Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Our Picks The Best Stories Of 2017

Our Picks: The Best Stories Of 2017 by: Andrea Carter on December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments Comments 246 Views December 22, 2017It’s been another great year for the team here at PoetsQuants for Undergrads. In our relentless quest to bring you the best coverage of news, trends, analyses, and rankings of the top undergraduate business programs, we created the very first list of Top 40 Undergraduate Professors, brought back our annual series showcasing the Best Brightest undergraduate business students, and crowned The Wharton School the new reigning champion of B-schools with the return of PoetsQuants’ Best Undergraduate Business Programs. We’ve had a lot of fun throughout 2017. As the year draws to a close, we looked back to reflect on some of our favorite coverage. Here are our 2017 Editors’ Picks.This Biz Major Had 11 InternshipsBusiness school students are known for racking up internships to gain experience and impress recruiters with a filled resume c ome graduation and hiring time. The number of internships that students graduate with can vary — usually somewhere between two and four. But eleven? Yes, that really happened. For Angela Zhou, exploring different fields to find out what she really enjoyed and wanted to do with her life outweighed the pressure of going into consulting or some other field that most of the B-school crowd is typically gunning for. Angela Zhou during her internship at IBM. Courtesy photoOver the course of her four years in USC’s World Bachelor in Business program — a program with an international twist that sends students off to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Bocconi University in Italy to study —  she interned in a slew of different fields fulfilling various types of roles. Marketing and writing for Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Lucky magazines, business development for IBM, digital organizing for Hillary for America, project management with Johnson J ohnson, the list goes on. â€Å"To be honest, I never really counted them until recently, and when I did I thought, ‘Wow, I could have done a lot less,’† Zhou told us earlier this year. â€Å"But I think it was really helpful. I don’t regret any of the internships I’ve done. Even if I didn’t like them, they helped me understand what I want to do later in life.† What Consulting Firms Pay Biz Undergrads Will Surprise YouWhile Angela Zhou took the path of exploration, consulting stood its ground as a top target for many B-schoolers. This year, PoetsQuants for Undergrads did a deep dive into a data report that uncovered just how much top consulting firms are paying undergrads fresh out of college. The figures were staggering as we learned that new alumni were looking at potential earnings upward of $100,000 per year. The top firms for base salary in the first year after graduation were Parthenon-EY, which offers $90,000, Accenture ($80,000 to $85,000), Strategy ($85,000), BCG ($84,000), Bain ($83,500), and McKinsey ($83,000). But with a $10,000 signing bonus and up to $8,500 as a performance bonus, Accenture had the biggest total package of $103,500. And did we mention the $5,000 maximum for relocation, 6% match for 401k, and 15% discount on Accenture stock the firm offers?The picture was just as bright for interns. Oliver Wyman offers $11,750 plus a $2,500 signing bonus for nine weeks, while McKinsey, Bain, and BCG all offer more than $14,000 for a 10-week summer. A.T. Kearney, L.E.K., and ZS Associates each offer $12,000.At Berkeley, A Graduation Plea for PeaceAngad Singh PaddaOf course, B-school students aren’t just chasing the almighty dollar. One grad in particular, an alumnus from Berkeley’s Haas School, went viral this year for his commencement speech highlighting the differences between doing good business and being in the business of doing good.In Angad Singh Padda’s graduation address t itled â€Å"A Sikh’s Speech to Unite the World,† he encouraged fellow graduates to not simply utilize their degrees for profit, but to create a unified world without prejudice.â€Å"Whenever there’s a kid in Oakland who can’t afford school, that’s a problem,† Padda said in the speech which was viewed close to a quarter million times on YouTube. â€Å"Whenever climate change wipes out a species, that’s a problem. Whenever a Muslim woman gets bullied because of her hijab, or a Jewish man because of his yarmulke, or a Sikh man because of his turban, that is a problem.†In speaking to PoetsQuants for Undergrads, Padda shared his experience as an international student in America, leaving India for the Bay Area with hopes of immersing himself into a diverse and accepting culture, and ultimately reaching that goal while making friends with people from all over the world and all different backgrounds.Five Top Professors, Five Cool Summe r VacationsSwitching gears a bit, PoetsQuants for Undergrads turned our attention to B-school faculty with our inaugural list of Top 40 Undergraduate Business Professors. While getting to know these all-star profs, we uncovered that quite a few of them are rarely all work and no play.Michigan University Ross School of Business professor Dana MuirFor five in particular, their summer vacations told it all. University of Connecticut Business School’s Cinthia Satornino conquered her fear of heights while soaring hundreds of feet in the air on a paraglide, Michigan’s Ross School of Business professor Dana Muir was in northern Indonesia scuba diving with