Bad wiring or bad chemistry? What’s behind Samsung’s exploding smartphone batteries?

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Samsung has been forced to recall thousands of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because some of the batteries in the devices overheated and exploded.  The company hasn’t yet explained the cause. And it’s curious, because lithium-ion batteries — the kinds used in the phones — are safely used in millions of wireless devices around the world. Source: CBC News… Read more »

Alberta pot producer launches mobile app to buy medical marijuana

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Need some medical marijuana? There’s an app for that. An Alberta-based pot producer has launched a mobile app to make it easier for patients with a prescription to purchase federally-regulated medicinal weed. Cam Battley, of Aurora Cannabis, said the idea was to give customers the same service as giant online retailers such as Amazon. Source: CBC Date: September 15th,… Read more »

How Amazon Organizes Its Warehouses

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How Amazon arranges its warehouses – it’s a total mess! Source: TechCrunch Date: September 13th, 2016 Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUVLZmDKeT-mV4H3ToYXIFYg&v=5TL80_8ACPc Discussion 1) What can other companies learn from the way Amazon does things at their warehouse? 2) Which companies might most benefit from copying Amazon?

BuildDirect Wants To Become The Amazon Of The Home Improvement Industry

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Description: BuildDirect is an online marketplace for buying home improvement products. Today, the company is opening its platform to third-party sellers with the launch of its Home Marketplace. Source: TechCrunch Date: February 11, 2016 Unsurprisingly, selling heavyweight products like flooring and roofing materials online takes a very different approach to logistics than selling books. As BuildDirect’s… Read more »

Is Amazon Opening Bookstores or not?

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Description: Maybe Amazon isn’t getting ready to open up hundreds of bookstores after all? Source: CNN Money Date: February 4, 2016 Questions for discussion: 1. Why would an online-based platform and service want to open physical locations? 2. Should other companies be worried about Amazon opening physical locations? Why? What can they do to combat the… Read more »

Amazon Launches Dash Button for Instant Product Ordering

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Description: The ‘Dash button’, which is connected with the Amazon app through Wi-Fi, is brand specific and the company has tied up with household names such as Tide, Huggies and Gillette. Source: CBC News Date: April 1, 2015 Keep Dash Button handy in the kitchen, bath, laundry, or anywhere you store your favorite products. When you’re running low,… Read more »

Alibaba Jumpstarts Small Fashion Brand

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Description: Alibaba is basically a one-stop-shop for Amazon, PayPal, Google Maps and more. They have helped this small Chinese clothing company sell more product, to more people, and a lot more faster. Source: CNN Money Date: September 19, 2014 7gege, a Chinese fashion startup, has utilized Alibaba’s online sales platforms to reach more customers, more quickly. Watch… Read more »

20th Century Fox Puts Movies Online First With A Big Push Behind “Digital HD”

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Description: 20th Century Fox has recently shown some innovation in attempts to boost their online movie sales. Going forward, new movies released by Fox will be offered online in “Digital HD” 3 weeks ahead of In-store DVDs. This shift in priorities may just inject some life into a floundering industry. Source: TechCrunch Date: September 18th,… Read more »

Why Amazon Succeeds

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Description: Amazon’s (AMZN) earnings this past week are a sign of how corporate strategy has shifted. Amazon does things differently, but only as differently as Apple. What is their secret? Source: forbes.com Date: April 29, 2012 Like Apple, its platform is closely linked to a device (in this case the Kindle), and is tied into… Read more »