by Thom Forbes on Jul 16, 7:52 AM
Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company chief Elon Musk appears to have a production problem that has nothing to do with automobiles: Too many tweets - his own, as well as those by critics reacting to a news story that he had donated $38,900 to Protect the House, a Republican PAC.
by Thom Forbes on Jul 13, 7:46 AM
Walmart is shopping for a better deal on its credit-card partnership that is currently with Synchrony Financial but may move - in whole or part - to Capital One as the retailer looks specifically to expand Walmart Pay, its budding mobile payments platform.
by Thom Forbes on Jul 12, 7:54 AM
Fittingly, the Wordsmith "Word of the Day" is "top banana" because Dunkin' Brands Group has a new one. David Hoffmann, who was recruited from McDonald's in October 2016 with the expectation that he would eventually succeed Nigel Travis as CEO, did so yesterday. He will oversee about 12,500 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and 7,900 Baskin-Robbins restaurants worldwide.
by Thom Forbes on Jul 11, 7:43 AM
Pfizer yesterday put a freeze on planned price increases for about three dozen drugs after President Donald Trump finger-wag tweeted Monday that it - and others - "should be ashamed" for "taking advantage of the poor" by raising prices "for no reason." That decision - which followed an ensuing discussion between Trump, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Pfizer CEO Ian Read - in turn earned the New York-based company a slap-on-the-back tweet from the president last evening.
by Thom Forbes on Jul 10, 7:24 AM
Starbucks will eliminate the single-use of more than one-billion plastic straws yearly from its more than 28,000 locations worldwide by 2020, replacing them with a recyclable plastic lid and straws made from compostable plastic or paper.
by Thom Forbes on Jul 9, 7:52 AM
With the financial interests of infant-formula manufacturers as its purported motivation, the U.S. delegation at a meeting of the U.N.-affiliated World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva in May tried to weaken a widely supported resolution calling for governments to support breast-feeding, the New York Times' Andrew Jacobs reports.
by Thom Forbes on Jul 6, 7:58 AM
As tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods took effect at 12:01 a.m., the Chinese government shot back with tit-for-tat 25% duties on 545 U.S. goods, including agricultural staples such as soybeans, corn, pork and poultry. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump threatened to impose even bigger tariffs than the additional tariffs he had threatened already. As the BBC reports
, Trump on Thursday said that the amount of Chinese goods subject to tariffs could rise to more than $500 billion. Quoth he: “You have another 16 [billion dollars] in two weeks, and then, as you know, we have $200 billion …
by Thom Forbes on Jul 5, 7:57 AM
Barnes & Noble fired CEO Demos Parneros Tuesday. The book chain cited "violations of its policies," but said that these do not involve disagreements over financial reporting, policies or practices, or any potential fraud. Three senior executives will share Parneros's duties as B&N's search for a new CEO — its fifth within a decade — is conducted. Parneros will not receive any severance payment and is no longer a member of the board. Leonard Riggio remains executive chairman and “will be involved” with managing the company, according to the release
announcing Parneros's termination. CFO Allen Lindstrom, chief merchandising officer Tim …
by Thom Forbes on Jul 3, 8:42 AM
The defending champion shocked the crowd by wearing nearly all Uniqlo-branded apparel for his Wimbledon match yesterday--except for Nike athletic shoes. Uniqlo doesn't make tennis shoes.
by Thom Forbes on Jul 2, 8:06 AM
"Nestle's insular, complacent and bureaucratic organization is overly complex, lethargic, and misses too many trends," Daniel Loeb of activist hedge fund Third Point, wrote in a letter to Nestle CEO Mark Schneider and the board.
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