How McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast food brands are dealing with labor shortages

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Description: Quick service and fast-food restaurants are facing several headwinds when it comes to solving their labor problems. The pressures have been mounting throughout the year. Seventy-eight percent of restaurant operators said that recruiting and retaining employees was their top challenge in a National Restaurant Association survey in July — in January, only 8% said… Read more »

SNC-Lavalin CEO cancels Montreal speech, working on French

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Description: MONTREAL — The head of engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has suddenly cancelled a speech to Montreal’s business community because his French-language skills need some work. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Nov 12, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/snc-lavalin-ceo-cancels-montreal-speech-working-on-french-1.1680841 Questions for discussion: What are the managerial issues related to this social issue? Should firms based inside Quebec treat… Read more »

Amazon-backed EV start-up Rivian set to go public at $98 billion implied valuation

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Description: Rivian Automotive will make its market debut Wednesday, in what’s expected to be one of the biggest IPOs of the year. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/10/amazon-backed-ev-start-up-rivian-set-to-go-public-.html Questions for discussion: What advantage does the company have by way of its relationship with Amazon and Ford? How should marketers at the… Read more »

NVIDIA Vice President explains the Omniverse

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Description: Richard Kerris, NVIDIA Vice President of Omniverse Platform discusses NVIDIA’s plans for the Omniverse and how it will be used. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 10, 2021 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/nvidia-vice-president-explains-omniverse-223559990.html?contentType=VIDEO Questions for discussion: What are the business interests in these virtual technologies and platforms? How do you envision future business activities making use… Read more »

Starbucks workers denounce the chain for harassment and threats to prevent them from creating a union

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Description: A group of Starbucks workers affirm that for almost three months they have been the victims of intimidation and threats by Starbucks, in order to make them give up their attempt to create a union. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Nov 05, 2021 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/395755 Questions for discussion: What are the employment and HR  issues facing… Read more »

Burger King’s Ellie Doty is latest marketer to leave brand

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Description: Ellie Doty is the latest major marketer to leave RBI following the departure of global CMO Fernando Machado (who took the top job after years at Burger King) and global chief brand officer Paloma Azulay, who was promoted after Machado’s exit. Doty joined Burger King in June 2020 as the chain’s first North American CMO after stints at Chili’s… Read more »

Kroger is taking on Publix in Florida without opening a single grocery store — and building a blueprint for its future

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Description: GROVELAND, Fla.— Kroger wants to attract tens of thousands of new customers in Florida — and it plans to do that without opening a single grocery store. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 02, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/04/kroger-is-taking-on-publix-in-florida-without-opening-a-single-grocery-store.html Questions for discussion: What are the management implications for this shift towards ecommerce? Do you think the employment… Read more »

‘Great amplification and support that’s happening’: Small business owners pivoting during COVID-19

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Description: For the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented conditions for small business owners across Canada. October was Small Business Month and to celebrate BNN Bloomberg highlighted various Canadian entrepreneurs who are navigating their company around headwinds like supply shortages to virus outbreaks. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Nov… Read more »

Facebook ‘knew what it was doing,’ former Google CEO Eric Schmidt says

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Description: Facebook’s conduct revealed in leaked documents is “pretty concerning,” said former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt, who called for companies in the tech industry to show more restraint. Source: FinancialPost.com/Bloomberg.com Date: Nov 05, 2021 Link: https://financialpost.com/technology/facebook-knew-what-it-was-doing-former-google-ceo-eric-schmidt-says Questions for discussion: What does the judgmental comment by Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt say about… Read more »

Coca-Cola buys full control of Bodyarmor for $5.6 billion in its largest-ever brand acquisition

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Description: Coca-Cola announced Monday it has bought full control of sports drink maker Bodyarmor for $5.6 billion, making it the company’s largest brand acquisition to date. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 01, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/01/coca-cola-buys-full-control-of-bodyarmor-for-5point6-billion-.html Questions for discussion: Why is Coca Cola buying this company? How does it fit with plans for greater growth… Read more »