Marketplace for Friday August 15, 2014
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Starbucks changes some of its computer-driven scheduling policies, and we use it as a way to explain the growing phenomenon of using algorithms and big companies to schedule employes to manage labor costs — and the (negative) consequences for them — lost hours, flexibility, control. Plus, Coke is acquiring a 17 percent stake in Monster Beverage for just over $2 billion. The energy drink business is booming and the soda business — not so much. So Coke wants an energy jolt from Monster... but to get it, it's exchanging its own energy brands for Monster’s non-energy drinks. We use Coke to look at swaps. What they are, why they’re done and whether they work. Also, the 2014 United States Open Miniature Golf Tournament that begins in Erie, Pa., today. Prizes are small, but apparently there’s enough action that it can sustain a pro circuit, Queena Kim reports.
Posted In: Coca-cola, energy drink, food and drink
Coke is acquiring a 17 percent stake in Monster Beverage for over $2 billion.
Posted In: starbucks, algorithms, employees, low wages
Starbucks isn't the only company that uses workers when, and only when, it needs them.
Posted In: USC, American Football, donors, college sports
Now you too and run out onto the field... for about $1,500.