Wal-mart to Issue $1-A-Day College Play

Wal-mart Stores, Inc. (WMT)  is a worldwide retailer that operates in various formats.  The three segments of the company include Wal-mart U.S., Wal-mart International, and Sam’s Club.  The company is comprised  discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, home improvement stores, specialty electronics stores, apparel stores, drug stores, convenience stores, and membership-only warehouse clubs; and retail Websites.

The trend of enhancing company compensations has hit Wal-mart. The retail store is testing the waters of the employee education pool with the $1-a-day college tuition discount plan. Wal-mart expects that nearly 68,000 employees would enroll in the new college tuition plan over the course of the program’s first five years. Employees would have three universities to choose from as part of the program. The three universities include the University of Florida, Brandman University, and Bellevue University. The schools were chosen to be a part of the program because of their high graduation rates especially among their part-time students, and the experience the schools have with those already part of the workforce.

The tuition plan is set up that employees will have to focus on bachelor’s or associate degree in either business or supply-chain management. The workers registered in the program would not be required to pay for their education upfront and seek reimbursement later.

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Walmart’s $1-A-Day College Play To Fend Off Competitors

Walmart officials expect about 68,000 employees would probably enroll in its college tuition plan during the first five years. As the largest private sector employer of African Americans in the U.S. will this move help more black people graduate from college?..

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American Express & Delta Airlines Bring Customers a Sweet Treat This Summer

Dow 30 component American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

American Express has announced its “Perksicle Tour” with Delta Air Lines. The tour, which is present by #DeltaAmexPerks, will be bringing consumers icy treats from U.S. coast to coast this summer. The tour features nine major U.S. cities, and each stop will be serving ice pops from different local vendors.

Card members who present their Delta SkyMiles Cred Card from American express at the truck will be given a complimentary ice pop for themselves and one for a guest (while supplies last) Non-Card Members may purchase an ice pop from the truck for $3. For each ice pop sold, Delta and American Express will collectively make a matching donation to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts.

The tour dates include:

  • Atlanta, GA- Kind of Pops: June 1-2
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC- Loco Pops: June 8-9
  • Nashville, TN- Las Paletas: June 15-16
  • New York, NY- La Newyorkina: June 21
  • Detroit, MI- Detroit Popshop: June 23-24
  • Minneapolis, MN- Frio Frio: June 30-July 1
  • Seattle, WA- Seattle Pops: July 7-8
  • Salt Lake City, UT- Likc’d: July 13-14
  • Los Angelos, CA- Dream Pops: July 21-22Photography of Airplane during Sunrise

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American Express and Delta Air Lines Help Customers Cool Off This Summer with the Traveling Ice Pop Tour in Nine Major Cities Across the U.S.

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29th Annual American Express Restaurant Trade Program Set For June 15-17

Dow 30 component American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

The 29th annual American Express Restaurant Trade Program will be held at the historic Hotel Jerome in Aspen. The event, which brings together celebrated chefs, restaurant operators, and leading hospitality industry professionals June 15- 17, 2018. The brightest stars of the culinary industry will be showcased in three panels where they will offers their best practices and insights.

The following industry professionals will be featured throughout the program:

  • Hunter Lewis- Editor-in-Chief, Cooking Light, FOOD & WINE Magazine
  • Hugh Acheson- Chef & Owner, Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South, Spiller Park, Archie’s
  • Tracie De Jardins -Chef, Owner & Partner, Jardinere, The Commissary, Arguello, Mijita, Public House, Transit, School Night
  • Will Guidara -Restaurateur & Co-owner, Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad, Made Nice
  • Gabrielle Hamilton- Chef & Owner, Prune
  • Andrew Zimmern- James Beard Award-winning TV personality, Chef and Writer
  • Jose Enrique- Chef & Owner, Jose Enrique
  • Renee Erickson- Owner, Chef & Author, The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Win, Barnacle Bar, Bar
  • Melusine, Batequ, Rana e Rospo, General Porpoise
  • Jen Hidinger-Kendrick- Co-founder + Partner, Staplehouse and Co-founder + Spokesperson, Giving Kitchen
  • Marcus Samuelsson- Chef, Co-Owner & Author, Red Rooster Harlem
  • Ashely Christensen- Chef & Proprietor, AC Restaurants
  • Andy Chabot- Sommelier and Food & Beverage Director, Blackberry Farm
  • Stephanie Izard- Chef & Owner, Girl & the Goat, Little Goat, Duck Duck Goat
  • Michael Solomonov- Chef & Co-owner Zahav, Co-owner Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, Abe Fisher, Rooster Soup Co., Goldie
  • Curtis Stone- Chef & Owner, Maude and Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant

