Logistics, Business & Public Policy

Should the NFL Worry As Super Bowl Ad Buying Lags?

Fox was unexpectedly scrambling this week to sell the last remaining in-game commercial spots for the Feb. 5 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Typically, 90 percent of the commercial airtime is sold by October, as advertisers look to stage a presence during one of the year's most-watched television events. This year, however, Fox didn't hit that benchmark until December. Is the lag a harbinger for the league and its broadcast partners? Three experts at the Smith School of Business offer a range of explanations. Read more...

Can the TPP Be Salvaged Without the U.S.?

President Trump signed an executive order this week to formally walk away from the Trans Pacific Partnership, in what looked like the final chapter for the 12-nation trade deal. Without the U.S., it seemed, the deal would collapse. But leaders of some of the 11 remaining nations now say they hope to carry on with the deal. Smith School professor Anil K. Gupta says the big question is whether the pact's smaller nations will stick with it once access to the important U.S. market is no longer part of the bargain. Read more...

Congrats to New Smith Alumni!

On Dec. 21, 2016, over 800 students graduated from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business with PhD, MS, MBA, and BS degrees. The commencement ceremony was held at the Xfinity Center on the university’s College Park campus. You can watch the entire ceremony online.

Why US-China Trade War Is Scary, And Why It Probably Won’t Happen

Professor Gary Cohen travels to China three times a year to speak to multinational companies. His latest trip, he says in an interview from Shanghai, has been a bit different. That’s because across China, in his meetings with leaders of global companies, all anyone wants to talk about is President-elect Donald Trump. "I'm hearing it every day from executives in China: 'What’s going to happen?' " says Cohen. Read more ...

What Trump's Tweets Mean For World Trade

President-elect Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade and outsourcing might never fully translate to policy, but it can help accelerate a shift that's already begun in global manufacturing, says Smith School professor Sandor Boyson. Already, he says, enterprise globalization is beginning to be redefined by localized, end-to-end production and distribution in a single region where a product is in high demand. The emerging trend is beginning to replace an era of ferrying goods around the world from a single far-flung place. Read more...

How India's Currency Crisis Could Shape its Economy

A 500-rupee banknote. What's it like when 86 percent of the banknotes in circulation in a country are rendered worthless overnight? That's what India has been finding out. On the evening of Nov. 9, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that, by morning, all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would no longer be legal tender. The controversial move has sparked protests and criticism of a change too sudden and too poorly planned by the government. Up for debate now is what impact it will have on the Indian economy and on the prime minister's popularity. Read more...

No-Frills, Not Even a Carry-On: Would You Fly Basic Class?

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’re given at check-in (even if it means not sitting with your travel companions), and you won’t dare use the overhead storage compartments. It might be just the ticket for airlines, and for flexible travelers whose chief concern is price, says Smith School Professor Roland Rust. But what will it mean for United's brand? Read more...

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