Beyonce, Peloton strike multiyear content partnership, sending bike maker’s shares higher

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Description: The bike maker Peloton announced Tuesday morning a multiyear partnership with singer-songwriter Beyonce to produce exclusive content with her music for its streamed workout classes. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 10, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/10/beyonce-and-peloton-in-multiyear-content-deal.html Questions for discussion: Explain the fit between these two brands. Why has the stock done so well? What further advice… Read more »

Walmart reportedly ends contract with inventory robotics startup Bossa Nova

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Description: Robotics and automation startups have seen a strong uptick in interest over the course of the pandemic. And it’s easy to see which companies have a newfound interest in automating their workforce amid a seemingly endless virus-driven shutdown. But Walmart, which has long promised to take an increasing focus on such technology, has reportedly pulled the… Read more »

SPOS #745 – Danny Iny On Teaching Your Gift

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Description: Source: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #745 – Host: Mitch Joel. One of the things that I miss most during these Covid times, is my breakfast meetings. Danny Iny is one of the usual suspects that I meet up with. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: Danny is a kind-hearted,… Read more »

Companies with robot workers tend to have more human workers, too, Statscan says

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Description: Companies with robot workers tend to have 15 per cent more human employees Source: CBC.ca Date: Nov 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/robot-workers-statscan-1.5786528 Questions for discussion: What does the research say about the relationship between the use of robots and human workers? Explain the changes to the roles of managers and management employment?

Increased Screen Time for Children and Teens Is Likely Here to Stay

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Description: The screen-time wars are over in many households, with parents having surrendered en masse. In a period when large numbers of parents and school kids are stuck at home with one another, this is one battle many parents choose to forego, at least for now. Source: eMarketers.com Date: Nov 04, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/increased-screen-time-children-teens-likely-here-stay?ecid=NL1001 Questions… Read more »

Why Isn’t Your Brand Bigger? The Data Point to One Answer

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Description: Gallup’s workplace data suggest that the most likely cause of your brand problems is not related to marketing dollars. Source: Gallup.org Date: Nov 04, 2020 Link: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/323165/why-isn-brand-bigger-data-point-one-answer.aspx Questions for discussion: What does the Ed Boyle say is misunderstood by most businesses? What should management focus on in order to improve their brand and profitability?… Read more »

Venus Williams’ Advice For Entrepreneurs: Don’t Let Fear Take Over—Just Push Through It

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Description: Tennis champion and Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams has some advice for the more than 30 million small business owners and entrepreneurs across the U.S. struggling to find their footing in the new normal: Don’t let fear take over. It’s a lesson she learned at the age of 19 while competing with sister Serena,… Read more »

This Office Landlord Is Betting CEOs Will End Work-From-Home

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Description: Working from home is overrated and everyone will be back in the office before you know it. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 29, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-10-29/brookfield-ceo-bets-work-from-home-won-t-last-when-cities-revive?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the future for office workplaces? Do you agree with these assessments? How should managers deal with the fast changing workplace… Read more »

How Amazon keeps a close eye on employee activism to head off unions

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Description: Amazon warehouse workers have a long history of agitating for change. But the coronavirus crisis has generated new momentum for employees to speak candidly about workplace conditions. Source: CNBC.com Date: Oct 24, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/24/how-amazon-prevents-unions-by-surveilling-employee-activism.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How does the report describe the attitude of Amazon management toward organization efforts to unionize? Do you… Read more »

Restaurant Brands to modernize drive-thru at 10,000 Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeyes as profit slumps

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Description: Restaurant Brands said it would modernize drive-thrus at more than 10,000 Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes outlets in North America, beginning the rollout with the chicken sandwich chain this year. Source: FinancialPost.com – video report Date: Oct 27, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/restaurant-brands-to-modernize-drive-thru-at-10000-tim-hortons-burger-king-and-popeyes-as-profit-slumps Questions for discussion: What are the plans to revitalize sales? Do you… Read more »