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Description: U.S. consumers splurged more than $2 billion online in the first hours of Thanksgiving shopping on Thursday, while crowds were largely thin at retailers on the eve of Black Friday, reflecting the broader trend away from shopping at brick-and-mortar stores.

Source:CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 29, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/29/us-shoppers-stay-away-from-stores-spend-online-as-black-friday-begins.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How has shopping behavior changed?
  • Why do you think this trend is growing?
  • What should retailers do to deal with this developing environment?

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Description: To fight climate change, governments the world over would be well inspired to develop the breadth and depth of their stock markets. Stock markets seem more efficient than banks at financing the massive investments that will be needed to meet international climate goals. This surprising finding from two European Central Bank economists could have profound policy implications if indeed equity, not credit, is the best tool in the fight against global warming.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 29, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-stock-markets-are-better-than-banks-at-fixing-climate-change-2019-11-29?mod=home-page

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the connection between climate change and finance?
  • What are the reasons?
  • How else can finance help accelerate the transition to a “cleaner” economy?

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Description: Dr. Rose Marie Leslie is hoping to reach teens with a message about the dangers of e-cigarettes. So she’s started posting regularly on TikTok, the popular short video app, and has collected a large following.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 29, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/29/doctors-use-tiktok-to-talk-to-teens-about-vaping-birth-control.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is TikTok an ideal channel for communicating information to teens?
  • Why is Dr. Leslie an ideal TikTok spokesperson for health related issues?

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Description: Jimmy Pattison says his sprawling, multi-billion-dollar business empire is squarely focused on becoming more environmentally friendly, but the legendary entrepreneur acknowledges that transition needs to be managed carefully with thousands of jobs on the line.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Nov 25, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/billionaire-pattison-sees-environment-as-number-one-issue-for-his-business-empire-1.1353116

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Jim Pattison say about his business thinking in light of growing environmental concerns?
  • Do you think his comments are shared with other business leaders?

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Description: eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, vice president of content studio Paul Verna and vice president of forecasting Monica Peart talk about the peaking of US TV ad spending. Why has it stopped growing, how does cord-cutting contribute, and what makes video streaming services attractive? They then discuss the performance of Disney+ in its first week and Facebook’s new peer-to-peer service Facebook Pay.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Nov 19, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-tv-ad-spending-will-never-be-the-same?ecid=NL1009

Questions for discussion:

  • How has tv ad spending changed?
  • Why will it never be the same, according to the report?
  • What should players in this industry do, as a result of these changes?
  • How should investors respond?

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Description: If you asked me who is one of the smartest people in the world on the topic of disruption, innovation and technology, it would be Charlene Li. For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She’s the bestselling author of six books, including her newest, The Disruption Mindset – Why Some Businesses Transform While Others Fail. With that, many first heard of her when she co-authored the massive book, Groundswell and followed it up with Open Leadership. Charlene founded Altimeter Group, a disruptive industry analyst firm that was acquired by Prophet in 2015. She continues working at Prophet as a Senior Fellow. She was also a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, worked in online newspaper publishing, and was a consultant with Monitor Group. Let’s discuss disruption. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Nov 24, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/charlene-li-on-the-disruption-mindset-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Charlene Li have to say about disruption and how managers need to think about change?
  • What are your thoughts on her ideas and the subject of disruption?

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Description: Here’s how close we really are to self-driving cars

Source: MarketWatch.com – video report

Date: Nov 22, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/video/sectorwatch/here-how-close-we-really-are-to-self-driving-cars/4A80A38F-5885-41DD-BAB3-E34E78D19DE1.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the product develop thinking aimed at achieving the adoption of the fully automated self-driving car.
  • What is required from industry, governments and drivers in order to achieve the adoption of this level of technology?

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Description: Transparency is not enough

Source: TheEconomist.com

Date: Nov 23, 2019

Link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/11/23/tackling-americas-giant-hospital-bill

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key issues causing rising health care expenses and the solutions recommended by the report.
  • How else could the health care industry be better managed, with the goal to reduce costs to levels found internationally?

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Description: Bumble Bee Foods LLC, the largest North American brand of packaged seafood, filed for bankruptcy amid criminal fines and civil lawsuits stemming from a federal price-fixing case with plans for its assets to be acquired by FCF Co. for about $925 million.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Nov 21, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-21/bumble-bee-files-bankruptcy-after-price-fixing-fines-lawsuits

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the business and ethical lessons to be taken away from this story?
  • How would you revitalize the brand, going forward after bankruptcy?

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Description: An eight-month rout in pot stocks that wiped out almost two-thirds of their market value may finally have reached its bottom.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Nov 22, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/pot-stocks-extend-gains-as-banker-calls-bottom-sees-20-rebound-1.1351688

Questions for discussion:

  • What explains the positive assessment in this report?
  • Do you think the stocks will begin to recover their losses as retail outlets increase?