Aiswarya Shankar

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A Walmart pundit warns India: “You don’t ever win in a competition with Walmart”

The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, is now a force to reckon with in India. How it will run the show in Asia’s third-largest economy is anybody’s guess as of now. A look at its history and culture could help decode what India should expect from Walmart.<p>On May 09, Walmart acquired a 77% stake in …

eCommerce

The Perfect Morning Routine If You're Not a Morning Person

There's more than one way to start your day productively.<p><b>A morning routine can make you more productive and set you up for success all day.</b>• <b><br>Designing your morning routine to minimize stress can make it easier to get up in the morning if you're not usually a morning person.</b>• <b><br>Experiment with the below</b> …

Time Management

Sephora Now Offers an In-Store Facial That Empties Everything in Your Pores Into a Jar

Sounds lovely, right?<p>On Tuesday, Sephora announced its first in-store spa-grade facial called the PERK Hydrating Facial, in which a consultant evaluates the moisture levels in your skin, exfoliates it with a cleansing solution, and then brightens your skin with a nutrient-rich serum. And the best …

Skin Care

The 20 most hipster cities in the US — and why you should consider moving to one

While cities like Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, are known hubs for hipsters, smaller cities across the country are proving they have even more bohemian street cred.<p>For the non-mainstream pioneers, free-thinkers, and non-conformist conformists, more low-key cities like Boise, Idaho, …

Grand Rapids

Forget the Four Seasons and The Ritz-Carlton: The most luxurious hotel brands in the world are ones you've likely never heard of

When it comes to planning a luxury vacation, whether it's a honeymoon, a celebration, or that's just how you roll, it's easy to think first of the large, luxury hotel brands you're familiar with and the destinations in which they have properties.<p>You wouldn't be wrong to consider brands like The …

Hospitality

Costco Launches The Case Full of Seoul, Its Exclusive 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine in a Box

Over the past six months, Costco has been bulking up its K-beauty selection. (Pun intended.) In case you were unaware, its website is an unexpected destination for discounts on the latest and greatest in Korean skin care. With its newest launch, the Case Full of Seoul, Costco is about to make …

Practicing These 3 Daily Habits Will Inherently Make You More Successful

Keep yourself grounded as you shoot of the starts.<p>Every person works differently, and every brain is wired differently. This makes it hard to pinpoint what daily actions can lead people to thrive. Instead of listing of to-do's that can help one succeed, it's important to recognize that success …

Google wants to teach more people AI and machine learning with a free online course

A new ‘Learn with Google AI’ site will serve as a hub for AI and machine learning resources<p>Machine learning and AI are some of the biggest topics in the tech world right now, and Google is looking to make those fields more accessible to more people with its new Learn with Google AI website.<p>Google …

Machine Learning

Performance Reviews Are Dead: Here's What You Should Do Instead

The dreaded annual performance review is a relic of the industrial age. To manage people in times of fast change you need to do this.<p>Anyone who has had the privilege to lead has also had the responsibility of the dreaded annual performance review.<p>We've all been through them, but I've yet to meet …

Data Science, Female Technologists, and the Future of Retail

Having worked in traditional brick and mortar and then at a TV shopping network early in my career, I remain fascinated by the radical changes remaking the retail industry. I’m especially intrigued by the innovations that have driven these changes over the years – from the early traveling salesmen …

eCommerce

Billionaire Mark Cuban: ‘One of the great lies of life is follow your passions’

Mark Cuban grew up working class in Pittsburgh. His father installed upholstery in cars and his mom worked a myriad of odd jobs. Today, Cuban is …

Entrepreneurship

Humans will achieve immortality by the year 2050 thanks to computer simulations and android bodies, claims leading 'futurist'

Do you want to live forever?<p>According to leading "futurist" Dr. Ian Pearson, that might become a viable option by the year 2050.<p>In a new report, he …

Amazon takes aim at UPS and FedEx with new shipping service

Amazon is building a full-fledged delivery service for businesses that could rival UPS and FedEx. The company plans to roll out its “Shipping with Amazon” service in Los Angeles over the next few weeks, with further expansion planned this year.<p>The company will send Amazon’s drivers to pick up …

45 Products Trending On Amazon That Are Straight-Up Brilliant

The Little-known Type of Airline Ticket That Can Take You Around the World on a Budget (Video)

