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Gymboree to shutter all 945 stores after turnaround plan fails

Gymboree Group will shut down after going bankrupt a second time, the victim of falling mall traffic and cheaper online sources of kids clothing. About 10,000 people could lose their jobs. The retailer filed for protection from creditors owed about $212 million in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a statement late Wednesday. The San Francisco-based company, which operates 945 stores under three brands in the U.S. and Canada, plans to close its Gymboree and ...
Tags: Business, San Francisco, Sport, Customers, Canada, Soccer, Goldman Sachs, Jack, Bain Capital, Gymboree, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, U S Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, ABL, Janie, Children 's Place


Smart Money – 5 Things That Are Worth Splurging on in Business

 Photo by Jonathan Cho on Unsplash When you run a small-medium enterprise, it is crucial that you review and upgrade your operations in order to keep business steady and profitable. A business simply doesn’t stand a chance at making it long-term if they don’t make an effort to improve over time. Customers quickly catch on to new developments, or lack thereof, and will move on to competitors who are more future-focused. Here are five essential things you should be looking to implement in your bus...
Tags: Sales, Customers, More, Jonathan Cho, Social Media Management Not


[ADV] Best Strategies For Online Referrals In Digital Marketing

Innovation in digital marketing is not turbid or short-lived. It keeps innovating the digital society for better exposure. Strategic digital marketing is much awesome to create vast space for generating revenues and a lot of money earning scope. Use the best strategies for online referral program which expands the investment process to let the startup companies thrive with the solid arsenal to get success. In this regard, www.webmarketing123.com – online referrals for digital marketing can help...
Tags: Startups, Post, Customers, Young, Online Marketing, Others, Digital Marketing, Matt Holmes


Weekend Post

Oh no!  The nudist restaurant in Paris is closing!   Say it ain't so! It lasted a year.  Customers would have to take off all their clothes before entering the dining room. ... [Author: Ken Levine]
Tags: Customers, Paris, Humor, Ken Levine


12 Marketing Experts Reveal How to Crush Your Competition in 2019

p With the new year in full swing, my wonderful colleagues — the marketing experts here at Convince & Convert — came up with 23 ideas for making your marketing and customer experience AMAZING in 2019. In no particular order, here are our favorite recommendations for making 2019 your best year yet. These are the things that not many companies are doing well, but if you do, you will be sure to crush your competition this year. Let’s go! Jay Baer, Founder, Convince & Convert 1. Leverage artificia...
Tags: Google, Macaulay Culkin, Seo, Linkedin, Tesla, Customers, Jay, Chris Anderson, Digital Marketing, CPM, Jay Baer, Sara Blakely, Bluehost, Lauren Teague, Daniel Lemin, Anthony Helmstetter


What to Expect in 2019: Retail Trends

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribu...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Youtube, Disney, US, Billie, Sales & Marketing, Walmart, Customers, United States, Victoria, Ibotta, Right Now, Justine


Working From Home May Become A Thing Of The Past

Workers are going to have to leave the home office and start coming in Image Credit: bayareabaw So manager, where are the members of your team? If you are like most managers, the answer to this question has a number of different answers. Some of your team members are probably in the office working just down the hall from you. However, other members may be working from home. It turns out that there is a change going on in the workplace right now – those at home workers are being brought bac...
Tags: Work From Home, Careers, Remote Work, Customers, Collaboration, Managers, Hours, Workday, Team Building, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting, Flexible Work Practices, Open Plan Offices, Remote Worker


Amazon Celebrates Record-Breaking Private Brand Holiday Season

Online behemoth Amazon announced a record-breaking holiday season, with more items ordered worldwide than ever before. Amazon customers shopped at record levels from a wide selection of products across every department, discovering top holiday gifts and trending products. Some of the best-selling products this season included, all-new private brand Echo Dot, L.O.L. Surprise! Glam Glitter Series Doll, fashion items from Carhartt, and Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones, among others. “This sea...
Tags: Amazon, Featured, Customers, Calvin Klein, Ugg, Alexa, Branding, Jeff Wilke, Echo Dot Fire TV Stick, Amazon Smart Plug, Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones, Amazon Private Brand Devices Alexa Customers, Amazon Fire TV Fire Tablet and Kindle Amazon, Amazon Music Spotify Tidal, Amazon Best Sellers and Seasonal Trends Amazon, Solimo Dark Roast Coffee


