Red-bottomed shoes

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Christian Louboutin’s trademark red-bottomed shoes have become iconic. Beyoncé wore a custom pair of boots for her Coachella performance and these shoes can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Questions: 1. Where did Christian Louboutin get the idea for the red soles? 2. According to the article, what combination of factors makes the shoes so… 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 »

Verizon breaking up wireless unit in reorganization

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Verizon Communications Inc.’s new chief executive is restructuring the carrier’s business lines, including its massive wireless business, in one of the first major organizational changes under his leadership. Questions: 1. Who are and will be the new leaders of the reorganized company? 2. When will the changes take place? 3. What is the divider in… Read more »

A Sad Day for Dividend Income Stocks

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Last week signaled a sad turn for the “widows and orphans” stocks — classic income providers that were once bread-and-butter favorites of investors. Questions: 1. Why was it a sad time for “widows and orphans” stocks? 2. What did Anheuser-Busch do that also signaled bad times? 3. Why does dividend income matter? 4. How many… 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 »

The New Twist in Airline Rates

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While the list of things not included with your plane ticket seems to be constantly growing, there is a new twist in ticket rates. As if it isn’t becoming difficult enough, now some airlines have started bidding sites for seat upgrades! Questions: 1. What are the extra fees associated with airline transportation called? 2. What… Read more »

A long-term strategy for electric scooter travel

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According to Axios, Uber is planning a shift in emphasis from cars to electric bicycles and scooters for shorter journeys. Questions: 1. What was the company that Uber acquired? 2. What were Uber’s losses last year? 3. How much did Uber pay for the electric bike-sharing company? 4. What types of risks do you anticipate… Read more »

Bad Way to Encourage People to Use Self-checkout Lines

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This article discusses how many companies are employing aggressive legal tactics and taking advantage of loosely written state laws, to push for restitution even when people have not been convicted of wrongdoing. Questions: 1. How much does shoplifting cost stores each year? 2. What happens in many states to payments made to retailers before court… Read more »