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 »

Increased Screen Time for Children and Teens Is Likely Here to Stay

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Description: The screen-time wars are over in many households, with parents having surrendered en masse. In a period when large numbers of parents and school kids are stuck at home with one another, this is one battle many parents choose to forego, at least for now. Source: eMarketers.com Date: Nov 04, 2020 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/increased-screen-time-children-teens-likely-here-stay?ecid=NL1001 Questions… Read more »

Why Isn’t Your Brand Bigger? The Data Point to One Answer

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Description: Gallup’s workplace data suggest that the most likely cause of your brand problems is not related to marketing dollars. Source: Gallup.org Date: Nov 04, 2020 Link: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/323165/why-isn-brand-bigger-data-point-one-answer.aspx Questions for discussion: What does the Ed Boyle say is misunderstood by most businesses? What should management focus on in order to improve their brand and profitability?… Read more »

Venus Williams’ Advice For Entrepreneurs: Don’t Let Fear Take Over—Just Push Through It

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Description: Tennis champion and Olympic gold medalist Venus Williams has some advice for the more than 30 million small business owners and entrepreneurs across the U.S. struggling to find their footing in the new normal: Don’t let fear take over. It’s a lesson she learned at the age of 19 while competing with sister Serena,… 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 »

Chipotle burritos — not bowls — are all the rage during the pandemic: CFO

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Description: The mighty Chipotle burrito — delivered straight to your house — continues to power the restaurant giant’s profits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 22, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/chipotle-burritos-not-bowls-are-all-the-rage-during-the-pandemic-cfo-172128826.html Questions for discussion: How well has Chipotle managed during the covid pandemic that has devastated many restaurants? What marketing and management lessons should… Read more »