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How Walmart's Low Wages Cost All Americans, Not Just Its Workers

<b>Bloomberg View:</b> Yesterday, we looked at the benefit to McDonald's of having its workers subsidized by state and federal aid. Today, its Wal-Mart’s turn. Recall our discussion last month on the related subject of "How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens." We learned that employees of these …

Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick

A well-designed office is a happy office. As facilities managers strive to save space and cash, they’re reshuffling desks and fiddling with temperature gauges. All of which has an impact on workers’ performance. Open-plan offices may make some kinds of collaboration easier, but are they more …

Ergonomics

WestJet Christmas Miracle

(YouTube link)<p>As far as advertising stunts go, this one is a winner. For 250 WestJet passengers on two flights, one from Toronto to Calgary and the …

How China Profits From Our Junk

In this excerpt from the forthcoming Junkyard Planet, author Adam Minter explores China's central role in the world's vast global recycling trade.<p>China’s reputation as the “world's factory” is well-established. But what happens to everything the world throws away? Since 2002, the Shanghai-based …

43 Small Kitchen Ideas That Won't Make You Feel Claustrophobic

Sky-high cabinets and mirrored backsplashes are your friends here.<p>When your prep space is no larger than a closet, even one person can feel like too many cooks in the kitchen. These tricks will help you make the most of your counter space and cabinetry. And when you want to plan for your future …

8 Tricks to Expand a Small Space

From hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains to using mirrors strategically, find out how to make a small room look bigger by tricking the eye with these design tips. See more ways to make the most of a small space.<p><b>1. Window Treatments</b><p>Hang curtain rods and draperies at the ceiling to make the room feel …

30 Cozy Bedrooms You'll Want to Lounge in All Day

Morgan Stanley: Here's Why The Euro Has Been So Strong

The surging Euro — which is at levels not seen since late 2011 — is one of the biggest stories in global financial markets.<p>Analyzing the factors driving the Euro has become something of an obsession.<p>Morgan Stanley FX strategist Hans Redeker offered his explanation of why the Euro's been to strong …

High unemployment? Blame high home ownership, study says

High levels of home ownership are strongly linked to subsequent rises in unemployment because labor mobility becomes reduced, according to new research.<p>Using data going back to 1950 across all U.S. states except Alaska and Hawaii, Warwick University economics professor Andrew Oswald finds that the …

Home Ownership

Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee?

Starbucks, which revolutionized the coffee industry, is now taking on tea. It has opened its first tea bar, and it's creating mixed tea beverages, some even more complex and customized than the coffee beverages we all know.<p>This first store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, has minimalist decor: gray …

13 Amazing Uses For Baking Soda You Should Know

Baking soda is one of the many household goods that is always lying around, yet we barely get any use out of it. (Cleaning and baking aren't exactly high on our list of priorities these days.) But ever since Emma Stone told French Elle that she exfoliates her skin with the powdery white stuff, …

Read The Full Letter From The CEO Of Starbucks Asking Customers To Stop Bringing Guns Into Stores

On Tuesday night, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote the following open letter asking customers to no longer bring firearms into the stores, even in states where they are legally permissible to carry.<p>He notes that this is not a "ban" on guns, but rather a request. In the letter, Schultz expresses …

Howard Schultz

The 5 Things Every (Great) Marketing Story Needs - Copyblogger

Here on Copyblogger, you’ve seen us talk many times about how to tell a terrific marketing story.<p>Why? Because stories are fundamental to how we …

Inviting Texas Home Evoking a Coastal Atmosphere: Spanish Oaks Residence

At a first glance, this transparent and inviting residence envisioned by Cornerstone Architects in Austin, Texas, seems literally out of place. A …

No Deal On Bangladesh Garment Factory Compensation Fund

Families and survivors of the Rana Plaza garment factory disaster in Bangladesh in April who are waiting for compensation from Western companies will have to wait a little longer.<p>A meeting Thursday of retailers and brands in Geneva, Switzerland, facilitated by the U.N.'s International Labor …

Local Stores Still Have An Edge Over Walmart And Amazon Grocery Delivery

Few words can strike fear into the heart of an entire industry like, “Amazon to start selling [insert soon-upended industry here.]” The online giant first led the transformation of the book industry, then the general retail industry, and now it has its eye on groceries.<p>And it’s not alone. Another …

Plastic bag charge to be introduced in England

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/politics/1010000/1010617_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534398949_ee57cb483dbee99307bfa8320fc0489f<p><b>A 5p charge for plastic bags in England is to be introduced by the government in a bid to discourage their use.</b><p>Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is …

Great Britain

BlackBerry Suitors Reportedly Considering Breaking Up Company

It’s unknown whether anyone will purchase struggling BlackBerry, but one thing is for sure: it won’t be the same. Reuters reports that some potential bidders are looking at breaking the Canada-based smartphone manufacturer apart and keeping only the operating system and the patents around its …

Former convicts make bad employees—and other hiring myths big data expose

Despite the high rate of unemployment in the US, 4 million job openings remain unfulfilled. Attrition and lost productivity contribute to $350 billion in annual losses for US businesses; outdated hiring and workforce management practices are largely to blame.<p>Used in the right way, big data …

Employment

Apple is no longer an innovative company, says the man who helped Steve Jobs design the Mac

Hartmut Esslinger knows a thing or two about industrial design and what it’s done for Apple. He worked directly with Steve Jobs to establish a “design language” that was used on the Macintosh line of computers for over a decade. Esslinger’s iconoclastic firm had already designed over 100 products …

Product Design

Apprenticeships ensure that young people in Switzerland are employable

Imagine a teenager advising a hedge fund client or running a retail phone store.<p>It may sound like a class project, but at Credit Suisse and Swisscom, up to 800 teens take on responsibilities like these throughout their three-year apprenticeship at each company.<p>In Switzerland, small and large …

Education

RBC adds equity research head in Europe

The economies of Europe are stabilizing, if not recovering, and RBC Dominion Securities is building out its research department to spot investment opportunities.<p>The bank hired Graeme Pearson as a managing director and head of European equity research. He joins other capital markets and research …

Protests threaten Gabriel’s Romanian gold project

Gabriel Resources Ltd.'s costly, epic battle to win approval for its controversial open-pit gold mining project in Romania is on the ropes.<p>Some 15 years of work and $583-million invested by the Whitehorse-based junior mining company hang in the balance as Gabriel frantically struggles to deal with …

John Lewis puts lifetime electricity cost on product labels

John Lewis is to trial a new product-labelling scheme that, for the first time, will give consumers the lifetime electricity running costs on the most popular household 'white goods' such as washing machines, washer dryers and tumble dryers.<p>Backed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, it …

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

Here's a bit of news that might make you drop that chicken nugget midbite.<p>Just before the start of the long holiday weekend last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The kicker: These products can now be sold …

10 Unique Ways to Decorate with Mirrors

Tips from Kay Douglass, Steven Sclaroff, and more designers.<p>No matter where you put one, mirrors are an easy way to reflect light, make a space look bigger, and open up a room. Here are 10 decorating ideas for using them in your house.

Walmart Protesters Tell One Story, and Employees Tell Another

Winston Ross gets an earful from both sides of the fight over employee treatment at the big-box giant.<p>Larry and Edythe Slowey met at the Walmart in …

Tattoos Still Reduce Chances Of Getting Hired, Study Finds

That body art of yours better be getting you some good attention on the street, because it's certainly not helping you get a new job anytime soon.<p>Yes, visible tattoos still carry a negative connotation among employers and could be hurting your chances of getting hired, according to a new study by …