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Bambuser and AMF Fastigheter Partner to Bring Omnichannel Shopping Opportunities to Physical Stores

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Interactive live video streaming provider Bambuser and AMF Fastigheter, one of Sweden’s largest real estate companies, today announced a strategic partnership to bring Live Video Shopping into physical stores to link in-store salespeople and experts to customers at home for an interactive and personal experience.

This first-of-its-kind interactive concept will make physical stores more experience-based using innovative technical solutions to strengthen retail both online and offline and open up new opportunities for Bambuser to expand into physical stores and omnichannel players.

This exciting partnership follows a successful pilot initiative with shopping center MOOD Stockholm, which launched a live broadcast fashion and lifestyle series that offered both shopping and inspiration by lifting brands and profiles operating in the shopping district.

Research shows that an omnichannel retail offering creates a `halo effect’ for retailers with physical stores increasing online sales up to 110%, which drops

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Woman hopes to bring more clothing variety to Albert Lea with new boutique – Albert Lea Tribune

A Garner, Iowa, woman is hoping to bring more variety of women’s and children’s clothing to Albert Lea with the opening of a new boutique in the strip mall near Walmart.

The Funky Zebras was slated to open at the end of September and will be at 2355 Leland Drive, said owner Katie Schleusner.

Schleusner said she started out as a brand ambassador for The Funky Zebras location in Clear Lake but did not think about owning her own store until the owner of that boutique suggested the idea to her.

“I said, ‘There’s no way I can do that,’” she said.

Schleusner, who is a wife and mother of three school-aged children, is also attending Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa, to become a nurse practitioner.

After some further encouragement from The Funky Zebras founder, in June she decided to give it a try.

“The opportunity came up, and I

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wedding

David’s Bridal Partners with Vertebrae to Bring Wedding Dresses to Life in Augmented Reality

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — David’s Bridal, the nation’s leading bridal and special occasion retailer, and Vertebrae, the technology leader in 3D & augmented reality (AR) solutions for retail, today unveiled the bridal industry’s most immersive commerce experience yet that brings wedding attire directly into shoppers’ homes through AR. In partnership with Vertebrae, David’s Bridal is the first bridal brand to offer AR in such detail. Customers can view gowns at a full 360-degree angle allowing them to walk around the dresses in their room, see how it will look next to other wedding party outfits, and examine intricate details up-close and personal directly on the website before heading to stores.

To ensure a seamless shopping experience, customers browsing on the David’s Bridal website can now access 3D and AR visualizations of the company’s 50+ best-selling dresses directly from product pages without downloading a separate app.

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women

Bring Back the Women, Because the Men Are Embarrassing

SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images, JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images Donald Trump, Joe Biden

“Will you shut up, man?” is coming soon to T-shirts, mugs, and iPhone cases near you — and honestly, it’s a little embarrassing. 

The phrase began trending on Twitter during the first 2020 presidential debate last night in Cleveland, Ohio, where incumbent President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden argued about who had the biggest … plan for the country. In response to President Trump’s incessant, childlike interruptions, Biden told him to “shut up,” and we, the American people, all collectively groaned.

Scott Olson/Getty Images (2) Donald Trump, Joe Biden

Not because it wasn’t warranted — Trump, like a second grader desperate for attention, could not control himself from spewing lies at Biden, from playing the same games he’s always played. Biden, by contrast, attempted to keep his cool, addressing the camera at several

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Young model gears up to bike 300+ miles to bring awareness to mental health

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — A young man is biking hundreds of miles to bring awareness to mental health.

Kevin Hubsmith is the picture-perfect image of health and happiness.

From the outside, this male model has it all. The glitz and the glamour.

But looks can be deceiving.

“It started in high school. I actually had an incident with self-harm, which was my first real big obstacle with mental health,” Hubsmith said. “Got some treatment and then went off to college and had a little bit of a manic episode in college actually.”

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That’s when Hubsmith decided to spend 76 days in the wilderness.

Nine years ago, he went to an outdoor therapy retreat in the Moab Desert in Utah.

So next Wednesday he’s going back to where it all started for him. A full circle moment.

He’s

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Covid ‘Testing Hell’: Devices Given to Nursing Homes Bring New Problems

“There’s no mechanism in place for reporting,” said Kim Schilling, the vice president of health services at Friendship Haven, which runs a nursing home in rural Iowa. “We were on the phone yesterday trying to figure this out with the department of public health and it was very overwhelming for them too.”

Katie Smith Sloan, the president of LeadingAge, an association of nonprofit providers of aging services, said the Trump administration’s focus on fines and stringent reporting requirements were the wrong approach to addressing a crisis that was aggravated by federal inaction in the early months of the pandemic.

“For seven months, nursing homes have been saving and protecting lives while dealing with staffing shortages, testing and personal protective equipment challenges and growing unexpected costs,” she said.

David Grabowski, a health care policy expert at Harvard Medical School, described the federal rapid-test program as “a positive step but late in

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