When did life get so busy?
The rebooting of J.C. Penney is apparently underway. Why do I care at all about this? Because Ron Johnson, the man who led Apple’s amazing retail strategy for the past decade, is now the CEO of J.C. Penney.
It will be fascinating to see what Johnson does to this century-old retail chain. Many technology-focused shops are undergoing their own makeovers to be more Apple Store-like in a variety of ways. We’ll see if it can work in the broader retail space. If it can, Johnson is clearly the man to pull it off.
Fun fact: did you know that Sam Walton worked at a J.C. Penney 22 years before he founded Walmart?
Apple Inc., expanding its ambitions in education, joined the race to sell digital textbooks, hoping to get students to trade their book bag for an iPad.
The electronics company unveiled a new version of its iBooks digital book store that supports textbooks featuring quizzes, note-taking, study cards and other features, like the ability to interact with a diagram of an ant.
The service launched with a small number of high-school titles from McGraw-Hill Cos., Pearson PLC and others, with some from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt coming shortly. Textbooks for courses such as algebra 1, environmental science and biology will be available first, priced at $14.99 or less.
Experts around the world agree: Global catastrophes are coming in the next decade. When the experts were polled, they were incredibly pessimistic. We’re at increased risk of economic, political, and environmental disaster. It’s a scary world out there, and it’s just getting scarier.
Want to know what’s going to happen at this year’s World Economic Forum? With global and business leaders converging to Davos, Switzerland, Reuters’ Ryan McCarthy and Gary Regenstreif break out their crystal ball to tell us what we can expect from this year’s WEF in the Alps.
Get ready! ⛽
Two small paintings I did for a show.