Mondelez International is handling its own shipping and logistics this year, using a limited-time offer of an Oreos holiday tin as a test of its scarcity-based e-commerce approach. The company has hired more than 50 e-commerce staff in the past year and a half and hopes to have $1 billion in online revenue by 2020.
An increased emphasis on social media campaigns and proper use of big data will be among the business-to-business sales trends to watch during 2017, writes Andrew Deen. B2B sales teams should also be prepared to implement digital solutions while offering mobile-friendly content to customers.
An economic rivalry between the US and China could create a situation where "everybody loses," said analyst Robert Manning. "And the global economy is even worse when you have the two biggest economies going after one another," Manning said.
IKEA will provide up to four months of paid parental leave to US employees, regardless of how many hours they work. The move aims to foster a happier workforce with increased productivity and longer tenure, officials say.
Coastline Market founders Robert Kirstiuk and Joseph Lee have developed an app that allows commercial fishers to avoid middlemen and connect directly with restaurants. The company is looking to disrupt the traditional supply chain and establish a presence in cities on the Pacific Coast of Canada and the US.
President-elect Donald Trump is fulfilling his promise of an unpredictable foreign policy, especially with his unprecedented call with Taiwan. Trump has also applauded the Philippine government's crackdown on drugs and promised to visit Pakistan during his presidency.
After the Obama administration halted work on the Dakota Access Pipeline, the incoming Trump administration pledged its support for the proposed pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers originally ruled that the contractor should consider alternative routes for the pipe, a decision that could be overturned when the new administration assumes power in January.
While President-elect Donald Trump pledges to keep jobs in the country, critics warn his policies could harm the nation's economy. A loophole in Trump's tariff plan means organizations could start new companies overseas to avoid the 35% import tariff, taking jobs away from the US.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $360 million to curb tobacco in low- and middle-income countries between 2017 and 2022. Bloomberg Philanthropies will use the funds to push for increased tobacco taxes, smoke-free laws and other anti-tobacco strategies.
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