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Description: More than a month and a half into the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China, the country’s economy is still largely in lockdown mode, stalling a global manufacturing powerhouse at the heart of nearly every industrial supply chain. As the crisis continues, businesses big and small are struggling with the disruption the pneumonia-like illness has caused, with effects reaching across the globe.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Feb 19, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/02/19/806960651/the-wide-ranging-ways-in-which-the-coronavirus-is-hurting-global-business

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about how the virus is affecting the global economy?
  • How does this crisis affect global supply chains and business profitability?

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Description: Kids and teens hold a lot of spending power that’s extending into households

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/is-youtube-turning-kids-into-budding-shoppers

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about how YouTube is influencing kids’ purchasing behavior?
  • Should this be a social concern?

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Description: A new report suggests a five-part model for second-stage companies to consider if they want stable, long-term success.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 20, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/business/second-stage-entrepreneurship.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the research say about growing a company after the start-up stage?
  • How can management better prepare for this challenge?

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Description: At a time when Canada’s retail sector is mired in a rash of store closures and disappointing sales, Aritzia Inc. appears to be doing something right.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Feb 14, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/they-know-what-they-re-good-at-how-aritzia-is-bucking-the-retail-trend-1.1390530

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the reasons for the success of this retailer when others seem to be struggling?
  • Do you think the stock presents a good opportunity for investors at this time?

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Description: Roku CEO Anthony Wood talks about Roku’s business model, streaming technology and it’s relationship with content providers like Disney.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 15, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/02/14/watch-cnbcs-full-interview-with-roku-ceo-anthony-wood.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made by Anthony Wood favouring the growth of streaming and Roku in particular.
  • How is Roku complementing Disney?
  • Would you prefer to be an investor in Roku or Disney?

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Description: Updated favorites are sweet nostalgia for parents—and they just might separate today’s teens from their smartphones.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 21, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-21/board-games-from-the-80s-are-rebooted-for-generation-x?srnd=premium

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think this strategy of rejuvenating older board games and hobbies will succeed?
  • What favors trying?
  • How is Kickstarter helping this industry?

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Description: Inside the mass firings at Zume, one of Masayoshi Son’s latest investment debacles.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-13/inside-the-firings-at-softbank-s-robot-pizza-startup?srnd=premium-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • What went wrong?
  • What are the lessons for entrepreneurs considering starting up a business?

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Description: Co-founder Alexandra Waldman talks size inclusivity and the power of showrooms

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Feb 13, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/how-universal-standard-is-disrupting-the-multibillion-dollar-fashion-industry?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • How is the firm different from traditional fashion distributors?
  • What lessons are there here for traditional fashion dealers?

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Description: From calling people ‘chief’ to saying you ‘actually’ like someone’s idea, here are some patronizing behaviors to avoid.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Feb 12, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/346238?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you agree with these assessments?
  • Why do you suppose some people may behave these ways in some business situations?
  • Should HR management attempt to train employees to avoid these behaviors?

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Description: Shopping centres experimenting with new strategy in era when growing number of people shop online

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Feb 11, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/food-hall-phenomenon-canada-1.5451268

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the concept driving this trend in food services at malls?
  • Do you think the concept is sustainable?
  • Who would likely respond to the offer?