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China-U.S. Trade Talks Taking Place ‘At All Levels,’ Says Trump Adviser


The U.S. and China have resumed contact “at all levels” over trade ahead of a planned meeting between President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said. There’s no certainty that China will cede to U.S. demands in trade negotiations, but “it’s better to talk than to not talk,” Kudlow said in an interview on CNBC earlier this week. READ MORE

What’s Hot (and What’s Not) This Black Friday


By now, you have probably realized that the vast majority of Black Friday deals are duds. Many so-called bargains are undesirable products that have been marked down to help stores clear out inventory, or have discounts that aren’t any better than sales that happened earlier in the year. Yet there is a silver lining: This is the best time to buy a few items, like video game consoles, televisions and smart home accessories, which plummet to their lowest prices. If you know ahead of time what to focus on, you might score a few good deals. READ MORE

Why You Should Travel on the Day of Thanksgiving or Christmas


If you’re getting stressed about the season, you may want to consider a whole new travel plan: leaving on the actual holiday, instead of on the days before. Not only can you save money, but some surprising perks might help you realize why you should travel on the holidays more often. It really could be the best thing for your sanity and your wallet – and might make you feel like you’re traveling like a millionaire, without the millionaire budget. READ MORE

Vegan or Vegetarian? You Have More Travel and Dining Options Than Ever


November is World Vegan Month, and with an increasing number of places catering to all types of vegan travelers, there’s a lot to celebrate. According to a recent report, the percentage of vegans in the U.S. has risen to 6% from 1% in the past three years and Pinterest says it has seen a near-200% spike in searches for vegan food travel guides since last year. READ MORE

Travel Fans Are Engaged on Instagram, But Can Brands Keep Up?


Travel attracts one of the most engaged audiences on Instagram, according to an executive from the Facebook-owned image-sharing service. Insight from Instagram, revealed during a Travel Perspective session at World Travel Market earlier this month, shows travel lovers return to the service about 28 days a month. READ MORE


5 Fascinating Ways Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Retail Industry


From 2013 to 2018, retail artificial intelligence startups raised $1.8 billion across 374 deals, according to a recent report by CB Insights. The flurry of activity is largely thanks to Amazon, which is forcing retailers to reconsider both their e-commerce and their physical store strategies to stay competitive. Amazon is expected to capture nearly half of all e-commerce sales and 5% of all retail sales by the end of 2018, according to eMarketer. So how exactly is A.I. changing the retail environment? Here are five of the most fascinating trends to watch from CB Insights' report. READ MORE

10 Ways to Ace Social Media Marketing in 2020 and Beyond


Social media marketing is essential to any marketing strategy in an era where everyone is online. In fact, the sheer number of social media users in the world in 2018 – 3.196 billion – is staggering. Social media won’t remain the same as it is now. What counts as a trend today will be obvious tomorrow. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making sure your social media marketing strategy always stays current. READ MORE

5 Signs You’re Not a True Leader After All


Leadership is a tricky topic. It requires an immense amount of experience in the trenches to learn the hard lessons. It’s common for people to associate “leadership” with a title. A CEO is a “leader.” The creative director is a “leader.” Even your manager is a “leader.” But that’s not what leadership actually is. Leadership isn’t a badge you wear or a hat you put on in certain situations – “Time to step up and be a leader!” It goes back to the old cliché: Leaders lead by example. READ MORE

How to Up the Spontaneity Quotient on Your Next Trip


Serendipity is essentially a synonym for good luck, but it’s hardly random. “The harder you work, the luckier you get,” golfers like to say. Good news for globetrotters: No need to put in hours at the tourism range to lower your travel handicap. A few largely effortless adjustments can up your serendipity game. READ MORE