Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Neiman Marcus filed for C hapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, and a lot of the blame was (rightly) put on the upscale retailer’s massive debt load though the Coronavirus was cited as the cause as well. But, another issue must be raised: Neiman Marcus long struggled to attract millennial and Gen Z consumers. Courting these two groups is key to any longstanding retailer’s existence. So how exactly did the Dallas-based retailer—more synonymous with lifestyle excess than today’s “woke” generation—fall short? Beth Goldstein, an industry analyst at the NPD Group, says Neiman Marcus isn’t alone. “Most department stores today have this challenge, especially at the high-end. Gen Z and Millennials are driven to specialty retailers and direct-to-consumer channels, both in-store and online,” she says, adding, “New brands born online offer great stories about function, sustainability, and convenience which captured their … [Read more...] about Neiman Marcus Needs To Court The Millennial And Gen Z Customer. Can It Succeed?
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Alexandro Miro ’s resort collection has officially launched in time for all your vacation plans for summer 2022. The new line, appropriately named Island , comprises of the brand’s classics as well as gorgeous new shapes in the most delicious, resort-chic prints imaginable. This is the first time Alexandra Miro, the eponymous founder of the brand, has designed a collection very much focused on dresses. A personal favorite, the Celeste Dress offers a look that’s dramatic yet sophisticated — the maxi length combined with billowing volume and classic halter neck design screams old-fashioned Hollywood glamour. The mini version of the Celeste Dress enjoys a sweet silhouette that’s more playful and casual, with buttoning details to the front and back. The new collection also boasts elegant one-piece swimwear designs that can easily be paired with floor-sweeping silky dresses or palazzo pants for a romantic, beachside to … [Read more...] about Everything You Need To Know About Alexandra Miro’s New Season
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When the Covid-19 pandemic first hit, in March of 2020, colleges everywhere (including Johns Hopkins University, where I teach and conduct research) shut down and sent everyone home. Within two weeks, we switched all of our classes to Zoom. It was a remarkable pivot, and necessary at the time. But we’re now more than two years into the pandemic, and many colleges and universities are still holding classes on Zoom, or offering a Zoom option for students who want it. This has become, to put it bluntly, a disaster for students. The Chronicle of Higher Education published a lengthy article in April that surveyed faculty all over the country. It paints a grim picture: students are reporting mental health problems in record numbers, grades are low, and attendance is even lower. Depression is widespread. College life, it seems, is not good. Most universities returned to in-person classes this past fall, and some … [Read more...] about Zoom Is Crushing Students’ Spirits. It’s Time To Come Back To Class.
Tired, deflated, hanging by a thread: These are just a few keywords your average American worker might use to describe themself these days. And who can blame them, as we head into year three of the pandemic? Compared with the “before times,” remote employees are working longer hours, attending more meetings, and juggling more communication channels. According to Zendesk, more than a quarter of working American adults say they now suffer from some form of depression, and nearly 60% report negative effects of workplace-related stress. advertisement advertisement So, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when 47.4 million Americans resigned from their jobs last year—with another 52% eyeballing the exit. To be sure, myriad factors have contributed to this mass exodus, but it’s worth noting that toxic culture is the top predictor of voluntary turnover. In fact, when compared with salary, toxic cultures are 10.4 times more likely to push an employee … [Read more...] about One key way to prevent employee burnout? Addressing toxic clients
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Whether you’re a manager at a company with 3,000 employees or three, something that leaders across industries have learned in the past two years is that giving employees more flexibility is key to retention and recruiting of new hires. The pandemic forced the majority (~70%) of the US workforce to adapt in a plethora of different ways to keep everyone healthy while still continuing to work efficiently. Companies that previously had 0% of their employees working remotely had to figure out how to seamlessly transfer all operations to a 100% digital environment. While obviously a ton of bad things came from the pandemic, that’s not to say there weren’t learnings and lessons discovered across the board. The reality is that more talent in every part of the country, and the world, now has access to greater opportunities because of the increased normalization of remote work. Gone are the days where you have to live in San Francisco … [Read more...] about 30 Executives’ Perspectives On Remote, Hybrid, And In-Office Work
