This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool. In recent years, no industry has grown more impressively than that of legal cannabis. Depending on your preferred source, the legal weed industry is probably growing by 25% to 35% on an annualized basis over the intermediate term, with sales estimates varying from almost $25 billion in North… (more…)

Canada Is Headed Toward An Epic Glut Of Marijuana

This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool. In recent years, no industry has grown more impressively than that of legal cannabis. Depending on your preferred source, the legal weed industry is probably growing by 25% to 35% on an annualized basis over the intermediate term, with sales estimates varying from almost $25 billion in North… Read more

Free news gets scarcer as paywalls tighten

For those looking for free news online, the search is becoming harder. Tougher restrictions on online content have boosted digital paid subscriptions at many news organizations, amid a growing trend keeping content behind a “paywall.” Free news has by no means disappeared, but recent moves by media groups and Facebook and Google supporting paid subscriptions is… Read more

Net giants ‘must pay for news’ from which they make billions

Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits. The call comes as the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news articles they use or… Read more

Investors flush with $26 trillion to strong-arm corporations on climate change

Beware. President Donald Trump may have put a stop to America’s participation in the Paris accord, citing its burdensome regulatory climate change mandates and cost-hiking economic downers. But a plot afoot at the Paris climate summit would moot Trump’s action and make most of America a participant in the accord, anyway. Climate Action 100+ tweeted the… Read more

Trump’s first international hotel wants to ditch his name

First it was the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Toronto. Then it was the Trump SoHo hotel in New York. Now, a third property bearing the president’s name is trying to distance itself from the Trump brand, according to a report by the Associated Press. “Owners of the Trump International Hotel in Panama are working… Read more

Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck

After revolutionizing electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in “green” transportation with the introduction a futuristic all-electric semi truck. “We designed the Tesla truck to be like a bullet,” said Tesla co-founder and CEO, Elon Musk. The billionaire South African-born inventor unveiled the new vehicle Thursday at an event in Hawthorne, California, site of… Read more

Carnival Cruise Line inks deal with Shell to fuel new LNG-powered ships coming in 2020, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Carnival Cruise Line said Wednesday it has signed an agreement with a Shell subsidiary to provide fuel for two new ships it says will be the first fully LNG-powered ships in North America. The new 180,000-ton ships — slated for debuts in 2020 and 2022 — are being built with a next-generation “green cruising”… Read more

Dutch Philips looks east over Brexit concerns

Dutch electronics giant Philips said Monday it will increasingly rely on emerging markets as a buffer against the possible negative effects of Brexit, warning of a revenue drop and possible job losses in Britain. “I don’t think we’ve seen a big impact yet (from Brexit),” said the Amsterdam-based group’s chief executive Frans van Houten. “But I… Read more

How one city plans to steer residents away from driving

Countries from the UK to China are rolling out extraordinary plans to eliminate fossil-fuel-guzzling automobiles. But one Nordic capital city is mixing tech and urban planning to make sure citizens do not need a car at all. Finland’s capital Helsinki is growing quickly as it attracts labor from the countryside and overseas. Instead of building more… Read more

Struggling With Credit Card Debt? There’s An App For That

With credit card debt climbing toward new post-recession peaks, a study published this week pointed to a possible answer — for millennials, anyway. Personal finance app users, particularly those between the ages of 18 and 36, are less likely to cough up overdraft fees and short-term debt interest payments, according to the paper, which was published… Read more

US.Consumers Looking Forward To Paying With Facial Recognition, Voice Control

Cash is getting less attention and people are looking forward to paying companies with mobile apps and other technologies instead, according to a new survey by online invoicing and payment firm Viewpost, which surveyed 1,000 U.S consumers for its analysis. Read: PayPal Invests In LendUp, Startup Offering Loans To People Banks Deem Too Risky More than… Read more

Collected Insights Offer a Strategic Roadmap for Companies as They Respond to New Global Challenges

Collected Insights Offer a Strategic Roadmap for Companies as They Respond to New Global Challenges Further reinforcing trends seen over the last six months, CECP: The CEO Force for Good has drawn together its current research base to develop a series of insights designed to help guide companies as they shape their social strategies, which […]

The Fintech Arms Race Between Banks And Startups

Brick-and-mortar banks are in desperate need of a makeover. They know it too. Capital One is opening Capital One Cafes in major cities across the U.S., with hip decor and more laidback consulting vibes than traditional branches. JPMorgan is trying the same idea with its Manhattan technology hub. Bloomberg reported the bank’s $9.6 billion technology budget… Read more

