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Posts written in January 2015

Chipotle outgrows McDonald’s and puts the “fast” in fast casual, leaving its former parent in its wake

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In just 21 years, Chipotle has fast become one of America’s major success stories, growing from a single restaurant in 1993 to over 1,700 restaurants (1,715 as of June 30, 2014). However, the company had a little help along the way. In 1998, fast food giant McDonald’s took a minority stake in the fledgling Chipotle, owning 90% of the company by 2006. During McDonald’s’ stewardship, Chipotle grew its restaurant network from 14 restaurants to over 500, with 100 a year being added. When Chipotle went public in 2006, McDonald’s took… Read more

Amazon Web Services, revolutionizing cloud computing

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) was developed alongside the online retail giant’s vast e-commerce from the world’s largest online retailer’s inception. Although having built its reputation and brand recognition on its retail operations, Amazon has gone on to expand its offerings into products and services as diverse as media, electronics and cloud computing. Responsible for over 4% of Amazon’s revenues in 2013, AWS has seen Amazon sink over 10 years of development and millions of dollars of investment into the world’s largest cloud service provider. Available in over 190 countries worldwide,… Read more

Xiaomi, not the Apple of China

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2014 was an important year for Xiaomi, it saw the company become the world’s most valuable technology start-up, triple its phone sales, become the world’s fourth largest smartphone seller, more than doubling its revenue, and saw it expand to a number of new markets including India, the world’s third largest smartphone market. What makes the company’s performance all the more remarkable is that it has achieved this in less than five years of existence, and without a presence in any Western markets. A number of factors have contributed to this… Read more

Bank of America and Citigroup: Poor Q4 results see share prices fall sharply

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Yesterday (January 15), Bank of America (BoA) and Citigroup announced underwhelming results for Q4 2014 that seemingly caught the market off guard and caused share prices in both banks to fall. Bank of America announced Q4 revenues of $18,955m, down 12.7% on the same period a year earlier. Net income also fell from $3,439m in Q4 2013 to $3,050m, a drop of 11.3%. This has impacted preliminary 2014 full year results as revenue has fallen 5.2% on a year-on-year basis, and net income by a staggering 57.7%. Citigroup’s results did… Read more

BP expected to announce job cuts on its North Sea oil rigs, despite new field development

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BP is expected to announce job cuts on the UK North Sea Oil rigs that it operates, despite having completed development of new wells only in December last year in the Kinnoull reservoir. The company controls the most important infrastructure in the North Sea oil fields and coupled with the recent downsizing of other operators in the area, such as Shell and Chevron, this move does not bode well for the future of North Sea oil and more broadly tight oil sources in general. BP recently completed a major development… Read more

Toyota follows Tesla down the royalty-free rabbit hole

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Toyota has revealed that it intends to allow royalty free access to 5,680 of its hydrogen fuel cell technology patents. This is the same technique that Tesla employed last year to release its battery patents to its competitors. The point of such a move is that in order to kick start new technology on such a massive scale as would be required to replace traditional automobiles; a number of the biggest automotive manufacturers need to heavily invest. This is for a number of reasons but principally consumers need confidence to… Read more

Superfood powders are the latest alleged panacea of the health-conscious world

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Superfood powders are marketed for their myriad of supposed benefits, from improved skin and increased energy, to preventing conditions and diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and dementia. Superfood powders contain ground down superfoods, freeze dried and fine milled. Products which use the powders include the Super Elixir, boasts strong content and an equally eye watering price. Superfood powders have seen strong growth, although remain only a modicum of the wider market. Vitamix, a smoothie maker has also received celebrity endorsements and a loyal customer base despite its expensive price. Increasing… Read more

Colgate-Palmolive widens its product range to Muslim consumers

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As the Muslim market continues to grow, the demand for halal products increases too and many companies are beginning to tap into this growing market. According to a Thomson Reuters report, the global halal (‘permissible’ or ‘lawful’) market, which includes products and services complying with Islamic laws and regulations, was valued at $1.7tn in 2012; growing faster than other consumer markets despite the recent global recession. Despite the most common belief that the term ‘halal’ is limited to meat and poultry, opportunities in the halal market go way beyond this… Read more