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After the Walmart Is Gone

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Traditional department store chains and other retailers have long avoided rural populations for larger markets, such as ...

Rich Returns From Poor Women Collecting Debts

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Power companies throughout the world are plagued with losses of revenue from either the illegal theft of electricity or ...

Betting on Ice in the Desert

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The Vegas Golden Knights are about to begin their first season as the latest NHL (and U.S. major league) expansion team. ...

Big Jets Get Squeezed

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Airlines are more sensitive to the cost of operating their fleets of commercial jets. The factors that affect current or ...

Thank You for Calling Equifax. Your Business Is Not Important to Us.

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting companies in the United States, suffered a data breach in the summer of ...

Closing the Books on Barnes & Noble

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Along with other retail chains, bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. is feeling the pressure from Amazon.com Inc. and thei ...

The Fresh Scent of Success

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Corporations around the world sponsor charitable activities and support various causes, both locally and globally. Few c ...

BALLERS

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

High-income and high-profile earners, such as athletes and entertainers, tend to have a relatively short and limited wor ...

The Death and Life of Helicopter Commuting

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

New York Airways once provided a cheap, attractive commuter alternative for getting to and from Manhattan offices and re ...

The Conglomerate That Troubles China

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

From its humble origins, HNA Group Co. has grown into a Chinese company that has investments and operations in several i ...

Tesla’s Model 3 Arrives With a Surprise 310-Mile Range

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Elon Musk’s Tesla unveiled its mass-market Model 3 this week. There has been an enormous demand for the electric v ...

Now It's Revamp, Not Replace

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

One of the campaign promises of President Donald Trump was the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement ...

What New England Can Learn From Old England

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Northern cities in England are starting to see a resurgence of economic activity, in part spurred by the modernizing of ...

Remodeling a Sedan Plant for the SUV Era

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The Toyota Camry has persistently been the number one car sold in the U.S. However, Toyota Motor Corp. has spent over $1 ...

The Asian Jobs Ladder Is Broken

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Countries have developed in the post-World War II era via their ability to shift from agriculture to basic to heavy indu ...

Smiles Aren't Factory-Made

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

While manufacturing is still a large contributor to the overall economy, the U.S. doesn’t rely on manufacturing as ...

Time for Going-Away Gifts?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Agreement on May 31. The action would reverse po ...

How Polarizing Is Ivanka’s Fashion Label? Very

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The perception of Ivanka Trump’s fashion label by consumers who identify themselves by political views is strongly ...

Real Estate Deals Vanish in New York

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Real estate activity — be it for a family home, a shopping center, or a fifty-floor office building — relies ...

Cruises Could Be Big Winners in Cuba

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

With 1950s-era automobiles as a fitting backdrop, U.S. tourists are finding Cuba to be a tourist destination needing an ...

Amazon Won't Know What Hit 'Em!

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Amazon and Wal-Mart aren’t the only retailers in America, but the two dominate the landscape of 21st century retai ...

Will the Trump Bump Go Thunk?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The “Trump Bump” describes the stock markets’ responses to the election of Donald Trump and the expect ...

In Turkey, New Powers Won’t Fix Old Problems

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Turkish society has become acutely polarized during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s 14 years of leadership. Pre ...

Things Go Better With 67 Million Coke Shares

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

College and university endowment funds are intended to be long-term sources for generating income for supporting the ins ...

America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Traditional brick-and-mortar retailers continue to feel the pressure of changing trends in consumer shopping. Store clos ...

The Great Nevada Lithium Rush

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Lithium production worldwide is about to increase dramatically. The current and the forecasted demand for lithium is str ...

Will Bad Beef Taint Brazil's Meat Master?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

As population and incomes grow globally, demand for meats, such as beef and poultry, are increasing. Brazil, which alrea ...

Training Day

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Although many large manufacturing firms have closed factories, there are and will be jobs created in manufacturing over ...

Purple Drank, Corporate Bank

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

While prescription drugs generally provide relief and cure multitudes of illnesses, the abuse of such drugs is a continu ...