a whale shark, and Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management professor Ravi Dharwadkar strolled the Great Wall of China. Meanwhile, beloved professor CJ Skender of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler School traveled to eight different states visiting family and former students and indulging in some retail therapy in San Francisc o and 65-year old Penn State professor Ron Gebhardtsbauer took to Copper Mountain, Colorado where his love for extreme sports brought him face to face with Woodward WreckTangle, a ninja obstacle challenge course.If you think lesson plans and research are all professors like to do, guess again.10 Undergraduate Business Schools to Watch in 2017Our final Editors Pick is our look at 10 B-schools to watch. In our second annual ranking of best undergraduate business programs, four of our schools to watch — Indiana’s Kelley School of Business, Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management — were among the top 10 for B-schools With the Best College Experience. Carlson was in the top five for Schools that Get Students Jobs in Their Targeted Company and U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School was second only to Wharton for Schools that Get Students Jobs in Their Targeted In dustry.   After opening its undergraduate program up to freshmen for the first time in 2016 — essentially stretching the program from three years to four — University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business turned its focus to diversity this year. We reported on pressure the school received to increase diversity and the school’s plans to turn around its diversity numbers. From our 2017 ranking, PoetsQuants for Undergrads found that Ross increased the percentage of minorities in its incoming class, going from 7.58% in 2016 to 8.00% in 2017. Lastly, in this year’s ranking, the Olin School of Business fell to Wharton and became the second best undergraduate business program, but our Editor-in-Chief John Byrne brought us a tour of the school and highlights from his visit with current students.DONT MISS: THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST BUSINESS MAJORS CLASS OF 2017 and 10 UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOLS TO WATCH IN 2017 Page 1 of 11

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Divorce Bill in the Philippines - 988 Words

I. Introduction Divorce in the Philippines is planning to take over Filipino values and culture. It’s all over the news, the Philippine Congress is now pushing forward the Divorce Bill right after they have put forward the Reproductive Health Bill. This issue was brought up. And just as what they have stated, â€Å"RH Bill can also lead to the Divorce Bill† because they have the same proponents. We know lots of Evangelical Christians are pro-RH Bill. But what they don’t know is that the proponents of RH Bill are also the proponents of Divorce Bill. And now that they almost got what they want, they are now preparing for another wave of controversial bill which will open a highway for immorality and degradation of Philippine culture and†¦show more content†¦4. Children from disrupted marriages experience greater risk of injury, asthma, headaches, and speech defects than children from intact families. 5. Suicide rates for children of divorce are measurably higher than for children from intact families. 6. Children of divorce were found to be twice as likely as children from intact families to drop out of school. 7. Divorced adults, particularly divorced men, experience early health problems to a measurably greater extent than married individuals. Premature death rates for divorced men double that of married men from such causes as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and strokes. 8. Young adults ages 18-22 from disrupted families were found to be twice as likely to have poor relationships with their mothers and/or fathers, and that the effects were still evident 12-22 years after the breakup. III. Reaction I do believe that each person deserves to marry the right person for them, but I dont believe divorce can reinforce that. If the government, since the constitution declares that the state should protect the sanctity of marriage, deemed that its necessary for them to do the job of protecting their wards marriages, their budget for divorce should go to psychological profiling before marriage, so people can protect themselves from the future â€Å"wackos† theyre going to marry. If the woman is abused by a man, she should file a case against that creep under RA 9262Show MoreRelatedDivorce Should Be Legalized in the Philippines2884 Words   |  12 Pages Divorce should be legalized in the Philippines March 21, 2013 (Date Submitted) I. Introduction Marriage is meant to last forever and vows usually include the phrase, â€Å"’til death do us part†. These are the words that most of us believed. Marriage is regarded as a sacred union between a man and a woman, thus, it must be cherished and valued with love. But what if the love that a couple once shared together fades away? 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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Economic Deflation and How to Prevent It

