Before Wisconsin, Foxconn Vowed Big Spending in Brazil. Few Jobs Have Come.

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Description: Before the Taiwanese manufacturing giant Foxconn pledged to spend $10 billion and create 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin, the company made a similar promise in Brazil. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/business/foxconn-trump-wisconsin.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does the report have to say about strategic management thinking from different parts of the world? Is there… Read more »

Sharp differences over labor surface at NAFTA talks in Mexico

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Description: MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Tensions over sharp differences in pay between Mexican workers and their Canadian and U.S. counterparts surfaced on Sunday as negotiators discussed labor market rules in talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement. Source: Reuters.ca Date: Sep 03, 2017 Link: https://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCAKCN1BF00H-OCABS Questions for discussion: Summarize the advantages Mexican auto workers enjoy… Read more »

Amazon wants a second North American HQ and Toronto is applying for it

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Description: The company is asking local and state governments, including ones in Canada, to submit proposals for a development that will likely cost more than US$5 billion over the next 15 to 17 years and give the winning city or town an enormous economic boost. Source: NationalPost.com Date: Sep 07, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/technology/amazon-wants-a-second-north-american-hq-and-canadian-cities-can-apply-for-it Questions for discussion:… Read more »

200 Gap and Banana Republic stores closing

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Description: It’s going to be a little harder to find a Gap or Banana Republic store — but expect to see more Old Navy and Athleta locations pop up. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 06, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/06/news/companies/gap-banana-republic-stores-closing/index.html Questions for discussion: How is Gap’s management changing operations? What sort of future do you… Read more »

Apple Is Losing Its Cool Factor And That’s A Problem If They Want To Break Into TV.

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Description: Apple spent much of the 00s riding high on a wave of cool. Whether it was MP3 players, smartphones, tablets or laptops, Apple was the brand that everyone wanted and anything else seemed like the “sensible” (read: uncool) pair of sneakers your parents forced you wear in sixth grade. (Growing up in New York… Read more »

YouTube’s Teen Viewers Complain of Too Many Ads

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Description: But it’s also the platform teens are most likely to use daily Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 07, 2017 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/YouTubes-Teen-Viewers-Complain-of-Too-Many-Ads/1016436 Questions for discussion: What sort of advertising should be used by social media sites targeting teens? Why do you think teens respond to these ads as they do? How should advertising managers respond to… Read more »

Meet The Former Investment Banker Who Is Trying To Step Up Men’s Shoe Game

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Description: Evan Fript is the co-founder and CEO of Paul Evans, a luxury men’s footwear company. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 05, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2h3rIwH Questions for Discussions: Describe the business model and why you think it has succeeded? Is this entrepreneur typical, in comparison to others?

Amazon Moves to Cut Checkout Line, Promoting a Grab-and-Go Experience

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Description: SEATTLE — There is almost no aspect of retail that Amazon has not upended with online shopping. Now, the company is trying to computerize the experience of buying sandwiches and soda from the corner convenience store. Source: NYTimes.com – video report Date: Dec 05, 2016 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/technology/amazon-moves-to-cut-checkout-line-promoting-a-grab-and-go-experience.html?ref=business Questions for Discussions: Describe the operation and… Read more »

Air Miles cancels points expiry plan following customer uproar

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Description: Following an uproar from consumers, the company that runs the Air Miles loyalty points program says it is cancelling plans that would have seen collectors lose any miles not used within five years. Source: BNN.ca.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2016 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/air-miles-cancels-points-expiry-plan-following-customer-uproar-1.621570 Questions for discussion: How do you think this decision will… Read more »

Here’s How Capitalism Can Help End Poverty

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Description: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, Nigeria’s former finance chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy Hernando de Soto join us at Fortune-Time Global Forum. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2gUMJpb Questions for Discussions: Summarize what you consider the most significant points in… Read more »