Exploitation of Migrants in France

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According to the New York Times, Parisian food-delivery couriers are exploiting desperate migrants as gig workers. Questions: What is the London-based platform similar to Uber eats? How large is the food-delivery industry in terms of Euros? Why is this exploitation and what percentage of earnings do courier brokers usually take of earnings from chat apps?… Read more »

Target registers not on target

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According to the Washington Post, cash registers at Target stores are working again after an hours-long outage on Saturday afternoon that brought checkout lines across the country to a standstill. Questions What problem does Target say caused the outage? Has this ever happened before at Target and if so when? Do you see any possible… Read more »

Big-time Lost Sales

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According to the Washington Post, U.S. blacklisting of the Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, will reduce the company’s sales by $30 billion over the next two years. Questions By what percentage are Huawei’s cellphone sales outside China expected to drop due to the U.S. ban? Why did the Trump administration bar the selling of U.S. technology… Read more »

Where dogs wear pollution masks

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According to the BBC, one country’s pollution is so bad, that dogs must wear pollution masks. Questions: Which country is this? What is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and what do they do? What type of future costs will this pollution cause? Source: BBC staff. (2019) Where dogs wear masks. The BBC, June… 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 »

Could you find $400 savings for an emergency?

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According to the New York Times, four in 10 American adults wouldn’t be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense with cash, savings or a credit-card charge that could be quickly paid off, a new Federal Reserve survey finds. Questions: According to the survey, how many people surveyed would need to borrow or sell something… Read more »

Why Aren’t the Rich Being Audited?

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According to the New York Times, the rich are not being audited by the IRS because the I.R.S. is not being provided with the resources it needs to chase offshore accounts and tax cheats. Questions: Why do the authors of this article submit that taxing ultramillionaires is not the problem? Over what period of time… Read more »

Maybe a way to save U.S. shopping malls

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Teenagers from Gen Z keep confounding Corporate America. And as Bloomberg points out, they may hold the key to saving U.S. shopping malls. Questions: As opposed to a three-month period in 2018 when 75 percent of millennials and 58 percent of Gen X’ers went to shopping malls, what percentage of Gen Z frequented these physical… Read more »

Fines have little impact

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Typically, fines need to be high enough to change the behavior of a company. According to Buzz Feed News, $3 billion is too low to change the behavior of Facebook. Questions: During the first three months of 2019 after the $3 billion fine, how much did the revenues of the company grow? How much did… Read more »

A Tale of the Fake Heiress

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A penniless young woman, who left Russia in 2014 and faked her way to Manhattan as an “heiress,” is now facing up to 15 years in prison. How did Ms. Sorokin bilk a bank out of $100,000? What charges does Ms. Sorokin face? Why did Ms. Sorokin’s lawyer, Todd Spodek, argue that she had not… Read more »