Changes On Tap for Japan's Beer Tax

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Japan taxes beer, not by the unit (bottle or can) or by volume (liter), but by the malt content the beer. Malt is a cruc ...

Saudi Arabia's Oil Wealth Is About to Get a Reality Check

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The value of any company is determined by those who are willing to buy the stock of the company. Saudi Aramco, the oil a ...

Should Farmers Fear Trump?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

A potential shift in U.S. trade policy by the Trump administration to tax or even restrict imports into the U.S. may end ...

White House: Cohn-Led Tax Plan Is Real and It’s Phenomenal

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, is now head of the National Economic Council, the office within the execut ...

Ghost Lawyer

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Although Michael Jackson died in 2009, the value of his estate, as well as his personal image, has increased tremendousl ...

This Company Wants to Convert Used Clothing Into Fuel

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Fantasy and science fiction can often fuel imaginations and be the inspiration for providing innovative products and pro ...

Red State Venture Capital

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Venture capital firms are moving from focusing investments on the East and West Coasts to the heartland of America. Whil ...

Are You There God? It's Me the Pillow King

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

MyPillow's Mike Lindell has become yet another entrepreneurial success story by having an idea to build a better pillow. ...

Make All Rent Checks Payable to: Wall Street

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

During the depths of the financial crisis, many homeowners lost their properties due to foreclosures, short sales, or ab ...

Japan’s Big Bet

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Japan has embraced the culture of gambling for decades; however, there currently are no casinos operating in the country ...

Wanted: Forklift Driver

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The prospect that a tight labor market, where there are more jobs available (and unfilled) than there are workers availa ...

Heavenly Tax Reform

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Tax rates on company earnings in the United States are the highest of the most industrialized countries in the world. Wh ...

"Hustlers are entrepreneurs denied opportunity"

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

There are multiple barriers confronting former convicts from being successful in life — many are the same conditio ...

Secret Formula

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Spanish company Zara is a fast-growing, worldwide apparel design and retail business. In a highly competitive market whe ...

Will Boeing Become Collateral Damage?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

A potential trade war with China is looming if the incoming Trump administration acts to impose tariffs on Chinese goods ...

Sony's Bet on Gamers Can't Get Much Better

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Sony has not competed successfully in the global electronics and consumer goods markets over the last decade. Once-prize ...

The NFL Was a Sure Thing for TV Networks. Until Now

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

NFL viewership on its traditional medium, television, has fallen in each of the past two years. The causes for the decli ...

The Toll of Cheap Clothing

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The April 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh was just one of the latest calls for better worker safety and equity in ...

A Saudi About-Face

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The increase in crude oil production over the last few years has led to a sharp decrease in the price of crude oil globa ...

Alakazam!

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

A costume manufacturer, which got its start in a totally different business, is growing its business by focusing on one ...

California’s Recycling Industry Is in the Dumps

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Recycling aluminum, plastic, steel, paper, and other materials is a multibillion-dollar activity in the United States. S ...

How Adidas Got Back in the Game

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Athletic shoe sales have been big business for decades. The attraction toward shoes by consumers was to provide an edge ...

On Tap at Guinness: Strawberry Porter

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

There is a growing rift in the beer industry between the sheer size and market dominance of large-scale producers, &ldqu ...

It's Time to Kill the 9-to-5

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

There is less motivation for employers to strictly impose and adhere to the traditional 9-5 workday. As the U.S. economy ...

U.S. Builders Want More of the Best Land

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Home construction has been steadily increasing over the years since the decline in construction activity before and afte ...

It’s Tough Being a Small Fry at McDonald’s

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

McDonald’s and other fast-food restaurants depend on franchisees for owning and operating most of their restaurant ...

Is the U.S. Missing the TPP Train?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

There are two competing trade agreements for Asian and Pacific Rim countries currently in consideration, the U.S.-led Tr ...

The Pill That Made Northwestern Rich

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

A university’s endowment is built by several sources and is intended to provide current and future students benefi ...

Is Banking Better in Bed?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Central banks attempt to use monetary policy to provide an appropriate level of growth within a country by use of money ...

Why German Industry Is Training Refugees

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The surge of recent immigrants into Germany has had a dramatic effect on the country. The latest wave of immigration ori ...

The Mapping Expert Behind Pokémon Go

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Users of smartphones have long been able to use mapping features to find an address within a city or go from town to tow ...

Nobody Came Out of Brexit Looking Good Except Scotland's Nicola Sturgeon

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The results of the recent Brexit vote by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union brought on economic and politica ...

Why Staples Has Olympic Fever

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Staples, the office supplies retailer, is one of many corporate sponsors for the U.S. Olympic team. Its role with the Ol ...

Stomping Grounds

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Under Armour, the sports apparel and shoe manufacturer, owes its existence to technology. From shirts that use perspirat ...

Swimmin' in Batteries

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Tesla has planned production of approximately one half million of its electric cars by 2018. This production is tied to ...

Warren Buffett’s Dicey Power Play

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

NV Energy, which is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate holding company, is threatened with the immediate loss ...

Searsly?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Sears, Roebuck & Co. was in the forefront of nationwide retailing and pioneered many retail trends, including the mo ...

Le Cost Killer

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Mitsubishi has seen the value of its stock fall in in the first half of 2016 by far more than the decline in revenue it ...

High Hopes for Satellites

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The access to the Internet is not restricted to built-up urban areas, buildings with Ethernet cables and Wi-Fi hotspots. ...

How the Most Boring CEO in the Business Lucked Into the Best Position*

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The Permian Basin in west Texas has been a center for oil exploration and drilling for decades. Although it has led the ...

The Real Superhero

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Walt Disney is a leading entertainment company that has built much of its current film business by acquisitions of other ...

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Debt Downgrades

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Professional sports are a multi-billion dollar industry. Major league and minor league teams in the various professional ...

What Happened to Those Amber Waves?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

U.S. exports of many products are determined by several factors—the strength of the dollar, which impacts the abil ...

Sharing Everything But the Wealth

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Services provided by firms in the sharing economy are growing in popularity globally. These businesses include well-know ...

The U.S. Is a Big Oil Importer Again

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The amount of oil produced in the United States, from sources such as shale and fracking, has increased sufficiently tha ...

At Work and Out of the Closet in the Heartland

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Hormel is one of many companies that is seeking to improve its workforce diversification by extending rights and benefit ...

Inside the Billion-Dollar Dig to America’s Biggest Copper Deposit

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The Resolution Copper Mine, an extension of an existing copper mine, is in development in Arizona. When it's finished in ...

The Incredible Rise and Final Hours of Fracking King Aubrey McClendon

Larry Walther, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, Business Fundamentals

On March 1, CEO of Chesapeake Energy Aubrey  McClendon was indicted for bid-rigging on oil and gas leases. The ...

Where Retirement Isn't Job One

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

A greater percentage of older Americans continue working now than they did in the past. Brooks Brothers, an apparel manu ...

Keeping (Legal) Dollars Moving in Mexico

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Mexican businesses accept the U.S. dollar for many transactions. When paying their own bills, these businesses need to e ...

China Tries to Tackle Its Commodities Crisis

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

In an attempt to maintain the economy during the 2009 global financial crisis, the Chinese government made credit availa ...

Banks Are Ceding Ground to Apple Pay

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The use of digital services that allow consumers to purchase goods and services from businesses got its start in the lat ...

The Loonie Is Driving NHL Players Crazy

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The decline of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar has affected the projected revenues of the National Hocke ...

You Know What They Say, Doc . . . Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Wealth therapy, providing psychological therapy for the rich and their feelings about being wealthy, is a growing field ...

No Cheers When Wal-Mart Packs Up

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Wal-Mart isn’t closing a few of its underperforming retail stores, it’s closing a whole division of tho ...

A Pressing Matter: The Olive Oil Trade

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

The overwhelming majority of olives are grown in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Traditional olive oil harves ...

The 158 Billion Barrel Woman: Can Elham Hassanzadeh get the oil flowing in Iran?

