Streaming Could Change the Video Game Business Forever

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Description: IN THE BEGINNING, there were video game stores… Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Aug 26, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/08/26/video-games-streaming/ Questions for discussion: Summarize the history and future direction of the industry? What opportunities are emerging for smaller game developing companies to build on the emerging technology?

Nike has one simple message to French Open officials who banned Serena’s ‘catsuit’

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Description: At least one key sponsor for Serena Williams has expressed support for the tennis legend after officials of the French Open banned a black, skintight bodysuit that she wore during that tournament in late May. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Aug 26, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/nike-has-one-simple-message-to-french-open-officials-who-banned-serenas-catsuit-2018-08-25 Questions for discussion: Do you think Nike’s response was “good” for… Read more »

Harley-Davidson Needs a New Generation of Riders

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Description: If it wants to survive Trump’s tariffs and an aging customer base, the company has to embrace a cultural shift. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 23, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-08-23/harley-davidson-needs-a-new-generation-of-riders Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the changes required at the firm? What other ideas would you add to this discussion?

Grocery and Dating Are The Fastest Growing App Categories. Here’s Why.

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Description: In the latest episode of eMarketer’s “Behind the Numbers” podcast, analyst Rahul Chadha and forecaster Showmik Podder break down some of the key data in eMarketer’s new estimates for mobile app usage. Which app categories are growing fastest, and why? Source: eMarketer.com – audio report Date: Aug 20, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/grocery-and-dating-are-the-fastest-growing-app-categories-here-s-why?ecid=NL1009 Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Falsely Accused of Shoplifting, but Retailers Demand They Pay

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Description: Walmart and other companies are using aggressive legal tactics to get the money back, demanding payments even when people haven’t been convicted of wrongdoing. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 17, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/17/business/falsely-accused-of-shoplifting-but-retailers-demand-they-pay.html?action=click&contentCollection=business&contentPlacement=2&module=package&pgtype=sectionfront&region=rank&rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&version=highlights#commentsContainer Questions for discussion: What are the implications for customers and staff at Walmart and other retailers that accuse customers of shoplifting after… Read more »

Social change is part of business, Ben & Jerry’s CEO says

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Description: Businesses really don’t have a choice about social activism, Ben & Jerry’s new CEO Matthew McCarthy told CNBC on Friday. “The idea there’s a choice to be made between being proactive, being activists as a business, and not is a bit of a false narrative,” McCarthy said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” “So I think… Read more »

Medical Scrubs Are a $10 Billion Market, but No One Liked Them–Until This Startup Made Them Cool

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Description: For decades, medical scrubs were a necessary but hated uniform. Then this startup made them fashionable. Source: INC.com Date: Aug-Sep, 2018 Link: https://www.inc.com/magazine/201809/lindsay-blakely/2018-inc5000-figs.html?cid=hmside1 Questions for discussion:  Explain the strategic thinking and reasons for the success of this firm. Do you think there is a broader market for this clothing outside of the professional work… Read more »

In Shadow of Mt. Etna, Europe Makes a Last Stand for Solar

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Description: CATANIA, Italy — The enormous glass building on the outskirts of this Sicilian city had been intended for making silicon wafers for flash memory chips. That plan got crushed by the global financial crisis. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Aug 17, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/business/energy-environment/europe-italy-solar-energy-china.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: How is solar technology a good example of a… Read more »

Cord-Cutting Accelerates as OTT Video Keeps Growing

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Description: It’s no longer news that US consumers are ditching traditional TV in favor of over-the-top (OTT) video services like Netflix. But, according to our latest forecast, that rate is accelerating. Source: eMarketer.com – audio report Date: Aug 17, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/more-than-half-of-us-consumers-watch-subscription-ott-video-2018?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: Why are consumers shifting away from traditional cable TV services… Read more »

A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?

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Description: A quarter-century ago, there were 56 teenagers in the labor force for every “limited service” restaurant — that is, the kind where you order at the counter. Today, there are fewer than half as many, which is a reflection both of teenagers’ decreasing work force participation and of the explosive growth in restaurants. Source:… Read more »