Bombardier has approached Alstom, Hitachi to forge rail merger, sources say

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Description: Needs a partner to cut costs and compete against China’s rail giant Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 24, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/transportation/rail/bombardier-scrambles-to-craft-rail-merger-with-alstom-hitachi-sources-2 Questions for discussion: From an operations management point of view, why does a merger make sense for Bombardier? How important is scale of operations for these competitors?

Debut of GM’s Cruise Origin shows the future of ride-hailing, autonomous vehicles is a box

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Description: The future of the auto industry isn’t horsepower or style when it comes to autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services. It’s a box. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/23/debut-of-gms-cruise-origin-shows-the-future-of-ride-hailing-autonomous-vehicles-is-a-box.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the projected future for this industry, as described in the report. Create a more detailed business plan… Read more »

How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing

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Description: How companies like Google and IBM plan to profit from quantum computing Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 23, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/17/how-quantum-computing-works-google-ibm-dwave-amazon.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key ideas and issues facing the firms involved in the quantum computing environment. What are some of the applications and opportunities, according to the report?

Jobs are on the line and clock is ticking as Boeing’s new CEO takes over

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Description: Boeing’s new CEO, Dave Calhoun, has a daunting to-do list when he takes the reins at the company’s Chicago headquarters on Monday: improving the plane-maker’s strained relationships with regulators and airline customers, winning back public trustand getting the 737 Max — grounded for almost a year after two deadly crashes — flying again. Source: CNBC.com… Read more »

Should You Still Be Using Email Benchmarks?

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Description: Three of the most common key performance indicators (KPIs) for email are still open rate, clickthrough rate and click-to-open rate. But figures from email service and marketing technology providers show variations in those KPIs in North America depending on a variety of factors, including geography, industry, seasonality and the types of email messages being… Read more »

A Closer Look at Mark Zuckerberg’s “Next Decade” Manifesto

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Description: Every year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes a letter outlining his goals for the coming year, including personal challenges. These missives talk about his own growth, as well as acting as a manifesto for Facebook in the coming year. Often, you need to spend a little time reading between the lines to understand what’s… Read more »

Entrepreneur Carl Rodrigues has thrown out the standard tech playbook — and his strategy appears to be working

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Description: One to watch: SOTI doesn’t have a cool office, deep-pocketed investors or scads of venture capital to burn through and yet is a big player in its field Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 16, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/fp-startups/entrepreneur-carl-rodrigues-has-thrown-out-the-standard-tech-playbook-and-his-strategy-appears-to-be-working Questions for discussion: How is the growth and success of the firm different from typical technology firms? How… Read more »

How American Apparel came back from the brink of death

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Description: How American Apparel came back from the brink of death Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/16/american-apparel-has-a-new-online-retail-store-following-bankruptcy.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the history of the firm focusing on the key issues that affected its rise and fall? Do you think the firm can rise again? What would you advise management?

Lululemon used to be a niche player, now some think it could be the next Nike

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Description: For six years, between 2011 and 2017, Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s stock looked as if it was tapped out. The yogawear company was already an incredible success for investors, who backed it from its US$14 IPO in 2007, but further growth was a concern. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Jan 16, 2020 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/investing/lululemon-used-to-be-a-niche-player-now-some-think-it-could-be-the-next-nike Questions for discussion:… Read more »