Spend Matters Afternoon Coffee

Next thing you know, that mini bag of crappy trail mix will be $5 too.
Ridiculous or not? Airlines are charging their best customers extra to be nicer -- American wanted to charge Nieberding, a Dallas business owner and elite-level frequent flier, $125 for its VIP service.

Whelp, we knew this was coming.
Japanese Plant Had Barebones Risk Plan -- Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s disaster plans greatly underestimated the scope of a potential accident at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, calling for only one stretcher, one satellite phone and 50 protective suits in case of emergencies.

Going south, not east?
Why Mexico is a viable supply chain option (despite the violence) -- Because of a weakening peso and a strengthening Chinese RMB, Mexico is an increasingly attractive alternative to China for low-cost manufacturing.

If you plant it, prices will drop...(hopefully).
Corn Planting to Rise as Farmers Chase High Prices -- U.S. farmers chasing high prices will be planting 92.178 million acres of corn this year, a 5% increase from last year, while land going into soybean production is expected to slip slightly, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in its annual Prospective Plantings report.

- Sheena Moore

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