Is the problem that there is more to printing money than printing money? Is, in fact, the way printed money gets into circulation, that the Fed buys bonds, and thus gets money into the economy? What is the logical rabbit trail that leads to inflation from printing money? Would solving deflation this way work with todays low-interest rates? Why or why not? Deflation has been a hot topic since about 2001 and the fear of deflation does not look like it will subside anytime soon. What Is Deflation? This article on why money has value explains that inflation occurs when money becomes relatively less valuable than goods. Then deflation is simply the opposite, that over time money is becoming relatively more valuable than the other goods in the economy. Following the logic of that article, deflation can occur because of a combination of four factors: The supply of money goes down.The supply of other goods goes up.Demand for money goes up.Demand for other goods goes down. Before we decide that the Fed should increase the money supply, we have to determine how much of a problem deflation really is and how the Fed can influence the money supply. First, well look at the problems caused by deflation. Most economists agree that deflation is both a disease and a symptom of other problems in the economy. In Deflation: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Don Luskin at Capitalism Magazine examines James Paulsens differentiation of good deflation and bad deflation. Paulsens definitions are clearly looking at deflation as a symptom of other changes in the economy. He describes good deflation as occurring when businesses are able to constantly produce goods at lower and lower prices due to cost-cutting initiatives and efficiency gains. This is simply factor 2 The supply of other goods goes up on our list of the four factors which cause deflation. Paulsen refers to this as good deflation since it allows GDP growth to remain strong, profit growth to surge and unemployment to fall without inflationary consequence. Bad deflation is a more difficult concept to define. Paulsen simply states that bad deflation has emerged because even though selling price inflation is still trending lower, corporations can no longer keep up with cost reductions and/or efficiency gains. Both Luskin and I have difficulty with that answer, as it seems like half an explanation. Luskin concludes that bad deflation is actually caused by the revaluation of a countrys monetary unit of account by that countrys central bank. In essence, this is really factor 1 The supply of money goes down from our list. So bad deflation is caused by a relative decline in the money supply and good deflation is caused by a relative increase in the supply of goods. These definitions are inherently flawed because deflation is caused by relative changes. If the supply of goods in a year increases by 10% and the supply of money in that year increases by 3% causing deflation, is this good deflation or bad deflation? Since the supply of goods has increased, we have good deflation, but since the central bank hasnt increased the money supply fast enough we should also have bad deflation. Asking whether goods or money caused deflation is like asking When you clap your hands, is the left hand or the right hand responsible for the sound?. Saying that goods grew too fast or money grew too slowly is inherently saying the same thing since were comparing goods to money, so good deflation and bad deflation are terms that probably should be retired. Looking at deflation as a disease tends to get more agreement among economists. Luskin says that the true problem with deflation is that it causes problems in business relationships: If you are a borrower, you are contractually committed to making loan payments that represent more and more purchasing power — while at the same time the asset you bought with the loan to begin with is declining in nominal price. If you are a lender, chances are that your borrower will default on your loan to him under such conditions. Colin Asher, an economist at Nomura Securities, told Radio Free Europe that the problem with deflation is that in deflation [theres] a declining spiral. Businesses make less profits so they cut back [on] employment. People feel less like spending money. Businesses then dont make any profits and everything works itself into a declining spiral. Deflation also has a psychological element as it becomes rooted in peoples psychologies and becomes self-perpetuating. Consumers are discouraged from buying expensive items like automobiles or homes because they know those things will be cheaper in the future. Mark Gongloff at CNN Money agrees with these opinions. Gongloff explains that when prices fall simply because people have no desire to buy — leading to a vicious cycle of consumers postponing spending because they believe prices will fall further — then businesses cant make a profit or pay off their debts, leading them to cut production and workers, leading to lower demand for goods, which leads to even lower prices. While I havent polled every economist who has written an article on deflation this should give you a good idea of what the general consensus on the subject. A psychological factor that has been overlooked is how many workers look at their wages in nominal terms. The problem with deflation is that the forces causing prices in general to drop should cause wages to drop as well. Wages, however, tend to be rather sticky in the downward direction. If prices rise 3% and you give your employees a 3% raise, theyre roughly as well off as they were before. This is equivalent to the situation where prices drop 2% and you cut the pay of your employees by 2%. However, if employees are looking at their wages in nominal terms, theyll be much happier with a 3% raise than a 2% pay cut. A low level of inflation makes it easier to