Inflation Hits a 40-Year High–And Businesses Ponder the R-Word

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Description: All eyes are on the Federal Reserve, as companies just emerging from the pandemic face a new scourge. Source: INC.com Date: Apr 08, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/diana-ransom/recession-supply-chain-inflation-small-business.html Questions for discussion: Why is inflation a problem for businesses and consumers? How would the Fed reduce inflationary pressures? What does this report say about the chances of… Read more »

Canada’s biggest banks risk backlash by doubling their funding for highly polluting oil projects

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Description: The biggest Canadian banks more than doubled funding into highly polluting tar sands oil projects to $16.8 billion last year, according to a report by a coalition of environmental groups. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Apr 13, 2022 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/canada-banks-risk-backlash-doubling-funding-polluting-oil-projects Questions for discussion: What does the research suggest might influence consumer and investor decisions about banking… Read more »

Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion, so it can be ‘transformed as private company’

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Description: Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share, saying the social media company needs to be transformed privately, a little over a week after first revealing a 9.2% stake in the company. Musk’s offer values Twitter at about $43 billion. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 14, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/14/elon-musk-offers-to-buy-twitter-for-54point20-a-share-saying-it-needs-to-be-transformed-as-private-company.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

How Amazon plans to fix its massive returns problem

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Description: Amazon is handling a rapidly growing number of returns that are causing a massive problem for the e-commerce giant and the planet. A National Retail Federation survey found a record $761 billion of merchandise was returned to retailers in 2021. That amount surpasses what the U.S. spent on national defence in 2021, which was $741 billion. Source: CNBC.com… Read more »

Here’s where the jobs are — in one chart

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Description: As Covid restrictions eased, rebounds in the leisure and hospitality and business sectors helped to drive a strong March jobs report.The U.S. economy added more than 400,000 jobs in the final month of the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday. Source: CNBC.com Date: Apr 01, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/01/where-the-jobs-are-march-2022-chart.html Questions for discussion: What do the… Read more »

Liquidation store ‘treasure hunt’ grows in popularity, helps online stores like Amazon

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Description: Experts say increased online shopping driving growth of liquidation stores Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 08, 2022 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/quick-pick-store-a-treasure-hunt-for-shoppers-1.6410353 Questions for discussion: Why is a liquidation store necessary for online business operators like Amazon? Who are the target customers, in your opinion? How is this store different from other discounters?

The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip

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Description: As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 08, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/technology/intel-chip-shortage.html? Questions for discussion: What are the direct economic benefits due to investments in these plants? What are the factors of production needed in order to set up these plants? Given… Read more »

Heineken and Carlsberg say they are leaving Russia.

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Description: The brewing giants are quitting Russia as companies face pressure to completely pull out of the country. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 29, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/28/business/heineken-leaving-russia-carlsberg.html Questions for discussion: What are the good and bad consequences of these corporate decisions? What do you think of these actions? What would you advise management of these firms?… Read more »

French food giant and Toronto company team up to harness the new promise of Canadian oats

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Description: Canada is great at growing oats, just not so great at processing them Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 25, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/french-food-giant-and-toronto-company-team-up-to-harness-the-new-promise-of-canadian-oats Questions for discussion: What are the challenges facing these Canadian food businesses? What are the solutions presented in the article? What else would you advise the firms involved?

BlackRock’s Larry Fink, who oversees $10 trillion, says Russia-Ukraine war is ending globalization

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Description: Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of the world’s biggest asset manager BlackRock, said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended the world order that had been in place since the end of the Cold War. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 24, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/24/blackrocks-larry-fink-who-oversees-10-trillion-says-russia-ukraine-war-is-ending-globalization.html Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the Larry Fink’s assessment… Read more »