Yearly Archives: 2014
  • Why should UAW monopolize worker-management dialogue?

    Volkswagen seeks Chattanooga vote on the UAW due to 1996 veto by Bill Clinton.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- This week's vote whether to recognize the United Auto Workers union at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. is the latest twist in a long dispute over the ground rules for managers and workers to solve problems and promote better ideas -- and what role, if any, the unions must play.

    If the MORE

    Feb 14, 2014 12:03 PM ET
  • Bar fight: Kind sues Clif

    Upstart snack maker charges trademark infringement over Clif Mojo's transparent wrapper.

    By Caroline Fairchild, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Kind Healthy Snacks, the maker of the fastest-growing energy and nutrition bar in the country, is doing a seemingly unkind thing to remain competitive.

    The upstart snack maker is suing Clif Bar in the southern district court of New York for alleged trademark infringements. Kind seeks to prohibit Clif from releasing its Clif Mojo MORE

    Feb 14, 2014 7:49 AM ET
  • Chipotle's hilariously scary take on the industrial food system

    The satire Farmed and Dangerous, produced by the burrito chain, hits its mark most of the time.

    FORTUNE -- There is nothing subtle about the comedic assault on industrial agriculture mounted by the TV comedy Farmed and Dangerous. The show depicts the attempt by a company called Animoil to introduce a product called PetroPellet. Cows eat the oil-based pellets and begin blowing up. That does not stop Animoil from pushing PetroPellet onto MORE

    - Feb 13, 2014 10:36 AM ET
  • How one company gives new life to old, industrial junk

    Repurposed Materials, a matchmaker for unloved stuff, finds wildly creative new uses for cast-offs.

    Feb 13, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Ford's aluminum secret weapon

    The CEO of aluminum supplier Novelis is a familiar face to the auto maker: He used to be a senior Ford executive.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- Ford Motor Co.'s gutsy decision to build its next-generation F-Series pickups, starting this summer, from aluminum instead of steel prompted whistles of amazement across the industry.

    The leap is a huge one, which Ford (F) is prepared to make because it sees the virtue in MORE

    Feb 12, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • The Weather Channel's cable fight is the tip of the iceberg

    Better technology gives forecasts more value, making meteorology a fiercely competitive business.

    By Erika Fry, reporter

    FORTUNE -- The weather this winter has been particularly frightful -- crippling cities that aren't accustomed to snow and ice, and making commuters in colder climes slosh to work, week after week, in duck boots. Treated to a polar vortex, or two, and 15 winter storms -- Atlas to Orion, by The Weather Channel's mythological MORE

    Feb 11, 2014 4:35 PM ET
  • Can drugmakers find profit in collaboration?

    Big Pharma firms, prodded by NIH, will pool assets to look for cures.

    By Jen Wieczner

    FORTUNE -- Three years ago, when government health officials suggested that major pharmaceutical companies work together to find cures to diseases rather than compete, the drugmakers squirmed.

    Big Pharma, after all, is one of the most competitive and fiercely protective industries around: Companies patent every aspect of their medications, fight rival manufacturers that step on their MORE

    Feb 11, 2014 4:00 PM ET
  • The search for the magic bullet selects the most compelling short essays, anecdotes, and author interviews from "250 Words," a site developed by Simon & Schuster to explore the best new business books -- wherever they may be published.

    FORTUNE -- 250 Words' Sam McNerney sat down with Barry Werth, author of the new book The Antidote: Inside the World of New Pharma, a deeply reported tale from within an upstart drug company, Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), and the ferociously MORE

    - Feb 11, 2014 2:53 PM ET
  • Who won the battle of the Apple antitrust monitor?

    Appeals court ends grudge match with an ambiguous ruling.

    FORTUNE -- Yesterday afternoon a federal appeals court issued a split-the-baby ruling ending the colorful grudge match between Apple (AAPL) and a federal district judge over the powers of an antitrust monitor she had appointed to oversee the company's conduct.

    The ambiguous ruling gave each side plausible grounds to claim victory -- or at least to save face -- with the court permitting the monitor to MORE

    - Feb 11, 2014 10:28 AM ET
  • The Big Mac makes its Vietnam debut

    Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City is the 10,000th McDonald's in Asia.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- McDonald's (MCD) got a little bit closer to conquering the globe Monday when it opened its first restaurant in Vietnam. The launch in Ho Chi Minh City marked the fast food giant's 10,000th location in Asia and entry into its 120th country.

    "Clearly I think there's pent up demand for McDonald's in Vietnam," CEO MORE

    Feb 10, 2014 2:26 PM ET
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