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Iran is seeking access to Western technology and investment in its oil and natural gas industry. However, the inflows of ...

Small Coffee Goes Venti

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Although small, independent craft roasters operate few stores relative to national and international coffee retailers, s ...

I'll Show You Climate Change! Senator Mitch McConnell and The Coal Industry's Last Stand

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Coal has been a fuel for generating heat and electricity for hundreds of years. Its continued use has been jeopardized b ...

‘Hey, Pops, My Student Loans Are Due’

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

A fast-growing segment of the overall educational loan market is the debt held by those aged 60 and above. The debt they ...

Building an Arsenal of Smartwatch Smarts

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Swatch, the Swiss watchmaker, is working on smartwatch technologies and filing for patent protection on numerous ideas t ...

Dow Chemical is Turning Sewage Into a Refreshing Drink

Thomas Coe, Business Fundamentals

Dow Chemical manufactures the polymer membrane that is an important element in the seven-step treatment process that con ...

Taking the Fun Out of Chocolate

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

The sales of heart-health supplements have grown twice as fast as those of dark chocolate. Flavanol extracts, a cocoa ex ...

Want a Loan? Let’s See Your Cell Phone

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

According to World Bank data on achieving universal financial access, 2 billion people lack access to a transaction acco ...

More Women Punch The B-School Ticket

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Women now comprise 40 percent or more of MBA students at Harvard, Wharton, Yale, Northwestern’s Kellogg, Tuck ...

Microsoft Wants to be Loved

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Microsoft says its Office apps for iOS and Android have been downloaded more than 200 million times since the first ...

Apple’s Deep Learning Curve

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

At the upcoming Neural Information Processing Systems conference, Chinese search giant Baidu and Facebook, along with Go ...

No-Retirement-Plan Starter Pack

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Almost half of U.S. workers didn’t have a company-sponsored retirement plan in 2013, compared with 39 percent in 1 ...

Dell Revives a Relic in Its Purchase of EMC

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

About a quarter of Dell Inc.’s $67 billion valuation for EMC Corp., a data storage company, hinges on a type of se ...

Retirement Savings Tips From TIAA-CREF’s Roger Ferguson

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

The average social security benefit (about $1,290 a month) is only enough to cover medical costs, which are rising, espe ...

Indian Casino Bets Pay Off for Och-Ziff

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Och-Ziff, the $46 billion hedge-fund firm run by ex-Goldman Sachs Group Inc. trader Dan Och, is putting its real estate ...

Box Tries a Little Repackaging

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Box is targeting data-heavy companies in industries such as banking and healthcare that place a high priority on complia ...

Oof!

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Yahoo unveiled the plan to spin off its 384 million Alibaba shares in January after activist hedge fund Starboard V ...

Eros Would Love to Become India’s Netflix

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Even with only 19 percent of people hooked up to the Web, India has almost as many Internet users as the U.S., and their ...

Those Inflation Targets Keep Getting Harder to Hit

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

With growth and trade down in much of the world, inflation is lower than central bankers want it to be across the bigges ...

A Love That Will Last Forever: A Diamond Made In 10 Weeks

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

While man-made gems make up just a fraction of the $80 billion global diamond market, demand is increasing as buyers loo ...

Insurance For the Agent-Averse

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

A 2014 Gallup poll found that millennials, born between 1980 and 2000, are more than twice as likely as other gener ...

How Google Lost Europe

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Google has a commanding 90 percent share of the search market in most European countries versus 76 percent in the U ...

When Cars Don’t Have Drivers, Who Needs Insurance?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Although auto insurance has long been a lucrative business and collected about $195 billion in premiums in 2014 from U.S ...

Stores Try Fixed Prices That Aren’t So Fixed

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

In the U.S., pressure to compete with online marketplaces that have more frequent price changes is forcing retailers to ...

Will Stream 4 Cash

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Adi Sideman, the CEO of YouNow, says advertising gets in the way of building community online. The revenue split among&n ...

