Sears Sues

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According to CNN, the remains of defunct Sears Holdings is suing Eddie Lampert, the man who was its previous CEO and primary shareholder, alleging he improperly stripped the company of assets as it hurdled toward bankruptcy. Questions: In addition to Eddie Lampert, who else is named in the suit for the theft of Sears’ assets?… Read more »

Pay for Play

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Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student that officials at the school say was involved in a nationwide college entrance fraud that ensnared 50 people, including Hollywood actresses and CEOs, some of whom have already appeared in court. Questions: To make this scam work, who was “on the take” inside Yale? Who was… Read more »

Another Walmart PR disaster

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Walmart’s disabled greeters are being replaced by “customer hosts,” with growing responsibilities. Questions: 1. Why has this been such a PR disaster for the company? 2. How many days were the greeters given to find new jobs? 3. What is the new job of “customer hosts” meant to do? 4. What are your thoughts about… Read more »

Amazon Air?

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According to StockNews.com, Amazon is becoming a player in the logistics and shipping industry. Questions: 1. How many planes does Amazon have? 2. Where will its new hub be and how much does it cost? 3. How much did shipping costs increase for Amazon this year? 4. Which airport recently dethroned Atlanta as the top… Read more »

A Failed Deal and its Irreversible Consequences

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According to the New Yorker, Wisconsin won’t see Foxconn’s first U.S. manufacturing facility and the prospect of significant prosperity that stirred the hopes of a region still with dreams of clawing back the middle-class factory jobs from the middle of the twentieth century. Questions: 1. How long ago was the deal signed? 2. What were… Read more »

A Very Old Company leads to Disruption in a Valentine’s Day tradition

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What do you remember about Valentine’s Day in elementary school? Cards and Valentine’s Day candies with different sayings? But not this year! The cute, chalky little inscribed hearts will not be produced or sold this year after a 153-year tradition. Questions: 1. According to Kyle, how old was the company that made the Valentine’s candy… Read more »

Changes in some copyrights

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According to the New York Times, this coming year marks the first time in two decades that a large body of copyrighted works will lose their protected status — a shift that will have profound consequences for publishers and literary estates, which stand to lose both money and creative control. Questions: 1. Where can this… Read more »

No Severance Package – Board decision

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CBS’s board of directors on Monday said they will not give former CEO Les Moonves any of the $150 million severance package he was due under to his employment contract, a decision that follows a months-long sexual misconduct probe. Questions: 1. What was Les Moonves role at CBS? 2. What were the grounds for his… Read more »

Millennials: New Results from the Federal Reserve

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Millennials have preferences for consumption that differ significantly from those of earlier generations because: (a) they are anti-materialists and want less stuff. (b) they are less well-off than members of earlier generations were when they were young. (c) they have lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth. (d) answer choices (b) and (c) are correct…. Read more »

Biggest Ever!

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Cyber Monday proves to be the biggest shopping day ever! Because of this, according to Bloomberg, Cyber Monday may provide a big revenue boom for state and local governments. Questions: 1. What is the reason for the big revenue boom for state and local governments? 2. According to Kroll Bond Rating Agency, how much revenue… Read more »