Macy’s to hire 80K workers for the holidays

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Macy’s plans to hire 80,000 workers, a decrease from 83,000 last year, to help it through the Christmas holiday season. While the department store retailer plans to increase the number of people to handle online order fulfillment by 20 percent compared to 2016, overall hiring will be down due to the closure of 70 stores […]

Shinola grows with ‘Made in the USA’ appeal

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Shinola, the Detroit-based maker of bicycles, leather goods, watches and other products, has supplemented its growth by sourcing materials and services from other U.S.-based businesses. The company, which will soon have three stores operating in Chicagoland, is also looking to set up a manufacturing plant in the area.

Apple Unveils iPhone X, Here’s What it Can Do

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On Tuesday, Apple hosted its first-ever event at the new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. The company unveiled several new products at the event which included 4K Apple TV and the Apple Watch Series 3 which comes with a cellular connection. Of course, the highlight of the evening was the announcement […]

Weekend Reading: “The Sales Survival Handbook” by Ken Kupchik

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For the 140th episode of The Marketing Book Podcast, I interviewed Ken Kupchik, author of The Sales Survival Handbook: Cold Calls, Commissions, and Caffeine Addiction–The Real Truth About Life in Sales. Sales. It’s one of the world’s oldest professions. Lots of people fall into sales and can’t wait to get out. Sales is unpredictable, stressful, […]

Voice Commerce: The Next Wave in eCommerce

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There was some skepticism over the idea that voice commerce would be the future of retail. This wasn’t surprising, given the limitations that AIs like Cortana and Siri exhibited. However, recent improvements made to the technology hinted that big changes are on the horizon and that it will affect customers’ retail interaction. Rise of Voice […]

Kroger opening comfort food restaurant concept

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Kitchen 1883 is a comfort food restaurant that Kroger is building into its newest Marketplace store in Union, KY. The restaurant, whose name alludes to the year Barney Kroger opened his first grocery store, is the latest experiment by Kroger to grab share of the U.S. food industry. The retailer has recently begun experimenting with […]

Bodega vending concept finds big goals come with PR issues, too

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Two former Google execs have launched Bodega, a five-foot wide vending concept that sells health and beauty care items and shelf-stable snacks. The company, which has tested the concept at 30 locations around the San Francisco Bay area, hopes to have the units installed in the thousands around the U.S. on college campuses, fitness centers […]