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Autofutura × Gforces Merge

LEADING AUTOMOTIVE SOFTWARE COMPANIES AUTOFUTURA AND GFORCES MERGE
 

  • Merger brings together Autofutura’s real-time data insight with GForces’ leading-edge e-commerce solutions, to create a new auto tech group
     
  • Created at a time of rapid digital acceleration in automotive retail, the new group enables car makers, dealers and finance providers to grow the lifetime value of their customers, by accelerating sales, simplifying the customer journey and improving customer retention

Two of the automotive industry’s leading retail software suppliers, Autofutura and GForces, have merged to form a new group. With the rapid acceleration of the digitization of the automotive sales process, the companies have come together to maximize sales efficiency and improve the way consumers buy cars.

The new group, backed by Inflexion Private Equity, sees the combination of Autofutura, the global, data-driven business intelligence provider, with market leading automotive e-commerce and omnichannel supplier, GForces. It also benefits from the expertise of the recently acquired Chrysalis Loyalty business, now an integral part of Autofutura.

The first of its kind in the industry, the new group aims to connect car maker, finance provider, dealer and consumer to optimize the entire customer journey – through the provision of software and data services.

The new group will be led by two highly experienced executives; data intelligence expert Christian Erlandson as CEO and automotive veteran David Riemenschneider as Chairman. Autofutura and GForces already serve 20 of the world’s leading car manufacturers and over 10,000 locations, across 96 countries. Headquartered out of the UK, its global presence includes offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, Vietnam, UAE and the USA.

Christian Erlandson, CEO, commented: “The digitization of the automotive sales process is accelerating at an unprecedented pace and now is the time to combine the expertise of Autofutura and GForces. By merging Autofutura’s data intelligence insight with GForces’ e-commerce solutions, there is huge potential to support our customers in streamlining the consumer journey, accelerating sales and driving revenue from the first transaction.”

Simon Turner, Managing Partner, Inflexion, said: “The combination of Autofutura with GForces unlocks a unique and highly relevant technology proposition for the automotive retail industry, against a backdrop of accelerating change and disruption for dealers and OEMs. We are delighted to be backing this team to create such an exciting auto tech group, by merging two outstanding private businesses with a long track record of growth.”

The newly merged group was advised by GCA Altium, Headpoint Advisors, Higgs & Sons and Taylor Wessing.

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The Entrepreneurs Top Tech Tools

Rhonda VetereChief Information Officer, Herbalife Nutrition

When the world shut down due to the pandemic, everything changed, especially for small businesses. Suddenly, the ability to connect to customers became even more critical, and the safe way to do so is through technology. While companies have long relied on email or text messaging to communicate, many entrepreneurs found they needed to expand their technology toolkit, becoming more creative and resourceful with how they conduct business and compete effectively. As a technology expert who advises more than 3.4 million entrepreneurs around the world on technology solutions that can help them serve their customers and manage their business, I recommend the following tech tips to help you power your business. 

Customer service 

We are living during a time of tremendous technology transformation. Gone are the days when people waited for what seemed an eternity to send or receive a message. Time has sped up, and with it is the demand from customers for immediate attention. According to recent research, 82% of consumers expect a quick response from brands. Keeping up or ahead of customers requires staying on top of technology trends and ensuring that you have the tools to compete in the digital age.  

For website support, many entrepreneurs use a live chat tool that can help customers with basic questions. Many of these tools can be used on social media as well. If paid chat options are price prohibitive, there are also useful and free tools, including Zoho Desk.

Communication and collaboration 

Video conferencing and video chat applications grew exponentially during the pandemic. In March, video conferencing apps saw 62 million downloads. Entrepreneurs are using video apps for connecting with customers, partners and vendors. While these tools are excellent for meetings, they are also useful for maintaining connections with industry organizations and networking groups. Many of the tools allow break-out rooms for a small meeting within a session, creating an intimate and collaborative space. 

