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Description: E-cargo bikes offer clean, efficient option, though car-centric cities pose challenges

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Nov 05, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/cargo-bike-deliveries-1.4437511

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of using e-cargo bikes for city deliveries?
  • Should cities require firms to use this technology for deliveries or let market forces determine adoption rates?

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Description: F&D’s Rahim Kanani interviews David M. Rubenstein, cofounder and co–executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private investment firms, on a new corporate reality that looks beyond profit, the role of business in tackling climate change, and what animates his philanthropy.

Source: IMF.org

Date: Nov 04, 2019

Link: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2019/11/david-rubenstein-on-profit-purpose-and-climate-change.htm

Questions for discussion:

  • How are businesses changing their thinking about climate change, according to David Rubenstein?
  • What is motivating this line of thinking?

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Description: Misleading marketing and labeling may confuse parents about the health value of many juices, a new report finds.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Oct 22, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/22/health/drinks-sugar-children.html?fallback=false&recId=558624116&locked=0&geoContinent=NA&geoRegion=QC&recAlloc=control&geoCountry=CA&blockId=discovery-automated&imp_id=763555434&action=click&module=Science%20%20Technology&pgtype=Homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the social concerns raised in this report.
  • How should marketers respond to these concerns?

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Description: Coors is saying goodbye the Rockies, from a business perspective, at least. Molson Coors announced Wednesday it would move the headquarters of its North American business—MillerCoors—out of Denver and into Chicago. The move comes alongside plans to cut 400-500 jobs.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Oct 30, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/10/30/molson-coors-rockies-job-cuts-move/

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the problems facing the firm and how has management responded?
  • What advice would you offer?

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Description: It’s not your imagination. Everything in the retail space is changing fast and new methods of payment are helping lead the way.

Source: Yahooh.Finance.com – video report

Date: Oct 31, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-a-digital-focus-is-changing-mc-donalds-and-burger-king-174440230.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why are firms like McDonalds moving towards greater use of digital services, including payments?
  • What does this mean for operations of the firm and employment?

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Description: Tim Hortons owes its success to having defined itself clearly in the popular imagination. But that idea has proved inflexible — and might be bad for business

Source: NationalPost.com

Date: Oct 30, 2019

Link: https://nationalpost.com/entertainment/has-tim-hortons-become-uncool-why-the-iconic-chain-doesnt-appeal-to-younger-generation

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the problem with the Tim Hortons brand, according to the report?
  • Can the firm successfully serve more than one target market?
  • What would you advise the firm to do?

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Description: (Reuters) – Facebook Inc <FB.O> was sued on Thursday in a proposed class action accusing it of discriminating against older and female users by withholding advertising for financial services such as bank accounts, insurance, investments and loans.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Oct 31, 2019

Link: https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-sued-age-gender-bias-183907492.html?guccounter=1

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for the lawsuit?
  • Is this discrimination, in your opinion?
  • How is this complaint a problem for the way FB and other social media firms sell targeted advertising?
  • How might the industry resolve this issue?

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Description: On a visit to New York in October Marc Benioff, boss of Salesforce, compared Facebook to cigarettes and backed a corporate tax hike to deal with homelessness in San Francisco. If badmouthing a fellow technology giant and cheering the taxman were not heterodox enough for a billionaire entrepreneur, Mr Benioff laid into American management education. It “programmes” students to favour profit over the public good. This, he noted, is out of step with “the new capitalism”.

Source: TheEconomist.com

Date: Nov 02, 2019

Link: https://www.economist.com/business/2019/11/02/american-business-schools-are-reinventing-the-mba

Questions for discussion:

  • How are MBA programs and students changing, according to the article?
  • Do you think these changes are beneficial and contribute to better business performance?

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Description: Imagine, for a moment, that Taylor Swift was wrong. The reigning queen of country-tinged pop shocked fans in 2014 by abruptly and publicly breaking up with a prominent suitor: Spotify. Mere days after the October release of her album 1989, Swift yanked her entire back catalog from the leading music-streaming service—and made a compelling case why Spotify was a threat to her industry.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Oct 21, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/longform/spotify-music-industry-profits-apple-amazon/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key changes that have transformed the music industry.
  • What do you think will happen to distribution of content and revenues in the future?

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Description: PG&E Corp. shares plunged 25% on Friday as possible liabilities from the Kincade Fire in northern California boost the risks that shareholders will be wiped out and could undermine efforts to bring the company out of bankruptcy. Bloomberg’s Claire Boston has more on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Oct 25, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2019-10-25/bankrupt-pg-e-plunges-as-california-wildfires-roar-video

Questions for discussion:

  • Is there a solution to the problem of providing electricity to locations where risk of causing fire is high?
  • How should investors be expected to look at utilities and weigh risk, as a result of the situation described?