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How Ikea Works

You enter the cavernous store on a Saturday afternoon only to emerge hours later with a belly full of meatballs and trunk full of furnishings. How did Ikea become a cult shopping experience, with a catalog that's allegedly printed more than the Bible?


How Amazon Same-day Delivery Works

Is two days too long to wait for that package? Amazon's counting on it. See more »

10 Companies That Completely Reinvented Themselves

Not every business that sold buggy whips died out with the advent of the motorcar. Some nimble businesses are able to reinvent themselves to keep pace with modern life. You might be surprised at what some of today's biggest companies used to do. See more »

10 Trade Secrets We Wish We Knew

Protected by legal agreements, fail-safes and vaults, the world’s most valuable trade secrets rake in millions of dollars for their owners. Here are 10 lucrative legends. See more »

How Kickstarter Works

Do you need a little money to finally finish your debut novel? How about a few bucks for reshoots on your documentary? Thanks to Kickstarter, you can use crowdsourcing to get that project done. See more »

Can you get rich selling stuff online?

Surely you've seen one or two infomercials that promise you can make millions by selling stuff online. But like most of those late-night offers, it seems too good to be true. So, is it possible to make a fortune selling things on eBay or other online stores? See more »

Are the Golden Arches really supposed to be giant french fries?

That golden icon is embedded in our brains whether we like it or not. Wouldn't it be good to finally know what it means, if anything? See more »

10 Unusual Items from McDonald's International Menu

Would you like some french fries with that McArabia, sir? Or a soda to wash down that -- porridge? The golden arches may look the same globally, but the menu sure doesn't. See more »

10 Most Popular McDonald's Menu Items of All Time

If you can name the sandwich behind the jingle that starts, "Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese," then you already have one out of 10. What else makes the cut? See more »

Top 10 Influential Business Models

What guarantees a company's success? Celebrity endorsements? A high influx of customers? Profitable stocks? Without a solid business model, any company can crumble into oblivion after riding the tide of good fortune. See more »

How Better Business Bureaus Work

Nothing can be more humiliating than getting ripped off. Finding worthy mechanics, contractors, doctors and more can be like rolling dice. But how do Better Business Bureaus really know which one's are reputable? See more »