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Alibaba’s Futuristic Supermarket in China Is Light-Years Prior to the U.S. — and Shows Where Amazon WILL PROBABLY Take Whole Foods

With facial recognition payments and 30 minute online deliveries, this supermarket chain is about being ‘insanely convenient’ for the client.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider

By Harrison Jacobs

With a valuation over $500 billion, Chinese tech giant Alibaba is second and then Amazon in e-commerce. But it’s seeking the offline world to keep growing.

A long time before Amazon purchased Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Alibaba was forging into physical retail with investments in supermarket SunArt, department store operator InTime, electronics seller Suning, and furniture store EasyHome, amongst others. Overall, Alibaba has spent $10 billion on traditional retailers since 2016.

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All Aboard? Shoot for Perfect Employee Retention When Hiring.

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It’s happened to numerous people: A fresh employee walks right into a new workplace on the first day, no one knows anything about him.

My pal had among those experiences. He went to lunch on his first day with the CEO, which sounds great theoretically — after all, just how many people get to meet the big cheese on the first day? Nonetheless it quickly became apparent that the CEO hadn’t bothered to determine even my friend’s name or anything about his background. Actually, he knew nothing apart from the fact that my pal was now a worker working at the business. The lunch must have been a routine that had been treated like one.

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A-List Blogs for C-Level Execs

We wouldn’t waste your time and effort with not the must-reads.

The AAO Weblog

www.accountingobserver.com/blog Blogger Jack Ciesielski owns a Baltimore investment-research fund and writes about little-known corporate-accounting missteps, audits of major companies, and the actions of the S.E.C.

Argmax www.argmax.com/mt_blog This economic news, data, and analysis blog was started by John Irons, the director of tax and budget policy at the guts for American Progress. Previously, Irons served as an economics guide at About.com.

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Do Brands Have to ‘Speak American’?

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Brands are ignoring 60 percent or even more of the U.S. consumer base, according to a fresh study. The analysis proclaims that an section of the country it calls “THE BRAND NEW Heartland” is a culturally different swath of America, and to be able to market to the segment of the country, brands must figure out how to “Speak American."

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Drops in on ‘Donkey Kong 64’ Twitch Stream

She discussed ‘Donkey Kong 64’ gameplay and expressed her support for both stream and the rights of transgender individuals.

This story originally appeared on PCMag

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a fresh York Democrat, jumped on the voice chat of a Twitch stream on Sunday. It’s a notable merging of politics and gaming, but it is also only one element of an extraordinary story of protest, charity, and social network.

On Jan. 18, British Twitch streamer HBomberguy started a marathon playthrough of the Nintendo 64 game Donkey Kong 64, with the intention of raising money for the transgender charity Mermaids UK. It quickly found attention on internet sites, reaching over 25,000 simultaneous viewers and raising over $220,000 by Sunday night.

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Do Diversity and Inclusion Need to be Overwhelming?

In short: Nope. To be more inclusive (without overhauling all of your organization), focus on these four steps.

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Previously, efforts at building diversity and inclusion have already been more of a “nice-to-have” than an important. Because these goals could be complex, haven’t any simple procedures and involve multiple variables, D&I efforts often get shelved — and collect dust.

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Do employee incentive programs really increase productivity?

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In my opinion, the thing which will increase productivity is having each person in your team perceive they are valued. Feeling valued may be the key to employee loyalty. I’d avoid anything that creates successful and a loser.

Employee loyalty is synonymous with achieving a balance that brings feelings of connection plus a commitment to create. Ultimately, loyal employees may bring some BIG benefits. Loyal employees promote customer satisfaction–a critical component running a business.

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Alexa, PERSONALLY I THINK Sick … Can Big Tech Solve the Growing Crisis in Healthcare?

Healthcare costs are higher in the U.S. than in comparable countries, but we’re sicker and die younger. There exists a large amount of room for improvement.

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It’s pretty clear, the U.S. healthcare system is looking for a significant upgrade. Spending increased 4.3 percent in 2016 to $9,024 per capita and accounted for 17.9 percent of the GDP. To provide some perspective, Switzerland, using its comprehensive and well-organized (it really is Swiss, in the end) system came in second, with individuals paying normally $6,787, or around 75 percent of what we do.

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Do Effective Leaders Use Fear or Love at work?

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It’s the age-old leadership question: Could it be easier to be loved or feared? And an August study published online in the "Journal of Business and Psychology" finds there are benefits and drawbacks to both.

The researchers discovered that when leaders were regarded as angry, employees felt these were more powerful. Simultaneously, leaders who were viewed as sad were less powerful in a normal sense, but had more personal power. So which is way better?

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Do Ex-Execs Make Good Franchisees?

Turn your recent layoff into a chance to succeed.

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Just about the most significant trends in franchising in the last 15 years may be the emergence of ex-corporate executives as new franchisees. This trend began in earnest with the downsizing of the first ’90s, and has continued steadily–corporate layoffs of white-collar workers have grown to be a means of life in large companies.

This is really exciting for franchisors, as the pool of potential franchisees is not only larger–it also includes many people who have extensive management experience. Several prospective franchisees likewise have significant capital available because of severance packages or just via years of getting high salaries (read " Executive Decision ").

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