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Jack in the Box (JACK) has a simple story. It is a regional hamburger chain that has carved out a distinctive identity based on its innovative indulgent side items, its all day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night menu, its 18/7 and 24/7 hours of operation, and its heavy focus on the drive through experience.

The company that never really evidenced the accelerated growth experienced by its peers except for brief periods in the 1970’s and 1990’s, decided to combat moderating retail sales and shrinking margins by launching a refranchising strategy in 2004. The initiative was completed in 2019 and although margins have expanded significantly over the course of the 15 years it took to enforce the refranchising effort, the effect on gross profits, operating earnings, and net income has been marginal.

To mitigate the sluggish increase in profits and accelerate growth, JACK has implemented wide ranging initiatives

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  • Royal Dutch Shell announced on Wednesday that it expects to cut between 7,000 and 9,000 jobs, more than 10% of its workforce, in order to shift to low-carbon energy.
  • The oil and gas giant said that its reorganization would save between $2 billion and $2.5 billion by 2022.
  • Its CEO Ben van Beurden said: “We have looked closely at how we are organised and we feel that, in many places, we have too many layers in the company.”
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Royal Dutch Shell announced on Wednesday plans to cut up to 9,000 jobs, more than 10% of its workforce, as part of a major overhaul to shift the oil and gas giant to low-carbon energy.

Shell, which had 83,000 employees at the end of 2019, said that the reorganization would save between $2 billion and $2.5 billion by 2022, beyond cost cuts of $3 to

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Royal Dutch Shell announced on Wednesday plans to cut up to 9,000 jobs, or over 10% of its workforce, as part of a major overhaul to shift the oil and gas giant to low-carbon energy.

Shell, which had 83,000 employees at the end of 2019, said that the reorganisation will lead to additional annual savings of around $2 billion to $2.5 billion by 2022 beyond cost cuts of $3 to $4 billion announced earlier this year.

Shell’s London-traded shares were down over 1% in early trade.


Last month it launched a broad review of its business aimed at cutting costs as it prepares to restructure its operations as part of the shift to low-carbon energy.

The Anglo-Dutch company said it expected to cut 7,000 to

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UK finance minister Rishi Sunak, battling record deficits and soaring debt due to his government’s emergency coronavirus response, faces a politically dangerous balancing act to pay the bill, analysts say.

As the outbreak raged, total public debt rocketed above £2.0 trillion for the first time, striking a record high proportion of 102 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

Commentators argue that a combination of taxation, inflation, spending cuts, and even economic growth could help balance the books for Sunak.

But the public purse also faces the additional threat of a potential no-deal Brexit at the end of this year.

Public sector net borrowing — the state’s preferred measure of the deficit — hit a record £173.7 billion in the first five months of its 2020-2021 fiscal year, or April to August.

That was an eye-watering £145 billion more than the year-earlier figure.

– ‘Unavoidable’ tax hikes –

“It is unavoidable

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Sep 29, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) IT Market 2020 by Company, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 is currently an appended report by that will help you make informed decisions, know opportunities, plan new projects, explore drivers and restraints, plan effective business strategies, and provides a vision on the industry forecast. The report targets the major aspects related to global Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) IT market growth, development plan, and focuses on significant tactics. The market has experienced an amazing change structure-wise such as product developments, launches, and trends. The market is evaluated on the basis of segments including types and applications. It demonstrates the market size, market share, market trends, and development rate. The report analyzes the progress of this market movement of significant players in this

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Managing a small business is difficult as it is already during this pandemic-affected economic climate. Having to manage connectivity and IT and pay for both is just another added layer of complexity for many business owners. To address two of those challenges at once, T-Mobile offers a new set of small business rate plans. Besides adding these plans, T-Mobile is also getting more serious about supporting business users by doubling the team dedicated to helping SMBs and has updated its more than 7,000 retail locations to serve small and medium businesses better. T-Mobile is increasing its focus on small business users after the Sprint merger, which admittedly had more business experience. T-Mobile is now announcing a partnership with Microsoft to broaden its small business rate plan offerings to include Microsoft 365.

T-Mobile is taking Small Business seriously with these two new Magenta Business plans;

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New Jersey business and industry leaders reiterated their concerns about a plan to borrow $4.5 billion from the federal government that Gov. Phil Murphy says is needed to meet budget shortfalls due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Select Commission on Emergency COVID-19 Borrowing heard from leaders before approving the borrowing plan unanimously. The Commission includes Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Sen. Paul Sarlo, chair of the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, chair of the Assembly Budget Committee.

Chris Emigholz questioned a $1.4 billion difference in revenue estimates between the Murphy administration and the Office of Legislative Services and a $2.5 billion budget surplus.

“A shortfall has two sides, and increased surplus and spending on local projects unrelated to the crisis should not be used to inflate the spending side of that shortfall, said Christopher Emigholz, vice president of government affairs

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“We will probably IPO Starlink (STRLK), but only several years in the future when revenue growth is smooth & predictable. Public market does *not* like erratic cash flow haha,” Elon Musk wrote in a tweet. “I’m a huge fan of small retail investors. Will make sure they get top priority. You can hold me to it.”

The full Starlink network, also known as a “constellation,” would consist of 11,943 satellites that fly in low Earth orbit and beam high-speed internet to anywhere on the planet.

Musk estimates that Starlink could bring in revenue of $30B a year – or about 10x the highest annual revenue SpaceX (SPACE) expects from its core rocket business – and could pave the “way for SpaceX to generate revenue that can be used to develop more and more advanced rockets and spaceships.”

To date, SpaceX has launched more than 700 Starlink satellites and told

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  • Google announced in a blog post on Monday that it’s closing a loophole which allows some developers to side-step its 30% tax on in-app payments.
  • Developers will have until September 31 2021 to integrate Google’s billing system.
  • Google also said it will make it easier for users to install alternative app stores to its own.
  • The change may mean apps such as Netflix, Spotify, and Tinder which have avoided the 30% fee put up their prices on the Play Store.
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Google said it will clamp down on a loophole that allows big developers like Netflix and Spotify avoid paying 30% commission on in-app payments.


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Until now, developers have been able to side-step the 30% commission that comes with using Google’s in-app payment system by getting users to enter their card details directly.

Google’s vice

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FAYETTEVILLE — Planning Commissioners voiced displeasure over, but approved, a plan for homes and one lot with commercial use facing Huntsville Road west of Crossover Road.

The commission voted 7-0 Monday to approve the plan for 11 single-family lots on the north side of Huntsville Road. One additional lot abutting the street will feature some type of commercial use. A road would split up the middle of the nearly 2-acre site.

Commissioners in May approved rezoning the land, and the City Council subsequently approved, to a community services zone. The city’s community services zone allows single-family up to four-unit dwellings, as well as multifamily and accessory dwellings and cluster housing. Commercial uses include eating places, neighborhood shopping, gas stations or drive-through restaurants, offices and home occupations.

Several commissioners expressed disappointment at a lack of variety of housing types presented in the plan. Commissioner Matt Hoffman described the request as a

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