Couche-Tard CEO optimistic worst of labour shortages is behind it

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Description: Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says labour shortages have been a big challenge for its convenience stores and suppliers, but the Quebec company believes the worst is behind it. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Nov 24, 2021 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/couche-tard-ceo-optimistic-worst-of-labour-shortages-is-behind-it-1.1686765 Questions for discussion: How have labour shortages affected this firm? How has the firm mitigated this problem? What are… Read more »

How Americans’ Appetite for Leather in Luxury SUVs Worsens Amazon Deforestation

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Description: An examination of Brazil’s immense tannery industry shows how hides from illegally deforested ranches can easily reach the global marketplace. In the United States, much of the demand for Brazilian leather comes from automakers. Source: NYTimes.com – video report Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/climate/leather-seats-cars-rainforest.html Questions for discussion: What are the ethical and social… Read more »

Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming

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Description: Bill Gates’ TerraPower aims to build its first advanced nuclear reactor in a coal town in Wyoming Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/17/bill-gates-terrapower-builds-its-first-nuclear-reactor-in-a-coal-town.html Questions for discussion: What are the business implications for this new technology? What sort of headwinds can the industry expect and how should they deal with… Read more »

TikTok resumes and Instagram portfolios: How college students are using social media to find jobs

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Description: College students are on social media pretty much every day but when it comes to their job search, more than a third said they don’t use social media at all, according to a survey from College Pulse. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 15, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/14/from-tiktok-to-instagram-how-students-use-social-media-to-find-jobs.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Summarize the key suggestions in… Read more »

The Worst of Both Worlds: Zooming From the Office

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Description: Work life for many is in a mushy middle ground, and what’s at stake isn’t just who is getting talked over in meetings. It’s whether flexibility is sustainable, even with all the benefits it confers. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 17, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/16/business/return-to-office-hybrid-work.html Questions for discussion: What doe the article say is happening as… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »