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Description: eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Andrew Lipsman discuss the wave of contentious subway ads: What’s allowed? What isn’t? Why have startups become obsessed with marketing on public transit? They also talk about YouTube’s latest FTC fine, a new partnership between TikTok and the National Football League and more.

Source: eMarketer.com – podcast

Date: Sep 05, 2019

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/podcast-the-renaissance-of-somewhat-controversial-public-transit-ads?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made in this discussion.
  • What are your views on these matters?

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Description: A retired Manitoba farmer is hoping to lead a class action lawsuit against the company that owns Monsanto, alleging he developed cancer after using Roundup on his yard and field to get rid of weeds.

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Aug 29, 2019

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-farmer-proposed-class-action-lawsuit-monsanto-1.5269936

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the legal, ethical, and social issues facing management of the firm as well as governments?
  • What is the take-away for managers involved?

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Description: If you think it sounds like a mathematical impossibility for a company to lose more than 100% of its workers every year, you’ve never worked in the fast-food industry. At fast-food restaurants, losing 100% of employees — and then losing still more of the employees hired to replace those workers — is a common, and worsening, labor problem.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Aug 29, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/29/fast-food-restaurants-in-america-are-losing-100percent-of-workers-every-year.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the problem facing the industry?
  • How is it responding?
  • Can you make other suggestions to HR management that might help?

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Description: You might not expect modern corporations to tackle an urgent problem of the 21st century by looking back to the 1950s. But that’s what one group of companies is doing with a new service called Loop, whose backers refer to its approach as “the milkman model.”

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Aug 19, 2019

Link: https://fortune.com/2019/08/19/change-the-world-circular-economy/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does this report say about the effort by some businesses to be socially responsible and profitable?
  • Which business do you think presents a model that should be adopted by other firms?

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Description: We surveyed more than one thousand CEOs from this year’s Inc. 5000 companies to better understand what makes up the DNA of an entrepreneur.

Source: INC.com – video report

Date: Aug 23, 2019

Link: https://www.inc.com/video/we-asked-1539-ceos-what-it-takes-to-start-a-business-heres-the-good-news.html?cid=hmvid

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the report says about entrepreneurs.
  • Are you surprised by any of the data?

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Description: The “chicken sandwich wars” with Chick-fil-A captivated the internet and drove record sales. Then they became a logistical headache.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Aug 29, 2019

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/29/business/popeyes-chicken-sandwich-shortage.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say what happened?
  • Was this a “problem”?
  • Do you think it was planned?
  • What should the firm do about the situation going forward?

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Description: There are almost 8 billion people on Earth and, if United Nations projections play out, that number is expected to balloon to 10 billion by 2057. That’s a lot… but maybe not enough, at least according to the two tech visionaries who tangled on stage for almost an hour at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai on Thursday.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Aug 29, 2019

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/jack-ma-and-elon-musk-agree-this-existential-threat-is-getting-overlooked-and-its-not-those-killer-robots-2019-08-29?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the highlights presented in this article.
  • Were you surprised?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #685 – Host: Mitch Joel. Simply put: Roger Dooley is a really nice human being. His latest book is Friction – The Untapped Force That Can Be Your Most Powerful Advantage. Prior to that he authored, Brainfluence – 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing  and The Persuasion Slide. He writes at Neuromarketing, and is columnist for Forbes. Roger is the founder of Dooley Direct and co-founded College Confidential, a leading college-bound website. That business was acquired by Hobsons, where he served as VP Digital Marketing after the acquisition. Roger also spent years in direct marketing as the co-founder of a successful catalog firm and also was director of corporate planning for a Fortune 1000 company. In this episode we break down the power of removing friction for business (and why it’s so critical). Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Aug 25, 2019

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-685-roger-dooley-on-the-power-of-friction/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points discussed during the interview?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the suggestions?

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Description: TORONTO — The regulator overseeing Ontario’s legal cannabis stores says a dozen licence applicants who participated in the latest lottery have been disqualified.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Aug 29, 2019

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/12-ontario-pot-store-applicants-disqualified-for-not-submitting-documents-1.1309406

Questions for discussion:

  • From a management perspective, what would explain the government’s use of a lottery and subsequent application review process?
  • Do you think a better method could be used to control the retail distribution industry?

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Description: An examination of unions and the relationships with businesses today.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Aug 22, 2019

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/08/22/how-amazon-fends-off-unions-as-more-workers-hold-protests.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points presented in this report.
  • Why are the developments at Amazon so important?