Gap Inc. unveils its first new brand in more than a decade

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Description: Gap, Inc.–the $15.9 billion parent company of Old Navy, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Gap–is betting that athleisure isn’t just a passing trend. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90238533/gap-inc-unveils-its-first-new-brand-in-more-than-a-decade?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=1&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09202018 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key strategic points management is adopting for this product line. Are independent retail stores necessary for success? Do you… Read more »

France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students?

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Description: France’s education ministry hopes that its smartphone ban, which took effect at the beginning of September and applies to students from first through ninth grades, will get schoolchildren to pay more attention in class and interact more, and several studies suggest such correlations. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 20, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/world/europe/france-smartphones-schools.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology&action=click&contentCollection=technology&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion:… Read more »

Three Key Takeaways on Amazon’s Plans for Advertising, Video and Voice

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Description: At eMarketer’s “How Amazon Is Changing … Everything” invite-only breakfast yesterday, eMarketer co-founder Geoff Ramsey and a panel of our analysts explained how brands and companies can work with the ecommerce giant. Here are some key takeaways: Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 21, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/these-are-the-top-three-things-marketer-s-should-know-about-amazon?ecid=NL1001 Questions for discussion: What is the TV industry strategy… Read more »

Why McDonald’s and Burger King flopped in Vietnam 

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Description: The fast food industry thrives in most of the world. Chains like McDonald’s and Burger King typically come out on top in the $651 billion fast food industry. In Vietnam, however, the brands have failed to take off. McDonald’s and Burger King have more than 36,000 and 16,000 locations across the globe, respectively. But in Vietnam,… Read more »

Most Apps Get Deleted Within a Week

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Description: From January-July 2018, Adjust analyzed 8 billion app installs worldwide and found that on average, apps get deleted in 5.8 days after they’re downloaded. Entertainment apps get uninstalled the quickest and lasted less than one day on average before they were removed. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Sep 13, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/most-apps-get-deleted-within-a-week Questions for discussion: What does the report… Read more »

SPOS #635 – Running Down A Dream With Tim Grahl

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #635 – Host: Mitch Joel. I’ve been following the work of Tim Grahl for many years. If you’ve written a business book, and then had to do the hard work of marketing and selling it, Tim is the person to know. Source: SixPixels.com Date: Sep 09, 2018 Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/podcast/archives/spos-635-running-down-a-dream-with-tim-grahl/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SixPixelsOfSeparation+%28Six+Pixels+of+Separation+-+Mitch+Joel%29… Read more »

Get ready for the “splinternet”: The web might not be worldwide much longer

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Description: Rising protectionism, nationalism, and security fears could see an internet sequestered by national borders. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Sep 07, 2018 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90229453/get-ready-for-the-splinternet-the-web-might-not-be-worldwide-much-longer?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=2&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=09072018 Questions for discussion: Summarize the key concerns for how the internet might evolve, as described in this article. How do you think the internet will evolve and how will this affect consumers… Read more »

Fans Are Becoming Increasingly Engaged In Fantasy Sports

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Description: With the NFL kicking off the 2018 season, we’re talking about fantasy sports on “Behind the Numbers.” How many Americans play fantasy sports? Why do they play? And what are the different spending habits of fantasy players? Source: eMarketer.com – podcast report Date: Sep 06, 2018 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/fans-are-becoming-increasingly-engaged-in-fantasy-sports Questions for discussion: Why does this… 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 »

The self-driving car startup that the auto industry actually trusts

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Description: Aurora, a startup developing software for self-driving cars, had barely launched when it found its place among the biggest names in the car industry. Source: CNNMoney.com Date: May 03, 2018 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/03/technology/aurora-self-driving-cars/index.html Questions for discussion: Why is the company so well connected to the industry? Describe the management culture, as presented in report? Do… Read more »