As you continue to build your reputation as an expert in your industry, video conferencing can also be used to host a webinar for existing and potential customers. Many entrepreneurs are hosting panel discussions, bringing in other partners and collaborators. These sessions can be taped and repurposed as content for your social media channels, website and email marketing. There are many video conferencing options, including, Joinme, which has a free plan that lets you invite up to 10 video participants 

Social media 

Social media is not just for sharing videos and memes – it is a top business tool. Your customers are on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, and Instagram. Once you identify which channels you want to use, you need to post engaging content. These can range from news about products, sales and impactful information. Posting across several channels every week can be daunting. Thankfully, many social media tools help you schedule and publish your content that can be calendared and posted automatically. These tools range from Hootsuite (which has a free option) to Zoho Social to Buffer

Slack  

More and more brands, companies and entrepreneurs use Slack to communicate with their customers. It’s a great place to provide relevant updates, tips and advisement, and new product announcements. It also gives your customers a place away from social media to share stories and entrepreneurs a place to connect with their team more visibly easily. 

Storage  

There is a lot of discussion about the term “the cloud.” Think of the cloud as an off-site storage locker, where all your critical information is safe and secure – and easily sharable. Google DriveDropbox, or Microsoft Sharepoint safeguard your backups and allow users access from any location. Moving your work to the cloud not only benefits you to work from anywhere and any device, but it also makes it easy to share content with your customers.  

Email Marketing 

Your marketing toolkit may contain a variety of options – one of which is email marketing. Sending professionally designed, informative newsletters to your customers is a great way to keep in touch. One of the most popular companies in the business is Mailchimp. Even better, If your company sends fewer than 12,000 email messages per month to fewer than 2,000 subscribers, you can take advantage of Mailchimp’s Forever Free plan. 

E-commerce 

The pandemic has changed how we shop. Overnight, people began to purchase everything from groceries to furniture online and in record numbers. Customers now expect to buy their products online. They expect the experience to be easy and fast. There are many great e-commerce platforms out there, such as Shopify, a one-stop-shop for setting up your e-commerce store, to Amazon’s beyond popular platform. Shopify offers a 14-day free trial, and you can use it to chat with customers online, track orders and send invoices.  

One final note. As a technologist, I remind everyone that interaction with your customers is up to you. Nothing supplants human interaction and connection. With limits on our in-person meetings, it is even more essential to find ways to build businesses. Mix up how you connect with others – pick up the phone, or schedule a Zoom, to call a handful of customers every day. Don’t forego a personal email that is not meant to sell a customer or colleague – but to check-in with them and see how they are doing. Technology is a fantastic tool that helps small businesses act big. The challenge is to make the technology connections feel more three-dimensional vs two-dimensional. Technology can help us be more efficient and productive, and while it can enhance our communication, it will never replace the incredible power of the human relationship. That part is up to you.  

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Tech Industry Billionaires

70% of the Top 10 Billionaires Generated Their Wealth from the Tech Industry.

Data researched by Trading platforms UK indicates that 70% of the top ten richest people amassed their wealth from the technology industry as of March 1, 2021. The top ten wealthiest individuals control a fortune of $1.14 trillion in total, with tech players accounting for $855.9 billion.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest person globally with a fortune of $181 billion, followed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk at $174 billion. Microsoft founder Bill Gates ranks third with a fortune of $135 billion.

The report explains some of the underlying factors leading to the tech sector’s dominance of the top ten rich list. According to the research report:

“The dominance of the rich list by the technology industry figures also points to the sector’s resilience in times of crisis. Technology rose to prominence due to its ability to offer solutions to help people cope with the coronavirus crisis. For instance, during the health crisis, most billionaires in the sector like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos amassed more wealth as more people leveraged on e-Commerce platforms amid the lockdown and stay at home measures.”

The U.S. and China together host 49% of the top 500 billionaires globally.

Additionally, the findings reveal that the United States has the highest number of billionaires globally at 156, while China ranks second at 86. The two countries, therefore, account for 49% of the top 500 billionaires globally.

