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Description: Jeep is an SUV legend facing a lot More Competition

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 29, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/09/29/jeep-it-is-perhaps-one-of-the-strongest-brands-in-the-automotive-world-it-has-a-military-pedigree-that-dates-back-to-world-war-ii-and-for-generations-it-has-sustained-its-rugged-classic-american-image.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the history of the company and brand.
  • Explain the success and appeal of the SUV and Jeep design.
  • What are some key factors affecting the automotive industry and customers?
  • Do you think the SUV will still be popular in 10 years from now?
  • What would you recommend to management going forward?

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Description: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has launched a campaign urging the federal government to roll back the excise duty rate on alcohol that is scheduled to increase on April 1. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced the sin tax on beer, wine and spirits in the 2017. It is scheduled to automatically increase each year on April 1 by two per cent.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Oct 02, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/ottawas-alcohol-tax-another-challenge-for-hospitality-industry-135325536.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Were you aware of a tax on alcohol at the producer level?
  • Do you think most people would be aware of this tax?
  • Do you think it is appropriate to tax alcohol at the producer level?
  • How does the tax influence prices at the retail level?
  • What would you advise businesses and governments?

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Description: Tesla (TSLA) may not have much of a future in the world’s largest electric vehicle market, if one analyst’s predictions pan out. Morgan Stanley’s (MS) Adam Jonas says that CEO Elon Musk’s high-tech automotive company will likely see sales in China plummet to zero by 2030.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com

Date: Oct 02, 2020

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-will-have-zero-sales-in-china-by-2030-analyst-203938920.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the reason the report suggests that Tesla will be shut out of China by 2030?
  • Where do you think the future markets for Tesla are located?
  • How should Tesla prepare for the global marketplace?

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Description: Among the myriad steps needed to clean up construction, a cement made with heated clay stands out.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Oct 01, 2020

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-10-01/lc3-clay-cuts-cement-industry-co2-emissions

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the cement production process and its contribution to CO2 pollution?
  • How can producers reduce their pollution from production and what is the incentive to do so?
  • How can governments encourage more effort to switch production methods?

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Description: Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 25, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/26/technology/amazon-coronavirus-pandemic.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say to marketers trying to persuade consumers to use ecommerce?
  • Do you think the results suggest other ecommerce companies would enjoy similar success and in other markets?

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Description: Actress Jessica Alba joins ‘Influencers with Andy Serwer’ to discuss the success of The Honest Company.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com

Date: Sep 23, 2020

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/ethical-business-practices-shouldn-t-100000669.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is Jessica Alba’s opinion about ethical business practice and profitability?
  • After researching The Honest Company online, describe how the firm is different from any other consumer products company such as Proctor & Gamble?
  • Do you think the brand name is a good choice?

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Description: Target has revolutionized the entire shopping experience, from the width of the aisles and the weight of the shopping carts to the smell of Starbucks coffee and placement of dollar bins. The tactics are paying off. Despite the pandemic, profits rose more than 80% year over year. Here’s how Target uses dollar bins and online sales to keep customers hooked.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Sep 22, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/09/19/how-target-brings-in-billions-by-getting-customers-hooked.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about Target’s strategic thinking and relationship with customers?
  • Do you think the firm is positioned well given the growth of online retailing?
  • What would you advise investors with respect to Target’s stock?

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Description: The federal government unveiled a four-pillar plan in this week’s Speech from the Throne meant to help Canada’s economy navigate – and ultimately survive – COVID-19.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca

Date: Sep 25, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/how-governments-can-ensure-economic-survival-amid-a-covid-19-surge-1.1499390

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented for government support.
  • What do you think of these suggestions?
  • What would you advise businesses and governments?

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Description: As Donations Shift in the Pandemic, New Databases Aim to Help

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Sep 25, 2020

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/your-money/donations-social-causes-coronavirus.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say is happening to donor behavior at this time?
  • How are databases helping organizations?

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Description: Now 90 years young, the Oracle of Omaha is still impressing with important life lessons.

Source: INC.com

Date: Sep 25, 2020

Link: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/warren-buffett-says-4-choices-in-life-separate-doers-from-dreamers.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the advice presented in the report.
  • What do you think about it?