shopping

Livestream Shopping: It’s the Future of U.S. E-Commerce

E-commerce in the U.S. is on the cusp of big change.

A quarter century after Amazon’s founding, shopping online in America is largely the same experience: People click around a website and buy stuff. But this next phase promises a major evolution, by intertwining streaming video, social media and celebrity into a shopping experience that has the potential to further disrupt an already-battered retail industry.

So-called streaming e-commerce—or live selling—allows almost anyone (celebrities, influencers or your local store owner) to quickly create their own shopping television channel that’s also a social network and e-commerce platform—at a tiny fraction of the cost. Another way to think about it is imagine if Instagram was where you made a lot of your discretionary purchases from live video appearances by people you follow, like buying Cardi B’s purse. Or instead of just liking a picture of a fashionista in a cute dress, she’s selling

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Are Astronaut-Style Face Shields the Future of P.P.E.?

But what about airflow — and just how airtight are they?

“For any mask or fancy filter, one thing we need to keep in mind is how well they fit, tightly, to the face,” said Chenyu Sun, an internist at Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago who recently co-authored a study on face mask efficacy.

Dr. Sun said health care workers often get specially fitted for N95 masks, and the one-size-fits-all approach of retailers is troubling. So is the lack of guidance for proper use.

“Inside out, upside down, probably even less people know how to take masks off properly without contamination. This also applies to these devices,” said Dr. Sun, who added that sporting doomsday gear may have unintended psychological consequences. “Will the general public really accept these? Now, even for regular masks, there is a lot of debate.”

“People double-take, but I think Canada is very polite so nobody

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fashion

Fashioning a new future for the fashion world

Not even a pandemic could stop New York Fashion Week, though it did look different. This past week the shows went on without the typical fanfare, and with far fewer fans. 

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Models pose during the Bronx & Banco presentation at New York Fashion Week, September 15, 2020 at Spring Studios Terrace in New York City.

Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Bronx & Banco


Perhaps the biggest change came from some of the biggest designers forgoing Fashion Week all together.

“We wanted to be respectful with what’s happening with everything around us,” said Tory Burch. It isn’t that the designer and her team aren’t working, but in March the chief creative officer of her namesake brand shut down her office and 300 stores worldwide.

“Quite honestly, we were fighting for every bit of business that we could get,” said Burch.

As the U.S. went on lockdown, clothing store sales plunged a record

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Future proof clothing: will this label protect you from Covid? | Fashion

Vollebak, a British clothing label for adventurous men with disposable incomes, aims to make products so simple and arresting that they can be pitched in two or three words. Take the Indestructible Puffer, a jacket claimed to be 15 times stronger than steel and pretty well impossible to rip. Or the 100 Year Hoodie, which would survive a blowtorching or a trip down a volcano, if that’s how you spend your Sundays. Or the Garbage Watch, a timepiece inspired by WALL-E and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and made from off-cuts of the 50m tonnes of electronic waste produced globally each year.

“We judge a lot of things by, ‘Can I explain it to my kid?’” says 41-year-old Nick Tidball, who founded Vollebak in 2015 with his identical twin brother, Steve. “And now I can explain all of our ideas to our children. Because if they don’t get it,

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wedding

Bride-to-be claims future mother-in-law, sister-in-law ruined wedding dress after taking turns trying it on

What a wedding dress mess.

A bride-to-be has taken to Reddit to vent about an alleged incident involving her soon-to-be mother-in-law and sister-in-law trying on her wedding dress without her consent, and ultimately ruining it.

According to the anonymous poster, who identified herself as an engaged 26-year-old, her fiancé’s mother had been very aggressive about the type of wedding dress she chose for the upcoming October wedding. At one point, her mother-in-law allegedly “demanded” the bride take her on shopping trips for the dress, but the Redditor writes that when she invited her mother-in-law to the appointment, she began “making excuses about how busy she was with my sister-in-law.”

