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?

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?

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?

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?

Meet the guy with 5 million LP records

Description: Meet Zero Freitas, a Brazilian millionaire and avid vinyl collector who has amassed over 5 million unwanted LPs over the years … more than anyone else in the world.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: August 29, 2014

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2014/08/29/brazil-largest-vinyl-record-collection-sao-paulo.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • How well does Zero Freitas match the traditional profile of an entrepreneur?
  • How can his collection be monetized?
  • Is this a global business opportunity?

From the U.S. Open to a Target near you: The business behind sports tape

Description: Sports tape has taken off in sales for one company after a number of top athletes started wearing it to relieve their aches and pains.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Aug 30, 2014

Link: http://fortune.com/2014/08/30/from-the-u-s-open-to-a-target-near-you-the-business-behind-sports-tape/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Explain the sudden popularity of this product?
  • Do you think it is a fad?
  • Is there any real sense of differentiation amongst brands?

Young Americans Hate Cash

Description: American adults under age 30 hate cash so much that 51 percent of them will use plastic, even for purchases amounting to less than $5. That’s according to a survey released on Wednesday by CreditCards.com.

Source: Businessweek.com

Date: August 27, 2014

Link: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-27/plastic-beats-cash-among-young-adults#r=hpf-s

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does this report say about changing attitudes towards alternatives to cash?
  • Why do you think these trends are growing?

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