A Different Kind of Ride-Sharing

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

About 3 million people use Paris startup BlaBlaCar monthly to arrange trips as a carpooling service, and the compan ...

Nestle Tries a Different Recipe for Lean Cuisine

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Nestle has split Lean Cuisine into four new product lines because the brand has not performed well recently. Some believ ...

How Are Apps Made?

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

The greatest commercial insight of the technology industry is that, if you control a computing environment, you can move ...

Help Wanted: Black Belts in Data

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

A study by McKinsey projects that “by 2018, the U.S. alone may face a 50 percent to 60 percent gap betwe ...

The App Store That Won’t Make You Rich

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Developers set their own prices and keep 70 percent of the revenue, but that may not be enough to sustain independe ...

This Time, It’s HR Getting Fired

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Zenefits handles some of human resources’ main tasks: Insurance and 401(k) signups. As Zenefits expands its busine ...

Verizon's AOL Deal Isn't About the News

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

With AOL's advertising technology, Verizon, which has 100 million mobile clients, is seeking to compete with the likes o ...

The New Anti-College

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Coding boot camps tailor programs to industry needs and offer a vocational training and curriculum that is more accessib ...

George Soros’s Tax Bill

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Deferring taxes is particularly valuable to hedge fund managers because most of their profits typically come from s ...

Paying by the Second, Instead of the Click

Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

From a business fundamentals perspective, for years companies such as Facebook made changes to their websites and apps b ...

Power Loss in Japan

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe is eager to see all of the country's nuclear reactors brought back into operation, but ...

Southwest Hangs Up Its Low-Cost Jersey

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

As the famously informal carrier that started from a business plan scribbled on the back of a cocktail napkin, Southwest ...

Made in Memphis

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Electrolux, the Swedish home-appliance maker, recently abandoned a plant outside Montreal to move where it could operate ...

Alaska Lures Back Big Oil With Big Tax Breaks

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Oil boom times have kept Alaska financially flush for decades. However, oil production has been declining in Alaska sinc ...

Student Debt

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Student debt is steadily increasing, and it is not always twenty somethings taking on the debt. More than 2 million ...

Property Prices Are Up, Even Underground

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Every week about 1,000 New Yorkers die. Manhattan is running out of room to bury them, and that's pushing the ...

Who's Got the Best Retirement Plan?

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Created by federal legislation in 1978 as a supplement to traditional pensions, 401(k)s have supplanted pensions as corp ...

The Highway Trust Fund to Hell

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

As Americans drive fewer miles in more efficient vehicles, the U.S. Highway Trust Fund has a permanent budget deficit. W ...

Another World Cup Surprise: TV Ratings

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA, Business Fundamentals

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been a record-setting success on television in the United States. The match betwee ...

Why Mexico Is Speeding Past Brazil in Cars

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Mexico is now poised to overtake Brazil as the top Latin American automobile producer. The diverging fortunes of Mexican ...

Boeing Has a Belly Full of Trouble

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Boeing's sales of cargo versions of its planes have stalled, and its booming passenger plane business may be a big facto ...

Rising Oil Prices Loom Over the Recovery

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The idea that rising oil prices pose a threat to global economic recovery is not new. Spikes in crude oil prices have fo ...

Droid Killer?

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D. , Business Fundamentals

Most smartphones in emerging markets run off Android, but Mozilla's Firefox is moving into these markets with its own op ...

When's That Train Coming? It's a Secret.

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

U.S. federal law now requires railroad operators to give state emergency responders basic information about trains hauli ...

Will World Cup Sponsors Get Kicked, Too?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA, Business Fundamentals

Brazil’s 2014 World Cup sponsors could be questioning their investment. Coke, Hyundai Motor, Sony, and Anheuser-Bu ...

Opening the Door to More College Debt

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The government wants to make it easier for parents with flawed credit to take out loans to pay for their children's coll ...

Taco Bell’s Secret Recipe for New Products

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA, Business Fundamentals

Taco Bell engineers introduce a constant rotation of new products to keep consumers coming back. The “Waffle Taco& ...

The Rich Man's Nightmare

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

French economist Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has ignited an ideological fervor in ...

