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Dec 08, 2016
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www.hatchimals.comWhy do we want the things we can't have?

In the toy market, especially in the holiday season, it's sometimes because demand just takes off like a flying reindeer, surprising Santa, and toy makers and everyone in between.

We're referring, of course, to the Hatchimal, the small, furry, motorized creature that pecks its way out of its colorful plastic egg and sings "Happy Birthday." Store...

Dec 01, 2016
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Last week, Domino's Pizza delivered a pizza by reindeer in Japan. And before that, it started delivering pies by drone in New Zealand. Neither method is likely to become a mainstay delivery method for the Michigan-based pizza giant, but experts say that both demonstrate its willingness to adapt, to take some chances and to try a few gimmicks. The onetime target of late-night talk show jokes has stoked a comeback by focusing on...

Nov 22, 2016
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United Airlines is the latest major U.S. airline to unveil a new price point for budget travelers – basic economy – a flight with so few perks its critics have dubbed it the "misery class." You’ll pay a reduced fare – basic economy is aimed at helping United steal back share from low-cost competitors – but, in exchange, you’ll be the last passengers to board, you’ll agree to whatever automated seat assignment you’...

Nov 11, 2016
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Launched this fall, the University of Maryland Research Data Center (UMDRDC) is the newest facility of the national Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC) network. A Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on Nov. 18, 2016, at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus.

Nov 10, 2016
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Black Friday is old hat. Cyber Monday is passe. The most interesting shopping day of the year is the one you haven't even heard of: Green Monday. It's the day each year when the Internet saves Christmas — the Monday after the final shopping weekend of the season, when frazzled consumers hit the web to snap up the final few gifts on their list before the window closes on the all-important free-shipping offers....

Nov 02, 2016
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If Donald Trump loses the election on Nov. 8, his next campaign is likely to be restoring a tarnished Trump brand. "The image is the name," says Smith School marketing professor Amna Kirmani. "And the name, Trump, is Donald Trump." She and Smith School marketing professor Henry C. Boyd III describe the branding challenges Trump would face....

Nov 01, 2016
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Professors at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business placed No. 1 in the world for "faculty quality" in The Economist's 2016 full-time MBA rankings, marking the third consecutive year atop the category. Prior to the current run, the school finished No. 2 for faculty quality in 2013. Overall, the Smith School finished No. 47 globally and No. 32 in the United States in the latest rankings, released Oct. 13.

Oct 27, 2016
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AT&T's proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner could be the first of a string of similar mergers to come. So you have to wonder: Why is Wall Street giving the deal such a cold shoulder? It could be a sense that the deal won't go through, or it could be a sense of market deja vu. "My first reaction?" says Smith School finance professor Richmond Mathews, "Oh, no. Here we go again." Read...

Oct 19, 2016
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On Oct. 17, 2016, undergraduate students at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business who are in the Hospitality Business Fellows (HBF) program traveled a few miles down the road to visit the headquarters of Chesapeake Hospitality, a nationally-recognized hotel management company.

Oct 18, 2016
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What's next for Twitter? Just a few weeks ago, Twitter had a multitude of potential suitors, with Google, Disney and Salesforce all said to be considering bids to acquire the mainstay social media platform. Then, one by one, the suitors walked away. Liz Sara, chair of the Board of Advisors for the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Smith School, breaks down what Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey...

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