According to the Washington Post, Kroger and Albertsons are putting together a merger deal that could pose a competitive threat to Walmart and other grocery chains, as a major industry consolidation. Questions: Do you think that the merger will result in lower or higher prices for consumers? What types of issues is the FTC concerned… Read more »
Posts Tagged: competition
Sad Times at Landmark Hotels
This time of year is usually when America’s luxury hotels are starting to prepare for busy holiday parties and New Year’s Eve festivities. Unfortunately, most of these luxury hotels have lost well over half their business and told most of their staff that they are not needed. Questions: According to the article, the hotel industry… Read more »
Big Financial Information Merger
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 »
Turn your passion into your business
Elizabeth Finkelstein grew up in a historic home and watched her parents restore it. Now she is turning what she knows (and her passion) into a business. Questions: What is the name of her business and what does it do? What are the 3 tips she gives everyone, who want to follow their passion? What… Read more »
A Piece of the Moon…….?
Rogue Creamery, which took the top prize at the World Cheese Awards with its Rogue River Blue produced in Oregon, has seen sales and interest jump. Questions: Which countries won this honor for the two years prior to this year? Where are the World Cheese Awards judged? How much are Rogue Creamery’s sales up since… Read more »
According to Reuters, Qualcomm, a U.S. smartphone chipmaker, has offered concessions in an attempt to allay EU antitrust concerns over its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors, the largest ever in the semiconductor industry. Questions: 1. What are Qualcomm’s chips used for? 2. What is the EU Commission’s greatest concern about this merger? 3. What was… Read more »
A World without Stores? Where will we hangout?
According to CNN, America’s long-standing love affair with shopping at malls and department stores may be nearing an end. Questions: 1. Compare the drop in jobs at shopping mall retail stores Between 2001 and 2016 and those jobs at coal mines. What does this say? 2. What are the demographics of workers at shopping mall… Read more »
Walmart vs. Amazon: A Grocery War?
Questions: 1. Do you see this as a competition between Walmart and Amazon? Why or why not and are there any other players in the grocery war? 2. According to the video, why didn’t Walmart just create their own logistical team rather than use Uber and Lyft? 3. Would you be willing to pay $7… Read more »
Why Can’t I Get A Break on Airline Tickets, with Gas Down to Record Lows?
Even with oil prices down, it seems like airline tickets are either increasing in price or staying level. In fact in October 2014, there were four separate attempts by U.S. airlines to hike airfares with mixed success. But why? Questions: 1. To what conditions does Seany attribute the high airline ticket prices? 2. Do you… Read more »
Maybe This Will Catch On?
Complaining of low profit margins that generally accompany inexpensive menu items, most fast-food restaurants try to keep wages down. However, some fast food chains are seeing the benefit in paying employees above minimum wage and even above the median hourly wage for fast-food workers nationwide of $8.83, because it allows their workers to opportunities to… Read more »