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9 Skills Every Business Analytics Professional Needs

Business analytics is a growing field and students must know what basic skills are required to be a professional in this field.

Original Article Publication Date: 08/16/2018

Successful Business Communication: It Starts At The Beginning

Business communication does not all of a sudden happen; instead, it has a beginning and an end. Learn how to make the most efficient conversations using an effective beginning.

Facing the Coronavirus Crisis Together Could Lead to Positive Psychological Growth

In times like these with COVID-19, we tend to fear the worst when it comes to the toll these circumstances will take on us. Luckily, research shows that even when we go through stressful and fearful experiences as a society, there's a chance we come out better than before.

Original Article Publication Date: 04/02/2020

From Russia with love? Why the Kremlin’s coronavirus aid to the West is controversial

Russia's efforts to send aid to Italy and the US as outbreaks of COVID-19 continue to worsen have been met with criticism. After sending aid to Italy that included medical personal, ventilators, masks, etc., there was speculation that the aid was designed to nudge Europe to lifts sanctions placed on Russian territory, Crimea. In addition to the speculation, Russia may also be forced to face an angry public if the situation continues to worsen in their own country while sending supplies abroad.

Original Article Publication Date: 04/07/2020

17 Retailers at Risk of Defaulting or Going Bankrupt

As the retail industry continues to struggle with the advent of the internet and pressure from competition intensifies, there are 17 retailers that are especially at risk of disappearing or filing for bankruptcy.

Original Article Publication Date: 03/29/2019

Ford, 3M, GE and the UAW to Build Respirators, Ventilators and Face Shields for Coronavirus Fight

With the coronavirus putting heavy strains on hospitals and causing high demand for medical equipment, Ford, 3M and GE are pivoting production to help meet demands. By partnering with other companies, Ford is using its current materials and capacity to mitigate the impact of the virus.

Original Article Publication Date: 03/24/2020

Which Automakers Can Seriously Challenge Tesla?

Tesla sold more than 3 times more electric vehicles in 2019 than all of its competitors combined which raises the question of who can contest Tesla's grip on the EV market in the US. What makes Tesla so successful? Who are the possible competitors and are they capable of contesting Tesla's lead in the market?

Original Article Publication Date: 02/15/2020

Airlines Increasingly Reliant On ‘Ghost Flights’ During Coronavirus Outbreak

Europe's 'use it or lose it' regulations for airlines has led to an increase of 'ghost flights' meaning planes may not have any passengers onboard at all and if the flight spot isn't used at least 80% of the time then the airline loses the spot to the next airline.

Original Article Publication Date: 03/09/2020

Why Elon Musk And Jack Dorsey Have Big Plans For Africa

Technology companies are seeing the African continent as a massively untapped market with major advancements in infrastructure, education and economies allowing for the tech industry to boom.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/28/2020

Uber needs to buy Lyft to survive

Uber's drive to win global market share at almost any cost has caused them to lose money at an alarming rate. Massive chunks of money have been invested into marketing, and ride and driver subsidization. The problem is that as long as there is competition, Uber will have to continue luring customers with subsidies and low prices. To turn a profit, Uber needs to stop cutting prices to win their customers from the competition and instead, acquire their competition altogether.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/10/2019

China Inc thinks outside the box as coronavirus keeps consumers at home

As as result of the spreading coronavirus, consumers are staying in their homes due to quarantine, travel restrictions and fear of contagious spreading. Not only are food industries suffering, but the demand for consumable goods is increasing. Despite the need for food, people are wary of leaving their homes and communities. To counteract this, companies like Sinopec and Mengdiu Dairy have created alternative ways to deliver consumable goods without any face-to-face contact.

Original Article Publication Date: 03/02/2020

Why Parkrun just signed its first sports sponsor

Feeling that there is too much selective focus on elite athletes, Parkrun has avoided signing sponsorships with sports brand in the past. But now, Parkrun has chosen to sign with American company, Brooks because of their "surprisingly unusual and inclusive approach". Since launching in 2004, Parkrun's motivation has been to attract people of all running abilities. Making running more inclusive is key for both Parkrun and Brooks, and both brands want to spotlight the community approach.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/26/2020

How U.S. Consumers Help Prop Up the World Economy

How is it that the strength of the US consumer has been so constant over the last few decades? Today US consumers are more capable of spending than ever and many say they keep the global economy alive. But is that enough to keep the US economy from another recession while the global economy slows down?

Original Article Publication Date: 02/16/2020

Can Google Stadia Compete With Video Game Consoles?

For decades, video games have been a rising market with leaders like Playstation (Sony) and Xbox (Microsoft) dominating the demand for consoles. But with greater innovations in online gaming and internet speed, will consoles become obsolete with companies like Google who offer console-less video game streaming?

Original Article Publication Date: 01/17/2020

How AutoZone Is Holding Off Amazon... For Now

In a time where Amazon appears to be dominating every market, the autoparts industry seems to be stronger than ever. AutoZone is especially successful in staying not only competitive through its current business model but is strategically advancing its supply chain and operations in new ways.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/22/2020

Why Ford Is Risking Mustang To Take On Tesla

For decades the legacy of the Ford Mustang brand has meant power, speed, and performance but over the last decade or so, sales have dropped for all cars in the segment and Ford is taking a different approach with its cash cow brand: releasing a fully electric, cross-over Mustang.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/18/2019

Why Compassion At Work Can Be Good For Business

Today, organizations have policies for everything. While these policies are mostly for the good of the company, they can tend to take the human touch out of the workplace. Dr Amy Bradley, author of the book The Human Moment, comments on this and shares 8 lessons to bring compassion back into the workplace

Original Article Publication Date: 12/18/2019

A real estate company surprised employees with $10 million in bonuses at a holiday party

A Maryland based real estate company handed out holiday bonuses to 198 employees. The total amount of bonuses equaled around $10 million all based on employee tenure.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/11/2019

Applications to business schools are down - but women are making modest gains

Though business schools are seeing a drop in applications, undergrad and MBA programs are accepting more women than ever before. While business school applications are down 3.1% nationwide, there are at least 19 business schools across the country who are enrolling over 40% women, including Harvard Business School, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Some believe that this trend may help close the gender pay gap and inequities in business.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/11/2019

How a veteran's side hustle morphed into a flourishing coffee business

Luke Schneider first started drinking coffee to stay awake while working long hours and long shifts for the US Navy. Coffee became a necessity and it continued to be after he began working for the Rockford, Illinois Fire Department upon leaving the Navy. That necessity quickly became a hobby and in July 2016, Schneider started his own coffee company, Fire Department Coffee or FDC. Since then, it has expanded to its current capacity of producing 4 million pounds of coffee a year.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/10/2019

