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Description: Canada is on the verge of a warehouse building boom as soaring demand for online goods is expected to continue beyond the pandemic.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-23/e-commerce-explosion-to-fuel-warehouse-building-boom-in-canada

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about changing buyer behaviors in Canada?
  • What does this mean for retail developments like downtown centers and mall?
  • Do you think the trends are likely to run longterm?

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Description: Welcome to our first-ever live podcast recording from Clubhouse (the new social audio app that is all the rage). This conversation was recorded this past Friday (February 19th, 2021). Our conversation this week is with my old friend, Jeremiah Owyang, to discuss the present and future of social audio, Clubhouse, smart audio, podcasting and beyond. Jeremiah is no stranger to this show. He is an industry analyst based in Silicon Valley who helps his clients solve how new technology connects companies to their customers. He is well recognized by both the tech industry and the media for his grounded approach to deriving insights through rigorous research. From corporate innovation, autonomous technology or modern wellbeing, he views every aspect of emerging technologies through the lens of growth, opportunity and constantly shifting consumer behaviors and expectations. Forever at the forefront, Jeremiah identifies trends and advises major companies to adapt their business models to better connect with customers. He also publishes numerous research reports, playbooks and frameworks to help businesses navigate change, improve customer experiences and identify trends before they happen. He used to work as an analyst for Forrester Research, co-founded Altimeter Group and many more. Currently, he is the founder at Catalyst Companies and Kaleido Insights. Like me, he is fascinated with this new space known as social audio and published, The Future of Social Audio: Startups, Roadmap, Business Models, and a Forecast. Plus, he works out of an awesome Airstream trailer. Enjoy the live conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 21, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/jeremiah-owyang-on-the-future-of-social-audio-live-from-clubhouse-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What is social audio and why is it drawing so much attention from marketers and investors?
  • Summarize the key ideas discussed in the podcast.

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Description: The motorcoach sector has been devastated by the drop in pandemic-era travel, but there’s been little federal aid for this 3,000-company transportation industry.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-23/there-s-no-covid-bailout-for-the-bus-industry?srnd=premium

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the state of the motorcoach industry?
  • Do you think the government should do more to support those affected by the pandemic?
  • Is the industry likely to bounce back after the pandemic eases?

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Description: BEIJING — The U.S. economy could lose more than $1 trillion worth of production and long-term global competitiveness if the White House pursues a sharp separation with China, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Rhodium Group.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/18/us-china-decoupling-would-cost-america-hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the global business ties with China and the costs associated with any reductions?
  • Do you believe there will be an “adjustment” to trade with China and investing in firms tied to Chinese production?

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Description: It’s called a “behavioral nudge.” A small action that prompts the subject to alter or accelerate his or her behavior. And researchers at Wharton think they may have found a key to getting more people vaccinated.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Feb 20, 2021

Link: https://fortune.com/2021/02/20/covid-vaccine-rollout-getting-people-vaccinated-vaccination-rates-behavioral-nudge-wharto/

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you suppose the behavioral nudge is so effective for stimulating desired behavior?
  • What does this research suggest about areas of behavior motivation such as those found in management and marketing areas?

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Description: NBC News’ Josh Lederman explains why Texas’ privately managed power grid is responsible for leaving millions of residents without power after a once-in-a-century winter storm.

Source: NBCNews.com – video report

Date: February 17, 2021

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvredgJPgi8

Questions for discussion:

  • Why did the grid fail?
  • Is this due to inadequate regulation, in your opinion?
  • Who do you think should carry the blame, if anyone?
  • How can the state mitigate the risk in the future?

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Description: Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd. says it’s closing all National Sports stores to reduce overlap in the company’s sporting goods assortment after an internal evaluation.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Feb 18, 2021

Link: https://ampvideo.bnnbloomberg.ca/canadian-tire-closing-all-national-sports-stores-as-revenues-rise-1.1565278

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the situation at Canadian Tire and the financial results reported.
  • Why do you think the retailer managed to do as well as it did during the past year?
  • Do you think the stock is a good investment at this time?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #762 – Host: Mitch Joel. Judy Samuelson is founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and a vice president at the Aspen Institute. Judy led a ten-year campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman‘s narrative about profit-maximization to successfully challenge conventional thinking in board rooms and classrooms about the purpose of the corporation. She produced the Aspen Principles of Long-Term Value Creation to challenge short-termism in business and capital markets, and is promoting a set of principles designed to disrupt the status quo in boardrooms about the design of CEO pay. Judy’s career spans working in the California State Legislature, banking in New York’s garment center, and directing the Ford Foundation‘s exploration of impact investing – the Office of Program-Related Investments. Judy writes regularly for Quartz at Work. She is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow and a director of the Financial Health Network. Her new book is called, The Six New Rules of Business – Creating Real Value in a Changing World. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Feb 15, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-762-judy-samuelson-on-the-six-new-rules-of-business/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and comment on the six new rules.
  • Do you think there is general support for this corporate orientation and way of thinking?
  • How would this shift affect marketing and investments?

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Description: The video was immediately shared widely and brought joy to many. The lawyer, Rod Ponton, said he was happy people got a much-needed laugh.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Feb 09, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/09/style/cat-lawyer-zoom.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the communications problems illustrated by this story?
  • Should business people be trained by their employers to deal with online “performances”?
  • How is this story relevant to management, marketing and finance people?

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Description: This year’s Super Bowl brought ads from Bud Light, Cheetos, Robinhood, Chipotle, Pringles and many more. Read here for more on the ads and watch them again after they debuted on the game.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Feb 08, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/07/super-bowl-2021-commercials-live-coverage.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Review the content and messaging in the ads.
  • Which ad would you say has the strongest impact? Which the weakest? Which is your favorite? Explain your answers.