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Description: Struggling J.C. Penney (JCP) best brace for an avalanche that has been set in motion by the death of longtime foe Sears.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Oct 18, 2018

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/sears-bankruptcy-will-rock-j-c-penney-foundation-200803793.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why did Sears fail?
  • Why will the Sears bankruptcy be bad for J.C. Penney?

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Description:  The holiday season is approaching, and with it the holiday toy wars.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Oct 18, 2018

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/target-will-try-crush-amazon-walmart-toys-holiday-season-160044412.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the strategy Target is using for this toy buying season?
  • Are they targeting kids or their parents?
  • Do you think they will succeed with this seasonal approach to selling to this segment?
  • Which other segments could possibly work as well in your view?

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Description: Quaker Oats is introducing its milk alternative at a trade show in Washington this weekend, with plans to start selling it in groceries in January.CreditCreditQuaker Oats

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Oct 19, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/19/business/quaker-foods-pepsi-oat-milk.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • Who is the target customer for this product?
  • Which other products is Quaker competing against for consumer preference?
  • What would motivate consumers to buy this product?
  • Do you think Quaker will succeed?

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Description: Britney Spears is hitting Vegas one more time. And who can blame her?

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Oct 19, 2018

Link: http://fortune.com/2018/10/19/britney-spears-las-vegas-residency/

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is the “Las Vegas strategy” working well for some artists?
  • How else can they respond to the technology disruption taking place in the industry?
  • How can lesser known artists deal with this new business environment?

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Description: Personalization is a key part of many marketing strategies, but it remains a very difficult task for marketers to pull off effectively.

Source: eMarketer.com

Date: Oct 18, 2018

Link: https://www.emarketer.com/content/why-marketers-struggle-with-data-driven-personalization?ecid=NL1001

Questions for discussion:

  • What should managers take away from this research?
  • How should this information be integrated with strategic plans?

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Description: Brandon Truaxe is out after turbulent week, which included shuttering all the company’s stores

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Oct.12, 2018

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/decium-ceo-removed-abnormal-beauty-company-1.4860687

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the current situation?
  • How did the organization arrived at this managerial breakdown?
  • What should the firm have done to prevent these events?
  • Do you think the brand has been damaged?
  • What would you recommend to management now?

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Description: Problem-solving is explorative process. Since my job is to help business and marketing leaders identify and tackle their biggest growth challenges, when I’m not talking to people, I’m absorbed in research or excavating insights from data.

Source: 360advertisingweek.com

Date: Oct 12, 2018

Link: http://360.advertisingweek.com/how-cmos-can-prepare-their-organisations-for-ai-driven-decision-making/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTmpka1pURTFPR0ZqTUdVeCIsInQiOiJkR0VBcHByVzFjS082ZzVCVjdMbWxlZG9JVENoV1JKSGFzeGp4bEFRVnpzOWJ4UEJcL0czMTNuMDRSYlhaSU9LclU4Q2ZnWnNWNmRwZE5PZFIwQk95aFZONzVVVTlUSXdBUHptdGpFMFpjVTF2MlJxWWhWWHFyU0xRU1M5UmVEYmoifQ%3D%3D

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say to managers as the presence of AI continues to grow and direct decision making?
  • Do you have any concerns with this development?
  • Do you think AI should be welcomed by managers?

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Description: Smart mirror streams live fitness classes

Source: CBSNews.com – video report

Date: Oct 11, 2018

Link: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/this-smart-mirror-puts-a-personal-trainer-in-your-reflection/

Questions for discussion:

  • Aside from physical fitness, what are some other applications for this technology that you think can use this technology?
  • Describe the user profile for this product.

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Description:  Shares of fintech company Square plunged as much as 15 percent Thursday after the company lost its CFO Sarah Friar.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 11, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/11/square-plunges-15percent-after-losing-its-cfo.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why has the value of the firm’s shares fallen?
  • What does this report say about the relationship between management and a firm’s share value?

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Description: In a new book, journalist Nathan Schneider positions cooperative businesses as both radical and traditional–and says all businesses should move toward more democracy.

Source: FastCompany.com

Date: Oct 12, 2018

Link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90249347/why-the-cooperative-model-needs-to-be-at-the-heart-of-our-new-economy?utm_source=postup&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Fast%20Company%20Daily&position=7&partner=newsletter&campaign_date=10122018

Questions for discussion:

  • How are large-scale cooperative organization structures different from tradition corporate structures?
  • How is managing and leading different?
  • Why do you suppose there are not more cooperative business organizations?