July 12, 2024

Consumers across the world have different tastes and preferences when it comes to food. For instance, a dish that people think is mild in one place might be considered extremely spicy in another part of the world. As the global economy pushes products across national and cultural lines, many businesses have come to discover the potential difficulties of selling food to customers in unfamiliar markets. In fact, an instant ramen company in South Korea learned this lesson the hard way Continue reading

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When Apple releases a new iPad, the company tends to spend big on a slick commercial that shows off the device’s new features. Product launches like these can garner lots of attention from both consumers and tech media, which hopefully then turns into sales for Apple. This time around, though, the tech giant’s latest iPad ad started trending on social media for all the wrong reasons. The spot centers on a trash compactor-like machine that crushes an array of creative Continue reading

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The fashion company Zara became a multi-billion dollar force in the industry thanks to its unique ability to churn out stylish clothing at low prices. Of course, critics of the Spanish firm would not likely call its business model “unique”: Zara has long been accused of ripping off its designs from luxury fashion houses. Those days might be in the past, however, as the company looks to reinvent itself as a high-end brand working with some of the world’s top Continue reading

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A few weeks ago, we examined TikTok’s uncanny ability to provide entrepreneurs with major marketing opportunities at the expense of brand control. The potential downsides of the latter became clear last week when President Biden signed a bill into law that could ban the social network in the U.S. Under the provisions of the bill, which passed both the House and Senate with considerable support, TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance has 270 days to sell the app to an American Continue reading

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April 26, 2024

More than one third of Americans cannot afford to pay an unexpected $500 cost out of pocket, so they must often use alternative ways to settle their debts. This video examines the options available to people who need money fast, from overdraft fees that can stack up over time to payday loans that quickly become predatory.

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  1. What are the benefits of maintaining an emergency fund for unexpected costs?
  2. Why are payday loans considered predatory? Do you think government regulators Continue reading
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April 19, 2024

Last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued Apple under the Sherman Antitrust Act, a century-old law that was originally used to break up railroad robber barons. But as the video below explains, the government also invoked the act in its antitrust case against Microsoft, changing the course of the company in the process. Still, the DOJ might not find the same success against Apple, which claims its limited market share and loyal customer base are not evidence of a Continue reading

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April 12, 2024

On the morning of March 26th, the Dali, an enormous container ship, crashed into one of the supporting structures of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed soon after. This tragic incident killed six workers on site and caused at least one major injury, along with an economic impact that spans the globe. The Port of Baltimore must remain closed for a few more weeks while the wreckage is cleared, which will require at least seven container ships and hundreds Continue reading

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April 5, 2024

In 2016, the e-commerce giant Amazon began opening brick and mortar grocery stores called Amazon Fresh. Some of these locations came equipped with a much touted technological feature: “Just Walk Out” checkouts, where customers would simply stroll through the exit without consulting a cashier. The idea was that a customer logged in to their Amazon account before shopping, gathered their items, and then a sophisticated process driven by artificial intelligence would quickly ring up everything. 

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April 3, 2024

Credit card firms provide both consumers and businesses with a convenient way to handle payments that eliminates the need to deal with large amounts of cash all the time. Still, this service doesn’t come for free: not only can customers rack up large amounts of interest on their credit card bills, companies also must pay a fee for every transaction they make. These “swipe fees” can add up quickly. Last year alone, U.S. merchants paid $101 billion in swipe fees Continue reading

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March 22, 2024

The world of plush toys is not typically known as a hotbed of conflict, but that all changed last month when two big names in the industry clashed in court. The legal battle began when the parent companies of Squishmallows sued Build-A-Bear Workshop, alleging that its new “Skoosherz” line looked suspiciously squishy. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, comparing the Squishmallows original products to Build-a-Bear’s copycats speaks volumes,” said Moez Kaba, an attorney representing Squishmallows’ parent companies Kelly Continue reading

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