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Also, didn't Steve Jobs introduce the first MacBook Air, with a whopping single USB port and an underpowered CPU that tended to overheat, but a slick, forward-looking design? The MacBook is a nod to the original MacBook Air, hopefully sans the CPU issues.
 I believe it does use tokenization when it is using MST. According to CNet Visa and Mastercard were able to do this because they set up all the back-end technology when making their systems compatible with Apple Pay. Gas pumps are one area where MST won't work. This requires the terminals where you swipe the card vertically or horizontally across a reader, rather than push the card in and out. That said, being compatible with the old system does give it an advantage,...
 Unrealistic. Joint CEO situations rarely work out well (e.g. BlackBerry, and to a lesser extent Samsung, though in the latter they are really 3 separate businesses). If a CEO "retires" but stays on, it's usually as a non-executive chairman focusing on strategy while the new CEO focuses on operations. Chances are Ahrendts will stay in her current role for the foreseeable future since she's still relatively new. If she is going to be groomed as a future CEO Apple will fold...
Burberry is a place where you can spend $120 on an umbrella. It isn't cheap by any stretch. But my dad bought my mom a number of birthday/Christmas/anniversary gifts over the years. After his third purchase or so the store manager got to know him and my mom well enough to predict what another good gift would be. I'd describe my family as upper middle class, perhaps lower upper class, but practical. We don't throw money away but aren't afraid of spending a little more to...
On top of that, she was a CEO who tripled the value of her company in 7 years. Cook has doubled his in just under 4 years (including his tenure as "interim" CEO). I wonder if Cook and Ahrendts have a running bet on whether he can top her percentage. 😄
 I can't remember where, but I thought I had read that in one of the interviews of Cook or Ive from a year or so ago. My sense is that he likes being head designer, but doesn't believe he has the skills to be a CEO. He's a design genius, but geniuses don't always make good CEOs. Heck, Steve Jobs wasn't particularly good at running a company at first. In his current role, Ive doesn't need to worry about operations and probably not so much about engineering (except when they...
She didn't turn the company around by hiring better sales associates in the stores. When she took over, the brand had negative associations as a result of cheap knockoffs. She rebuilt the brand's image and re-established relationships within the fashion industry. Apple doesn't need help selling iPhones, Macs, or iPads in their stores. However, they are launching a new line of wearables that they plan to market as fashion accessories. So in that respect, they are selling...
I think they are sold in white boxes with black lettering in Aisle 12 next to the pet food.
 If something were to happen to Tim Cook (e.g. health issues) in the near term, I think it would be Cue or Schiller, at least in the interim. However, if Ahrendts is successful at revamping the stores, and promoting the Apple Watch (and perhaps other wearables) she may well be in the running eventually once she's more ingrained into the corporate culture. Unlike Cue, Schiller, or anyone else at Apple not named Tim Cook, Ahrendts has actually been a CEO of a successful...
Ahrendts is anything but a generic executive. She completely rejuvenated the Burberry brand and turned the company around.
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