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Description: President Donald Trump and Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren don’t agree on much — but both have condemned Facebook (FB) for how it polices posts and ads on its site. So have concerned parents, human rights advocates, United Nations investigators, and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-content-police-exclusive-183828346.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and evaluate the main discussion points.
  • Do you think the firm has a proper policy in place.
  • Is management doing as much as it should?

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Description: Apple puts a lot of work into explaining the new iPhone 11 in as few words as possible.

Source: INC.com

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/tim-cook-used-a-specific-communication-strategy-in-apples-iphone-keynote-heres-why-every-public-speaker-should-too.html?cid=hmside2

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the report says about how best to communicate.
  • Do you think it makes sense? Explain.

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Description: Advancements in machine translation technology are helping consumers, gamers and small businesses

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Sep 12, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/translation-technology-promises-to-break-down-the-language-barriers-of-international-commerce-2019-09-12?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is this technology so significant for businesses all around the world?
  • What are the concerns management should be wary of?

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Description: Homegrown companies promote access to mentoring, opportunity for growth

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Aug 29, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/how-to-woo-a-tech-worker-without-free-lunches-and-foosball-tables-1.5271565

Questions for discussion:

  • How can smaller firms attract tech workers in a tight job market, according to the article?
  • What other factors might appeal to workers?

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Description: US digital buyers that were surveyed considered static banner ads (16%), sponsored posts in social media feeds (14%) and sponsored search results (12%) to be the most useful digital ad formats. Overall, however, almost 58% of digital buyers said they didn’t think any digital ads were useful to them.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Sep 11, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/us-consumers-tolerate-ads-if-theyre-expecting-them-or-theyre-incentivized

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this research say about consumer behavior?
  • What should marketing managers be doing, given this behavior?

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Description: The growing use of battery-powered e-cigarettes — the activity known as vaping — has provoked one of the most robust debates among public-health specialists in years. The debate has intensified as some users of vaping devices, which have been thought of as safer than lit cigarettes, have come down with mysterious and serious respiratory ailments.

Sources: Bloomberg.com

Date: Sep 13, 2019

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-13/vaping-was-called-safer-than-smoking-what-happened-quicktake?srnd=businessweek-v2

Questions for Discussion:

  • What are the ethical and social issues facing the industry?
  • What should the industry do, given what is emerging?

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Description: How do you turn an ancient, labor-intensive prestige brand into a money machine? That’s the challenge facing French telecommunications mogul Patrick Drahi, who on Thursday won approval from shareholders of Sotheby’s to take the 275-year-old auction house private in a transaction worth $3.7 billion.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Sep 06, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/09/06/sothebys-sale-drahi/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize and evaluate the challenges facing the company and what management plans to do.
  • What else would you advise?

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Description: New York (CNN Business)In some ways, Walmart’s announcement Tuesday that it will stop selling some guns and ammunition — and ask customers not to openly carry guns in its stores — is just another step in a years-long process of reevaluating its relationship with firearms.

Source: CNN.com – video report

Date: Sep 05, 2019

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/04/business/walmart-gun-policy-reactions/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What do you think about the decisions taken by Walmart with respect to ethical and social responsibility issues?
  • Do you think the decisions will help or harm the image of the Walmart brand?

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Description: Royal Dutch Shell’s plant will produce more than a million tons of plastic, in the form of tiny pellets. Many in the Pittsburgh area see it as an economic engine, but others worry about long-term harm.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Aug 12, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/business/energy-environment/plastics-shell-pennsylvania-plant.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the report says about the industry, company and customers.
  • What are your thoughts about growth of the industry, in light of growing concerns over social responsibility issues in this industry?

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Description: Nordstrom Inc. is trying an unusual approach to get busy New York City shoppers in its doors: Letting them return merchandise they bought online—from other retailers.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Sep 06, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/09/06/nordstrom-tests-accepting-online-returns-from-rivals-such-as-macys/

Questions for discussion:

  • Is this a good idea?
  • What is the benefit to customers and to Nordstrom?
  • Would an “any-brand” return storefront make sense today?