How Maria Sharapova Used Her Tennis Career to Become a Powerhouse Startup Founder

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Description: The five-time Grand Slam singles winner retired from professional tennis in February. Now, she’s applying lessons from her athletic career to run her high-end candy company Sugarpova. Source: INC.com Date: Oct 21, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/cameron-albert-deitch/maria-sharapova-founder-ceo-lessons-sugarpova-vision-2020.html Questions for discussion: Describe Sharapova’s approach to business and management. How is her business thinking related to her athletic… Read more »

US Digital Users 2020

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Description: Some Media Activities Got a Pandemic Bump, Others Didn’t. Here’s Why. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Ocy 20, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-digital-users-2020?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What are the highlights presented? Are any of these findings surprising to you? Strategically, what should businesses do with this information?

WestJet, Air Canada in Twitter fight over flight refunds

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Description: WestJet and Air Canada engaged in a social media spat on Wednesday, as the airlines bickered over flight refunds. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 22, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/west-jet-air-canada-in-twitter-fight-over-flight-refunds-144018824.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues surrounding refund policies. Why would the airlines be slack in providing refunds? What are the consequences of these… Read more »

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly

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Description: A victory for the government could remake one of America’s most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Ocy 20, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/technology/google-antitrust.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the case against Google? Do you think it merits legal action? What are the business consequences… Read more »

Chipotle burritos — not bowls — are all the rage during the pandemic: CFO

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Description: The mighty Chipotle burrito — delivered straight to your house — continues to power the restaurant giant’s profits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 22, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/chipotle-burritos-not-bowls-are-all-the-rage-during-the-pandemic-cfo-172128826.html Questions for discussion: How well has Chipotle managed during the covid pandemic that has devastated many restaurants? What marketing and management lessons should… Read more »

Airlines Can Bring Their Customers Back

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Description: Gallup’s recent study on the U.S. travel industry shows more bad news — on top of six months of losses — for airlines, one of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic. The study finds that 68% of respondents don’t plan on air travel at all in the next six months, and most are very… Read more »

Shoppers Came Back To Department Stores In September, Lifting Retail Sales

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Description: Shoppers bought more clothes and cars, and even returned to beleaguered department stores in September. Source: NPR.org Date: Oct 16, 2020 Link: https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/10/16/919330560/shoppers-went-back-to-department-stores-in-september Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in this report. What is the overall impression you have of the retail picture and consumer shopping behavior?

Opinion: The stock market’s strength tells us less about the true state of the economy than at almost any other time over the last five decades

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Description: The disconnect between the stock market and the economy increases as valuations become more stretched Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 17, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-stock-markets-strength-tells-us-less-about-the-true-state-of-the-economy-than-at-almost-any-other-time-over-the-last-five-decades-2020-10-13?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: What is the conventional understanding of the relationship between the stock market and the economy? What is the argument presented in this article? Do you agree?

Editor’s Edition: Can Canada shake its carbon belching image with clean energy?

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Description: Yahoo Finance Canada’s Jeff Lagerquist speaks with Tom Rand, managing partner at ArcTern Ventures, about the future of clean energy in Canada. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 14, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/editors-edition-canada-shake-carbon-132140399.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points debated about the energy industry as presented in this interview. What direction do you… Read more »

New job listings for Amazon’s internal telemedicine service, Amazon Care, hint at expansion

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Description: Amazon Care, the company’s online medical clinic for its own employees, is trying to hire half a dozen people in business development roles to “build and grow relationships with commercial and public sector enterprises.” Most of the roles were posted in the past month. Source: CNBC.com Date: Ocy 16, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/16/amazon-care-telemedicine-service-job-listings-hint-at-expansion.html Questions for… Read more »