Biggest Ever!

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Cyber Monday proves to be the biggest shopping day ever! Because of this, according to Bloomberg, Cyber Monday may provide a big revenue boom for state and local governments. Questions: 1. What is the reason for the big revenue boom for state and local governments? 2. According to Kroll Bond Rating Agency, how much revenue… Read more »

Sick Leave? How does it hurt business?

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Many people go to work even when they are sick. But should this happen in the restaurant industry? As Chipotle found out outbreaks of norovirus, E. coli and salmonella can devastate business. This article discusses the lack of sick leave in the restaurant business and how food workers are the source of about 70% of… Read more »

Less Chemicals and New Recipes

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This article discusses moves by Campbell soup to make its soups with more natural ingredients rather than chemical flavoring. Questions: 1. What is the most recent trend in soup sales? 2. What type of acquisitions has Campbell made recently to obtain toeholds in new markets? 3. What type of retooling changes have been made to… Read more »

Target hit by credit-card breach

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On December 19, 2013, Target admitted that it was hit by an extensive theft of its customers’ credit-card and debit-card data over the Black Friday weekend. The theft was national in scope and happened in stores, not online. Questions: 1. When and what happened with respect to a card breach at T.J. Maxx and Marshalls… Read more »

Where are the Controls?: Corporate Ethical Breaches Identified by Auditors

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According to a 2011 internal audit, executives at the British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline were warned about critical problems with the way the company conducted research at its drug development center in China. Potential financial risk and regulatory action are likely due to the sales practices that are currently at the center of a bribery and… Read more »

Beer Wars Ahead

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During these recessionary times, “people are drinking less, but they want something that’s good,” said Simon Thillou, a former journalist who in 2006, opened La Cave à Bulles, a specialty shop in the Marais section of Paris. Around the world in 17 countries, people who are tired of tasteless beer have turned to the Brooklyn… Read more »

Kraft Cuts Jobs

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Kraft Foods Inc. will cut 1,600 positions in North America as it prepares to split its business in two. The company announced in August that it would split into two independent companies: a global snacks business and North American grocery business. Kraft said the moves are needed to help the businesses run more effectively. Questions:… Read more »

Hands2Go: Looking at the Numbers

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According to Francine Glick, whose Livingston (N.J.)-based hand sanitizer company, Water Journey, LTD, is on pace to hit $40 M in sales in five years, a network of support is invaluable: “You’re running this race, and it’s not how fast you run or how hard you prepare. It’s all those people cheering you on.” Take… Read more »

More evidence of the wealth divide

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Even with the economy in a funk and many Americans pulling back on spending, the rich are again buying designer clothing, luxury cars and about anything that catches their fancy. Luxury goods stores, which fared much worse than other retailers in the recession, are more than recovering — they are zooming. Many high-end businesses are… Read more »