Blunders Eroded U.S. Confidence in Early Vaccine Front-Runner

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Description: The Oxford-AstraZeneca effort held great promise to help arrest the pandemic. But a series of miscues caused it to fall behind in the U.S. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 08, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/08/business/covid-vaccine-oxford-astrazeneca.html Questions for discussion: How was the issue of transparency a factor in the story? Do you think either the firm or health… Read more »

Hudson’s Bay Co asks court to intervene against Ontario government’s lockdown order

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Description: Restrictions banning in-store shopping in Toronto and Peel called ‘unreasonable,’ ‘irrational’ and ‘arbitrary’ Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Dec 10, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/hudsons-bay-co-asks-court-to-intervene-against-ontario-governments-lockdown-order Questions for discussion: What are the management issues related to taking this position? How might some employees respond? What would you advise retailers during this shopping season?

U.S., States Poised to Sue Facebook for Monopoly Abuse

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Description: Facebook Inc. will soon be hit by federal and state antitrust lawsuits accusing the social media giant of abusing its dominance and thwarting competition, according to three people familiar with the matter. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Dec 07, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-07/u-s-states-poised-to-sue-facebook-for-monopoly-abuse?srnd=markets-vp Questions for discussion: What does the report say about why FB is a target of… Read more »

About 150 Cadillac dealers take GM buyouts rather than invest in EVs

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Description: DETROIT – About 150 General Motors dealers have accepted buyouts and will stop selling Cadillacs as the Detroit automaker pivots the luxury brand to lead its all-electric vehicle efforts, a person familiar with the details confirmed to CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/04/about-150-cadillac-dealers-take-gm-buyouts-rather-than-invest-in-evs.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: Explain why some dealerships… Read more »

Face It: Emojis Are Vital in Business

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Description: This year’s lasting legacy may be how the remote workforce made emojis an integral part of written language. Source: INC.com Date: Nov 30, 2020 Link: https://www.inc.com/burt-helm/emojis-at-work.html Questions for discussion: Why are these symbols better tools for communication in an online work environment? How might they be considered a potential problem to management?

Nike and Coca-Cola Lobby Against Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill

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Description: Business groups and major companies like Apple have been pressing Congress to alter legislation cracking down on imports of goods made with forced labor from persecuted Muslim minorities in China. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Nov 29, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/29/business/economy/nike-coca-cola-xinjiang-forced-labor-bill.html Questions for discussion: How would you characterize the approach by businesses and governments to dealing with… Read more »

‘I Don’t Wear a Mask’: the TikTok Confession That Left a Nurse Unemployed

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Description: The user, who is responsible for treating cancer patients, was suspended after revealing that she does not follow health measures in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Dec 01, 2020 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/360738?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Do you think management handled this situation properly? How else could management have used this publicity… Read more »

How online marketplaces are helping entrepreneurs link to new and existing audiences

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Description: Marketplaces help owners test market interest, expand their customer base and relieve them of the work of managing a site Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 27, 2020 Link: https://financialpost.com/entrepreneur/how-online-marketplaces-are-helping-entrepreneurs-link-to-new-and-existing-audiences Questions for discussion: What does the article say to entrepreneurs looking to use online marketplaces effectively? What are the warnings to watch out for?

US telemedicine users will surpass 40 million this year

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Description: This year, 41.7 million adults in the US will use telemedicine, representing 98.8% growth from a year prior, according to our latest estimates. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Nov 30, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-telemedicine-users-will-surpass-40-million-this-year?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the growth of telemedicine usage? How can this approach to medical service be better… Read more »

Zoom investors are looking to a post-pandemic 2021 even with current growth at over 300%

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Description: Zoom is poised to show another monster quarter when it reports results on Monday, with sales growth expected to top 300% for a second straight period. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 29, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/29/zoom-investors-look-to-post-pandemic-2021-even-with-big-q3-expected.html Questions for discussion: Explain the relationship of Zoom stock price to news releases about Covid-19 vaccines. What does… Read more »