Friday, November 11, 2011

Starbucks to Start Juicin'

Starbucks has acquired a juice business that they plan to use to open up a new chain of health and wellness stores using juice as their keynote. The business they bought, Evolution Fresh Inc., was bought for $30 million. This one time fixed cost is the price they have to pay in hopes of beating out competition like McDonald's and such. This is because the demand for healthier food is so much higher that Starbucks is trying to take advantage. This is smart seeing as how not only is America demanding healthier foods but also the fact that Evolution squeezes real fruit and vegetables for their juices. Starbucks saw this as an advantage on the competition. These healthier juices will create incentives for people to return back to Starbucks stores because despite the fact that Starbucks hasn't released how many stores will open, Starbucks plans on not only opening independent stores but also carrying products at the local Starbucks's to increase marketing. To begin, Starbucks will only open these stores in the west coast where health is most popular within America, and they will go from there.

Black Friday Competition

Wal-Mart and Target are in a competition in regards to Black Friday this year. This year, Target decided to open their doors at midnight after Thanksgiving to kick off the insane deals because customers say they'd rather stay up late than wake up early. Wal-Mart, on the other hand, has decided to open at 10 P.M. on Thanksgiving day to start early. With confidence in the economy low and getting lower, these stores (not to disclude Best Buy, Macy's, and Kohl's) are trying to motivate people to shop. Wal-Mart is taking a lot of measures to encourage people to buy. As people's private savings keep going up, retailers are having trouble keeping up. An example is the fact that for one of the sales on Black Friday is Wal-Mart's selling of select DVD's for under $2. When someone can go buy a new DVD normally for around $20, Wal-Mart is either really desperate, or they're going to be some old movies that they just need to get rid of. Because of all the savings, stores that normally don't partake in Black Friday door-buster deals are going to be opening now as I mentioned above. In years past, Best Buy hasn't offered substantial deals along with Macy's, but now, they have to.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Will the Beliebers Stand by JB?

JB BABY DADDY...?! What?! Is the innocent 17 year old pop singer caught in a scandal or is he really the baby daddy of a 20 year old girl who claims he is? Mariah Yeater, 20, claims that Justin Beieber is the father of her son, who is now 3 months old. So what does this mean for Justin himself? He goes to court and proves her wrong? Maybe. We'll find out. But exactly what does this mean for his career. Are his fans as dedicated as they claim to be? With his new Christmas Album just released will the Beliebers help his music hit the top charts? Or will it be a loss of revenue for him because of this "scandal"? He may lose a lot of money and a lot of fans because of loss of respect if this scandal turns out to be true. But why did Mariah Yeater do this? If it isn't true she could go to jail for rape. Whatever it may this scandal is going to have major costs and benefits for JB himself.

More Facebook Friends than Friends in Reality

According to Matthew Brashears, a Cornell University sociologist, we have more friends on Facebook that we don't even confide in than we have in reality. The number of people, people trust has dropped within a quarter century, from 1985-2010. So he's stating that people are becoming less social and have maybe 5 friends that they are friends with on Facebook that they truly can trust. So then why do we have so many friends on Facebook? Is it to show off how many people we know? Is it just a way for people who've only met once to try to expand their friendships beyond that one meeting? Whatever it may be, why are the numbers of friends we truly socialize with dropping? About 2.03% of the people you're friends with on Facebook are people you actually will socialize with outside of school. In prior statistics it was a tad bit over 3%. Maybe Facebook is starting to become an alternative to socializing with people in real life. You can check in on Facebook, update your status, post picture, etc. So why do we even need to worry about conversing with our real friends? Because socializing and the bond between friends are dying. Relationships are being caused to change by this. 

Conniving President?

Herman Cain, you may have heard of him, he is running for President for this upcoming election in 2012. Up to this point he has had a strong running with good intellectual ideas about how to make our economy healthier. But Cain is a buisness man, he is CEO of his own pizza company. This raises some issues, especially with the accusations raised against him. Cain was accused of putting money, which were donations which were supposed to be used for his campaign, and he put them into his company's bank account. This raises some big questions. How do i know if he is serious about running for president or not? If he is, how can i trust him? How can i put the yhands of our economy in the hands of a theif? These are all good questions we need to ask ourselves. It is not right for him to lie to people, and say he is running for president because he wants to help change our nation, but then to steal from people in a sense goes against all ethics. I could never have a president who steals money from people. If he is runing for president for the right reasons and he does truely want to change our economy then he has good ideas and is a serious candidate for some. But i beleive that buisness men are always trying to get the uperhand on their competition, and this is just a stunt for him to try to get his buisness to the top. Buisness men are always trying to improve their buisness, why is he any different. In my case i beleive it would be one of the most unethical decisions our country could make to put Herman Cain in office just based on these simple facts. I could never trust any of his policies, or anything he says, because I would believe that they would be implimented to improve his buisness. Maybe if he resigned from CEO of his company and focused on other pursuits, then I could I take him and his policies more seriously. But for now i just see him as a conniving buisness man, trying to make more money.

Should College Athletes Get Paid?

There has always been a big controversy on whether or not student athlets should get paid or not! Although the students are in an educational enviroment and are in reality should be playing sports on the side; the reality is that students who are p-laying sports in college are there to the play that sport and try to go pro. The players take the easiest courses, just so that they can focus on their sports. The argument comes into play, when people say that they should get paid. The athletes are the faces of the school and draw huge revenue for the school. Most of them are taking cuts from sposnors and other people on the side, so why shouldn't they just get paid? People say that it is against moral values, and that it is suppose to be an educational enviroment. The same thing is said for high school athletes but noone thinks about paying them, people say. I beleive that college players should be paid a small sum of the revenue that they helped the school to gain. But if the schools do start to pay them, when will people start saying that high school players should get paid. All in all, the players are the main source of the revenue for the school, and they should get some kind of payoff for it; whether it be full rides for all athletes, or paying off their college debts when they finish colleges. Colleges need to see this fact and fix it quick or else the NCAA may take a turn for the worst.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Breaking Records

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 is one of the most anticipated video games ever set to release at midnight tonight. Modern Warfare 3 is a first person shooter produced by Infinity Ward who has created all of the other record breaking COD games. Call of Duty has set the record for the most pre-orders this year. Gamers pre-order Call of Duty so they don't delay the time it takes to get to there house. There is a shortage of Call of Duty games on release day because of such a high demand, so they reserve a copy for paying an extra 5$. Modern Warfare 2 last year sold 4.7 million copies world wide within 24 hours making it the most popular game ever, but this year they hope to top it. Modern Warfare 3 has also created an online membership called Call of Duty Elite. This is an online membership that you can buy for 50$ to get new map packs earlier and better features than regular gamers would get. This creates an incentive for impatient gamers. By creating this online membership Infinity Ward will produce a lot more money rather than just selling the game.