India Fashion Week: A New Sponsor — and a New Strategy

NEW DELHI — India Fashion Week here for the first time went direct to consumer, indicating the country’s changing fashion market.
The fashion week, the first four days of which were dedicated to retail buyers, also came with a new sponsor and a new name — the Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week, or LMIFW.
“The event kept the tradition of buyer sale for the first four days and added a new dimension for public sale on the penultimate two days at the same venue,” Sunil Sethi, president of the Fashion Design Council of India, or FDCI, told WWD. FDCI is the organizer of the event, which closed Oct. 15. “In its 19 years of existence, the FDCI has never thought of doing a B2C show. We have always been about business-to-business, and we are just adding on a new dimension,” he added.
Describing the changing retail market, and a year in which many designers have slowed the opening of their own stores, he said the last two days included past seasons’ designs and old inventory. “Many of the designers have been talking about the pain in retail, about downsizing a bit and reengineering their operations. In the factories, people are reassessing what to do this

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Frederic de Narp Talks Growth, Brand Strategy in Tokyo

TOKYO — Bally launched its latest artist collaboration at its flagship in Ginza here on Wednesday, unveiling a series of limited-edition products while hosting the opening of an exhibition by London-based street artist Shok-1. The project is the second in a series of artist collaborations curated by music producer Kasseem Dean, who goes by the name Swizz Beatz.
Frédéric de Narp, chief executive officer of the Swiss brand, began his career in Japan and still retains a high level of admiration for the country and its culture. He said that his decision to have a creative collective — rather than a single creative director — head Bally’s design activities was inspired by the country he once called home.
“This creative collective mindset, for me, was born in Japan. This is what I wanted to learn from the Japanese culture, what belongs to the Japanese culture, and what the Japanese are the best at,” he said. “This sort of respect and working together as a group, it’s a cliché, but it is true. And it’s not a fact of a one-woman show or a one-man show. It’s a fact of a group, and I believe in this, especially for a brand that has

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Apple’s New Strategy: Sell Pricier iPhones First

For the second straight year, Apple is starting to sell its new iPhone models at different times—but this time, the lag reflects a staggered production timeline set by the tech giant rather than manufacturing issues it experienced last year.
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Snap’s Strategy Chief Imran Khan to Leave Company

Snap Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan is leaving, the latest senior member of CEO Evan Spiegel’s circle to exit as the social-media company faces challenges growing its number of users.
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Snap’s Strategy Chief Imran Khan to Leave Company

Snap Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan is leaving, the latest senior member of CEO Evan Spiegel’s circle to exit as the social-media company faces challenges growing its number of users.
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Mike Amiri Details Retail Strategy

Mike Amiri’s Los Angeles-based line is only four and a half years old, but he already considers brands such as Prada and Gucci his peers. And because of this, he thought it was important to debut his fall 2018 collection, which he calls his most comprehensive, fully realized effort so far, in Paris instead of the U.S.
“I believe there is new space for independent brands in the context of luxury to have a voice,” Amiri said. “Before there were so many different walls. But playing on that stage is important and it shows the collection in the context of brands who I consider peers. We only sell to shops where we are adjacent to these brands.”
Amiri was speaking on the phone from Tokyo where he’s recently opened a pop-up within Restir, an independent boutique, that will sell his fall 2018 collection along with a capsule that he created in collaboration with Warner Bros., which is inspired by the Eighties movie the “The Lost Boys.”
“Restir is one of the few accounts we sell to in Japan and I like that it’s an independent shop that’s off the beaten path,” Amiri said. “I thought it was time to have more of a presence

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Campbell’s Strategy Comes Under Scrutiny After CEO Departure

Denise Morrison was the biggest champion of Campbell’s yearslong push into fresh and refrigerated foods, but her abrupt departure suggests that the strategy flopped and that the 150-year-old company needs a new plan.
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Happy Socks Founders Map Out Expansion Strategy

