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The Craziest Vending Machines Around The World

Apparently the modern vending machines first appeared in the 1880's. (I know this because Wikipedia just told me.) Since then, they have been …

It’s ‘Omni-Channel’ or Bust for Retailers, Restaurants in 2017

By<p>Dec. 12, 2016 12:20 p.m. ET<p>Life won't get much easier for restaurants and retailers next year. Overall growth will likely stay flat with this year …

Omnichannel

Our privacy is losing out to Internet-connected household devices

It's called the Internet of Things and, judging by all the connected gadgets and appliances unveiled at last week's Consumer Electronics Show, it's about to strip you of what little privacy you have left.<p>Taken piecemeal, there's much to recommend about the idea of controlling household devices via …

San Francisco

11 Ways Successful People Overcome Uncertainty

Our brains are hardwired to make much of modern life difficult. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with uncertainty. On the bright side, if you know the right tricks, you can override your brain’s irrational tendencies and handle uncertainty effectively.<p>Our brains give us fits when …

Self-improvement

25 Books Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Other Top CEOs Recommend | Inc.com

Successful CEOs never stop learning. Personal growth is almost as important as hard work in building a winning business. Many entrepreneurs accomplish this through workshops, conferences, and even a few continuing education courses. However, for a busy entrepreneur, being away from the office for a …

Self-improvement

5 Inexpensive Workspace Improvements That Boost Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you sit down to work on a challenging project, perhaps the last thing on your mind is how the environment affects your body and comfort. Whether you work from home or in a cubicle, your workspace may not be optimal for your health, …

5 Ways You Can Stop Stunting Your Company's Growth

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Getting entrepreneurs where they want to go -- and doing it faster and with fewer mistakes -- is my main purpose as a business coach. In my experience, how much clients are open to and actually use feedback is one of the best indicators …

Turning the Retail Store into a High-Octane Digital Experience

Digital innovations have upended many assumptions about the art of buying and selling. But the brick-and-mortar retail store is far from extinct. And while digital technologies continue to disrupt traditional business models, they also present retailers with exciting opportunities to make their …

Luxury Daily

Hot Retail Store Design Trends to Incorporate Into Your Business

Is your store looking dated? Are the displays around your shop looking a little too ho-hum or lacking inspiration?<p>In the day-to-day of running your …

5 Need-to-Measure Ecommerce Metrics to Scale Like the Big Box Retailers

Metrics are critical to the success of your ecommerce store - here are five metrics to help you scale like big box retailers.

Transformative Retail vs. Convenience

Mattresses and eyeglasses aren't the only markets desperately in need of fixing.<p>The past two decades have seen e-commerce companies turn the world of retail on its head. Numerous startups have become major outfitters, and there is more transparency than ever.<p>Today, for example, you can purchase a …

Retail Lighting 101: Tips on Selecting the Best Lights for Your Store

When it comes to choosing lights for retail establishments, no two types are created equally. While in general, a good light source will allow you …

Home Decorating

7 Steps to Deliver Better Customer Experiences

A surprising thing happened during a recent brainstorming session I led for a retail client. We were supposed to be coming up with ideas for improving the company’s customer experiences, but the head of operations could not think of a single new customer service idea to explore. And the development …

Pioneer online pawnshop PawnHero comes to the rescue of Filipinos with cash needs

In the Philippines, only two out of 10 Filipinos have bank accounts and less than five percent have credit cards. Most don’t have access to …

Online Shopping Isn’t as Profitable as You Think

When I argue that e-commerce isn’t likely to destroy innovative omnichannel retailers, I typically receive passionate responses. Am I really suggesting that the growth of e-commerce will slow before it annihilates most physical retailing? And how could I possibly argue that the economics of …

In Palo Alto, Even the Hummus Guy Has an E-Commerce Startup

"No matter what my investments, I think I will always be famous for my hummus," says the founder of the Wondermall app.<p>Walking down University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto, you pass a bustling little hummus shop called Oren’s. “Ah,” you might think, “here is where someone named Oren makes …

Content + commerce = retail winner: study

The ability to bring content and commerce together “may be what separates retail winners from losers”, according to a new report.<p>More than three …

Brick-and-Mortar Stores Fight Online Shopping By Going Digital In-Store

Some brick-and-mortar stores are doing all they can to offer high-tech in-store shopping and mimic an online shopping experience to draw more …

Amazon's first bricks-and-mortar store opens in ... Indiana

Amazon has opened its first physical store - not in downtown Manhattan but on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.<p>The e-tailer calls it a “customer order pickup and drop-off location”, which will allow Purdue students to collect orders of textbooks as well as other goods, and …

eCommerce

Why I left online retailing to focus on stores

Retail crashes in the U.S. during the economic downturn and retailer withdrawals in Canada (with Target being the biggest in a long line) seem to support the narrative that physical retail is going away.<p>But that’s not how I see it.<p>As much as we hear about the growing prominence of online retailing, …

eCommerce

6 Mouth-Watering Cheeseburger Recipes You Can't Swiss Out On

Swiss, blue cheese, Monterey Jack— it all tastes so much better when melted over a giant, juicy burger cooked on your very own home grill.<p>In honor of …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

The Most Incredible Use Of 425 Square Feet You've Ever Seen

It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious but Specht Harpman Architects managed to do just that in this once awkward New York City …

New York City

34 Ways to Encourage Positive Thinking | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

The brain is a powerful organ; it controls the entire body. But your thought process is much more influential. Your thoughts dictate who you become, …