Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy

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Description: Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 25, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/26/technology/amazon-coronavirus-pandemic.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say to marketers trying to persuade consumers to use ecommerce? Do you think the results suggest other ecommerce companies would enjoy similar success and in other markets?

Ethical business practices shouldn’t be a ‘marketing ploy’: Jessica Alba

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Description: Actress Jessica Alba joins ‘Influencers with Andy Serwer’ to discuss the success of The Honest Company. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com Date: Sep 23, 2020 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/ethical-business-practices-shouldn-t-100000669.html Questions for discussion: What is Jessica Alba’s opinion about ethical business practice and profitability? After researching The Honest Company online, describe how the firm is different from any other consumer… Read more »

How Target gets you to spend money

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Description: Target has revolutionized the entire shopping experience, from the width of the aisles and the weight of the shopping carts to the smell of Starbucks coffee and placement of dollar bins. The tactics are paying off. Despite the pandemic, profits rose more than 80% year over year. Here’s how Target uses dollar bins and… Read more »

How governments can ensure economic survival amid a COVID-19 surge

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Description: The federal government unveiled a four-pillar plan in this week’s Speech from the Throne meant to help Canada’s economy navigate – and ultimately survive – COVID-19. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca Date: Sep 25, 2020 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/how-governments-can-ensure-economic-survival-amid-a-covid-19-surge-1.1499390 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights presented for government support. What do you think of these suggestions? What would you… Read more »

As Donations Shift in the Pandemic, New Databases Aim to Help

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Description: As Donations Shift in the Pandemic, New Databases Aim to Help Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 25, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/your-money/donations-social-causes-coronavirus.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say is happening to donor behavior at this time? How are databases helping organizations?

Warren Buffett Says 4 Choices in Life Separate the Doers From the Dreamers

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Description: Now 90 years young, the Oracle of Omaha is still impressing with important life lessons. Source: INC.com Date: Sep 25, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/warren-buffett-says-4-choices-in-life-separate-doers-from-dreamers.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the advice presented in the report. What do you think about it?

Yelp data shows 60% of business closures due to the coronavirus pandemic are now permanent

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Description: Yelp on Wednesday released its latest Economic Impact Report, revealing business closures across the U.S. are increasing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic’s economic toll. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 18, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/16/yelp-data-shows-60percent-of-business-closures-due-to-the-coronavirus-pandemic-are-now-permanent.html Questions for discussion: How has the covid pandemic affected business closures? Which businesses have been particularly hard hit? Are… Read more »

SPOS #738 – Matt Ridley On How Innovation Works

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #738 – Host: Mitch Joel. I had heard about Matt Ridley‘s work (The Rational Optimist), but we had not met until last year. I was invited to speak at a CEO summit for Google and their clients in Amsterdam. We had a short interaction, but after watching him present,… Read more »

With Working from Home Here to Stay, Expect These 5 Things to Change

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Description: From employees relocating where they live to retaining top talent, look out for these big changes in the employer-employee dynamic. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Sep 18, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/356222 Questions for discussion: What are the expectations for change in the workplace, according to the report? Do you agree with is assessment? Do you think there… Read more »

Incoming MEC CEO says store closures, merchandise changes coming after deal to take co-op private

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Description: VANCOUVER — The incoming chief executive of MEC understands the backlash against a deal to take the outdoor retail co-operative private, but hopes former members continue to shop there. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 16, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/incoming-mec-ceo-says-store-closures-merchandise-changes-coming-after-deal-to-take-co-op-private/wcm/82f5a212-b1cc-4f7d-91c8-a66bf804c3b3/ Questions for discussion: What happened to MEC? Do you think management deserves the criticism from members? What… Read more »