“I thought it was going to be a multibillion-dollar brand in one year and it’s ended up being a disappointment,” said Viktor Tell when asked what was his initial goal for Happy Socks.
Tell, who cofounded Happy Socks in 2008 with Mikael Söderlindh, was joking. He and Soderlindh, whose cheery dispositions match the name of their brand, were both in New York to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the sock company they started in Sweden.
Happy Socks began during an economic downturn when customers couldn’t splurge on a jacket or coat, but could afford a bright pair of printed socks, which, at the time, were hard to find. They filled a void and built a brand message that resonated with artists and companies ranging from The Beatles and Pharrell Williams to Rolex, which have all collaborated on Happy Socks capsule collections.
Over the past 10 years, the company has grown into an international sock design brand that is sold in 90-plus countries, with more than 10,000 points of sale. The business includes an online site and a growing portfolio of company-owned stores. In 2016, the brand generated retail sales of 100 million euros, or $ 106.4 million, and in 2017 it was acquired by

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Draft strategy could be double trouble for Browns

Cleveland hasn't had a quarterback in forever – you've seen the jersey with all the names on it, haven't you? – but drafting two QBs won't solve the problem.

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The Win-Win Strategy Behind Beyoncé Playing Coachella

Beyoncé, who has sold tens of millions of albums and played sold-out stadium tours, is the first African-American woman to headline Coachella, the highest-grossing music festival in the U.S.
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Inside the Lightning’s ‘Rangers South’ strategy: Will it pay off?

Tampa Bay has five players who skated for the Rangers’ Stanley Cup Final team in 2013-14, including Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller, added at the trade deadline this season. What’s behind that strategy, and will it result in another trip to the Cup Final?
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Rejection of Qualcomm-Broadcom Deal Followed Monthslong Strategy

The Trump administration’s extraordinary intervention against the $ 117 billion takeover of Qualcomm surfaced suddenly last week. But it was months in the making.
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Airbnb CFO Quit After He​Didn’t Get Strategy Role, and Some Investors Have Questions

Airbnb Inc.’s finance chief, Laurence Tosi, left the home-sharing company after being passed over for a senior strategic role and disagreeing with chief executive Brian Chesky about timing of an IPO.
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GE Dividend in Focus as Investors Await New Strategy

Investors and analysts are bracing themselves for a broad rethinking of how GE operates, including shedding business units, a dividend cut, and layoffs among GE’s nearly 300,000-person workforce.
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'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.



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Google’s Main Strategy Is Under Threat From EU

Google has thrived by launching new services out of its powerful search engine, but a European Union fine against the company now puts its hallmark strategy under threat.
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Despite Paris Accord Exit, Companies See Little Change in Strategy

The Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement heralds a decisive change in U.S. climate policy, but many corporate leaders say it will have little immediate impact on their investments and strategies.
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Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy

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Destination XL Shares Down; Firm Rethinks Advertising Strategy

Destination XL Group Inc. plans to reinstitute TV advertising to grab the attention of big and tall guys after noting the elimination of a fall marketing campaign hurt fourth-quarter sales.
For the three months ended Jan. 28, net income was $ 1.8 million, or 4 cents a diluted share, against a net loss of $ 1.4 million, or 3 cents, a year ago. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share were 2 cents, compared with an adjusted loss of 2 cents a year ago. Net sales slipped 1.1 percent to $ 122.6 million from $ 124 million. The company said DXL comparable-store sales were down 1.9 percent for the quarter.
Wall Street was expecting EPS of 1 cent on sales of $ 125.77 million.
Shares of Destination XL fell 4.2 percent to $ 2.30 at 11:31 a.m.
The company attributed the decline in sales to the “overall weakness in the retail environment, as well as the company decision to eliminate its fall marketing campaign.”
David Levin, president and chief executive officer, said, “Despite the 2016 retail environment being one of the most challenging in recent memory, we were very pleased to deliver strong growth in EBITDA and free cash flow.”
The company said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the quarter

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Alitalia’s Turnaround Strategy Is a Flop

Less than three years after Etihad Airways saved Alitalia from bankruptcy, the Italian airline is once again on the brink. Etihad’s turnaround effort has done little to push up passenger numbers or beat back fierce competition from low-cost carriers.
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U.S. Politics Prompt Saudis to Rethink Financial Strategy

