Amazon spent $1.5 million and lost

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According to the Washington Post, Amazon put $1.5 million toward Seattle City Council races this cycle, via a business-interest group to support an opponent of that spent nearly half a million dollars in support of Kshama Sawant, who has pledged to raise taxes on the retail giant. In the end, Amazon lost the race. Questions:… Read more »

How much profit do you make?

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For $250, you can now buy Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones, which are a smaller set of headphones with water resistance, active noise cancellation, and new touch functionality for phone users. Questions: According to the article, how much did the price increase over the previous model? What other competitors does the article mention? Which function mentioned… Read more »

Italy’s new web tax

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Last week, Italy approved a new tax on giant digital companies, which President Donald Trump has threatened to retaliate against. Questions: According to draft legislation, what are some of the U.S. companies that will be obliged to pay a 3% levy on internet transactions? How much is the Italian government expected to recoup from the… Read more »

Not too Early for Christmas Lists

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Last week, according to CNET, Amazon showed off a new batch of Alexa-powered products. Questions: There were two themes to these products according to CNET. What were these themes? What company has Amazon acquired that was scrutinized for its work with police departments across the country? Research why. Which device sounds the most interesting to… Read more »

Regulators Got their Eyes on You!

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According to the New York Times, Big Tech (Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google) are being investigated by regulators and lawmakers regarding how these companies may have used their size and wealth to quash competition and expand their dominance. Questions: Who are some of the regulators and lawmakers investigating Google and for what reason? What are… Read more »

Who can save Barnes and Noble?

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According to the New York Times, the man, James Daunt, who will soon try to revive Barnes & Noble once spent weeks arguing with a bookstore shelving designer that the correct angle of tilt for a shelf is three degrees, because books catch more light and attention on shelves below eye level. Questions: Which bookstore… Read more »

Trucking company bankruptcies

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According to Business Insider, six trucking companies have already folded during 2019. As a result, more than 2500 truckers are unemployed. Questions: Explain the spot market for trucking companies and what has happened to it. What are the trucking companies that have gone bankrupt in 2019 and how many truckers were left unemployed by each… Read more »

Amazon now tackles Beauty Industry

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Amazon.com Inc has just unveiled its online professional beauty store to sell supplies to licensed professional stylists, barbers and estheticians, and this move is causing the value of shares of other beauty retailers to drop. Questions: Which beauty retailers does the article mention? What will Amazon require for purchase? Do you think this will be a… Read more »

Impending Decision

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According to the Washington Post, FedEx has decided not to renew an important domestic contract that may affect express delivery of Santa’s presents. Questions: What issue does this decision highlight? What percentage of FedEx’s revenue did Amazon’s business provide? What type of reliance does Amazon have with FedEx? What type of history does Amazon have… Read more »

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 »