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These stores have the best return policies in retail

In February, L.L.Bean ended its legendary lifetime return policy to clamp down on customers who were taking advantage and using it to replace heavily worn products.<p>"Increasingly, a small, but growing number of customers have been interpreting our guarantee well beyond its original intent. Some view …

Macy's

What to Do With 1 Billion Square Feet of Empty Shopping Mall Space

In the next 5-10 years, shopping malls might look a little sparse. Here's what to do.<p>There's a mall in Fergus Falls, Minnesota that looks like a ghost town from the 80s. The color scheme is ripped right out of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and the decor looks just as dated. Mall walkers zip past wooden …

Visa's Blockchain Bet Opens Up to Developers

Banks and financial firms have been tinkering for the past few years with the code that powers cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, with the intention …

Foodies Know: Boulder Has Become a Hub for New Producers

BOULDER, Colo. — Quinn Snacks was founded in Arlington, Mass., in 2011. The company’s goal was to “clean up” microwave popcorn, which had come under fire for the material used in its bags, and trans fats and other ingredients that many of today’s consumers find offensive.<p>But just a couple of years …

Startups

Influencers: Instagram Is the Most Engaging Platform (Report)

Influencer marketing has come into its own this year, with marketers and influencers gaining a better understanding of the power it holds. However, …

Critical link: Blockchain and others will transform financial advice

January 30, 2017<p>The potential for distributed ledger and associated technologies has fundamental, long-term ramifications for financial planning …

The Business of Blockchain: A New MIT Technology Review Conference - MIT Technology Review

This spring, MIT Technology Review will introduce a new event, here on the Institute’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We invite you to join us …

Blockchain

How Augmented Reality Will Shape the Future of Ecommerce

With investments pouring in, retailers should consider how AR might be used for more than games. In fact, AR could up-end and upgrade the shopping experience as we know it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last year, 2016, will undoubtedly go down as one of the most …

Augmented Reality

Comparing WeMo Smart Plugs

A quick review of the Mini Smart Plug, Insight Switch and Switch<p>In a recent post on home automation, I mentioned that I was using some WeMo plugs to …

The Most Innovative Trends From CES 2017

The pace of technological change continues its inexorable march forward, with the pace steadily clicking faster.<p>After decades of attending CES and riding the ebbs and flows it seems to me that this year finally shows a convergence of many waves of development.<p>Artificial intelligence, voice …

In the hunt for new ideas, Singapore eases obsession with grades

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore’s global rankings in maths and science have made its schools the envy of the developed world, but a new push to drive grassroots innovation is prompting local teachers to do the previously unthinkable: go easier on the exams.<p>Students leave for classes after their …

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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Millennials Are Creators of New Economy

By <i>AsiaToday</i> reporter Jina Koh -"Millennials are unprecedented." As former MySpace CEO Mike Jones said, it's hard to define the millennials.<p>Whether you love them or not, you can't ignore them. As things are little tougher for millennials than their Baby Boomer parents, they are often described as …

A 27-year-old raised $10 million from venture capitalists for an unusual hedge fund

The 27-year-old in question is Olaf Carlson-Wee, and he's launching a strategy that invests in cryptocurrencies.<p>To be clear, the $10 million managed by Carlson-Wee's Polychain Capital is peanuts in the hedge fund world. But Polychain's strategy is rare, with few other funds trading in …

Hedge Funds

Meet The 27-Year-Old Mathematician Building A Bitcoin Empire

Since being introduced by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, Bitcoin has swiftly evolved to transform the way we imagine global currency in a digital world. Developed by programmers and released as open-source software in 2009, Bitcoin is credited as the first decentralized digital currency, commonly …

Tech's Biggest Showdown Is Unfolding in Your Living Room

Microsoft is joining Google and Amazon in the race for your home. This week, at an event in China, the venerable tech giant trumpeted the arrival of …

The future of shopping: drones, digital mannequins and leaving without paying

Amazon’s new stores track what you pick off the shelves and bill your account for it later – and that’s just part of what’s coming in retail<p>Amazon may be set to bring its hi-tech till-free stores to the UK after registering the Amazon Go brand name in the UK last week. At the test store near …

'Big Four' Firm Deloitte Invests in First Blockchain Startup

Professional services firm Deloitte has invested in blockchain startup SETL.<p>The funding represents the first time the professional services firm has …

Financial Conduct Authority

From the virtual world to the real one: The comeback of brick and mortar

Online customer experience has been trying to mimic offline since the onset of ecommerce. When ecommerce players wanted to move shoppers to the …

Do you speak the language of Data Analytics?

Being able to find data insights will be vital for businesses to succeed in the future.<p>Data analytics is a $17 billion industry and a huge growth …

Are Big Data, Predictive Analytics And Social Media Getting In The Way Of Basic Marketing?

I recently purchased an accessory for a phone that required assembly instructions. Unfortunately, the English instructions were unintelligible—incorrect grammar, missing words, sentence fragments, etc.<p>Last month, I received an offer for a credit card—which I already have and regularly use—that was …

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Want to increase the office productivity? Don't have an office!

Exactly six years ago, we did an internal survey in our company with the goal of finding out the preferred place to work for each individual when it came to doing an important job efficiently.<p>The results were surprising and definitive: None of the 34 members of our team chose the office.<p>“The most …

Welcome to Fit Nutrition and Health

Runners, cyclists, swimmers, wrestlers, boxers, bodybuilders -- they are all athletes. Athletes seem to operate at a level higher than us, mere …

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Obama at Howard: 'Passion is vital, but you got to have a strategy'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama warned against a culture of political correctness on college campuses Saturday as he urged students at Howard University to engage in the political process at the local level.<p>In a commencement address at the historically black university in Washington, …

Don’t Be Afraid Of Customers

We have spoken with hundreds of small business owners over the past few years in addition to local publishers and marketers. This includes owners …

69 Sex Positions You Need to Put on Your Bucket List, Like, Yesterday

In the wonderful world of sexual intercourse, there's getting down — and then there's <i>getting down</i>.<p>Don't get us wrong; we're always down for a casual …

Fully understand the Fintech Ecosystem with this report

We've entered the most profound era of change for financial services companies since the 1970s brought us index mutual funds, discount brokers and ATMs.<p>No firm is immune from the coming disruption and every company must have a strategy to harness the powerful advantages of the new fintech …