First Bad News about Chuck E. Cheese, Now Broadway- Oh No!

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According to the Washington Post, the shutdown of Broadway’s 41 theaters will continue at least until Jan. 3. Questions: Why is Broadway so important to New York’s economic health? What will happen to ticketholders for shows up to and including January 3? What percent of tickets for commercial productions in 1,000- to 2,000-seat theaters must… Read more »

Does This Situation Seem to be Ethically Correct During a Pandemic?

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  HCA Healthcare, one of the world’s wealthiest hospital chains, earning more than $7 billion in the past two years and worth $36 billion, paid its chief executive $26 million in 2019. However, as the pandemic spread across America, HCA did not provide adequate protective gear to medical staff, froze wages for nurses, and has… Read more »

Deceptive Practices

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Progressive Leasing, which offers rent-to-own programs at major retailers like Best Buy and Lowe’s, has agreed to pay $175 million to settle allegations it misled consumers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. Questions: What trade violations did the complaint allege? Why did FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter say that the settlement did not go far… Read more »

Shake Shack

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The fast-food chain, Shake Shack, was among the businesses criticized for accessing emergency funds for small businesses from the U.S. federal government. Questions: What is the stimulus money to be used for? What has been the controversy associated with the funds? Why did the chain decide to return the loan money? Source: Ramzy, A. (2020)…. Read more »

Drowning in Arbitration

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According to the New York Times, as companies face a flood of claims, they are employing new strategies to thwart the very process that they have upheld as the optimal way to resolve disputes. Questions: Why are some companies trying to short-circuit the process? How are some companies trying to short-circuit arbitrations? What is FairShake… Read more »

What a Time to be Offline!

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Robinhood, a millennial favorite stock app, was offline for iPhone and Android users during the entire day, when the Dow made its biggest point gain ever. Questions: What do millennials see as the benefit of Robinhood? By how many points did the Dow Jones industrial average rise on Monday after the horrible… Read more »

Planning Ahead: Kroger’s Limit of 5

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Kroger said it was limiting orders of some items to “due to high demand and to support all customers.” Questions: Kroger’s is the largest supermarket chain in the U.S. How many stores does it have? Which type of orders does the limit of five apply to? Do you think this is a… Read more »

Changes at Amazon due to the Coronavirus

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Amazon is halting all warehouse tours in North America as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak grow in the US. Questions: What did Amazon do last month due to supply chain worries? Why did Amazon ban more than a million products on its website from third party sellers? What travel directive did Amazon… Read more »

Big Financial Information Merger

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The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Intuit is buying the credit score monitoring company Credit Karma for $7.1 billion. Questions: What is the merger intended to boost within the Intuit organization? By how much was the Intuit stock increased at the time of the announcement of Intuit’s quarterly earnings and the word… Read more »

Money in Used Sneakers!

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Ryan Fresen is a sneaker reseller who said he brought in around $110,000 in profit in 2019 from the business he runs out of his bedroom. Questions: What are key factors in Ryan Fresen’s success? How does Fresen typically sell his sneakers? What does Fresen typically use to organize his business? Has Fresen had his… Read more »