Electric vehicle start-up Lucid unveils Air sedan to take on Tesla

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Description: Electric vehicle start-up Lucid is touting its all-electric Air sedan as a more efficient, faster and spacious vehicle than the Tesla Model S, a car the company’s CEO Peter Rawlinson helped develop. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 09, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/09/electric-vehicle-start-up-lucid-unveils-air-sedan-to-take-on-tesla.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How has the Lucid Air positioned itself in the electric… Read more »

Here are the companies set for growth from the boom in demand for e-bikes

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Description: Venture-capital firms are pouring money into e-bike and e-scooter startups, as the pandemic and social distancing measures escalate the popularity of urban mobility to help consumers and workers get around town. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 12, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/coronavirus-places-alternative-transport-in-the-fast-lane-and-shifts-e-bike-and-scooter-development-into-high-gear-11599560318?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: Explain what is happening in this industry? Do you think this is… Read more »

Farming Rises, Sports Tumbles in U.S. Industry Ratings

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Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time in Gallup’s 20 years of tracking Americans’ views of various business and industry sectors, farming and agriculture is the clear leader. Source: Gallup.com Date: Sep 08, 2020 Link: https://news.gallup.com/poll/319256/farming-rises-sports-tumbles-industry-ratings.aspx Questions for discussion: In general, how have industries and businesses been affected by the coronavirus? Are you surprised… Read more »

How Etsy built a nearly $14 billion handmade empire

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Description: If it’s handmade or over 20 years old, there’s a good chance you can find it on Etsy, the go-to online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage goods. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/how-etsy-built-a-handmade-empire.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How would you describe Etsy’s business model? Summarize the evolution of the firm’s… Read more »

Telemedicine

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Description: When the coronavirus hit, medical practitioners started ramping up their virtual offerings – notably appointments via videoconferencing apps such as FaceTime and Zoom – as a way to continue caring for patients and keep their businesses alive. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 12, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/telemedicine?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about… Read more »

Making Gyms Safer: Why The Virus Is Less Likely To Spread There Than In A Bar

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Description: After shutting down in the spring, America’s empty gyms are beckoning a cautious public back for a workout. To reassure wary customers, owners have put in place — and now advertise — a variety of coronavirus control measures. At the same time, the fitness industry is also trying to rehabilitate itself by pushing back… Read more »

These restaurant chains are unveiling new designs inspired by the pandemic

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Description: The coronavirus pandemic is spurring on a growing number of restaurant chains to build restaurants with new bells and whistles focused on convenience and safety. Source: CNBC.com Date: Sep 04, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/restaurant-chains-are-unveiling-new-designs-inspired-by-the-pandemic.html Questions for discussion: How have these restaurant chains responded to the coronavirus pandemic? Do you think these are good decisions? What else would… Read more »

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 »