Walmart to exit e-cigarette category as pressure mounts on vaping

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Description: Walmart (WMT) is exiting the e-cigarette category completely as a rash of mysterious deaths linked to vaping draws intense scrutiny. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 20, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-to-exit-e-cigarette-category-as-pressure-mounts-on-vaping-170930026.html Questions for discussion: What are the financial implications for Walmart’s decision? Do you think management is trying to get ahead of a government… Read more »

There’s a ‘great correlation’ between a good company culture and profits, ESG investors say

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Description: Several investors have been wary of incorporating environmental, social and governance standards into their strategies. However, two investors think increased attention to ESG will be the best way to improve returns. Source: CNBC.com Date: Sep 19, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/19/theres-a-great-correlation-between-a-good-company-culture-and-profits-esg-investors-say.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: “Shareholders are important and will always be incredibly important, but their highest… Read more »

Exclusive: An in-depth look at Facebook’s content police

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Description: President Donald Trump and Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren don’t agree on much — but both have condemned Facebook (FB) for how it polices posts and ads on its site. So have concerned parents, human rights advocates, United Nations investigators, and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 12, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-content-police-exclusive-183828346.html Questions… Read more »

Competing with big tech for coveted workers, Canadian companies tout benefits of working for smaller firms

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Description: Homegrown companies promote access to mentoring, opportunity for growth Source: CBC.ca Date: Aug 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/how-to-woo-a-tech-worker-without-free-lunches-and-foosball-tables-1.5271565 Questions for discussion: How can smaller firms attract tech workers in a tight job market, according to the article? What other factors might appeal to workers?

US Consumers Tolerate Ads if They’re Expecting Them or They’re Incentivized

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Description: US digital buyers that were surveyed considered static banner ads (16%), sponsored posts in social media feeds (14%) and sponsored search results (12%) to be the most useful digital ad formats. Overall, however, almost 58% of digital buyers said they didn’t think any digital ads were useful to them. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 11,… Read more »

Vaping Was Called Safer Than Smoking. What Happened?

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Description: The growing use of battery-powered e-cigarettes — the activity known as vaping — has provoked one of the most robust debates among public-health specialists in years. The debate has intensified as some users of vaping devices, which have been thought of as safer than lit cigarettes, have come down with mysterious and serious respiratory… Read more »

How Walmart became an unlikely champion of gun safety

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Description: New York (CNN Business)In some ways, Walmart’s announcement Tuesday that it will stop selling some guns and ammunition — and ask customers not to openly carry guns in its stores — is just another step in a years-long process of reevaluating its relationship with firearms. Source: CNN.com – video report Date: Sep 05, 2019 Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/04/business/walmart-gun-policy-reactions/index.html Questions… Read more »

A Giant Factory Rises to Make a Product Filling Up the World: Plastic

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Description: Royal Dutch Shell’s plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic, in the form of tiny pellets. Many in the Pittsburgh area see it as an economic engine, but others worry about long-term harm. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 12, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/business/energy-environment/plastics-shell-pennsylvania-plant.html Questions for discussion: Summarize what the report says about the… Read more »

Retired Manitoba farmer battling cancer proposes class action suit against makers of Roundup

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Description: A retired Manitoba farmer is hoping to lead a class action lawsuit against the company that owns Monsanto, alleging he developed cancer after using Roundup on his yard and field to get rid of weeds. Source: CBC.ca Date: Aug 29, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-farmer-proposed-class-action-lawsuit-monsanto-1.5269936 Questions for discussion: What are the legal, ethical, and social issues… Read more »

Panera is losing nearly 100% of its workers every year as fast-food turnover crisis worsens

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Description: If you think it sounds like a mathematical impossibility for a company to lose more than 100% of its workers every year, you’ve never worked in the fast-food industry. At fast-food restaurants, losing 100% of employees — and then losing still more of the employees hired to replace those workers — is a common,… Read more »