Opinion: This home-building robot could put human construction crews out of business

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Description: Fastbrick Robotics says its Hadrian X robot will build the shell of a building in just two days — replacing weeks of work by masons Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Nov 02, 2016 Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-robot-could-build-much-of-your-next-house-2016-11-01?siteid=nwtwk Questions for Discussions: What does this report suggest about the future of robotics in the construction industry? What are the pros… Read more »

The subtle discrimination facing job-seeking seniors

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Description: Sharlene Massie, CEO of About Staffing, joins BNN’s Catherine Murray for a look at what’s driving the growing number of seniors looking for jobs to supplement their pension incomes, and how seniors can overcome discrimination they may face in seeking these jobs. Source: BNN.com – video report Date: Oct 07, 2016 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/video/the-subtle-discrimination-facing-job-seeking-seniors~968111 Questions… Read more »

Biggest deal ever in the pharmaceutical industry

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Description: Pfizer (U.S.-based company) will merge with Allergan (Irish-based company) in a $160 billion mega-merger. This is the biggest deal ever in the Pharmaceutical industry. The deal involves Allergan taking over Pfizer – this is being termed as an ‘inversion’ deal. Source: CBC Date: November 23, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2679340898 Questions for Discussion: What is an inversion… Read more »

IBM Bringing in Innovative Changes

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Description: IBM is entering new businesses to stay competitive. However, it is trying break away from its past by changing the way it thinks about innovation. Changing culture is extremely difficult in large companies like IBM, which houses more than 370,000 employees. Source: New York Times Date: November 14, 2015 Text Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/15/business/ibms-design-centered-strategy-to-set-free-the-squares.html?ref=business Questions for… Read more »

Hewlett-Packard – A monumental split

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Description: On Monday November 2, 2015, HP—valued at $50 billion—will split in two equally sized companies. The split is the latest rehabilitation effort to turnaround the company. However, this strategy is in contrast to the consolidation strategy prevalent in the IT sector Source: Financial Times Date: November 01, 2015 Video and Text Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/222a9a40-7f22-11e5-98fb-5a6d4728f74e.html#axzz3qHsXxPJR Questions for Discussion:… Read more »

Nokia prepares for mobile comeback

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Description: Nokia, once the leading maker of mobile phones, had abandoned the mobile phone business in 2013 after selling its handset business to Microsoft; however, Nokia’s CEO, Rajeev Suri, indicated that Nokia may well be planning a comeback. Source: BNN Date: August 10, 2015 Text Link: http://www.bnn.ca/News/2015/8/10/Back-to-the-future-Nokia-prepares-for-mobile-comeback.aspx Questions for Discussion: Why did Nokia exit the… Read more »

Kraft and Heinz to Merge

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Description: In a major development in the food industry, Kraft Foods Group and Heinz Co. are merging their operations to create a single company with $28 billion in revenue. Warren Buffet proclaimed to play a role in setting-up the merger. There seems to be a major shake-up on the cards for the packaged food business…. Read more »

The Turnaround of Air Canada

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Description: Air Canada broke out of its sluggish performance and in 2014 posted a record annual profit of $531 million. Source: CBC Date: March 05, 2015 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2657291092/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss the growth and then the decline of Air Canada over the years? Which factors led to Air Canada’s recent surge in performance? In… Read more »

Rebranding of Second Cup

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Description: Second Cup is facing increased competition from Starbucks, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s in the café market, and over the last few years has been losing market share. In an effort to regain their market share, Second Cup are rebranding their stores in Canada. Source: CBC Date: December 04, 2014 Video Link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Business/ID/2625880352/ Questions for Discussion: Discuss… Read more »