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Description: Amazon has reduced the number of temporary hires it needs this holiday shopping season as the company turns to more robots, Citi analyst Mark May told CNBC Friday.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/02/citi-mark-may-amazon-relies-on-robots-less-temporary-holiday-hires.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report suggest is happening to low-paying jobs like sorting and handling packages at Amazon?
  • How is the decision by Amazon both good and bad for the economy?

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Description: With unemployment near a record low, many businesses have no choice but to spend to upgrade employee skills.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 26, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-26/now-is-not-a-good-time-to-skimp-on-worker-training?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about training in different countries around the world?
  • How should managers interpret the suggestions in this article?

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Description: For a company in Chesterfield, Mo., it involved something as seemingly simple as attaching a trash can to an employee’s chair.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Oct 11, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/business/heres-the-skinny-for-lean-production-processes-to-work-a-company-needs-to-be-all-in.html?rref=collection%2Fspotlightcollection%2Ffast-forward

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the main ideas that would be important to managers of firms interested in improving operations and efficiencies.
  • Which idea for improvement were you most impressed with?

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Description:  That’s how much you would make if you invested the money you spent on your smartphone from the age of 18 to 78

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-true-cost-of-an-iphone-over-your-lifetime-300000-2018-11-01

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think consumers understand the “cost” of owning an iPhone in these terms?
  • What is the value received from ownership?
  • How does iPhone ownership compare to other big ticket consumer items, like a car or vacations?
  • What about small purchases like a daily coffee from Starbucks?

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Description: Competition breeds excellence, innovation, success — right? Well, not always, especially in the modern landscape of business.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322213

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made in this article.
  • How can synergy work for managers, according to the writer?

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Description: Bugatti makes the world’s most expensive cars, and, arguably, the most beautiful. But to truly understand the brand you must know its history.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Oct 17, 2018

Link: https://www.cnn.com/videos/business/2018/10/17/bugatti-chiron-divo-volkswagen-fastest-production-car.cnn-business/video/playlists/business-drive-cars/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the Bugatti brand represent?
  • Describe the target customers using segmentation criteria?
  • How would you grow the Bugatti business in terms of products and markets?

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Description: E-bikes and scooters are a key part of the company’s pivot from ride-hailing giant to mobility platform–and integral to its future vision for cities.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Oct 23, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90254182/ubers-shot-at-replacing-personal-car-ownership-starts-with-jump-bikes

Questions for discussion:

  • How are the two business models good fits for each other?
  • Which other businesses could share this space?

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Description: Stay focused and set boundaries.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Oct 22, 2018

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/322119?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Questions for discussion:

  • Which item to you think is most useful?
  • What else would you add to this list of suggestions?
  • Do you think these suggestions should be any different for people working at a normal office?

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Description:  This year, mobile will surpass TV ad spending by more than $6 billion, according to our latest ad spending forecast. By 2020, the channel will represent 43% of total media ad spending in the US—a greater percentage than all traditional media combined.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Oct 16, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-ad-spending-to-surpass-all-traditional-media-combined-by-2020?ecid=NL1009

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the significance of this research for managers dealing with advertising?
  • Why do you suppose this trend is growing?
  • What is the challenge for marketing managers?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #641 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’m a moron. I did not put two and two together. My buddy, Scott Stratten, let me know that a new book called, Planet Funny, had recently been published. I’m all-in on any non-fiction book that can bridge comedy, culture and things like that. Too many business professionals discount the value and merits of comedy in business, and how massive of a communications skill that comedy is (in short: study comedy if you want to get better at positioning, storytelling, communications skills, etc…). Plus, let’s face it, funny equals happy…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Oct 21, 2018

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-641-planet-funny-with-ken-jennings/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • What are some of the highlights that you think would be useful for managers to take away from this podcast?
  • Do you disagree with any statements?