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Hamodia Articles

Menachem Lubinsky, contributes weekly articles to Hamodia titled The Business Monitor

Travel Rebounds But is it Here to Stay?

Hector Addabbo took his first business trip in almost two years recently. He confessed that the entire experience of getting on a TSA security line ...
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Getting the Billionaires and the Wealthy to Pay Their Fair Share

There is a raging debate in the halls of Congress, in the media, and in society whether the country’s billionaires should be forced to foot ...
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Our Dependency on Strong Commercial Strips and Strip Malls

The chances are that if you live in one of the Jewish communities in New York and New Jersey or for that matter in other ...
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The Unfriendly Aisles of Retail Stores…for Senior Citizens

It was in the early 1980’s that a young woman completely changed her appearance and mannerism to look and act like an elderly shopper. In ...
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The Rapidly Collapsing US Supply Chain

Reports indicate that sales of kosher foods during this past Yom Tov were at record levels but at the same time retailers faced some unprecedented ...
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Big Business Dilemma: How Big is Too Big?

It seems that one issue that society faces nowadays is the exten to which some of the mega business and specifically tech companies run our ...
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Economic Setback: The Covid Delta Variant

As the month of September rolled in, many economic experts had expected a dramatic and major turnaround in the number of new jobs, a sign ...
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Your Favorite Store May Just be… in Another Store!

The bankrupt Toys R Us is back under new owners, WHP Global which had acquired a controlling interest in Tru Kids, the parent company of the ...
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Is Biden Economics Bad for the Country?

Seven months into his presidency, President Joe Biden has reason to smile about the direction of the economy. While still plagued with many problems, the ...
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Rising Inflation Stinging Younger People

Back in 2013, Michael Winerip wrote an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times in which he related how he used to love inflation as ...
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Are the Airlines Suffering from Post-Covid Syndrome?

Just a few weeks ago it seemed as if there was a recovery underway for the airline industry. Airports sprung to life during the July ...
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How Demographics Changed Retail, Especially Kosher

Occasionally there is a milestone that is noteworthy not only for the event itself but the enduring effect it has on an entire industry or ...
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Ben & Jerry’s: The Wrong Business Strategy

By now, almost everyone is familiar with Ben & Jerry’s story. Not the story of the two Jewish friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who ...
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Starting a Business vs. Acquisition: Risk or Opportunity

Case History # 2 A special summer series on select business issues that were dealt with by Lubicom Business Consulting. Some of the names and ...
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“Stuck” in the Family Business or Branching Out

Case History # 2 A special summer series of three essays on select business issues that were dealt with by Lubicom Business Consulting. Some of ...
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Buying a Business: Price vs. Value

(Case History # 1): Part of a special summer series of three essays on select business issues that were dealt with by Lubicom Business Consulting. ...
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A Business Recovery with Many Hiccups

Economic experts are telling us that we are in the midst of an economic recovery, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. That should be ...
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Can One Key Person Turn a Company Around?

Bed Bath & Beyond was destined for the dustbin of history until a new CEO took over the helm. The company was bleeding badly as ...
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Moving to Make Ends Meet

The Isaacs family recently moved from Brooklyn to Boca Raton, Florida. Three of their friends made the move in the last two years which was ...
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Incentives to Stay Home and Not Work

It has always been a formidable goal of any forward thinking government to achieve full employment. The benefits are many including a larger tax base, ...
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Can the US Win the Manufacturing War with China?

Make no mistake! China is still the world’s leading manufacturer but there are signs that the US is gaining ground and may even have moved ...
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The Cost of Living: Why we Need to Pay Attention

Many American families chose where to live in the USA based on the cost of living in various cities. Living on a fixed budget is ...
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A Robust Job Market in a Post-COVID-19 Era

What a difference a year makes! Approximately a year ago, the business world was slowly shutting down on the throes of one of the worst ...
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What the Pandemic Taught us About Credit Cards

I read an article about how the average American family made it through the pandemic financially. It was about layoffs, the stimulus and more. There ...
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Bidenomics: Concern or Welcome Change?

Business executives are just beginning to decipher what a Biden presidency will mean for business. With the ongoing Covid pandemic and a second Trump impeachment ...
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Manhattan: On a Steep Decline or on the Cusp of Recovery?

Not since Peter Minuit, the director-general of New Netherland, purchased Manhattan in 1626 from the Lenape, or the Delaware Indians, for $24-worth of trade goods, has ...
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The 737-500 MAX is Flying Again: But Will the Passengers?

Last week two spectacular events happened with the same model aircraft built by the Boeing Company. A 737-500 crashed in Indonesia and after being grounded ...
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What Retailers Might Learn from Box Stores

Robert needed a few household items, including deodorant, tissues, and paper cups. In the pre-COVID-19 days, he might have driven about 15 minutes and shopped ...
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The Mixed Fate of Luxury Goods

It is called the luxury market simply because these are goods and services that people with high net worth consume. Economists generally define consumers of ...
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America’s Newspaper Industry: On the Brink?

One of the fundamental articles of the US Constitution is a guarantee of Freedom of the Press which most Americans always took for granted. The ...
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The Toy Industry: Toying with Success Despite Calamities

You probably couldn’t open a newspaper over the weekend without having a colorful toy catalogue fall out or find full page ads in the newspapers ...
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Meet Your New Pharmacist: Amazon

For all those that may have forgotten, Amazon, started by Jeff Bezos in 1994 was launched as an on-line bookstore, almost instantly putting a dagger ...
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A Biden Presidency: Should Small Businesses Worry?

There is no need to repeat the obvious. 2020 has been a year full of challenges for small businesses and so many were afraidabout their ...
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The Shaky Business of Polling Gets Even Shakier

Why is how badly the polls performed in the recent presidential election a business story? While many Americans think of polling as being part of ...
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Is the Publishing Industry Out of the Woods?

The publishing industry, which faced enormous challenges in the last few years, is facing even more uncertainty in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. The ...
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Has the Covid-19 US Economy Beaten the Odds

With Election Day looming, all eyes are on the US economy. Afterall, political strategists agree that most people go to the polls to “vote their ...
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The Good and Bad News For the Construction Industry

IF you took a drive in New York City, or for that matter in any major U.S. city these days, you would be hard-pressed to ...
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Kodak – A Rigid Business Model That Refused to Change!

I and people of my generation remember Kodak as an iconic rock-solid business that represented the brilliance and ingenuity of American capitalism. After all, from ...
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The Ups and Downs of Mergers and Acquisitions

In recent months, some of the nation’s biggest names were involved in some major acquisitions. In the tech industry, it is an almost daily occurrence, ...
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Your Airline Seat May Soon be for Cargo

With air travel down by as much as 85% from a year ago and losses mounting by the billions, airlines are forced to take a ...
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The Latest Challenges for Small Businesses

2019 may be remembered as the year of the upgrade for small businesses, especially retail. Take a tour of any commercial area in a Jewish ...
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The Trade Show: The Face to Face Business that Survived

TO BE SURE, technology has changed the way we do business. Most of our communications with prospective business partners are no longer conducted in person. ...
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How Important is a Banking Relationship Nowadays?

There is a misconception these days among some small-business owners that a banking relationship is not as important as it used to be. They feel ...
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The Art of Negotiation

Negotiations are a fundamental part of business and of life in general. When people sit down to negotiate a deal, whether for a business or ...
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Rebranding and Turning Around a Business

A battle between two brothers who are partners in a business played out in my office. While one brother failed to see any future in ...
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