There’s a little-known type of airline ticket that could help travelers on a budget circumnavigate the globe.<p>A round-the-world ticket — sometimes …

6 podcasts for people who love to travel

The coming of the new year means that for many of us, our paid time off (PTO) allocation resets. This lets us dream of how we'll spend that vacation time, and where we'll travel. If you're not sure which sights to see, a travel podcast might be just what you need. These six travel podcasts will …

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Consciousness

Why Starbucks Nappucinos Could Be the Next Hot Wellness Trend | Inc.com

Daniel Pink has been a wise futurist time and time again, from the motivation-focused <i>Drive</i> to the gig-economy-predicting <i>Free Agent Nation</i>. In his new bestseller, <i>When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing</i>, he proposes an innovation called the Nappucino, which could innovate the coffee industry. …

Coffee

Business Insider on LinkedIn: “Your neighbor's WiFi is ruining…

Chipotle is going through a painful existential crisis — here's why you should eat at its biggest Tex-Mex rival instead

Chipotle isn't the shining star it used to be.<p>Its founder and CEO, Steve Ells, was officially replaced by former Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol in March. Niccol has his work cut out for him as he aims to recover Chipotle's bruised reputation in the wake of its 2015 E.coli outbreak, and many predict big …

Cooking

Adding These 7 Quick Changes to Your Morning Routine Can Make You Happier

<i>This article originally appeared on TIME and BusinessInsider.com</i><p>Sometimes it’s the big things that make us happy — the birth of a child, an …

JPMORGAN: Here's what you should be reading, listening to, and visiting in 2018

Every year, JPMorgan polls its more than 200,000 employees for the next big trends in movies, books, music, theater, and more.<p>Coined the #NextList2018, this year's recommendations run the gamut from the expected (the hedge fund legend Ray Dalio's new book) to the obscure (Ecuadorian parlor music). …

What Retailers Can Learn From IKEA

This article ranks mass market retailers by focusing on price, convenience, product, and customer experience.<p>Great retailers usually succeed at one …

If You Prioritize Your 2018 Goals This Way, You'll Reach Every Single One of Them | Inc.com

I am obsessive about the goals I set.<p>Each year, right around Thanksgiving, I start reflecting. I can't help it. Growing up in the Midwest, this is the time of year when the cold settles in, the trees turn colors, and then bare. The summer tempo of downtown Chicago comes to a screeching halt. …

Winter Fashion

These 6 things will *actually* make you happy, according to science

What’s the one thing you’re pining for in your life that would make you happier if only it would happen? A new job? Romance? More Instagram …

Happiness

31 US cities where you don't have to earn 6 figures to live well

You don't always have to earn six figures to live well.<p>In fact, in 31 cities across the US, it's possible to cover your necessities, and still splurge and save money while bringing home a $50,000 annual paycheck — or less.<p>That's according to a recent study by GOBankingRates, which gathered data for …

Is This New Store Concept the Future -- or a Sign of How Desperate Retailers Have Become? | Inc.com

Many industry experts (and me) have long speculated that the standard model of retail is dying.<p>If the vacant store fronts are not evidence enough, consider that over the past year, we have seen the slow creep of closures of many of the oldest and dearest retailers. Macy's has closed over 100 stores …

Customers

This Email From Elon Musk to Tesla Employees Describes What Great Communication Looks Like | Inc.com

Throughout the years, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has demonstrated the art of masterful communication.<p>The following is a perfect example: It's a copy of a previously unpublished email Musk sent to Tesla employees a few years ago. Sent with the subject line "Communication Within Tesla," it …

Tesla

Walmart is unleashing 2 key weapons against Amazon in 700 stores

Walmart is building giant self-service kiosks that retrieve customers' online orders in its stores.<p>The company said Thursday that it's planning to add the kiosks, which Walmart calls pickup towers, to 700 stores this year. Walmart is also pairing the new towers with pickup lockers, which hold …

Customers

15 Things to Ask Siri to Do That'll Make Your Life Easier

Put Siri to work!<p>It's easy to forget that the iPhone we use every day doubles as a virtual assistant. Sure, Siri may give you sass every now and then, but to make the most of Siri, you need to know specific things to ask. We have a few we want to share, so you can take full advantage of your voice …