Why Samsung needs to take a page from Maple Leaf Food’s book in crisis management

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Description: Samsung is in damage control mode over exploding Note 7 smartphones. The Gandalf Group’s David Herle, who has corporate crisis management experience, tells BNN how the Samsung can save its brand and repair its reputation with both consumers and carriers. Source: BNN.com – video report Date: Oct 14, 2016 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/company-news/video/why-samsung-needs-to-take-a-page-from-maple-leaf-food-s-book-in-crisis-management~970989 Questions for Discussions:… Read more »

Walmart Just Gave its Managers a Raise

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Description: Pay will increase from 45 to Over 48K Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 12, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2e7TJxD Questions for Discussions: Why do you think Walmart has increased pay for managers ahead of legislation? Do you think Walmart managers receiving the pay increase feel better about their compensation package and are now more… Read more »

The subtle discrimination facing job-seeking seniors

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Description: Sharlene Massie, CEO of About Staffing, joins BNN’s Catherine Murray for a look at what’s driving the growing number of seniors looking for jobs to supplement their pension incomes, and how seniors can overcome discrimination they may face in seeking these jobs. Source: BNN.com – video report Date: Oct 07, 2016 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/video/the-subtle-discrimination-facing-job-seeking-seniors~968111 Questions… Read more »

Chipotle runs into further problems

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Description: Chipotle’s problems continue to grow. After an outbreak of E.coli and norovirus at its restaurants, the public health department for Seattle closed down one of its restaurants in Seattle for food-safety violations. Source: Financial Post Date: December 11, 2015 Text Link: http://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/chipotle-restaurant-shut-down-in-seattle-for-food-safety-violations-adding-to-woes-after-e-coli-outbreak Questions for Discussion: In your view, how will customers react to these concerns?… Read more »

Samsun will pay Apple $548-million in patent dispute

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Description: After a drawn out battle, Samsung is finally paying Apple $548 million for infringing Apple patents and copying the look of the iPhone. Source: The Globe and Mail Date: December 04, 2015 Text Link: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/tech-news/samsung-to-finally-pay-apple-548-million-in-patent-dispute/article27602973/ Questions for Discussion: Will this payout have any impact on Samsung’s sales? Will the realization that Samsung copied the… Read more »

Biggest deal ever in the pharmaceutical industry

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Description: Pfizer (U.S.-based company) will merge with Allergan (Irish-based company) in a $160 billion mega-merger. This is the biggest deal ever in the Pharmaceutical industry. The deal involves Allergan taking over Pfizer – this is being termed as an ‘inversion’ deal. Source: CBC Date: November 23, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2679340898 Questions for Discussion: What is an inversion… 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 »

Volkswagen: From socially responsible to a social outcast

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Description: Volkswagen represents an interesting case. It spent $77 million advertising its clean and environmentally friendly diesel engine in the American market, while its engineers were rigging these engines with software that tricked emission tests – a case of “greenwashing” the consumers. Source: The New York Times Date: October 17, 2015 Text Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/business/energy-environment/social-responsibility-that-rubs-right-off.html?ref=business&_r=0 Questions… Read more »

How can the price of a drug jump 2,000%?

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Description: The price of a critical Tuberculosis drug shot up by 2,000% overnight—it seems this jump was for no apparent reason. This has alarmed the medical circle. Source: CBC Date: September 21, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2675886765/?page=2 Questions for Discussion: Why did the Tuberculosis drug price shoot up by 2,000%? What role should the government play… Read more »