The Big Idea: Airships are back, and they’re better than ever

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Description: With a bit of investment, they can help solve our supply chain woes ?Source: Macleans.ca Date: Nov 16, 2022 Link: https://www.macleans.ca/technology-3/the-big-idea-solving-canadas-supply-chain-woes/ Questions for discussion: What are the advantages and disadvantages of this transportation technology? Why do you think development and adoption has remained slow? How would you boost the adoption of this technology and companies… Read more »

Is This the End Game for Crypto?

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Description: Recent events have made clear the need to regulate crypto, an industry that grew from nothing to a $3 trillion market capitalization a year ago, although most of that has now evaporated. But it also seems likely that the industry couldn’t survive regulation. Source: NYT.com Date: Nov 17, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/17/opinion/crypto-banks-regulation-ftx.html? Questions for discussion: What does… Read more »

Walmart and Target’s quarterly results lay bare the retailers’ stark differences

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Description: Walmart’s stock surged this week. Target’s shares plunged. The rival big-box players are both known for selling an array of products including food, clothing, home goods and kitchen appliances. Both their CEOs ? Walmart’s Doug McMillon and Target’s Brian Cornell ? stepped into their roles in 2014. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 17, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/17/walmart-and-targets-quarterly-results-lay-bare-retailers-differences.html… Read more »

For Fitness Buffs and Landlords, Gyms Are Hot Again

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Description: Hoping to capitalize on a renewed interest in communal experiences, fitness chains are reconfiguring their spaces, offering more room to exercise and better amenities. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 07, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/08/business/gym-health-club-real-estate.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the return of gyms and reasons for their growing appeal. How has the real estate industry adapted to… Read more »

Carvana stock tanks in continued sell-off

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Description: Shares of Carvana were briefly halted Monday morning due to volatility, down by as much as 24% at one point to below $7 per share — its lowest point on record. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 07, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/07/carvana-stock-tanks-in-continued-sell-off.html Questions for discussion: Explain the company’s rapid decline in stock value, from a marketing point of view?… Read more »

Global Initiative Is Transforming How People View Wellbeing

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Description: As part of the movement to expand the study of people’s wellbeing beyond traditional indicators, Gallup and the Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation joined forces several years ago to develop a globally inclusive measurement of wellbeing. Together, through the Global Wellbeing Initiative, they are asking the world new questions that are not only transforming how people… Read more »

Op-ed: What Elon Musk really gets out of owning Twitter

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Description: Think of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover less like a typical private equity play, where he fixes the business and sells it, and more like Jeff Bezos’ purchase of the Washington Post. Source: CNBC.com Date: Nov 03, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/11/03/op-ed-what-elon-musk-really-gets-out-of-owning-twitter.html?recirc=taboolainternal Questions for discussion: Summarize the opinions expressed in this article that offer an explanation for… Read more »

Canada jobs market blows past expectations with 108,000 gain

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Description: Canada’s labour market unexpectedly added 108,000 jobs in October as wage gains accelerated, potentially easing worries the economy is headed for a major slowdown. ?Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 04, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canada-jobs-market-blows-past-expectations-with-108-000-gain-1.1841866 Questions for discussion: Summarize the top three statistics you believe business people should be looking at as they weigh… Read more »

Yeezy Roller Coaster Ended With Two-Minute Phone Call at Adidas

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Description: Their lucrative Yeezy collaboration accounted for more than an estimated 40% of the shoe giant’s profits. But the partners had been bickering for years. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 01, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-01/kanye-west-adidas-split-was-brewing-for-years?leadSource=uverify%20wall Questions for discussion: What are the lessons to be learned from this partnership between Ye and Adidas? Can Adidas ever afford to… Read more »

Twitter is now owned by Elon Musk — here’s a brief history from the app’s founding in 2006 to the present

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Description: A decade ago, Twitter’s future was looking bright. The company was benefiting from a flood of funding into the social-networking space, eventually leading to an IPO in 2013 that raised $1.8 billion. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 29, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/29/a-brief-history-of-twitter-from-its-founding-in-2006-to-musk-takeover.html Questions for discussion: Why do you think Musk bought Twitter? Do you think there are revenue models that… Read more »