How to not run out of beer (or soft drinks, or chicken) – by supply chain experts

Shutterstock Football tournaments are unpredictable – that’s one of the best things about them. But one thing no one seems to have expected over the course of the FIFA World Cup this summer is how much carbon dioxide (CO2) would be needed to keep the beer flowing in British pubs. But it’s not only beer …

Bitcoin price manipulation puts trust in cryptocurrencies at risk

Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin have grown in popularity in large part because they can be bought and sold without a government or other third party overseeing everything. But there’s a flipside: Unlike in markets for other assets such as stocks or bonds, it makes it much harder to uncover price manipulation and fraud. But that’s what …

Ten ways to get on top of your overloaded email inbox that actually work

shutterstock.com Most of us are addicted to email. Some estimates say we spend nearly five and a half hours each weekday checking it. Despite the explosion of social media in recent years, email is not on the decline. Surveys estimate that the number of emails sent out each day will have grown to 246 billion …

Heathrow’s third runway is expensive, polluting and unequal – why the poor will lose out

shutterstock.com After more than a decade of debate, the expansion of London’s Heathrow airport has been given the green light after MPs voted in favour of the government’s plans to add a third runway. Construction could begin as early as 2021. However, in all the deliberation over costs and connectivity, the biggest losers from this …

China has more fans at this World Cup than England

With the World Cup now well underway, certain distinctive groups of fans have already left their mark on the tournament. The Peruvians are there in huge numbers (possibly up to 80,000), the Senegalese danced their way through their country’s first match, and the Japanese cleaned the stadium up after the national team’s opening game. England …

Airbus departure? Five things you need to know to understand its relationship with Britain

Ryan Fletcher / Shutterstock.com Airbus has warned that a no-deal Brexit could force the aircraft manufacturer to close its UK operations, which, among other things, produce all-important wings. Here’s why other countries are circling to pick up the slack from a UK departure from the single market and customs union – and why the Airbus …

Manufacturing still matters: five reasons why the IMF is wrong

shutterstock.com According to new IMF research, countries need no longer rely on manufacturing for productivity growth. The IMF is not the first to take a jab at so-called manufacturing “fetishism”. Famous economists like Jagdish Bhagwati and Christina Romer have also done so in recent years. In fact, you can trace the scepticism of pro-manufacturing theories …

Football’s next marketing superstar may emerge at this World Cup

There is some poignancy to this year’s World Cup, sharpened by the fact that the next tournament in Qatar will not take place until November 2022. By then Cristiano Ronaldo will be nearly 38-years-old and Lionel Messi will be 35. Russia 2018 may therefore be the last time we see Ronaldo and Messi playing in …

Theranos founder fooled investors with the promise to revolutionise healthcare – it offers three big lessons for companies

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes. Fortune Global Forum, CC BY-NC-ND Less than three months after being charged by the US Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) with “massive fraud” and barred from being the CEO of a public company for ten years, entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes is reportedly on the hunt for investors for a new company. She is …

Cheap hay fever tablets and allergy medication

Hay fever can turn even the best summer’s day into a fight against nature’s irritant: pollen. But don’t let it hit your finances too – find out how to get medication on the cheap. If you’re a hay fever sufferer, you’ll understand that the toll it can take on your bank balance is almost as …