Modesty is the New Abercrombie

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA, Business Fundamentals

Teens spend $30 billion a year in the U.S. and they love to shop. However, shopping patterns for this demographic are ch ...

Streams of Tears

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Spotify is the first company to make streaming so easy that downloads quake in its presence. Competition was inevitable, ...

The War on English

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

One of the greatest fears of Chinese officials these days is that their country's language and culture is being threaten ...

Americans' New Piggy Bank: The 401(k)

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

For decades, as real estate values rose, Americans tapped their homes when they needed cash by refinancing their mortgag ...

Shootout: Can Nike Beat Adidas at Soccer?

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D., Business Fundamentals

Between them, Nike and Adidas hold about 70 percent of the market for gear for the sport Americans call soccer, but most ...

Why Oil Prices Haven't Gone Crazy

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Political chaos and violence around the world are keeping some 3.5 million barrels of oil production off the market. At ...

Why Medicare Keeps Paying Sketchy Docs

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Doctors whose medical licenses have been suspended don't necessarily have their privileges revoked by Medicare. It's not ...

China's Pollution Police Are Watching

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Air pollution in China is a national crisis, but long-term solutions are complex and expensive. In many cities like Hang ...

The Law of Gravity Isn't Working for This Generic

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

In a process specified by U.S. patent law, India's Ranbaxy Laboratories won the exclusive right to copy Diovan for the f ...

Why U.S. Retailers are Still Vulnerable

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The U.S. continues to lag behind Europe and Asia in updating systems to comply with a chip-based smart card standard kno ...

Russia's Growth Was Already Slowing—Then Came Crimea

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Sanctions haven't had a significant economic impact on Russia yet, but the cooling of ties with the United States and Eu ...

Keeping the Mystery Out of China's Meat

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

China's food safety standards are comparable with those in developed countries, but the 500,000 or so food production an ...

In the Diaper Wars, Every Pee Point Counts

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Most consumers don't think of disposable diapers as a high-tech product with significant ongoing R&D, but Procter &a ...

India's Diesel Cars Are Proving Lethal

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Nearly half of the new vehicles being sold in India today are powered by diesel fuel, up from about a third of new car s ...

Born-in-the-USA Luxury Gains in China

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Since assuming the presidency of China last year, Xi Jiping has come down hard on corruption in government. One feature ...

Your Wilting Retirement

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

With the trend in the United States away from defined benefit retirement plans, even the defined contribution plans are ...

Asia's Budget Airline Invasion

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways is facing a significant challenge to hold onto market share in Asia. With incomes ...

Land of the Falling Wage

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

As strange as it sounds, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is trying to stimulate Japan's economy by stoking inflation. Hi ...

Japan Tries to Alter the Market's DNA

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Unlike their U.S. and European counterparts, Japanese CEOs have tended to give as much attention to the needs of employe ...

Factory Jobs Are Gone. Get Over It

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Since the middle of the twentieth century, the percent of U.S. GDP accounted for by manufacturing jobs and the actu ...

The Next Big Threat to the U.S. Economy?

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The share of 25-year-old Americans with student debt increased to 43 percent in 2012 from 25 percent in 2003, while the ...

Can Target Find Its Place in The Big City

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

For the first time in decades, cities are growing faster than suburbs and exurbs. These cities are generally filled with ...

The Baby Boomer In the Basement

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

For the last three decades, U.S. companies have been shifting from defined benefit retirement plans to defined contribut ...

Chinese Students Major in Luxury Cars

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The number of Chinese students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities has more than tripled over the last decade. Be ...

States Roll the Dice on Highway Traffic

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Road construction and maintenance have long been paid for with fuel taxes. As road funding diminished and lawmakers obje ...

Airbus May Need a Plaid Jacket

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

In the twenty years since Airbus introduced the A340, soaring oil prices have brought about significant change. Aircraft ...

Mexico's Surprising Engineering Strength

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Mexico has long been a source of low cost labor for simple assembly manufacturing. With the number of students enrolled ...

