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 »

Tim Hortons franchisee organizer has licence revoked amid public squabble

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Description: Head office and group of franchisees have been sparring over a number of issues Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 10, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/tim-hortons-franchisee-kuziora-1.4612559 Questions for discussion: Summarize the issues facing Tim Hortons as an organization? How would you advise management to mitigate the dispute with franchisees? How would you advise management to mitigate the bad… Read more »

The Truth About U.S.-China Car Trade

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Description: Despite what President Trump says, America is coming out on top. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Apr 12, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/04/12/china-solar-intelligent-highway/ Questions for discussion: What does the report say about trade between the two countries? Who would benefit from higher tariffs? How would consumers respond to higher tariffs?

Aeroplan member offended by survey asking provocative questions on immigration, male dominance

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Description: Survey asked if participants thought immigration ‘threatens the purity of the country Source: CBC.ca Date: Apr 02, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/aeroplan-survey-crop-immigration-1.4599686 Questions for discussion: Summarize the ethical and social issues raised in this report. Is this much ado about nothing, in your opinion? How should management at Aeroplan handle research designs going forward?

Trump claims the post office is losing billions because of Amazon, but it’s a lot more complicated

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Description: President Donald Trump is clearly not a fan of Amazon. He attacked the company via Twitter five times in the last week. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 06, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/06/trump-claims-amazon-is-ripping-off-post-office-but-its-complicated.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about delivery logistics at Amazon? Why would Amazon be motivated to use multiple delivery services rather… Read more »

March (Streaming) Madness

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Description: A pioneer in live streaming, the NCAA now is seeing its aggressive early efforts pay off with broadcast-size audiences and ad rates. To mark the national college basketball championships, we break down the sports streaming data on our “Behind the Numbers” podcast. Source: eMarketer.com – podcast Date: Apr 02, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/sports-streaming-podcast?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Walmart Pulls Cosmo From Checkout. Plus! Guess Who’s Claiming Victory.

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Description: Walmart customers looking to toss the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine into their shopping carts will have to search the superstore a little harder. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Mar 28, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/business/media/walmart-cosmo.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does this debate say about changing social attitudes? How should retail managers and publishers deal with the debate… Read more »

Facebook Is Making Big Changes to Its Relationship With Data Brokers

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Description: Facebook is placing new limits on the data it shares with data brokers—companies like Acxiom and Oracle Data Cloud, which compile dossiers on consumers so as to make it easier for advertisers to target them with appropriate pitches. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Mar 29, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/03/29/facebook-data-brokers-changes/ Questions for discussion: What are the changes taking… Read more »