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Showing posts from August, 2015

Fathers Retreat to Cave in Australia

Randa's "Wembley Man Cave" uncovered in Australia, just in time for Father's Day.

Randa Australia has launched a Wembley Man Cave shop. From Dart boards to Grilling Aprons, modern men find the cave, and its contents, comforting and irresistible. 

"Hey Siri, give us a hint." Apple seduces us, again.

The news is out. Only, this time will be different.

National Bow Tie Day - Friday, August 28

Ryan Seacrest’s Growing Macy’s Line

Macy’s celebrity tie-ins have been a mixed bag. For every Jessica Simpson, there’s a Martha Stewart, whose association led to a contentious lawsuit with J.C. Penney. In men’s wear, the store’s relationship with polarizing presidential candidate Donald Trump led to a highly publicized divorce between Trump and former golf buddy — and Macy’s chief executive officer — Terry J. Lundgren.
Ryan Seacrest, Macy’s latest darling, doesn’t seem to have any political aspirations. But the radio and television personality and producer has lofty goals for his branding empire, starting with the expansion of his apparel line, Ryan Seacrest Distinction, which has doubled in sales since its launch at the store a year ago.
For this fall, RSD is expanding beyond suits and furnishings into sweaters, outerwear, scarves, gloves and travel bags. And Seacrest doesn’t plan to stop there.

Overcome Your Fear At Work & At Home

Some amounts of fear and stress can push you just to the level of optimal alertness, behavioral and cognitive performance - productive discomfort. Too much fear can be paralyzing.

Afraid of spiders?How about standing up and making a presentation?Terrified when your boss asked you into her office?Afraid to say "hello" to that attractive person at the bar?
Too much fear and anxiety is counter-productive and debilitating. This is true at work, at home, in public speaking, at a bar, or on the battlefield.

Treasure Aisle: Where Scarcity Trumps Abundance

Several retailers are throwing core principles of microeconomics and traditional retailing thinking overboard, and reaping great bounties in the process.
Should we say farewell to the anchor concepts of “Supply and Demand” and “Scarcity and Choice?

Web Retailers, Now With Stores, Teach New Tricks

At a Bonobos store in New York City, shoppers can browse and try on sizes, but still need to order online.
Retailers have been stealing ideas from online rivals about how to run websites for years. Now they are borrowing ways to run brick-and-mortar stores.
In Manhattan Beach, Calif., Macy’s Inc.revamped its swimsuit and workout sections this spring to display only samples, a strategy used by online retailers that have opened physical stores.
Instead of stuffing racks with every size and style in these departments, Macy’s displayed only one item of each style. Shoppers used an app on their mobile phones to alert Macy’s sales staff of the style and size they wanted to try on and that item was sent to a specified dressing room.

The Day The Beatles Reinvented The Rock Concert

August 15, 1965 - Shea Stadium, New York City.It was fifty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.

Fences created to protect fans from Mets' foul balls, now protected four British performers from screaming American teenagers.
Never before had an outdoor sports stadium contained a sold-out crowd for a concert.

Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers

Decorating a window at an American Apparel store. Some retailers are struggling as shoppers prioritize experiences over goods.Credit Kendrick Brinson for The New York Times 
As Americans spend more money on doing things, not buying things, department stores are losing out.
A rebound in overall spending at retailers, which grew 0.6 percent in July from the previous month, has eluded department stores, where sales dropped 0.8 percent.
Department stores made up one of just two categories tracked by the Commerce Department where spending declined, the latest in a choppy performance from them this year. Spending at electronics and appliance stores also fell 1.2 percent in July.
Data released by the Commerce Department shows that American consumers are putting what little extra money they do have to spend each month into eating out, upgrading their cars or fixing up their homes, as well as spending on sports gear, health and beauty. Spending at restaurants and bars has jumped more than 9 pe…

The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

Artists and scientists throughout history have remarked on the bliss that accompanies a sudden creative insight. Einstein described his realization of the general theory of relativity as the happiest moment of his life. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed, “Odd how the creative power brings the whole universe at once to order.”
But what about before such moments of creative insight? What emotions actually fuel creativity?
The long-standing view in psychology is that positive emotions are conducive to creativity because they broaden the mind, whereas negative emotions are detrimental to creativity because they narrow one’s focus. But this view is too simplistic for a number of reasons.

Virtual Reality: More Real Than Real?

What would you do if you could do absolutely anything? Seriously, stop for a second and picture it. 
Imagine yourself there. Feel yourself there.
Soon, Virtually Reality (VR) will provide this option, according to an article by Jason Ganz, posted on Virtual Reality Can Unleash the Greatest Wave of Creativity in Human History “By combining the radical discoveries in psychology’s understanding of happiness with the astounding advances in virtual reality technology, we will finally have the ability to create peak emotional experiences on demand.”

Think Tank: Generation Z, the Next Big Retail Disruptor

Generation Z, the teens and tweens coming of age today, are not just another Millennial story. Far from it. They are more self-aware, more self-reliant and more driven than the generation they follow. Intuitively innovative, uberproductive, goal-oriented and realistic, they are growing to be savvy consumers. Businesses hoping to connect with them need to understand who they are and how they are about to turn today’s market on its head.

The Future Of Fashion: Why Robots Will Rule The Runway

Robots are inspiring, modeling, manufacturing and designing Fashion.
You may not be aware of the robots around you, or that they are seamlessly, and essentially, integrated into all facets of the fashion industry.
From concept to manufacturing, iteration to delivery, and profoundly impacting “style” itself, robotics and artificial intelligence are influencing and transforming the fashion industry. 

70 Buck Chucks: Converse and Chuck Taylor

How a $30 billion giant resisted killing the goose, and in the process uncovered a golden egg.
Chuck Taylors were once considered a performance shoe, worn by Wilt Chamberlin in 1963, when he scored 100 points in a single game. Today, they are an anti-fashion, anti-establishment statement.
Nike purchased a bankrupt Converse in 2003, for $305 million. At the time Converse was generating annual revenues of $205 million and Nike's sales were over $10 billion.
Last year, Converse sold 270,000 pairs of Chuck Taylor sneakers... every day. That's 100 million pairs of "Chucks."

This Computer Reads Your Friends Better Than You Do

We generally think of robots and computers as task-centric machines; dedicated to reading instructions, not personalities. We attribute computers with the possession of artificial, and perhaps “IQ,” intelligence, but certainly not “emotional” intelligence.
According to recent studies conducted at Stanford University and the University of Cambridge, artificially intelligent computers can assess a person’s feelings more accurately than can humans - with the possible exception of the subject’s spouse.