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David Beckham’s yoga teacher says this 8-step desk routine will boost your brain power — and it only takes 5 minutes

There are many proven benefits of yoga for both the body and mind — and now it could even help you to concentrate better at your desk, according Sydney-born yoga teacher Shona Vertue.<p>Vertue has been teaching yoga and training private clients, including David Beckham, for years. She often shares her …

Yoga

How to Write an Amazon Product Description that Ranks High in Search

With over 500 million products in stock, Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world. As a result, sellers have to compete against each other …

eCommerce

Nike is trying to become the next great direct-to-consumer brand

Nike rose to be the world’s biggest athletic brand in a very different retail landscape. Back then shoppers went to stores and bought things, and retail partners were frequently the conduit between brands and consumers.<p>This worked pretty well, but it wasn’t perfect for brands: They had little or no …

101 Ecommerce Experts Share their Secrets

Learn what 101 Ecommerce Experts Share their Secrets is really all about. And find out who the number one person who’s going to help you succeed in …

How Aldo’s website relaunch increased mobile traffic

A year after Aldo’s first website redesign in nearly a decade, the shoe and accessories retailer is seeing its investment pay off.<p>Since revealing a …

The Japanese concept that will help you wake up in the morning

Getting up in the morning is a massive struggle for so many people.<p>With eight out of ten people hitting the snooze button every day, according to …

Smart vending machines could change e-commerce as we know it

Lowly vending machines that spit out candy, soda and smokes are so last century.<p>New-fangled machines that sell down jackets and cell phones are on …

Ten 2018 predictions from the co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute

A year ago, Alex Tapscott (my co-author of <i>Blockchain Revolution</i>) and I made some predictions for 2017. At the end of the year we compared those predictions to what had actually occurred. Overall they stood up well.<p>Notably we said: <i>“Bitcoin will hit $2,000 (that’s right: one bitcoin will be worth</i> …

Blockchain

14 Amazing Examples Of Brands Killing It With Facebook Ads

How do you design the perfect Facebook ad that converts? A lot of people will start throwing money at Facebook, but not see any success. This comes …

How to Build an All-Star Social Media Team in 5 Steps

There are so many things to consider: What skills do you need in your team? How should you structure the team? How do you hire new team members?<p>This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>We often talk about the importance of social media managers and the amazing people who handle social media as a …

Social Media

Brand Influence Takes a Real Relationship—Not a One-Night Stand

<i>This is a guest post by Krishna Subramanian, co-founder, Captiv8.</i><p>Sure, instant gratification can be pretty nice – but only for a moment. If you’re …

Eating A Mediterranean Diet Could Make Your Brain Shrink Less With Age

Eating a Mediterranean diet is already linked to a growing list of positives, including less inflammation, more stable blood glucose and decreased depression. To that list we can add that it may also reduce how much our brains shrink as we age.<p>All of us will experience some degree of brain …

Holistic Medicine

Robots and on-board ovens deliver on Zume’s promise of better pizza

There was once a time when the Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust pizza was enough to get people excited.<p>Today, in a world of bacon-wrapped crust and custom-modified Chevys with pizza warmers, being excited about pizza is just not as easy as it used to be.<p>Zume Pizza founder Julia Collins and her Elon …

Robotics

Cafe X opens in San Francisco, bringing robots to the coffee shop

The world’s first coffee shop opened in Constantinople in 1555. Four hundred and some years later, Cafe X is putting a twist on that old barista model. Opening in San Francisco today, the startup is opting instead to have a large robotic arm craft your caffeinated potions.<p>Founder Henry Hu noticed …

Top Influencer Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

When developing an influencer marketing strategy, it’s easy to assume that it’s something only big businesses can afford. With celebrities like Kim …

Marketing

Intel And Retail: Announces Investment, Reveals Platform To Change Shopping Experience

Tech companies, like Amazon, are revolutionizing the way you shop and Intel is joining the club. The chipmaker is launching its Responsive Retail …