Saudi Arabia is re-evaluating its multibillion-dollar U.S. financial strategy because of shifts in the American political landscape, including whether to go elsewhere with the public stock debut of its state oil firm.
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Competitive Strategy for Media Firms

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Competitive Strategy for Media Firms introduces the concepts and analytical frameworks of strategic and brand management, and illustrates how they can be adapted according to the characteristics of distinct media products. Working from the premise that all media firms must strategize in response to the continuing evolution of new media, author Sylvia M. Chan-Olmsted offers applications of common business approaches to the products and components of the electronic media industry, and provides empirical examinations of broadcast, multichannel media, enhanced television, broadband communications, and global media conglomerate markets. This insightful and timely volume provides a thorough review of current concepts and industry practices, and serves as an essential primer for the application of business models in media contexts. As a realistic and integrated approach to media industry studies, this volume has much to offer researchers, scholars, and graduate students in media economics and management, and will be an important reference for industry practitioners.

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A book that goes beyond basic-level play of the popular Minecraft computer game covers such topics as automating all aspects of mining, harvesting and building tasks; generating infinite ores on demand; building mob spawners and traps for fast experience gains; sharing one’s creations with the world and much more. Original.

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Youre Being Googled! Building an Online Presence and Networking Strategy That Advances Your Career

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In today''s world, the Internet is proving to be the most important resource people can use to network and put their name out in the open. When searching for a person on Google, what does – and doesn''t – show up in the search results can be either rewarding or damaging to an individual. Digital dirt- whatever is associated with a person''s name in search features – can help to highlight an individual''s past experiences, skills, and talents. Yet links to negative websites, unflattering pictures, or bad associations can hinder a person from achieving the opportunities they seek.Six Figure Networking aims to advise readers about the advantages of various social media tools, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, as a way of networking yourself to the world. If the information isn''t out there, no one is going to be able to find it. But the information has to be positive in order to be advantageous for building connections, and not anything that will deter people from associating with you.So what if you haven''t spent the last year honing a great online image and building a community of followers ready to recommend you at a moment’s notice? Is it too late? No. Franzoni and Greenspan first provide readers a fast overview of the social media landscape from large public open spaces to a host of highly effective niche markets for your message. Then they show you how to use the tools – and avoid the social gaffes – both obvious and at least three you haven’t considered. And, they provide real-life examples of successful job campaigns including how to express yourself in different social outlets. Finally, a plan for personal branding that will get you through your current search and provide some career insurance in future years.
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Kim Kardashian’s Maternity Fashion Strategy: First Trimester Is All About the Latex

During her first pregnancy with North, Kim Kardashian made it very apparent that a baby bump was not going to slow her fashion train. She wore heels, high-waisted pants, and a Givenchy gown that the Internet went meme-crazy for. But with baby No. 2 on the way now, she’s got a new game plan.

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“I’m going to be more simple. I don’t care if I wear the same thing as long as it fits and it’s comfortable,” she told Hollywood Life. If the pink curve-hugging latex number she picked yesterday looks familiar, it’s because we’ve seen her in similar styles before—two to be exact. “This outfit is actually really comfortable. It was hanging in my closet, and I was like, ‘Do I wear this now because it still fits me and I can’t wear it much longer?'”

Due to the similarities the new dress shares with Kim’s earlier looks, it was probably delivered at the same time from designer Atsuko Kudo. If she hadn’t gotten around to wearing this sleeveless style yet, she’s certainly right to trot it out now before her pregnancy gets more advanced.

Kim said she’s working with a nutritionist this time to eat better than she did with North and wants to avoid the water-weight gain she experienced.

“At the end of the day, I’m trying to live in the moment and really enjoy the pregnancy. I’m gonna get bigger, that’s OK. I will figure out how to dress.”

Kim’s on the July cover of Glamour talking pregnancy, turning 35, and what it’s like shooting Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

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How to Eliminate Procrastination (The Surprising Strategy One Man Used)

In 2009, Fred Stutzman was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and he was trying to grind out some important work on his thesis.

But there was a problem.

His favorite coffee shop, which had previously been a quiet sanctuary where he could escape distraction and get work done, had just added a new and very dangerous feature.

