Salesforce says Black Friday will be busiest online shopping day in U.S. history


Salesforcecom Inc CRM, +008% forecasts that this year's Black Friday will be the busiest online shopping day in US history, beating Cyber Monday for the second consecutive year The most popular time for e-commerce visits and orders is from 8pm to 10pm and, the company said in a Monday release, shoppers will have half of their shopping done by Dec 3 and 80% done by Dec 15 Orders placed on mobile...

Genuine Parts' stock gains after $2 billion deal to buy Alliance Automotive


Shares of Genuine Parts Co GPC, +189% rose 12% in premarket trade Monday, after the automotive replacement parts company announced an agreement to buy European vehicle parts distributor Alliance Automotive Group for $2 billion, including the repayment of debt at closing The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, is expected to add to earnings immediately after closing, and should...

Japan's Abe calls early election amid rising diplomatic tension with N. Korea


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called a snap general election in a bid to consolidate power in the midst of a diplomatic crisis with North Korea, according to media reports Abe said he'll dissolve parliament on Thursday Sept 28, but didn't give a date for the election There's speculation that the vote will be held on Oct 22, more than a year sooner than planned The prime minister's...

Life Coach Offers Holistic Approach to Brand Loyalty


Most brands begin to lose loyalty because they’ve reached a level of success but stopped valuing Making matters worse, they stop listening, learning, innovating, and leaning into their customer or client base Even well-known companies have been severely compromised (Sears, Wells Fargo, K-mart, etc) because of their inability to reinvent That’s why today’s relationships with clients, customers...

New travel restrictions imposed against 8 countries, including Venezuela


The White House on Sunday announced new travel restrictions from visitors from eight countries, as President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban targeting six mostly Muslim countries gets reshaped into permanent policy The new restrictions single out Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela were not part of the earlier travel ban The...

Are You Really Listening? 7 Simple Ways to Find out What Your Customers Really Think


From helping you to avoid a crisis and retain customers to predicting your clients’ future needs, listening to your audience is a critical part of growing a successful business brand Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a gazillion dollars on survey tools and consultants to figure out what your customers think about your products or services (Image: iStock/PeopleImages) Here are few methods to...

5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Trip to Barbados


Beyond that, I had the chance to chat with locals and take a tour of George Washington’s Barbadian home As working professionals, we all deserve an occasional break from the daily stresses of work and life Here are five reasons why I would encourage working professionals and business owners to book a trip to the amazing island of Barbados During this time, Bajans party with their family...

Just What Is Ray J Doing with a Tech Company?


When celebrities enter other business verticals, people have been known to become very doubtful It’s as if the celeb has been assigned to one career for a lifetime This stands equally true as we’ve seen them transitioning into the tech space in droves In reality, entrepreneurship is a trait that many celebrities possess; creating something out of nothing Putting on my director’s hat, we played...

The For-Profit School Disaster


The other night my daughter and I attended a graduate school fair As we walked down the broad aisles, looking for the tables of schools she’s interested in, a man came up to us holding several canvas bags But this man was assertive—he wasn’t waiting for prospective students to come to his table Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has, in fact, approved the conversion of two large for-profit...

BE 100s CEO Steps Up to Assist Harvey Victims With $62 Million Fund


87 on the BE 100s with revenues of $302 million), is doing his part to help Hurricane Harvey victims Chase is volunteering to serve as co-chair of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which as of Tuesday, raised more than $62 million to assist people and businesses devastated by the ravaging storm It was set up in late August by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett after...

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