Trying to Build the Next Amazon—in Nigeria

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Nigeria's oil-fueled economy is expected to grow more than 6 percent this year. Online retailer Jumia wants to take adva ...

The Long Wait for Rising Rates

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Banks and their depositors have been dealing with rock-bottom interest rates since 2008. As a result of those low rates, ...

Rebuilding Lego for Today's Kids

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Lego continues to broaden its product range to stay relevant in the Internet age. The trick is to add fresh products wit ...

Chinese Rage at the Pension System

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Although there are similarities between China's pension system crisis and our issues with the U.S. social security syste ...

A Keystone Pipeline That's Ready to Roll

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

TransCanada first announced the Keystone XL in 2008. The pipeline will eventually move heavy crude from the oil sands of ...

Rural Banks Know Something Big Banks Don't

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The banking industry has done significant consolidation over the past three decades. The number of banks in the United S ...

Runs Out Fast

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The shale oil boom of the last few years signaled to many that the United was on an easy path to energy independence. Wi ...

Fighting the Health-Care Law’s 30-Hour Rule

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires companies with more than 50 full-time staff to offer health insurance to tho ...

Flipping Burgers In the Golden Years

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The vast majority of Americans over 55 have done far too little to prepare financially for their golden years. Many who ...

China Turns the Screws on Multinationals

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

China has long looked at foreign companies as a source of capital, technology, and managerial know-how as it tries to es ...

Robosigning's Erin Brockovich

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

After peaking around 2006, housing prices in the United States tumbled dramatically. Coupled with high unemployment, ext ...

A Culture Clash in the Yogurt Aisle

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The world's largest yogurt maker took its eye off the ball long enough to let upstart Chobani grab first place in the U. ...

The Boomer Car Boom

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

For generations, car purchases have declined for customers entering their golden years. Now, baby boomers are changing t ...

Where Lawyers Never Go Hungry

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Over the last year and a half, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of suits filed alleging false claims on ...

What If Fast-Food Jobs Really Paid $15 an Hour?

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Even with low pay and a poor reputation, the fast food industry still employs some 3.9 million Americans. In late July, ...

This Great Wall is Built on SUVs

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

For years China has been unable to achieve its objective of establishing a globally competitive Chinese automobile brand ...

Clipper Ships Return to the High Seas

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Sail hasn't dominated freight by sea since the mid-1800s, but tighter environmental regulations are raising the possibil ...

The Agony of the American Rancher

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

American cattle ranchers are suffering through a third year of drought, wildfire, and rising costs. The vast majority of ...

H&M’s New Love For Old Clothes

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Hennes & Mauritz, Europe's No. 2 fashion apparel chain, suffered a serious public-relations black eye in 2010 when s ...

Why Honda’s Unloading Electric Cars for a Song

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

So far ten states have decided not to rely totally on federal CAFE standards set for 2025. These ten states have set sal ...

Dunkin' Hopes You Stop And Smell the Coffee

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Even though Dunkin' Donuts is the largest doughnut chain in the United States, it seems America only runs on Dunkin' in ...

The Post Office’s Back to the Future Rescue Plan

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The USPS operates 31,272 post offices across the country, but only about 6,000 generate enough business to cover costs. ...

The Doctor Will See You Now. And Now. And Now.

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

With U.S. companies investing around $2 billion annually in wellness programs, there's precious little evidence that the ...

The Perils of Price-Matching

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

With rollout of "simplified" ad-matching in 2011, Walmart seems committed to its price-match strategy. The intention was ...

What’s Hot Right Now? Drywall

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

As the U.S. housing industry recovers from its worst downturn since the 1930s, builders are coping with increased costs ...

In Some Chinese Cities, the Tags Cost More Than the Car

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

In the world's largest car market, Chinese brands are struggling to get a significant share of their own market. Not one ...

Alabama Opens Its Wallet to Woo Airbus

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Even though Airbus competes closely with Boeing elsewhere in the world, the French-based company has fewer than 30 perce ...

