Weddington Way, an online retailer of bridesmaid dresses that sells only its own styles and lets wedding parties shop together in virtual showrooms, will open its first brick-and-mortar location in the Boston area this week. The company, acquired by Gap last year, will open inside a Banana Republic store in Natick, Mass.
It's important to eliminate any reluctance your sales team has to reach out to prospects over the phone, especially when it seems like deals have stalled, writes Mareo McCracken. Also, the mistaken belief that simply having a good product will lead customers to buy must be discarded, because even top products must be connected to the needs of your customers.
A Michigan school district has implemented the elementary curriculum Core Knowledge Language Arts that embeds literacy lessons into science and social studies subjects. In one recent lesson, fourth-graders became inventors as they designed and built models, and made presentations of trash-removal machines.
Goldman Sachs analysts expect the cost of servicing US debt to surge because of higher bond yields and increased borrowing amid a growing economy. "In the past, as the economy strengthens and the debt burden increases, Congress has responded by raising taxes and cutting spending," the analysts wrote, noting the opposite is true.
Gelson's is reopening three remodeled stores in the Southern California market this month, two of which boast smaller footprints. "We want Gelson's to be a unique place where people can try exciting food concepts, have a drink in a social setting, and feel like a new culinary discovery is just around every corner," said Gelson's President and CEO Rob McDougall.
Some types of exercise, including running, could protect the brain and reduce the effects that chronic stress can have on memory, according to a study in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. The study in mice found exercise improved long-term potentiation, or the formation and strengthening of synapses, which is tied to memory formation.
Perdue Chicken, CVS and Hampton Inn are the top three most loved brands on social, and Walt Disney World, Wegmans and Febreze are the most loved among people having conversations in the real world, per Engagement Labs. The study tracked four brand performance drivers -- brand sharing, the volume of conversations, positive sentiment and influence.
J.Crew has hired Starbucks executive Adam Brotman as its new president and chief experience officer. Brotman has spent nine years at Starbucks, and as chief digital officer, he led the tech teams that developed the coffee chain's mobile ordering and payment capabilities.
The New York Toy Fair is expected to feature Amazon Alexa-enabled devices such as Mattel's "Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment." Mattel Chief Technology Officer Sven Gerjets believes voice-assisted technology is the future of toys, saying, "We know that more than one in five parents of connected children own a voice-controlled internet-connected smart speaker. Nearly all parents who have a smart speaker feel comfortable with their child using it."
Gilead has won a reversal on a ruling for its patent suit with Merck regarding its hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni after US District Judge Leonard Stark of Delaware decided Merck's patent was invalid and didn't fulfill a requirement disclosing how the treatment can be made without undue experimentation. Stark's ruling overturned a jury verdict that had required Gilead Sciences to pay Merck a record $2.54 billion for the patent infringement.
Comcast will be testing fixed and mobile wireless services using the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in Philadelphia, the home of its headquarters. The company will use three types of radio transmitters and three types of mobile devices and handsets during the trials.
Texas expects to get more than $1 billion in disaster-mitigation funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency by the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, and $500 million is ready to be disbursed, Gov. Greg Abbott said. Harvey dropped more than 60 inches of rain in parts of southeast Texas after making landfall in August.
If solar panels were added to every viable rooftop in the US, including homes, it would cover 8 billion square meters and produce 1400 terawatt hours of electricity annually, accounting for about 40% of the country's electricity needs, according to a study from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory. California, the study shows, could meet 74% of its electric power needs under this scenario.
JetBlue Airways is offering free airfare and ground transportation to families of the victims of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Fla. "This week's events are felt by all of our 21,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through the Broward County area, home to our Focus City, Fort Lauderdale," the carrier said.