The holiday shopping season could start on 10/10/2020 with retailers hopeful that consumers will turn out early

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Description: Forget Thanksgiving Day. The start to the holiday shopping season could be October 10, or 10/10/2020, according to Keith Jelinek, managing director in the retail practice at global consultancy Berkeley Research Group. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 16, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-holiday-shopping-season-could-start-on-10-10-2020-with-retailers-hopeful-that-consumers-will-turn-out-early-11600197849?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What is the basis for these notions of an earlier start… Read more »

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy With Apple Watch

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Description: Apple Inc. and the government of Singapore have partnered on a two-year health initiative dubbed LumiHealth, which is built around tracking and rewarding user behavior through the Apple Watch gadget and an iPhone app. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 15, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-16/singapore-to-pay-citizens-for-keeping-healthy-with-apple-watch?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: Describe the partnership plan between Apple, government,… Read more »

Electric vehicle start-up Lucid unveils Air sedan to take on Tesla

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Description: Electric vehicle start-up Lucid is touting its all-electric Air sedan as a more efficient, faster and spacious vehicle than the Tesla Model S, a car the company’s CEO Peter Rawlinson helped develop. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 09, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/09/electric-vehicle-start-up-lucid-unveils-air-sedan-to-take-on-tesla.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How has the Lucid Air positioned itself in the electric… Read more »

Here are the companies set for growth from the boom in demand for e-bikes

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Description: Venture-capital firms are pouring money into e-bike and e-scooter startups, as the pandemic and social distancing measures escalate the popularity of urban mobility to help consumers and workers get around town. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 12, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/coronavirus-places-alternative-transport-in-the-fast-lane-and-shifts-e-bike-and-scooter-development-into-high-gear-11599560318?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: Explain what is happening in this industry? Do you think this is… Read more »

Farming Rises, Sports Tumbles in U.S. Industry Ratings

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Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time in Gallup’s 20 years of tracking Americans’ views of various business and industry sectors, farming and agriculture is the clear leader. Source: Gallup.com Date: Sep 08, 2020 Link: https://news.gallup.com/poll/319256/farming-rises-sports-tumbles-industry-ratings.aspx Questions for discussion: In general, how have industries and businesses been affected by the coronavirus? Are you surprised… Read more »

Tesla in talks to buy low carbon nickel from Canada, sources say

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Description: Giga Metals in talks with Tesla about helping develop a large low-carbon nickel mine Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 11, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/commodities/mining/tesla-in-talks-to-buy-low-carbon-nickel-from-canada-sources-say/wcm/3de2b4e8-087a-4a40-b7f0-08f6394be08a/ Questions for discussion: What advantages does Canada offer to Tesla? Why would Tesla concern itself with mining development? How is this a social responsibility issue?

How Etsy built a nearly $14 billion handmade empire

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Description: If it’s handmade or over 20 years old, there’s a good chance you can find it on Etsy, the go-to online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage goods. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/how-etsy-built-a-handmade-empire.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How would you describe Etsy’s business model? Summarize the evolution of the firm’s… Read more »

Telemedicine

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Description: When the coronavirus hit, medical practitioners started ramping up their virtual offerings – notably appointments via videoconferencing apps such as FaceTime and Zoom – as a way to continue caring for patients and keep their businesses alive. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 12, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/telemedicine?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about… Read more »

Making Gyms Safer: Why The Virus Is Less Likely To Spread There Than In A Bar

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Description: After shutting down in the spring, America’s empty gyms are beckoning a cautious public back for a workout. To reassure wary customers, owners have put in place — and now advertise — a variety of coronavirus control measures. At the same time, the fitness industry is also trying to rehabilitate itself by pushing back… Read more »

Do You Know Your Organization’s Ethics Reporting Ratio?

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Description: Ethical and legal lapses are a serious organizational risk. From lawsuits to customer boycotts, from lower market value to higher turnover, unethical or unlawful employee behavior can spark financial disasters. And leaders don’t always know there’s an integrity problem until it’s too late — and too public — to fix. Source: Gallup.com Date: Sep… Read more »