March 5, 2015
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National News

AbbVie Wins Bidding War for Maker of Cancer Drug, Then Goes on Defensive

Strategically, the $21 billion deal for Pharmacyclics seems to make sense for AbbVie, but at least some analysts said the company had paid too much.






Companies Turn Tables on Human Rights Lawyers

American companies accused of human rights abuses abroad are on the counterattack, seeking to bring down the lawyers who targeted them.






Schwab’s Service for Investors Seeking Thrifty Advice Raises Eyebrows

Whether the service, called Schwab Intelligent Portfolios, is truly free — or is just intended to seem that way — is a matter of debate.






Business Briefing: 3M Moves Toward Using Sustainably Logged Timber

The company will now require some 5,000 direct suppliers in more than 70 countries to provide data, including the source of their harvested wood fiber.






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Blogs

THE ART OF SELLING

Attack of the Sales Staff

I recently visited a local store that employs what I would describe as the “swarm” tactic of sales. The moment that a customer or would-be customer walks through the door, there is a group of eager salespeople waiting to accompany them throughout their shopping experience....

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International Intelligence

While the adage, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do,” may still be true, business colleagues, clients, friends and associates should be treated with sensitivity whether they’re visiting this country or you’re in theirs. It’s always wise to do a little research and...

Meeting Mayhem

Meetings can be one of the most productive ways to conduct business. They also can waste valuable time and serve as a source of considerable frustration.  Whenever you bring a group of people together there’s always a good chance that at least one person in the room will cause...

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