TruTag Raises $7.5 million Series C for Tiny, Edible Barcodes That Can Be Placed on Pills, Food and Vaping Systems

TruTag creates edible, microscopic barcodes that can authenticate foods, medications and other products to track them through the logistics and supply chain. Scanning the bar codes allows you to see where the product was manufactured, safe use and other product information.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/17/2019

This Startup is Ditching Plastic Waste By Bringing the Refills to You

Algramo is offering cost savings for everyone from suppliers to the end customer with its refillable bottles for products like liquid detergent and rice. The Chilean start-up says although decreasing waste for the environment's sake is an appeal for many, their main goal is to save the customers and suppliers money. In addition to its thousands of refill stations in Santiago, Algramo partnered with Unilever to deliver refills via electric tricycles and plans to expand into the US.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/14/2019

Automating Humans With AI

Since even the best supervisors can only watch a few employees at a time, companies like Drishti are creating AI surveillance systems that track and time employee movements and gather data. This data is intended to allow managers to understand where employees can improve and then help them do so.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/12/2019

GE Targets $8 Billion Deficit Cut With Pension Freeze for 20,000

Amongst other challenges, General Electric has the highest pension deficit in the US and to combat it they have frozen 20,000 pensions and plan to convert many more to 401(k)'s. Over the last year or so the company has taken measures to close the debt gap but with falling interest rates the company may see another $7B deficit which would offset everything they've done to improve the company's debt. But is it possible that the interest rates aren't a real concern for investors and the company?

Original Article Publication Date: 10/07/2019

The Rise of the Financial Machines

Computers have been involved in the financial process for a long time now but not only are they getting smarter, they're starting to do things on their own. Exchange-traded funds and mutual funds are beginning to be fully run by AI with little human touch. This has many benefits but some are afraid of 'flash crashes', the concentration of wealth, and corporate governance. Major changes in finance tend to create crises before being fully beneficial.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/03/2019

Farmers Offset Tough Times with Side Gigs

With China reducing its imports of US agriculture goods, the farmers of America are struggling to make ends meet. That's why many are starting side gigs to bring in extra money- up to $36,000 extra. This can be the difference between shutting down or making it another season. Some even take on extra jobs off the farm for health insurance. From goat yoga to farm-to-table pizza to corn mazes, farmers in the US are needing to do more and more to bring in extra cash without incurring higher costs.

Original Article Publication Date: 08/09/2019

Adidas: We over-invested in digital advertising

By over-focusing on short-term goals to grow sales, Adidas spent the last four years investing in digital and performance marketing at the expense of brand building. With a focus on efficiency over effectiveness, Adidas spent more time looking at how to reduce costs rather than what was in the best interest of the brand. But with recent econometric models and new long-term marketing strategies, Adidas is now placing more focus on brand activity and its resulting sales.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/17/2019

Female CEO's take more heat for ethical failures than men, APA study reveals

According to studies by the American Psychological Association, female CEO's are judged more harshly than male CEO's when their organizations exhibit ethical failures. Such biases may be disproportionately affecting women's advancement in their companies.

U.S. Consumer Debt is Now Above Levels Hit During the 2008 Financial Crisis

The U.S. national debt has exceeded the $13 trillion at the time of the 2008 financial crisis reaching a total of $14 trillion. Should this concern those of us who believe another recession is possible? Comparing the factors that led to the 2008 crisis, consumer delinquency and defaults on first-mortgage loans are far lower and the economy is in far better shape overall. These are all good to hear but they don't promise complete economic security for the future.

Original Article Publication Date: 06/25/2019

How Fintech Is Reinventing the Installment Loan

Younger consumers or those in the middle- to lower-class are looking to avoid credit card debt and interest rates. This inspired the Fintech company, Affirm, to offer customers the option to split their purchases, both large and small, into payments at checkout with 1,200 merchant partners. Though other Fintech companies are following suit, each company has its own business model including 0-30% interest rates with no late fees or no interest rates with high late fees.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/23/2018

In Sweden, Trash Heats Homes, Powers Buses and Fuels Taxi Fleets

As the world continues to search for better energy sources than fossil fuels, Sweden has spent large amounts of time and resources into burning their trash to provide power, heat, and fuel. Sweden has reduced their waste production and increased their recycling all while burning the trash of other nations at a price. This highly intricate system may have its drawbacks but it's not only saving Sweden money but it's making them money.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/21/2018

Walmart Stores Inc revives yellow smily face in U.S. for low-price marketing

In 2016, Walmart brought back its yellow smiley image to be the face of its low-price marketing after more than ten years of being dormant. The company was aiming to reinforce a price leadership claim that had been chipped away at by increased competition from Amazon and other rivals. As the company tried to increase sales, the smiley once again became one of the companies paramount marketing strategies.

Original Article Publication Date: 06/01/2016

Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Federal Reserve wants to know.

As consumers, we are spending more and more time interacting with the internet, but official economic statistics are not designed to capture the benefits of technological innovations. Since most internet services are free – including search engines, GPS, e-mail and social media – a bigger share of our economy is being missed by GDP. To measure how much the internet is worth to consumers, economists have conducted massive surveys to estimate the monetary value that users place on the tools of modern life.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/11/2019

The NBA faces a no-win situation in China

After Houston Rockets General Manager, Daryl Morey, sent out a controversial and problematic tweet in support of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, China made it clear they would cease all business with the NBA until Morey’s statement is completely repudiated. The Rockets now face an incredibly difficult decision. They can fire Morey and be nationally accused of putting profits ahead of free expression, or they can support him and risk losing the sport's largest growth market.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/08/2019

Barclays repositions to 'break out of the pack'

Barclays, a British multinational investment bank and financial services company, is repositioning its brand to set themselves apart in the financial services sector. It is based on the insight that 12.3 million UK adults have little to no confidence in managing their own money. The strategy will encourage people to have a more positive relationship with their money through marketing campaigns.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/26/2019

US unemployment rate falls to 50-year low of 3.5%

After adding 136,000 jobs to the economy during the month of September, the unemployment rate has dropped to a 50-year low of 3.5%. But while the unemployment rate is dropping, so is the number of manufacturing jobs. Recent weak economic reports, including the decrease in manufacturing jobs, have created worries about the prospects of another recession. But as long as the service sector – health, retail, leisure, etc. – continues to be resilient, the US can avoid another recession.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/04/2019

The Tourism Industry - Nothing to see here

The craving to travel and see the world is growing, but not everyone is happy about it. Locals and natives in almost every country are beginning to restrict or even ban tourism. One of the more common complaints among locals is that the fruits of tourism usually go to larger firms such as hotel groups and not to small entrepreneurs, decreasing the value from increased commercialism in their city.

