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Description: Record airline losses from the coronavirus outbreak will continue to mount next year as anticipated vaccination programs take time to revive travel demand, according to the industry’s main trade group.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Nov 24, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-24/airlines-see-losses-swelling-to-157-billion-before-virus-clears

Questions for discussion:

  • How bad has the airline industry been hit by the pandemic?
  • How can management deal with financial, marketing and employee fallout from the situation?
  • Do you think the industry should consolidate resources as a means to rebuild?

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Description: Toast, a start-up that sells software to help restaurants with online ordering, has had a rollercoaster of a year managing through the pandemic. Of late, business has been booming,

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 24, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/23/restaurant-tech-start-up-toast-worth-8-billion-in-employee-share-sale.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the changing environment facing the firm.
  • Do you think it can sustain this level of growth once the pandemic subsides?
  • How should investors handle this opportunity?
  • Do you think management has handled its employees ethically?

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Description: There are now businesses that sell fake people. On the website Generated.Photos, you can buy a “unique, worry-free” fake person for $2.99, or 1,000 people for $1,000.

Source: NYTimes.com – video report

Date: Nov 21, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/11/21/science/artificial-intelligence-fake-people-faces.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ethical and social issues related to the business applications of this emerging technology?
  • Can it be controlled?

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Description: People are still spending money, but their hearts are calling the shots.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Nov 10, 2020

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/358343

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about the trends driving consumer and business decision-making?
  • Why do you think consumers’ attitudes have been changing in this way?

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Description: Ten years ago, General Motors made its second debut on the New York Stock Exchange in what was then the largest initial public offering in U.S. history — ushering in a new era of renewed optimism for the company and U.S. economy after emerging from bankruptcy in the Great Recession.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 18, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/18/gms-last-decade-has-produced-paltry-returns-but-evs-hold-hope-for-tesla-growth.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • Why has GM stock performed so poorly?
  • Do you think now is a better time to become an investor in the firm? Explain your thinking?

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Description: Retail sales in Canada came in better than expected in September, boosted by receipts of new cars, though a preliminary estimate for October shows the momentum was short-lived.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Nov 20, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canadian-retail-sales-rise-1-1-in-september-beating-estimates-1.1525406

Questions for discussion:

  • How did retail sales fare? Explain these results?
  • Where do you think retailing is headed, given the disruption to normal shopping behaviors?

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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?