Economics & Economy

The upside of multilateral trade deals

Apr 18, 2018

President Donald Trump has again rejected the idea of the U.S. joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. That’s the multilateral trade pact the Obama administration hammered out. Yesterday, the president tweeted that he still doesn't like the TPP. He added that bilateral trade agreements, between the U.S. and just one other country, are more "efficient" and "profitable." But, are they? 

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In a lot of restaurants in this country, Maine lobster is the luxury version of a luxury product. You get it in places with white table cloths and shiny silverware. But in Maine, where Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac grew up, lobster was eaten off paper plates at family gatherings in Jim's backyard. Six years and a couple of appearances on "Shark Tank" after the cousins sold their first Maine lobster roll off a food truck in Los Angeles, they’ve got a national lobster franchise with 20 trucks in 13 cities and a couple of brick-and-mortar restaurants as well.

A food truck business that sells a "uniquely Main moment"

Apr 18, 2018

Cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac were thrilled to find a large crowd when they parked their truck on their first day of business in 2012. Then they realized they were customers, and they had kept them waiting.

The following is an excerpt from their book "Cousins Maine Lobster: How One Food Truck Became a Multi-Million Dollar Business," where they discuss how they went from opening a food truck to receiving a phone call from the folks at "Shark Tank," the ABC TV show where entrepreneurs try to gain investors.   

04/18/2018: Did you go to Starbucks today?

Apr 18, 2018

American consumers can be a fickle bunch, and companies spend billions to make that fickleness break their way as best they can — especially in a crisis. Bloomberg calculated that Starbucks' upcoming shutdown for racial bias training is gonna cost $17 million in lost sales. But what do Starbucks customers think of last weekend's incident in Philadelphia, where two black men sat down without buying anything and left in handcuffs? That's where we're starting today. Then, another Trump tweet fact check: Are bilateral trade deals really better for the U.S.

In 2012, filmmaker Hajar al-Naim, 28, set foot in her first movie theater in Los Angeles more than 8,000 miles from her home in Saudi Arabia.

"I watched 'Argo,' it was ... amazing. I didn't know it would be such an experience. But I loved it because of the reaction of the people around me. The laughter, the crying, the silence in the room. It was just an incredible experience. I can't forget that day," she recalled in December when Saudi Arabia announced it was lifting a 35-year ban on cinemas.

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