Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS

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Description: Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. Source: Bloomberg.com Date:… Read more »

Nordstrom’s New Store Won’t Stock Clothes

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Description: It will instead offer personal stylists, manicures and beer. Source: CNNMoney.com – video report Date: Sep 11, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2jgDkOZ Questions for discussion: What do you think of this new retailing concept? Do you think existing Nordstrom customers will respond positively? Do you think it will attract new customers?

Introducing Fortune’s 2017 Fastest-Growing Companies List

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Description: Here are the top ten. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 11, 2017 Link: http://for.tn/2eTKRSl Questions for discussion: What do the firms on this list have in common? Do they represent good investment opportunities at this time, or is it “too late” to get on board?  

How Rosalind Brewer, Starbucks’ First Woman COO, Got the Job

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Description: Rosalind Brewer’s first step toward the COO job at Starbucks(SBUX, -1.55%) happened completely by chance. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 07, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/09/07/rosalind-brewer-starbucks-coo/ Questions for discussion: Why is Rosalind Brewer a good choice for this job? What does the article say about corporate cultures for executive development?

Amazon Moves to Cut Checkout Line, Promoting a Grab-and-Go Experience

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Description: SEATTLE — There is almost no aspect of retail that Amazon has not upended with online shopping. Now, the company is trying to computerize the experience of buying sandwiches and soda from the corner convenience store. Source: NYTimes.com – video report Date: Dec 05, 2016 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/05/technology/amazon-moves-to-cut-checkout-line-promoting-a-grab-and-go-experience.html?ref=business Questions for Discussions: Describe the operation and… Read more »

How Business Governance Has Not Changed Since the Industrial Revolution

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Description: Dov Seidman says leaders need to embrace emotion in a digital world. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2gPH5pT Questions for Discussions: What is Dov Seidman’s message to management about the culture of ethics and leadership? What do you think about this line of thinking?

Here’s How Samasource Is Connecting People in Slums to High-Paying Jobs

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Description: CEO Leila Janah explains Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2016 Link: http://for.tn/2gurP3r Questions for Discussions: How does this business model work? How has technology made this business model possible? Do you think it is a model that will grow in popularity?

Trump and Carrier: How a Modern Economy Is Like a Parking Garage

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Description: In the two hours that President-elect Donald J. Trump spent flying to Indiana on Thursday to boast that he saved 1,000 jobs, about 6,000 private-sector jobs in the United States were probably destroyed. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 01, 2016 Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/upshot/trump-and-carrier-how-a-modern-economy-is-like-a-parking-garage.html?_r=0 Questions for Discussions: What are the economic arguments presented in this article? What… Read more »

The Last Days of Target

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Description:  The untold tale of Target Canada’s difficult birth, tough life and brutal death Source: CanadianBusiness.com Date: Nov 01, 2016 Link: http://www.canadianbusiness.com/the-last-days-of-target-canada/ Questions for Discussions: Summarize the highlights of Target’s demise as presented in this report. Do you think this assessment is a fair criticism of management?

Tesla’s Future in Trump’s World

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Description: Elon Musk is up against a starkly different agenda, but the energy transition he invigorated can’t be stopped. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Nov 03, 2016 Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-11/tesla-s-future-in-trump-s-world Questions for Discussions: What does this report say about how Tesla might be affected by governmental decisions? Do you think the Tesla business model is… Read more »