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When Phil Rosenthal — creator, host and spirited funnyman of the award-winning Netflix travel-food show Somebody Feed Phil — smiles, which he does much of the time, his lips curve into the shape of a heart. Well, not a fully rounded classic heart. Rather, his mouth forms a sweet uplifted stretch of a heart. His typical facial expression — looking a little wonderstruck, a lot joyful — reflects Rosenthal’s persona: positive, ebullient, curious, caring and quick-witted. Rosenthal is beloved by legions of fans who are cheered by his gung-ho humor and inquisitive quest for the best. So this fifth season of Somebody Feed Phil , which premieres May 25 on Netflix, has been highly anticipated. It showcases five distinctive destinations, each with unique culinary twists: Oaxaca (Mexico), Maine, Helsinki (Finland), Portland (Oregon) and Madrid (Spain). These illuminating episodes brim with vibrant scenery, kitchen … [Read more...] about He’s Back! Phil Rosenthal Of ‘Somebody Feed Phil’ On His New Netflix Season, Starting May 25
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin You might be familiar with psilocybin mushrooms , ayahuasca , and MDMA , but a lesser known (and rather misunderstood) psychedelic substance, ibogaine , is gaining attention thanks to the proliferation of ibogaine treatment clinics south of the border. Ibogaine is derived from the root of the iboga shrub, which grows in Central Africa and is indigenous to Gabon. There, it is used among people who practice Bwiti, a spiritual discipline that has been passed down for hundreds if not thousands of years. In Bwiti traditions, iboga is used in initiation rites, and is thought to allow those who take it to meet with deceased ancestors and diagnose illness. When administered safely, ibogaine can have profound, life-altering effects. While people living in North America may not be as familiar with ibogaine as they are with other psychedelic drugs, those that do know about this powerful alkaloid tend to consider its … [Read more...] about Ibogaine: Busting Myths With Beond’s Dr. Felipe Malacara
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin As the U.S. deals with a baby formula shortage, actress and author Bette Midler posted a tweet that led to a bit of a feeding frenzy on Twitter. On Thursday, Midler tweeted, “TRY BREASTFEEEDING! It’s free and available on demand,” in response to a holy oligopoly, Batman-tweet from Stephanie Ruhle, the host of The 11th Hour and a Senior Business Analyst for NBC News : Midler’s tweet certainly didn’t go unnoticed on the Twittersphere and got quite a response, as in thousands of responses. One potential reason for the attention is that Midler is quite well-known for things ranging from singing “The Rose” and “Wind Beneath My Wings” to acting in movies such as Ruthless People and Beaches to advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. When a celebrity tweets anything, even if it’s about farting or art or both, it’s rare that no reaction will occur. But another reason was probably the specific wording of Midler’s tweet and the fact … [Read more...] about Bette Midler Tweets ‘Try Breastfeeding, It’s Free,’ Amidst Baby Formula Shortage, Here’s The Reaction
Christie Pitney is a certified nurse midwife who was working at a federally funded health center in California’s Central Valley when the pandemic struck. In those early months, several of her patients struggled to get abortions. Under normal circumstances, the closest abortion clinic is 45 minutes away, but during the pandemic, clinics around the country suffered staff shortages and canceled services. Patients were having trouble getting to clinics even when they were open. advertisement advertisement This is part of a series of articles on the business case for abortion access. See the full package here. “My patients and the population in that area, they don’t have reliable transportation. They are working six to seven days a week,” she says. “They have childcare needs and don’t have reliable income. Most of them are either working in a packing house or in the fields.” And that’s in California, one of the most accessible states to get an … [Read more...] about In a post-‘Roe’ world, abortion pills won’t be enough
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin There’s exciting news in the world of phage therapy and antimicrobial resistance! Jerry Nick, MD, of National Jewish Health, and Graham Hatfull, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, announced a patient’s cure from a Mycobacterium abscessus lung infection with phage therapy. What are phages? They are viruses that infect bacteria and can lyse (or kill) them without the need for antibiotics. While their use goes back more than a hundred years , they fell out of favor with the discovery and growth of antibiotics—which are flashier and more profitable. As antibiotic resistance is a growing problem globally, interest in phage therapy has been renewed. More than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the US alone each year, with 35,000 deaths. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is considered one of the top 10 global public health threats by the World Health Organization. The stagnant drug development pipeline compounds … [Read more...] about Bacteria-Killing Viruses Are Successful In Treating Antibiotic-Resistant Infections