The real reason why Amazon is raising the minimum wage

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Description: Amazon, the second largest private employer in the U.S., is raising the minimum wage for its full-time and temporary workers to $15 per hour. Source: Finance.Yahoo.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/real-reason-amazon-raising-minimum-wage-170807455.html Questions for discussion: What are the possible reasons for Amazon’s pay raise, according to the report? What do you… Read more »

Editorial Board – Nafta Is Dead. Long Live Nafta.

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Description: Trump’s trade brinkmanship has offended allies, sown economic uncertainty, and achieved almost nothing. Hooray? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 02, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-10-02/usmca-united-states-mexico-canada-agreement-is-trump-s-new-nafta?srnd=premium-canada Questions for discussion: What does this editorial say about the results of the NAFTA transition into USMCA? Do you agree with the conclusions?

What Are Snapchat and Twitter Doing to Stand Out?

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Description: Snapchat and Twitter are very different properties, but they have one thing in common: Both remain in the shadow of Facebook and Instagram. Even though they have far fewer users, solid ad opportunities on each platform are available, and both are managing to produce revenue gains despite their challenges. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Oct 04,… Read more »

How Two Millennials Spun Celebrities’ Instagram Comments Into a Full-Time Job and 800,000 Followers

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Description: @CommentsByCelebs founders Emma Diamond and Julie Kramer spend their days combing Instagram comment sections for celebrity conversations. Here are their success secrets. Source: Entrepreneurs.com Date: Oct 03, 2018 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/321113?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email Questions for discussion: Describe this business model? How can it be replicated for other Instagram environments? How can it be monetized?

Hershey CEO: Snacking growth is outpacing center-of-the-store…

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Description: Hershey CEO Michele Buck joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the confection and snacking business, Hershey going beyond snacking, what to expect this Halloween for snacks and the company’s future. Hershey CEO: Snacking growth is outpacing center-of-the-store growth from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/09/27/hershey-ceo-snacking-growth-is-outpacing-center-of-the-store-growth.html Questions for discussion: How… Read more »

Weight Watchers CEO on name rebrand to WW

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Description: Weight Watchers CEO Mindy Grossman joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the rebranding to WW, wellness that works, and the company’s changing consumer base. Weight Watchers CEO on name rebrand to WW from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 26, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/09/24/weight-watchers-ceo-on-changing-names-and-marketing-healthy-living.html Questions for discussion: Do you think the change in the… Read more »

SPOS #637 – The Convenience Revolution With Shep Hyken

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #637 – Host: Mitch Joel. I got to finally meet Shep Hyken last year at the massive NAMM music trade show. We wound up hanging out for a few days, and I then got to see Shep in action. He doesn’t just talk about great customer service, he gives it… and… Read more »

It’s time to celebrate, not slight, the spouses behind Canadian small businesses: CFIB

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Description: The new rules for sharing dividends or salaries with family members will have more than just the modest impact government vowed Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/its-time-to-celebrate-not-slight-the-spouses-behind-canadian-small-businesses-cfib Questions for discussion: Do you think the new rules will impact small business formation and motivation? Do you think the changes are fair to small… Read more »

Gap Inc. unveils its first new brand in more than a decade

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Description: Gap, Inc.–the $15.9 billion parent company of Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Gap–is betting that athleisure isn’t just a passing trend. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90238533/gap-inc-unveils-its-first-new-brand-in-more-than-a-decade?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key strategic points management is adopting for this product line. Are independent retail stores necessary for success? Do you… Read more »

Want to change the world? Here are five steps to take

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Description: Case Foundation CEO Jean Case’s new book profiles leaders who have used their desire to solve a problem to drown out their fear of risk or failure. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90239282/want-to-change-the-world-here-are-five-steps-to-take?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018 Questions for discussion: What are the key messages about leadership for managers to take-away? Do you agree with this… Read more »