adjust wages in an industry whereas deflation causes rigidities in the labor market. These rigidities lead to an inefficient level of labor usage and slower economic growth. Now weve seen some of the reasons why deflation is undesirable, we must ask ourselves: What can be done about deflation? Of the four factors listed, the easiest one to control is number 1 The supply of money. By increasing the money supply, we can cause the inflation rate to rise, so we can avoid deflation. In order to understand how this works, we first need a definition of the money supply. The money supply is more than just the dollar bills in your wallet and the coins in your pocket. Economist Anna J. Schwartz defines the money supply as follows: The U.S. money supply comprises currency — dollar bills and coins issues by the Federal Reserve System and the Treasury — and various kinds of deposits held by the public at commercial banks and other depository institutions such as savings and loans and credit unions. There are three broad measures economists use when looking at the money supply: M1, a narrow measure of moneys function as a medium of exchange; M2, a broader measure that also reflects moneys function as a store of value; and M3, a still broader measure that covers items that many regard as close substitutes of money. How the Money Rupple Is Influenced The Federal Reserve has several options at its disposal in order to influence the money supply and thereby raise or lower the inflation rate. The most common way the Federal Reserve changes the inflation rate is by changing the interest rate. The Fed influences interest rates causes the supply of money to change. Suppose the Fed wishes to lower the interest rate. It can do this by buying government securities in exchange for money. By buying up securities on the market, the supply of those securities goes down. This causes the price of those securities to go up and the interest rate to decline. The relationship between the price of a security and interest rates is explained on the third page of my article The Dividend Tax Cut and Interest Rates. When the Fed wants to lower interest rates, it buys a security, and by doing so it injects money into the system because it gives the holder of the bond money in exchange for that security. So the Federal Reserve can increase the money supply by lowering interest rates through buying securities and decrease the money supply by raising the interest rates by selling securities. Influencing interest rates is a commonly used method of reducing inflation or avoiding deflation. Gongloff at CNN Money cites a Federal Reserve study that says Japans deflation could have been dodged, for example, if the Bank of Japan (BOJ) had only cut interest rates by 2 more percentage points between 1991 and 1995. Colin Asher points out that sometimes that if interest rates are too low, this method of controlling deflation is no longer an option, as currently in Japan where interest rates are practically zero. Changing interest rates in some circumstances is an effective way of controlling deflation through controlling the money supply. We finally get to the original question: Is the problem that there is more to printing money than printing money? Is, in fact, the way printed money gets into circulation, that the Fed buys bonds, and thus gets money into the economy?. Thats precisely what happens. The money the Fed gets to buy government securities has to come from somewhere. Generally, it is just created in order for the Fed to carry out its open market operations. So in most instances, when economists talk about printing more money and the Fed lowering interest rates theyre talking about the same thing. If interest rates are already zero, as in Japan, there is little room to lower them further, so using this policy to fight deflation will not work well. Fortunately, interest rates in the U.S. have not yet reached the lows of those in Japan. Next week well look at seldom used ways of influencing the money supply that the United States may want to consider in order to fight deflation. If youd like to ask a question about deflation or comment on this story, please use the feedback form.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Battle Of The Cold War - 2612 Words

No event in history has caused more debate among academics than that of the origins of the Cold War. The Cold War was a result of the United States and the Soviets unable to accept the others ideological vision for their country and how it would benefit the world. This war was security based and ideology fixated on proving why each side was right. What came from this was a clash of competing historiographical views of an orthodox and revisionist approach. Orthodox views, including that of John Gaddis, hold the Soviet Union responsible due Stalin’s want to expand communism/ Soviet influence. By violating the Yalta agreement, the United States had no choice but to take this violation as an attack that threaten the West and would do anything necessary to contain Stalin. Disagreeing with Orthodox views has led to Revisionists including Walter LaFeber, to contend that it was actually the United States through their policies and want of economic hegemony that led to the breakdown of the USSR/USA alliance and therefore contributed to the start of the Cold War. What Orthodox and Revisionist interpretations highlight is that there are two sides to every story and it is impossible to discredit one without discrediting the other. Evidence proves that while both the United States and the Soviet Union are to blame for the start of the Cold War and therefore the theory that best fits the available evidence comes from the Revisionist interpretation. A week before President Roosevelt diedShow MoreRelatedThe Battle Of The Cold War955 Words   |  4 PagesWorld War II between the United States and the Soviet Union came a time period full of mistrust and deceit. 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In fact, the State as the dominant actor in warfare should be understood as the exception, rather than the norm. Even though the State has not been the dominant actor in warfare, there were certainly multiple attempts by the State to control, or have

