Target and Walmart prove the pandemic e-commerce surge won’t reverse

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Description: Walmart and Target both reported stellar third-quarter earnings this week, sending their shares soaring. And once again, the biggest headline for both was e-commerce. Walmart (WMT) said its online sales rose 79% in the quarter. Target (TGT) said its online sales rose 155%. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 20, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/target-and-walmart-prove-the-pandemic-ecommerce-surge-wont-reverse-133454888.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Lyft Co-founder on food delivery opportunities, future of ridesharing

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Description: Lyft Co-founder John Zimmer joins Yahoo Finance’s Brian Sozzi, Myles Udland, and Julie Hyman to discuss how the ride sharing company is faring amid COVID-19. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Nov 12, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/lyft-co-founder-food-delivery-153323158.html Questions for discussion: How well is Lyft managing during this time of covid? What are the ways Lyft… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Opinion | Kara Swisher Talks Big Tech Monopolies and the Google Antitrust Case with Lina Khan

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Description: Opinion | Kara Swisher Talks Big Tech Monopolies and the Google Antitrust Case with Lina Khan Source: NYTimes.com – podcast Date: Oct 30, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/29/opinion/sway-kara-swisher-lina-khan.html Questions for discussion: What are the issues relating to the tech monopolies? How do you think the conflict between the parties will play out? How will the results… Read more »

Opinion: Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google all produce record sales amid Big Tech backlash

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Description: Amid congressional tongue-lashing, antitrust issues and pandemic, Big Tech earnings soar again Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 29, 2020 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-amazon-facebook-and-google-all-produce-record-sales-amid-big-tech-backlash-11604020309?mod=home-page Questions for discussion: Summarize what is happening at these tech firms and why? What sort of future do you see for these firms over the next six months? Explain your thinking and advice to… Read more »

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly

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Description: A victory for the government could remake one of America’s most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Ocy 20, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/technology/google-antitrust.html Questions for discussion: What is the basis for the case against Google? Do you think it merits legal action? What are the business consequences… Read more »

Electric vehicles and 2,000 jobs coming to Windsor following tentative FCA deal

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Description: Union says about $1.5 billion will be invested in Windsor plant Source: CBC.ca Date: Oct 16, 2020 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/electiccars-fca-unifor-dias-windsor-automakers-1.5763004 Questions for discussion: What does the deal mean for unionized labor in the Canadian auto industry? Do you think this deal improves labor-management relations? Explain your answer.