USA TODAY: Here are some of retail’s current winners

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Here are some of retail’s current winners

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If you believe the hype, you’re probably convinced that no one goes to stores anymore. Toys R Us has filed for bankruptcy protection. Macy’s continues to shutter stores and Sears is trying to figure out how to juggle its debts.But while many of retail’s most iconic companies struggle, others are thriving — from T.J. Maxx, which lures fashionistas with the thrill of discovering a designer item with a discounted price, to Ulta, where customers can get their brows done, a new haircut and a basket full of cosmetics, all under one roof.At a time when more Americans are shopping online, the most successful retailers are offering experiences and conveniences that appeal to customers whether they are browsing their websites or making a trip to an actual store.

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USA TODAY: TripAdvisor’s up-and-coming destinations for 2018

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TripAdvisor’s up-and-coming destinations for 2018

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It’s the time when every travel site is predicting hot destinations for the year (here’s USA TODAY’s list). TripAdvisor used a data-driven way to name its “Destinations on the Rise,” looking at millions of reviews on its site to determine venues and destinations that saw the greatest positive increases last year. Based on that activity, plus searches and bookings, TripAdvisor tabbed 20 travel hot spots you should consider for your 2018 trips.   

USA TODAY: Walmart boosts hourly wage to $11, dishes bonuses

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Walmart boosts hourly wage to $11, dishes bonuses

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Walmart is boosting the minimum hourly wage for its U.S. employees to $11 and dishing out bonuses of up to $1,000, crediting President Trump’s tax cut for enabling the move.The increase for the nation’s largest private employer also comes amid political pressure to bolster minimum wages and comes amid a hot streak for the retailer.The big-box store chain, which has more than 1 million U.S. hourly employees, will reap a windfall from the U.S. corporate tax rate cut from 35% to 21%.The move also comes amid a 17-year low for the U.S. unemployment rate, which has intensified competition for workers.“Today, we are building on investments we’ve been making in associates, in their wages and skills development,” Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a statement. “It’s our people who make the difference and we appreciate how they work hard to make every day easier for busy families.”

Throwback To Franchise India Event — Escapade Gals

Few days back, Franchise India hosted an excusive event called Franchise Power House, a mega opportunity show and a destination where every aspiring entrepreneur finds the right business opportunity. Franchise Power House Delhi took place on December 23, 2017, at Hotel Pullman, Aerocity, New Delhi. FRANCHISE POWER HOUSE – An excellent overview of franchising that […]

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USA TODAY: Amazon Alexa is coming to $1,000 smart glasses

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Amazon Alexa is coming to $1,000 smart glasses

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“Alexa, what is it I’m looking at?”You’re used to summoning help from Amazon Alexa, the voice inside Amazon’s Echo smart speaker, in your kitchen or by your bed. If Amazon has its way, the artificial intelligent-infused Alexa digital assistant will be pretty much at your beck and call everywhere, and that means the bathroom, and even in a product such as the see-through augmented reality glasses that a company called Vuzix will be showcasing this week during the mammoth CES tech show in Las Vegas.More: CES 2018: Get ready for yet more (yes more) smart devicesMore: CES fail: No women keynote addresses triggers backlash