Lead the Way in Responsible Business

The submission deadline for the 8 th Annual Responsible Business Awards is drawing ever closer and we’re still on the hunt for the ground-breaking initiatives that have brought CSR to the fore over the past year. This is your chance to be recognised, and what’s more, recognise colleagues, teams and partners who have worked tirelessly to… Read more

Apply Pay Is Ready To Conquer The Fashion World

Apple Pay may become a major player in the fashion industry, because mobile payment apps are redefining the ways people go shopping. According to a 2016 survey by the Pew Research Center, 15 percent of Americans buy something online every week. As retailers look to personalize in-person shopping experiences through high-tech interaction, payment apps gain even… Read more

3 Key Facts About ‘Generation Price Shop’

Although the Millennium Bug (Y2K for the conspiracy fans) never amounted to much when it came to destroying financial systems, the same cannot be said for millennials. Ok, “destroying” is perhaps a bit strong, but “shaking to their very core” is probably accurate. Young Americans have really done a number on the finance industry. Not because… Read more

Entrepreneurs Outside US Can Attract Silicon Valley Backing

The venture fund 500 Startups has been making a splash in Southeast Asia, most recently with Khmerload, a Cambodian entertainment news website modeled after the American media giant Buzzfeed. Binh Tran, a venture partner with the firm, sat down with Sophat Soeung of VOA’s Khmer service to talk about how entrepreneurs in developing countries could attract… Read more

Small business the best option for America

“You didn’t build that!” may be an iconic Obama phrase, but a lot of Americans have built a lot of businesses and are proud of it. Calvin Coolidge said famously that “the chief business of the American people is business.” And the chief kind of business of the American people is small business. In 2010 there… Read more

Surviving The Sharing Economy

Struggling to find jobs, millions of young workers have looked to the gig economy. Nearly a third of the sharing economy’s workers are in their thirties and a quarter are between the ages of 18 and 29; 30 percent take such jobs because they either can’t find a stable, “real” job or need the supplemental income.… Read more

Experts Forecast How To Succeed In Future Food And Beverage Sector

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The recent years have seen a major shift in people’s relationship with food and drink, which have acquired a much more funcional role in our lives. Like in other sectors, data is key and the public want as much information as possible to make a purchasing decision. For that reason, the food and… Read more

Twitter and Bloomberg to Stream News

Twitter and Bloomberg news are teaming up to launch a 24-hour streaming news channel. In response to a story in the Wall Street Journal about the partnership, Bloomberg Media’s top executive tweeted confirmation of the news. “We’ll have a lot more to say about this exciting new partnership at Bloomberg Media’s NewFronts on Monday,” tweeted Justin… Read more

Marijuana Stocks Are Sky High

This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool. The marijuana industry is the hottest thing since sliced bread, and marijuana stocks are thriving as a result. Here’s a quick rundown of how some of the industry’s largest players’ stock prices have performed over the trailing 12 months: GW Pharmaceuticals: up 35% Canopy Growth Corp.: up 248%… Read more

WeChat becomes business tool as it tops rival Facebook’s daily usage

WeChat, the ubiquitous messaging app, is being used for an ever longer period of time and is growing into a lifestyle choice embedded into daily activities and interactions, a new survey has found. In 2016, one-third of WeChat’s 889 million monthly active users spent a solid four hours or more per day on the mobile chatting… Read more

2017 Green Transition Scoreboard® Tracks Private Green Investments At $8.1 Trillion

Today, the latest Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) found that, despite Trump’s anti-green policies, private green investments now total more than $8.1 trillion USD ($8,133,456,730,370). Published annually since 2009, the GTS is a global measure of private green investment in five green sectors: 1) Renewable Energy, 2) Efficiency, 3) Life Systems (water, waste, recycling, community investing, e-learning… Read more

US Sales Slump Seen as Reflection of Changes in Retail Landscape
Retail sales had their worst two-month stretch in more than two years in February and March, according to government data released Friday. The U.S. Census Bureau said overall retail sales declined two-tenths of a percent in March, driven by lower fuel prices and lower auto profits. The National Retail Federation (NRF) said the delayed issuance of… Read more

China’s spending on robotics to hit $59.4b in 2020: IDC

Robot Jia Jia displays at the 2016 World Robot Exhibition in Beijing, Oct 21, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua] SHANGHAI – International Data Corp (IDC) reports that China will be spending $59.4 billion on robotics and related services by 2020. As the largest and the fastest growing robotics market in the world, China will account for over 30 percent… Read more

Responsible Business Trends 2017 – Complimentary Snapshot Report

As part of Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Trends 2017 Report we reached out approximately 2,500 global business executives to get an understanding of the top sustainability trends and issues for 2017. This snapshot highlights some key findings from our community based in Europe. Click here to download your complimentary copy Some key findings are: The… Read more