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Schedule Announced: 29th Annual American Express Restaurant Trade Program at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 15-17, 2018

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Bayer to Divest $9B in Ag Business Assets Before Purchase of Monsanto

Claimed by the U.S. Justice Department as the biggest divestiture ever, Bayer Ag, the German pharmaceutical giant, has come to an agreement with the United States government to sell almost $9B billion in agriculture businesses as the condition to the acquirement of Monsanto Co., a United States-based seed and weed-killer maker.

Bayer has been directed to divest its vegetable oil and seed and seed treatments in order to prevent price spikes and be sure that fair competition continues after the huge agriculture business deal completes. The assets are to be sold to BASF, which is a German chemical company.

It is believed that if there were no sale of the Bayer assets, combining the two largest agricultural companies in the world would more than likely result in lower quality seed and crop-protection products, as well as increased prices. It also would have the potential to hinder agricultural technology innovation.

With Bayer’s purchase of Monsanto comes the fear of the shrinking number of players in the seed selling and pesticide business.

The divestiture of assets proposal will be filed in federal court and then opened for public comment for 60 days.

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Bayer selling $9B in ag business ahead of Monsanto merger

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG has agreed to the U.S. government’s demand that it sell about $9 billion in agriculture businesses as the condition for acquiring Monsanto Co., a U.S. seed and weed-killer maker. Antitrust regulators at the Justice Department say it’s the biggest divestiture..

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P&G Set to Acquire Consumer Health Business of Merck, KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany For ~3.4B Euro

The Procter & Gamble Company (PG), a Dow 30 component,  supplies branded consumer packaged goods to consumers across the globe.

Procter & Gamble has signed an agreement to acquire the Consumer Health business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany for approximately 3.4 billion euro. The move will allow Procter & Gamble to add a fast-growing portfolio that offers differentiated, physician-supported brands across an expansive geographic front to its expanding consumer health business. The acquisition will also give P&G stronger healthcare commercial and supply capabilities, deep technical master, proven consumer healthcare leadership, and brands that include Vicks, Metamucil, Pepto-Bismol, Crest, and Oral-B.

The Consumer Health business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany includes over 900 products and is active in over 44 countries. The deal is expected to close during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.

The venture will replace and improve the successful PGT Healthcare join venture that Procter & Gamble has with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which is set to terminate July 1, 2018.

-Steve Bishop, Group President, Global Health Care “Over the past few years, our Health Care business has delivered consistent growth and strong shareholder value creation. The Consumer Health business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, brings a strong set of brands, products and capabilities, and provides an attractive and complementary footprint to further fuel growth as we continue to grow our existing leading brands.”

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Vista Partners’ Quote of the Day Via Thomas Edison

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

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Goldman Sachs Supports Women Entrepreneurs through 10,000 Women Initiative

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.  (GS) is one of the world’s leading investment bankers & also a securities and investment management firm that offers a wide range of financial services with a diversified client base.

The Goldman Sachs Foundation will further the 10,000 Women online platform for higher education by launching an online education program that will give female entrepreneurs a digitized curriculum and interactive platform of women business owners. The course, which is free, provides female entrepreneurs with a top-notch business education, as well as a worldwide peer-to-peer network. Learners in the course will have access to a network of fellow students and alumni that can offer support, mentoring and group learning.

In the introductory module of the course, participants will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their business and themselves as a business leader through focused and tailored exercises. Following the introduction, the additional modules will focus on strategies to identify, optimize, and execute growth opportunities. At the end of the course, users will have a Business Growth Plan that they can use to grow their businesses.

