Can the Consumer Resist Company Market Power?

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Goolsbee (2018) addresses the convenience factor and why we are too often bumbled into allowing a company the power to monopolize us. Questions: 1. What did researchers Brent Neiman and Joseph Vavra find out about individual purchases grocery and big-box stores? 2. Based on the Neiman and Vavra study, the more specialized the demand, the… Read more »

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 »

A Challenge for the Ages!

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According to Time, Dave Alexander, a local farmer in Ontario, Canada, sent his daughter to buy a cheeseburger and fries on June 7, 2012, and started a fast food experiment to test the urban legend that McDonald’s products don’t rot. Question: 1. Describe his attempt to control the experiment. 2. Why did he decide to… Read more »

The Naming of “Meat Grown in a Lab”

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The name of “meat grown in a lab” has not yet been decided by regulators, but has sparked a war of words between animal rights advocates and cattle ranchers. Questions: 1. What is the problem with calling it “Clean Meat”? 2. What has the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association done to eliminate problems for its producers in… Read more »

Move along now, no data here.

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Mick Mulvaney, the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), told bankers that he is not required to post data on banking institutions that violate the rules or receive significant complaints. Questions: 1. Do you agree with the removal of these types of data from the government websites? Why or why not? 2…. Read more »

A Not-for-Profit Billion Dollar Business

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As the incident of the recent separation of some 2,300 migrant children from their families unfolded, we learned that the nonprofit, Southwest Key Programs, won more than $1 billion in federal contracts since 2015 to run shelters and/or provide other services to immigrant children in federal custody. Questions: 1. About how many contractors operate more… Read more »

Change is coming

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Change is coming for a small but blooming corner of the marijuana industry. Questions: 1. What is CBD? 2. Why will regulation change the industry? 3. What are some of the legal grey area with unregulated products? 4. What was the most interesting part of this article for you? Source: Brodwin, E. (2018). There’s a… Read more »

What could go wrong?

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General Motors and Volvo have partnered with Amazon to deliver packages to car trunks in 37 U.S. cities, as the e-commerce giant seeks new delivery methods for customers who may be wary of leaving packages outside or allowing couriers into their homes. Questions: 1. What are some of the security concerns? 2. This project follows… Read more »

A Toast to Howard Schultz – Coffee That Is!

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Howard Schultz is stepping down as executive chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Starbucks and will be honored with the title of chairman emeritus effective June 26, 2018. Questions: 1. How long has he been CEO and Chairman? 2. Briefly summarize what his tenure has meant for the company? 3. What is… Read more »

You’re never too old for foster care!

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The Veteran’s Administration (VA) has a new program that provides housing and care for veterans for an alternative to nursing home care for those who cannot live safely on their own. Veterans pay their caregivers $1,500 to $3,000 a month, depending on location, saving the government about $10,000 a month in nursing home care. Questions:… Read more »