Category Archives: Money

Patricia Arquette Tackles Unequal Pay Gap During Pre-Oscar Gala.

Women have been subjected over many years and still are battling different prejudices. One issue that hasn’t been resolved is the wage gap between men and women, and Hollywood seems to take a stand on that. Last year during the Oscars, Patricia Arquette won Best Actress in a Drama for her work in Boyhood. During her acceptance speech, she took a stand on the podium demanding equal pay for men and women. Initially, I didn’t see or understand her statement. Only the fact that she makes more money than me and the rest of the world, so why is she complaining and why did these A-list stars rally up with her when their practically rolling in money.  But the fact is that it is an issue across the board and not just in the celebrity actors world. Patricia states, “But it’s not just about acting, and it’s not about me as an actor. I don’t believe this is fair for anybody. I want to live in the America I believe in, that really is fair, that really has possibilities, and really does treat people of all races and all sexes equally.”

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SMARTIES: THE THIRD GENERATION FAMILY OWNED CANDY COMPANY CONTINUES TO PROSPER

Smarties are candy wafer rolls. Featuring an assortment of five flavors and fifteen wafers per roll, this iconic candy is surely one with which most are familiar. What you may not know, however, is that this company has been and is still family owned since its creation in 1949. Smarties are made in two locations, but operates primarily out of its factory in Union, New Jersey. This plant employs over 100 workers including three generations of Dee family members.

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TRANSPORTATION COMPANY UBER IS GROWING ITS ON-DEMAND DELIVERY SERVICE

Uber is a company I associate with providing a taxi or cab like service. They are known for transporting people. What I didn’t realize is that they have begun to expand their model to include courier services, too, or at least that’s the plan. What this means is that besides transporting people, Uber is hoping that in the future, anything that can be purchased locally can and will be delivered right away to the consumer. The plan is to provide a delivery system and hope that businesses choose to pick Uber to do it for them.

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Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool Shattering R-Rated Box Office Records with $47.5M on Friday

Ryan Reynolds’ is a handsome, sarcastic, and extremely talented actor. He has played many roles and after debating for 11 years, he finally starred as the Merc-With-A-Mouth self-titled film Deadpool. The film is a hilariously sarcastic origin story of how former Special Operatives soldier turned Mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) became the constantly talking anti-hero Deadpool. Prior to the films release almost every fan of the Marvel Universe agreed that this story must be an R-Rated film or it shouldn’t even happen at all since Deadpool has an extremely dark and sarcastic sense of humor. Well Deadpool received this R rating to many fans relief and is rumored that the original cut was so vulgar that it was supposed to be rated NC-17. Deadpool, being one of few R-Rated superhero films was expected to do below average compared to other superhero films but in just three days that he can compete with the more child appropriate superhero blockbusters.

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The Commercialization of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up on Sunday. You can’t escape the memo- it’s everywhere. Grocery stores, special holiday parties, Facebook sidebar ads, and the delicious candy that tempts you every time you walk past. Valentine’s Day is recognized as a holiday in eight countries: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, Italy, Denmark, and Australia. It’s a no brainer that Valentine’s Day is one of the most commercialized days of the year. Now I’m not one of those disgruntled females who’s out to rain on the Valentine’s Day parade. However, I was looking at the revenue statistics for popular companies on Valentine’s Day and the numbers were mind boggling. The National Retail Federation said that the average person spent almost $142 on Valentine’s Day gifts in 2015. Almost $100 of that will go to a significant other. Men are more likely to spend more, sometimes twice the amount the average woman spends.
Companies go all out to attract customers. Hallmark has a large variety of Valentine’s Day cards… more than 1,300! About 131 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. Of course, some of that number includes friends and family. After all, we all had those Valentine’s Day parties in elementary school where we exchanged Valentines and ate candy.
Last year, US News projected Valentine’s spending to reach $19 billion! This was a billion more than the Valentine’s revenue of 2014. Looking at these facts and statistics definitely made me realize how much society pours into this one day of the year when we celebrate love.

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Ferrari 335 Spider Scaglietti Sells for $36.2 Million, Highest Ever at Auction

Ferrari is known for making beautiful and very fast cars. These days they show off the likes of their monstrously powerful Ferrari LaFerrari and Ferrari F12; the Ferrari 488 GTB is no pushover either, after replacing the iconic 458 Italia. Ferrari has built a reputation of being some of, if not the best performance car makers in the entire world. That being said their classics are definitely still hot items and don’t appear on auction too often as most collectors enjoy keeping their Ferraris. Such as Cameron’s dad in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off who never drove his classic 250GT Spider California. But one of the rarest Ferrari’s ever to roll out of the factory was recently auctioned off for a world record smashing $36.2 Million.

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ABC’s Shark Tank and Lori Greiner contribute to massive success of Scrub Daddy Inc.

Have you ever heard of Scrub Daddy? Chances are you have, especially if you’re a fan of ABC’s Emmy Award winning show, Shark Tank. Scrub Daddy founder and CEO Aaron Krause was featured in the show’s fourth season in 2012. After several sharks vied for best offer, repeatedly raising the stakes in several back and fourth’s between themselves, Aaron eventually landed a deal with investor Lori Greiner. The deal? $200,000 for 20 percent equity in Aaron’s company. Since the show aired, Scrub Daddy has become the most successful product and business to date with over 10 million units sold with $50 million dollars in sales.

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Robots changing

My last post I talked about robots taking our jobs. This post I will continue my opinion/prediction. I don’t think it will happen all at once, I think it will slowly change over time. At first we will start to see more jobs being replaced with machines. For example cashiers at fast food restaurants.  I think it will start with more restaurants doing what Wawa has done with how they order food, by using a computer screen for the customer to make their own meals. The same goes with self-checkout lines.

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Taxi Drivers Are Going Bankrupt, And Putting The Blame on New York City And Uber.

This battle between Ubers and taxi-drivers have been going on for a while now. There have been stories that pervaded through the Internet about how taxi-drivers have been attacking Uber drivers, by pretending to be passengers and directing the Uber drivers to empty locations. These taxi-drivers have said they were provoked by the fact that Uber drivers are ruining their business. Now taxi owners will be suing the city of New York for allowing Uber to operate. Uber’s rides in the center of manhattan, “increased by 3.82 million from April to June 2015 compared with a year earlier, while medallion cab pickups fell by 3.83 million.” That statistic shows how successful Uber has become, as well as showing how much of an effect these two businesses have on one another. The fact is Uber has a better business; it is what the customers want. Uber makes sure that every driver for them has their car’s in great shape, compared to a normal taxi cars uncomfortable and unwelcoming interior. An Uber can usually pick up anyone within a few minutes, where as taxis may take up to an hour in highly populated areas. Uber has simultaneously simplified and enhanced the process of getting a ride. From a personal perspective, I can understand the frustration a taxi driver must feel, losing his or her business. That being said, the act and business of transportation is constantly evolving. Taxis may very well be the past, and app-based businesses like Uber may be the present and future.

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