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Importing Commodity Foods & Beverages to the U.S.

Importing Commodity Foods & Beverages to the U.S. INTERNATIONAL MARKETING: IMPORTING COMMODITY FOODS AND BEVERAGES INTO THE UNITED STATES This research examines the factors involved in the marketing of imported commodity foods and beverages in the United States. Consideration of these factors is addressed in discussions related to the tailoring of the products for the American market and to the promotion of these products in the United States. Tailoring the Products for the American Market The approach to the tailoring of products for specific international markets in the 1990s is through the application of the concept of mass customization (Voss, 1991, pp. 30-33). Mass customization is a relatively new concept…
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Globalization and Culture

Globalization and Culture The research project discussed in this article was to show to what extent the shrinking world had wiped out the effects of national cultures, or whether persistent national culture differences have avoided the effects of globalization (Hofstede, Van Deusen, Mueller and Charles 785-803). Throughout history, people have always traded and made deals while pursuing their own, often very different, goals. There has been no need so far for trading partners to share goals and values. However, the business world is changing, and when businesses from different countries enter into joint ventures, strategic alliances, acquisitions, and mergers, this situation changes. When global companies merge with other global companies,…
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Finance Problems: Present Value

Finance Problems: Present Value The present value of $100 received at a future date. The value of $100 invested today at a future date. Rate = (Future Value/Present Value)1/T - 1 Present Value of $5 million per year starting next year for three years discounted at 10% = 5,000,000 X 2.486852 = $12,434,260 Present value of $4 million now and an annuity of $2 million per year starting next year for five years discounted at 10% = 4,000,000 + (2,000,000 X 3.790787) = $11,581,574 The more famous player got the better deal, but at an advantage of less than $1 million. a. Present Value of an ordinary annuity of $100…
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Finance Companies

Finance Companies The primary function of finance companies is to make loans. This primary function of finance companies is one of the important differences between finance companies and commercial banks, whose primary functions are much broader in scope, and which involve deposit and payment services, as well as making loans. Finance companies, as is true of commercial banks, extend loans to individuals, households, and business firms (Saunders & Cornett, 2006). Because commercial banks are depositary institutions, governmental regulations applicable to their operations are both (a) more numerous and (b) more restrictive than are the governmental regulations applicable to finance companies (Saunders & Cornett, 2006). The more restrictive regulatory requirements applicable…
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Capital
To what is th weighted average cost of ca

Capital To what is th weighted average cost of ca To what is th weighted average cost of capital usually compared? The underlying basis of the concept of a weighted cost of capital is recognition that an organization's capital is derived from multiple sources. Within this context, therefore, the cost of capital used in analyses designed to value the assets of an organization or to evaluate investment opportunities must consider the weighted cost of capital. Cost to the organization is determined for each capital source, and weightings for capital sources reflect their proportion in an organization's total capital structure. With respect to the issue of comparing the weighted cost of…
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Bank Merger
This analysis examines various questio

Bank Merger This analysis examines various questio This analysis examines various questions raised by the merger of Wells Fargo Bank with First Interstate Bank. It is argued that this merger may be the biggest bank merger in history, and is definitely the largest unsolicited bid. As such, the merger may have far-reaching implications for banking in general and particularly for customers of both banks. The major issues addressed in this discussion include: questions of compatibility between the two banks, consequences for the industry as a whole, impact of the merger at the community level, and potential affects for personnel, branches, and customers. It is argued that the merger likely began…
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ANALYSIS OF NYSE STOCK: DISNEY

ANALYSIS OF NYSE STOCK: DISNEY The stock market received much attention during the late 1990s when the so-called dot-com "bubble" resulted in spectacular profits for some investors, and spectacular losses for others. Investment clubs gained publicity as individuals sought to become better-educated about the market, and increasingly numbers of individuals invested their retirement funds in the stock market through 401(k) plans and similar retirement vehicles. The exuberance over the stock market has declined in recent years as the markets have lost some of their value, and the returns are no longer as dramatic as they once were. Nonetheless, a company's stock performance can provide much information about the performance of…
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Analysis of Kmart

Analysis of Kmart The purpose of this report is to answer a series of questions regarding the status of Kmart, a ubiquitous American discounter that has fallen on hard times in recent years. Yue (Summer slump getsa, 2002) reported that this Troy, Michigan-based company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on January 22, 2002. Kmart shoppers and employees and industry experts are divided on the question of why sales are not higher despite efforts to improve the firm's image, merchandising, inventory programs, and store design. Kmart, despite its current financial situation, is the nation's number two discounter, behind competitor Wal-Mart and slightly ahead of Target (Target's aima, 2002). For many…
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Analysis of Apple Computer

Analysis of Apple Computer 1. Problems within the company (Beers quotes) 2. Disillusionment of managers (Harvard Business School Case Study) 2. Decisions made on company vision, not customer desires 1. Should Jobs be blamed for bad management, since nothing in his background suggests that he even likes people? Apple Computer was founded in the early 1980s by Steve Jobs, who created an alternative operating system for a hard disc that used a graphical interface rather than the less user-friendly DOS systems invented and marketed by Bill Gates. The two operating systems compete head to head, although the market penetration of Apple is considerably smaller than that of the computers based…
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American Football

American Football There are fewer things more indicative of American culture than American football. Every Sunday afternoon, millions of fans gather around their satellite and cable-powered television sets to cheer, boo, and coach on their favorite team in the National Football League. It is a timeless pastime. Regardless of controversial rule changes, frustrating losing records, endless poor coaching, and certainly bad refereeing, Americans have and always will love football. There have been changes along the way and perhaps a look at the decade of the 1950s will illustrate not only the evolution of the sport, but also the love of the fame. Perhaps thd biggest change to the game in…
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