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Fed caps debit card 'swipe' fees at 21 cents, down from initial 12 cent plan
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The Federal Reserve has published its rule on the maximum fee that banks may charge retailers for processing debit-card transactions. The rule, which will take effect on Oct. 1, sets the fee cap at 21 cents. The initial draft had proposed a 12 cent cap. The Federal Reserve was given the job of overseeing card fees under the Durbin Amendment to last year's Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Retailers generally favor it, as it will reduce their transaction costs. The Merchants Payments Coalition was formed to support the cap. More

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Coffee & Water

Iced coffee gets its day in the sun
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IN 2010, Americans ordered 500 million iced coffee drinks in restaurants and cafes, up from 400 million in 2006, according to data from the market research firm NPD Group. But marketers have done little to cater to those who want to make iced coffee at home, even though 73 percent of coffee consumed in the United States is prepared at home, according to data from the National Coffee Association, a trade group. Now efforts to promote iced coffee consumption at home are beginning to percolate. More

Bottled-water tax not good for Florida
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A proposed excise tax on bottled-water products such as that recently supported by Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant would cost Florida hundreds of jobs, according to statistical analysis prepared for the International Bottled Water Association by John Dunham and Associates of New York. More

Business / Industry

Fixtation: Bike repair stations with vending machines    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
We've covered self-service bike stations before, but the Fixtation at the Uptown Transit Station in Minneapolis is worth a special mention as probably the best example yet. The Fixtation combines a repair stand equipped with most of the tools you'll need for basic repairs, including tire levers, an adjustable wrench, screwdrivers and a set of Allen wrenches. But it's the other half of the installation that sets this apart. Next to the repair stand is a vending machine. This can contain whatever the provider wants, but typically you'll find essential spares like patch kits, tubes, lights, multi-tools along with energy bars and drinks. More

Fresh Cup raises the Standard

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Vending machine that takes Red Cross donations unveiled
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The Japanese Red Cross Society's branch here, and the Tone Coca-Cola Bottling Co., have unveiled a vending machine that allows buyers to contribute their change to the charity. If customers have change coming after choosing a drink, they can press buttons marked "10 yen" and "100 yen" to contribute that amount to the Red Cross. The machines even say a loud and clear "Thank you very much for the donation" when a donation is made. All money collected by the machines through September will go towards relief efforts for the Great East Japan Earthquake. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Putting a friendly face on capitalism
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In case you missed it, big business wants you to know it cares. How you could have possibly missed this is unknown, given the massive efforts companies now undertake to convince us that they are faithful practitioners of Corporate Social Responsibility — a movement that says companies must do more than make a profit. They must make the world a better place. But maybe we would all be better off if businesses spent less time trying to market their virtue, and more time focusing on their long-term bottom line. More


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