RIP – Coca-Cola Quietly Snuffs out Diet Coke Variations

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If you were a fan of Diet Coke’s variations of lime, lemon, mango, orange, and cherry, they have been quietly phased out of stores and online. Questions: 1. When were the products launched? (click on the hyperlink in the article which says: “massive overhaul of Diet Coke”) 2. The move was made to attract millenials…. Read more »

Hurricane Harvey cruises

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As Hurricane Harvey begans to bear down on Texas, thousands of vacationers aboard cruise ships were left stuck at sea until the storm passed. Questions: 1. Approximately how many vacationers were stuck at sea near Galveston, Texas? 2. If guests wished to terminate their cruise, where were they taken to dock? 3. If you were… Read more »

Want to open a franchise?

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Because Papa John’s is trying to recruit franchisees for new restaurant growth, it is offering enormous discounts to potential U.S. operators. Based on the information in the article, Papa John’s says the incentive package is worth roughly $60,000. Questions: 1. What are the fees that Papa John’s is temporarily waiving? 2. Using the minimum investment… Read more »

Tax is not so sweet!

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According to the New York Times, a new study indicates how taxes might be used to curb consumption of sugary drinks and suggests that applying a tax based on the amount of calories contained in a serving rather than its size would be more effective. Questions: 1. What are the relationships that the study mentioned… Read more »

Trolling for Patent Infringement Cases

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One of the most striking results of a new academic study is that in 2012, litigation by patent monetization entities now represents a majority of the patent litigation filed in the United States. Specifically, patent monetization entities filed 58% of the patent lawsuits in 2012. This is a sharp rise from 2007, when patent monetization… Read more »

Long Island Stock Broker Creates Complex Web of Deceit

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Stockbroker, Mark Hotton, defrauded the producers of a Broadway production of “Rebecca,” through the combination of a fictitious loan and phantom investors, conjured up as part of a sham plan to rescue the financially ailing show. Questions: 1. How was the complex fraud described by federal authorities? 2. How could the producers have been proactive… Read more »

The Disappearing Debt Suddenly Reappears!

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Jackie Esposito, of Guilford, Conn., got a letter that said her debt with JPMorgan Chase was canceling the amount she owed on a home equity account. While most people would be excited to get such a letter, Ms. Esposito was not. That is because Ms. Esposito had the debt legally wiped out three years ago… Read more »

Computers are great when they work……

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The Knight Capital Group announced that losses they sustained on Wednesday, August 1, were the result of a computer glitch and now threaten the stability of the Jersey City firm. At the heart of this, the firm lost $440 million when it sold stocks that it accidentally bought Wednesday morning. Questions: 1. On Thursday, what… Read more »

People: The Number One Asset

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What radical thinking! Cashiers barred from interacting with customers until they have completed 40 hours of training? Hundreds of staffers sent on trips around the U.S. and world to become experts in their products? No mandatory retirement age? Never laying off workers? All profits reinvested in the company or shared with employees? This is the… Read more »

Big News at Amazon: Fulfillment Robots

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Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it agreed to buy Kiva Systems Inc for $775 million in cash, a deal that will bring more robotic technology to the e-commerce company’s giant network of warehouses. Questions: 1. What other companies use this kind of robot technology? 2. Discuss the trend of Amazon’s fulfillment costs and what they… Read more »