Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

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United Airlines, the Chicago-based giant at the center of a public relations storm for its forcible removal of a passenger from a weekend flight, has spent more than $41 million during the past decade to lobby the federal government, often battling consumer-friendly causes. Questions: 1. What were some of these consumer-friendly causes that United lobbied… Read more »

March Madness at Uber

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Uber experienced the worst month it has had during its eight-year history in March 2017. There were car crashes, the company president quit, and an entire country turned its back on the app. Questions: 1. Which country forced Uber to withdraw and why? 2. Which company is Uber accused of stealing from and what did… Read more »

Where equal work does not equate to equal pay?

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According to the Associated Press and USA Today, government investigators looking into how Google pays its employees have accused the tech giant of shortchanging women doing similar work to men. Questions: 1. What are some of the claims? 2. Which branch of government filed the lawsuit? 3. Google has said it has turned over some… Read more »

Tuition Free College?

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According to CNN, New York just became the first state in the nation to make tuition free for middle class students at both two- and four-year public colleges. Questions: 1. When does this program start? 2. What are the income caps in order to obtain free tuition? 3. What are the restrictions after graduation? 4…. Read more »

Morphing or not?

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The world of retail is changing, with growth in online shopping dominated by Amazon. But does it signal a death spiral to our traditional way of life? Questions: After reading the article, please answer: 1. What is the inventory problem? 2. What is the supplier problem? 3. What is the supply chain problem? Source: Hoium,… Read more »

Pink Tax?

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The Pink Tax, so named because of the color of products directly marketed to girls and women, refers to the price difference for female-specific products compared with the gender-neutral goods or those marketed to men. Questions: 1. On average, how much more do women and girl’s products cost as compared to similar products for men… Read more »

Something new?

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Amazon.com Inc. has invited the world’s biggest brands to Seattle to persuade them that it’s time to start shipping products directly to online shoppers, thus bypassing chains like Wal-Mart, Target, and Costco. Questions: 1. What would be the costs to these brand companies? What would be the benefits? 2. What would be the benefits to… Read more »

Stop Working from Home

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Some of the country’s largest and most innovative companies are moving to bring their work-from-home employees back to the office. IBM is the latest example. Questions: 1. What percentage of U.S. workers do some or all work at home? 2. Why is the change being done? 3. Why does IBM have research on their side?… Read more »

YouTube in Hot Water!

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According to the New York Times, there is an expanding advertising boycott of YouTube. This is due to big-spending companies’ doubt about Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. Questions: 1. Who are some of these companies and what type of content are they finding offensive? 2. Approximately how many hours… Read more »

Detainees for Profit

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Libre, a for-profit company whose name means “free” in Spanish, is charging immigrants who sign contracts $420 per month for their freedom while wearing the company’s GPS devices. The company is now subject to a number of lawsuits and allegations of fraud by immigrants. Questions: 1. Do you think a company should be allowed to… Read more »