One of the hottest topics in the business press are rumors of major corporations merging together. Just as the entertainment press likes to report on rumors of celebrities who are dating, the business press likes to speculate about “corporate match-making”. For example, Whole Foods was subject to rumors about several potential suitors including supermarket giants such as Kroger, Albertson’s, and Walmart. But the world was somewhat surprised when a merger deal with Amazon was announced, as this seems like a bit of an “odd couple”.
Go to Google news or other news search engines and see what the latest merger rumors are. Pick one of the merger rumors that seems the most unusual to you – one that makes you wonder why these two companies think they are a good match for each other. Share the link to the article with your classmates, and discuss the following issues:
Is this merger horizontal? Vertical? Conglomerate (unrelated diversification)?
Why do you think these companies would or would not make a good match?
Do you think this merger will actually go through? Or won’t get beyond the gossip stage?