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As U.S. President Joe Biden’s first 100 days come to a close this week, a number of key policy positions and contentious issues remain “under review,” to use the White House’s terminology. READ MORE
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
In 2019, 96% of U.S.-based companies and 100% of Europe-based companies listed China as one of their top-three sourcing countries, but those proportions respectively dropped to 77% and 80% in the first quarter of this year, according to Qima, a provider of supply-chain-compliance solutions that conducted the survey. READ MORE
Last week, Nay Myo Lin, chief editor of the independent Voice of Myanmar, was taken into custody, along with one of his colleagues. The reasons given for the arrests were unclear, but they follow a pattern that has formed since Myanmar’s military stepped up efforts to halt news coverage of its February coup and the protests that followed, says Myint Kyaw, a former spokesperson of the Myanmar Press Council, an independent body set up to handle press disputes and ethics queries. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
The world beckons, especially for those who have been vaccinated, but would-be travelers face a difficult moment when travel possibilities are at odds with the facts of a still reeling world. READ MORE
April Harris of dessert company Keeping You Sweet, Melissa Butler of The Lip Bar, and Gwen Jimmere of Naturalicious share several things in common: they are Black female entrepreneurs who have succeeded building businesses on their own, and they have succeeded in winning deals with national retail partners including Target, Ulta Beauty, Sally Beauty and Whole Foods. Here are 9 lessons they want to share with entrepreneurs hoping to win a pitch with their dream retail partner. READ MORE
How do you lead and inspire employees during a crisis or major disruption? According to Wellbeing at Work: How to Build Resilient and Thriving Teams, by Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup, and Jim Harter, Gallup’s chief workplace scientist, employees need four things from leaders during a crisis. READ MORE
Many countries rely on tourism and business travel, but few sectors have been as badly damaged by the pandemic. In 2020, travel industry revenues across the globe plummeted by 49% compared with 2019, to $4.7trn, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, an industry association. The sector’s contribution to global GDP also fell by half, from 10.4% to 5.5%. READ MORE
NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
Say you’re watching a demonstration of a new handbag, much like consumers have been doing on their televisions from their living rooms for decades. But you’re wondering: What does that interior pocket look like? If the brand is selling through a live commerce channel, you might just be able to ask. READ MORE
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
A typical transformation is led by a CEO figurehead. It often involves major structural change (acquisitions, disposals, partnerships, and organizational redesign), widespread deployment of new technologies, considerable effort, and cultural change. These elements still play critical roles, but a more complex, sensitized context requires leaders to be wiser in what they say and do – and doing more of the same won’t cut it. READ MORE
Through social media, you can target a relevant and vast audience with minimum effort. Generating high-quality leads is the top marketing goal of every business. Social media marketing is one of the easiest ways to do this. The best part is that you can drive more sales at a low cost if you have a good social media marketing plan and strategy. READ MORE
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- This Week’s HUB Spotlight… (TGA)
- Hotel Rates on the Rise as Travel Demand Ticks Up (CNBC)
- Eager to Travel Abroad? Bring Your COVID-19 Vaccine Passport (CNET)
- Is the Mall Recovery Real, or an Illusion of the Optimistic? (PYMNTS.COM)
- Travelers Are ‘All in’ at Duty-Free Stores, Snapping Up Luxury Goods as Air Travel Returns (NBC NEWS)