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Description: Walmart and Target both reported stellar third-quarter earnings this week, sending their shares soaring. And once again, the biggest headline for both was e-commerce. Walmart (WMT) said its online sales rose 79% in the quarter. Target (TGT) said its online sales rose 155%.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Nov 20, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/target-and-walmart-prove-the-pandemic-ecommerce-surge-wont-reverse-133454888.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How has Covid-19 affected e-commerce related business?
  • Why are the analysts confident that the growth online will be permanent? Do you agree?

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Description: 8VC founding partner and Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal this week about why he decided to move his company from California to Texas. He joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss what tipped him over the edge and the reasons behind the decision.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 18, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/11/18/8vc-founder-joe-lonsdale-on-why-he-decided-to-move-this-company-from-california-to-texas.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the reasons Joe Lonsdale is moving his business out of California?
  • How might this decision affect management and operations?
  • What message is he sending to governments?

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Description: A couple of company employees took a ride on the first new form of transportation in more than a century.

Source: Entrepreneur.com – video report

Date: Nov 10, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/359390?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • How will this form of inter-city transportation affect where we live and work?
  • How will the transportation industry (trucking, air travel) be affected by this innovation?

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Description: The technology giant said it had suspended future business with the iPhone assembler Pegatron pending corrective actions. The Taiwanese manufacturer broke rules limiting student employee work hours.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 09, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/business/apple-china-pegatron.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the potential damage to Apple branding due to this story?
  • How should Apple management mitigate the damage?
  • Is there an opportunity for Apple management to turn lemons into lemonade?

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Description: Pizza Hut is adding Beyond Meat’s meat-free sausage to its U.S. menu. Starting Tuesday, customers of the Yum Brands pizza chain can order the Beyond Italian Sausage Pizza or the Great Beyond Pizza. The main source of protein in Beyond’s meatless sausage is from peas, rather than animals.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Nov 10, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/10/pizza-hut-to-launch-beyond-meat-sausage-topping-in-the-us.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is Pizza Hut developing this alternative to traditional pizza toppings?
  • To which target customer do you think the firm should be directing marketing efforts?
  • How would you market this product line?

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Description: Harley Finkelstein, president of Shopify joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss how the company has navigated COVID-19, and how more businesses are jumping on the platform. He says that when it comes to retail, the pandemic has accelerated a change we have all been anticipating for a while now. The Canadian tech darling saw revenue surge in its third quarter, reaching US$767.4 million, up from US$390.5 million during the same period last year.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/technology/video/e-commerce-growth-will-continue-long-after-we-have-a-vaccine-shopify-president%7E2075342

Questions for discussion:

  • How does Harley Finkelstein see the future of retailing after the pandemic?
  • What does he say about the future of office-based workspaces?
  • How do you think Shopify will grow in the future?
  • Would you buy Shopify stock today?

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Description: Lyft Co-founder John Zimmer joins Yahoo Finance’s Brian Sozzi, Myles Udland, and Julie Hyman to discuss how the ride sharing company is faring amid COVID-19.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Nov 12, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/lyft-co-founder-food-delivery-153323158.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How well is Lyft managing during this time of covid?
  • What are the ways Lyft can generate revenues?
  • How does Lyft manage drivers’ availability?
  • How does the company performance compare to Uber?
  • Would you be a buyer of the company stock now?

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Description: The bike maker Peloton announced Tuesday morning a multiyear partnership with singer-songwriter Beyonce to produce exclusive content with her music for its streamed workout classes.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 10, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/10/beyonce-and-peloton-in-multiyear-content-deal.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the fit between these two brands.
  • Why has the stock done so well?
  • What further advice would you suggest to management of each brand?

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Description: On an empty lot near Phoenix, perhaps the most auto-addicted city in America, a start-up is betting $170 million on a more walkable future.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Oct 31, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/31/business/culdesac-tempe-phoenix-sprawl.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think of this concept?
  • Who do you think would be attracted to this style of living?
  • How would it change business operations?

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Description: Roughly 69.0% of US companies with over 100 employees will use communication and collaboration tools this year, according to our estimates. That’s an increase of 15 percentage points from 2019, when 54.0% of such companies utilized these tools.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Nov 02, 2020

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/adoption-of-communication-collaboration-tools-has-surged?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the greater increase in audio-visual communications.
  • How would you think businesses are increasing their use of these technologies and why?