Since 2011, Subaru's global sales have surged 45 percent to 913,100 vehicles, a pace bested only by a few burgeoning Chinese brands and Fiat Chrysler, which has been intent on making Jeep a popular choice in Europe and Asia. In the U.S., Tesla is the only car company that has increased sales as quickly in that period.
And Subaru has done all this while cranking out the best profit margin in the industry.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates 10,000 products ranging from apparel to household appliances, inspects less than 1 percent of imports under its jurisdiction. With the odds stacked against being detected, cost-cutting foreign manufacturers continue to supply dangerous goods to U.S. retailers.
"It's dying," says an electronics-store retailer, shaking his head as he looks out at abandoned stores and torn promotional posters in what was once the busiest market in the Zhongguancun district, known as China's silicon valley. "There are more sales staff than customers around here. Everyone buys online now."
Instacart, the fast-growing online grocery delivery start-up that can get groceries to your doorstep within an hour, is growing some more. The three-year-old company just announced it has raised $220m in a funding round led by the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
You think you've had bad customer service buying products online - how about the guy in India who ordered his wife a Samsung smartphone, and the package arrived with only a brick and a bar of soap in it!
China's air and water pollution is more visible than its soil pollution and more often makes headlines. But recent government studies underscore the worrying extent of heavy-metal pollution tainting China's agricultural lands - and its food supply.
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service - widely known as the PX or the Exchange - is designed to provide everything a soldier might need or want, tax-free and often at a deep discount: uniforms, tactical gear, recreational sports equipment, vitamin supplements, electronics, furniture, booze, lawn ornaments. It serves 12.8 million customers in 50 states and more than 30 countries. In fiscal 2013 the PX had revenue of $8.3bn and a profit of $332m. About a third of that was reinvested in operations, and the rest - $208m - was plowed into the Pentagon's morale, welfare and recreation programs to provide services like playing fields and on-base Boy Scout troops.