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Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination, Tests Should Only Be Temporary Travel Requirements, Industry Group Says
Travel restrictions that require proof of COVID-19 vaccines or negative tests should be lifted once the pandemic is under control, the new head of the International Air Transport Association said yesterday. READ MORE
Thanks to major players like Amazon and Walmart, we’ve become accustomed to next- or same-day delivery. But the pandemic has also renewed our interest in buying from smaller businesses and retailers. Swyft, a company that has just raised $17.5 million in a Series A, helps retailers of any size provide affordable same-day delivery. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
For now, the best way to show that you’ve been inoculated against the coronavirus is a simple white card. Here, your key questions answered. READ MORE
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
Looking to tap into the power of influencer marketing to maximize your social media marketing efforts? The right collaboration could give your brand a major boost – and if you are looking to get started with influencer marketing, Instagram recently shared some tips to help. READ MORE
A minute of morning reflection can strongly improve your management performance during the day. Employees who did so reported providing more strategic vision and help to teammates, as well as feeling more power and influence in the office on the days they reflected in the morning. This was true for both current leaders and aspiring leaders. Researchers suggest the following prompts to help you conjure up your “best possible leader self.” READ MORE
TRAVEL DAILY NEWS
With the summer holiday season just around the corner, the research reveals that Gen Z is looking to switch up how they portray their next travel adventure on social media. 42% of young people stated that social media posts, including cliché captions such as ‘catch flights, not feelings’ and ‘my Monday is better than yours’ were the worst to share and would not be replicated on their next travels. READ MORE
Welcome to the new era of retail. COVID-19 forced retailers to adapt or go out of business; many introduced new ways of interacting with consumers, including delivery methods and products that met new shopper needs. Such changes may have been spurred by the pandemic, but they’re expected to long outlive it. READ MORE
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
In mid-February 2020, I became the CEO of Care.com. In conversations I’ve had with business leaders, many have told me that, in order to better support their employees and the business, they plan to revise their benefit strategies. To better understand exactly how these changes will manifest, Care.com developed “The Future of Benefits” report, in which we asked 500 human resource leaders and C-suite decision-makers from across the U.S. what employee benefits they plan to keep, get rid of, add, and expand as a result of lessons learned during this crisis. Here’s what they told us. READ MORE
MY TOTAL RETAIL
When thinking about how to drive additional productivity within a retail operation (e.g., distribution, customer support, store support), it’s easy to assume that adding more digitalization and technology is the fastest and most cost-effective way to move the needle. While technology can indeed inspire and drive productivity, many leading retailers are going back to basics by focusing on enabling their best assets: people. READ MORE
Amtrak is trying to make a case for being the vehicle of choice as people start considering travel again. It’s offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal (BOGO) on traveling in a private roomette this summer. READ MORE
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