Wireless internet.

Now Stutzman found himself constantly distracted by the endless supply of entertainment and social media on the web — even if he really wanted to get something done. He tried disconnecting from the internet, but it wasn’t that simple. He was always clicking it back on to “take a break.” He was constantly fighting the urge to check his messages and updates.

Thankfully, Stutzman happened to be a programmer studying Information Science. When he went home that night, he decided to create a software program that would solve his problem.

The program was simple. You turned the application on, told it how long you wanted to focus, and it prevented your computer from going online for that amount of time. If you wanted to get back on before your time was up, you had to turn your computer completely off and reboot.

The program was called Freedom and not long after Stutzman created it, the application went viral. It was picked up by NPR, The Economist, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Time, and nearly every major news outlet you can imagine. More than 500,000 people downloaded it.

It seems that many people were struggling with online procrastination.

Why did Freedom work so well? And what can it teach us about sticking to better habits and mastering our willpower?

The Power of Decision Elimination

Making decisions over and over again will drain your willpower. This is true even if it’s the same, tiny decision — like constantly resisting the urge to check your email. (Another example: continually trying to follow a new, strict diet.)

You might be able to resist for five minutes or an hour or maybe even a week, but eventually, your willpower will begin to fade and you’ll give in. This is known as decision fatigue and I’ve discussed how it has a measurable impact on your willpower and the choices you make throughout any given day.

The Freedom app that Stutzman designed is effective not only because it prevents you from reaching the web, but also because it reduces decision fatigue. It eliminates your options and, as a result, doing the right thing becomes much easier. In other words, the application places a constraint on your behavior.

This brings us to an important point: constraints can make it easier to stick to good habits by eliminating the number of decisions you need to make to move forward.

Constraints are a Good Thing

People often say that they want options. When it comes to getting things done, however, options aren’t always a good thing. When everything is a possibility, it actually becomes harder to make the right choice (or any choice at all). This is the paradox of choice.

Meanwhile, when we place a constraint on ourselves, it can become much easier to get something done. This is especially true if it is a constraint that forces us to start small.

  • If you want to start exercising, set a rule for yourself where you are not allowed to exercise for more than five minutes. You have to stop exercising after 5 minutes. I talked with a reader named Mitch who used this strategy to make his first six weeks of exercise very easy and then gradually built up to doing more. He ended up losing over 100 pounds. (Nice work, Mitch!)
  • If you want to become more creative, you can use constraints to drive your creativity. For example, you could write a book by only using 50 different words. This is the strategy Dr. Seuss used to write Green Eggs and Ham. (Full story here.)
  • If you want to eat more vegetables, you could limit yourself to only one type of vegetable this week. By limiting the number of choices you have to make, it’s more likely that you’ll actually eat something healthy rather than get overwhelmed trying to figure out all of the details of the perfect diet.

We often think that we want an open road and the ability to choose any direction for ourselves. But sometimes, what we need is a tunnel that can reduce our choices and send us in a focused direction.

How can you eliminate the need to make the same decisions over and over again? How can you use constraints to drive your habits forward — even if it’s in a very small way?

P.S. If you are interested in more strategies for increasing your willpower and sticking to better habits, I explain all sorts of techniques and the science behind them in my Habits Workshop.

James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares science-based ideas for living a better life and building habits that stick. To get strategies for boosting your mental and physical performance by 10x, join his free newsletter.

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Dead Island Official Strategy Guide

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The only official strategy guide for Dead Island, which is a first-person action game with deep RPG style character development. -Official ARTWORK enhances pages designed for beauty and easy-of-use. -MAPS show locations of weapons, safe areas, first aid kits, and other important items. -SPOILER-FREE WALKTHROUGH is carefully written to provide hints and strategy for completing and mastering the game. -BEASTIARY and CHARACTERS sections show official art, bios, and stats. -WEAPON and ITEM APPEND:ICES show official stats. -MULTIPLAYER strategies provide tracks to maximize the team’s skills and increase your chance of survival. -QUEST tracker with maps and rewards. -Maximize each character’s SKILL TREE.

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