Oaktree Capital invests $450 mln in Watco

Watco Cos LLC said Jan. 4 that Oaktree Capital Management LP is investing $450 million for a non-controlling equity stake of Watco. Watco, of Pittsburg, Kansas, is a transportation company that provides transportation, terminal and port, mechanical, and supply chain services throughout North America and Australia. Richard Alsop, Laura Friedrich and Kenneth Laverriere of Shearman & Sterling advised Oaktree. PRESS RELEASE PITTSBURG, KS – January 4, 2019 – Watco Companies, LLC (“Watco”) and funds m...
Tags: Australia, US, Trends, Customers, North America, Smith, Company, Oaktree Capital Management LP, Kansas City Southern, Shearman Sterling, Oaktree, Pittsburg Kansas, PE Deals, Oaktree Capital, Emmett McCann, Oaktree Oaktree


Comcast debuts a subscription service to protect against threats to smart home devices

Comcast is putting A.I. to work to protect its customers’ home networks. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company announced Xfinity xFi Advanced Security, an A.I.-powered service designed to monitor, block and inform customers about online threats while providing protection for all connected devices in the home – including smart home and “internet-of-things” devices that are often the target of online attacks due to their weaker security. People’s homes no longer only have c...
Tags: Tech, Cisco, Customers, Comcast, Las Vegas, Symantec, North America, Consumer Electronics Show, Digital Home Devices, Comcast xFi Advanced Security


Reis & Irvy’s Offers Yogurt Franchise Powered by Robots

Ice cream and frozen yogurt businesses can be found in nearly any community. But Reis & Irvy’s still thinks there’s room for disruption in the industry. Reis & Irvy’s does sell frozen yogurt. But that’s about where the similarities end. Instead of a storefront or stand, the company operates a series of machine-operated kiosks. Instead of employees, every machine is powered by robots. Frozen Yogurt Robot Franchise This model doesn’t just make the company efficient — though that is a major bene...
Tags: Sales, Customers, Franchise, Reis, Yates, Irvy, Reis Irvy, Nick Yates


Coachella 2019 passes go on sale today

INDIO — Passes for the 2019 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival go on sale at 11 a.m. today — Friday, Jan. 4, 2018. The festival is slated for the weekends of April 12-14 and 19-21, 2019 at its usual venue, the Empire Polo Grounds, with headliners Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande slated to lead a stacked lineup that includes Janelle Monae, Solange, Khalid, The 1975, Kid Cudi, Weezer and Zedd. General admission passes will be on sale for $429, while a shuttle pass can be added f...
Tags: Sport, Customers, Tame Impala, Things To Do, Soccer, Ariana Grande, Solange, Las Vegas, Zedd, Janelle Monae, Cuomo, Weezer, Kevin Parker, Kelly, Indio California, Inglewood California


5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Chatbot for Your Business

Chatbots are the future of customer service. They are conversation-enabled software programs that interact with consumers through live chat interfaces. They take people’s queries and complaints and offer relevant answers also they solve routine problems and make appropriate suggestions for smoother transactions. Chatbots are expensive no doubt But If you own a business that’s growing steadily, you might want to take stock of your customer service capability. Would it be wise to invest in a cha...
Tags: Sales, Customer Service, Customers, Facebook Messenger, Mckinsey, Yeshi


Amazon Alexa hardware dominated the holiday season — and its growing popularity is solidifying the voice assistant as a household staple (AMZN)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Both Amazon’s Alexa-infused Echo lineup of smart speakers, and its Fire TV streaming stick with an Alexa-powered remote, led Amazon’s device sales during the 2018 holiday season,   according to   an Amazon blog post. Customers globally bought millions more Alexa-enabled devices this year compared with last; the ...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Customers, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, AMZN, Business Insider Intelligence, Alexa Voice Remote, Echo Dot Fire TV Stick, Business Insider Intelligence Apps


Three Predictions for Brand Marketers in 2019 (It's All About the Data)

If I really knew what was coming down the pike, I would quietly invest in the market that benefits from my so-called predictions and be done with it. I am not much of a gambler. Still, that doesn’t mean I am wrong, but I certainly acknowledge that I might be. With that bold statement of confidence, here are my quick predictions for marketers next year:   Brands will need to take a stand on marketing and customer data stewardship Brands need to protect their customer’s data in two ways. The firs...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, California, CMO, Customers, B2b, Branding, Forrester, Best Practices, Interactive Marketing, Trump, Nytimes, Consumer Marketing, Turow, Brand Strategy, Data & Insights


