Auto Industry Developing Standards for Self-Driving Cars

One reason for this system is to make it easier to insure self-driving vehicles. Such standards will be vital if insurers are to develop policies for autonomous vehicles.

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Kroger Is Winning the Grocery Wars

Safeway and Albertsons currently have around 2,230 stores—almost as many as Kroger—but they had combined revenues of $60 billion in 2014, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. In contrast, Kroger, which operates 2,619 supermarkets, reported a TTM revenue of $108.47 billion on January 31, 2015. Kroger’s TTM revenue grew by 8.55% in 2015.

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CVS Health Has a Lot to Prove

My prediction is that CVS’s revenue will continue to grow but none of its competitors will follow its lead and go tobacco free. Instead, CVS will be something of an anomaly, which will buy it a lot of good publicity and support from the healthcare industry.

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Lilly Pulitzer Mess Shows What’s Wrong at Target

It is no coincidence that Amazon reported a TTM revenue growth rate of 15.08% on March 31, while Target and Walmart’s sales were staying flat. America’s middle class has changed its shopping habits dramatically in the past decade.

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Steps Government Could Take to Reduce Income Inequality

• Abolish the payroll or withholding taxes, which take a percentage of a person’s salary. These hit the working poor heavily, and they do not raise enough money to cover the costs of programs like Social Security and Medicare.

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California’s Megadrought, Why There’s No Water Shortage and Why the Market Could Be the Solution

We now have a glut of oil, and there’s a very good chance we’ll have a glut of water in a few decades after we implement all the new technology.

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Walmart Feels the Heat

Walmart is no longer on the cutting edge of retail; it cannot even compete with bottom-feeding dollar stores. The Behemoth from Bentonville still makes a lot of money; it just cannot attract any new customers. What is going on here?

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Who Else Would Acquire Rite Aid?

Yes it is a bit of a dark horse, but Rite Aid does meet some of Warren Buffett’s value criteria: it is a good company that has been going through a rough patch yet still has the potential to generate a lot of cash. It also has an easy-to-understand business model in a decidedly unglamorous industry—selling shaving cream and prescriptions. Rite Aid also meets another one of Uncle Warren’s classic criteria: it is a company that an idiot could run if necessary.

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Why Alibaba May Not Become a Big Name in the US Online Retail Market

The major reason Jack Ma will stay away from mass retail in the U.S. is that the cost of entering in the market could simply be too high. The revenue from a large-scale U.S. retail operation might not justify the cost of setting up such a venture.

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