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11/07/08
Auto Industry Poised for Turnaround while
Utilities May Reach Profits of their Oil & Gas Peers,
According to wRatings 2008 Study on Competitive Advantage


HERNDON, VA – (BusinessWire) – November 7, 2008 – The wRatings Corporation, an independent competitive research firm, announced today the results of its annual study on the Most Competitive Auto, Gas & Utilities companies. The wRatings Competitive Strength Index™ for the Auto industry will grow 6.8% CAGR over the next five years, as manufacturers rapidly transform to meet changing consumer expectations. By comparison, Auto Retailers and Oil & Gas companies will only grow by 3.2% and 5.0% CAGR respectively. Yet Utility companies will outpace everyone with a 10.7% CAGR growth in competitive strength.

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Palm Beach Post
08/10/08
Back-to-school bargains abound as parents scrimp

Shoppers may be cutting back spending, but service still goes a long way. Publix Super Markets took top billing last week as the most competitive retailer in a national ranking by wRatings Corp., a Herndon, Va.-based independent research firm.

RIS News
07/28/08
Wall Street Rates Top 20 Retailers

These are the times that try retailer's souls on Wall Street and on Main Street. Stores are closing, housing is under siege, discretionary spending is disappearing, and inflationary pressures are mounting. But one Wall Street firm singles out Publix, Staples, Coach and Family Dollar for slicing through these turbulent head winds. Find out why. Also find out who else appears on the Top 20 Most Competitive Retailer list.

Women's Wear Daily
07/28/08
Rating the Retailers

Jack Welch, the hard-driving former chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric, had a saying: “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” Gary Williams would tend to agree. Williams, the founder of wRatings, an independent research firm that annually ranks the most competitive retail and consumer goods companies, believes a firm’s success rests on its ability to earn a consistent profit and protect it — that’s the competitive advantage.

Display & Design Ideas
07/24/08
Study Ranks Most Competitive Retailers in 2008

The wRatings Corp., an independent competitive research firm, announced the results of the annual Most Competitive Retail & Consumer Goods Study.


07/15/08
Clorox is Most Competitive Consumer Goods Company and Publix is Most Competitive Retailer in 2008, According to wRatings Annual Study Sponsored by SAP
Coach, Family Dollar and Staples among the Most Competitive Retailers; Coca-Cola and Wrigley among the Most Competitive CG Companies. Companies overall are better meeting consumer expectations in 2008 than in 2007, yet pricing power is difficult to find.

HERNDON, VA – (BusinessWire) – July 15, 2008 – The wRatings Corporation, an independent competitive research firm, announced today the results of the annual Most Competitive Retail & Consumer Goods Study, which was sponsored by SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), the world’s leading provider of business software*. In the report, Clorox (NYSE:CLX) rises from #14 in 2007 to #1 in 2008 with a W Score™ of 96.1. Publix, an employee-owned company, is the #1 retailer with a W Score of 92.0. A W Score of 100 means the business built the highest consumer and economic advantages when compared with the 540+ companies in the wRatings national coverage.

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07/02/08
Verizon FiOS Repeats as Most Competitive Telecom Provider in 2008; Google is Most Competitive Media & Web Property, According to wRatings Annual Study sponsored by SAP
Answers to staying competitive in 2008 downturn are different than in early 2000s. Several top companies, like News Corp., Viacom and the newly formed Scripps Network Interactive, are weaving diverse properties together to create powerful barriers to entry that prove difficult for rivals to duplicate

HERNDON, VA – (BusinessWire) – July 2, 2008 – The wRatings Corporation, an independent competitive research firm, announced today the results of the annual Most Competitive Media & Telecom Study, which was sponsored by SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the world’s leading provider of business software*. In the report, Verizon FiOS (NYSE: VZ) repeats as No. 1 for Telecom Providers with a W Score™ of 73.0. Two business segments of Google, their Shopping/Services and their Search engine, rank as the No. 1 and 2 Media Properties with W Scores of 88.8 and 88.2 respectively. A W Score of 100 means the business built the highest consumer and economic advantages when compared with the 540+ companies in the wRatings national coverage.

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05/19/08
The wRatings Websites gets a Makeover & Upgrade
Today, the wRatings Corporation unveiled its new website design that simplifies menus, creates more white space and reduces time to load pages by over 50%. In response to business demand, the new site offers the ability to purchase single W Reports by any company. Previously, only premium subscribers could gain access to the reports. Gary A. Williams, CEO of wRatings, said, "Many thanks go to our basic and premium subscribers for suggesting the improvements. We look forward to your continued feedback so we can improve your financial decision-making."

The next upgrade to the wRatings website is scheduled for Q3-2008.


03/12/08
wRatings CEO to keynote at SAP Customer Event
Gary A. Williams, wRatings CEO & Founder, presents the results of the 2007 Most Competitive Companies study to leaders from prominent customers of SAP Americas. In this private event, Gary will provide unique insights based on insights gleaned from the top manufacturers in 2007. The keynote topic, "Riding Out Any Economic Wave," covers specific strategies about how companies today can build capabilities into their products to sustain their economic profits.


02/01/08
The Retail Game
"Under Armour is a great firm," said Gary Williams, CEO of W Ratings. "It does well with profits, and it does well with customers. It just needs to be sure it's preparing itself to maintain that success, because the company is so profitable that it's attracting the attention of competitors. Under Armour won't survive unless it's three steps ahead of Nike. That's why the company needed to start rolling out retail stores, to develop and sustain closeness with its customers. Now Under Armour needs to keep the stores experience-driven. It will heighten what the brand is about."

Williams says he sees similarities between Under Armour and Victoria's Secret, particularly with regard to Under Armour's long-term potential. "Victoria's Secret is so great with its models and events," Williams said. "Just think about what Under Armour could do with event-driven marketing like that. Look at what Victoria's Secret has done over the past 25 years, and it's a blueprint for how Under Armour could go forward. It shouldn't try to be Nike. It needs to create its own unique position in performance apparel and has already begun making inroads in that direction."


01/14/08
Can't Do Without the Consumer
IF THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT, a recent ranking of the 40 most competitive companies among consumers may point to some that may be headed for greater economic profit and, possibly, a higher stock price.

wRatings, a research firm that has been gathering data since 1999, looked at 700 market-leading companies in retail, consumer goods, media, communications, financial services, travel and leisure, and restaurants and beverages and asked a sample of several hundred thousand consumers to rate how well the companies met their expectations in such areas as quality, support staff, brand and level of trust.

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