Amazon.com wants to be your new executive assistant at work.

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Description: Now Hiring? Amazon Says Its Voice Aide Alexa Is Ready For the Office Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Nov 30, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/11/30/amazon-voice-aide-alexa-is-ready-for-the-office/ Questions for discussion: How can Amazon serve as an executive assistant? Do you think this is the next big thing in technology for productivity in the workplace?

Obsessed Much? Mobile Addiction Is Real

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Description: According to the survey, which polled 2,000 US internet users ages 18 to 75, most people check their device approximately 47 times per day. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Nov 16, 2017 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/Article/Obsessed-Much-Mobile-Addiction-Real/1016759?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about consumer attitude toward smartphone devices? How should managers of businesses that make use… Read more »

‘We absolutely have a problem’: Canada’s tech sector gender gap

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Description: Canadian technology companies may be breaking new ground as innovators, but a landmark study published on Wednesday finds the sector is behind the times when it comes to finding a place for women in senior roles. Source: GlobeandMail.com Date: Oct 20, 2017 Link: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/technology/we-absolutely-have-a-problem-canadas-tech-sector-gender-gap/article36789423/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com& Questions for discussion: Summarize the findings presented in this report?… Read more »

Under Armour is in serious trouble

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Description: The other shoe has dropped for struggling sneaker company Under Armour. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 26, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/31/investing/under-armour-earnings-stock/index.html Questions for discussion: What is happening to Under Armour? Why do you think this is happening? What can management do?

Small businesses face perfect storm that can challenge growth

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Description: BDC’s Small Business Week report finds 25% of respondents are already feeling the impact of demographic shifts Source: MontrealGazette.com Date: Oct 20, 2017 Link: http://montrealgazette.com/entrepreneur/1017-biz-dd-bdc/wcm/0e5640b0-7a59-4d2d-8b7a-92051097d281 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights in the BDC’s report. What is the advice to small business managers? Given the research in the report, what would you also advise… Read more »

Watch CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo Discuss The Company’s Powerful Response to Opioid Epidemic

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Description: Pharmacy chain has the tools to begin formulating solutions to America’s crisis. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 26, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2gNw5gW Questions for discussion: What are the issues pharma stakeholders are dealing with, with respect to the opioid epidemic? What are the management implemications for CVS and other distributors in the pharma… Read more »

Check Out Amazon Key in Action

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Description: Amazon shows off its the new delivery option. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 26, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2i7NWvV Questions for discussion: Who is the target market for this service? What promotional message is Amazon communicating to customers and how is it encoded in the video? Do you think this service will be successful?

FedEx Has Gotten a Few Upgrades to Take On E-Commerce

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Description: We peeked into FedEx Ground hub in New Jersey. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Oct 26, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2y7Iz5B Questions for discussion: How has technology helped FedEx serve customers better? Do you think Amazon would benefit by a greater degree of collaboration with just one delivery system?

Airbus has no plans to buy out Bombardier after CSeries partnership, CEO says

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Description: Airbus chief tells Montreal he believes aerospace analysts have underestimated demand and he can sell thousands of CSeries jets Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 20, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/transportation/airlines/airbus-ceo-says-expects-to-sell-thousands-of-cseries-jets Questions for discussion: Using SWOT analysis, describe the deal between these companies. How will management at Bombardier have to change, as a result of this deal? Do… Read more »

Skechers stock soars as sneaker sales surge

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Description: It’s unlikely that Lonzo Ball, the insanely hyped rookie on the Los Angeles Lakers, will ever wear Skechers. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Oct 20, 2017 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/20/investing/skechers-earnings-nike-under-armour-adidas/index.html Questions for discussion: Describe the target customer Skechers is aiming at with this sort of product concept? Do you think this sort of customized production… Read more »