The Ralph Lauren store was created by Obsess, whose other retail clients include Tommy Hilfiger, Sam’s Club (with a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation theme), and Charlotte Tilbury. Obsess CEO Neha Singh told me that the company’s mission is to replace the typical online shopping experience, which consists of “an endless scroll of every product looking the same size on a white background.” To that end, the Ralph Lauren Virtual Experience is successful. Still, while it isn’t boring, it’s kind of lonely. What’s missing in all of the virtual shopping environments I explored were other people walking by, talking, offering to help, looking at and touching things. … [Read more...] about These virtual stores are a joyful twist on e-commerce
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Worker bees are exhausted from never-ending isolation and overwhelming family duties and high-stakes politics. Companies are facing burned-out employees, and one of the few ways they can alleviate that is with time off, particularly in fields where it will be a slow business day anyway. The Black Lives Matters movement raised awareness about racial injustice last year. That means many more bosses are likely to observe the holiday that honors King and his legacy. As human resources company Zenefits puts it, “it can be an important show of solidarity to make MLK Day a paid holiday.” Who’s working? Staffers of stores and restaurants, many of whom are desperate for business. MLK Day Sales are prolific this year, with steep discounts online. And healthcare workers are as busy as ever. … [Read more...] about MLK Day 2021: What’s open? What’s closed? Who gets off?
“Stone of help” Ebenezer Baptist Church, a predominantly African American congregation, was founded in 1886, nearly 20 years after the end of the Civil War. The pastor, Rev. John Andrew Parker, served as Ebenezer’s first pastor from 1886 to 1894. Little is known about Parker and Ebenezer’s early years. But according to historian Benjamin C. Ridgeway, Parker organized the church in a small building located on Airline Avenue in Atlanta. … [Read more...] about From King to Warnock: How the Ebenezer Baptist Church became a center of Black organizing
Not surprisingly, there are so many factors that can affect the actions of human beings. Pandemics. Taxes. Trade wars. Social unrest. Politics. Technology. If you understand how all of these things – and more – are inter-related, you will be much more prepared to make predictions about how business decisions will turn out (especially when coupled with your data science skills). You will be able to tie seemingly unconnected things together in ways others – like the competition – can’t. You’ll even be able to use skills in the area of economics to consider more personal things like what direction mortgage rates are likely to move as you contemplate buying a home. … [Read more...] about These are the 3 skills you need to succeed in 2021