Germany is third with 28 billionaires followed by Russia at 24. Hong Kong and France follow, with each having 17 billionaires. The United Kingdom and India each have 16 billionaires. Canada is ninth with 15 billionaires while Sweden is tenth with 11 billionaires.

The analysis also shows that the tech industry has the highest number of billionaires globally at 84. Industrial ranks second with 56 billionaires followed by diversified at 50 while the consumer has 43 billionaires. Finance has 37 billionaires, while entertainment has the least billionaires at 10.

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FashionGo Has 1st Online Trade Show Event

FashionGo, a leader in the wholesale fashion marketplace, has been quietly dominating the wholesale B2B e-commerce space for vendors and retailers for the last 20 years. The company more than tripled the average number of new registrants this past July and August. With this registration increase coupled with retailer activity that has more than doubled since June and keeps growing, FashionGo is seeing a continuous and exciting surge on their platform.

With its finger on the pulse of what is trending given the platform’s emphasis on in-stock merchandise with more than one million styles and how it is now home to 1,200 wholesalers and 420,000 retailers, FashionGo is redefining how the wholesale industry does business online.

FashionGo just completed its first-ever FashionGo Week — a two week online trade show event experience accelerated by the pandemic to connect thousands of vendors and retailers to discover new opportunities via a powerful digital experience. Designed to bring the trade show format to life in an engaging and powerful digital experience, FashionGo Week allowed vendors to maximize in-season merchandising for retailers with platform tools and features that help with buying decisions.

About Paul Lee:

Paul Lee is the CEO of NHN Global Inc., where he provides executive leadership to several wholly-owned B2B technology businesses including FashionGo, a wholesale online marketplace for the fashion apparel, accessories, footwear and beauty industries.

Paul began his career in investment banking primarily in mergers & acquisitions. His 14-year tenure on Wall Street included roles at many prominent firms such as Citigroup, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Merrill Lynch and Berenson & Company with a focus on Fortune 500 companies in the consumer & retail sectors. His notable clients included Wrigley, Best Buy, Sally Beauty, CKX (owner of American Idol) and Nordstrom (advised on sale of their Faconnable brand).

In 2014, Paul pivoted from Wall Street to C-level executive roles and eventually transitioned to NHN Global, a subsidiary of South Korean-based NHN Corporation, for three years before taking the role as CEO at NHN Global in January 2020. His expansive career path and far reaching skill set are serving NHN Global well in the companies’ pursuit of strategically expanding in North America.

Paul is a graduate of SUNY at Binghamton and Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.

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Craigslist Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Avoiding the Most Common Craigslist Scams

When you ask people if they’ve heard of Craigslist, the answer is invariable “yes.” Not surprising, as the selling portal is active in more than 70 countries. But what people don’t realize is that craigslist takes in over $1 Billion in revenue each year, but there are only 50 employees in the company! That’s due to the fact that the buyers and sellers on craigslist do all of the work.

But what most people don’t know is people use craigslist to scam others out of merchandise, data and money. Never has “buyer beware” been more important to follow than it has on craigslist. So what are some of the things that you need to watch out for? Let’s look at some of the most common scams.

Big Ticket – Big Scam

If you’re looking to purchase a big-ticket item, like a car or even a house, and the seller doesn’t ask for a credit check before engaging in a transaction, stop! The seller is just trying to get your financial information and will take your money and disappear. Buyer beware on this because without question, this is a scam.

Something to remember: the Internet and social media have the unique identity to mask the identity of the person you’re dealing with, so even though they give you a name or email address, you have to verify that it’s true. Start with Nuwber, an easy-to-use online tool that will verify the true identity of the person you’re communicating with, simply by entering his or her phone number or other pertinent info. Once you’ve received their true identity, if the person whom you’re dealing with is not who they say they are, end all communication immediately. The person is a cybercrook and scam artist and they’re only out to rob you anyway they can. 

Here’s another tip: if someone would prefer to call you rather than text or email you, watch out. They want your phone number in order to gain access to additional data and information, so never give out your number. Always use Google Voice to make or receive phone calls, because it lets you use a phone number that is totally different from your own. And always use craigslist’s proxy email to avoid revealing your own.

