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Trump Says He Expects to Raise China Tariffs


President Donald Trump said earlier this week that he expects to move ahead with raising tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25% from the current 10% and repeated his threat to slap tariffs on all remaining imports from China. READ MORE

A Winter-Coat Heavyweight Gives Trump’s Trade War the Cold Shoulder


Mr. Trump’s use of tariffs as a cudgel to revitalize manufacturing in the U.S. is forcing changes across large multinational companies, though they may not always be the changes the president seeks. Harley-Davidson and Micron are moving production to factories in Europe or parts of Asia, while other companies have put off expansion plans amid trade uncertainty. READ MORE

6 Ways IoT is Transforming Retail


In the wake of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this seems like the perfect time to look some of the many ways that the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the world of retail. The IoT is already in use in stores around the world, and according to estimates from Grand View Research, retail IoT could be a $94 billion market by 2025. Here are a half dozen ways that might come to pass. READ MORE

10 Tech-Based Predictions for the Retail Industry in 2019


Predicting the future is hard, but as science fiction writer William Gibson is believed to have once said, "The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed." I already see the future a little early. Some of these predictions are already happening thanks to a confluence of technologies like artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and scalable big data tool sets that have become commonplace, but I believe that 2019 will be the year of mass adoption. READ MORE


TSA Says the Post-Thanksgiving Sunday Was Its Busiest Travel Day Ever


As expected, the Thanksgiving holiday was a record-setter for air travel. The Transportation Security Administration confirmed that the 2018 Thanksgiving travel period was the busiest in the agency’s 17-year history. TSA says it screened more than 25.6 million passengers and crew members during the holiday travel period, a 6% increase from the same period in 2017. READ MORE

Air France-KLM Launches a Unit to Churn Out Travel Startups


Can you really grow a unicorn in a lab? In other words, can companies like Air France-KLM read all of the innovation advice books in airport bookshops and methodically create the next Airbnb? We’re skeptical. But the travel industry could use much more innovation. READ MORE

The Future of Marketing: 7 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Skills


Social media marketing is fundamental to any advertising procedure in a time where everybody is on the web. Indeed, the sheer number of social media users on the planet in 2018 – over 3 billion – is amazing. Social media won’t always be the same as it is today; what is considered a trend today will be clear tomorrow. Here’s a well-ordered manual for ensuring your social media marketing always remains on point. READ MORE

Want to Be a Good Leader? Learn to Follow


The professional world epitomizes leadership. No matter what industry you’re in, being a leader is the holy grail of personal, professional, and career success. As a result, most people want to become one – and we glorify the journey of those who do “make it” to the top. As for their “followers”? We barely give them another thought. This is a big problem. READ MORE

These Are the U.S. Airlines Most and Least Likely to Lose Your Luggage


The holiday season is here, which means that millions of Americans will find themselves anxiously waiting around baggage claims across the country, praying their bags show up on the conveyer belt. But you don't have to leave the fate of your belongings purely to chance. Inside Hook reports that the Department of Transportation ranked U.S. airlines by how often they mishandled luggage in its latest Air Travel Consumer Report. READ MORE