Lululemon is no longer a downward dog

Description: Is the worst over for yoga apparel maker lululemon after its sheer pants debacle? Perhaps. The stock is up on solid results, but the company faces tough competition from Under Armour, Nike and Athleta.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Sep 11, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2014/09/11/investing-the-buzz-lululemon-athletica-chip-wilson-nike-under-armour-gap.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Do you think the worst is over for Lululemon stock holders?
  • How can more competition be interpreted as a “good thing” for the industry?

A deep look at poverty in Asia

Description: Interview with Shang Jin Wei, Chief economist with Asia Development Bank.

Source: BNN.ca – video report

Date: Sep 11, 2014

Link: http://www.bnn.ca/Video/player.aspx?vid=438737

Questions for Discussions:

  • Describe the level of poverty discussed in this report.
  • How are governments and businesses dealing with the need to generate wealth?
  • Do you think globally operating businesses are unethical if they pay Asian workers rates that would be a fraction of those paid in America or Europe?

Apple Watch steals show from iPhone 6, iPhone 6S in major product blitz

Description: Apple Inc., which moved the personal computer from a desk to the pocket through the iPhone, now wants to put a gadget on people’s wrists.

Source: FinancialPost.com – video report

Date: Sep 08, 2014

Link: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/09/09/apple-watch-iphone-6-iphone-6-plus/?__lsa=3c48-d633

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is your impression of the new product features introduced by Apple?
  • Do you think Apple Watch will be a success?
  • Do you think non-iPhone users will gradually switch over to Apple because of Apple Watch?
  • What new opportunities now exit for entrepreneurial app developers?

Food trucks and college business majors: A most delicious match

Description: Entrepreneurial undergraduate business students across the country are increasingly trying to break into the crowded market, whipping up cheesy potato latke sandwiches, waffles, burgers, and everything in between.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Sep 10, 2014

Link: http://fortune.com/2014/09/10/food-truck-business-majors/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why do you suppose these entrepreneurs chose their respective businesses?
  • Which business seems to be the most demanding?

The Real Reason Jobs Are So Slow to Come Back

Description: It’s not tax rates, or too much regulation, or college kids majoring in art history instead of computer science. This is a global slowdown.

Source: Money.com

Date: Sep 12, 2014

Link: http://time.com/money/3327031/jobs-growth-global/

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the article say about the reasons for slow growth in business and employment opportunities?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?

CVS CEO: Tobacco an obstacle to health care

Description: Newly re-branded as CVS Health, the pharmacy chain has rid its shelves of tobacco products. Cristina Alesci talks with CEO Larry Merlo.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Sep 03, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/09/03/cvs-ceo-on-tobacco-free-stores.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • Is this decision by CVS an example of good corporate social responsibility?
  • How can CVS expand its consumer heath services business?

AES powering the world

Description: Interview with CEO Andres Gluski and perspectives on the electricity generating business around the word.

Source: BNN.ca – video report

Date: Aug 21, 2014

Link: http://www.bnn.ca/Video/player.aspx?vid=429528

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize the electricity generating business as described by Andres Gluski.
  • Has the firm performed well from an investor’s point of view?
  • What risks are associated with this business for investors?
  • Would you buy into the company?

Lego’s domination, brick by brick

Description: Lego’s Chief Financial Officer explains how movie franchises and new markets have helped Lego become the world’s biggest toymaker.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Sep 04, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/09/04/lego-world-dominatin-brick-by-brick.cnnmoney/index.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • How is Lego able to leverage itself as a global toy maker?
  • Where is the growth for this firm?
  • Should Lego partner with other firms?

Starbucks to test new store designs

Description: Starbucks announced it will introduce two types of retail locations. An upscale roastery and tasting room for its rare Starbucks Reserve line, and smaller, alternative stores for speed and convenience.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Sep 05, 2014

Link: http://for.tn/WmfXTc

Questions for Discussions:

  • Describe and explain Starbucks’ new strategies.
  • Do you think they will resonate with consumers?
  • What other industries think of customers in similar terms?

Have We Reached Peak Burger?

Description: For most of its history, the fast-food business in the U.S. has been characterized by rapid and dependable growth.

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: Sep 04, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-04/fast-food-chains-growth-in-u-dot-s-dot-may-have-peaked#r=hpt-tout

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does the article say about trends in the industry?
  • Do you agree?
  • How should management respond?

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