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Foreign Exchange Forecasting Example

Essays on Foreign Exchange Forecasting Research Paper 1. Quantitative Exchange Rate Forecast The RBA exchange rate for September was A US 0703. The forecast for December 31, can be doneby using Exponential smoothing. From the RBA exchange rate data, the actual exchange rates for every 4th month can be extracted as shown in Table 1.1. The data has been taken from January 2004 to September 2011 which is a reasonably long time period for forecasting. Any arbitrary value of smoothing constant (alpha) is chosen. Here 0.4 has been chosen as the value as shown in Appendix. The smooth values for all periods till January 2012 are calculated using actual exchange rates and forecasted exchange rates of previous time period. The squares of the errors are calculated and their sum is found out. This sum is minimized using solver to come up with an optimum value of alpha as 0.79. The smooth or forecasted exchange rate of January 2012 is taken equivalent to the exchange rate on 31 December, 2011. This value comes out as 1.0665. Table 1.1: Forecasting exchange rates using exponential smoothing    Alpha / Smoothing Constant 0.790359404       Month Actual Exchange Rate Forecasted Exchange Rate / Smooth Value Error square Jan-2004 0.7644 0.7644 0.0000 May-2004 0.7143 0.7644 0.0025 Sep-2004 0.7147 0.72480299 0.0001 Jan-2005 0.7744 0.716818 0.0033 May-2005 0.7557 0.76232847 0.0000 Sep-2005 0.7615 0.7570896 0.0000 Jan-2006 0.7510 0.7605754 0.0001 May-2006 0.7636 0.75300739 0.0001 Sep-2006 0.7480 0.76137936 0.0002 Jan-2007 0.7720 0.75080486 0.0004 May-2007 0.8244 0.76755664 0.0032 Sep-2007 0.8827 0.81248332 0.0049 Jan-2008 0.8884 0.86797973 0.0004 May-2008 0.9559 0.88411908 0.0052 Sep-2008 0.7996 0.94085181 0.0200 Jan-2008 0.8884 0.82921211 0.0035 May-2008 0.9559 0.87599182 0.0064 Sep-2008 0.7996 0.939148 0.0195 Jan-2009 0.6438 0.82885493 0.0342 May-2009 0.7912 0.68259502 0.0118 Sep-2009 0.8801 0.76843199 0.0125 Jan-2010 0.8909 0.85668985 0.0012 May-2010 0.8490 0.88372816 0.0012 Sep-2010 0.9667 0.85628043 0.0122 Jan-2011 0.9924 0.94355158 0.0024 May-2011 1.0709 0.98215939 0.0079 Sep-2011 1.0703 1.05229637 0.0003 Jan-2012   - 1.06652571   - Sum   0.1535 2. Factors that could impact exchange rate forecast Inflation and interest rates are the biggest factors which can have an impact on exchange rates. The inflation in Australia in second quarter was 3.6% which is quite moderate and hence unlikely to impact the forecast. The interest rates also remain unchanged at 4.75% as per recent RBA announcement. Therefore, the current trend in exchange rates is likely to continue. The other factors that could impact exchange rates are current account deficits, public debt, terms of trade and political stability. Australia’s terms of trade are at very high levels but credit growth and employed have declined to some extent. The inflation is expected to reduce by the year-end. Overall, the Australian economy seems to be doing reasonably well on most counts. However, it is bound to be impacted by the weakened global economy. Therefore, the relative performance of Australian economy with respect to global economy will govern the exchange rates. Hence, the forecasted exchange rate for December 31 , 2011 seems fair with a possibility of deviation on the upper side. Appendix Excel Solver Report for optimizing Alpha Target Cell (Min) Cell Name Original Value Final Value $D$33 Error square 0.1733 0.1535 Adjustable Cells Cell Name Original Value Final Value $C$2 Alpha / Smoothing Constant 0.4 0.790359404 Constraints Cell Name Cell Value Formula Status Slack $C$2 Alpha / Smoothing Constant 0.790359404 $C$2=1 Not Binding 0.209640596 $C$2 Alpha / Smoothing Constant 0.790359404 $C$2=0 Not Binding 0.790359404 References Monthly Data. Exchange Rate Data. Reserve Bank of Australia. Retrieved September 18, 2011 from Bergen, Jason Van. (2010). 6 factors that influence exchange rates. Retrieved September 19, 2011 from Interest rates updates. Retrieved September 19, 2011 from

Case Study Starbucks And Second Cup - 2768 Words

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Amazon comes to Australia-Free-Samples for Students-Myassignment