Original Article Publication Date: 08/13/2016

The Upside-Down Economy: Some Banks Want the Rich to Pay to Deposit Money

Putting your money into the bank may not be as safe as it used to be. Due to the inverted yield curve and negative bond yields, economies in some parts of the world are spurring banks to get creative with the ways they can make money. Banks in Denmark and Switzerland have started charging their wealthier customers interest instead of rewarding them for keeping more than $1.1 million in their bank. Luckily, this is a long way off for the US.

Original Article Publication Date: 08/20/2019

How Nike became No. 1 and how it plans to stay there

For years, Nike has beat out their competition in shoe sales and remained the dominant brand in sports retail. While being the best in the business comes with the threat of potentially losing the top spot, Nike has managed to stay there, with shares rising as much as 15% during 2019 and reached a high of $90 per share this year in April.

Original Article Publication Date: 06/22/2019

Huawei plans extensive layoffs at its U.S. operations

Huawei is planning extensive layoffs in the United States as the Chinese telecom's equipment company grapples with its U.S. blacklisting. U.S. based research and development employs nearly 850 people in labs across the country and hundreds are expected to lose their jobs.

Original Article Publication Date: 07/14/2019

Why One Company Lets Employees Pick Their Own Salaries

Aaron Dignan, founder of organization design and transformation firm, The Ready, discusses how to prevent your firm from sabotaging itself. He says, "The way we organize our companies is a reflection of our assumptions about human nature." When firms are designed under self-managing and self-organizing systems, it allows you to place more confidence in your employees and recognize them as imperfect human beings instead of the unrealistic expectation that they never make mistakes.

Original Article Publication Date: 07/10/2019

MX Technologies snag $100 million to grow financial data business

Financial data tech company, MX Technology launched in 2010, is recently acquired $100 million in funding that will allow them to build its customer base, expand its market and innovate new products. Currently, the majority of MX's customers are banks and financial service businesses, but with the new funding the company is hoping that its products can develop to make financial management as easy as possible for individual users. Keywords: Finance, Banking, Innovation

Original Article Publication Date: 06/25/2019

Red Robin eliminates bus boys as restaurants combat minimum wage hikes

Since minimum wage increases took effect early last year in January, many industries have struggled to keep up with the rising costs of labor. Red Robin, a popular destination on the burger-and-beer chain, decided to eliminate bus boys at 570 restaurant locations, a move that expected to save the company an estimated $8 million over the course of the next year.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/09/2018

Why Canada is a Guinea Pig for Global Markets

Canada is said to be a very sophisticated marketing environment. With its diverse population representing more than 200 languages, Canada composes a wide range of consumer segments and demographic niches in which to test new products or to refine existing ones.

Original Article Publication Date: 05/13/2019

NBA steps up it's global plans to take basketball to new markets

Hoping that Europe will someday become a hotbed of basketball, as China has, the NBA has been hosting single games in London for eight years now. During the most recent season, The Washington Wizards played the New York Knicks with a 101-100 victory in front of a 19,000 sold-out crowd. The league believes there is an entire world who loves basketball and the market is open to grow the league's game destinations to crowds internationally.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/18/2019

Landed Raises $7.5 Million Series A to Help Teachers Buy Homes

More than 200 teachers in California, Colorado and Washington have LANDED housing closer to their schools thanks to this financial-aid start-up. Landed has raised $7.5M in a Series A funding round in hopes to spread its reach to more locations across the country. With the increasing prices of housing and the stagnant salaries of teachers, Landed hopes to help even more teachers make sufficient down-payments on homes while taking a 25% slice of the home's appreciation.

Original Article Publication Date: 04/05/2019

Diversity in the 'Man Cave': Boardrooms Gain Women as Minorities Lag

There has been a long-time pressure on businesses to diversify their companies and eliminate gender biases. Though businesses have begun responding by increasing the number of women they hire and improving the positions they hold in the boardroom, racial and ethnic minorities are still being overlooked and underrepresented. Though women are still underrepresented as well, their gains have still been much more substantial than those of African-Americans and Hispanics.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/12/2019

Treasury Cuts Penalties For Taxpayers Who Got Confused About Withholding

Good news from the IRS seems to be rare but in 2019 the Internal Revenue Service is being more lenient on those taxpayers who got confused by the 2017 republican tax overhaul. Originally, those who paid less than 90% of their taxes were heavily penalized but this year the IRS has lowered it to 80%. Last year, 10-12 million taxpayers underpaid and faced penalties but hope remains for the 2019 tax season.

Original Article Publication Date: 03/25/2019

Telehealth Service Ro Tackling One Stigma at a Time

The telehealth company, Ro, seeks to confront stigmatized health issues one at a time. Starting as a men's health company geared toward addressing erectile dysfunction, the direct-to-consumer health company is now providing kits to help smokers kick the habit and personalized products to women going through menopause. Having received $88M in funding, Ro seeks to connect patients to all the products they need to address their often stigmatized conditions.

Original Article Publication Date: 03/20/2019

Wish is Now the World's Most Downloaded E-Commerce App

With its low-priced Chinese-made products, the mobile app Wish targets the lower-income market and is the third largest e-commerce marketplace. While competitors like Amazon require an annual fee, Wish's success is thanks to its small commission fee for its merchants and low shipping prices. Some issues for Wish include shady merchants, quality-control, and growing tensions between China and the US.

Original Article Publication Date: 03/13/2019

Number of Retail Stores Closing in 2019 Has Passed 4,000

The last couple of years have brought the 'retail apocalypse', which is claiming over 4,000 brick-and-mortar stores across the country. With the bankruptcy and liquidation of companies like Toys R Us, Payless ShoeSource, and Shopko we don't see this pattern slowing down. Yet as Gap announces the closure of 230 stores we also see them parting ways with Old Navy which brought in $8B last year and plans to open more locations.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/22/2019

Ride-Hail Firm Lyft Races to Leave Uber Behind in IPO Chace

2019 is the year of the tech company IPO race and the leader is currently the ride-hail firm, Lyft. Lyft has filed to go public ahead of bigger competitor, Uber, and other tech companies who plan to follow suit later this year. A major reason for the sudden push for IPOs stems from the already declining market possibly getting lower. Uber plans to open up to public investors among $1.07B in losses due to rapid expansion.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/06/2018

Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

Amazon has backed out of its plans to build headquarters in NYC after facing major backlash from its announcement that the deal was contingent upon $3B in government incentives. A few politicians and activists felt there were too many drawbacks to allowing Amazon to build the new HQ in Queens while the governor, NYC mayor, and others felt it was more beneficial to have Amazon bring in the 25,000 promised jobs. Amazon hoped for a HQ city with more community support.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/14/2019

Johnson & Johnson to Buy Auris Health for $3.4 Billion

Johnson & Johnson will acquire robotic surgery firm, Auris Health, for $3.4B supporting J&J's recent strategy of leaving unprofitable markets and acquiring companies that may give them the advantage in other areas. The robotic surgery market is projected to be valued at $12B by 2023 and J&J is trying to get ahead of the game. Coupling the technology of Auris Health with the funds of J&J, the company hopes to improve and simplify the future of surgery.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/13/2019

HR Must Make People Analytics More User-Friendly

Managing HR-related data is critical to any organization’s success. And yet, progress in HR analytics has been glacially slow. To improve this sorry record, organizations should be attuned to factors that can effectively “push” HR measures and analysis to audiences, as well as factors that can effectively lead others to “pull” that data for analysis throughout the organization.

