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Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Listening to the recent news of the disaster in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the scope of the devastation and needs of those affected by the storm. Hurricane Harvey released more than 24.5 trillion gallons of rain, devastating communities and displacing thousands of families and businesses.

But, it is often in times of greatest need that people and companies join together to help those who need it most, without asking for anything in return. Companies are providing money, food, water, donations, and solutions around the area. Some examples:

  • Anheuser-Busch stopped beer production in Georgia to instead produce more than 155,000 cans of water to areas affected by Harvey.
  • Kroger Foundation committed to $100,000 to the Houston Food Back and is donating $5 for every retweet of #KrogerCares.
  • Google pledged $2 million and is also providing urgent information to those in impacted areas, creating a real-time crisis map to help those on the ground.
  • CVS pharmacy is moving its mobile pharmacy trailers into the area to help people with medications, in addition to monetary donations.

It doesn’t stop with companies. Many celebrities and athletes have donated money directly and through foundations to help Texas residents.

Does this surprise you? It shouldn’t. Roughly 89% of global citizens think companies should use their unique abilities and assets to lend assistance during a disaster.

It feels good to help.

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Discuss with students the social responsibilities that companies have to the public. What is their opinion?
  2. Should companies publicize their contributions?
  3. Divide students into teams. Have each team research online the level of support that has been donated by companies.
  4. One list can be found at https://youtu.be/hANXIPxN1ME
  5. Build a list on the white board of the companies, donation amount, and items.
  6. Discuss the role of crisis communication during dire times.

Source:  Texas Tribune, CNN, CNBC, New York Times, other news sources

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The Spotted Cheetah Restaurant

Cheetos have long been a favorite snack in America, but it has a fairly limited menu application. Or does it…?

In a new promotional campaign, Cheetos is launching a pop-up restaurant in New York City for three-days in August, with all meals developed by celebrity chef Anne Burrell of the Food Network. The restaurant, named The Spotted Cheetah, offers the “ultimate Cheetos dining experience” and features 11 signature Cheetos-inspired dishes in a three-course menu. The food ranges in price from $8 to $22.

Some of the highlights of the menu include:

  • Cheetos Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
  • Cheetos Meatballs
  • Spicy Cheese Nachos
  • Flamin’ Hot and White Cheddar Mac n’ Cheetos
  • Cheetos Mix-ups Crusted Chicken Milanese
  • Cheetos Sweetos Sweet and Salty Cookies
  • Cheetos Sweetos Crusted Cheesecake

Unfortunately, if you want to dine there, the three-day event is already sold-out on Open Table, and has a wait list of more than 1,000 diners! But don’t worry – all of the recipes will be available for free in a digital cookbook on the Cheetos Web site.

Are you hungry now?

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Poll students: Who eats Cheetos?
  2. View video: https://youtu.be/yd94mGphQCs
  3. Show Cheetos Web site: http://www.thespottedcheetah.com/
  4. How does the restaurant fit into a promotion plan?
  5. Does this new restaurant, and cookbook, change the positioning of Cheetos in the product life cycle?

Source:  Brandchannel.com, New York Eat, Wall Street Journal, other news sources

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Toddler Bike Racing

It’s summertime and the weather is hot – perfect for riding bikes, and for competitive racing, too. Now, even toddlers can get in on the action at the Strider Cup balance bike races.

The Strider Cup is a series of four races, ending with a World Championship event. The festival also includes adventure zones for playing and test riding the balance bikes. It is focused on positive aspects of sports competitions for toddlers, and more importantly, teaches them how to easily learn to ride a bike.

In case you are not familiar with Strider and balance bikes, the company started when the founder wanted to share his love of adventure and riding with his 2-year old son. But, traditional tricycles and training wheel bikes didn’t offer the same adventure and off-road riding ability. What resulted was a kid’s bike without pedals or chains. Essentially, it is a light-weight, simple to ride bike where riders can keep their feet on the ground as they learn to balance and glide.

Strider is the leader in balance bikes, selling more than 1.6 million bikes in 70 different countries since 2007. There are several models of bikes, ranging from classic ($99.99) to pro ($169.99), and also offers special needs bikes for all abilities (up to $219.99).

Come on – let’s go for a ride!

Group Activities and Discussion Questions:

  1. Pricing is a complex topic. Discuss the six steps for pricing (determining objectives, estimating demand, determining cost/profit relationships, select price level, set list price, and make adjustments).
  2. Discuss the various pricing models in class: demand-oriented, cost-oriented, profit-oriented, and competition-oriented.
  3. Show Strider balance bikes Web site: https://www.striderbikes.com/
  4. Videos of the Strider Cup and the cute toddler racers: https://youtu.be/nwyDKv_v0P0
  5. For balance bikes, divide students into groups and have each group work on any/all of the six steps.
  6. When setting the price level, assign each team a different model to use (demand-oriented, cost- oriented, etc.).
  7. Debrief the exercise. Compare the various pricing models and discuss advantages/disadvantages of each.

Source:  Outside magazine   

 

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