What’s a San Francisco restaurant without labor? Closed…..

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According to the Guardian, even hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour and requiring health benefits, as San Francisco has done, hasn’t been enough to maintain a healthy heartbeat in the restaurant industry labor market, because the median price for a San Francisco rental is $4,550. Questions: 1. In the article, Gwyneth Borden, executive… Read more »

Free Shipping!

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As Walmart, Target and Amazon launch a price war for merchandise in the weeks before Thanksgiving, they are now wooing customers with the promise of fast, efficient, no-cost shipping. On Monday, Amazon upped the ante by expanding free shipping to all customers through the holidays, with no minimum purchase required. Questions: 1. What do Prime… Read more »

The End is Near

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The fall of Sears has been well documented. But who else is feeling the grip of Amazon on their once thriving retail business and who will be next to declare bankruptcy? Questions: 1. According to the article, what is the toxic combination that will take the eight named retail companies out of the game? 2…. Read more »

Owning Home(s)

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Business owners and landlords tend to be about four times as wealthy as the average American. That’s more than almost any other country included in a new study. Questions: 1. What were the three household groups in the study? 2. Who are the bottom 40 percent in the housing market? 3. Which countries are the… Read more »

A Look at the Price Tag

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According to the Washington Post, with the $750 iPhone XR, arriving in stores on Friday, you have the opportunity to leap ahead to better technology — like a superior camera and more screen — without getting a nosebleed from the price tag. Questions: 1. What is the benefit with the XR battery? 2. What other… Read more »

The Fate of GE Dividends

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General Electric’s 119-year-old dividend is a source of pride inside this once-dependable company. Questions: 1. Why is a dividend cut expected? 2. What is the estimate of how much might be cut? 3. Even with the cut, the dividend is expected to do what to GE’s financials? Source: Egan, M. (2018). GE’s 119-year-old dividend is… Read more »

Food Fight

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To keep Amazon at bay and remain the world’s biggest retailer, Walmart is ramping up its groceries and buying trendy digital brands. The retail giant is also redesigning its stores and building up online assets. Questions: 1. What are signs that the plan is working? 2. What is the proximity of most Americans to a… Read more »

Amazon – Only the Best – Coming in stores near you!

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Amazon’s latest retail concept looks a lot like your online shopping cart brought to life. It’s a physical store that offers only products with high customer ratings, including non-Amazon-branded merchandise. Items must be a top seller, have a four-star rating or above, or be new and trending on Amazon.com. Questions: 1. How many brick-and-mortar bookstores… Read more »

Time to get ready for the Holidays! You can’t start too early!

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While it’s only September, holiday hiring is ramping up! With historically low unemployment rates plus projections of record-breaking holiday sales, retailers, from major chains to small businesses, are being forced to offer higher pay, catchier perks, and other discounts to attract temporary holiday workers. Questions: 1. What are some of the perks that retailers are… Read more »

To Forgive is Divine But Impossible

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A program intended to wipe away the student loans of qualifying public servants has rejected more than 99 percent of those who applied, according to a government audit that found that “fragmented” management and “piecemeal” operating instructions had contributed to the failure to forgive more debt. Questions: 1. What does the Education Department say is… Read more »