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Spanish Retailer Criticized for 'White Is the New Black' T-shirt
August 19, 2014

Sometimes phrases have unwanted connotations. While it may be just a play on words referencing the common fashion phrase on what's in style or the popular Netflix series, "Orange Is the New Black," Spanish retailer Zara has experienced backlash on possible racial undertones of its printed white tee with "White Is the New Black" printed across the chest in black block letters.

Phthalates Panel Recommends Additional CPSC Restrictions
August 19, 2014

Over the next several months, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will be reviewing the report and recommendations of an agency advisory panel regarding risks of phthalates in children’s products. If implemented by CPSC through rulemaking, the recommendations of the long-delayed report would restrict phthalates more stringently.


On the basis of toxicity concerns primarily regarding potential endocrine disruption, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the CPSC to convene a Chronic Hazard Advisory Panel to study the effects on children’s health of all phthalates and phthalate alternatives as used in children’s toys and child-care articles.

Smart Business Cards Transform Into USB Drives
August 19, 2014

Business cards belong to the same quaint, pre-digital era as film cameras and vinyl records. We may still have them, but how many of us use them to find contact information when we can consult Google or LinkedIn? USB drives are hardly more useful, usually ending up in the same desk drawer as their analog predecessors.

Now there’s the SwivelCard, a thick piece of paper that is at once a personal business card and a USB device.

5 Best Cinematic Sales Pitches
August 19, 2014

Hollywood, as a general rule, doesn't seem to care much for salespeople. In almost every movie and TV show, sales professionals are depicted either as con-men or nut-cases.

Nevertheless, you can learn about real-world selling from Hollywood's skewed depiction of it. Here are five memorable scenes, along with my explanation why they're useful:

1. Boiler Room

Even though this movie is about con-men rather than salespeople, this "closing" scene illustrates two basic principles of selling.

The Best Productivity Tricks You Can Learn From Firefighters
August 18, 2014

Firefighters are always a call away, ready to tackle potentially dangerous situations. But while their job probably carries a ton of stress and responsibility, their methods and tricks can still apply to your job and everyday life.

Like any emergency personnel, firefighters work long hours and rely on a lot of teamwork. Since lives are often at stake, they also have to operate with pinpoint accuracy. It requires training, keeping calm under pressure, and knowing what to do at the right time. Within these goals, they have lessons for all of us—even if you don't regularly save people from burning buildings.

iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows: Which is Right for Small Business?
August 18, 2014

It's been a while since people stopped asking businesses whether they needed a 'smartphone' and instead which sort they use. Before deciding which smartphone you want, establish that you need to collaborate, have access to mobile data and do all those other things a smartphone can do that a lower-spec model can't.

So, what sort of smartphone do you want? There are four basic choices—Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Phone. Each has their fans, some of whom get rather tribal about it. The truth is that each works pretty well. Here are some strengths and weaknesses.

Collecting Discarded Plastic (and Data) For That T-Shirt
August 18, 2014

Sure, that shirt you're wearing may be designed from 100 percent post-consumer plastic, and perhaps you know that it took about 10 or 15 soda bottles to make its fabric, but do you know what country those bottles came from? Do you know how they got recycled or who picked them up? Are you curious about the impact your T-shirt purchase has on supporting the livelihood of the person who collected those bottles? Thread, a Pittsburgh-based B-Corp, is betting that you want to know, and is poised to provide that information when you purchase a product ...