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Secret Formula

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

Leading apparel retailer Zara rejects the label fast fashion because of the company's focus on design. Yet its designers are driven by sales and consumer data as they deliver fresh styles to stores twice weekly.

Secret Formula

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Inditex's business model for fast fashion allows it to frequently update its inventory and adapt its offerings to different tastes in different countries. Rather than rely on lead designers to try and predict or create fashion trends, the company uses data and a team of designers to continually shift production at its factories. Since a large portion is produced near the Inditex's headquarters in Spain, new designs can move quickly into production and onto store shelves in Europe.

Amazon’s Shifting Tax Story

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Operations Management

Amazon’s tax strategy draws the scrutiny of regulators in the United States and Europe. What is Amazon’s core tech worth? It depends on which taxman asks.

A Spanish Delicacy Grazes in Texas

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

Importing pigs that are considered delicacies in Spain but relatively unknown in the United States can be a bit of a risky proposition. Two men in Texas believe that it is worth investing $3 million of their money to build a specialty market for these cured hams.

Fences of Fear

Derek Abrams  |  Economics

For three decades, Europe has had borderless travel between countries. Due to increased security threats, several countries have installed temporary border checkpoints at some locations. If these border checkpoints become permanent, the European economy would lose billions of euros in GDP growth.

A Pressing Matter: The Olive Oil Trade

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

The olive oil industry is based around the Mediterranean Sea. Tunisia, Spain, and Italy are the world's largest producers. While the United States is far behind in terms of production volume, California producers are taking a much more scientific approach to growing, harvesting, and processing olives.

Greece Gets Something Right!

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Greece trails Spain and Italy in olive oil production, but is poised for a good year in 2015. A drought in Spain has led to a large drop in production, and bad weather, fruit flies, and a disease have all contributed to a decrease in Italian output.

Spain's Creating Plenty of Jobs—Lousy Ones

Derek Abrams  |  Economics

The fact that Spain is creating about 500,000 jobs annually is seemingly good news for Spaniards. But a close look at the quality of those jobs reveals longer-term concerns for the Spanish labor force and policy officials.

McDonald’s Revamp Has Missing Ingredients

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Accounting & Taxation

How has McDonald’s decided to respond to a decline in share price?

Zara Follows Shoppers Into the Bedroom

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Zara Home is helping propel growth at the world's largest retailer.

Argentines Gird For a Financial Storm

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

Companies dust off coping strategies from 2001.

Droid Killer?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.  |  Operations Management

Cheap smartphones running Firefox’s mobile OS are beginning to spread into emerging markets.

Droid Killer?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Information Technology

Will Firefox be the new OS for our smartphones?

An Immodest Proposal

Larry Tunnell, Ph.D., CPA  |  Accounting & Taxation

Is a global wealth tax a realistic eventuality?

Knitting a Supply Chain

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

ZARA's fast-moving supply chain quickly allows it to get new designs to stores worldwide.

The City that Runs on Sensors

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.  |  Information Technology

Can sensors really help us with traffic congestion?

The Euro Zone Loses Its Raison D’Etre

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

Foreign ownership of debt in euro-area countries is dropping.

Spain Plays Chicken with Europe

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

The Spanish unemployment rate rose to 25.8 percent in September, its industrial production has decreased for thirteen months in a row, efforts to close Spain’s budget deficit have not worked, and structurally, Spain is deteriorating, according to “Spain Plays Chicken with Europe” (Bloomberg Businessweek, November 12-18, 2012).

In Spain, a Bailout May Not Be Enough

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

The ECB bond-buying plan does little to right the economy.

If You're Looking to Buy a Crane Real Cheap...

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Business Fundamentals

The economic crisis and housing bust in Spain have created a huge surplus of construction equipment. It's no surprise that prices for the equipment have gone the way of home prices: down significantly with no turnaround in sight.

If You’re Looking to Buy A Crane Real Cheap…

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

Spanish banks stop refinancing loans that kept developers alive.

Europe's Brutal Game of Dominoes

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

Greece is gone. Spain teeters. Look out, Italy?

A Date With Dr. Nein

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Can austerity work in restoring Europe's economy?

Grounds Zero

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Why hasn't Starbucks tried to enter the market that inspired its development?

On Top of the World - And Out $43 Billion

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Business Fundamentals

ArcelorMittal is the world's largest steel company. Heavy debt from acquisitions is forcing the company to cut costs and conserve cash.

The Forgiveness Fix

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Should countries be allowed to erase or default on their debt?

A Spanish Starbucks for Sandwiches

Hope Torkomoo, PhD  |  Accounting & Taxation

Are U.S. consumers ready for 100 Montaditos?

A Spanish Starbucks For Sandwiches

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Spain's 100 Montaditos intends to open 4,000 stores in the USA at a pace far faster than Starbucks' early growth. Analysts are skeptical.

The Long Shadow of Credit Default Swaps

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Business Fundamentals

Sellers of credit swaps are on the hook if a nation defaults. Regulators have reined in risk, but have they gone far enough? Are weak or fragmented clearinghouses making matters worse?

The Long Shadow of Credit Default Swaps

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Sellers of credit swaps are on the hook if a nation defaults. Regulators have reined in risk, but have they gone far enough? Are weak or fragmented clearinghouses making matters worse?

The Long Shadow of Credit Default Swaps

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Sellers of credit swaps are on the hook if a nation defaults. Regulators have reined in risk, but have they gone far enough? Are weak or fragmented clearinghouses making matters worse?

The Debt Crisis Could Shift to Paris

Douglas W. Lyon, Ph.D., CPA  |  Business Fundamentals

France's debt woes are less well known but, over the long run, may be no less severe than those of Greece.

How to Save Greece

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

What will it take to save Greece?

A Downfall's Fallout

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

What does Europe lose in the IMF chief's downfall?

Benetton: A Must-Have Becomes a Has-Been

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

In the battle for inexpensive and trendy clothing, Italy's Benetton is losing global market share to Spain's Inditex and Sweden's H&M.

A Solar Mother Lode for Chile's Mines

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

With abundant sunshine and power-hungry mines, Chile is attracting solar power companies from around the world that want to develop power plants there.

The Economics of Alternative Energy

James J. Stewart, DSc  |  Operations Management

Electricity generated from fossil fuels is starting to lose its price edge over some renewable energy sources. When will it be time for energy producers and consumers to jump on board?

A Gold Rush in Green Technology

James J. Stewart, DSc  |  Operations Management

Some IPOS from clean energy companies are coming, at least as long as their government subsidies last

Global Inflation Is Low—and Falling

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Why it is important not to let deflation take hold.

Greece's Weakness is its Strength

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Will the EU support Greece's bailout?

Greece Rattles the Euro Zone

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Will Greece be the first country in the EU to default?

Spain: Seeking New Worlds to Conquer

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Flush with cash and facing hard times at home, Spanish companies are again looking abroad.

Santander's Grand U.S. Game Plan

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

With its Sovereign Bancorp purchase, Santander takes its strong acquisitions record to the American Market.

Zara Thrives By Breaking All the Rules

Hope Torkomoo, PhD  |  Accounting & Taxation

How the Spanish apparel chain gets new designs into stores in two weeks while keeping costs low.

Bottom-Fishing in Spain

Robert A. Clark, MBA, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Looking ahead a couple of years

Free Papers, Costly Competition

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

These are difficult times in the free (advertising-based) newspaper industry. The industry leader has been Metro International, which has expanded to more than 70 cities worldwide but lost $32.7 million on sales of $314 million in the first nine months of 2007.


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