5 Sustainable Hotel Practices and Ideas to Attract Customers

The introduction of sustainable hotel practices can allow you to gain more guests and promote your brand . Thus Introduction of ideas that allow the world to be a better place to live in is the magic behind high traffic. If you have eco-friendly ideas, you can promote it on the hotel’s website, social media, and other funneling channels. 1.      Bike-friendly hotel Every loves bicycles! To attract more customer to your hotel, introduce your hotel as a bike-friendly hotel is a good idea. As a...
Tags: Facebook, Hotels, US, Social Media, Seo, Customers, Hotel, Emily, Social Media Community, Morch, Founders Media Click Here, Social Media Mastery for Hotels, Facebook Group Hospitality Gone Social Click Here, Social Media Mastery for Hotel, Are Morch Hotel Blogger, Hospitality Gone Social Vault Click Here


The Role of Customer Service Agents in a Chatbot Dominated World

The Role of Customer Service Agents in a Chatbot Dominated World The emergence of AI and other new technologies is making the world more automated, and customer service is no exception. Gartner, a prominent IT research company, predicts that by the year 2020, chatbots will manage 85% of customer service relationships. With chatbots seemingly taking over customer service, will customer service agents still be needed, and if so, how will they fit into this chatbot-dominated world?   Companies are ...
Tags: Technology, Sales, Customer Service, Customers, Gartner, Customer Service Agents, Chatbot Dominated World


Lighthouse security camera company shuts down, offers refunds to customers

Security camera company Lighthouse AI is shutting down. Customers will have until January 25, 2019, to request a refund, and services for the security devices will shut down after that date. The post Lighthouse security camera company shuts down, offers refunds to customers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Customers, Smart Home, Refund, Security Camera, Lighthouse


5 Must Have Elements of a Checkout Page

Your checkout page is ultimately where all the hard work, innovation, and time you took in building your site pays off.  Conversions take place at checkout. How well you have drafted your logo, product, and information are important components to your business but at the end of the day, the conversion must occur and this process becomes finalized at checkout. I’m surprised at the amount of sellers who don’t test different variations in checkout pages so set themselves up to lose enormous convers...
Tags: Blogging, Customers, Make Money Online, Truste, VeriSign, Timothy Sykes, Social Proof Social media


The Comprehensive Analysis of The Couponing

There are different ways of attracting the customers. One of the ways is couponing. The inception of the coupon is not a new thing. If you like to know the background of the couponing, you will be surprised to know that the history of the couponing began from the last two hundred years ago. Even, in today’s world, the couponing is still one of the popular ways of attracting the customers. Customers have a tendency to save the money out of the deals. Therefore, engaging the customers with the hel...
Tags: Blogging, Customers, Others


Why Cross-Selling Fails | Sales Strategies

Today, we’re going to talk about something that’s profitable and easy to do, yet so few people do it. It’s called cross-selling. You’re probably thinking, “Colleen, of course we want to cross-sell and upsell our customers all the time.” However, …Read More »
Tags: Sales, Customers, Colleen, Sales Strategies, Client Communication, Sales Success, Sales Tips, Colleen Francis, Engage Selling Solutions, Optimizing Sales, Client Attraction, Client Success, Sales Calls, Cross-selling


Robinhood is launching high-interest, no-fee checking and savings accounts in its latest bid to ‘democratize America’s financial system’ — and it doesn't care about losing money day 1

Robinhood announced it will begin offering checking and savings accounts to customers. The accounts have an interest rate of 3%, an industry high, and feature no fees. The move is the next logical step for the company as it aims to 'democratize America's financial system,' according to co-CEO Baiju Bhatt. Online brokerage Robinhood is taking another big step towards its goal of being the Amazon of financial services with a move that aims to help the fintech company carve away more business ...
Tags: Amazon, US, America, Trends, Customers, Robinhood, Mastercard, Bankrate, CIT Bank, Bhatt, Baiju Bhatt, Baiju Bhatt Online


Donna Alexander created "the 'Anger Room,' a business where rage-filled people of all kinds could smash glass and televisions and computers with baseball bats and tire irons and golf clubs..."

