Nintendo’s New DIY Toys Are Mind-Bendingly Imaginative

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Description:  The Labo series is an addition to Nintendo’s Switch console. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 13, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40546285/nintendos-new-diy-toys-are-mind-bendingly-imaginative?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04142018 Questions for discussion: Who is the target customer for this product? How does Nintendo benefit from producing interconnecting products? What other applications would you recommend to the firm in order to generate more growth?

SPOS #613 – Tom Peters Is Back And Demands Excellence

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Description: There is only one Tom Peters. He’s a legend. Literally. For anyone in business, Tom Peters is the gold standard. From his countless bestsellers (In Search of Excellence, Re-Imagine, and on and on) to his incredible public presentations. Source: Sixpixels.mirumagency.com.com – podcast Date: Apr 08, 2018 Link: http://sixpixels.mirumagency.com/podcast/archives/spos-613—tom-peters-is-back-and-demands-excellence/ Questions for discussion: What did you learn about… Read more »

Zuckerberg Just Proved Once Again That Congress Doesn’t Understand The Internet

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Description:  Today’s jumbled Facebook hearing left little faith that Congress could ever draft a useful data-protection bill, much less agree on one. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 11, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40557799/zuckerberg-just-proved-once-again-that-congress-doesnt-understand-the-internet?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04122018 Questions for discussion: Do you agree with the opinions expressed in this article? What should government do, if anything?

The British Bookmaker Betting Big on American Sports Gambling

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Description: William Hill’s early wager may soon pay off. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Apr 12, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-04-12/the-british-bookmaker-betting-big-on-american-sports-gambling Questions for discussion: Summarize what the article says about the industry and the players in it. Do you think behavior in the gaming industry is similar to that in the stock market?

How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet

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Description: It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Mar 27, 2018 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-03-27/ad-scammers-need-suckers-and-facebook-helps-find-them Questions for discussion: Summarize the warnings managers and users should take away from this article? Can anything… 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 »

In search of higher margins, Canada Goose to make more of its own luxury coats

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Description: Company plans to have as many as 20 stores by the end of 2020 from six now Source: CBC.ca Date: Mar 21, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-goose-production-1.4586041 Questions for discussion: Explain the success of the firm from an operations management point of view. Why has domestic production helped increase margins? What else can management do to… Read more »

Investigation into auto body repairs reveals inflated charges, incomplete work

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Description: It started with a customer complaint after a minor fender bender. It ended with an alarming investigation. Source: CTV.ca – video report Date: March 10, 2018 Link: https://www.ctvnews.ca/w5/investigation-into-auto-body-repairs-reveals-inflated-charges-incomplete-work-1.3836092 Questions for discussion: Why is this fraud so difficult to control? What would you advise the industry to help mitigate the level of abuse? What other… Read more »

This House Can Be 3D-Printed For $4,000

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Description:  In rural El Salvador, a family living on $1.90 a day might live in a makeshift house with dirt floors, thin walls, and no running water. But next year, dozens of those families will move into one of the world’s first communities of 3D-printed homes. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Mar 12, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/40538464/this-house-can-be-3d-printed-for-4000?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=03122018 Questions… Read more »

Whole Foods calls meeting with key vendors as tensions flare

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Description: Tensions between Whole Foods Market and some of the most important brands it sells in its stores will come to a head on March 19, when they will congregate for a recently announced summit, sources familiar with the situation tell CNBC. Source: CNBC.com Date: Mar 12, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/11/whole-foods-calls-meeting-with-key-vendors-as-tensions-flare.html Questions for discussion: What is… Read more »