Logistics, Business & Public Policy

How Underdogs Can Win in the Service Industry … and Politics

Hiring someone in the service industry? You’re likely focused on finding a competent provider with a successful track record, and it’s unlikely you’ll make extra time to seek character references. This setup stacks the odds against an upstart who wants the opportunity, but has no history of successful deals. But new Smith School research suggests ways to win as an underdog in the service industry — and in a presidential election. Read more...

Why the NFL is Tapping into Twitter

Twitter will stream 10 Thursday Night Football games this NFL season, creating "a top media story to watch," a panel of sports and media executives tells Sports Business Journal. "Along with the (NFL’s) pregame Periscope broadcasts, the Twitter offering will give the NFL additional insight into how fans choose to consume their sports and entertainment content,” says one of the experts, Smith School professor Derrick Heggans, director of the Smith-hosted Maryland Sports Business Academy. Read more...

Ryan Cooper

Professor Cooper is originally from Charleston, South Carolina, and has also lived in Provo, Utah; Andorra; Barcelona, Spain; Madison, Wisconsin; and St. Louis, Missouri.

India Goes Big to Lure Foreign Investment

Foreign firms doing business in India are “entering essentially 29 different countries,” Smith School professor Kislaya Prasad says. That’s because tax systems differ state to state in a market otherwise inherently attractive to foreign investment. But a revamping looms. India’s parliament advanced a goods and services tax on Monday that would reduce the complexity of doing business in India. Read more...

Five Reasons Stocks Will Push Higher

Stock prices are setting new records but could easily charge much higher, says Smith School economist Peter Morici. “The U.S. economy is growing again — about 2.5 percent in the second quarter and going forward — and corporate profits are rising again.” Post-Brexit, the dollar strengthened against foreign currencies, “but overall it remains well below levels recorded earlier this year and last,” Morici says. Read more...

Brexit Countdown: Faculty Perspectives

“Divorces are tough,” says Smith School economist Peter Morici. But Britain nonetheless should break from the “shackles” of its union to a Europe economy locked in ruinous cycles of debt crises and high unemployment. "The EU suffers from chronic slow growth thanks to a smothering bureaucracy and single currency," Morici says. Other Smith School professors foresee challenges if United Kingdom voters opt to separate from the European Union in a referendum on June 23, 2016. Read more...

Blame Baggage Fees for Long Airport Lines?

Lines at some airports have gotten nightmarish as travelers head into the summer's first holiday weekend. As a result, two U.S. senators have called on airlines to stop charging fees for checked bags as a way to reduce the burden on TSA screeners. Research from Smith School professor Martin Dresner at three Washington-Baltimore airports show how baggage fees do indeed significantly change consumer behavior. Read more...

Walmart Counters Amazon With Its Own 'Prime' Service

Amazon may be synonymous with online shopping and fast shipping, but Walmart isn't ceding the e-commerce field to its hipper rival. Walmart announced last week that it was ramping up its efforts to counter Amazon's very successful Amazon Prime program — for $99 a year, Amazon offers free two-day shipping and a host of other benefits, including free online movies. Walmart is spending some $2 billion to improve its own ShippingPass free-shipping program. Read more...

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