Sears agrees to sell Craftsman tools at Ace Hardware

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Description:   Sears Holdings Corp. has agreed to sell its popular Craftsman tool brand through Ace Hardware stores, as the company turns again to outsiders to help grow its sales. Source: Marketwatch.com Date: 02/20/2010 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sears-agrees-to-sell-craftsman-tools-at-ace-hardware-2010-02-20 Questions for discussion: Do you think this strategy is sound for both firms? What alternative strategies are available to Sears and… Read more »

Ackman Buys 2% Kraft Stake, Urges Cash for Cadbury

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Description:  Billionaire investor William Ackman bought a $950 million stake in Kraft Foods Inc. and urged its Chief Executive Officer Irene Rosenfeld to limit the amount of stock she uses to bid for Cadbury Plc. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: 01/16/2010 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aSMnsSKPDuMk Questions for discussion: Do you think Ackman’s decision is a smart move? Do you… Read more »

Why Yahoo finally made the deal

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Description:  CEO Carol Bartz explains why her company formed a partnership with Microsoft one year after their initial offer. Source: CNNMoney – video report   Date: 9/16/2009 Keys:  Mergers & acquisitions, strategic planning Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/fortune/2009/09/16/f_mpw_bartz_microsoft.fortune/ Questions for discussion:  Summarize the advantages and disadvantages of the partnership for both firms from a strategic planning point of… Read more »