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    4 Stocks to Invest That Are Recession Proof

    As a trader in stock, it is vital that you know that trade wars can hurt not all stocks. In fact, trade wars can even have positive impacts on some companies.

    Generally speaking, there are times when trade conflict can also be quite beneficial to some domestic-focused companies which have proportionally large foreign sales and assets. This article has highlighted four vital stocks that you might want to invest in to play the Trump’s trade war.

    1. Boston Beer Company

    This is a renowned craft beer maker and is best known for some of the best brews like Samuel Adams. The company also produces hard cider and malt beverages like iced tea, twisted tea, and the Angry Orchid Hard Cider.

    The beverages are produced at company-owned breweries under contract agreements at different brewery locations. These brewery locations are primarily found in the U.S. in Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, Florida, and New York.

    The company produces and distributes its products to over 350 wholesalers throughout the U.S.

    The beer company sells the beverages internationally, but to a much lesser extent and quantity with predominant sales and production being done domestically. The company is currently well-positioned to weather any storm that may arise with the trade war between the U.S.A and China for a lot of reasons.

    The first thing you should expect should this trade war between the U.S. and China fall though is the dollar value to fall significantly against any other currency.

    1. Boyd Gaming Corporation

    This corporation is, perhaps, one of the most well-equipped to avoid any consequences that may arise as a result of a trade war between China and the U.S. relative to its other larger counterparts.

    Some of the most commonly known gaming giants are Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands, and over half of the total revenue generated by these gaming corporations come from China and the Chinese special administrative regions of Macau, and not Las Vegas.

    The Boyd Gaming Corporation, however, only has its properties based in the United States, but most of its properties are in Nevada, Hawaii, over 12 casinos.

    If there is a dip in the dollar value, you should also expect the travel rates in the country to also be cheaper which will, in turn, also lead to a significant increase in foreign revenue and customers for Boyd. So, it is possible that this corporation can also benefit from a downturn as well.

    1. CVS Health Corporation

    Everyone must have taken prescription medicine at one point in their lives. And the CVS pharmacy ranks as one of the largest pharmacy health care providers throughout the United States with almost 250,000 employees and 7,700 different locations where it has its branches in all the 50 states, 100% of all the CVS sales are domestic.

    A significant fall in the dollar value could end up increasing the price tag on the prescription drugs which the consumers will still have to buy whether they want to or not.

    1. Public Storage

    This business dates back to the 1800s. This business now covers over 55,000 storage units in the U.S. alone and the largest brand in the business is Public Storage.

    During the 2008 economic decline, the self-storage units were the only REIT sectors that posted positive returns.

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    Canadian Walmart Stores Committed to Zero Food Waste By 2025

    In the past few years, there has been this little green manual that has been making its way into the Walmart store workers slowly titled, “Would I Buy It?” this manual acts as a simple guide to help employees decide if vegetables and fruits are still good for sale. It also guides them on the best times that these products should be “culled.”

    The idea here is to try and reduce the amount of perfectly good food products going to waste. Walmart is trying desperately to ensure that it reduces on this and eradicate it fully by 2025. You can say that it’s part of a series of changes that Walmart has laid forth to try and cut down on the number of wasted food products and end it by 2025 in its 411 stores across the country. By 2015, this strategy could be seen to be already bearing fruits with a 23% decrease in food reduction.

    Walmart is on a mission to become the number one grocer in Canada to reach “zero food waste.” The giant store is, however, determined to achieve this goal completely by 2025 which also puts them behind Metro chain, another giant store in Canada which has set the same goal for 2020.

    “Zero food waste” will mean up to 90% diversion from the total landfills be it through recycling, repackaging donations, and compositing.

    Kathleen McLaughlin, president of Walmart Foundation, explains that food wastage lies among the huge environmental factors of concern and cost concern as well.

    Studies have also revealed that over $31 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Canada and an estimated one-third of the total food produced worldwide is wasted.

    From an environmental angle, you should also think that even the other resources that are used to grow this food like water, fertilizer, and even land is wasted in the process. Then these wasted food products decompose in the landfills and produce methane gas which is 25 times more potent than the carbon dioxide gas in its overall contribution to the climatic changes. Other grocery retailers in the country have also made moves to try and reduce the number of food wastes.

    Ms. McLaughlin acknowledged the fact that apart from this giant step boosting the company’s image, it is also set to help make the company be a more efficient business even as it attempts to achieve its goals.

    The company has been implementing organic recycling programs for some time now and converts spoiled food products into compost and animal feeds. It has also opened food backs and paired each store to maximize the overall food donations.

    There has, however, been a lot of criticism circling the Walmart move with some organizations saying that these retailers have taken to dumping these unwanted and often unhealthy food products to charity, says Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO of Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

    Nick Saul, chief executive of Community Food Centers Canada also criticized this move by linking it to be a form of food wastes and hunger.

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    Wondering Why Gas Prices Will Be Going Up in Canada?

    The price of filling up gas tanks in Canada is slowly becoming an irritation that all Canadians can quite shake off. And studies have found that this problem is bound to become more of a menace in the coming future. A very bad sign for the gas industry in Canada. This article highlights five reasons that show gas prices soaring up now and will keep rising.

    1. Summer

    One common factor and trend that you must know by now is that gas prices always tend to rise a lot during the summer periods. Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com has found a study that the gasoline demands usually spike around the second week of June.

    One main cause why this usually occurs is that the chemical composition of the gas is usually different in the summer periods than in the winter periods. These chemical composition changes occur due to the different weather conditions, and it also forces refineries to adjust to these changes and calibrate their systems accordingly to handle the different weather makeups and gasoline compositions as well.

    You will also notice that the summer period ranks among the most popular seasons for driving, which in turn also leads to the increased demand for the already limited gas at the time. Thus, the significant hike in gas prices.

