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December 15th, 2021

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It's December 15th, 2021

Dear readers,

Happy Wednesday! The team is doing an impromptu pop-up in the Marina District of San Francisco this week.

So if you live in the Bay Area and need to do some last-minute holiday shopping, I recommend stopping by! We have our v-necks on display for the first time.

As we sit in the store patiently waiting for people to wander in, I can't help but wonder what compels someone to enter a store.

More about this in my update.

  • Better.com's Layoff
  • NZ Outlaws Tobacco
  • Starbucks Gets Unionized
  • Time's Person of The Year
  • Oliver Charles Update

Better.com More Like Worst.com

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Talking Points:

  • On the first of December, Vishal Garg, the CEO of Better.com, laid off 900 employees via Zoom. A video of the call was recorded and posted to TikTok
  • In the video, Mr. Garg shows a tragic display of people management. As the backlash ensued, Mr. Garg poured fuel on the fire and accused employees of "stealing" by only working 2 hours a day.
  • An email to employees from the board of directors said that Garg is "taking time off effective immediately."
Watch the video >>

NZ Bans Tobacco

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Talking Points:

  • On Thursday, New Zealand unveiled a plan to ban tobacco almost entirely. People age 14 and under in 2027 will never be allowed to purchase cigarettes. For example, in 2050, people 42 and older could still buy tobacco products — but anyone younger could not.
  • The Pacific Island has been working on cutting the number of people who smoke to less than 5% of their population for a long time.
  • “We want to make sure young people never start smoking, so we will make it an offense to sell or supply smoked tobacco products to new cohorts of youth,” said Dr. Verrall, the associate health minister.
Learn more >>

Starbucks Union

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  • On Thursday, workers at a company-owned Starbucks in Buffalo, NY, voted successfully to unionize. The first and only store of 9,000 to unionize. Needless to say, it's a big win for the labor movement.
  • The union represents about 100 employees across three stores in the Buffalo area. Since the victory, at least two more Starbucks locations have filed to form a union. 
  • The unionized employees are joining Workers United, an affiliate of the giant - Service Employees International Union.
What this means for other Starbucks >>

Time's Person of The Year

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  • Yep! Elon is back in the news - The hottest business executive in the world right now. Also, one of the most hated...
  • I think he deserves the praise. Here's a short list of his accomplishments in the year 2021. 1) Became the richest man in the world. 2) Won a NASA contract to take humans to Mars. 3) Archived homelessness. 4) Become a social media influencer. Hosted Saturday Night Live.
  • Hate him or love him he's had a bigger impact on society than pretty much anyone else in modern history.
Read the Time's article >>

Pop-Up Sign

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Oliver Charles update

This is our second pop-up, and today was the first day. We had the meme above as the sign out front.

Pretty clever, huh? But does it make people want to come in and buy sweaters? I have no idea.

So how could we do a better job?

We could create a sign that instills curiosity - something like, "Want to know what a yak feels like?"

We could provide an incentive - something like, "Free sweater when you purchase a tote."

We could solve a problem - something like, "The perfect last-minute gift."

Let me know what you think! Which one will work best? Or even better, what ideas do you have?

Until next time, keep building 💪.

Tobias
CMO @ Oliver Charles
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