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Description: Not content with relying on standard chips that are in high demand, some of the world’s biggest tech firms are developing their own semiconductors.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 06, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/06/why-tesla-apple-google-and-facebook-are-designing-their-own-chips.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are tech companies interested in developing this area of the business?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to this approach?
  • Do you think a merger or acquisition of a chip producer by one of the giant tech companies like Apple is likely?

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Description: The company has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create glasses that can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play podcasts.

Source: NYTimes.com – video report

Date: Sep 10, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/technology/facebook-wayfarer-stories-smart-glasses.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why has wearable technology, like these eyeglasses, been a difficult sell to the public, in your opinion?
  • What are the social and ethical issues related to the public adoption of this technology?
  • Do you think widespread adoption is inevitable?

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Description: New research from Gallup shows that workers are more stressed than ever. Here are three ways employers can help.

Source: INC.com

Date: Sep 10, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/rebecca-deczynski/gallup-employee-satisfaction-survey-job-stress.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the research findings that managers and employees should be focused on?
  • What are the suggestions provided for dealing with the concerns?
  • What do you think managers and employees should do to deal with these concerns?

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Description: Every year since at least 2014, more than half of Amazon’s operating profit has come from the online retailer’s cloud division, Amazon Web Services, which provides online services and tools that software developers can stitch together to run websites and applications.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 05, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/05/how-amazon-web-services-makes-money-estimated-margins-by-service.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Are you surprised to read how Amazon generates profit?
  • What explains this growth?
  • How could Amazon strategize to continue growth online?
  • Do you think Amazon is a good investment at this time?

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Description: Many people dream about leaving their 9-to-5 jobs to become full-time entrepreneurs doing what they love. Unfortunately, this dream will never come true for most of them. The reasons vary, from being afraid to risk what they have worked so hard for to self-imposed limitations such as not being confident enough about the change they want to see in the world.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Sep 10, 2021

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/383637

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article suggest about the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur?
  • Do you agree with this assessment?
  • What else do you think drives entrepreneurial success?

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Description: Furniture produced in China and Vietnam will face tariffs of up to 204 per cent when it enters Canada, a precedent-setting federal tribunal has ruled — adding fuel to the fire in an already frenzied industry dispute.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Sep 03, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/retail-council-slams-ridiculous-tariffs-as-canada-s-furniture-feud-heats-up-1.1647875

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the arguments on all sides of this debate?
  • What would you recommend as a compromise for industry, consumers and governments?

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Description: One man had 302 grams of gold dust pasted into his pants worth about $20,000, authorities in one of the world’s biggest gold markets said Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 01, 2021
Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/customs-officials-in-india-find-smuggled-gold-in-hair-underwear-shoes-and-even-knitted-into-handbags-11630416761?cx_testId=22&cx_testVariant=cx_1&cx_artPos=9&mod=home-page-cx#cxrecs_s

Questions for discussion: 

  • What does this report teach about pricing as it relates to the forces of supply and demand?
  • Why would the Indian government restrict the import of gold?
  • How would you expect consumers and businesses using gold more production to respond to higher gold prices?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #789 – Host: Mitch Joel. Are you in the mood for an incredible story from an amazing human being? Carey Lohrenz was the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot and a pioneer in military aviation. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. Carey is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Carey is the author of Fearless Leadership – High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck and her latest book, Span of Control – What to do when you’re under pressure, overwhelmed, and ready to get what you really want. She also hosts a great podcast called, Welcome To My Office. In a time when we’ve all recognized how little control we have over anything, this is an important show. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: Sixpixels.com – Podcast ?

?Date: Aug 22, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-789-carey-lohrenz-on-what-we-can-and-cannot-control/

Questions for discussion:

  • What can business students learn from Carey Lorenz?
  • What is the most significant point made in the podcast that you think business people should consider?

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Description: Demand pressures continue through the summer. For months now, Morning Brief readers have been reminded, time and again, that the economy is in no way suffering from a demand problem.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Sep 02, 2021

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-manufacturing-demand-crunch-wont-let-up-morning-brief-090744023.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about supply and demand forces and the state of prices?
  • What does this suggest about business concerns?

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Description: WINNIPEG — SkipTheDishes is testing a new business model to help it sell household goods and groceries directly to customers.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Sep 01, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/skipthedishes-launches-new-offering-for-convenience-store-and-grocery-goods-1.1646820

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the synergies available to the company?
  • Do you think this new approach is a good direction to go?
  • Do you think the marketplace is getting too crowded for new entrants to the delivery service business?
  • How could the firm distinguish itself from competition?