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 »

Change the World 2019: Where Business Creates Virtuous Circles

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Description: You might not expect modern corporations to tackle an urgent problem of the 21st century by looking back to the 1950s. But that’s what one group of companies is doing with a new service called Loop, whose backers refer to its approach as “the milkman model.” Source: Fortune.com Date: Aug 19, 2019 Link: https://fortune.com/2019/08/19/change-the-world-circular-economy/ Questions… Read more »

Elon Musk and Jack Ma agree: This existential threat is getting overlooked, and it’s not those killer robots

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Description: There are almost 8 billion people on Earth and, if United Nations projections play out, that number is expected to balloon to 10 billion by 2057. That’s a lot… but maybe not enough, at least according to the two tech visionaries who tangled on stage for almost an hour at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in… Read more »

Amazon workers are showing signs of unionizing — here’s how Amazon remains union free

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Description: An examination of unions and the relationships with businesses today. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Aug 22, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/08/22/how-amazon-fends-off-unions-as-more-workers-hold-protests.html Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in this report. Why are the developments at Amazon so important?

Whole Foods CEO on plant-based meat boom: Good for the environment but not for your health

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Description: There are currently two main, buzzy players in the plant-based “meat” market: Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Aug 21, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/21/whole-foods-ceo-john-mackey-plant-based-meat-not-good-for-your-health.html Questions for discussion: What is happening in the alternative-to-meat industry? Why is this industry growing in popularity? Where do you see developments heading over the next… Read more »