John Lewis lauded for caring capitalism

March 17, 2014 7:03 pm

John Lewis lauded for caring capitalism

By Andrea Felsted, Senior Retail Correspondent

When it comes to the mutual model, one of the most successful examples is in retail.

The John Lewis Partnership, which owns John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets, has been lauded as both a successful retailer and a model for caring capitalism. Read more of this post

Twitter’s Costolo in China fact-finding visit; Mr Costolo will meet Shanghai government officials on his first trip to China, where the San Francisco-based messaging site has been banned since 2009

March 17, 2014 5:35 am

Twitter’s Costolo in China fact-finding visit

By Hannah Kuchler in San Francisco

One of Silicon Valley’s most prominent chief executives embarked on a pilgrimage to China on Monday, highlighting the increasing importance of the country’s large and vibrant internet sector. Read more of this post

YouTube taps fast-growing Saudi Arabia interest; Google-owned video network to develop more Arabic content

March 17, 2014 12:29 pm

YouTube taps fast-growing Saudi Arabia interest

By Simeon Kerr in Dubai

Google has launched a campaign to develop online videos in the fast-growing market of Saudi Arabia, where residents watch more hours of YouTube content per capita than anywhere else in the world. Read more of this post

China bond default has positive effect on local government groups

March 17, 2014 3:15 pm

China bond default has positive effect on local government groups

By Simon Rabinovitch in Shanghai

It looks like a colossal accident waiting to happen: China’s first true bond default has laid bare the country’s financial risks just as $400bn in debt comes due this year for cash-strapped local governments. Read more of this post

Corporate storytellers are best left on the shelf; What starts as a way to guide and motivate people becomes a plot from which bosses cannot escape

March 17, 2014 4:17 pm

Corporate storytellers are best left on the shelf

By Andrew Hill

What starts as a way to guide and motivate people becomes a plot from which bosses cannot escape

Once upon a time, a worried manager realised staff were ignoring his instructions. He paid a handsome fee to sages and soothsayers, who advised him to use a compelling tale to season the facts and figures he wanted his team to digest. And so, business storytelling was born and spread throughout the land. Read more of this post

Start-ups with an Apple flavour

March 17, 2014 4:23 pm

Start-ups with an Apple flavour

By Tim Bradshaw

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Tim Bucher, who worked on Macintosh engineering at Apple, is about to start selling Lyve, his online storage system

Steve Jobs hurled many abusive names at Andy Grignon during his six years at Apple. Mr Grignon internalised the criticism to such an extent that he even had one particularly offensive name printed on his business card there. Read more of this post

The ice-cream cone, one of the most brilliantly designed products in history, is losing its battle with the boring tub

March 17, 2014 6:24 pm

Save the cone

By Brian Groom

How can this happen? The ice-cream cone, one of the most brilliantly designed products in history, is losing its battle with the boring tub. According to Kantar Worldpanel, sales of cones or cornets in the UK fell 5.5 per cent last year despite a 6.9 per cent rise in overall ice-cream sales. Tubs of luxury ice cream to be eaten at home are leading the market. Read more of this post

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