Is Your Sales Organization Fit to Win?

Behavioral analytics is quickly becoming a new tool in the sales department toolbox. This discipline looks beyond how sales reps perform to study why they behave the way they do. "[T]he behavioral analytics lens reveals important, sometimes counterintuitive nuances that can make the difference between a good salesperson and a top performer," writes Natalie McCullough.

Outside support can help low-income students finish college on time

Financial and academic support from outside groups can help boost graduation rates for low-income college students, according to two new studies. Researchers found that 85% of students involved with Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society earned an associate or bachelor's degree within six years, and students with the Dell Scholars program were 25% more likely than their peers to earn a bachelor's degree within that time frame.

Coordinated exchange-rate policy on table for G-20 meeting
2/9/2016 BloombergReuters

Group of 20 leaders likely will consider a coordinated exchange-rate policy when they meet this month in response to a significant drop in emerging-market currencies, European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure says. "Given the difficulties that big emerging-market countries are having, there's a risk that their currencies will keep weakening," he said.

Researchers say Explorers Club dinner in 1951 wasn't mammoth, sloth

The meat eaten during an infamous Explorers Club dinner in 1951 wasn't ancient mammoth or ground sloth, according to findings published in PLOS ONE. Researchers used DNA analysis to examine a sample from that dinner that had been preserved for a member who couldn't attend. Testing revealed that the meat came from a turtle.

Minn. hospital to examine diabetes' patients activity, sleep patterns using Fitbit

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota said it will leverage Fitbit to study the effects of activity and sleep patterns on the health of type 1 diabetes patients between 8 and 17 years of age. Fitbit data will be reviewed by physicians alongside information from participants' Medtronic pumps to assess trends in their blood glucose and HbA1C levels.

Fashion brands reduce runway shows, become more accessible

Burberry will start showing two collections each year, one in September and one in February, and it will make items available online and in-store immediately afterward, eliminating the current six-month wait. Other brands such as Tom Ford are also cutting down on runway shows. "Instead of investing in extravagant shows, the brands can invest in aligning the internal management to be more and real-time accessible to the actual interested consumers," Fashionbi's Ambika Zutshi said.

Jenner sisters aim for high-fashion market
2/8/2016 New York Post

Kendall and Kylie Jenner have sealed deals with luxury department stores including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus for their Kendall + Kylie fashion and footwear line. The collection, set to be unveiled Monday, will also be available through other retailers including Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor and Nordstrom.

Tech firms tap superstars for Super Bowl 50 commercials
2/8/2016 Network World

Several tech companies showed up to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with commercials to take advantage of the game's massive audience. Amazon tapped Alec Baldwin and Dan Marino to star in its ad, T-Mobile turned to rapper Drake, Wix came up with a "Kung Fu Panda" commercial, and Squarespace used comedians Key and Peele to get its message across.

Narus Biotechnologies purchased by Cofactor Genomics

San Francisco-based Narus Biotechnologies, a startup developing neurological disease biomarkers for use in RNA-based diagnostics, will be bought by St. Louis-based Cofactor Genomics for undisclosed terms. The acquisition is expected to boost Cofactor's RNA testing abilities and support its development of RNA-based diagnostics for neurodegenerative disease and cancer.

BlackBerry will shed 200 jobs as transition continues

BlackBerry confirmed Friday that it will eliminate roughly 200 jobs at its Ontario headquarters and in Florida. The company is in the midst of transforming itself from a hardware company into a mobile security and software services provider for businesses.

Calif. mayor slow-jams the traffic news

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti channeled his inner Barry White to warn city residents about the temporary closure of the 101 Freeway during the construction of a new bridge. With help from a high-school backing band, Garcetti slow-jammed the announcement, complete with sensual swaying and finger-snaps. "Sometimes, just sometimes, you have to get your hands dirty to build something beautiful," he intoned.

Markey: Export of natural gas from New England is misguided

Federal regulators have made a mistake in their decision to allow almost a billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to be exported from New England, according to Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass. He said allowing gas to be transported by pipeline through the region for export won't benefit residents but will simply treat New England as a production highway.

American Airlines to sell optional ancillary services through Sabre
2/8/2016 Breaking Travel News

American Airlines announced an agreement with Sabre Corp. to sell ancillary products. "American Airlines customers love Main Cabin Extra and Preferred Seats, and we're excited to have a new way to offer those seats to them through Sabre," said Cory Garner, managing director for distribution for American.

4 top Chicago hotel spas
2/8/2016 TravelPulse

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates describes four top hotel spas in Chicago: the Chuan Spa at The Langham Chicago, The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Chicago, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago spa and The Spa at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago.