Another Walmart PR disaster

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Walmart’s disabled greeters are being replaced by “customer hosts,” with growing responsibilities. Questions: 1. Why has this been such a PR disaster for the company? 2. How many days were the greeters given to find new jobs? 3. What is the new job of “customer hosts” meant to do? 4. What are your thoughts about… Read more »

The U.S. Trend to Ban Cashless Retailers

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According to Axios, while big chains like Amazon Go, Sweetgreen, and Shake Shack are fast eliminating cash sales, U.S. cities and states are fighting against this trend. Questions: 1. Why are states like New Jersey and cities like Philadelphia banning cashless retailers? 2. What percentage of U.S. sales are made with cash? 3. What is… Read more »

A Story That will Tug at your Heart Strings!

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In Germany, a family owing a debt had the family dog seized by the city of Ahlen. The City then sold the dog on EBay in order to pay for the debt. Questions: 1. What were the other assets that they considered seizing? 2. Who bought the dog and what was the new owner skeptical… Read more »

Under Trump Administration, CFPB scraps requirements to ensure that borrowers can cover basic expenses before loans

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According to the Guardian, the Trump administration plans to abolish key parts of an Obama-era rule that was aimed at protecting vulnerable borrowers from amassing untenable debts from payday loans. Questions: 1. How high can the interest rate be from some payday lenders? 2. What is the Trump administration argument for scrapping the basic expense… Read more »

What is More Important? Jobs or Happiness?

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A Finnish nationwide experiment with basic income has not increased employment among those participating in the two-year trial, but their general well-being seems to have increased. Questions: 1. How much did randomly selected, unemployed people aged 25-58 get in tax-free income each month? (U.S. dollars) 2. What were most people worried about related to any… Read more »

Resignation of another CEO

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Herbalife’s chief executive has resigned over unspecified comments he made before taking leadership of the Los Angeles supplement maker. Questions: 1. What did his previous remarks relate to? 2. Who is CEO Goudis’ replacement and what is the replacement’s background? 3. Why has Herbalife been in the news since 2015? Source: Pazzanghera, J. (2019). Herbalife… Read more »

A Failed Deal and its Irreversible Consequences

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According to the New Yorker, Wisconsin won’t see Foxconn’s first U.S. manufacturing facility and the prospect of significant prosperity that stirred the hopes of a region still with dreams of clawing back the middle-class factory jobs from the middle of the twentieth century. Questions: 1. How long ago was the deal signed? 2. What were… Read more »

Lying and CEOs – New Analytics

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According to Business Insider, a software company called Amenity Analytics (AA) reviews earnings call transcripts, press releases, company research and more to try and help hedge funds spend less time looking for important nuggets of information and more time trading. Now they have turned their attention toward truth-telling by CEOs. Questions: 1. What type of… Read more »

Changes in some copyrights

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According to the New York Times, this coming year marks the first time in two decades that a large body of copyrighted works will lose their protected status — a shift that will have profound consequences for publishers and literary estates, which stand to lose both money and creative control. Questions: 1. Where can this… Read more »

Oh the times….they are a changin’

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According to the New York Times, these are the less-than-elegant last days of what, in the days when department stores were destinations, was one of New York City’s most elegant: Lord & Taylor, a fortress on Fifth Avenue. Questions: 1. What was the guilt about? 2. Was the article really about the store? 3. What… Read more »