Coinstar and Self-Service Retailing

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Coinstar is a company that was founded just over two decades ago by Jens Molbak, who as a Stanford University graduate student, realized there wasn’t an easy way to spend the spare change piled up in a jar on top of his dresser. Since that time the company has become known for its Redbox kiosks,… Read more »

Chose Me

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Have you ever wondered how some people get chosen to be profiled on a commercial? You may have seen the American Express Gold Card commercial featuring Sammy’s Fish Box, Sam Chernin’s flagship restaurant on City Island in the Bronx (one of five eateries he currently owns). Most small businesses would like to be featured on… Read more »

Is it Really February?

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The warm and sunny weather is raising spirits all over the upper Midwest in January and February, but not for some businesses. Questions: What businesses did the video profile? Can you think of other types of businesses that would be affected, both favorably and unfavorably? Discuss whether you mean in terms of profits, variable costs,… Read more »

The Judge Says So

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Just days ago, it appeared that a hundred low-wage workers at a Walmart-contracted warehouse in California would lose their jobs after publicly accusing their employer of shorting them on pay and forcing them to work in harsh conditions. But after the workers argued that the layoffs amounted to illegal retaliation, a state judge ordered this… Read more »

Check out the Change in the Beer Industry!

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The U.S. beer market is in the midst of a transition. Smaller, micobreweries are taking market share from global giants like Anheuser Busch InBev, which has a 47 percent share of the U.S. beer market. These smaller companies target discerning, and often affluent, customers who are the foodies of the beer world. Questions:  According to… Read more »

Super Bowl Sunday!

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Well it’s almost time for the Super Bowl again.  So get the snacks ready in front of the big screen TV.  But what comes with the game and half-time?  Of course, the commercials.  However, the hoopla behind Super Bowl ads has spawned a team of skeptics. Growing research shows the $3.5 million that advertisers pay… Read more »

M’Hudi Winery

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A clinical psychologist, her ‘armchair farmer’ husband and their family launched an internationally successful wine label — without capital, farming experience or wine-making knowledge. The company is the first South African winery wholly owned and managed by a Black South African family. Question: 1. How did the Rangaka’s decide on their particular farm? Discuss the… Read more »

Pressure Packages

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Pressure from financial  institutions and Treasury officials undermined an effort to  limit executive pay at seven companies rescued with taxpayer  money, a new government audit showed on Tuesday.  The official overseeing executive pay for bailout firms  limited cash compensation and made some reductions in pay, but  still approved compensation packages in the millions, the TARP … Read more »

Verizon Posts New Numbers

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Verizon Communications on Tuesday reported a net loss of $212 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, despite rising iPhone sales and revenue growth in its wireless business, compared with net income of $4.65 billion in the same quarter a year ago, the company said Tuesday. The loss was primarily because of the impact of… Read more »

Insulting Discounts: The Costa Concordia Saga

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The owners of the Costa Concordia are offering survivors of the disaster a 30 percent discount off future cruises as they battle to stave off law suits expected to cost hundreds of millions of pounds. As the body of a 12th victim was found inside the hull of the £370 million, 1,000 ft vessel, survivors… Read more »