Avoid Wire Transfers

A sure giveaway to a scam is when the seller asks you to use a wire transfer to pay for merchandise. This provides an opportunity for the cybercrook to steal your financial data or your money without ever sending any merchandise! Avoid wire transfers. If you do want to use PayPal, use the website to get a link – never use one that’s provided to you by the seller. They’ll simply send you to a spoof site where they can access all the account information you enter.  

By following these simple tips to protect yourself, you should be able to buy and sell using craigslist without any problems.

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Funimation

Funimation – New Shows

Funimation’s industry panel at FunimationCon 2020 was packed full of exciting new and returning series, an upcoming theatrical release, expansion of Funimation to Latin America, and more. On its streaming service, Funimation announced that all 220 episodes of the original Naruto series subbed and dubbed will launch in North America on July 6, and the next batch of One Piece dubbed episodes are coming in August to digital storefronts. Funimation also announced returning and continuing series including Fruits Basket Season 2, Fire Force Season 2, No Guns Life Season 2, and new series including DECA-DENCE, By the Grace of the Gods, Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW and Akudama Drive are coming to the service. Funimation continues to delight fans with exclusive products in THE FUNIMATION SHOP, including Dragon Ball Z Funko Pop Ultra Size Shenron, and Exclusive Dragon Ball Super Funko Pop Kale and Caulifla two-pack. And starting today, the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part One Standard Edition Blu-ray is available for pre-order.

Aniplex of America is partnering with Funimation Films to distribute the new highly anticipated Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train in theaters! We are so thrilled to partner with them on this theatrical release! Stay tuned for information soon!

Funimation, which is currently available in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, will expand to Mexico and Brazil in Fall 2020. Funimation also announced it would offer select subtitled and dubbed anime series in Spanish and Portuguese. Stay tuned for more information.

Returning and Continuing Series this Summer (North America)

*  Fruits Basket Season 2
*  Fire Force Season 2 premieres July 3
*  Black Clover
*  One Piece – Simulcast continues
*  Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld Part 2 premieres July 11
*  No Guns Life Season 2 resumes July 9 with Episode 13
*  The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED resumes Simulcast on July 30 with Episode 3
*  APPARE-RANMAN! resumes Simulcast on July 24 with Episode 4
*  A Certain Scientific Railgun T – SimulDub™ resuming
*  Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater returns July 28 with Episode 4
*  Bungo and Alchemist -Gears of Judgement- returns July 3 with Episode 8

New to Funimation’s Streaming Service in July 2020 (North America)

*  SUPER HXEROS premieres July 3
*  DECA-DENCE – July 2020
*  Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! premieres July 10
*  Lapis Re: LiGHTs premieres July 4
*  Muhyo & Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Season 2 (Subtitled) premieres July 7. All of Season 1 (subbed) will be released on the same day as Season 2 premieres

Coming to Funimation 2020 and 2021 (North America)

*  By the Grace of the Gods – Fall 2020
*  Akudama Drive – October 2020
*  Adachi and Shimamura – Fall 2020
*  Higurashi: When They Cry – NEW – Fall 2020
*  Maesetsu! Opening Act – Fall 2020
*  Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World – Fall 2020
*  Ikebukuro West Gate Park – Fall 2020
*  Dropout Idol Fruit Tart – Fall 2020
*  MARS RED – 2021

New Products and Home Video Releases in the Funimation Shop

Funimation revealed exciting products available in the Funimation Shop. Highlights include exclusive Dragon Ball Z Funko Pop, Dragon Ball Super Funko Pop, Fruits Basket Kyo, and Yuki Figures, and the Chrome Pop Collection. Pre-order is open for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part One Standard Edition Blu-Ray.