Original Article Publication Date: 07/16/2017

'End of the McBully' - Supermac's Wins Trademark Case Against McDonald's

In a landmark ruling, Ireland's Supermac's has caused McDonald's to lose its "Big Mac" trademark in the entire EU. McDonald's had recently blocked Supermac's from expanding into the UK and Europe saying the names Supermac's and the Big Mac were too similar. This led to Supermac's' managing director to claim 'trademark bullying.' Now that Big Mac is no longer trademarked in the EU, Burger King has been having a lot of McFun with their marketing. Keywords: International Business, Marketing, Competition

Original Article Publication Date: 01/15/2019

Simple Changes to Job Ads Can Help Recruit More Police Officers of Color

For public services to be delivered more effectively, the government workforce needs to diversify. Studies have shown that when public servants more closely match the communities they serve, outcomes improve, either because the public servants themselves act differently or because beneficiaries respond to them differently.

Original Article Publication Date: 04/03/2018

How Netflix Reinvented HR

When Netflix executives wrote a PowerPoint deck about the organization’s talent management strategies, the document went viral—it’s been viewed more than 5 million times on the web. Now one of those executives, the company’s longtime chief talent officer, goes beyond the bullet points to paint a detailed picture of how Netflix attracts, retains, and manages stellar employees.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/01/2014

Capitalizing on Capabilities

By making the most of organizational capabilities—employees’ collective skills and fields of expertise—you can dramatically improve your company’s market value. Although there is no magic list of proficiencies that every organization needs in order to succeed, the authors identify 11 intangible assets that well-managed companies tend to have.

Original Article Publication Date: 06/01/2014

SoftBank's Next Bet: $940M Into Autonomous Delivery Startup Nuro

The most recent SoftBank investment of $940M went to Nuro, the autonomous food delivery service, running their trials in Scottsdale, AZ. Nuro connects the retailer to its customers through last-mile grocery delivery and they are out of the lab and onto the streets. SoftBank also invested $2.25B in GM's AV unit, Cruise, along with others so when AV takes off the venture will be a part of it no matter who it is.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/14/2019

The Stock Market Is Making a Comeback. Was It Something the Fed Said?

During Q4 of 2018, many companies reported revenue loss and yet stock prices for many continued to rise at the start of 2019. It's possible that, although the US economy is still strong, there are a few factors like the trade war with China, the slowing of other large international economies, and the government shutdown that can reverse that stock market. Luckily, the current outlook is positive and this is attributed to the Federal Reserve slowing their constantly increasing interest rates.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/20/2019

Augmented Reality In Business: How AR May Change The Way We Work

Augmented Reality (AR) has become a technological innovation that businesses find extremely helpful. With the number of smartphone and internet users continually rising, AR is being utilized in 5 main ways: retail, industrial applications, design & creative, training, and customer experiences. There are considerations and reasoning for applying AR both internally and externally to help a business grow. Keywords: Marketing, Operations Management, Technical Sales, Technology

Original Article Publication Date: 02/06/2019

Allergan Isn't Looking So Young Compared to New Competitor Evolus

Allergan, the company who created Botox, dropped nearly 4% at the announcement that Evolus is entering the market with their anti-wrinkle product, Jeuveau. Allergan, who owns about 70% of the market, is crying foul play, claiming that a former employee stole their secret formula and brought it to Evolus and they intend on taking the rival company to court. Evolus says that Allergen is making false claims only because they plan to sell Jeuveau at 20-25% less than Botox.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/04/2019

Everything you need to know about the Fourth Industrial Revolution

When telephones were first invented, it took almost 75 years for 100 million people to gain access to one. In 2016, it took less than one month to hook that same amount of people to the gaming app, "Pokémon Go". This is what analysts are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution and it is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. Technologies like artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles are merging with humans' physical lives.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/17/2019

Why Australia hasn't had a recession in 27 years

America's economy is on track to its longest period of growth on record, reaching one decade in July 2019. But that's nothing compared to Australia's 27-year run without a recession. Known as "the Lucky Country", Australia benefits from many different factors that have allowed them to avoid an economic collapse for as long as they have.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/08/2019

On Super Bowl Monday, 17 Million Workers Are Expected to Call In ‘Sick’

The day after the Super Bowl, roughly 17M workers will call in sick due to hangovers or even just a lack of desire. 62% of surveyed managers actually think it's funny but with all humor aside, this absenteeism, coupled with a drop in productivity from those who do show up to work, can create an overall lost of about $4 billion. A large portion of those surveyed believe "Super Sick Monday" should be a national holiday and 72% of HR managers agree.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/01/2019

Uber Partnering with Transit Agencies

Uber is continuing its vision to be a one-stop shop for transportation with the integration of public transit agencies into its app. Starting in Denver, Uber will show customers information and directions in real-time to give them a more seamless experience. This benefits the transit companies as well by improving efficiency and allowing customers to purchase tickets on the Uber app. Uber hopes to create partnerships like these with other U.S. cities soon.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/31/2019

GameStop Drops Most Since 2002 After Failing to Sell Itself

The brick-and-mortar video game retailer, GameStop, has given up the hunt for a buyer after months of struggles to settle on an agreeable price. After announcing this, the company's stock has dropped 26% and the company is still searching for a permanent chief executive officer to save them after the previous CEO stepped down after just a few months. One analyst suggests that GameStop will need to be more aggressive in closing stores and investing in new systems.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/29/2019

Regulatory Demands for Better Data Governance Push Collibra’s Valuation Above $1 Billion

Data management company, Collibra, just received $100M in funding from investors like Google to add products and push sales and marketing. Since the GDPR, companies like Facebook and Google need someone to help ensure they stay within the law when it comes to gathering such data. Now Collibra hopes to couple their data management with the resources offered by Google and its parent company, Alphabet, to further their success.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/29/2019

