Economics & Economy

Andy Uhler

On June 20, Costco will make the switch from American Express to Visa as its exclusive credit card provider. It's a relatively painless process for the consumer, as new cards will come in the mail. But, David Schick, retail analyst at Consumer Edge Research, said there’s bound to be a slight disruption in sales just because of confusion.

“Anytime customers are used to doing something one way for a long time and that changes, that will have an impact to the short and even into the medium term," he said.

New salary survey still finds few women in CEO ranks

May 25, 2016
D Gorenstein

Overall,  CEOs on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index earned a median $10.8 million — 4.5 percent more than last year’s median rate, and an increase more than double the rate of inflation. That’s according to a new survey released Wednesday from the Associated Press.

The survey also found female executives earned a median income of nearly $18 million, compared to $10.5 million for men.


On today's show, we'll talk about the two new deals that are bringing old-school car companies together with ride-sharing services; the dearth of women who are CEOs; and the large number of Cubans heading for America. 

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Pebble's foray into Kickstarter; a startup that pairs Syrian refugees with people around the world who want to speak Arabic; and Twitter's changes to its 140-character limit. 

Lufthansa will sell you a mystery flight

May 24, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

We talked a lot about air travel Tuesday, here's one more quick story: Lufthansa's doing something interesting.

With Lufthansa Surprise, you buy a ticket, and the airline decides where you go.

You can put some parameters on there, so it's not totally blind, but still.