Reduced holiday temp hiring is a sign Amazon is turning to more automation and robots: Citi

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Description: Amazon has reduced the number of temporary hires it needs this holiday shopping season as the company turns to more robots, Citi analyst Mark May told CNBC Friday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Nov 02, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/02/citi-mark-may-amazon-relies-on-robots-less-temporary-holiday-hires.html Questions for discussion: What does this report suggest is happening to low-paying jobs like sorting and… Read more »

Here’s the Skinny: For Lean Production Processes to Work, a Company Needs to Be All In

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Description: For a company in Chesterfield, Mo., it involved something as seemingly simple as attaching a trash can to an employee’s chair. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 11, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/business/heres-the-skinny-for-lean-production-processes-to-work-a-company-needs-to-be-all-in.html?rref=collection%2Fspotlightcollection%2Ffast-forward Questions for discussion: Summarize the main ideas that would be important to managers of firms interested in improving operations and efficiencies. Which idea for improvement… Read more »

Mobile Ad Spending to Surpass All Traditional Media Combined by 2020

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Description:  This year, mobile will surpass TV ad spending by more than $6 billion, according to our latest ad spending forecast. By 2020, the channel will represent 43% of total media ad spending in the US—a greater percentage than all traditional media combined. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Oct 16, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-ad-spending-to-surpass-all-traditional-media-combined-by-2020?ecid=NL1009 Questions for discussion: What… 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 »

Why the cooperative model needs to be at the heart of our new economy

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Description: In a new book, journalist Nathan Schneider positions cooperative businesses as both radical and traditional–and says all businesses should move toward more democracy. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Oct 12, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90249347/why-the-cooperative-model-needs-to-be-at-the-heart-of-our-new-economy?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=7&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10122018 Questions for discussion: How are large-scale cooperative organization structures different from tradition corporate structures? How is managing and leading different? Why do you… Read more »

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 »

The dark history of our obsession with productivity

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Description: Americans have been on a quest to get the most out of every working minute since the nation’s founding, often at the detriment of the people doing the work. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 12, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90230330/how-our-obsession-with-productivity-evolved?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09122018 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about our perception and understanding of productivity? Why do… Read more »

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 »