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 »

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 »

Here’s how close we really are to self-driving cars

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Description: Here’s how close we really are to self-driving cars Source: MarketWatch.com – video report Date: Nov 22, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/video/sectorwatch/here-how-close-we-really-are-to-self-driving-cars/4A80A38F-5885-41DD-BAB3-E34E78D19DE1.html Questions for discussion: Describe the product develop thinking aimed at achieving the adoption of the fully automated self-driving car. What is required from industry, governments and drivers in order to achieve the adoption of… 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 »

Former Amazon executive on the 5-star success lesson he learned from online giant’s customer ratings

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Description: Dan Lewis, CEO of trucking logistics start-up Convoy, spent many years at Amazon before founding his own company. Among the biggest projects he worked on as Amazon’s general manager of new shopping experiences was helping to build an online ratings and reviews model. It was a big problem from the online retail giant in… Read more »

Are Nike’s Vaporfly Running Shoes Too Good?

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Description: The sneaker may have helped break the two-hour marathon barrier, but it could also bring additional scrutiny from the IAAF. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 14, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-14/nike-s-vaporfly-tests-the-boundaries-of-the-running-shoe?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What is the problem facing Nike? Would IAAF rejection kill the sales of the product? Do you think this product appeals to a… Read more »