I guess people were paying less . . .

Posted by & filed under Financial Reporting and Analysis.

Description:   With too much debt and too much inventory, Payless Shoes will be seeking bankruptcy protection. All of its almost 250 stores in Canada will be shutting down. The company missed its February rent payments on most of those stores, signalling bad news for employees and landlords. One has to wonder if online sales may… Read more »

Amazon and New York

Posted by & filed under eCommerce.

Description:   Amazon has pulled the plug on setting up a second HQ in Long Island, New York. Opposition had been rising to the approximately $3 billion in tax breaks Amazon was due to receive from putting offices in the Empire State. The argument seems to break down on two sides: one claiming Amazon is bringing… Read more »

Hackett’s message ignored

Posted by & filed under Financial Reporting and Analysis.

Description:  Jim Hackett, CEO of the Ford Motor Corporation, is trying to get Wall Street to listen. Hackett wants analysts to consider his “thoughtful” approach to moving the car maker forward, rather than concentrating so much on the fact that Ford missed its target for Earnings per Share with its 2018 results. The appeal does… Read more »

Airbnb wins this round

Posted by & filed under eCommerce.

Description:  In the grand battle of the City of New York versus Airbnb, the online rental agency wins this round. This means that Airbnb and other online rental agencies will not have to provide the City with details of renter addresses and names. The City is concerned that Airbnb and similar agencies can drive up… Read more »

Do you use self-checkout?

Posted by & filed under Canadian Economy, eCommerce.

Description:  Some call them job killers, those automated checkouts that seem to be spreading in the retail world. According to a survey from Dalhousie University, about 25% of those sampled had never used a self-checkout. Automation obviously allows for companies to cut costs. Some argue, though, that technological change leads to job growth. Date:  December… Read more »

StatsCan . . . and your banking

Posted by & filed under eCommerce.

Description:   Statistics Canada says that our banking information is “carefully protected and never shared publicly.” But with the headlines full of data breach stories, news that Statistics Canada has been asking the banks for our banking information – without asking us first – was grabbing attention this past week. Opposition politicians are piling on… Read more »

Not again!

Posted by & filed under eCommerce.

Description:  Not again! Here comes another data breach. This time out Air Canada is revealing that some hotel bookings made by its customers may have been included in a breach of the Orbitz site. Orbitz first reported this data breach on March 20. The size of the problem is relatively small compared to some of… Read more »

Dumping Facebook

Posted by & filed under eCommerce, Student life.

Description:  In the light of the controversy surrounding Cambridge Analytics’ use of Facebook user data during the 2016 U.S. election, users are dumping Facebook in a #DeleteFacebook movement. One organization benefiting from the #DeleteFacebook trend is Mastadon. Mastadon – https://mastodon.social/about – is a decentralized social network, meaning its users, in effect, operate the network. And its code… Read more »

Not a lot of wealth-sharing at YouTube

Posted by & filed under e-Commerce.

Description: There are a few YouTube stars who are making it rich, like the gamer Daniel Middleton who raked in about $16.5 million in the previous year. But most contributors are far away from big riches. Professor Mathias Bartl from Germany determined that reaching over a million views a month in the most viewed channels on… Read more »

Twitter posts a profit

Posted by & filed under e-Commerce, Ethics.

Description: After years of losses, Twitter has finally posted a quarterly profit. New tools that have helped to keep users online longer could be behind the recent success. This is definitely better news for Twitter than all the 2017 talk of how Russian bots may have infiltrated the social media platform and influenced the 2016… Read more »