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Loose change

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 27, 2002

NO MORE TAGS: Executives at Sara Lee Corp. have determined that two out of three men consider underwear T-shirt tags annoying. So its Hanes division is doing away with them. Instead of the old standby tag that has been a part of Hanes' T-shirts for more than 100 years, the information will be heat-labeled onto the shirt.

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ROLLING OUT: New this month for the man on the move in a really big vehicle: Lucky Trucker, a lifestyle magazine geared to SUVs. Publisher Leonard Wendland calls it a "fusion of man, road and style." Features will include "SUV of the month" and articles on SUVs driven by Hollywood celebrities.

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PERSONAL ISSUES TRUMP WORKDAY: The share of employees missing work for personal reasons has risen this year to 21 percent, from 11 percent a year earlier, according to human resources concern CCH Inc. Its survey of 333 human-resource executives about unscheduled absences cited a shift in the priorities of workers since last year's terrorist attacks.

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ONTIME PERFORMANCE: The punctuality of chief executives differs from country to country, a survey of 2,700 CEOs in nine countries shows. Proudfoot Consulting says CEOs of Japanese companies are most likely to be on time to meetings, at 60 percent. French CEOs had the worst performance, with just 36 percent saying they are usually punctual. American CEOs were almost as bad: 37 percent described themselves as punctual.

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OUT OF FAVOR: The shaky economy is littered with the furry and feathered corpses of corporate mascots popular during the 1990s boom. The most celebrated was Sock Puppet, created for now-dead Pets.com. "There's a lot of pressure to be straightforward and transparent," New York brand consultant Allen Adamson says. One thriving exception: the AFLAC insurance duck, which captures people's economic insecurity.

-- Compiled by Cathy Keim from Times wires.

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