Humans Wanted: Robots Need You

Despite common belief, a recent report states that automation will actually cause the need to increase, not decrease, headcount for many companies. Around 87% of employers report the need to hire and train more with automation of their business. The main set back? The need to upskill a large majority of workers to keep them relevant and retainable. Read here to see how much this could all cost.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/18/2019

NumberAI Raises $10.5 Million to Add Texting Intelligence to Business Landlines

NumberAI's software, Numa, is making landlines cool again by allowing businesses to automatically text customers back, gather data, and receive recommendations for change. The startup has recently raised $10.5M to grow the product and engineering teams since customers send nearly 55B texts to businesses a year and 89% of customers prefer text to calling or email. The product can automate texts based on FAQs, take orders, and direct incoming leads.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/28/2019

Naspers Takes Full Control of Russian Classifieds Site Avito in $1.16B Deal

South Africa's Naspers has gone from a media company to an international venture capitalist and now it has just purchased Russia-based classifieds site, Avito for $1.16B. Naspers hopes to get in on the high-potential market that recently generated Avito $157.5M in six months and is only expected to grow. The purchase was based off of the high internet and smartphone penetration, the unclaimed 73% of the market, and bright future of classifieds in Europe.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/27/2019

Cost to Train 1.4M Displaced US Workers Could Exceed $34B

There could be an additional 1.4M displaced workers due to the implementation of automation, e-commerce, robotics, and AI. This could all cost nearly $34M to train roughly 77% of public- and 45% of private-sector employees in new, viable, desirable and growing roles. The remaining may not have options to train for similar opportunities. The federal government and private organizations are attempting to fund training opportunities to prepare for such changes.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/25/2019

The Pill Club Raises $51M as VC's Find New Opportunities in Women’s Health

Taking advantage of the telemedicine and direct-to-door markets, The Pill Club is riding that wave as a contraceptive delivery and prescription service. Tapping into a fairly new market, The Pill Club can deliver contraceptives to areas of the US that have little to no access to birth control. All this is catching venture capitalist attention among the controversy of the federal government seeking to limit women's access to birth control.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/22/2019

She’s 35 -- and runs a $3 billion company

Stitch Fix founder, Katrina Lake, never imagines herself as a CEO, especially as a pre-med student at Stanford University. But an interest in economics led her to, within a matter of years, receive a Master's in Entrepreneurship from Harvard Law School, launched her company as a personalized shopping service, and become the youngest women ever to take a company public and one of the wealthiest self-made women in America. In this article, she shares insights about her journey and what it took to start a company.

Original Article Publication Date: 07/31/2018

Detailed Data Show the Value of Land Under Homes Across the Country

An acre of dirt is valued at a higher price than an area of the same size already developed in the area. Yet the demand for that land in one area can be as high as 7,500 times a similar lot in another area. It all boils down to supply and demand and in some areas of the US it is at a major high. The demand is uneven though and areas with already pricey land appreciate faster than others. This leads to the widening of already wide wealth gaps furthering inequality between the rich and poor.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/23/2019

Sears stood still during the retail revolution. Here’s what other brands can do differently.

Major brick-and-mortar stores are closing, and online shopping is not the only reason why. Retailers not only face competition from website sales, but also from their suppliers. Once relying on stores as their primary sales channels, suppliers now bypass the brick-and-mortar and ship their goods directly to their customers. Retailers must evolve constantly to remain relevant and survive in today’s cutthroat retail atmosphere.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/23/2018

Microsoft built a stylus for students as it goes aggressively after education market

For big tech giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft, the classroom has emerged as a battleground and Microsoft is fronting the competition with the latest release of the Microsoft Classroom Pen. Designed specifically for students and compatible with multiple devices, the pen will only be available for purchase in bulk orders and specifically for schools. This release allows Microsoft to take a step ahead of the competition in the education market.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/22/2019

Smoothing the way for women to return to work after decades away

Mother of twenty-two years, Jennifer Fleck was finally able to return to the workforce as an engineer through General Motors career re-entry program or "returnship". Aimed at recruiting more experienced employees, re-entry programs help people who have taken long extended breaks from the work force to raise a family, for health issues, etc. by helping them refresh on skills they already know and catch up with the new market developments and trainings that they have missed during their time away.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/16/2018

Amazon and Nike are charting a course for the store of the future

Retail is changing faster than ever and its going beyond just online shopping. Amazon and Nike have recently debuted store concepts that maximize speed and convenience by combining digital offerings with a physical retail location. The advent of tech-focused physical stores proves that brick-and-mortar retail isn't going anywhere soon.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/07/2018

Riding the RV Revolution, Outdoorsy Fuels Up with $50 Million in Fresh Funding

Outdoorsy, a company that connects customers with rarely-used RVs and other vans big enough to camp in, is quickly gaining traction in the market. After just three years, it has raised a total of $81.5 million and managed 31,000 vehicles. Now plans for international expansion, vacation financing and travel insurance make Outdoorsy an up-and-coming startup.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/15/2019

Walmart partners with MGM to boost video-on-demand service

Walmart is partnering with US movie studio Metro Goldwyn Mayer to boost its video on demand service Vudu. There have been rumors that Walmart was looking to launch a subscription video-streaming service to rival that of Netflix and produce TV shows to attract more customers but according to company sources, Walmart isn't currently planning such a move.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/08/2018

Amazon’s minimum wage hike comes with a catch for some workers

After raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour, Amazon cut stock options and incentive-based bonuses for some employees. Before the change, stock options guaranteed employees a future slice of Amazon’s stock at a time when individual shares are valued at more than $1,950 and warehouse employees received monthly incentive-based bonuses when their facilities hit production goals.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/03/2018

The economy is doing great. But GM, GE and General Mills are getting left behind

The US economy is experiencing one of its longest bull markets in Wall Street history. But three of its storied companies, General Motors, General Mills, and General Electric are stuck in bear markets and being left behind. General Electric and General Motors have both lost up to trillions of dollars in value while General Mills is fighting a head-on battle with a sales slump.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/07/2018

These industries could be Amazon’s next targets

This video explores what Amazon is predicted to look like 5 years from now. As a big company, they are looking for new industries to conquer and are making the shift from a product-based company to a service-based company.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/09/2018

Madagascar has become a business outsourcing hotspot thanks to its super-fast internet

With it's high-speed internet and endless labor force, Madagascar has become one of the leading French-speaking business processing and outsourcing (BOP) locations in Africa. As the digital economy, artificial intelligence, and e-commerce all continue to grow steadily, the demand for affordable, competent bodies has risen with it. By opening Madagascar to a world market, the country is seeing new standards in salary, the hiring of more women, and higher education.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/10/2019