The World's Cheapest Car Runs Out of Gas

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Tata Motors' Nano was conceived a decade ago as the "people's car" for India. The idea was to give families a cheap way ...

Why Your Student Loan Rate Is So High

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

With interest rates holding steady at record lows, most borrowers have a hard time understanding why the rates on their ...

Why Abundant Oil Hasn't Cut Gasoline Prices

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

U.S. production of crude oil continues to rise at the same time our consumption is falling, but that isn't resulting in ...

Toyota’s Awesome Yen Advantage

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Toyota is poised to record a five-year profit high of 860 billion yen. The unfortunate thing for U.S. automakers is that ...

Payroll Tax Hike? What Payroll Tax Hike?

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

As the temporary reduction in Social Security payroll tax ends and federal spending cuts begin to phase in, many believe ...

Europe’s Carmakers Are Fighting to Shrink

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

With auto sales in Europe headed for a sixth straight annual drop, manufacturers are attempting to cut jobs and capacity ...

China's Legions of 'Housing Slaves'

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The Chinese government began allowing residents of state-owned housing developments to purchase their dwellings in 1998. ...

PepsiCo Prepares For a Snack War in Russia

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Last year, PepsiCo's $4.2 billion acquisition of Wimm-Bill-Dann made it the largest food and beverage maker in Russia. H ...

Will Carnival Party On?

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The world's largest cruise operator continues to have its share of problems at sea. The February 10 fire on Carnival's T ...

At Walmart, the Doctor Is Out

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Five years ago Walmart outlined bold plans for in-store medical clinics in 2,000 of their U.S. locations by mid-2012. No ...

Enjoy Those Chocolate Hearts While You Can

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

With more than $1 billion spent on chocolate and candy on Valentine's Day, most people don't realize that most of that c ...

The World’s First Indoor Hailstorm

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Insurance companies don't have good historical data on severe thunderstorms, and losses from severe storms cost them a r ...

One Way to Fix Broken Roads: Stop Taxing Gas

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Even as tax reform has stalled in Washington, D.C., there is a lot of activity at the state level. Gasoline taxes are a ...

China's Unsafe Water Is Nestlé's Opportunity

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

With an estimated seventy percent of China's lakes and rivers considered polluted, Nestle is well positioned to take adv ...

Frackonomics Rattles The Global Oil Industry

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

By 2014, the United States will be importing only about one third of its consumption of oil. That dramatic decrease from ...

The Chevy Volt Gets a Second Life as a Cadillac

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

When GM decided to produce the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, there was debate as to whether it would be introduced as a Che ...

Does Green Shipping Cost Too Much Green?

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The world's largest container shipping company is finding out that not all shippers are inclined to follow a good enviro ...

In the Home of Luxe Cars, Cheap Is Now Chic

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

The evidence of a fundamental change in decision criteria for automobile purchases in western Europe is clear. While ove ...

Xi Jinping Acts Like He Runs the Place

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Three months ahead of assuming China's presidency, Xi Jinping is sending strong signals that he will be serious about re ...

Lincoln Wants to Torch the Airport Limo

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Ford’s luxury brand is suffering from an image problem. Over the past decade, Lincolns have become the airport lim ...

The March of Robots Into Chinese Factories

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

For years China's billion-plus population has attracted jobs with its ample supply of cheap labor. China is no ...

The High Price of Nickel-and-Diming Doctors

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

As the number of aging baby boomers (the portion of the United States population that is over 65) continue to swell, kee ...

Aging Boomers are Undermining the Fed

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Conventional wisdom says that record-low interest rates should stimulate purchases of houses, cars, and other pricey ite ...

Japan's Pain is Wal-Mart's Gain

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Many global discount retailers continue to try to get a foothold in Japan. The picky and brand-conscious nature of Japan ...

Volunteerism as a Core Competency

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

Many companies are increasing their emphasis on community service programs, and IBM is a leader in these efforts. With v ...

Medicare and Medicaid Must Be Cut. Period.

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE, Business Fundamentals

In terms of dealing with huge entitlement programs, we have so far simply postponed our date with reality. Spending for ...

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