Tim Hortons owner strips disgruntled franchisee of his licence

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Description: Great White North Franchisee Association president is no longer a franchisee, company says Source: CBC.ca Date: Sep 04, 2018 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tim-hortons-franchisee-1.4809590 Questions for discussion: What are the issues in this dispute? Do you think either side is handling the conflict effectively? What might be the consequences of this dispute with respect to potential and… Read more »

How Big Tech Swallowed Seattle

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Description: Two tech titans made billions and remade the city. Is it any better off? Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Aug 30, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-08-30/how-big-tech-swallowed-seattle?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about the impact tech company investment has had on Seattle? What lessons are there for managers of these and other firms?

Nike’s online sales surge in days after Kaepernick ad debut

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Description: Despite backlash and boycotts by some consumers, Nike’s online sales actually rose in the days after the advertisement debuted. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 06, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/nikes-online-sales-surge-in-days-after-kaepernick-ad-debut.html Questions for discussion: What does the written and video reports say about this issue? Do you agree with the analysis? How do you think… Read more »

Here’s what Twitter data says about the Nike boycott

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Description: The frequency and duration of boycott mentions don’t support ‘a strong negative call against Nike,’ analysts say Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 08, 2018 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-what-twitter-data-says-about-the-nike-boycott-2018-09-08 Questions for discussion: What does the report say is the public reaction to the story? Do you think the interpretation of the data is correct? How else might managers… Read more »

You don’t need to have dug a mine to run one, female leaders say

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Description: Eira Thomas has discovered diamonds in the far north, co-founded mining companies and sat on a dozen boards — including Canada’s most valuable energy company. So the 49-year-old was a little taken aback when an investor recently suggested she needed to hire an engineer as chief operating officer to back her up in the… Read more »

Starbucks COO on Philadelphia arrests and youth outreach

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Description: CNBC’s Kate Rogers speaks with Starbucks COO Rosalind Brewer about the benefits of hiring young adults and her reaction to the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks. Starbucks COO on Philadelphia arrests and youth outreach from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 03, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/03/starbucks-coo-on-philadelphia-arrests-and-youth-outreach.html Questions for discussion:… Read more »

American Apparel Is Venturing Back Into Brick-and-Mortar Stores

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Description: American Apparel is returning to the physical realm. The iconic Los Angeles-based brand is preparing to open a flagship store in its home city later this year, its first foray back into brick-and-mortar shops after all its locations closed following a bankruptcy process. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: May 03, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-03/american-apparel-is-venturing-back-into-brick-and-mortar-stores Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Majority of small, medium businesses use NAFTA to save costs, yet remain dangerously passive as to its outcome

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Description: Survey finds half expect very negative effects on their businesses, yet only 15% are aware of key issues, only a handful have contingency plans Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Apr 24, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/entrepreneur/small-medium-businesses-remain-passive-about-nafta-outcome-at-their-peril Questions for discussion: What does the report say about small Canadian business thinking related to NAFTA? What should managers be doing?

Smoking Is Off Limits at Disney. What Will That Mean With Fox in the Fold?

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Description: LOS ANGELES — Add cigarettes to the list of things that the family-friendly Walt Disney Company has to figure out as it prepares to integrate the sharper-edged 20th Century Fox movie and television studio. Source: : NYTimes.com Date: Apr 25, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/business/media/smoking-movies-disney-fox.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What are the ethical and social responsibility issues… Read more »

Netflix-loving tykes tune out Nickelodeon in kid TV’s worst year

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Description: Kids like Caleb Moushey are killing cable TV. Not that Caleb knows from cable. After all, he’s 7 years old. But Caleb rarely if ever watches conventional television. “Everything is Netflix,” said his mother, Ally Brown, an insurance agent in the St. Louis area who also has a 5-year-old and a baby on the… Read more »