Nike’s Marketing Strikes a Chord Without Hurting Business

Nike is known for its emotional ads. Just recently they shared an ad with Colin Kaepernick, the first NFL player that took a knee during the pledge of allegiance to retaliate police brutality, that says “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything”. The ad has caused some tension, but Nike’s sales have continued to be steady. Keywords: Marketing, Advertisement, Franchise

Original Article Publication Date: 09/25/2018

The top reason people start a side business may not be what you think

Millions of people starts side hustles on top of their 9 to 5 jobs. One insurance company conducted an online survey of over 4,000 adults and 1/4 said they have a side business and 2/3rd's of those reported that finances were the main driver of starting a side hustle and not passion.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/28/2018

Best Buy is cashing in as Americans grow older

Americans are getting older and Best Buy used it as an opportunity by buying GreatCall for $800 million. GreatCall makes cellphones with big buttons and bright screens designed specifically for senior citizens. By buying GreatCall, Best Buy has been able to expand their customer base overnight.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/08/2018

Top 8 Business Stories of 2018

2018 was an interesting year in the Business world. This short video goes over what CNN thinks are the top 8 stories of the year in different companies and what aspects and events qualified them to be considered a top business story of 2018.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/21/2018

Costco’s secret weapon: Food courts and $1.50 hot dogs

Costco has been able to keep it’s $1.50 hot dog and drink combo for over three decades and it is helping them succeed. Hot dogs are emblematic of Costco's broader strategy to distinguish its warehouses. By maintaining a classic look and low prices despite inflation, Costco has managed to distinguish themselves against the likes of Amazon, Walmart, Target and Kroger.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/04/2018

GM is reinventing itself. It’s cutting 15% of its salaried workers and shutting 5 plants in North America

GM has announced that it will be cutting 15% of their salary workforce and closing five plants in North America. GM is doing well overall but sales have fallen in North America and Asian markets. Therefore, it is adapting with the times and making moves now while the company is in good shape so it won’t be in a position to need to make harder decisions in the future. These changes will help the company be more efficient and save $6 billion by 2020.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/26/2018

Is Your CEO On Social Media? If Not, Your Business May Be At Risk

Now, more than ever before, people want transparency in companies. CEOs are in the unique position to speak to their customers about business decisions, behind-the-scenes perspectives and insights on industry trends through social media and answer the consumer demand for transparency. Executives who are willing to speak outside of the boardroom give the company a competitive advantage amongst their consumers.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/17/2018

Arby’s parent company is buying Sonic in a $2.3 billion deal

Largest drive-in chain in the US, Sonic, is being acquired by Inspire Brands for $2.3 billion including debts. Inspire Brands is currently the parent company of chains such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Arby’s, and Rusty Tacos, owning over 8,000 locations across the US. At $43.50 a share, the acquisition will amount to $1.57 billion in cash. Inspire Brands is looking to continue purchasing more brands in the future.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/25/2018

Plants Power New Products In PepsiCo's Accelerator Program

Global company PepsiCo is expanding their Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator program by selecting 10 startup companies from the US and Canada to participate in a competition used to identify the next generation of healthy food innovators and determine which products are most in demand. Each company is given $20,000 for the competition and paired with a mentor from PepsiCo. The winner receives $100,000 and in turn, PepsiCo gains valuable insight into what the next popular products will be.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/11/2018

Amazon Is In The Oil Business And It Proves No Industry Is Amazon Proof

Amazon has entered the oil industry with the release of its Amazon Basics Synthetic Motor Oil and with only 6 months on the market, Amazon's oil brand is already receiving positive reviews from customers. Amazon's entry into the motor oil industry proves there is no industry that Amazon cannot enter.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/14/2018

Jeff Bezos: When you find a business opportunity with these traits, ‘don’t just swipe right, get married’

Jeff Bezos shares 4 traits to look for in a successful company; “Customers love it, it can grow to very large size, it has strong returns on capital, and it is durable in time”.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/14/2018

In Japan, a Scramble for New Workers Disrupts Traditional Hiring

Japanese companies, who until now have had the social tradition of hiring new University students every April at equal pay, are beginning to break from tradition as competition for workers grows in Japan’s shrinking labor pool. Companies are shifting towards a more flexible, merit-based employment system by hiring employees with coveted tech skills months earlier and paying them more than other new recruits. Some believe this new system could upset Japan's long-standing social order.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/26/2018

The Real Reason Female Entrepreneurs Get Less Funding

Dana Kanze focuses on the correlation between gender biases and start-up funding. While women have founded 38% of US companies, they only receive 2% of venture funding. In her research, Kanze discovered a prominent presence of the social psychological theory of regulatory focus that differentiates between two motivational orientations of promotion and prevention during the question and answer section of an entrepreneur’s pitch to investors.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/20/2018

The Power of Lean Data

Nonprofit organizations or social entrepreneurs may have great difficulty in learning more about their customers. Lean data is data that is useful, gathered quickly, and is low cost. Lean data can close the gap between those seeking to do good and their customers. Lean data also provides a way for these organizations to be accountable to their users instead of only their investors.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/29/2018

Apple Inc. Five Forces Analysis (Porter's Model)

Tech Giant Apple has achieved success as one of the most valuable companies in the world. This article analyzes Apple Inc. from the perspective of Porters Five Forces, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses in each, shedding light on what the company does to ensure leadership despite the negative effects of external factors.

Original Article Publication Date: 01/29/2017

Why Michigan Republicans Are Working to Undermine the Minimum Wage Bill They Passed

Republican lawmakers and the Chamber of Commerce don't typically associate with the support of higher minimum wage and mandatory sick pay. But particular citizen-driven bills in Michigan were passed legislatively to keep them off the ballet. Now, during the lame-duck session, lawmakers are easily having them removed.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/04/2018

How This Entrepreneur Bounced Back After Losing a Partnership, Laying Off Her Team and Dealing With $100 Million at Stake

As an entrepreneur, Kate Stillwell hit multiple roadblocks when launching her startup, Jumpstart, which helps speed up insurance payments after a disaster. When only 8 days before their launch their biggest partnership fell through and $100 million was at stake, Stillwell says they'd "fallen off a cliff, but didn't die." In this article, Stillwell elaborates on the details of her comeback and eventual launch of her company.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/06/2018

Benefits and Bonuses Aren't Making Up for Slow Wage Growth

Amidst a recovering economy and record-high profits, paychecks are still slow to increase and the theory is that instead of raising wages, companies are giving out bonuses and adding benefits instead. But other economists instead believe that the additional bonuses are only a result of recent tax cuts and this has created a lot of controversy amongst economists.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/10/2018

How Microsoft Bounced Back

For the first time since 2002, Microsoft was named the world's most valuable publicly traded company. Three days later, Apple reclaimed the title, but Microsoft has not given up the fight for the top spot. Either way, Microsoft has come a long way since a 2007 Silicon Valley blog post stated "Microsoft is dead."

