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Description: GROVELAND, Fla.— Kroger wants to attract tens of thousands of new customers in Florida — and it plans to do that without opening a single grocery store.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 02, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/04/kroger-is-taking-on-publix-in-florida-without-opening-a-single-grocery-store.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the management implications for this shift towards ecommerce?
  • Do you think the employment levels at the firm will remain more or less the same?
  • What is the risk the firm is taking with the line shift?

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Description: For the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented conditions for small business owners across Canada. October was Small Business Month and to celebrate BNN Bloomberg highlighted various Canadian entrepreneurs who are navigating their company around headwinds like supply shortages to virus outbreaks.

​Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Nov 05, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/great-amplification-and-support-that-s-happening-small-business-owners-pivoting-during-covid-19-1.1676522

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points reported in this review of small businesses.
  • How would you advise managers to respond to the various problems such as labour shortages?

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Description: Facebook’s conduct revealed in leaked documents is “pretty concerning,” said former Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt, who called for companies in the tech industry to show more restraint.

Source: FinancialPost.com/Bloomberg.com

Date: Nov 05, 2021

Link: https://financialpost.com/technology/facebook-knew-what-it-was-doing-former-google-ceo-eric-schmidt-says

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the judgmental comment by Google Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt say about the issues facing Facebook?
  • Do you think his comments affect public opinion or behavior towards Facebook or other social media companies?​

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Description: Coca-Cola announced Monday it has bought full control of sports drink maker Bodyarmor for $5.6 billion, making it the company’s largest brand acquisition to date.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 01, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/01/coca-cola-buys-full-control-of-bodyarmor-for-5point6-billion-.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is Coca Cola buying this company?
  • How does it fit with plans for greater growth and diversification of brands and products?
  • Do you think this acquisition will cannibalize other brands owned by the company?

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Description: Women have born the brunt of job loss and negative career impacts over the course of the pandemic, due to a host of factors such as carrying the weight of caregiving responsibilities, as well as their overrepresentation in in-person jobs vulnerable to disruption during the Covid-19 crisis.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 15, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/26/nearly-2-in-3-women-who-left-the-workforce-during-covid-plan-to-return.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about women and the current attitude toward work and career development?
  • What should HR managers pay particular attention to in this report, in your opinion?

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Description: From A.I. chatbots to virtual surgeries, these companies are reimagining medicine and caregiving

Source: INC.com

Date: Oct 28, 2021

Link: https://www.inc.com/zachary-miller/healthcare-innovation-ai-machine-learning-telemedicine.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the managerial implications for these technological developments?
  • What might mitigate the advances toward installation of these technologies?

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #798 – Host: Mitch Joel. Named the Top Startup Coach in the World at the Thinkers50/Marshall Goldsmith Global Coaches Awards in London, Alisa Cohn has been coaching startup founders to grow into world-class CEOs for nearly twenty years. She is the author of the just-published book, From Start-Up to Grown-Up. This onetime startup CFO, strategy consultant, and current angel investor and advisor has worked with Venmo, Etsy, DraftKings, The Wirecutter, Tory Burch, and more. She is the executive coach for Runway Startups – the incubator at Cornell NYC Tech that helps post-docs commercialize their technology and build companies. She serves on the board of the Cornell Advisory Council. She has coached public and political figures. A recovering CPA, she is also a Broadway investor in productions which have won two Tony Awards and is prone to burst into song at the slightest provocation. That doesn’t happen on this show (sadly). Enjoy the conversation

Source: SixPixels.com – podcast

Date: Oct 24, 2021

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-798-alisa-cohn-on-startups-leadership-and-growth/

Questions for discussion:

  • What can management learn from Alisa Cohn?
  • What does a coach do to help a start-up, according to Alisa Cohn?

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Description: “Room for improvement” is how Edward Rogers phrased it on Oct. 18, when he made his first public comment since he tried to oust Joe Natale, the chief executive officer of Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI), in late September.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Oct 28, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/edward-rogers-case-to-turf-natale-doesn-t-tell-the-whole-story-1.1673292

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points presented in this report.
  • How do you think this situation will play out?
  • What should upper management do in the meantime, in your opinion?

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Description: Americans aren’t buying electric vehicles, they’re buying Teslas. That’s been a relatively true statement for U.S. consumers in recent years, with Tesla accounting for the majority of EVs sold, including 79% in 2020, according to IHS Markit. But that’s starting to change as so-called traditional automakers and start-ups invest billions in a slew of new electric vehicles to compete against Tesla.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 26, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/26/americans-are-buying-teslas-not-evs-heres-why-thats-about-to-change.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the EV industry today?
  • Why has Tesla done so well this year, in your opinion?
  • What is the message to other EV manufacturers from this report?
  • Would you be an investor in this industry?

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Description: Elon Musk already outnumbers Jeff Bezos by nearly $ 100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. This is largely due to Tesla hitting the record $ 1 trillion in valuation.

Source: Entrepreneur.com

Date: Oct 26, 2021

Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/393531

Questions for discussion:

  • What explains the surge in stock valuation?
  • What do you believe is the prime motivation for Elon Musk?