"Nathaniel Mitchell, 34, was indicted in Alexander’s death Tuesday after police say he broke into Alexander’s Dallas home through her bedroom window in the middle of the night and beat her about the head with an unknown object..." WaPo reports.The Anger Room, as it was called, was cluttered with an assortment of furniture, computers and printers, glasses and bottles and dishes. She didn’t allow machetes or knives or ammunition and required everyone to wear safety goggles, a helmet and a jumpsuit...
Tags: New York, Murder, Law, Kentucky, Toronto, Customers, Hillary Clinton, Dallas, Las Vegas, Donald Trump, Emotion, Mitchell, Clinton, Trump, Alexander, WaPo


YayPay raises $8.4 million for its accounts receivable service

Fintech startup YayPay just raised another $8.4 million for its software-as-a-service solution focused on collecting money from outstanding invoices. The company participated in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield several years ago. Information Venture Partners led today’s funding round with existing investors Birchmere, QED, Fifth Third Capital, Gaingels and 500 Fintech Fund also participating. YayPay targets large companies with an accounting department. The startup provides the perfect service t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Customers, ERP, Fintech, Battlefield, Yaypay, Information Venture Partners, TechCrunch 's Startup Battlefield, Fintech Fund


Small Business Marketing: The Ultimate Guide

This 8500 word monster article was contributed by Sneha Mittal.  Entrepreneurship comes with its own set of challenges and with so many options out there, it might be difficult for you to master all aspects of the business. Marketing is evolving each day and even more with the technological evolution changing the way consumers live. When done right, marketing can help your business grow rapidly. Are you a business owner who wants to grow your business but doesn’t know much about marketing? Do yo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Business, Design, Microsoft, Yahoo, Marketing, Social Media, Linkedin, CMO, Content Marketing, Cta, Customers, Google Analytics, Quora


Samsung Announces 5G Phones for Verizon and AT&T

Samsung is leading the pack in 5G adoption, partnering with both Verizon and AT&T to bring one of the first commercial 5G smartphones to market in the first half of 2019. Unveiled at the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii, the prototype showcases a 5G mobility service with massive bandwidth, greater opportunities for connectivity and improved network reliability. New 5G NR demonstration delivers #5G data transmission using 400MHz of mmWave spectrum – with #Verizon and...
Tags: Verizon, Advertising, Samsung, Customers, San Jose, Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm, Tom, SVP, Maui Hawaii, Waco, Amon, Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung Electronics America, Justin Denison, Brian Higgins


AI and automation are radically disrupting the future of work — here’s what you should know

Digital technologies like AI and automation are set to completely reshape the way people work. We asked a futurist and an industry specialist for their perspective on what that means for companies and workers. Some people will be "left-behind," as technology-driven systems redesign the workplace, while others will get access to more creative or rewarding work. The idea of a "job for life" is a relic of past generations. But as tech innovation speeds up and companies shapeshift to take advanta...
Tags: US, Trends, Customers, Rich, Deloitte Digital, Mazor, Jarratt, Deloitte Digital LLP, Deloitte Digital Join, Jennifer Jarratt, Leading Futurists LLC, Arthur Mazor


PE-backed collision repair companies Caliber and Abra to merge

Caliber Collision, which is backed by OMERS and Leonard Green & Partners LP and Abra Auto Body Repair of America, a portfolio company of Hellman & Friedman, have agreed to merge. No financial terms were disclosed. The newly combined company will create a collision repair provider. The deal is expected to close in early 2019. As part of the transaction, Hellman & Freidman LLC will become the majority shareholder of the combined company while OMERS and LGP will remain significant minority sharehol...
Tags: London, Toronto, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Customers, Canada, United States, M&a, Merrill Lynch, District Of Columbia, Steve, Abra, Facebook Twitter, Jefferies LLC, San Francisco New York


Instacart workers are threatening to boycott the company over a payment policy change that they say has cut their wages

Instacart, a grocery delivery company that relies on contract workers called "shoppers" to pick out and transport items to customers, announced at the beginning of November that it would be rolling out a new payment structure for those shoppers. The changes will be put into effect across the United States by the end of the year.   Hundreds of shoppers are now complaining online that the changes have resulted in cuts to their earnings. Many are also calling for a boycott of the company. An Inst...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Fresno, Trends, Customers, United States, Reddit, Boulder, Johnson, Seattle, Instacart, Costco, Business Insider, Jake Tapper, Mark Johnson, Boulder Colorado


How Negative Feedback Can Improve Customer Retention

If you run an ecommerce business, then you know how important customer retention is. And getting customer feedback is directly linked to customer retention. Nobody gets everything right all the time, but sometimes there are consistent weak spots that can really damage your business reputation. Whether it’s slow shipping, a difficult checkout or constantly being out of stock for popular items, it’s important that customers have a way to let you know where you aren’t measuring up. More and more...
Tags: Amazon, Seo, Customers, Ecommerce Strategy, Customer Retention, Amazon Exit Intent Pop