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Doctors create app to help diagnose, treat patients at point of care

Is it always better for a doctor to order tests for a patient – you know, just to be on the safe side? Not if you ask Dr. Rahul Mehta, a resident in internal medicine at the University of Calgary.<p>Mehta is part of a growing pushback in the medical community against the practice of ordering too many …

Four ways to turn sales objections into conversation starters

<i>From Nonstop Sales Boom by Colleen Francis</i><i>. Reprinted with permission from AMACOM. Copyright © 2014 by Colleen Francis.</i><p>We all face questions and objections from buyer. They key to creating a Nonstop Sales boom is in reframing these objections as simple conversation starters that lead towards a …

Canadian Tire to roll out new digital loyalty program

Canadian Tire money, known for its fictional Scottish character Sandy McTire, is going digital.<p>Canadian Tire says it's expanding its rewards program next month by offering a digital option to customers who want to collect and redeem Canadian Tire money on a card or smartphone.<p>But the retailer wants …

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Starbucks plans to test smaller express cafes

Starbucks Corp. is planning to test smaller, express stores early next year in New York City, part of an effort by the world's biggest coffee-shop chain to try different formats.<p>The cafes will have a limited selection of drinks and food, the Seattle-based company said today in a statement. …

What to do when a brand becomes synonymous with terror

It's a corporate branding nightmare: A company name, carefully chosen to reflect the image and value of the organization, is suddenly associated with violence, death and terror.<p>That's what happened to U.S.-based Isis Wallet, which makes a mobile phone app for financial payments. It has decided to …

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Global M&A up 59 per cent over last year

The last days of summer have waned, but the global deal market is still hot.<p>Worldwide mergers and acquisitions hit $2.4-trillion (U.S.) as of Sept. 4, up 59 per cent from this time last year, according to figures from Thompson Reuters. That's nearly 25,000 deals done so far in 2014.<p>Looking back at …

Deadmau5 vs. Disney: When big business fights for trademark rights

5 trademark battles between Goliath-like companies and David-like upstarts<p>It seems like Mickey Mouse is taking issue with others brandishing his …

Canada slips a notch in global competitiveness ranking

Canada has slipped a bit further down the rankings of the world's most competitive economies, as the country's lagging innovation puts it at a disadvantage to its international peers, the World Economic Forum (WEF) said.<p>The international economic foundation ranked Canada 15th out of 144 countries …

Rising support for Scottish independence underscores huge economic, business issues

The Scottish pro-independence movement is gaining so much momentum that the break-up of the United Kingdom is rapidly shifting from the inconceivable to the possible, underscoring the huge economic and business issues at play.<p>A YouGov poll conducted for The Sun and The Times found that support for …

Seven habits of highly effective executives

<b>Habit 1</b><br>Get down with the people<i><br>Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?</i><br>At his Junktion HQ in Vancouver, Scudamore sits in the open with everyone else and often joins different teams in their designated areas. He says it helps promote an atmosphere of transparency and equality, where …

Apple Invites Top Fashion Editors to Sept. 9 Event, Emphasizes Wearable Debut

Apple’s upcoming September 9 media event is expected to announce new iPhone 6 models, which have leaked widely across the web.<p>But with numerous …

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