Acer is for Netbooks

A few years ago, chance are, many people outside of Taiwan had never heard of Acer Group (LSE: ACID; Taiwan Exchange: 2353).  Lately, however, many more have, after Acer’s recent introduction of  the netbook (small laptop computers).  Acer’s netbooks have become increasingly popular, usually used by people as second computers, due to the size (generally […]

Blockbuster Inc.: From Tiny Texas Shop to International Entertainment Company

It’s hard to believe that Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in a year.  The video chain, which started in Texas in 1985, was one of the first video rental companies in the world.  The company opened its first store in Texas, but soon expanded across the United States and then the world. […]

Starbucks: In Trouble, But Still a Way of Life

I was going to profile another company this week, but I recently heard that Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and a few other coffee joints are doing some sort of special this week (at least in Canada).  Starbucks, for example, is giving away free coffee on Earth Day (April 22) to anyone who brings his or her own […]

Nintendo – From Playing Cards to Video Games

Believe it or not, Japan’s Nintendo (TYO:7974) wasn’t always a video game company.  In fact, the company is more than 100 years old, and when first launched, it was a card company.  Over the course of 100 years, it had tried a variety of different ventures, including a taxi company and a love hotel.  It […]

Estee Lauder Targets a Wide Variety of Consumers

When one mentions Estee Lauder Companies (NYSE: EL), make-up and other beauty/skincare products is the first thing which pops up in most women’s minds.  The company itself includes several well-known brands, including MAC, Clinique, Aveda, Sean Jean (fragrances), and of course, the Estee Lauder line itself.  The company was first launched in 1946 by Estee Lauder […]

Getting Friendly with Telus

Telus Corporation (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU), a Canadian cell phone service provider, launched in Alberta as Telus Communications in  1990, is one of Canada’s major cell phone and communications services provider.  The company was first set up as a holding company when the Alberta Government Telephones Commission was being privatized.  In 1999, Telus Communications and BCTel merged […]

Buy, Sell just about ANYTHING on EBay

eBay (NASDAQ GS: EBAY) was one of the earliest e-commerce sites on the Internet.  Launched in 1995, the eBay now has localized sites in many different countries, including Canada, the UK, Japan and France.  The site is very user-friendly and a log in is not necessary – one can use it as a guest shopper.  Items […]

Metro Inc. Goes National

Metro Inc. (TSX: MRU-A), a supermarket chain based out of Montreal was in the news quite a bit back inthe fall. The company, which until recently operated under a variety of different names across the country, decided to streamline its so-called “conventional” chains at the end of 2008.  This means that familiar names like Dominion, A&P and […]

WestJet: Good Service and Affordable

Low-cost airlines have been “the thing” over the past few years, selling tickets at a much lower cost than so-called “mainstream” airlines.  In Canada, there have been several low-cost airlines, but most have folded.  Currently, WestJet (TSX: WJA) is the only one still in existence.  Launched in 1990s and based out of Calgary, Alberta, this airline flies to destinations across Canada, […]

Canwest Media: Suffering the Recession like other Media

Canwest Media Inc. (TSX: CGS and CGS.A), one of Canada’s media giants, is based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Founded in 1974, the company owns several specialty channels, including E! Canada, Global Television (its main network channel) and Food Network Canada.  It also owns a conservative newspaper, The National Post and the broadcasting portion of Alliance Atlantis.  Like most […]