Dec 10, 12:53 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Arturo Bris 12/10/18 AT 12:23 AM Which company would you say is going to grow faster in the coming years: Apple or Domino’s Pizza? Intuitively, we see Apple as an innovative firm with a forward-looking culture and disruptive ideas, while Domino’s Pizza operates in a traditional sector where growth opportunities are limited. Ask a recent MBA graduate whether she would rather accept a job offer from either company and I bet I can predict the answer with 99% confidence.In the past ten years, Apple’s stock market performance has been outstanding. On an annual basis, the stock has been delivering returns of 32%, so that US$100 invested on November 2008 is worth US$1,640 today. Not bad.But in the past two months Apple shares have lost more than quarter of their value. This is partly due to its own performance, but primarily down to the scrutiny … [Read more...] about Why Apple Is No Longer A Byword For Innovation – Ask The Markets
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After being found in violation of the state's Freedom of Information Act, the city of Fort Smith wants to narrow the legal definition of what this cherished Act considers to be a meeting, something the state's Supreme Court repeatedly has defined since the law was enacted in 1967. The city's attempt comes after Judge Michael Fitzhugh, in a summary judgment, found city board members violated the law by exchanging emails involving city business without giving legally required public notice. City Attorney Jerry Canfield appealed Fitzhugh's decision to the Supreme Court, along with the whopping $172.50 in court fees awarded to the plaintiff Bruce Wade, who was represented by Fort Smith attorney Joey McCutchen (does this bulldog lawyer ever sleep?) Canfield also is asking the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act Task Force, an advisory group to the state Legislature, to consider changing the law in defining what legally constitutes a meeting. Although ambiguous in its language, the city's … [Read more...] about Change the law?
The Virginia Supreme Court has refused the petition for appeal in two cases involving property owners on Smith Mountain Lake fighting Appalachian Power Co. for permission to build docks.The court found March 22 that there was no reversible error in decisions in the Franklin County Circuit Court.The cases involve lakefront property owners Richard Pressl and Bill Nissen. The Virginia Supreme Court's writ panel, which decides if a case is worthy of appeal, heard both cases Feb. 13.Pressl said he and Nissen are making a final appeal to ask the court to hear their cases, but said he thought that would be unlikely.Appalachian Power operates a pumped storage hydroelectric project on Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes under a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Shoreline Management Plan approved as part of that federal permit gives the utility company broad authority to regulate development along the lake, including the building of docks.Appalachian Power filed a … [Read more...] about Virginia Supreme Court refuses to hear Smith Mountain Lake shoreline cases
Sinclair Broadcast Group is not as well-known a name in television as Fox News' News Corp. or CNN's Turner Broadcasting System, but its reach may rival that of a cable juggernaut.The company is the largest owner of local television stations in the country, with 173 stations in 81 broadcast markets that stretch from coast to coast and just about everywhere in between, at a time when local news outpaces national news outlets both in overall viewership and trust. Some 85 percent of Americans trust local news outlets, higher than the 77 percent for family or friends, according to the Pew Research Center.But a video that showcased its anchors reading required scripts that seemed to parrot one of President Donald Trump's favorite themes has drawn renewed scrutiny to what critics see as the media conglomerate's years-long efforts to inject conservative-tinged coverage into local markets.Here are some things you should know about the company and where it operates.What is Sinclair and why have … [Read more...] about What we know about the conservative media giant Sinclair
The typical talk in retail circles lately has centered around tech—how to get the most out of AI, projecting the future of voice and obsessing over how to capture more mobile sales. Even when it comes to brick and mortar, the focus has been on innovations that speed up checkout, tie in the online customer journey and transform dressing rooms. And while much of these same themes were discussed at the recent Shoptalk conference in Las Vegas, it was worth noting how much the presenters wanted to discuss their employees, the value they bring to their operations and the ways in which they support them. It seems the new focus on customer experiences has put people in the spotlight. From panels to keynotes, employees were top of mind. At Ulta, they received top billing right along with its Glam Lab mobile app, which allows for virtual makeup try-ons, and partnerships with Google and Facebook. CEO Mary Dillon expressed the importance of Ulta Beauty’s informed staff during … [Read more...] about Why Employees Trump Tech in the Race for Engaging Customer Experiences