Restaurant chains in pursuit of innovative menu items that will lure in new customers or give loyal eaters a reason to spend a few extra dollars — like Chipotle, which recently unveiled plans to offer a Mexican chocolate shake — have used focus groups, scientific engineering, marketing campaigns, and generous helpings of sugar and salt…
The Trump corporate income tax cuts are the latest in a decades-long trend of tax reductions that have been substantially reversed mainly during times of war. The historical evidence is revealing. When the federal corporate income tax began in 1909, it was about as low as it could be — a rate of only 1…
Amazon employees have joined civil rights groups and investors in protesting the company’s sale of facial recognition technology to law enforcement agencies. Amazon began marketing a facial recognition system, called Rekognition, to law enforcement as a means of identifying people suspected of committing crimes shortly after the tool was introduced in 2016. The system —…
Samit Chevli, 43, is a principal investigator at DuPont, a division of DowDuPont in Wilmington, Del. DowDuPont makes a lot of things: food ingredients, personal care items, and polymers and fibers, to name a few products. What do you work on? I’m in the industrial biosciences division, where we explore ways to bring eco-efficient products,…
Airbus said it had more than 4,000 suppliers in Britain, and parts for its planes and other products crossed the English Channel multiple times. Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, the company said, “will set new boundary conditions cutting through this highly integrated system.” If Britain withdraws without reaching a deal with Brussels, the…
With distressed assets, one investor’s loss can be another’s gain. Robert Lomison has worked in the funeral business for nearly four decades, building his wealth buying mismanaged cemeteries and funeral homes. One of his standout acquisitions was a collection of struggling funeral homes and cemeteries in central Texas. Bruce Deifik saw a different opportunity to…
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To avoid internal friction, however, the group did not allocate individual quotas, according to Suhail Mohamed Faraj al-Mazrouei, the energy minister of the United Arab Emirates, who was presiding over the OPEC meeting. Analysts said that fuzzy math and a lack of quotas for specific countries could lead producers with spare capacity, like Saudi Arabia…
The changing American role in world energy markets is itself a variable. While Mr. Trump is leaning on OPEC to keep gasoline prices down, the United States is on the verge of becoming the world’s largest oil producer, as well as a major exporter of both oil and gas. “I think this rearranges the mental…
The employee, who is in charge of inventory control, told his supervisors that he went to a nearby restaurant to order a bento lunch because he needed a “change of pace.” But, the official said, “ordering lunch should be done during his lunch break, between noon and 1 p.m.” The worker was caught when a…