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Retail groups sue fed over new debit card rules for banks
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The Federal Reserve was sued by retailer groups over new regulations governing so-called swipe fees, claiming the Fed disregarded the law when deciding how much banks can charge merchants for debit-card transactions. More

Coffee, Tea & Water

Coffee chemicals
The McGill Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Legend has it that coffee was first concocted in Western Ethiopia. Since then, it has come a long way. Modern brewing devices and techniques have conferred a mechanical advantage upon coffee-making that has turned the process into both a science and an art. At the same time, popular coffee derivatives — like the frappucinos served at Starbucks — contain a slew of additives that make the drinks seem more like frosted cocktails than cups of coffee. Whether your morning kick involves one of these or a genuine barista-brewed artifact, the lowest common denominators for all coffee, and the entirety of its offspring, are simply water and coffee beans. More

Herbal teas for the common cold
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Judging by the amount of coughs and tissue boxes floating around the office, it's that time again. The cold season is here. And with the cold virus passing from person to person it's only a matter of time before the epidemic really hits home, and before you know it you are up at 2 a.m. struggling to find cold medication to relieve the symptoms. While cold medication is the obvious choice when treating the common cold, herbal tea is another healthy alternate. More

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New bill would charge bottled water companies that pump from Florida springs
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State Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Fla., has filed a bill to "collect a modest fee from bottled water companies that derive extravagant profits for the privilege of pumping millions of gallons of water daily from Florida's springs and other water bodies." Sands' filing of House Bill 781 comes after public criticism over water bottling giants' current ability to extract — without charge — water for commercial purposes. More

Business / Industry

Vending machine offers DIY banners at Dutch airport
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Ever wanted to meet and greet your loved ones at the airport to be sure they don't miss you in the crowds? Then try Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, which now has the world's first vending machine capable of printing out personalized giant canvas banners in just a few minutes. More

Threadless testing vending machines for those who still don't shop online
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It's one of the most popular online T-shirt stores, but just in time for the start of the holiday shopping rush Threadless is testing a small number of vending machines throughout its hometown of Chicago. The company, known for its hip, pop-culture inspired designs, teamed up with Coinstar to create the automated T-shirt kiosks which also sell hoodies, totes, water bottles and infant onesies. More

Corporate Social Responsibility

What constitutes sustainable tea?
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A battle between Unilever and an Amsterdam-based non-governmental group over the rights of workers on tea plantations in India and Kenya shows the difficulties facing multinational companies that are trying to ensure their products are ethically produced. Unilever, which makes the popular Brooke Bond and Lipton brands, has committed to sourcing all its tea sustainably by 2020. But doing so is tricky. First, what does sustainability constitute exactly? More


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