Original Article Publication Date: 12/03/2018

Black Friday online sales hit record setting $6.22 Billion

2018 Black Friday online shopping hit record high with people buying up to $6.22 Billion dollars of items. This was a 23% increase than last year. Stats show that a third of the sales came from people purchasing items from smartphones.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/29/2018

It's a do-or-die Christmas for Sears and Kmart

This Christmas season can be the last for some major retail giants. Sears in particular is having issues with vendors being willing to supply them if they don’t pay cash upfront because then they might not get cash at all. Some creditors want the company to begin shutting down.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/29/2018

Whistleblowers Ultimately Help Their Companies Perform Better, a New Study Shows

Corporate scandals can be very costly to investors and cause the company a web of lawsuits that could have otherwise been avoided. Studies show that employers who blow the whistle, known as whistleblowers, on wrongdoing help their companies become more profitable in the long run. Companies that provide employees with channels through which they can disclose unethical activity even earn a greater return on assets than firms with underdeveloped whistleblowing platforms.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/24/2018

This Small Firm Stopped Accepting Cash and it's Been Great for Business

A small London cafe owner, Ross Brown, stopped accepting cash over a year ago and says that business is better than ever. The decision to go cash-less, for Brown and many other small business owners, has helped make business faster and safer and the UK now ranks as the third most cashless country in the world. This transition toward digital and card payments is forcing many organizations that typically rely on cash to embrace new technology.

Original Article Publication Date: 04/03/2018

Alan Greenspan Says He is Seeing 'The First Signs' of Inflation

Alan Greenspan, American Economist and former chairman at the Federal Reserve, says that our economy is seeing 'the first signs' of inflation. Seeing inflation first in the tightening of the labor markets, Greenspan states "This is the tightest market I've ever seen." In this article, he elaborates on the reasons why.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/14/2018

US Economy Market Adds 250,000 New Jobs In October

Wall Street Analysts had penciled in an estimated 190,000 new jobs for the month of October, but the actual numbers surpassed that by over 30%. Most of the new job gains were in healthcare, manufacturing, construction and transportation. While the unemployment rate stays unchanged at the lowest rate the economy has seen since 1969 (3.7%), the strong employment numbers will give the Federal Reserve the ammunition that it needs to continue raising rates.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/02/2018

Amazon Will Fail

Jeff Bezos predicted to Amazon employees that "one day Amazon will fail." As a large company, government regulation and potential antitrust violations are "big concerns" when looking to the future of the company. It is also critical to maintain a customer focus.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/16/2018

Luxury Brands Buy Supply Chains to Ensure Meeting Demand

Many luxury brand markets, for example, the wine-making industry, are facing an enviable problem: a surfeit of demand for its limited supply. Wineries are facing problems with finding enough high-quality raw materials for production. Companies in luxury brand markets are working to secure the sources of their competitive advantage and buy supply chains using vertical integration as a strategy to ensure that they can meet the surging demand of their consumers.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/18/2018

Ruger, Largest Gun Maker, Might See Profits Hit From Revenue Rule

Ruger, the nation’s largest gun-maker, is set to see a 5% decline in their first quarter profits from adopting the new revenue accounting rules. The company will record $7 million in liabilities in their first quarter from sales promotions and the revenue for their promotional activities will be recorded in a different reporting period. These changes in revenue recognition cause an increase in one quarter report from sales and a decrease in another due to liabilities.

Original Article Publication Date: 04/11/2018

This 40-year-old lost almost $100,000 on his first 3 start-ups

When pursuing success, it's too easy to focus only on the 1 in 10 entrepreneurs who make it big on the first try. But it can be beneficial to look at the other side as well. Bryan Long, one of the 9 in 10 entrepreneurs who don't make it big on the first try, has unsuccessfully launched three different start-ups. But he says that it taught him to turn his traditional view of failure on it's head. In this article he shares the how and why.

Original Article Publication Date: 07/12/2018

Chick-fil-A is trying to get into your home

Chick-fil-A believes that people think about food the same way they think about shopping: why go to a store when you can order online? That is why the company is opening prototype restaurants to exclusively to fulfill delivery and catering orders and they are miles ahead of the competition. With first-mover advantage in an online order/delivery service and really strong brand loyalty, Chick-fil-A is set to change the future of fast food and move from the restaurant, into your living room.

Original Article Publication Date: 08/22/2018

Tech Companies Log Billion-Dollar Boost From Accounting Change

New accounting rules that change the way companies recognize revenue are causing for one-time +$billion boosts for some companies on their quarterly reports. The new accounting rules generally require revenue to be recognized when a product is delivered to a customer and not necessarily when the sale is made.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/22/2018

Google Discloses its (lack of) Diversity

In a rare glimpse behind the tech curtain, Google released its 2014 diversity figures. The numbers weren't good, but they were in line with the few other companies that release such figures. Google is making a concerted effort to be more open and proactive about their diversity issues.

Original Article Publication Date: 05/28/2014

Infosys Unveils 4.0 AI Version For Global Enterprises

Whenever a company has something to do and they don't know the best way to do it they call Infosys, a multinational corporation that provides business consulting, information technology, and outsourcing services. With the new technology boom of machines that "think" like we do, Infosys has recently unveiled their new 4.0 Artificial Intelligence framework for industry, utilities and infrastructure.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/22/2018

ESPN Is Making More Money Than Ever Before Off Of Subscribers Despite Its Dwindling Subscriber Base

When ESPN started losing subscribers in 2011, they began making more money than ever before off of subscription fees and here's why. When they started losing subscribers, instead of lowering the price to try and maintain equilibrium with the demand of subscriptions, they raised their prices by over 50%, becoming the most expensive network on cable. Because the subscription rate grew at a faster rate than the rate of losing subscribers, ESPN started bringing in more revenue than they did before.

