CosMc’s Stellar Chicago Debut

Judging from the long lines, customers think McDonald’s new brain child, “CosMc’s,” is out of this world!

Using a retro character from the ’80’s as the new store mascot, McDonald’s launched the first CosMc’s location in Chicago in December 2023.  Customers have been flocking to the new beverage and small snack format store ever since.

Ten more locations are slated to open in Texas this year.


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Operationalizing Supply Chain Resiliency

Business leaders across various industries are reporting high levels of uncertainty due to ongoing geopolitical issues.

The war between Russian and the Ukraine, disputed transportation lanes, and the fear of another global health pandemic are but a few issues that are top of mind for business leaders across the United States and beyond.

AlixPartners’ Disruption Index, which draws upon over 3000 senior executives, fell 5% year over year in 2023, highlighting top leaders’ ongoing concerns about geopolitical issues and the potential […]

Build-A-Bear Isn’t Just for Kids Anymore

Many people think of Build-A-Bear as a brick-and-mortar store inside a mall where parents and grandparents take small children for a unique hands-on experience.  And for good reason. Build-A-Bear—now in its 25th year—has nearly 500 box stores across America.

But Build-A-Bear isn’t just for kids anymore. In fact, the company now markets its products as multi-generational, with over 40% of sales now coming from teenagers and adults. Yearly sales were $467.9 million in 2022, the most profitable year in Build-A-Bear’s history.

What is driving […]

Enviva Overestimates Demand for Wood Pellets

In 4th quarter 2022, American company Enviva agreed to buy 800,000 metric tons of wood pellets to expand its supply, betting prices and demand would remain high into the future. The company also made plans to build more capacity.

Power plants in Europe had to seek alternatives to fuel sources from Russia, and with the increasing interest in biomass fuels, Enviva predicted an ongoing increase in demand and price for wood pellets.

A warm winter and conservation in Europe have led to […]

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