The U.S. Trend to Ban Cashless Retailers

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According to Axios, while big chains like Amazon Go, Sweetgreen, and Shake Shack are fast eliminating cash sales, U.S. cities and states are fighting against this trend. Questions: 1. Why are states like New Jersey and cities like Philadelphia banning cashless retailers? 2. What percentage of U.S. sales are made with cash? 3. What is… 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 »

Free Shipping!

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As Walmart, Target and Amazon launch a price war for merchandise in the weeks before Thanksgiving, they are now wooing customers with the promise of fast, efficient, no-cost shipping. On Monday, Amazon upped the ante by expanding free shipping to all customers through the holidays, with no minimum purchase required. Questions: 1. What do Prime… Read more »

The End is Near

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The fall of Sears has been well documented. But who else is feeling the grip of Amazon on their once thriving retail business and who will be next to declare bankruptcy? Questions: 1. According to the article, what is the toxic combination that will take the eight named retail companies out of the game? 2…. Read more »

Food Fight

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To keep Amazon at bay and remain the world’s biggest retailer, Walmart is ramping up its groceries and buying trendy digital brands. The retail giant is also redesigning its stores and building up online assets. Questions: 1. What are signs that the plan is working? 2. What is the proximity of most Americans to a… Read more »

Amazon – Only the Best – Coming in stores near you!

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Amazon’s latest retail concept looks a lot like your online shopping cart brought to life. It’s a physical store that offers only products with high customer ratings, including non-Amazon-branded merchandise. Items must be a top seller, have a four-star rating or above, or be new and trending on Amazon.com. Questions: 1. How many brick-and-mortar bookstores… Read more »

A Change in the Collection of Sales Tax

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According to Slate, the Supreme Court dragged a bit of American tax law into the 21st century when they ruled that states could force all online retailers to collect sales taxes, even if they lack a physical presence there. Questions: 1. Do you think the ruling will change buying habits? Explain. 2. What case was… Read more »

Seattle’s Creative Accounting

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According to The Week, a nine-person panel unanimously approved a new $275-per-employee tax on big companies (like Amazon) in Seattle, in order to raise about $48 million annually for homeless services. Questions: 1. In Seattle, how much has the number of people sleeping on the street grown by over the period from 2015to 2017? 2…. Read more »

Did you know that Amazon Prime was going to rise to $119 a year?

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According to the Washington Post, Amazon is justifying Prime‚Äôs 20 percent price hike, to $119 a year, by saying it is more a valuable service than when the fee last rose four years ago. Questions: 1. How many Amazon customers are Prime members? 2. What did the article (April 27) offer as alternatives or ways… Read more »

The Amazon Effect

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According to the New York Times, to create a Super Bowl snack, their authors bought the same ingredients at a new Whole Foods 365 store and a Walmart. The prices were different and so were the outcomes. Questions: 1. What did the authors want to cook? 2. What was the price difference? 3. Which cooked… Read more »