. Retailer
The UPS Store has the biggest competitive advantage among retailers in the United States this year, according to a new study released by the NRF Foundation, the research and education arm of the National Retail Federation.


01/12/07
UPS Store Named Most Competitive U.S. Retailer
The UPS Store has the biggest competitive advantage among retailers in the United States this year, according to a new study released by the NRF Foundation, the research and education arm of the National Retail Federation
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01/12/07
UPS Store Named Most Competitive U.S. Retailer
The UPS Store has the biggest competitive advantage among retailers in the United States this year, according to a new study released by the NRF Foundation, the research and education arm of the National Retail Federation
.


01/12/07
UPS Store Named Most Competitive U.S. Retailer
The UPS Store has the biggest competitive advantage among retailers in the United States this year, according to a new study released by the NRF Foundation, the research and education arm of the National Retail Federation
.


01/08/07
Financial Services Command Top Consumer Dollar
Consumers are willing to pay an average of 5.2 percent more for financial services compared to other industries, according to a retail survey conducted by Kanbay Research Institute. In the poll, financial services topped such other sectors as communications, media content, restaurants and beverages, retail, and travel.


01/01/07
S.C. credit union gets high-tech with its ATMs
While many consider financial services to be a commodity, consumers clearly state the opposite, says a study by Washington, D.C.-based Kanbay Research Institute.


01/01/07
Building Wealth: Who's at the Top? Financial services has highest pricing power
While many consider financial services to be a commodity, consumers clearly state the opposite, says a study by Washington, D.C.-based Kanbay Research Institute.

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