Whole Foods ripe for an Amazon purchase

Drew Pascarella, a lecturer of finance at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University explains why Amazon is the perfect suitor for cash flow-challenged Whole Foods Market. Bio: https://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Faculty-And-Research/Profile?id=ddp4 Pascarella says: “This is a very smart deal. Whole Foods Market is a great brand and a good business, with a healthy […]

Demise of Sears tears fabric of consumer culture

Lawrence Glickman, professor of history at Cornell University and an expert in American consumerism, says that up until the 1970s Sears – which this week acknowledged the possibility of bankruptcy – has been a key component in American economic culture.  Bio: http://history.cornell.edu/lawrence-b-glickman   Glickman says: “The demise of Sears would be a hugely important loss to […]

Selfie passwords tip of technological iceberg

Bart Selman, professor of computer science at Cornell University, says Amazon’s proposed ‘selfie’ password is not only feasible, but could lead to other technological possibilities. Bio: https://www.engineering.cornell.edu/research/faculty/profile.cfm?netid=bs54 Selman says: “This patent is another example of how advances in artificial intelligence technology are accelerating and are changing the technology landscape. The proposal relies on having highly […]

Amazon’s review lawsuit fails to address the real issue

Amazon is suing more than 1,000 people for allegedly trading fake reviews of products online and thus misleading Amazon’s customers. Trevor Pinch, sociologist and professor of science and technology at Cornell University, has done research on the nature and behavior of Amazon reviewers. He says the lawsuit fails to address the real issue: the blurring […]

Amazon Sunday-delivery deal improves USPS prospects

The announcement of a Sunday delivery agreement between online retail giant Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service could be a boon to online shoppers and a potential blessing to the economically embattled federal mail carrier. Rick Geddes, author of “Saving the Mail: How to Solve the Problems of the U.S. Postal Service” and a professor […]