Original Article Publication Date: 12/07/2017

Samsung Sees Smart Homes As A 'Gamechanger' For Loyalty

In an effort to maintain customer loyalty, Samsung is looking to introduce new smart home technology called SmartTech that will save time on basic household tasks and allow customers the ability to more closely monitor their homes. SmartTech will be able to perform tasks such as starting a washing machine and turning other outlet appliances on and off. But there are also costumer concerns that Samsung is taking into consideration as they prepare to introduce new smart home technology to their customers.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/12/2018

Disneyland Resort Hotel Workers Approve a New Contract with a $15-An-Hour Minimum Wage

After the members of four unions representing ticket takers, ride operators, cleaners, store employees and truck/bus drivers at Disneyland Resort approved a contract through collective bargaining to raise the minimum wage by January 2019. Members from the parks two largest unions supporting hotel and food service workers were not included in the deal. Angry about the outcome of the original deal, additional workers pushed Disney management until a deal was made that included a $15-an-hour raise for all workers.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/23/2018

How Venezuela's Crisis Developed and Drove Out Millions of People

Venezuela sits on top of the worlds largest oil reserve and up until a few years ago, it has kept Venezuela's economy running and stable. Because of the reliance on the oil production and the giant reserve just below their feet, Venezuelans never really bothered to industrialize in any other way. Since oil prices then plummeted in 2014, Venezuela is now facing mass shortages and a failing economy as hyperinflation is only months away from reaching 1 million percent.

Original Article Publication Date: 08/22/2018

General Mills Adds More Leave For New Moms And Other Parents

General Mills is following the industry trend of adding more paid time off for new parents. Parents will be able to take 12 weeks off with mothers being able to take an additional 6-8 weeks off after having a baby. Companies such as Unilever and Kellogg have already made these changes to their maternity and paternity leaves last year.

Original Article Publication Date: 08/29/2018

How Facebook Lost It's Hiring Edge And Banks Could Benefit

Since the financial crisis in 2008, banks have been steadily losing junior recruits to large companies like Google and Facebook. But recent scandals within social medias top contender have caused Facebook to lose their recruiting advantage of junior talent. Due to "politically-based divisiveness" Facebook is dropping on recent employer branding studies, being passed by large investment banks like Goldman Sachs. But this is good news for investment banks, since they have nowhere to go but up.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/21/2018

The PepsiCo Foundation Commits $1 Million and 350,000 Meals to Support Hurricane Florence Relief

PepsiCo Foundation will be donating $1 Million and 350,000 meals for the Hurricane Florence victims. $500,000 will go to The American Red Cross and another $500,000 to The Salvation Army. PepsiCo Foundation is the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/14/2018

Who Is Really Getting Rich Off Of The World Cup

The World Cup is easily one of the most lucrative events but those who pay for the tournament aren't necessarily those who see its profits. While FIFA rakes in billions in revenue every four years, the countries that host the tournaments pay upward of $10 billion. But hosting the World Cup has it's benefits as well. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the former Prime Minister stated that about $14 billion was added to the country's GDP as well as about 220,000 jobs during preparations alone.

Original Article Publication Date: 06/14/2018

A ‘Million Dollar Listing’ Star Whose Team Sold Over $800 Million of Property Last Year Says He’s Learned People Really Want Two Things From a Boss

Ryan Serhant who is a successful real estate agent in New York shares there are two things people really want from a boss. First they want direction and then they want someone who is just nice. Ryan lives the golden rule of treating others how he would like to be treated.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/08/2018

PepsiCo Buys Soda Stream for 3.2 Billion Dollars

Soft beverages have been on the decline for years. Foreseeing the future trends of people wanting to go healthy, PepsiCo, the snack and beverage giant has made a 3.2$ billion deal to acquire SodaStream, an Israeli company that makes at home sparkling water.

Original Article Publication Date: 08/20/2018

Your Brain is Primed to Reach False Conclusions

A discussion about the cognitive bias that makes us prone to assign a causal relationship to two events simply because they happened one after the other. Key words: cognitive bias, causal illusion, decision making

Original Article Publication Date: 02/17/2015

Engagement Is a Means, Not an End

This article discusses a global B2B sales organization's experiment with removing compliance reports and increasing empowerment. Empowerment boosted sales for only a small group of high performers. It had no positive productivity benefit for the rest.

Original Article Publication Date: 02/22/2016

Why Tesla Has the Most Loyal Customers

Tesla has done an excellent job of creating brand loyalty among its customers. This article references some of the the psychology of brand loyalty and discusses why Tesla Motors boasts some of the most loyal customers since Apple.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/06/2014

CEO Gives Part of His Bonus to Employees

Yang Yuanqing, CEO of Lenovo, distributed $3 million from his bonus among 10,000 junior-level employees. The employees, such as receptionists, production-line workers and assistants, each received an average bonus of 2,000 yuan, which is $314, in the name of their CEO.

Original Article Publication Date: 07/19/2012

As Volkswagen Pushed to Be No. 1, Ambitions Fueled a Scandal

Volkswagen’s unbridled ambition to become the largest automaker in the world is central to one of the great corporate scandals of the age. Volkswagen chose to install software in 11 million diesel cars that cheated on emissions tests. After months of denying the accusations of dishonesty, Volkswagen was finally forced to come clean, with enormous consequences, right after achieving its goal of becoming the number one automaker in the world.

Original Article Publication Date: 09/26/2015

A Family's 'Culture' Type Trumps its Parenting Style

A University of Virginia study found that family parenting cultures fall into four main categories: The Faithful, Engaged Progressives, The Detached, and American Dreamers. This article presents an opportunity to talk about family cultures and how they may impact organizational cultures.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/28/2012

Uber Loses London Operating License

Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said. TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator licence.
London was one of the largest business disruptors in the world and saw tremendous profit in London. Taxi drivers and other public transportation companies were hit and have the largest problem with Uber operating.

  1. With only 5 years operating how should other companies reacted to rideshare programs?
  2. How does culture play into the idea of Uber operating in London? What about other parts of the world?
  3. How should law officials react when drivers are contracted...

    Original Article Publication Date: 10/31/2017

4-Day Workweek Boosted Workers Productivity By 40 Percent, Microsoft Japan Says

After a trial of cutting the workweek to four days while maintaining a five-day paycheck for their employees, Microsoft Japan says they became more efficient in several areas. Most importantly, worker productivity increased by 40%.

Original Article Publication Date: 11/04/2019

Management wisdom from the NBA: sometimes the best move is the one you don't make

Competitive forbearance led the Houston Rockets to be NBA Western Conference finals contenders against the Golden State Warriors in 2018, despite the resulting criticism. But competitive forbearance as a strategic decision applies not only to basketball, but in the world of business as well.

Original Article Publication Date: 05/29/2018

Backcountry.com sues anyone who uses its namesake. Is it bullying or just business?

After securing the trademark for the word "backcountry" in 2007, the e-commerce behemoth Backcountry.com has sent the last several years filing dozens of lawsuits and protests against small businesses that used the word "backcountry" in their name.

Original Article Publication Date: 10/31/2019