Home Entertainment

*  Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part One Standard Edition Blu-ray (Pre-order)
*  The Rising of the Shield Hero – Season One Part One – BD / DVD Limited Edition
*  The Rising of the Shield Hero Season One Part Two – BD / DVD + Artbook
*  The Quintessential Quintuplets – Season One – BD / DVD Limited Edition

Products Available for Pre-Order

*  Dragon Ball Z Funko Pop – Ultra Size Shenron – Pre-Order (metallic/glow in the dark)                                                           *  Exclusive Dragon Ball Super Funko Pop – Kale/Caulifla 2pk
*  Exclusive Fruits Basket – Kyo Figure
*  Exclusive Fruits Basket – Yuki Figure

Special Product Offers

*  Berserk Guts: Black Swordsman (exclusive bloody variant)
*  July 3rd – Chrome Pop Collection / XL All Might Glitter FiGPiN
*  July 4th – XL Gogeta/Broly FiGPiN 2-pack

About Funimation

Funimation distributes the best anime to a passionate, global community of fans. For over 25 years, Funimation has pioneered an omnichannel approach to engaging and entertaining millions where they want it most—streaming, home entertainment, theatrical, e-commerce, merchandising, live events, and more.

Funimation’s streaming services offer a growing catalog of over 700 anime series and 13,000+ hours of content available on 15 platforms and in 47 countries. Funimation’s in-house team designs must-have, exclusive collectibles distributed through major retailers and an e-commerce site; Funimation’s theatrical division is responsible for six of the top 20 anime films in the U.S. As pioneers of the SimulDub™, Funimation is the gold standard for foreign language dubbing of Japanese anime with the highest quality standards and fidelity to the original artists. With a fan-centric approach, Funimation has built a loyal social community of over 30 million followers and earned the trust of Japan’s most iconic creators.

Funimation has nine offices in six countries, and over 400 employees worldwide. As an independently operated joint venture between U.S.-based Sony Pictures Entertainment and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., Funimation benefits from deep entertainment expertise across cultures, territories, and languages.

How to Start a Successful Online Dating Business 

It’s extremely difficult to find a reliable partner in our fast-moving world, and statistical data confirm this fact. According to the recent census, almost more 43 percent of adult American population are singles. The reasons behind these threatening figures vary, but most singles admit that they find themselves unable to fit relationships into their hectic life. It takes much time to meet someone, get to know him/her, court, and adapt your life so that you can meet the needs of a new partner. That’s when online dating comes in handy. Though presently a good many people still don’t consider online dating as serious and conducive to forming long-term relationships, more and more lonely hearts desperate for love take advantage of online dating services.

 According to Camsoda dependable review, an online dating industry’s revenue is forecast to reach almost 20 million dollars by the end of 2020, which is suggestive of users’ skyrocketing interest to online dating. Needless to say, the industry in question can be a perfect source of income to those who know how to make the most of it. If you’re determined to set up an online dating business, you need to be knowledgeable about the subtleties of this industry and ready to face up to difficulties and pitfalls that are just bound to arise as you move on. In our todays article, we’re going to tell you how to maximize your business potential and create a profitable online dating site that will set up millions of lonely people. 

Research the Market. Find Your Niche 

You must know that the very conception of online dating has been redefined since the advent of dating applications. Such apps as Tinder, Hinge, League, and Bumble are convenient, easily accessible, and versatile and currently making massive inroads into the online dating market. The developers promise that their apps will help your find a perfect match and build valuable relationship. No wonder, more people now tend to rely on freemium apps for finding their significant others. As for the more traditional monthly paid subscription dating sites, there’s a noticeable decrease in their popularity. That having been said, you don’t need to give up the idea of building your online dating business right away. If you’re a total stranger to web development and it’s beyond you to create your own unique dating app, there’s still a chance to succeed in setting up your online dating website.   

First of all, you need you need to know the market you’re about to enter. Therefore, it’s critical that you do extensive research into it. Get to know your rivals, familiarize yourself with the range of services they provide to find out what makes people choose exactly them. Once you identify your target audience and research your niche market, you’ll need to come up with some unique ideas and marketing strategies that will help you set your services apart from other competitors and attract users. Consider creating an online dating site for specific tastes or fetishes. Remember Uniform Singles that successfully brings together people who wear uniform at work (e.g. military or police officers, doctors, firefighters). You can also locate a gap in the market you’re aiming at and come up with something unique and non-trivial. Thus, you’ll be able to occupy the niche that has been hitherto vacant. 

Make Your Users Like You 

No matter what your site’s users prefer, they are always looking for one and the same. All singles dream of finding a person who would keep them company if not creating a lasting connection with someone. So, make sure to create a welcoming, user-friendly environment for your visitors. In other words, make them like your website. There are lots of those people who are still hesitant about using online dating services or have previous bad experiences. The onus is on you to show them that online dating can be easy, fun, and just as real as real life dating. Allow your visitors to express themselves. Let them share their thoughts, opinions, and desires. Don’t impose strict limits and don’t scare off new users with charging them too much for your services. Remember that currently only about 16 percent of people are willing to pay for online dating services. With that in mind, you’ll need to invent a strategy that will help you attract clients without and at the same time won’t rob them. You can offer free trial subscription for, say, the first month. It’s also a good idea to roll out discounts and limited time bonuses for both new users and loyal clients. Finally, you can opt for a freemium model. But if you grant all users a free membership, you’ll need to think about some other ways in which you can attract income. Most online dating business owners that don’t charge annual or monthly subscription fees, rely heavily on advertising revenue, which can be a good option for you, as well. You can also consider affiliate partnership as a source of additional income.  

Understand the Importance of Software 

It’s a rare website that can thrive with an amateur-looking interface, lack of technical support, and poor moderation. Therefore, you should be prepared for forking out on all those things to ensure proper operation of your website. Hire an experienced web builder who knows how to code, understands design and it able to implement such essential functions as instant messages, navigation, spam detection, image and on-page optimization, e-commerce, link building, etc. Thus, you’ll be able to earn your users’ trust and make them want to come back. 

Promote Your Business

Furthermore, don’t forget about marketing your online business. It’s a good idea to start a blog you’ll be updating with unique content relevant to services you’re providing. Thus, you’ll be able to advertise your website in an unobtrusive and subtle manner. If you want to give your product instant reach to billions of active users start promoting it on social media. Don’t just provide links to your product. Interest your potential visitors with an appealing intro text and ask your current users share their reviews and impressions about your services with others on social media. Thus, you’ll be able to interest and reach out to a wider audience and attract more people willing to find their love online. 

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NORDSTROM NYC FLAGSHIP

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Co-President, Pete Nordstrom, along side of corporate partners hosted a tour for retailer’s newly largest single project investment in their history. On Oct 24th, Nordstrom will launch its first flagship in Manhattan since the 1920s. An exclusive onestop shop adjacent to the Nordstrom Men’s store located on West 57th street & Broadway. The seven-level flagship store, designed in collaboration with James Carpenter Design Associates, forms in the base of the ‘tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.’ With 320,000 square feet, it will embody an experience which is responsive and reflective of its customers. After all, a great design encourages people to stay longer and shop more. And, with 19-foot ceilings, it’s an open canvas for an interchangeable yet flexible floor plan.

The new floor plan allows for discovery, with range to explore and transition through brands freely that they haven’t experienced before. The infrastructure is designed to funnel natural light through transparency with floor to ceiling glass, intertwining the shopping experience to the city’s skyline. The atrium possesses a waveform glass façade which allows for interaction from customers inside and out. Chain-mail veils and lighting installations lend character to the location, reflecting the city’s cultural events as well as major holidays. 

“A rapidly growing younger consumer who’s engaged has emerged,” asserts Pete Nordstrom. Instinctively creating a new culture and how we shop that’s relevant to life experiences. Today one-third of sales are e-commerce, which represents 30% of Nordstrom’s business.

For over 100 years, the retailer has stood the test of time. The climate of brick and mortar for many retailers have shrunk and/or has become nonexistent. Nordstrom understands as their customer evolves, their level of service and retail atmosphere should be elevated as well. Using technology and innovation, the new store’s communication system will allow employees to order beverages and/or garments throughout the location.

