Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter for $43 billion, so it can be ‘transformed as private company’

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Description: Elon Musk offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share, saying the social media company needs to be transformed privately, a little over a week after first revealing a 9.2% stake in the company. Musk’s offer values Twitter at about $43 billion. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 14, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/14/elon-musk-offers-to-buy-twitter-for-54point20-a-share-saying-it-needs-to-be-transformed-as-private-company.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

How Amazon plans to fix its massive returns problem

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Description: Amazon is handling a rapidly growing number of returns that are causing a massive problem for the e-commerce giant and the planet. A National Retail Federation survey found a record $761 billion of merchandise was returned to retailers in 2021. That amount surpasses what the U.S. spent on national defence in 2021, which was $741 billion. Source: CNBC.com… Read more »

The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip

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Description: As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 08, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/technology/intel-chip-shortage.html? Questions for discussion: What are the direct economic benefits due to investments in these plants? What are the factors of production needed in order to set up these plants? Given… Read more »

BlackRock’s Larry Fink, who oversees $10 trillion, says Russia-Ukraine war is ending globalization

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Description: Larry Fink, the CEO and chairman of the world’s biggest asset manager BlackRock, said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended the world order that had been in place since the end of the Cold War. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 24, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/24/blackrocks-larry-fink-who-oversees-10-trillion-says-russia-ukraine-war-is-ending-globalization.html Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the Larry Fink’s assessment… Read more »

A Plastic Bag’s 2,000-Mile Journey Shows the Messy Truth About Recycling

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Description: When the British supermarket chain Tesco Plc first started ­collecting plastic bags and wrappers from customers to be recycled in March 2021, Caroline Ragueneau was thrilled. She was working as a retail assistant at a Tesco store in southwest England when the first white deposit boxes appeared, promising to turn what’s typically discarded back… Read more »

Toronto, the Quietly Booming Tech Town

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Description: For all the excitement around places like Austin and Miami, the biggest tech expansion has been in Canada’s largest city. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 21, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/21/technology/toronto-tech-boom.html Questions for discussion: Explain what is happening in Toronto and how the city is managing to draw IT developers. What does this report suggest to other… Read more »

Starbucks’ 3-pronged effort to create a more inclusive future for the brand

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Description: Starbucks (SBUX) is taking action to eliminate “points of exclusion” for customers across the globe and connect more with consumers and their communities. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Mar 15, 2022 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/starbucks-takes-steps-toward-more-inclusive-future-here-are-three-ways-how-130048812.html Questions for discussion: How is management improving operations and eliminating points of exclusion? What are the overall benefits of this way of thinking?… Read more »

Tim Hortons to open first store in India this year in continued push to become global brand

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Description: Plans to expand to 300 restaurants across the country in the next decade Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Mar 15, 2022 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/tim-hortons-to-open-first-store-in-india-this-year-in-continued-push-to-become-global-brand Questions for discussion: Why is the firm expanding in India? Do you think they will succeed there? Should they modify their business model in any way because they are in India? ​

Peloton Got Trapped in Its Trillion-Dollar Fantasy

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Description: Fueled by manic demand during the early days of Covid, the company spent the next two years chasing a dream of fitness dominance. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 10, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2022-03-10/peloton-stock-drop-puts-bike-brand-on-path-to-nowhere?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the strategic planning at the firm and why it fell apart? What do you… Read more »

Tesla bull says approval of Berlin Gigafactory removes major overhang on the stock

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Description: A “major overhang” on Tesla’s stock has been removed after German authorities said the carmaker could start production at a new factory in Berlin, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Mar 07, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/07/tesla-berlin-gigafactory-approval-removes-major-overhang-on-the-stock.html Questions for discussion: What is so significant about this announcement for the company production plans and the… Read more »