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Report: Majority of U.S. Consumers Will Turn to Amazon First for Gift Shopping This Holiday Season

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A majority (52%) of U.S. shoppers plan to start their online shopping via Amazon™ this holiday season, according to newly released findings from Episerver, the customer-centric digital experience company.

For its latest report, “An Interview with The Couch Shopper: The Episerver Holiday Ecommerce Report 2020,” Episerver surveyed 4,050 online shoppers across the world and performed 1.6 billion website sessions to uncover the behaviors and trends shaping the future of e-commerce. The survey revealed that 42% of U.S. shoppers plan to buy most of their holiday gifts on Amazon this year, and 11% say they plan to buy all of their holiday gifts on Amazon.

Amazon is not only the world’s largest retailer, it is now most consumers’ first stop along their holiday shopping journey and remains a go-to for year-round shopping needs. Episerver’s study found that in general, 48% of online

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These 5 Accessories Will Turn The iPad Into A Great Laptop Replacement

Apple has proved time and again that its iPads are better than most other Android tablets on the market. Their exceptional hardware coupled with a well-integrated software makes up for awesome user experience. Besides that, there are a variety of different iPads to choose from too.

If you are in the market to buy a tablet today, then we can’t recommend the iPad enough. In fact, the iPads have gotten so better that they can also be used as laptop replacements. If you’re interested in giving it a shot, then we’ve put together a list of some useful accessories that’ll help you with the transition. Here, check it out –

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Getting a good quality cover is not crucial to protect your iPad, but these days these covers also come with a stand to let you prop up your tablet. We obviously recommend you get the

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Google wants to turn YouTube into QVC with new shopping features

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A fresh report from Bloomberg details Google’s new plan to squeeze even more revenue out of YouTube, which is already a $15 billion-a-year business. Google apparently wants to turn YouTube into a shopping destination, where viewers can watch things like product unboxings, makeup, or cooking videos and immediately buy featured products directly through YouTube.

The report says YouTube is currently “testing these features with a limited number of video channels” and “[t]he goal is to convert YouTube’s bounty of videos into a vast catalog of items that viewers can peruse, click on, and buy directly.” The company is asking creators to tag items featured in videos through a new piece of software that can be used for analytics and purchasing. Apparently, YouTube has been testing shopping features for a while now. Bloomberg’s report says, “Late last year, YouTube began testing a similar Shopify

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Google Tries to Turn YouTube Into a Major Shopping Destination

(Bloomberg) — Every toy, gadget and good you see on YouTube could soon be for sale online — not on Amazon, but right on YouTube itself.



a close up of a person using a laptop computer: The logo for YouTube Inc. is displayed on a laptop computer in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The video arm of Alphabet Inc.'s Google is offering new tools and audience statistics specifically for advertising on TV - screen space where YouTube has trailed cable channel.


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The logo for YouTube Inc. is displayed on a laptop computer in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The video arm of Alphabet Inc.’s Google is offering new tools and audience statistics specifically for advertising on TV – screen space where YouTube has trailed cable channel.

The world’s largest video site recently started asking creators to use YouTube software to tag and track products featured in their clips. The data will then be linked to analytics and shopping tools from parent Google.

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The goal is to convert YouTube’s bounty of videos into a vast catalog of items that viewers can peruse, click on and buy directly, according to people

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My Turn: The gift of listening rewards those who still themselves

I sit on our patio swing seat, reading a book, “Cutting for Stone” (by Abraham Verghese). The page describes a young boy who follows his father to a small Ethiopian hospital operating stage where the boy is invited to bend down and listen to the unusual clapping sound in a patient’s pulse. The boy is intrigued with the magic of sensing auditory clues to bodily malfunctions. Afterward, his father gifts him a stethoscope to further his skills.

I lay the book down on my lap and start swinging, forward and back with swirling motions. I try concentrating on the errant sounds around me of which I rarely take note. The more I listen, the more types of sounds populate my mind and I make a mental list of them. I am gradually amazed to realize that they seem to be instruments in a pickup chamber orchestra, playing in unison.

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Tukwila’s Spice Bridge Food Hall helps women business owners turn their restaurant dreams into reality

Light streams through the windows at the new Spice Bridge Food Hall in Tukwila, further illuminating the butter-yellow walls. The air is filled with the scent of grilled chicken kebabs and coffee, but perhaps the best part is the sound of laughter from women chatting.

Kara Martin, program director for the Food Innovation Network (FIN), gestures to the ceiling, remarking on the need to get some sound baffles, but for now the symphony of laughter is the welcome sound of success.

Spice Bridge is the home of FIN’s Food Business Incubator, a program that helps provide women immigrants and refugees in South King County with everything from permit assistance and marketing guidance to rent subsidies and mentoring.

Spice Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area.   (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Spice Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

FIN is a program

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Why Some Indian Women Still Turn to Matchmakers to Find Love

In the first two minutes of Netflix’s hit reality show “Indian Matchmaking,” Sima Taparia, a Mumbai-based matchmaker, declares, “In India, we don’t say arranged marriage. There is marriage and then love marriage.” A large majority of the country’s population that opts to be set up is a testimony to the popularity of this timeless tradition.

The eight binge-worthy episodes by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Smriti Mundhra follows Ms. Taparia on her quest to find suitable spouses for hopeful singles of Indian descent from around the world. Reviews of the show have been polarized — sparking debates on patriarchy, colorism, gender stereotypes and regressive mentalities, and also bringing this centuries-old practice under a scanner.

Does the system have a lot of growing up to do? Ample. But does that automatically mean everyone associated with an arranged marriage is scathed, pursuing it only under pressure? Such has been the general — and

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Surging Prices Turn Pork Into Luxury Holiday Gift in China

(Bloomberg) — A video showing scores of furniture store employees lining up to receive a bag of fatty pork has gone viral in China, a show of how surging prices have turned swine meat into a luxury holiday gift.

The company’s 500 workers requested a kilo of meat each over the traditional red bean-filled mooncakes that are usually doled out ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival that falls on Thursday this year. Comments on social-media site Weibo showed viewers appreciated the move as pork has now become an extravagance.



a person standing in front of a store: Pork Market in Shanghai as China's Pork Hunger Stays Strong With More Dining at Home


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Pork Market in Shanghai as China’s Pork Hunger Stays Strong With More Dining at Home

A customer buys pork at a market in Shanghai, China.

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Pork had become a prized product in recent years after the spread of African swine fever across China slashed the top consumer’s local supplies in half and pushed prices to a record

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