On Wednesday, United Airlines president Scott Kirby weighed in on Frontier Airlines' plan to double the number of its routes and return to a network business model. "I've believed for many years that the ultra-low-cost carrier business model can't work when a network carrier decides to compete on price," Kirby said in response to a question by Wolfe Research analyst Hunter Keay.
In my four years as a communication student, the class that still stands out to me as one of the most valuable was my interviewing class. This class wasn't just about preparing students to go on the inevitable grownup job interviews we'd be headed out on as we crept towards graduation – it also gave us a lot of valuable information on how to conduct interviews. Interviewing people isn't something I ever saw myself doing, and to be fair, the only time I've ever conducted an employment interview was while searching for a dog-sitter for my puppy. (And to be really fair, my only real questions were "Will you let my dog out?" and "What do you charge?") But knowing how to effectively and properly interview
If you listen to Starbucks (SBUX) execs, then everything at the coffee giant is amazing. Do some work in Microsoft (MSFT) Excel (as the analysts at Credit Suisse did below on Wednesday), and a glaring issue comes to light. That is, for all its digital leadership and ability to crank out new, more expensive drinks, Starbucks sales are on a long-term downtrend. Seeing as employee hourly wages and benefit costs are on the rise, as are costs to open new locations, a stubborn downtrend in sales is very unwelcome. It's especially unwelcome as most on Wall Street remain obsessed with Starbucks' growth prospects -- they could be in for some unfortunate surprises on the bottom line over the next year