A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?

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Description: A quarter-century ago, there were 56 teenagers in the labor force for every “limited service” restaurant — that is, the kind where you order at the counter. Today, there are fewer than half as many, which is a reflection both of teenagers’ decreasing work force participation and of the explosive growth in restaurants. Source:… 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 »

What it was like spending 24 hours alone in a tiny cabin in the…

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Description: Getaway, a Brooklyn-based startup, offers the experience of a tiny home, but only for as many nights as you’re willing to pay for. What it was like spending 24 hours alone in a tiny cabin in the woods from CNBC. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: May 03, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/05/03/what-it-was-like-spending-24-hours-alone-in-a-tiny-cabin-in-the-woods.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 »

How guitar maker Gibson could recover from bankruptcy

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Description: Gibson, an iconic American guitar manufacturer, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has at least $100 million of debt, and perhaps as much as $500 million, according to paperwork filed in Delaware on Tuesday. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: May 01, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/01/news/companies/gibson-guitars-bankruptcy/index.html Questions for discussion: What is Gibson’s financial situation? How can it restructure… 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 »

eMarketer Releases New Outlook on SVOD Landscape

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Description: The ever-expanding US subscription video space is ripe with monetization potential for content owners and platforms. Source: eMarketer.com – podcast Date: Apr 25, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/emarketer-releases-new-outlook-on-svod-landscape?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: Summarize the highlights from this report. Which company do think will dominate changing conditions over the next five years?

FlixBus Conquered Europe. Now It’s Coming to America

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Description: With their reputation for skid row stations, grueling rides, and stinking toilets, intercity buses have long been the travel option of last resort. But in Europe, a startup called FlixBushas given buses a trendier, eco-friendly, sharing-economy vibe. Now it’s aiming to take on Greyhound Lines Inc. in the U.S. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 25, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-25/flixbus-conquered-europe-now-it-s-coming-to-america… Read more »

Jeff Bezos reveals Amazon has 100 million Prime members in letter to shareholders

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Description: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has released his latest annual shareholder letter. In the letter, Bezos stressed the importance of having high standards in running a business. By setting high standards, companies are able to live up to “ever-rising customer expectations,” he said. Source: CNBC.com Date: Apr 19, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/18/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-2018-shareholder-letter.html Questions for discussion: What does Jeff Bezos… Read more »

Apple Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service

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Description: Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is part of a broader push by the iPhone maker to generate more revenue from online content and services. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 17, 2018 Link:… Read more »