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Description: The world’s largest brewer is making a big push for China and other parts of Asia — but it could prove challenging for Anheuser-Busch InBev to topple local beers that have long dominated their home markets.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 06, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/07/budweiser-seeks-growth-in-china-vietnam-india-south-korea-beer-markets.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why does this strategy make sense for the company?
  • What are some of the challenges management is likely to face?
  • How else could the firm grow?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #691 – Host: Mitch Joel. There are some books that hit my desk and captivate me. That was my reaction to Paul Skinner‘s book, Collaborative Advantage – How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. This is Paul’s antidote to competitive advantage, and a new perspective in how to think about your brand and the future of business.

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Oct 06, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-691-the-collaborative-advantage-with-paul-skinner/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights discussed in this podcast.
  • What should managers takeaway form the discussion specifically about the profit orientation?

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Description: Close to half of United’s roughly 12,500 pilots will retire over the next 10 years, the airline estimates, and it expects to need to hire 10,000 over that period to keep pace with growth. Boeinghas estimates that airlines will need 645,000 pilots from 2019 through 2038, with 212,000 in North America alone.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 03, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/united-airlines-ramps-up-recruitment-to-hire-10000-pilots-over-next-decade.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the challenges facing HR managers in the industry?
  • How should HR managers plan for the transition to newer and younger employees?
  • What role should educational institutions play?

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Description: Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to raise the minimum wage to $15. According to her newly-released “Empowering American Workers and Raising Wages” plan, the Democratic Massachusetts Senator noted that she wanted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour for all workers, including tipped workers and workers with disabilities.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/minimum-wage-warren-143549362.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the current status of minimum wage across the country?
  • What are the implications for employees and management if minimum wages rise as suggested?

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Description: Incoming CEO Enrique Lores and CFO Steve Fieler lay out a financial road map for the company’s fiscal year 2020

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/hp-to-slash-7000-to-9000-jobs-over-three-years-as-part-of-major-restructuring-2019-10-03?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the restructuring plans detailed in the article.
  • What is driving these decisions?
  • Have investors responded positively?

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Description: Forever 21 Canada plans to begin liquidating its stores next week, pending court approval, and complete the process by November 30, according to documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/forever-21-canada-aims-to-start-liquidation-next-week-1.1326667

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the reasons for the failure, according to the article?
  • What strategies could management have adopted that might have saved the brand?

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Description: (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s <GM.N> U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Oct 04, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-gm-strike-declining-productivity-213655945.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How does the productivity issue affect employment, investment, and marketing of GM products?

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Description: At one of the world’s largest synthetic biology conferences this week, a food truck handed out papaya and yogurt samples to hundreds of attendees. The papaya wasn’t any ordinary papaya: It was a genetically engineered fruit that Dr. Dennis Gonsalves designed to be naturally resistant to the ringworm virus. Because of his invention, pesticide use dropped in Hawaii and production flourished.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 03, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/synbiotech-showed-the-real-future-of-silicon-valley-biology.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this article suggest is happening in this field?
  • What should businesses people and investors consider?
  • What sort of new products do you think are likely to be introduced in the near future?

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Description: Steve Easterbrook is giving the Golden Arches a data makeover, but franchisees are balking at the cost.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Sep 27, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-09-25/steve-easterbrook-wants-mcdonald-s-to-think-like-silicon-valley

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the new strategic thinking at McDonald’s?
  • Why is it a hard sell to frnchisees?

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Description: Would you pay $500,000 … for a bag? In 2019, a diamond-encrusted Birkin handbag made of crocodile, from the French luxury brand Hermes, sold for half a million dollars. The Birkin consistently shatters sales records at auction, selling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. But experts say the bag cost just $2,000 at its inception in 1984. Here’s what happened in between, elevating the Birkin from an expertly-crafted leather accessory to the ultimate status symbol and collector’s item.

Inside the intense world of Birkin bag collectors, who pay up to $500,000 for one bag from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 24, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/09/24/birkin-bag-collectors-pay-thousands-for-one-bag.html /2019/09/24/birkin-bag-collectors-pay-thousands-for

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the communication strategy directed at customers?
  • How is this a luxury brand?
  • Does a “Birkin bag purchase” qualify as an “investment”? Explain.