REDDITORS FREAK OUT OVER BRIDE’S MOM ALLEGEDLY WEARING WHITE DRESS

The bride-to-be instead said she went shopping with her

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women

Megan Rapinoe on Creating a Better Future for Women

Photo credit: Women for Biden
Photo credit: Women for Biden

From Seventeen

With nearly one month until election day, women around the country are demanding change and looking towards a better, more inclusive future. One group in particular, Women for Biden, held a virtual live event with Seventeen on Oct. 1 called “On the Line: Women Changemakers for Joe and Kamala,” which focused on coming together to make a difference.

The video discussion — timed to Native Women’s Equal Pay Day —included advocates and activists from all paths, such as Megan Rapinoe, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Student Debt Crisis Executive Director Natalia Abrams, activist Aminah Ghaffar, and advocate Mia Ives-Rublee. Throughout the Facebook Live, which you can watch here, the group spoke about issues that affect women of different backgrounds, all while celebrating the work of Millennial and Gen Z changemakers.

“We don’t have to live this way,” said professional soccer player and gold

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shopping

How One Small Shopping Center Operator Is Thinking About the Future of Retail

The Millionacres team recently chatted with Todd Laurie, executive vice president of Fund Services and partner at Baceline Investments, on The Motley Fool’s live show. The reason we wanted Todd on is to talk about the future of retail and shopping centers. We’ve seen a dramatic shift in retail during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is affecting real estate investing as a whole, whether you’re investing in REITs or commercial real estate.

Todd leads the Capital Development and Investor Relations Department and sits on the company’s board of directors, making him responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company, overseeing day-to-day operations of investor relations and capital development. Baceline is headquartered in Denver and operates nearly 80 neighborhood community shopping centers at around 25 markets. Baceline is a private company that invests in small strip centers that are in the middle of neighborhoods and deal in everyday goods and services,

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Jewish Future Pledge Announces Collaboration with Morgan Stanley GIFT to Advance Faith-Based Giving Initiative

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BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Jewish Future Pledge—a non-profit initiative that calls on Jewish donors to earmark at least 50% of the charitable giving in their estate plan to Jewish or Israel-related causes— announced a new collaboration with Morgan Stanley’s charitable giving vehicle, Morgan Stanley GIFT, a donor advised fund, as part of the financial services company’s faith-based giving and investing initiative.

According to a 2020 report by Giving USA, religious contributions make up the largest percentage of total charitable contributions in the U.S. – and Morgan Stanley has placed focus in recent years in supporting clients in translating their faith-based values into their charitable contributions and investments. Morgan Stanley GIFT and the Jewish Future Pledge (“The Pledge”) plan to work together

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fashion

Seven Plus-Size Fashion Trailblazers on the Future of the Industry and How Much It’s Changed

Fashion’s future is already here. This September, we ask What Is Fashion Now? by exploring the people, concepts, and ideas that are pushing us forward in times of unprecedented change. In this story, we talk with seven plus-size fashion trailblazers about how far the industry has come and what they hope to see change. 

There is no longer a question about whether or not plus-size fashion is “worth the cost.” Over the past decade, trailblazers within the industry have proven it is, growing the market, now worth more than $21 billion, and sparking an intersectional movement that cannot be silenced.

But the journey to now has been far more complex. Yes, the success of mainstream models like Ashley Graham and Paloma Elsesser has brought size inclusivity to the runways. But since 2008, numerous individuals — mostly Black women — have paved a path for the next generation of size inclusive

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accesories

Auto Parts and Accessories Market 2020: Research Report Covers Updated Data Considering Impact of Covid-19 on Share, Size and Future Demand

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Sep 30, 2020 (PRNews Times via COMTEX) —
Big Market Research is one of the prominent market research firms has announced a novel report on Auto Parts and Accessories Market. The report contains vital insights on the market which will support the clients to make the right business decisions. The report also analyzes current and past market performance with significant key market events that help market players and end users to estimate future developments in the global market.

The Global Auto Parts and Accessories Market is gaining pace and businesses have started understanding the benefits of analytics in the present day highly dynamic business environment. The market has witnessed several important developments over the past few years, with mounting volumes of business data and the shift from traditional data analysis platforms to self-service business analytics being

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