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3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions

<i>Jennifer Maravillas FOR HBR</i><p>I perused the restaurant menu for several minutes, struggling with indecision, each item tempting me in a different way.<p><i>Maybe I should order them all . . .</i><p>Is this a silly decision not deserving deliberation? Maybe. But I bet you’ve been there. If not about food, then …

3 Rules for Testing a Big Business Idea | Inc.com

In an era when even Goliaths like Pepsi and IBM are designing and innovating like startups, many leadership teams are surprisingly ill-equipped when it comes to a related--and basic--business task: conducting customer experiments.<p>"While there has been a rapid growth in experiments, especially …

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A Look Inside PSFK's Future of Retail 2016 Report

A Look Inside PSFK’s New Future of Retail 2016 Report<p>Available to Premium &<br>Purple Members<p>Before you start filling up your calendars with conferences …

5 Holiday Shopping Trends You'll Want to Know About This Year

A new survey from business consultancy Deloitte shows that holiday shoppers will spend more on themselves this year than last year.<p>Forget Santa. This year, the more apt mascot may well be the Grinch.<p>Over the upcoming holiday shopping season, consumers are increasingly opting to spend more on …

More retailers are offering free returns, and paying for it

Dive Brief:<p>Retailers increasingly offer free online returns, despite increases in shipping costs; nearly half (49%) do so, according to a recent …

The Rogue Psychology Of An Entrepreneur

“I want people to tell me I will fail. I need to know who I am battling against. If I don’t have someone that I want to go after, then how am I going to win?”<p>This is a peek inside the mind of successful entrepreneur Jeremy Andrus, longtime President/CEO of Skullcandy, and now Traeger Grills.<p>I had …

Entrepreneurship

The Only Report You Need to Run a Successful Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve been working with clients for over 20 years and, without question, the most successful of them rely on data to help them run their businesses. But you may be surprised with where the data comes from.<p>It’s not from a financial …

Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>October 06, 2015</b><p>Who drives transformation in society? How do they do it? In this compelling book, strategy guru Roger L. Martin and Skoll Foundation President and CEO Sally R. Osberg describe how social entrepreneurs target systems that exist in a stable but unjust …

10 Entrepreneurial Land Mines to Avoid

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every entrepreneur will make mistakes. Nobody is perfect, and most business owners are constantly sailing in uncharted waters, learning as they go.<p>While completely avoiding all mistakes is impossible, there are some that I see …

Retailers Beware Fake Omnichannel Is Real

<i>By Andy Lloyd, NetSuite</i><p>“Omnichannel” is a hot buzzword in many industries, so it’s no surprise that so many commerce-related software vendors have …

A title leader with high-tech, high-touch service

"We love the branded envelopes. Every time we ship overnight and the Title365 envelope lands in front of a client, it's like we made a sales call."<br>– …

Keep your customers satisfied with a new delivery solution

By the end of 2015, UPS expects to have more than 8,000 UPS Access Point locations in the United States and 22,000 globally.The UPS Access Point™ …

Tapping into the psyche of 'free'

As most retailers will tell you, the term "free" is a must in any marketing campaign. The notion of zero cost not only has hefty emotional and …

If You Don't Offer Same-Day Shipping, You're Pissing Off 56 Percent of Millennials

The problem? Only 4 percent of the top 50 online retailers have same-day delivery as a core option in their checkout processes.<p>They want it all, but they can’t have it.<p>Fifty-six percent of online shoppers ages 18 to 34 expect to have same-day shipping as an option when they buy stuff online, …

Watch Out Before Including These 5 People On Your Team | Inc.com

It's important to have diversity in personalities in your team because different perspectives are key to finding success and efficiency. At the opposite end of the spectrum, people who are so different that they have a tough time getting along can hurt chances for success.<p>Toxic relationships can …

Supply Chain – Turning to the Cloud

<b>By Bill Harrison, President, Demand Solutions.</b><p>This 'Cloud thing' is more than just a Cloud thing, much more. I'd call it a revolution in the way …

How to Think Like an Innovator

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are constantly looking for our edge. What new products or services can we create? How can we push the boundaries and expand into new markets?<p>Anyone can make incremental changes: turning a four-part training into six parts, …

More retailers rush to test same-day delivery, pickup

Dive Brief:<p>Delivery startup Instacart is now established in Minneapolis and St. Paul in Minnesota, its 18th market nationally, providing same-day …

Industrial distributors: Big changes ahead

"Today's B2B buyers want what I call a ‘rich experience'. They expect the same kind of customer experience they get from the best of online B2C …

Transition from Boutique to Big-Box Stores

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What to Do When a Buyer For Your Business Comes Knocking

There are lots of dollars--and buyers--looking to purchase companies these days. Their offers are easier to field if you've done a little homework.<p>The founders of Beekman 1802 weren't looking for money. The Sharon Springs, New York-based life­style company was doing quite well on its own, with $5 …

How Much Do You Want To Know About Your Own Company Supply Chain? - Supply Chain 24/7

Recently, a Toronto-based law firm filed a class action lawsuit of $2 billion in damages against a major retailer in Canada in relation to the 2013 …

Building a better box

WorldShip cut Horizon Pool & Spa's shipping time by 10 seconds per order, saving an estimated $3,300 annually while speeding up processing time, …

The Most Common Mistakes Companies Make with Global Marketing

Marketers often find themselves at the forefront of a company’s global expansion. The marketing team is usually responsible for carrying out the market research that will determine where a company should expand, and it’s usually charged with creating a plan for attracting customers.<p>As a former …

Aligning Your New Product Introduction and Supply Chain Strategies

By Charlie Tanner · August 31, 2015<p>In today’s brave new world, ever-finicky consumers and B2B customers expect manufacturers to consistently refresh …

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8 Reasons to Avoid Outsourcing Overseas | Inc.com

Of late, I've noticed a curious phenomenon: A number of my clients and friends are pulling back from foreign outsourcing.<p>Even a year ago I never thought I would see this happening. I don't know if it's a permanent trend, but there is an increasing chorus of caveats from businesses that outsource …

Motorized tricycle tested in Switzerland

“Cargo bikes offer a distinct advantage to UPS, as it reduces the time spent on searching for a suitable parking position, saving valuable time.” – …