Cashless Restaurants Banned Again

Cashless Restaurants Banned Again

April 8, 2019

For many customers, the convenience of going cashless is obvious.  For businesses, it can save time and money in completing the transactions.  Taking cash slows down the payment process.  Many organizations are trying total cashless operations, including Amazon Go, Starbucks, and Shake Shack.

However, New Jersey, following the lead of the city of Philadelphia and the state of Massachusetts, is banning cashless restaurants.  Brick-and-mortar restaurants must accept cash as payment under the new law.


Video Spotlight: The power of going cashless means real pain for some


This post is based on the Restaurant Business Online article, N.J. Becomes 2nd State to Ban Cashless Restaurants, by Peter Romeo, March 19, 2019; and the YouTube video, The power of going cashless means real pain for some, by NBC News, December 4, 2017. Image source: Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Why force businesses to take cash?

Guidance: Cashless business can be seen as discriminatory.  To pay without cash requires a credit or debit card and/or technology such as a smart phone.  This prevents many individuals in lower income levels from using cashless stores.  Many lower income neighborhoods are already suffering from a Continue reading

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A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won’t Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’

A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won’t Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’

Low cost is no longer the only reason why US companies outsource manufacturing to China.

Despite Apple’s commitment to make a Mac computer in Austin, Texas, the inability of a US supplier to mass produce screws led the tech giant to order the items from China.

This situation exemplifies the challenges facing US manufacturing. Not only is it impossible to beat Chinese labor costs, but it is also difficult to compete in terms of scale, skills, and infrastructure.


Video Spotlight: Why the iPhone can’t be made in the US


This post is based on the New York Times article, A Tiny Screw Shows Why iPhones Won’t Be ‘Assembled in U.S.A.’, by J. Nicas, January 28, 2019; and the YouTube video, Why the iPhone can’t be made in the US, by Bloomberg, June 29, 2017. Image source: (c) Ingram Publishing / SuperStock.

Discussion Questions:

1. In general, why does Apple rely on China for a large portion of its manufacturing?

Guidance: Lower labor costs and ability to produce huge quantities fast enough to meet demand. This ability stems from an abundance of skilled workers, huge infrastructure (building and equipment), and loose labor protections laws.

2. Why was the Continue reading

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Wind-Powered Plant Builds GM’s SUVs

Wind-Powered Plant Builds GM’s SUVs

November 18, 2018

GM is planning to use 100% wind power to manufacture SUVs in its Arlington, Texas, plant.

The company is on track to meet its goal to power all plant operations with renewable energy sources by 2050.  Besides cost savings, the use of renewable energy sources will position GM as a green company ahead of its competitors.


Video Spotlight: GM will power its SUV plant with wind


This post is based on the ThomasNet.com post, GM Will Produce SUVs in TX Using Only Wind Power, and the video GM will power its SUV plant with wind, both by Anna Wells, October 23, 2018 Image source: nachai © 123RF.com.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does GM go about meeting its goal to power all plant operations with renewable energy sources?

Guidance: GM currently sources its wind power from the Cactus Flats Wind Farm in Eden, TX, to run all plant operations in its Arlington, TX, plant.  The wind farm also supplies some of the energy for its other Texas locations.  GM is planning to reach the remaining 80% of its renewable energy goal by relying on wind and solar as the only energy sources. Continue reading

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