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Hong Kong takes back seat as China’s Xi promotes neighbor as future ‘model city’

China’s President Xi Jinping praised the tech-hub city of Shenzhen in a landmark speech on Wednesday, leaving some puzzling over the future of nearby Hong Kong, as China’s traditional global foothold.

Xi said Shenzhen, often dubbed China’s Silicon Valley and home to tech giants Huawei and Tencent, was making “historic leaps” and “achieving miracles.”

He also announced that the area would be given more leeway to pursue opening-up reforms and become a “model city for a strong socialist country.”

Once a small fishing village adjacent to Hong Kong, Shenzhen is now home to about 13 million and was transformed in 1980 by veteran Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, after he designated it a “Special Economic Zone,” carving out capitalist privileges in the staunchly communist country.

Retracing Deng’s footprints 40 years later during his own southern tour this week, Xi announced Shenzhen would again become a testing ground for foreign investment and

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How bold leadership can equalize the future of work for BIPOC

Technology, an industry that promises innovation and meritocracy, is at a moment of reckoning. Major technology companies have come under fire from elected officials, social justice leaders, and the general public for neglecting important social responsibilities in both external and internal operations, largely by allowing racism to run rampant on social platforms and by creating toxic, homogeneous work environments that deter many from pursuing a career in the field or advancing.

This backlash is representative of a longstanding issue in Silicon Valley and in other technology hubs, where women and people of color—specifically women of color—are often denied jobs for which they’re qualified or are passed up for promotion and leadership opportunities due to unconscious or conscious bias. The impact of this exclusion is devastating, leaving not just individuals but families and communities behind, and forcing a ripple effect through the entire economy.

The solution? Bold leadership from the public

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Belgium Gift Card and Incentive Card Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics Report 2020 (Covid-19 Update) – Press Release

Dublin, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Belgium Gift Card and Incentive Card Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics (Databook) – Market Size and Forecast (2015-2024) – Covid-19 Update Q2 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Gift card industry in Belgium has been impacted in the second quarter of 2020 due to reduced celebrations. The author expects a bounce back towards end of third quarter. However, impact on gift card sector due to socio-economic environment driven by Covid-19 outbreak is expected to be less than overall gifting industry. This also means that gift card penetration in Belgium will increase more than previous forecast.

Over the medium to long term, value proposition and growth dynamics of gift card industry remains steady.
In value terms, the gift card market in Belgium has recorded a CAGR of 14.2% during 2015-2019.The gift card industry in Belgium will continue to grow over

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Are digital facials the future of beauty?

Are you tempted to turn your bathroom into a beauty salon and do your own facial care, advised by a trained beautician? That’s what South African brand Optiphi is offering, in this period of social distancing, with its latest range of professional at-home treatments. What’s the concept? Order the necessary products adapted to your skin type, and then follow a virtual consultation to apply the products. Is it a glimpse into the future of salon treatments or a fad with a limited life span?

Lockdown measures have generated a great deal of frustration in terms of beauty routines. Both men and women have scoured the Internet for ideas, tips or advice to refresh their haircut, do a hair colour, or treat themselves to a moment of well-being through treatments to be performed from their bathroom. While many beauty professionals have reopened the doors of their salons, some brands are anticipating

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Ask Amy: Future sister-in-law excluded from family wedding

Dear Amy: My niece’s brother-in-law, “Bradley,” will be getting married later this year.

My niece, “Kate,” is married to Bradley’s brother.

All of Bradley’s siblings and their spouses have been asked to be in the bridal party, everyone except for Kate.

Kate’s husband is in his brother’s party, but her future sister-in-law, “Julie,” has excluded Kate.

Kate included Julie in her wedding party several years ago.

Kate can think of nothing that would have offended Julie.

How should Kate handle this upcoming wedding?

— Sad Aunt

Dear Sad Aunt: In the movie version, “Kate” would attend the wedding, get roaring drunk at the reception, and then deliver the roasty-toast of the century.

Movie pitch aside, if every single sibling and spouse has been included in the wedding party, this exclusion does seem off-kilter. However, the fact that Kate included “Julie” in her own wedding does not obligate Julie to recipro-kate.

