Podcast # 19: Who needs management consulting services?

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From Business Rhythm with Frank & Jamie – “management consultants provide advice and assistance to companies on strategy, marketing, operations, and other aspects of the business and organization. In this field, success is defined by the consultant’s ability to get the client to accept and implement recommendations, although the consultant’s value can often be provided in many other ways. For example, the client may want to have an outside perspective that will bring about better understanding of the company situation to improve decision making.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 11, 2015: “What is the ‘gig’ economy” from Financial Times

From FT.com – “As the global economy heals, a brave new world is emerging for workers in which more temporary jobs are being created — especially for the young. FT experts discuss this employment shift and what the ‘gig’ economy means for workers and productivity.”

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 10, 2015: The Climate Change ‘Tipping Point’: How Should Businesses React?

From Knowledge@Wharton – “Is climate change speeding up? A new study by James Hansen, perhaps the world’s foremost climate scientist, and 16 co-authors suggests that ice shelves and glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica may be melting 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates suggested. That would lead to a rise in sea levels of 10 feet in as little as 50 years. “

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Fresh Pick of the Day, August 5, 2015 – “Start-ups in Hong Kong and Singapore” from FT.com

An FT.com video discussing about start-ups in Hong Kong and Singapore

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Podcast #18: What’s happening to the music industry?

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From Business Rhythm with Frank and Jamie – “Do you still remember going to Tower Records, Sam Goody, or Virgin Megastores? Fifteen years ago, you were probably excited to check out the new music releases in CDs and have bought some of them to be played at home. Today, many of these stores are gone. Instead, you download your favorite songs onto your iPhone.”

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Podcast #17: Trends in Beauty and Cosmetics Industry

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From Business Rhythm with Frank & Jamie- “Globally the size of beauty and cosmetics manufacturing is about $255 billion, according to IBIS World. The industry consists of hair care products, skin care products, cosmetics, perfumes, deodorants, nail products, and oral hygiene products. Crude oil represents a key input ingredient for this industry. The top markets are Europe, North America, and North Asia.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Fresh Pick of the Day, June 29, 2015: “Greece to introduce capital controls” from Nikkei Asia Review

From Nikkei Asia Review – ” Greece closed its banks and imposed capital controls on Sunday to check the growing strains on its crippled financial system, bringing the prospect of being forced out of the euro into plain sight.  After bailout talks between the leftwing government and foreign lenders broke down at the weekend, the European Central Bank froze vital funding support to Greece’s banks, leaving Athens with little choice but to shut down the system to keep the banks from collapsing.   Banks will be closed and the stock market shut all week, and there will be a daily 60 euro limit on cash withdrawals from cash machines, which will reopen on Tuesday. Capital controls are likely to last for many months at least.”

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Podcast #16: Industry Briefing on Chocolates

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From Business Rhythm with Frank & Jamie- “Globally the size of the chocolate industry is about $15.5 billion, according to IBIS World. It has already reached the mature stage of its product lifecycle. This means that the industry faces fierce competition, sees a lot of a lot of mergers and acquisitions, and has new entrants coming in. Furthermore, a few companies, many of which have operated since the early 20th century, dominate the industry with their well-established brands and products. “

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