The 10,000 Women initiative was launched by Goldman Sachs to cultivate economic growth by giving women entrepreneurs across the globe access to business education. 70 percent of graduates of the initiative report higher revenues and almost 60 percent create new jobs.

Supporting women entrepreneurs is so crucial to creating an economic future that is fair and inclusive, and we’re so honored to partner with the Goldman Sachs Foundation in this endeavor. Exponentially scaling this program with our platform will allow many more women to develop the skills, credibility, and networks needed to execute on their ideas.” -Leah Belsky, VP Enterprise Development at Coursera.

For more information or to enroll in the course: https://www.coursera.org/launch/10000women

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DowDuPont’s Agriculture Division Corteva Agriscience Announces “New Seed Brand Strategy”

The Dow Chemical Company is a part of the DowDupont Holding Company (DWDP), a business that is focused on agriculture, materials science and specialty product sectors that seeks to lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges.

Corteva Agriscience, DowDuPont’s Agriculture Division, announced the new, focused multi-channel, multi-brand seed strategy for the United States. The new strategy will expand access to the company’s genetics, technology, and traits to multiple agriculture distribution channels.

Corteva Agriscience will hit the market through five regional corn and soybean seed brands. The brands include Dairyland Seed®, Hoegemeyer®, NuTech®, Seed Consultants® and Terral®. Pioneer® will continue to remain the worldwide flagship brand of the company.

Judd O’Connor, vice president, North America, Corteva Agriscience™ stated, “Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, is implementing a bold plan to focus and rebalance our seed brand portfolio in the U.S. This strategy will allow us to better serve our customers – both farmers and retail dealers and distributors – with differentiated, broader and stronger product portfolios. The product portfolios of all our U.S. seed brands will be bolstered by the Corteva Agriscience™ R&D pipeline and the full capabilities of the future company. This means farmers can expect better products, and employees, sales reps, dealers and distributors can expect increased opportunities for more sustainable growth.”

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Slack Heats Of Competition With Microsoft As It Targets IPO In 2018

Slack, a popular business messaging app is seeing much success with its users. The app now reportedly boasts 8M daily active users, which is up 33% from September 2017 when it reported 6M. The number of paid users has doubled since September and currently sits at 3M, and has 70,000 paid teams. With the success of its new numbers, Slack, valued at $5.1B, is predicted to go public in the coming months.

While having much success, Slack is in a competitive field with Microsoft’s (MSFT) Teams product, which is currently being used by 200,000 organizations. Microsoft bundles Teams into its Office 365 cloud productivity suite for businesses, which is believed to give it a competitive edge on the well-liked Slack in the marketplace.

Investors will be looking for Slack’s ability to grow its paid subscribers.

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$5.1 billion Slack has added 2 million more users as it battles Microsoft and ramps towards a possible IPO (MSFT)

Slack has grown its daily active users by 33%, to 8 million, since September, the company said on Tuesday. Slack, which was last valued at $5.1 billion, is expected to go public in the upcoming months. Slack may play coy about whether or not it intends to hit the public markets in 2018, but it’..

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Nestle Buys Rights to Market Starbucks Products Globally for $7.5B

Nestle (NSRGY), a food giant based out of Switzerland, paid $7.5B in cash for the rights to market Starbucks (SBUX) products globally outside of the company’s coffee shops. The deal gives the Nescafe a more capable platform to continue growing in North America. Nestle, who has already bought a stake in Blue Bottle Coffee, plans to focus on coffee for a main area of growth.

Starbucks produces around $2B in annual sales. Nestle will be selling the coffee shops coffee beans and ground coffee in supermarkets and groceries across the globe. The agreement, does not include any of the Starbucks coffee shops and cafes.

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The new deal should begin making positive contributions to Nestle’s earnings per share starting next year.  On Starbucks’ side, the cash could possibly accelerate share buybacks. The transaction, which is still awaiting approval by regulators, is expected to be finalized by the end of 2018.

 

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Nestle pays $7.15 billion to sell Starbucks products

Swiss food giant Nestle announced Monday it will pay $7.15 billion in cash for the rights to market Starbucks products around the world, outside of the company’s coffee shops. The Starbucks business covered by the deal currently generates around $2 billion sales annually and includes coffee beans..

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