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With Beauty Bar’s Closure, DJs Ponder the Future of Dallas Nightlife

Beauty Bar officially closed the doors to its short-lived Deep Ellum location last week, the latest in a string of devastating closures in the Dallas music and nightlife community. While the club barely survived a year in Deep Ellum, it leaves behind a rich legacy of sleepless nights, mostly thanks to its eight-year run on Henderson Ave. Though the concept didn’t quite translate across town, Beauty Bar always remained a place that anyone and everyone could show up and show out on the dance floor.

For DJs, it was a venue where they could take creative liberties, carve out their niche, and draw in an audience that really cared about music. It was the antithesis of the soulless bottle service clubs that seem to be multiplying across the city, and its absence leaves a gaping hole in the landscape. Reflecting on years of memorable and formidable experiences at the iconic

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Greece Gift Card and Incentive Card Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics Report with Covid-19 Update – Press Release

Dublin, Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Greece Gift Card and Incentive Card Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics (Databook) – Market Size and Forecast (2015-2024) – Covid-19 Update Q2 2020” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This report details the impact of economic slowdown along with change in business and consumer sentiment due to disruption caused by Covid-19 outbreak on gift card industry in Greece.

Historically, the gift card market in Greece has recorded a steady growth with a CAGR of 11.6% during 2015-2019. However, According to the Q2 2020 Global Gift Card Survey, gift card market in Greece is expected to be impacted across retail and corporate segments due to disruption caused by Covid-19 outbreak.

Though growth of gift card industry will be impacted due to pandemic, there are certain segments such as self-use which will gain significant market share. Adoption of e-Gift cards is also

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fashion

Gucci and The Real Real’s Game Changing Collaboration Is Look at the Future of Fashion

On Monday, luxury consignment website The Real Real announced an exciting collaboration called the Gucci x TRR Shop. It’s exactly what it sounds like; a curated and authenticated shop full of previously-loved Gucci goods.

Seems simple, sure, but in the world of luxury bags and accessories, it’s actually pretty groundbreaking. Not only is Gucci encouraging customers to consign its used items through this program, but the brand is also incentivizing people to purchase secondhand as well. According to a press release, for every item bought or sold, they will plant one tree through the One Tree Planted program.

For a long time, many of the big fashion houses claimed that the consignment industry was cheapening their brand by taking away the exclusivity factor. Many also argued that it was difficult to control the quality of what’s being sold through third-party sites. In fact, Chanel sued The Real Real for “selling

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As ‘The Batman’ Gets Delayed, The Future Of The Theatrical Model Is In Jeopardy

As the theatrical model continues to crumble amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Warner Bros. announced an overhaul for their release calendar in 2021. Multiple tentpole films on their slate were pushed last night, chief among them being Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

The Batman, WB’s reboot of the Batman franchise starring Robert Pattinson, will release on March 4, 2022. The film’s original release date, October 1, 2021, is now occupied by Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Dune, one of the few films that held on to its 2020 release date, was pushed to 2021, a story that the majority of 2020’s theatrical releases faced. As The Batman moves to the next year, WB rearranged its entire DC Comics release slate.

The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, and Ben Affleck will be moving down several months from June 3, 2022, to November 4, 2022.

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A Look At The Micro-Fulfillment Model And The Future Of Grocery Retail

CMO of PULSE, the robotics and technology company. Recognized Thought Leader in strategy, retail, e-commerce and micro-fulfillment. 

In an effort to more cost-effectively fulfill online grocery orders for its customers, Amazon has opened a “dark store,” which is more of a warehouse than a store. Located in Brooklyn, New York, Amazon’s dark store will be a good test of the concept to determine how big of a role the stores will play as the company accelerates investment in the grocery ecosystem.

Amazon is confronted with many of the same challenges as its grocery competitors, like Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons and Ahold Delhaize. Among the challenges is how to meet the increasing demand for online grocery ordering and delivery. 

On the surface, fulfilling online grocery orders appears to be a fairly simple and straightforward process. It’s not. Consumers purchase a wide variety of products, resulting in a mixture of small,

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