"Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate." Former US President John F. Kennedy once said these words as a part of an appeal to the country's arch enemy at the time -- the Soviet Union.These are wise words, and one can only hope that the Indians engaging in trade talks with the United States are mindful of what they mean and why they're important.Going by the comments Indian officials have made so far, the government intends to play hardball with the US.Close President Donald Trump now occupies the oval office, nearly 60 years after Kennedy spoke those words. And Trump is peeved at India for charging import duty on high-end motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidson. related news Donald Trump will not impose tariffs on EU cars: Jean-Claude Juncker RCEP | India and great power politics in the Indo-Pacific Undeterred by impeachment proceedings, Donald Trump says he is winning In February, India had reduced customs duty on completely built … [Read more...] about COMMENT: India should feed Trump’s ego by cutting duty on Harley Davidson bikes
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In the grand scheme of things, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula isn’t very big. The jagged, 26,000-square-mile jut of land—mostly wild—separating Lake Superior and Lake Michigan is rarely a priority for any global brand. But last month, Bugsy Sailor, who runs the Upper Peninsula Twitter handle, called out Mountain Dew for mistakenly making the UP a part of Wisconsin in its “Dewnited States” campaign launched in June. advertisement advertisement Hey, Upper Peninsula: we hear you, and we’re sorry for misplacing you on our #DEWnited map. Give us a chance to right our wrong. Help us fill this special edition label by telling us all of the things you love about the Upper Peninsula (note to self: located in MICHIGAN) pic.twitter.com/cSzJQYc2tl — Mountain Dew® (@MountainDew) July 10, 2019 The UP is obviously colored in the green and white of Wisconsin, not the red of Michigan in the graphic. Getting called out this way made PepsiCo, … [Read more...] about Mountain Dew insulted Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and its cool apology won it 300,000 fans for life
In prior discussions about smart cities, including the global rankings I published on Co.Exist a few weeks ago, I believe many of us have under-emphasized the importance of cities in creating an enabling environment for emerging technology companies. advertisement advertisement This was a key issue addressed at the first-ever Cities Summit held in Vancouver earlier this month. Mayors of 35 cities around the world joined with executives and consultants in an intense day and a half of panels discussing open cities, digital cities, urban laboratories, smart-city financing, and startup cities. One of the most interesting conversations was about “Startup Cities.” Nanci Klein of San Jose spoke about the five different industrial areas that the city is promoting, as well as the role of the city in supporting the local startup community. One of San Jose’s early insights was addressing the bureaucratic hurdles in their procurement process by creating a demonstration … [Read more...] about How Can You Build A Smart City?
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What makes a good holiday gift? For an increasing number of consumers, it’s the satisfaction of knowing that part of a purchase is going to a good cause. An annual survey by public relations firm Edelman found that more people than ever before–53% in 2012–consider a brand’s social causes when making a purchase. advertisement advertisement For many of these consumers, the “buy one, give one” (B1G1) approach seems like an obvious way to support meaningful social causes while shopping. The concept is simple: your purchase ensures the donation of a similar good, presumably to someone in need. Toms Shoes introduced the idea seven years ago, and since then, countless others have entered the fray. You can buy B1G1 flashlights, toothbrushes, medical scrubs, animal blankies, and much, much more. Especially around the holidays, B1G1 lets consumers feel altruistic about their purchasing decisions. But does it actually make a difference to the … [Read more...] about 7 Questions To Ask Before You Make A Buy-One-Give-One Purchase