US shoppers stay away from stores, spend online as Black Friday begins

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Description: U.S. consumers splurged more than $2 billion online in the first hours of Thanksgiving shopping on Thursday, while crowds were largely thin at retailers on the eve of Black Friday, reflecting the broader trend away from shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. Source:CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/29/us-shoppers-stay-away-from-stores-spend-online-as-black-friday-begins.html Questions for discussion: How… Read more »

Opinion: Why stock markets are better than banks at fixing climate change

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Description: To fight climate change, governments the world over would be well inspired to develop the breadth and depth of their stock markets. Stock markets seem more efficient than banks at financing the massive investments that will be needed to meet international climate goals. This surprising finding from two European Central Bank economists could have profound policy… Read more »

Doctors go to TikTok to talk to teens about vaping, birth control and how celery juice won’t cure cancer

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Description: Dr. Rose Marie Leslie is hoping to reach teens with a message about the dangers of e-cigarettes. So she’s started posting regularly on TikTok, the popular short video app, and has collected a large following. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/29/doctors-use-tiktok-to-talk-to-teens-about-vaping-birth-control.html Questions for discussion: Why is TikTok an ideal channel… Read more »

Billionaire Pattison sees environment as ‘number one issue’ for his business empire

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Description: Jimmy Pattison says his sprawling, multi-billion-dollar business empire is squarely focused on becoming more environmentally friendly, but the legendary entrepreneur acknowledges that transition needs to be managed carefully with thousands of jobs on the line. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 25, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/billionaire-pattison-sees-environment-as-number-one-issue-for-his-business-empire-1.1353116 Questions for discussion: What does Jim Pattison say… Read more »

TV Ad Spending Will Never Be the Same

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Description: eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom, vice president of content studio Paul Verna and vice president of forecasting Monica Peart talk about the peaking of US TV ad spending. Why has it stopped growing, how does cord-cutting contribute, and what makes video streaming services attractive? They then discuss the performance of Disney+ in its first… Read more »

Charlene Li On The Disruption Mindset – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

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Description: If you asked me who is one of the smartest people in the world on the topic of disruption, innovation and technology, it would be Charlene Li. For the past two decades, Charlene has been helping people see the future. She’s the bestselling author of six books, including her newest, The Disruption Mindset – Why Some… Read more »

Tackling America’s giant hospital bill

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Description: Transparency is not enough Source: TheEconomist.com Date: Nov 23, 2019 Link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/11/23/tackling-americas-giant-hospital-bill Questions for discussion: Summarize the key issues causing rising health care expenses and the solutions recommended by the report. How else could the health care industry be better managed, with the goal to reduce costs to levels found internationally?

Bumble Bee Files Bankruptcy Amid Antitrust Fines, Lawsuits

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Description: Bumble Bee Foods LLC, the largest North American brand of packaged seafood, filed for bankruptcy amid criminal fines and civil lawsuits stemming from a federal price-fixing case with plans for its assets to be acquired by FCF Co. for about $925 million. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 21, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-21/bumble-bee-files-bankruptcy-after-price-fixing-fines-lawsuits Questions for discussion: What are the business and… Read more »

Pot stocks extend gains as banker calls bottom, sees 20% rebound

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Description: An eight-month rout in pot stocks that wiped out almost two-thirds of their market value may finally have reached its bottom. Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 22, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/pot-stocks-extend-gains-as-banker-calls-bottom-sees-20-rebound-1.1351688 Questions for discussion: What explains the positive assessment in this report? Do you think the stocks will begin to recover their losses… Read more »

Why White Castle isn’t a fast-food giant

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Description: If you’ve ever eaten a hamburger at a fast-food restaurant, White Castle deserves at least some of the credit. The Columbus, Ohio-based chain is famous for its cheap, small burgers. It’s also widely regarded as the first fast-food hamburger chain in the United States. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 19, 2019 Link:… Read more »