Month: January 2010

Burj Dubai’s opening ceremony tonight [Infographic]

It has been over five years since the Burj Dubai began construction on 21 September 2004, however tonight the world’s tallest building will be given a lavish opening ceremony, assuaging any fears that the emirate is still reeling from last year’s debt crisis.

Emaar Properties, the site’s developer, are planning to throw a massive display of “sound, light, water and fireworks” to celebrate the opening and completion of the 818m-tall tower. However, whilst the exterior of the super skyscraper is complete, an army of workers are still labouring to fit out the 162-floor building.

 

burj dubai

Source: http://www.menainfra.com

McDonald’s across the world [Infographic]

Following the financial crisis in Iceland, McDonald’s has decided to close its business and pull out of Iceland, as the country’s financial crisis has made it too expensive to operate its franchise.

The first McDonald’s in Iceland opened in 1993, the BBC reports, now 16 years on, the company has three outlets which it plans to close.

Besides the economy, McDonald’s blamed the “unique operational complexity” of doing business in an isolated nation with a population of just 300,00

 

macdonalds

Source: http://www.bme.eu.com

NEXUS ONE VS IPHONE, DROID & PALM PRE – TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP

Today is Nexus One launch day and we decided in typical BillShrink fashion, we would take a look at the overall total cost of ownership of the Nexus One vs iPhone along with the Droid and Palm Pre. This is the first time that any phone has been available for purchase unlocked and available for purchase at a discounted rate with a T-Mobile contract.

nexus one total cost

Source : http://www.billshrink.com

The State of the Gift Card Economy [Infographic]

Now that the dust has settled on yet another holiday season, now is the time that we bask in our takings. Even though the holiday spending spikes that most businesses see during December have come to an end, big profits are still made thanks to the overwhelming popularity of gift cards in recent years. Gift cards are big business, which translates into big profits. Here we take a look at some of the facts behind them, as well as some of the industry secrets to maintaining solid numbers long after the holidays have come to an end.

giftcard thumb

Source : http://www.businesspundit.com