Questions: 1.Write a Report on the views for and against allowing Amazon to Operate as a physical presence in the Australian retail sector. 2.Using the research you have done in first question, analyse these views both for and against in terms of appropriate theories of ethics. 3.Reflect on your own personal attitude towards the arrival of Amazon in Australia. Explain the reasons why you think it is a good thing or a bad thing. Answers: Introduction Amazon has recently stated that it would open its retail chain in Australian and will aim to have warehouse and distribution in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to start with. Amazon in Australia is the biggest news of the recent history and many expert, researchers, general people, politician and executives have different perspectives of the event actually a mixed emotion that is divided both for the motion and against the motion. Amazon as a brand has a lot to offer as they have wide range of products from fresh food to electronics and on top of that Amazon have its own set of products and a marketplace which means that third party retailers can sell their own products under the banner of Amazon. Amazon in Australian market have huge prospect in term of both raw market with full of resource and potential of becoming the largest retail organization in the entire continent (Leavitt, 2013). 1.Utilitarianism According to the theory of ethics, the focus is to attain happiness for the maximum number of people but according to the theory it is not necessary that all the people will be benefitted from this which is the exactly the current state of Amazons intervention in Australia (Flood, 2016). Amazon with its wide range of product will benefit the local consumers, as they would have both budget product and power of choice. Thus, will give Amazon the edge in the market and would help them to pay a major role to change the retail sector of Australia, Amazon just like other tech giants Google, Facebook and Apple is a big collect of consumers data (Bergvall?Kreborn Howcroft 2014). Amazon target the Audience with the preference of their choice so that the customers feels that the company knows what the customer wants and needs, what is going in customers life which will make them feel like the organization cares for them thus will create it separate market brand in Australia (Muthui SISAT, 20 13). Amazon will offer the customers what they want to buy and will deliver it to the customer or for the customer (Kim 2014). Amazon has maniacal focus on the customers. Amazon before being a good employer or good corporate citizen they are the best service and product provider. The best part is Amazons products are way too cheap then other retail competitors that they acquire by not trying to maximize profit or bottom line (Bensinger Morris 2014). Amazon use built in price software comparison, to keep the price low and extending the distribution channel by reinvesting all the cash flow to strengthen its brand value in the market. Amazon aims to lock the customer in a bond for eternity (IMORI, GUILHOTO WAISMAN 2016). However, like good they have severe impact in the Australian traditional retail chains such as JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman who are the giants in electronic in Australia and fight like cat and dog over budget product will be majorly effected by Amazons arrival. In fashion, industry, which is greatly disturbed by fast fashion such as Zara Chain, now will be deeply affected by the new oversea gia nt in Australia (Hortasu Syverson 2015). Australian grocery market is currently dominated by existing supermarket that would be vastly disrupted if Amazon decides to get into groceries in Australia (Laudon Traver, 2013). In short, companies who have used customer base to just increase their margin rather than be innovative for the consumers and overlooked customers value by not providing them something extra apart from the product and service are worried about Amazon coming to Australia (Bowers, 2015). Thus concludes and proves that Utilitarianism theory of ethics stays true in the current condition as it will benefit the maximum number of Australian population and also will make some people worried (Gupta, 2015). Egoism It reflects true capitalism as all capitalist are built on personal gain and ambition and individual achievement. Egoist may not or may make decisions which are beneficial for many could be respectful and ethical in nature. Amazon being in the capitalist mindset is also egoistic in nature (Wurman Mountz 2017). Amazon wants to be the best in the retail sector in the entire world which is their self interest but Amazon promotes innovation for customers and goodwill of the society, they also promotes entrepreneurialism for the small retail chain which gets the platform for both within the country and globally with their product (Chauhan, 2015). Amazon with the help of huge customer base could generate endless profit and keep the profit or take the profit to the place of their origin but rather they would invest in the country to increase the GDP of the country as it will help them to generate more revenues in the long run (Kantor Streitfeld 2015). A corporate giant like Amazon have th e potential to eat the entire retail chain market. Amazon has the financial power to execute numerous expansions and promote innovation, their customer satisfaction and valuation is mindboggling. Thus, promoting what is good for Amazon is good for the entire Australian society as it will give a positive outcome both for the organization as well as for the people of the country (Ritala, Golnam Wegmann, 2014). Amazon as a retail service provider values the customers and the importance of service to them they have dedicated their entire attention to the people as they knows that the customer satisfaction and valuation will help them to set new limits in the continent and would help them to set up new expansion soon (Yu et al., 2013) 2.In my personal opinion, I found that Amazon intrusion in the Australian market would bring out the competitiveness in the market which according the CEO is an attractive market. Amazon retail service would be a big boost to small-scale