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In China, It's Meet Me at Tmall

Pedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.  |  Operations Management

Go East, young man, go East! There is health in e-tailing.

Southwest Hangs Up Its Low-Cost Jersey

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Business Fundamentals

Just as Southwest has grown - becoming America's fourth largest airline - so have its costs. With fares more in line with larger rivals, Southwest is no longer the industry's low-cost leader.

Haters Gonna Hate

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Finance

In spite of what hoards of critics predicted, the Fed's stimulus has led to a $1 trillion bond rally, lower unemployment, and almost no inflation.

Southwest Hangs Up Its Low-Cost Jersey

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

Southwest has all but lost its position as the cost leader among airlines but has shown no signs of a change in strategy.

Find the Women in This Crowd

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Marketing

Purchases of pay-per-view events for Ultimate Fighting Championship matches have fallen by one third since 2010. The response to this decline is to attract more women to the “human cockfighting” sport with a reputation for domestic violence. The effort will be a challenge.

Cutting Waste--Or Creating Monopolies?

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Business Law

Health-care providers say they need more consolidation to reduce costs, but their charges are rising.

Innovation: USB Business Card

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

All you have to do is wave my business card next to your tablet or laptop to find out all about my business.

Who Do We Under-Compensate?

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Ethics & Responsibility

Is zero a fair wage for NFL cheerleaders?

Netflix Looks to the Old World for New Growth

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

After success in Scandinavia and Britain, Netflix sets its sights on Germany and France.

How to Buy the Best Stolen Credit Cards

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Ethics & Responsibility

Rescator sells stolen credit cards, but it gets rave reviews for its customer service.

This Apple Was Once Headed To Russia: Not Anymore

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

As a result of the conflict in Ukraine, exports of many agricultural products from the EU to Russia have stopped, which is good news for EU consumers, bad news for EU farmers.

Netflix Looks to the Old World for New Growth

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

What plans does Netflix have for expansion in Europe?

This Apple Was Once Headed to Russia. Not Anymore.

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

Russia’s ban on EU fruit and vegetables has hit farmers and triggered fears of deflation.

Get Your Child Into The Ivy of Her Choice! For Only $600,000

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

How much would you pay to help your child gain admission to a top college?

Japan's Shame Index Tries to Spur Profits

Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.  |  Finance

Can a stock index shame companies into focusing on creating value for shareholders?

Using Fishing Nets to Make Carpets Cleaner

James Richardson, Ph.D.  |  Business Strategy

Interface, which has reduced the proportion of unrecycled nylon in its carpet production by almost half, believes sustainability is its best long-term strategy.

Updates Available

Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.  |  Entrepreneurship

U.S. industries have a shot at creating their own “iPhone” by advancing their hardware and software in tandem.

Briefs: No (More) Smoking

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Ethics & Responsibility

CVS Caremark has kicked its tobacco habit, and hopes its customers can too.

Greenhouse Gas Is Groovy

J. Vincent Eagan, JD, Ph.D.  |  Business Law

An oil industry public-relations campaign aims to convince Californians that new carbon rules will lead to high gas prices.

Using Fishing Nets to Make Carpets Cleaner

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.  |  Ethics & Responsibility

Interface's sales are growing as it makes progress toward eliminating waste and meeting other sustainability goals.

Made in Memphis

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.  |  International Business

Rising transportation costs and wage rates in China are causing firms to relocate manufacturing to the Southeast U.S.

Made in Memphis

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE  |  Business Fundamentals

Manufacturing is slowly returning to the U.S. -- and much of the action is in the South.

Made in Memphis

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

How have tax incentives and labor costs affected the location of new manufacturing plants in the South?

Have We Reached Peak Burger?

Douglas L. Wilson, MBA  |  Marketing

Current trends leave the future of legacy burger-and-fries chains in question.

In Brazil, It’s Reading, Writing, and Reelection

Brian Kench, Ph.D.  |  Economics

Unemployment in Brazil has dipped to a low of 5.2 percent, despite the onset of a recession.

Apple's First Responders

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

When Apple unveils its new iPhone, its early field failure analysis team will be ready to quickly diagnose any problems.

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