Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Feb 16, 2015

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

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Airing on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015: It's crunch time for Greece to try and strike a deal. The Greeks want to restructure and reexamine their bailout structure, whereas Germany and others are pushing back, saying Athens must honor old commitments. The change of government in Greece, widely-supported, is hanging over those talks. Meanwhile, CostCo and American Express are breaking up their exclusive arrangement at the end of March, in which AmEx was the only credit card accepted at Costco's stores. We take a look at the value of being CostCo's exclusive credit card and why other credit card companies are likely to want to vie for the 'co-branded' relationship. Finally, we take a look at a very specific use of billboards in Missouri: Outdoor advertising used to comment on typical billboard tactics and spur conversation.

Segments From this episode

Why would credit cards want Costco?

Feb 16, 2015
AmEx is out of the picture, but partnering with Costco is still alluring

Billboards surprise motorists with art instead of ads

Feb 16, 2015
Artists hope the signs spur conversations about social and political issues.

US hopes grants will spur apprenticeships

Feb 16, 2015
The Labor Department wants companies to train students for jobs that pay well.

PODCAST: The biggest bank robbery of all time?

Feb 16, 2015
Hackers seem to have taken up to $1 billion over a year.

Why nobody buys movie tickets online

Feb 16, 2015
It costs extra. And mostly, you don't need an advance ticket to get in.

Airing on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015: It’s crunch time for Greece to try and strike a deal. The Greeks want to restructure and reexamine their bailout structure, whereas Germany and others are pushing back, saying Athens must honor old commitments. The change of government in Greece, widely-supported, is hanging over those talks. Meanwhile, CostCo and American Express are breaking up their exclusive arrangement at the end of March, in which AmEx was the only credit card accepted at Costco’s stores. We take a look at the value of being CostCo’s exclusive credit card and why other credit card companies are likely to want to vie for the ‘co-branded’ relationship. Finally, we take a look at a very specific use of billboards in Missouri: Outdoor advertising used to comment on typical billboard tactics and spur conversation.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC