This Week’s News Stories That Have Disrupted Leading Industries

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Happy Friday! Before we kick off our weekend plans, it is important to reflect on all of the news stories that have disrupted the world, industry by industry. We’re talking about the stories that made headlines through a variety of different sectors, like healthcare, retail, marketing, security and financial services.

These stories disrupt business practices sometimes without professionals even knowing it. Most of the time, the major stories that make headlines, have a rippling effect that disrupts business trends and operations within organizations.

We were met with lots of breaking news this week, so without further ado, let’s get into it.

HEALTHCARE

Apple Dives Into Healthcare Records

On Digital Diary, we wrote a post reflecting on Apple’s decision to launch a beta test that involves hospitals allowing patient’s healthcare records to appear through the iPhone, per a recent update. This announcement made a huge stir in the healthcare industry and is predicted to change the sector as we know it if it is deemed successful.

If you missed the article about Apple’s new software, don’t worry. You can find it here. 

Amazon Confirms All Healthcare Rumors

This week, Amazon announced of the hire of Dr. Martin Levine who previously has run Iora Health’s Seattle clinics, focusing on Medicare patients who had complex medical problems.

Amazon has not revealed exactly what his role will be, but it is known that he will be joining Amazon’s internal healthcare group.

RETAIL

Nine West On The Brink Of Bankruptcy

Nine West has announced that it will be filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to a spokesperson for the company. This decision will be made depending on a payment on March 15. Nine West reported to creditors that it has found a buyer for some of its assets.

Walmart & Rakuten Join Forces

Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon announced during a press conference that the retail giant will join forces with the number one e-commerce company in China, Rakuten, for a “strategic alliance.”

“The relationship will initially focus on two areas. For the first, in Japan, Rakuten and Seiyu GK, a subsidiary of Walmart, have reached a basic agreement in a joint venture for a new online grocery delivery service to be known as “Rakuten Seiyu Netsuper,” according to a Walmart blog post. The new service will launch in the latter half of 2018.” Retail Dive reports. 

MARKETING

Beer Company Natural Light Offers To Pay Student Debt

Natural Light, an Anheuser-Busch beer company is taking approaching the college student audience by catering to a need that many of them have: student debt. The company released a press release and shared it on Marketing Dive, as well as a video released on YouTube.

The sweepstakes will give away $1 million to current and former college students in order to pay off student loans. The commercial will be released during the Superbowl. In order to enter the contest, you must post a video on social media that depicts why you went to college, along with hashtags #Nattystories and #Contest. At the end of the contest, there will be 25 winners who will win a total of 40,000 each in efforts to put that money towards student loan debt.

KFC Gains First Female Colonel Sanders

Fried-chicken chain, KFC has revealed this week that Reba McEntire will appear as the first women Colonel in its latest marketing campaign. Reba will be the new face of KFC’s Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken and will sing in commercials as well as swap between roles as Colonel Sanders.

SECURITY & ENTERPRISE

Dell Technologies Files For Public Offering

The Wall Street Journal reported that Dell Technologies may be considering filing for a U.S. public offering. This report comes after re-examining its future, looking at things strategically.

“Dell’s potential public offering is likely owing to the impact of last month’s tax bill, according to the report. Dell’s tab is $2 billion in annual interest but under the new law a “companies’ ability to deduct interest expense from their taxes at 30% of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization,” will be capped according to the report.” CIO Dive reports. 

A New Alphabet Graduate Is Born

A new business called Chronicle has been developed within Alphabet’s business, in order to drive efforts that fight cyber attacks. This platform has been developed to fight cybercrime before it becomes a real threat to companies.  Alphabet announced to the public about this new graduate program through a new report.

“Now we’re ready to unveil our new company, which will have two parts: a new cybersecurity intelligence and analytics platform that we hope can help enterprises better manage and understand their own security-related data; and VirusTotal, a malware intelligence service acquired by Google in 2012 which will continue to operate as it has for the last few years.” Chronicle’s blog rpeorts. 

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