All posts by Samson Cassel Nucci

Samson is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh who is pursuing a double major in Supply Chain Management and Global Management, a double minor in French and Economics, and a Certificate in Leadership and Ethics. He is originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania but has most recently interned at the U.S. Commercial Service, Department of Commerce as a Marketing and Communications Intern.

The Rise of Innovation Hubs on College Campuses

Innovation seems to be one of the key buzzwords of the time.  Everyone and everything has to be “innovative” to be worthwhile or successful.  That seems to be the thinking behind a slew of new university innovation hubs, facilities designed to bring students, faculty, and private enterprise together to be “innovative”.  While that does not ...

Marriott Courts Chinese Tourists with New Alibaba Partnership

Working in a Marriott Hotel in Pittsburgh as an intern, my role is a lot of the times made up on the fly.  I look for opportunities where I can create value for the hotel and then pursue those opportunities until I uncover the value I was looking for.  This has been the case in ...

Pittsburghers Gentrifying and Promoting Pittsburgh? What This Means for Everyone Involved.

Nearly everyone knows that Pittsburgh has been undergoing a transformation for some time.  From the last steel mill closing in Southside in 1997 to companies like Uber, Apple, Disney and now Ford moving into the city (the latter making a $1 billion investment in Pittsburgh-based autonomous-vehicle research firm Argo AI[1]), Pittsburgh has certainly been reinventing ...

Out of your League: Kraft Heinz Tries to Buy Unilever

Everyone has been out of his or her league at some point in his or her life: you’ve professed your love to the prettiest girl in school or took a class way above your head in academic ability, and both times you’ve fallen flat on your face.  Companies make those mistakes too, and the latest ...

From Temper Tantrum to Tempered Tariffs, the Problem with Tariffs in a Globalized Economy

Last week, the World Economic Forum met once again in Davos, Switzerland to discuss, among many topics, the continuation of globalization in the world economy.[1]  Of course, the topic is in stark opposition to a variety of events that occurred last year: the rise of populism in Western European countries, the referendum concerning the United ...

The Marriott-Starwood Merger: Big News for the Biggest Hotel Chain in the World

When Marriott International announced their $13.3 billion bid to acquire Starwood Hotels and Resorts back in late 2015, I was stunned. For a company as mature as Marriott’s to seriously consider spending billions of dollars to acquire a hotel chain with failing brands like the Sheraton, especially at a time when industry disrupters like Airbnb ...

Hanjin Shipping and the Future of Shipping in Logistics

Hanjin Shipping, a large South Korean logistics and transportation company, filed for bankruptcy protection on August 31st, bringing the seventh largest international shipper to its knees. The reasons for such a large bankruptcy (also known as receivership filing) are complicated and many, ranging from $5.1 billion in total unpaid debt to a general decline in ...

We Experienced the Brexit, but What About the ReBrentrence?

The United Kingdom’s (UK) referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union (henceforth called Brexit), sent the world into a “bit of a tizzy” when the vote came down on Thursday, June twenty-third. Stock markets plunged, the Pound Sterling (the British currency) hit a 30-year low, and the UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, ...

Chinese Gross Domestic Product: Interpreting Present Data into Future Outlooks

Around 6 months ago, I wrote an article which mentioned China’s somewhat lagging economy, and I made the claim, as many economists have, that China is transitioning to a new normal with regard to economic activity.  However strong the Chinese economy might appear to be, its debt fueled growth cannot be sustained and as such ...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: What You and the Rest of the World Doesn’t Know

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement reached between the United States and 11 additional Pacific-ring countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam) was approved by the United States on October 5, 2015 and is on its way to becoming the largest local trade agreement in the world.1  ...