According to the real-time intelligence data gathered by GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications), over 5.22 billion people use smartphones. It means roughly 67 percent of the world’s population carries mobile devices. Moreover, almost all smartphone users utilize Google search engines to perform a preliminary search for local services.

About two decades ago, if you needed an ax or saw, you’d probably search your phonebook to find a hardware store close to your home. If the store happened to be out of axes or saws, you might search for another store to start the process all over again.

Now the…


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The world has changed somewhat drastically in just a few months. More than five million people in the US alone have been infected by the Covid-19 viral infection, with the death toll already surpassing 180,000. Every day, more than 1,000 new deaths are recorded, making this one of the worst pandemics in our modern-day history.

With the pandemic continuing to spread, it’s not only the general population faced with difficulties. Thousands of businesses had to close their doors during this pandemic — with many of these unable to open again. …


Having been raised by my dad until the age of ten, I grew up without a female role model. When my father passed away, it all went downhill. But though I didn’t believe it would be, when my daughter was born, it hit me: having daughters is one of the greatest joys I ever could imagine.

I’m still so far from working out how to raise these girls. I’m always researching, learning, figuring things out, and messing up along the way. Thankfully, my wonderful wife does an incredible job of giving constant direction and feedback.

That being said, I’ve definitely…


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Approximately 83 percent of executives and 84 percent of employees say that high levels of employee engagement and motivation are essential to a company’s success.

How do you foster engagement and increase motivation in the workplace? Start by implementing a culture that puts employees first.

When it comes to building a winning, employee-first culture, it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are 10 strategies you can implement today to start making your employees a priority and make the office a better place for everyone who works there.

1. Encourage Feedback

When taking steps to improve the culture at your workplace…


The term “5G” gets tossed around a lot, but without a lot of explanation. Most people have a general idea that “5G” equals “fast,” but not much beyond that. So, what is 5G? 5G stands for fifth generation, and it’s the next generation of wireless networking technology, following — you guessed it — 4G. So obviously it’s better and faster than 4G. But why? What makes it great?

5G is, among other things, the backbone of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, so it’s obviously pretty important. When T-Mobile announced its plans to acquire Sprint in April 2018, it promised the…


Retail businesses have taken a major hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most storefronts have had to either close completely or implement changes to their business models — one-way aisles, plexiglass at cashier stands and contactless payment solutions, to name just a few. In spite of these protections, though, most retailers are seeing a decline in business as consumers have opted for other methods of shopping — online, delivery, or often, simply doing without. …


Mystery shopping has been around ever since the 1940s. But just because a method’s been used for decades doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best method.

It’s true that many (if not most) retailers have used this strategy to evaluate their business processes so they can tweak for improvements. But now that we’re shifting to social distancing and relying more on e-commerce, it’s time you reevaluate your retail strategies.

In this article, we’ll discuss why mystery shoppers are outdated and why they don’t work. We’ll also discuss what you should replace it with instead.

It’s Poor-Quality Data

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No element will impact your startup more during its crucial early growth stages than the members of your team. Their personalities, values and actions will influence the direction of the company in ways both active and passive. So choose them wisely in order to jumpstart your chances of success.

Prioritize Communication

There is no room on a startup team for people who shut down and keep things to themselves. This kind of behavior creates a toxic environment and leads to suspicion and the erosion of trust in the partnership. …


Trying to narrow down a list of tips for first-time business owners is like trying to narrow down advice for first-time parents. Almost anything can and will happen during your journey, but these pointers will give you a strong foundation on which to build your flourishing company.

1. Collaborate with diverse and trustworthy partners.

One of the most important lessons a new entrepreneur can learn is that it’s OK to be picky about whom you work with and who works for you. Whenever possible, aim for diversity in your partners and colleagues across a variety of levels — not just…


The phrase “born leader” gets thrown around frequently, and it has led many people to erroneously assume that you either have what it takes to be a great leader or you don’t. In actuality, effective leadership is simply a combination of various skills and principles that can be learned and practiced just like any others.

Respecting the Importance of Personal Time

You didn’t become a leader because you’re afraid of putting your nose to the grindstone for long hours. But everyone needs time away from work to recharge. …

Sam Bahreini

Passionate Entrepreneur, Business Operations Strategist, Retail Efficiency Architect, Contributor @Forbes @Entrepreneur

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