Crisis Management: Walmart+ ‘not aggressive enough’ to take on Amazon

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 Description: Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska and strategy expert Mark Satov discuss Walmart’s new membership service and how it will stack up against Amazon Prime. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Sep 04, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/crisis-management-walmart-not-aggressive-194154877.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Walmart’s effort to launch a competing plan against Amazon Prime?… Read more »

Panera Bread is selling groceries as restaurant sales plummet

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Description: Panera Bread is selling groceries as housebound consumers eat fewer meals from restaurants. Source: CNBC.com Date: Apr 08, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/08/panera-bread-is-selling-groceries-as-restaurant-sales-plummet.html Questions for discussion: Create a SWOT analysis that focuses on Panera at this time of pandemic? Do you think the idea of distributing groceries is a good idea? What other ideas would you… Read more »

SPOS #717 – Vinh Giang The Magic of Better Communication

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #717 – Host: Mitch Joel. This is the first conversation that I recorded in our current Covid 19 world. I wanted to discuss the power of communications, and how we can get better, and add much more empathy to the way that we are connected. Especially in… Read more »

Heroes of the pandemic: How one man’s obsession with painted drywall helped the COVID-19 fight

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Description: For computer science whiz and big thinker Dave Caputo, suddenly it all seemed perfectly clear Source: NationalPost.com Date: Apr 08, 2020 Link: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/heroes-of-the-pandemic-how-one-mans-obsession-with-painted-drywall-helped-the-covid-19-fight?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR33N30Hd25nwftFPEaW-ohyuxq7kGmF4RL0KM8M7u1ZkP8y3yvoCHv-s2A# Questions for discussion: What does the article suggest about small business management and creative thinking during a crisis? How did this solution to a problem help mitigate business and employment problems… Read more »

Watch Tesla Design Ventilators Using Mostly Model 3 Parts

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Description: Tesla posted a video to its YouTube channel that shows Tesla engineers working on designing ventilators out of mainly Tesla Model 3 parts. It’s pretty amazing to see how many existing Tesla parts can be repurposed into assembling a ventilator. Source: InsideEVS.com Date: Apr 05, 2020 Link: https://insideevs.com/news/408057/tesla-making-ventilators-from-model-3-parts/ Questions for discussion: How does the publicity from this… Read more »

Amazon sought ‘retaliation’ when it fired worker who led coronavirus walkout: NY AG

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Description: New York State Attorney General Letitia James told Yahoo Finance on Tuesday that her office is “considering their legal options” against Amazon (AMZN) over its decision to fire a warehouse manager who led a walkout over coronavirus protections. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Mar 31, 2020 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-sought-retaliation-when-it-fired-worker-who-led-coronavirus-walkout-ny-ag-195951868.html Questions for discussion: What are the business… Read more »

Warren Buffett Says You Will Be Worth 50 Percent More if You Improve This 1 Human Skill

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Description: Two years ago, Warren Buffett shared the back seat of a car with a young startup founder who was selected to be the Oracle of Omaha’s personal escort for a day. Seizing the moment, the 20-something entrepreneur asked the billionaire Buffett for a success tip he could pass on to young people graduating from college. Buffett was unwavering and resolute… Read more »

3 Ways to Inspire Innovation From Remote Teams

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Description: Covid-19’s forced shift to working from home offers an opportunity for small businesses to discover their next big idea. Source: Inc.com Date: Mar 31, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/stephen-denny/3-ways-to-inspire-innovation-from-remote-teams.html?utm_source=incthismorning Questions for discussion: What are the key recommendations presented in this article? Do you find any of them surprising? What would you add to the list?

Cineplex will keep its 165 movie theatres across Canada closed indefinitely

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Description: Canada’s largest movie exhibitor, Cineplex Inc., will keep its doors closed nationwide into the foreseeable future amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 01, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/cineplex-coronavirus-1.5517694 Questions for discussion: What is the situation facing the firm? Can this business model survive the new social and entertainment consumer environment, once the Covid –… Read more »

The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.

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Description: As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America’s acute shortage. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 29, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/29/business/coronavirus-us-ventilator-shortage.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say is the primary reason for the failure to produce an inexpensive ventilator? Could this issue have been avoided if multiple governments around the world… Read more »