Warehouses Transform N.Y.C. Neighborhoods as E-Commerce Booms

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Description: The region is home to the largest concentration of online shoppers in the country. The facilities, key to delivering packages on time, are reshaping neighborhoods. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 16, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/16/nyregion/ecommerce-warehouses-nyc.html? Questions for discussion: What is happening in the NYC area and why? What are the benefits and drawbacks? Are there alternatives… Read more »

These strawberries were grown in a New Jersey warehouse — and they may revolutionize how Americans eat

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Description: KEARNY, New Jersey — Inside of a warehouse in this factory town neighboring Newark, thousands of strawberries grow in rows beneath bright lights. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 15, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/15/bowerys-vertical-farming-strawberries-go-on-sale-in-new-york-.html Questions for discussion: What are the competitive advantages and disadvantages for this type of agriculture? What sort of customers would… Read more »

Why the new productivity model is no longer about watching the clock

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Description: A habit of constantly monitoring work hours is feeling more and more out of place amid a changing work environment. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Mar 10, 2022 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90728516/why-the-new-productivity-model-is-no-longer-about-watching-the-clock Questions for discussion: What does the article say about productivity and popular thinking about work? Do you agree with these sentiments?

Making sense of why executives are eager to get employees back in the office

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Description: After two years, giddy executives appear on the brink of welcoming their workforces back to the office, whether their employees are ready or not. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 08, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/08/return-to-office-why-executives-are-eager-for-workers-to-come-back.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Why are executives eager to get employees back in the office? What are the issues related to this debate?… Read more »

Howard Levitt: The gig economy is here to stay and Ontario is ahead of the curve in recognizing it

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Description: The pandemic has highlighted how the nature of work is rapidly evolving away from traditional employment to a more flexible, freelance model Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 11, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/fp-work/howard-levitt-the-gig-economy-is-here-to-stay-and-ontario-is-ahead-of-the-curve-in-recognizing-it Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the legal changes taking place and the nature of work? Do you think these proposals… Read more »

How Fleeing Ukraine in 1990 Shaped This Entrepreneur Into the Leader She Is Today

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Description: Marco Polo co-founder and CEO Vlada Bortnik watches her home country under siege, both filled with fear and inspired by the strength of her people Source: INC.com Date: Mar 02, 2022 Link: https://www.inc.com/lindsay-blakely/ukraine-russia-vlada-bortnik-marco-polo.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how Vlada Bortnik’s experiences helped shape her entrepreneurial business attitude? How did… Read more »

Retail Theft Rises, and N.Y.C. Small Business Owners Are Paying the Price

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Description: In New York City, neighborhood stores are struggling to confront the crimes that have cascaded from the disruptions of the pandemic. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 28, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/28/nyregion/new-york-stores-robberies-theft.html? Questions for discussion: What can small business owners do to mitigate the problems described in the report? What are the managerial issues related to these… Read more »

Women’s participation in labour market rebounds but pay gaps remain

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Description: Women in Canada have more than regained the jobs they lost early in the pandemic, but they still face pay and career imbalances, especially in key child-rearing years, says a new report. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Mar 03, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/women-s-participation-in-labour-market-rebounds-but-pay-gaps-remain-1.1732070 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the participation of… Read more »

For Warren Buffett, Apple is his new Cola-Cola as the investing icon reaps $100 billion in six years

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Description: Warren Buffett’s recent success from his massive Apple bet is spurring comparisons with the legend’s greatest investment of all time — Coca-Cola. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 03, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/03/for-warren-buffett-apple-is-his-new-cola-cola-as-the-investing-icon-reaps-100-billion-in-six-years.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What do you believe draws Warren Buffet to Apple? What are the commonalities between Apple and Coca Cola? What does this… Read more »

How Apple, Big Tech benefit from taking on Russia

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Description: Silicon Valley’s tech giants are joining the rest of the business world in pulling their products and services from Russia. Companies like Apple (AAPL) have cut ties to the Russian market entirely to protest the invasion of Ukraine, while firms like YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL) , Meta (FB), and Microsoft (MSFT) are limiting the availability of Russian propaganda networks like RT and… Read more »