Here are some bewildering business facts that are likely to enlighten and leave readers surprised. Read on…
1) Renowned ice cream maker, Ben & Jerry’s is owned by Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever Brothers.
2) Retail chain giant, Wal-Mart makes a profit of $1.8 million each hour the company operates. So much so for reach and popularity.
3) This may sound really absurd, but the acronym for search engine giant “Yahoo” is “Yet another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”
4) Popular cafe chain, Starbucks’ has round tables to make sure customers never feel alone.
5) Well, Samsung and Apple maybe competitors, but, Apple’s iPad retina display is manufactured by Samsung.
6) Dasani Water, which is manufactured by Coca Cola, is not spring water, but, tap water actually purified.
7) One in 10 Europeans are conceived on an Ikea bed. Ikea is a top retail furniture maker.
8) Marvel Comics, which owns some of the world’s finest comic characters, also had the rights to the word “Zombie”.
9) This is going to surprise you. Did you know that 94 per cent of the world’s population recognizes the red and white Coca-Cola logo.
10) The iPad 2 would cost significantly higher if it were made in America – in fact, the cost if pegged at $1140. No wonder the world today is outsourcing.
11) Taco Bell, which is a rage in the US, proved to be a huge flop in Mexico, as Mexicans were confused by the Americanization of their traditional cuisine.
12) Want to read Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s profile? Just add 4 to the end of Facebook’s URL.
13) Advertising for Cereals is the second largest advertiser on television today, behind automobiles.
14) Google was originally called BackRub.
15) Where did Pepsi get its name? Well, from the digestive enzyme pepsin in our bodies.
16) Well, if you thought there were good corporate citizens around the world, think again. U.S. corporations are believed to be hiding $1.6 trillion in profits offshore.
17) Amazon.com employees are asked to work for two days every two years at the customer service desk. This also includes the CEO.
18) Did you know that this book retailer to electronics giant (Amazon), also owns Zappos, ShopBop, Goodreads, and Audible.com
19) Be careful what you say to Siri – the intelligent personal assistant on the Apple I Phones as the information is sent to Apple, analyzed, and stored.
20) Individuals getting addicted to mobile games is helping Candy Crush, brings in a reported $633,000 a day in sales.
21) Electronics to mobile giant, Samsung generates revenues that account for 20 per cent of Korea’s gross domestic product.
22) Well, Burt Bees is actually into personal care, but is owned by Clorox, which has a totally different line of products.
23) Well, this is interesting. According to working folks, Tuesday is the most productive working day of the week.
24) Warner Music owns the copyrights to “Happy Birthday,”
25) Changing the U.S. $1 bill for a $1 coin would save the U.S. $4.4 billion in 30 years.
26) Ever wondered where the the “new car smell” comes from? Well, it comes from over 50 volatile organic compounds.
27) If Bill Gates were a country, he’d be the 37th richest country on earth.
28) Who says customers do not research. As many as sixty-four percent of consumers take a decision based on social media content.
29) This is rather surprising for a company that is known for its Burgers. McDonald’s first menu items were in fact never burgers, they were hotdogs.
30) The actor who played the “Marlboro man” died of lung cancer.
31) There are more mobile phones in the world then toilets.
32) Starbucks spends more on health care insurance for its employees ($300 million) than on coffee beans.
33) Americas are known to be debt ridden. In fact, if you have $10 in your pocket and no debts, you are wealthier than 25 per cent of all Americans.
34) Here’s the secret to Facebook being blue. It’s believed that this Social media giant is blue because Mark Zuckerberg suffers from red-green color blindness.
35) Apple had a third founder, Ronald Wayne, who had a 10 per cent stake in the company. He left the fledgling company after 12 days and forfeited his shares for $2,300 (about $9,600 today).
36) If you thought Vaseline was meant to only smoothen rough skin surfaces, think again. Robert Chesebrough, the inventor of Vaseline, ate a spoonful of Vaseline every morning.
37) This may not be too hard to believe. Seventy percent of small businesses are owned and operated by a single person.
38) Walmart is so popular and has such great reach, that each week nearly one-third of the U.S. population visits a Walmart store.
39) Victoria’s Secret is the most followed retailer on Instagram.
40) Why is the time always displayed as 9:42 a.m. or 9:41 a.m. in iPhone ads? Well, because Apple launches start at 9 a.m. and big product reveals generally happen 40 minutes into the presentation.
41) The Rubik’s cube a 3d combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik is the best-selling product of all time. That is followed by the iPhone.
42) Toy Story, a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film has Steve Jobs as its executive producer.
43) One in eight American workers have been employed by McDonald’s.
44) In 2000, Coca-Cola launched a stealth campaign against water called “Just say no to H2O”
45) German car maker, Volkswagen group owns some of the world’s top-notch brands including Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati, and Porsche.
46) Never smoke near an Apple computer as it voids the warranty.
47) Twitter CEO Dick Costolo worked as a comedian, including a stint at the legendary Second City in Chicago.
48) This is certainly news. YouTube broadcasts about one-third of the U.S.’s multimedia entertainment.
49) The world’s 100 richest people earned enough money in 2012 to end global poverty four times over.
50) The world is addicted to Facebook. In fact, an average smartphone user checks Facebook 14 times a day.
51) More than 80 million “mouse ears” have been sold at Walt Disney World to date.
52) The Asia Tiger Funds’ stock symbol is GRR.
53) Gambling is certainly big business. In fact, gambling generates more money than movies, spectator sports, theme parks, cruise ships, and recorded music combined.
54) You can purchase large sheets of uncut U.S. currency through the mail.
55) Tom’s of Maine, which makes personal care products, is owned by Colgate-Palmolive.
56) The “Mayfair” filter in Instagram generates the most likes.
57) A customer in a wheelchair successfully sued Chiplotle in 2010, claiming its tall ordering counter denied him from seeing the “Chipotle experience.