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The best countries for food

Food and travel go together like planes and airports. No matter where you go you'll have little trouble finding at least one culinary experience that will help you understand the local culture. In some countries the food is <i>the</i> highlight, drawing many a foodie to its borders, like a moth to a flame. …

Apple announces iOS 7, 'biggest change' since the introduction of the iPhone, coming this fall

Apple has officially taken the wraps off of iOS 7 at its Worldwide Developer Conference today. iOS 7 is the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system that debuted back in 2007 on the original iPhone. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, iOS 7 is the biggest change to the platform since the …

Costco CEO Craig Jelinek Leads the Cheapest, Happiest Company in the World

How this week's cover got made Joe Carcello has a great job. The 59-year-old has an annual salary of $52,700, gets five weeks of vacation a year, and …

The World's Most Valued Luxury Brands

Luxury brands have become the hottest story in China. But it’s also been a niche retail segment that’s managed to do well despite the financial crisis.<p>Looked at from a pure equity perspective, stocks like Tiffany & Company are up 35.85% year-to-date ending June 6 while Walmart is up 10.8%. Burberry …

Is Your Marketing Ready for the Customer of the Future? | Inc.com

The past 15 years have been a whirlwind for marketers. Many of the channels central to reaching consumers today--email, social, websites--either didn’t exist or played a small role back then. The most successful marketers evolved and adapted, and they learned to make the most of new tools.<p>To be …

Marketing

Win the Attention of Your Distracted Consumer

A guy walks into a store. No, it’s not the opening salvo for a bad joke. It’s a critical moment of truth for the in-store and brand marketer that, today, is complicated — even compromised — by the hyperconnected consumer. You know this person. He’s standing in the aisle striking the familiar pose: …

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to <i>stop</i> doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good. To quote from a previous HBR article, How to Play to Your Strengths, “Multiple …

Don’t Let Mobile Apps Get Pushy

Americans are addicted to their smartphones. A recent report by Flurry Analytics revealed that Americans spend about 2 hours and 38 minutes a day glued to their mobile devices, with 80% of that time spent in/on mobile apps. With over 700,000 apps available for download in both Google Play and the …

Facebook’s Scramble-and-Shake Strategy

It’s hard to think of a company providing a mostly useful, non-polluting service that gets rooted against as much as Facebook does.<p>Well, maybe I can think of a couple: AOL and Microsoft in the second half of the 1990s. AOL wasn’t <i>entirely</i> non-polluting, given how many unasked-for CDs it flooded …

Exit an Unprofitable Line of Business

In Performance Appraisals, Make Context Count

Every organization evaluates the performance of its employees in some way, whether that process is formal or informal, or on a regular cycle or an ad-hoc basis. At a small start-up, feedback is likely to be informal and spontaneous, while larger organizations are likely to have structured systems …