    1. Blame the U.S.

    Contrary to what most consumers may believe, Canada doesn’t produce and even refine much of the gas that the country consumes. This alone makes the prices to be high already owing to the dependent of U.S. refiners. And right now, you find that the overall gas prices are rising about everywhere throughout the world which makes the prices in Canada be even much higher than the usual.

    1. Pipeline problems

    As of now, you will notice that there is no bigger pipeline problem currently as the one of British Columbia and Alberta. With British Columbia B.C. moving between 60,000 and 80,000 barrels of gasoline, jet fuel, and gasoline, calculations show that this relates to between 60% and 75% of all the fuel used in British Columbia, explains McTeague.

    This pipeline fight between these two countries also has the potential of raising the gas prices in Canada as well.

    1. Rail strike

    Whenever pipelines get shut, you will often find that most oil gets diverted to rail systems to haul. But the Canadian rail systems also have their issues to take care of at the moment. During the fall and winter periods, you would have noticed all the major rail companies warning about the network bottlenecks.

    1. Loonie

    And all this comes right atop the issue with the Canadian dollar. You must have known this by now; that all oil products are priced at American dollars, and this year alone, the Canadian dollar has seen some worse performances against the American dollar overall which also equates to more money used to purchase these oil products in general. This is not good news for any of the gas buyers in Canada, but it is something that everybody still has to live with since gas may be the single most valuable aspect of our daily routines.

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    Global Business Leader to Speak about “Circular Economy”Print

    The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) is pleased to announce a series of events featuring Staples Vice President of Environmental Affairs, Mark Buckley. Mark will deliver a free public lecture on Tuesday March 17th at the UM School of Business Administration about the dramatic changes occurring in business as usual due to the implications of an interdependent global supply chain, including:

    Corporations coming to terms with the reality that we don’t have enough materials on earth to continue consuming at current rates.
    Extended responsibility laws in Europe, Canada, and some parts of the US that require companies to take full life cycle responsibility for everything they produce.
    The end of waste management and the rise of resource management— seeing everything that goes in and out as a resource.
    The “circular economy” as an emerging trend that adds accountability to traditional business thinking about economic value.
    Like most companies, Staples started by looking at sustainability practices within its own walls. But a company footprint analysis revealed that only 7% of Staples’ environmental impacts are internal. The rest come from the actions of suppliers and customers. “Just because you sell something doesn’t mean you can wash your hands of it,” said Mark. “This led us to ask ourselves, ‘How do we think about community?’”

    Mark lives in the same small town of 3,000 where he grew up, yet he manages global environmental and sustainable business practices for a $23 billion

    company with 80,000 employees in 26 countries. He said, “As big as we are, we need to think about how each decision we make in Massachusetts affects a community half a world away. To do that, we need a design perspective.”

    Mark will provide specific examples from Staples and other global companies during his talk on “The Circular Economy: Waste As a Resource” at the UM School of Business Administration on March 17. The lecture will be followed by a Business Reception.

    The next morning, on Wednesday March 18, Mark will be joined by two local entrepreneurs for a Good Morning Forum panel discussion. James Stephens of Blue Marble Biomaterials and Patrick Collins of Montainer will provide Missoula- based case studies of the global principles that Mark will address in his talk.

    SBC Executive Director Jenny Mish, PhD, says “Mark Buckley is a stellar example of the kind of business leadership that is needed for a sustainable future. It’s inspiring to hear directly from someone who is tackling sustainability design issues on an enormous scale. We’re very pleased to bring Mark to Missoula, and to feature him alongside two of our own Missoula-based exemplars.”

    For event times, registration information and more details, please click here!

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    SBC Member Spotlight: Missoula Copy CenterPrint

    Missoula Copy Center Owner Doug Hannan joins us for this SBC Member Spotlight.

    1. Tell us about your business or organization in 10 words or less.

    We copy, print, design, make signs and sell safety supplies.

    2. What makes your business sustainable, and why is it important?

    We buy our products and supplies from local vendors and spend our money locally. All employees are from Montana and love it here. We provide excellent products at great prices to help other local business and people so they can do more and help others locally.

    Photo by Energetechs.

    3. What is your most favorite part about running a business in the Missoula area?

    My favorite part of running a business in Missoula is the interactions with the people of Missoula and making new friends and connections and helping others.

    4. What is your least favorite part about running a business in the Missoula area?

    There is no place in the world I would rather live or operate my business. My least favorite part is not being able to drive my car in the winter.

    5. What is one problem your business faces that you need a magic solution for?

    One problem this business faces is changing of times and technology, we just have to continually grow and adapt to the changes. The only magic solution would be a Genie in a bottle.

    6. Tell us something we don’t know about your business.

    Something not many people know about Missoula Copy Center is that we do a whole lot more than just copying and printing. We make custom signs, sell safety supplies, measuring devices, drafting supplies, survey supplies and builder’s levels and lasers. We also do design work with our graphic designer Michael who has a degree in fine art at the UofM.

    Photo by Energetechs.

    7. How do you compete with large(r) companies to bring people through the door?

    We compete with the larger companies by being the most local, best priced and we give more personal attention and do a better job than the larger companies. Here you talk to and see the same people every time you call or come in.

    8. If you had unlimited funds to improve your business, what would you do?

    If I had unlimited funds to improve my business I would update computers, software, printers and other machinery more often that we already do.

    9. What is your favorite Missoula pastime?

    My favorite Missoula pastime is going camping with friends and fishing as much as I can.

    10. Why are you an SBC member?

    I am a SBC member because we believe in recycling and using products and supplies that are better for our environment and machines that use less energy. We are able to network with other businesses with like interests and help each other.

    To visit the Missoula Copy Center website, click here!