☑️ It be like that sometimes. Airbus dethroning Boeing as the world’s largest airplane manufacturer for the first time since 2011 is kinda like when the Chicago Bulls finally lost in 1994… without Michael Jordan. It comes as little surprise that Airbus took the top spot from Boeing which has been embroiled in a sh*tstorm of epic proportions over the past year. Still, Airbus isn’t feeling sorry for itself. The new king of the air beat its own PR of 800 aircraft last year and exceeded expectations of 860, rolling 863 airliners off of the assembly line during 2019. And Airbus was not f*cking around, canceling holidays (can they do that?) and adding shifts at year-end to ensure goals were met.
☑️ Drugs are expensive mmkay? Big pharma has to pay for legendary ad spots like this somehow, amirite? As is tradition, the first of the year means prescription drug’s annual price hike. According to the analysis, drug prices rose an average of 5.8% on January 1st. The pharma bros at Pfizer led the way, hiking prices by more than 9% on 40 products. An average increase of 5.8% is lower than 2018 likely due to political and patient pressure. It also probably doesn’t hurt that Shkreli is still locked up.
☑️ STFU. A slew of Amazon employees were pretty butthurt to find out that they can’t actually speak to the press on behalf of the company even if they feel “like really, really, really passionate about” said subject. How upset were they? Enough to… go to the press. Susan from HR has contacted a handful of Amazon employees behind the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice who have publicly spoken out about Amazon’s environmental policy. According to the AECJ, should members continue to speak out, they could be terminated. Bezos had this to say: “I mean, yeah.”
☑️ Late to the party. Better late than never, I suppose. Vanguard is finally taking a page out of Robinhood’s book, eliminating stock commissions altogether. This comes months after Schwab, TD and Fidelity all made the move amid mounting pressure from disruptors in the space. Vanguard, created by Jack Bogle, is no stranger to low-fees, of course. Bogle revolutionized the brokerage business in the 70’s by focusing on lowering fees.
☑️ Stay woke. Papa John has no regard for human life … especially his. While you were resolving to ditch the dad bod, Papa John Schnatter was upping the New Year’s resolution ante… vowing to eat 50 pizzas in 30 days. You might remember that in a November interview, a slovenly Schnatter claimed to have channeled his inner Morgan Spurlock and consumed 40 Papa John’s pies in 30 days. His verdict? They just aren’t the same as when he was CEO. The Papa lost his job as CEO after news broke that he used the n-word on an internal conference call.