Disney’s $6.99-per-month streaming immediately makes it a value winner over Netflix for families

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Description: For Disney, the price is the story. Disney announced pricing for its new streaming service on Thursday, and it’s surprisingly low: $6.99 per month and $69.99 annually (or $5.83 per month). The service won’t include any advertisements. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/12/disneys-6point99-per-month-price-immediately-makes-it-a-value-winner.html Questions for discussion: Why is pricing so critical in… Read more »

You can’t take anything home from Ikea’s new store

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Description: The company’s first Manhattan store is nothing like any Ikea you’ve ever been to. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 10, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90332083/i-went-to-ikeas-first-small-store-and-it-answered-all-my-prayers?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=6&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04112019 Questions for discussion: Explain the change in thinking – by management and customers – that has led to this store design. Should Ikea develop this concept at its suburban stores as well?

Should You Compete With (and Potentially Kill) Your Own Business?

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Description: Adam Schwartz’s t-shirt company was struggling. Instead of saving it, he built something new — and better. Source: Entrepreneur.com Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/331231 Questions for discussion: What does the article say about creative thinking and business evolution? Could these businesses succeed without low-cost online advertising from companies like Google?

This new technical fabric replaces polyester with banana plants

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Description: The abacá plant grows without needing lots of water or pesticides, helps stop erosion, and is now being used to replace fossil fuels in clothes. Source: FastCompany.com Date: Apr 12, 2019 Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90333645/this-new-technical-fabric-replaces-polyester-with-banana-plants?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=7&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=04122019 Questions for discussion: What are the major attributes that differentiate this new product? How should managers market this new product so… Read more »

Facebook sets its sights on housing. Should Zillow be worried?

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Description: Americans may start to become more ‘social’ in the way they shop for homes, one analyst thinks Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Apr 03, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/facebook-sets-its-sights-on-housing-should-zillow-be-worried-2019-04-03?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: What are the competitive advantages favoring Facebook in the real estate business? Do you think consumers will respond to Facebook advertising for housing? Explain.

GE bets on offshore wind as fossil fuels business stumbles

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Description: New York (CNN Business)General Electric is a tiny player in the booming offshore wind market. But that will change soon — and it needs to, if the company wants to outgrow its exposure to fossil fuels. One major investment that illustrates GE’s interest: The Haliade-X, the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine. Source: CNNMoney.com –… Read more »

Social Recommendations Influence One in Three Mothers to Buy

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Description: When it comes to shopping, social media seems to have somewhat limited influence on parents’ purchasing behavior—but they’ll use it (and other online resources) for researching. Source: eMarketer.com Date: Apr 03, 2019 Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/social-recommendations-influence-one-in-three-mothers-to-buy Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the influence of social media on parental behavior? What should strategic planning… Read more »

SNC-Lavalin needs to be held criminally liable: Lawyer

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Description:  Kenneth Jull, counsel at Gardiner Roberts, talks about the different paths SNC-Lavalin may face with a remediation agreement. He say that there is a right and a wrong way to handle this, but Canadians need to understand the consequences of each. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Mar 28, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/video/snc-lavalin-needs-to-be-held-criminally-liable-lawyer~1646690 Questions for… Read more »

Everything you need to know about the Apple credit card, TV Plus and news subscription launch 

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Description: Apple has today unveiled its secretive, decade-long effort to build a TV subscription service that will rival the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime. Source: Telegraph.co.uk – video report Date: Mar 26, 2019 Link: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/03/26/everything-need-know-apple-credit-card-tv-plus-news-subscription/ Questions for discussion: What are the competitive advantages for Apple in these markets? How well do you think Apple will be… Read more »

Lululemon surges to record high after ‘near flawless execution’

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Description: Lululemon Athletica Inc. (LULU.O 14.13%) shares soared to a record high on Thursday after the maker of upscale yogawear topped fourth-quarter estimates and its forecast eased concerns of decelerating sales. Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report Date: Mar 28, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/lululemon-surges-to-record-high-after-near-flawless-execution-1.1236152 Questions for discussion: Explain the firm’s success? Do you think the best yet is… Read more »