industry, the consumers, the general population of the country and the investment that the organization is going to put in the country will be a huge boost for Australian economy. The consumer will get the benefit of choosing different products of different brands as per their need and want that would give them the power of choice and that mean it will be the best shopping experience that a retail industry can provide to the customers (Pallant, 2013). Amazon will have a dramatic impact on the retail industry by providing service like Amazon Go and Amazon Fresh Delivery that will not only provide fast delivery of goods but also 30 percent lower rate than traditional retailers. The consumer in Australian market is different than tradition world and Ama zon with huge experience in the retail industry can increase its market share in the long run. Amazon would provide cheap raw materials with lower cost in transit and equally same quality compared to the other retailers marked up price to the customers As per the population derives the major shareholders and the stakeholders both will be benefited with ample number of job opportunities for the natives. Currently Amazon have nearly 1000 employees with is going to be Four times with it retail service in Australia. The economy of the Australia both rural and urban would be benefitted and majorly affecting the lifestyle of the society which would be extensively upgraded. The CSR activities incorporated by the organization will benefit the Australian society As a Small-scale industry the investment and the turnover is compatibly low (Cannon, 2015). Woolsworth, Aldi and Coles mostly dominate the Australian market in the retail sector. Therefore as Amazons entry in the Australian market, t hey would follow the price skimming strategy; therefore, small-scale industry would be benefited. At last but not the least small-scale provider of the retail stores would tie up with Amazon to supply the products and services in the particular area and would be increasing their turnover in the long run (Liu et al., 2015). It will also give scope to new businesses with innovative ideas and technology adaptability on the day-to-day life to thrive in the current market scenario. The small-scale industry will be valuable to Amazon as they will be part of the same business transaction with the giant. According to the justice, theory of ethics good outcome must be for all and not for the majority, I believe the same too after all goodwill of the society, and keeping everyone happy should be our main objective. However, that is excessively hard to do as keeping all-happy is even beyond Gods capabilities (Panagiotelis, Smith Danaher 2014). Amazon in Australia is going to benefit all the p eople of Australia as well as it will work for the goodwill of Australia and Australian Society. Therefore, I strongly believe that a particular segment of people maybe fearful of Amazons arrival but a major company like Amazon will bring a lot in the Australia and for the Australians. 3.I strongly feel that the arrival of Amazon in Australia has been a path breaking innovation in the field of online marketing as it has opened a huge arena for online marketing. As is seen in the present day scenario, life has become very fast paced and is a rat race, people are busy every single time and on the other hand, there has been a sufficient increase in the need and demand of people. There is also a rapid change not only in the quantity of product but also in the quality and customers all over the land are in search of something new. As far the reports are concerned, Amazon will provide goods at a much lower price and they will also make sure that the service rendered is fast and without any delay. In other words, they promised that the goods that will be ordered by the customers online will reach to the desired location without any delay. This turned out to be a great marketing strategy because customers nowadays are in search of something more and something easy. As diff erent customers located in different parts of the world have different mindset, the same holds true for the Aussie shopper as well, it was seen that majority of the Australian population will be inclined in buying goods from Amazon if they have to pay lesser price for it. Amazon uses the Unitarian theory, which means that it values in providing the right utility for their customers. In other words, Amazon aims at providing happiness for the majority number of people and as is seen, it has also been successful in attaining this goal. It has opened a huge platform for a vast number of people in the domain of online shopping, just by sitting at home; the buyers now can select the goods of their choice, and moreover they get plenty of options right at their disposal. The entire transaction process has also been made very easy and flexible for being used by all the people. In other words, Amazon has been successful in providing utility services to all their customers because their main m otif is to promote customer satisfaction. Though their ultimate objective is to establish themselves as the top most market of Australia but they make sure that they never ignore the interests of their customers. They also trust in providing innovation and diversification for their customers and they also promote goodwill of the society. Apart from this, Amazon also helps the small retail industries to grow and prosper, so that they get accreditation both locally as well as on the universal basis. 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