Why Sears bankruptcy will be bad for J.C. Penney

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Description: Struggling J.C. Penney (JCP) best brace for an avalanche that has been set in motion by the death of longtime foe Sears. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/sears-bankruptcy-will-rock-j-c-penney-foundation-200803793.html Questions for discussion: Why did Sears fail? Why will the Sears bankruptcy be bad for J.C. Penney?

Quaker Bets Oat Milk Is More Than Just a Passing Fad

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Description: Quaker Oats is introducing its milk alternative at a trade show in Washington this weekend, with plans to start selling it in groceries in January.CreditCreditQuaker Oats Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 19, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/business/quaker-foods-pepsi-oat-milk.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Who is the target customer for this product? Which other products is Quaker competing against for consumer… Read more »

Why Marketers Struggle with Data-Driven Personalization

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Description: Personalization is a key part of many marketing strategies, but it remains a very difficult task for marketers to pull off effectively. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Oct 18, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/why-marketers-struggle-with-data-driven-personalization?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What should managers take away from this research? How should this information be integrated with strategic plans?

CEO of Deciem cosmetics brand ousted at request of Estée Lauder

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Description: Brandon Truaxe is out after turbulent week, which included shuttering all the company’s stores Source: CBC.ca Date: Oct.12, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/decium-ceo-removed-abnormal-beauty-company-1.4860687 Questions for discussion: What is the current situation? How did the organization arrived at this managerial breakdown? What should the firm have done to prevent these events? Do you think the brand has… Read more »

Square plunges 15% after losing its CFO

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Description:  Shares of fintech company Square plunged as much as 15 percent Thursday after the company lost its CFO Sarah Friar. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Oct 11, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/11/square-plunges-15percent-after-losing-its-cfo.html Questions for discussion: Why has the value of the firm’s shares fallen? What does this report say about the relationship between management and a firm’s… Read more »

Snap is making whatever comes after TV

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Description: Today the company is announcing new original programming that puts users inside the story. Is it prestige TV, social storytelling, or a whole new medium? Source: FastCompany.com – video report Date: Oct 10, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90248568/snap-is-making-whatever-comes-after-tv?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10102018&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpka1pURTFPR0ZqTUdVeCIsInQiOiJkR0VBcHByVzFjS082ZzVCVjdMbWxlZG9JVENoV1JKSGFzeGp4bEFRVnpzOWJ4UEJcL0czMTNuMDRSYlhaSU9LclU4Q2ZnWnNWNmRwZE5PZFIwQk95aFZONzVVVTlUSXdBUHptdGpFMFpjVTF2MlJxWWhWWHFyU0xRU1M5UmVEYmoifQ%3D%3D Questions for discussion: Why do you suppose Snap is attempting to develop these programs? How can they increase… Read more »

How the Top 25 startups in Canada draw great talent: LinkedIn study

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Description: Professionals want to feel invested in a company that has some kind of purpose. The ping pong is ‘just window dressing’ Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct.03, 2018 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/1003-biz-dd-linkedin-fpe?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Financial%20Post%20-%20Entrepreneur%202018-10-03&utm_term=FP_Entrepreneur Questions for discussion: What does the report say about how Canadian professionals evaluate a firm and decide about applying for work there? Why is a firm’s… Read more »

The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

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Description: The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Oct 03, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: Summarize the problems and risks facing management and how they are dealing with them?… Read more »

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?