Chipotle to hire 5,000 workers in one-day spree

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Description: The company, which has struggled in recent months with an E. coli outbreak and a lawsuit accusing it of mistreating workers, plans to offer jobs to 5,000 people across the country on Sept. 28. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 14, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/14/news/companies/chipotle-jobs-hiring/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom Questions for Discussions: Summarize what has happened at the… Read more »

Tesla recalls all Model S sedans

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Description: Tesla is recalling all its 90,000 Model S sedans worldwide after a customer reported that her seat belt became disconnected. This is the largest recall by Tesla yet. Interestingly, the recall was made after only one complaint. Source: CBC Date: November 20, 2015 Text Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tesla-recalls-all-model-s-sedans-to-fix-seatbelt-defect-1.3328058 Questions for Discussion: Will this recall affect Tesla’s… Read more »

Does Alberta need a carbon tax?

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  Description: The CEO of Suncor Energy—a Calgary based Energy Company specializing in synthetic crude production from oil sands—suggests a broad-based carbon tax for Alberta. He feels a carbon tax will help both the environment and the economy of Alberta. Source: CBC Date: May 22, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2667701903/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: 1. What is… Read more »

Bombardier bring in a new CEO

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Description: In a move to halt the falling fortunes of Bombardier, the board of directors have replaced their CEO, Pierre Beaudoin, with an outsider, Alain Bellemare. Pierre Beaudoin will now be the Chairman of Bombardier in place of his father. Source: CBC Date: February 12, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2653563918/ Questions for Discussion: What were the… Read more »

Why are CEOs paid so highly?

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Description: Over the last two decades nearly 40% of highly paid CEOs in the U.S. were either fired, arrested or bailed out by taxpayers. These statistics casts doubt on the whether CEOs should be paid so highly. Source: CBC Date: August 30, 2013 Video Link:  http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2403678767/?page=3 Questions for Discussion: Do CEOs deserve such astronomical salaries?… Read more »

Loblaw on Bangladesh

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Description: Following the tragic collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh, Loblaw decided to compensate the families of the victims and to continue their operations in the country. They also stressed that they will increasingly audit the working conditions at their outsourced factories. Source: CBC Date: May 02 2013 Video link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2382985825/?page=2 Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

Sony’s marketing plan

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Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer’s speech at Wall Street Journal event last week compared and contrasted Sony’s achievements and goals with its admired competitor, Steve Job’s “Apple”. While Sony focuses on multiple products, Apple focuses on a few items with its main emphasis on marketing of those products. Sony has seen a consistent loss in… Read more »

Is the Phone Too Smart?

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Research is emerging on the social implications of smart (cellular) phone usage. This research along with revelations by Apple that iPhones catalog phone usage along with location is raising ethical concerns. While firms such as Google and AT&T claim that any data gathered is done so anonymously, research clearly indicates that the level of knowing… Read more »

An Investing Buffett

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The much anticipated annual letter to shareholders from Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett is out and the picture is quite rosy. Berkshire reported a 61% increase in earnings for 2010 and net income swelled to $13 billion. The company is poised to make major acquisitions in 2011. The success of 2010 is due largely to… Read more »

Is There An App For That?

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The nature of business today – shrinking workforces and increasing responsibilities – makes it difficult for employees to focus. Mobile technologies add to the distraction. Once attention has been diverted from a task, it can take as long as 20 minutes to get restarted. The article offers a couple of simple suggestions to help retain… Read more »