Getting buy-in for a corporate social responsibility strategy requires more than just coming up with a winning argument, says Keith Miller, outgoing sustainability strategic adviser at 3M. You also need to understand the emotions behind people's viewpoints. "You may have the perfect scientific solution, but if there's emotions behind it, you have to work that," he said.
The culinary world is full of celebrity chefs with extensive training, but Rachael Ray long ago found her niche by representing the everywoman. The lesson is that building a business is about finding and highlighting your unique point of differentiation, writes Dorie Clark.
The availability of student loans may be one reason for tuition increases at some schools, a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York finds. "We find that institutions more exposed to changes in the subsidized federal loan program increased their tuition disproportionately around these policy changes, with a sizable pass-through effect on tuition of about 65%," the report said.
Baby boomer and Generation X consumers often view credit cards as a financial lifeline, says a report by Allianz Life. Early credit card adoption has led many people to live beyond their means and to put off retirement savings, says Katie Libbe, an Allianz vice president.
Instacart has officially partnered with specialty food store Zabar's in New York City's Upper West Side, offering customers two-hour delivery of the 81-year-old retailer's products that range from caviar and country pate to bagels and pickled herring. Zabar's joins a growing list of retailers that partner with Instacart, which plans to continue expanding its delivery roster in the coming months.
The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was responsible for an estimated 184,000 deaths worldwide in 2010, 133,000 of which were related to diabetes, according to a study in the journal Circulation. Researchers found that Mexico had the highest mortality rate from sugary drinks, with an estimated 405 deaths per one million adults, followed by the U.S. with an estimated 125 deaths per one million adults.
Nike's sponsorship of the U.S. women's soccer team paid dividends during the World Cup, according to a social media analysis by Amobee Brand Intelligence. On Twitter, Nike was markedly more associated with the tournament than event-apparel sponsor Adidas.
As brick-and-mortar retail continues to evolve, some apparel companies are doing better than others, led by Nike with $30.6 billion in annual revenue. Rounding out the top five on Fashionista's ranking: Ralph Lauren, Old Navy, Gap and Levi Strauss & Co.
Honeywell and Weatherbug have released a smart thermostat that tracks local weather and adjusts indoor temperatures accordingly, Amy Ryan writes. The Internet connected device is available in Texas, and the companies say they plan to expand in the U.S.
AstraZeneca and Cephalon have reached settlement deals with the U.S. and state governments for separate lawsuits claiming the companies underpaid rebates for their prescription drugs covered under state Medicaid programs. AstraZeneca will pay $46.5 million, while Teva, which owns Cephalon, will pay $7.5 million to settle the allegations. Among the medications named in the lawsuits are Cephalon's wakefulness drug Provigil and pain treatment Actiq, as well as AstraZeneca's Seroquel antipsychotic and Crestor cholesterol medication.
Samsung Electronics expects its second-quarter earnings to fall short of analysts' expectations, thanks in large part to production issues with the curved-screen Galaxy S6 Edge, which has enjoyed strong sales. A Q2 dip would mark the seventh consecutive quarter in which the South Korean company's profits declined from year to year.
The Japan Society of Civil Engineers recently issued design and production standards for aluminum structures, and the country's aluminum industry hopes to see more use of its product in infrastructure work. The Japan Aluminium Association says that the product is more expensive than steel but notes that "repair work [is] easier, cheaper and faster as it requires less reinforcement in foundations, leading to lower maintenance cost."
The Missouri Public Service Commission has rejected a permit for Clean Line Energy's proposal to build a $2 billion transmission line that would run through the state. The 780-mile Grain Belt Express would carry wind power from Kansas to Missouri, Indiana and Illinois. "This project is needed to move Missouri and our nation to a cleaner, more modern energy mix," Clean Line said. The company said it would review the PSC's notes and discuss the project's potential benefits in further detail.
American Airlines will launch daily service between Cleveland's Akron-Canton airport and New York's LaGuardia. The first flight departs Nov. 3.
From a dedicated check-in and security line to a parting gift of pastries, JetBlue Mint offers a refreshing take on the flying experience, Juliana Shallcross writes. Mint service comes with a selection of premium tapas, a unique drink and free basic Wi-Fi.