In addition, customers will have access to 24/7 buy online & pickup, in-store personal stylists and tailoring while you wait. The Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim, has fabricated initiatives like Pop-In@ Nordstrom – an exclusive space for emerging designers. Merchandising will include a curated depth of products (clothing, accessories, shoes, beauty, children’s, home etc) across price points.

Lastly, there will be 7 food and beverage options with 4 full-service restaurants, 2 bars and an innovative, gluten-free doughnut stand:

¤ Shoe Bar will feature handcrafted cocktails, speciality coffee drinks and a selection of small plates.

¤ 2 restaurants are in collaboration with Chef Tom Douglas.

¤ 1 restaurant is in collaboration with Chef Ethan Stowell.

For a mega metropolis that’s often explored while on foot, this fashion marquee’s newest residence seems to be long overdue.

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Printful

When Printful launched its print-on-demand/drop-shipping business in 2013, most competitors were traditional bulk-printing companies that weren’t built for one-off fulfillment of t-shirts and other products. Today, thanks to the e-commerce explosion and a savvy technology-focused business strategy, Printful is the largest company of its kind with three fulfillment centers in the U.S. and headquarters in Riga, Latvia and Charlotte, NC, a fourth that recently opened in Mexico, 500 employees, dozens of product options, and 800,000+ customers around the globe from artists and cause marketers to Twitter-preneurs like WeRateDogs that use merchandise to monetize their ventures.  

 

  • The company was founded by two young Latvians who couldn’t find an acceptable print-on-demand drop-shipping partner for a business they ran selling posters, clothing and other items with motivational quotes for entrepreneurs. 
  • It has doubled revenues every year since inception, fulfilled more than 10 million orders generating over $540 million for customers, and is still self-funded.
  • Features like 14 integrated e-commerce platforms (more than any competitor), API connectivity, and a mockup generator that creates store-ready product images help fuel business.
  • One-third of customers surveyed say their e-commerce storefront is a full-time gig, and three-quarters of the rest say they’re aiming to get there. 

 

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Waam x FashionTV

2018 was the year where the issue of users’ privacy took the central stage. With the enactment of GDPR and the congressional hearing of Facebook’s Founder, Mark Zuckerberg, the issue of users’ ownership rights over their data was brought firmly into the public spotlight. Now with the start of a new year, it’s time for a change.

WAAM, a decentralized e-commerce blockchain platform, made it its mission to return data ownership rights back to their original owners- the users. On WAAM, users have the right to choose whether to share their personal data or part of it, for rewards or keep it private. By connecting retailers, apps, and users, in a consensual and direct manner, WAAM makes sure that all the players in its economy have something to gain, making it into a real win-win for all.

WAAM formed a strategic partnership with FashionTV, the international fashion and lifestyle broadcasting station, reaching over 1 billion people across the globe. FashionTV is planned to embed the WAAM protocol across its channels, making the WAAM token an officially acceptable currency.  

WAAM will be making its first leap into the e-commerce sphere through the fashion industry, the largest e-commerce vertical, with over 500 million USD in sales in 2018 alone. This goal will be further strengthened by the partnership with FashionTV, helping to make WAAM a household name, furthering its exposure through FashionTV’s close connections with thousands of celebrities and brands.

Another party to benefit from the partnership is inFASH, a social network for fashion lovers and the first app to have embraced the WAAM protocol. inFASH and WAAM established their partnership back in early 2018 and have been working together to increase the synergy between blockchain technology and fashion ever since. Operating on the WAAM platform will allow both inFASH and FashionTV to collaborate, providing inFASH with access to a mass audience of fashion enthusiasts, while FashionTV’s users will be able to benefit from a social platform on which they can both earn money from sharing their fabulous fashion sense as well as a better shopping experience complemented with special sales and discounts.

At its core the WAAM platform is designed to help create synergies and collaborations between different partners, whether it is by helping retailers directly connect with potential customers, or by helping apps to collaborate with one another, as is the case with inFASH and FashionTV, the motivation to create a solution that benefits all are the fuel that makes the platform successful and sustainable.