UK high street retailers race to keep up with online demand

LONDON (Reuters) - British fashion retailers will switch their spending firepower to technology from the high street in 2017 after online shopping became the key driver of sales growth over the all-important festive period.<p>FILE PHOTO - Shoppers rest on a bench with their bags on Oxford Street in …

33 startups to watch in 2017, according to VC investors

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked them which young or growth-stage startups will boom in 2017.<p>We asked them to particularly focus on …

Startups

Virtual reality lets Chinese customers shop Macy’s New York store on the world’s biggest shopping day

The volume of merchandise sold on Singles Day—the predominately Chinese event that occurs on 11.11 and is basically the invention of ecommerce behemoth Alibaba—is jawdropping. This year, in just the first two hours of the world’s biggest shopping day, sales on Alibaba platforms alone topped $7 …

Virtual Reality

PR analytics startup TrendKite raises $16.3M

TrendKite announced today that it has raised $16.3 million in Series D funding.<p>The company says it helps businesses understand the impact of their news coverage and public relations strategy — like which articles are driving the most awareness of their brand, the total audience that’s being reached …

The restaurant table(t) is getting crowded

David Jegen Contributor<p>David Jegen is managing partner at F-Prime Capital Partners.<p>Square opened its point-of-sale platform to competitors. There are rumors that IBM will buy Revel.<p>For anyone following the changes in payments and the restaurant industry, these are interesting strategic moves. Many …

Menswear retailer Q Fifty One is acquiring Edition Collective to reinvent their e-commerce strategy

Q Fifty One is Texas-based retailer that operates two different brands: Q Clothier, a custom-suit store with 6 locations and Rye 51, a more casual luxury men’s apparel brand with a few stores in Texas.<p>The stores have quickly become popular – with fewer than10 locations and no e-commerce option they …

Target Has a New Website Just for Startups

Target is looking for startups to help improve its customer experience. And to make it easier on everyone, the big-box retailer has launched a new …

HERE’s new traffic services will bring together live data from millions of cars

Crowdsourcing live traffic data has been one of Waze’s key competitive advantages in navigation software for a while, but Germany’s HERE might give it a run for its money with new services that pull traffic info from cars on the road.<p>The data gathered by Here’s upcoming traffic services, which it’s …

Unsexy Flexport scores $65 million as software eats shipping

Freight forwarding is a multi-trillion industry, but most people don’t even know what those words mean. It’s the business of moving boats, trucks and planes full of stuff across the world that’s recently been neglected by technology.<p>Historically, freight forwarding has been handled by a mess of …

Startups

4 Traits Daymond John Looks For in Entrepreneurs Before Making an Investment

At an Advertising Week event Monday, the famed entrepreneur and investor revealed what he needs to see in a startup founder before he writes a check.<p>Daymond John can be hard to read during a <i>Shark Tank</i> pitch. So what does it take to get the FUBU founder's backing?<p>During Advertising Week's "Inside …

Why Brands and Retailers Can’t Afford to Ignore Marketplaces

Whilst in-store sales across the globe are stagnating, eCommerce remains a strong growth area globally. Set against this backdrop of impressive …

eCommerce

A New Company Aims To Edge In On WeWork With A Totally New Business Model

Former WeWork executives want to help landlords and corporations build modern office spaces themselves.<p>WeWork, a company that offers shared, flexibile-lease offices in 113 locations in 33 countries, has achieved a position in the “coworking” world similar to that of Starbucks in the coffee world. …

Meet the startup that has both Uber and Grab as customers, and might outlast them

Uber processes millions of transactions a day. It’s a miracle given how big a patchwork the payment network is. Imagine a cross-country trip at the …

Meet the London startup powering Just Eat’s new illuminated scooters

Just Eat, the online take-out ordering behemoth, has announced a brand refresh today with a new fancy logo and strap-line: “Find your flavour”. The latter is in reference to the publicly-listed company’s new mission to create the “world’s greatest food community”. Their words, not mine.<p>However, PR …