Business Giants

Warren Buffett : Analysis
Warren Buffett, already wearing Heinz's signature color.

Warren Buffett buys Heinz: Another big win for the Oracle of Omaha?

The billionaire investor's latest acquisition is a 144-year-old company whose stock has risen 17 percent in the last year

Walmart : Analysis
Members of OUR Walmart march to the superstore's headquarters in 2011 to present their unified demands: The Walmart employee group is organizing a strike on Black Friday.

Why Walmart is freaking out over a Black Friday labor strike

The world's largest employer is taking pre-emptive action against striking workers, a sign that it sees the disruption as a significant threat

Starbucks : Instant Guide
In addition to the flagship store in Mumbai, Starbucks will launch two more stores in 2012 in the bustling city.

Can Starbucks make it in India?

The unquenchably ambitious coffee chain opens its first store in the world's second-most populous nation, but faces some cultural challenges

Walmart : Opinion Brief
Amazon used to have the market cornered on the instant gratification cherished by online shoppers, but now Walmart's competing head-to-head, at least in the holiday season.

Is Walmart's same-day delivery service a threat to Amazon?

The country's largest brick-and-mortar retailer is trying to beat Amazon at its own game

Walmart : Fact Sheet
Walmart will no longer stock the Kindle Fire, likely because once customers purchase the gadget, they are more likely to buy goods directly from Amazon — bypassing big-box stores like Walmart.

Walmart stops selling Kindles: Inside the war against Amazon

The country's largest retail chain is ditching Amazon's tablets, the latest sally in an ongoing battle between traditional big box retailers and online upstarts

Starbucks : Opinion Brief
Starbucks' Verismo 580 Brewer sells for $199, and ships with a box a Latte Pods.

Starbucks' new one-cup coffee machine: Will customers buy it?

The ubiquitous coffee chain hopes to expand into your kitchen, offering a new home brewer that can re-create the company's signature lattes and espressos

Walmart : Opinion Brief
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has proposed a slew of economic reform measures, some of which could threaten the country's small businesses by loosening restrictions on foreign companies.

Can India's government survive Walmart?

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has proposed letting the retail giant into the country, but his opponents are threatening to bring down his coalition

Walmart : Instant Guide
A new smartphone-app-based system would allow Walmart customers to scan bar codes as they take items off the shelves and bypass checkout lines.

Walmart's 'Scan & Go' iPhone app: The future of shopping?

The discount shopping giant experiments with letting customers use smartphones to speed through the checkout process. Will it work?

Starbucks : Instant Guide
The coffee franchise is going digital with Square, a company that will eventually allow businesses to circumvent high transaction fees charged by major credit card companies.

Will Starbucks' deal with Square finally make mobile wallets happen?

Who needs cash? The coffee giant strikes a $25 million deal to use the futuristic payment system in 7,000 of its chains nationwide, which could mean the end of the old way of paying

Walmart : Burning Question
Walmart's massive revenue gives it greater buying power to negotiate prices so it comes away with cheaper goods than even

Is Walmart a better deal than Amazon?

A new study shows that the brick-and-mortar retailer has cheaper prices, but the online giant is still winning over Walmart's customers

Walmart : Analysis
Only 15 percent of Walmart customers use credit cards to make their purchases, and now the retail giant will allow customers to pay cash even for online shopping.

Walmart's strange online cash payment system: A guide

In a bid to expand its internet business, the retail giant offers an odd online payment option that will still require customers to trek to the store

Walmart : Controversy
A busy Mexican Walmart: The retail chain's south-of-the-border scandal could mean jail time for some executives.

Walmart's Mexican bribery scandal: What's next for the retail giant?

The company faces a slew of legal and commercial repercussions in the wake of a report alleging that its Mexican unit paid $24 million in bribes to local officials

Walmart : Flashback
A Walmart store in Mexico City: Executives at Walmart's Arkansas headquarters allegedly covered up a $24 million bribery scheme perpetrated by its Mexican subsidiary.

Walmart's explosive Mexican bribery scandal: A concise guide

The New York Times reports that Walmart allegedly paid at least $24 million in bribes to become a dominant retailer in Mexico

Walmart : Forecast
Big-box stores like Walmart are feeling the pinch, as online purchases account for a rapidly increasing share of the retail market.

Walmart vs. Amazon: Can brick-and-mortar stores hang onto shoppers?

Not even the world's largest retailer is safe from Amazon, as more consumers turn to the web to buy everything from diapers to televisions

Goldman Sachs : Opinion Brief
A Goldman Sachs trader on the New York Stock Exchange Floor: The financial firm is conducting an internal review following a damning op-ed from a former employee.

Goldman Sachs' 'muppet' probe: A serious effort to reform?

The firm undertakes a new internal investigation, but critics suspect it's just a whitewash to contain the fallout from a hugely embarrassing New York Times op-ed

Starbucks : Opinion Brief
Starbucks is squeezing a little more out of its brand with Evolution Fresh, a health food joint serving up salad, smoothies, and juice.

'Evolution Fresh': Can Starbucks rule the juice market?

In a bid to expand its empire, the java king tries its hand at smoothies

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