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  • Zartico Launches ZDOS™ Airport, Strategic-Planning Solution for U.S. Airports

    Streamlined data intelligence answers key questions about passenger trends The Zartico Destination Operating System™ Airport is a strategic decision-making tool designed specifically for airports. Guide the future growth and stability of your airport with game-changing insights. SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zartico, the creators of the world’s first Destination Operating System™, announces the latest in game-changing data solutions with the launch of ZDOS™ Airport. Designed to meet the unique needs of airports, ZDOS™ Airport offers new insights into passenger behavior, allowing airports to make data-led decisions for the benefit of travelers and local communities. With a partner base of more than 250 North American destination organizations, Zartico recognized that the airports share a common pain point with many destinations — a lack of transformational data insights that fuels innovation and supports competition. This new self-service application fills that gap and allows them to compete on revenue generation. ZDOS™ Airport uses the same rigorous data science methodology that powers Zartico’s destination management solutions. The application’s passenger-specific data model simplifies dataset analysis, requiring little customization or technical know-how to derive meaningful insights that drive new revenue possibilities in route development, local passenger inflow, and parking utilization. ZDOS™ Airport equips airports to now answer key questions, including: Where do our outbound and inbound passengers live? See the full picture of your local catchment area, and understand what markets inbound travelers are coming from. How does our market share compare to nearby competing airports? Know how your airport stacks up — who in your catchment area is choosing a competing airport, and who is traveling into competing airports to reach your destination. Who is using our parking services, and who is choosing an off-site competitor? Develop targeted marketing strategies to drive incremental parking growth. Where do inbound passengers go in our destination? Understand travel motivators for inbound flyers to create out-of-market advertising opportunities and grow strategic partnerships with in-market attractions and event venues. “Data is a powerful tool for understanding human movement and the economic opportunities tied to it,” says Zartico CEO Sarah Lehman. “In developing ZDOS™ Airport, we’ve combined everything we’ve learned from working with tourism destinations, then innovated, focused, and streamlined it in order to give airport leaders the precise intelligence they need to elevate their organizations moving forward.” ZDOS™ Airport is built on Zartico’s Integrated Data Model, using high-resolution geolocation data and event data to generate meaningful insights that supplement gate data. By filling in the data gaps, ZDOS™ Airport brings the full picture of passenger behavior into focus, empowering airports to market more strategically and manage more effectively. About Zartico Zartico powers the possibilities of place. Makers of the first Destination Operating System, Zartico harnesses and streamlines big data, science, AI, and technology to provide unprecedented visibility into the movement of people and economic opportunities. ZDOS™ is a complete strategic planning solution that equips communities to make better decisions and navigate the future. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Zartico has decades of experience in technology, tourism, data science, and storytelling. Travel in style with these awesome accessories: Large Travel Backpack For Women iWALK Small Portable Charger Universal Handsfree Phone Mount for Flying *As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

  • StyleScan’s Innovative Virtual Outfitting and Styling Software Aims to Elevate Small Fashion Brands

    Los Angeles (July, 5, 2023) –– Originally exclusively available to B2B subscribers, StyleScan is thrilled to announce its AI-powered styling software is now available in the Shopify App Store. StyleScan Studio is a plug-in available to all Shopify users, with the option to upgrade to Premium access and create an unlimited amount of digitally dressed model images. This process significantly reduces costs while accelerating the photo production process for retail brands. StyleScan also recently partnered with LOOK, a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software platform, simplifying collaboration between creative departments and streamlining production operations. By integrating StyleScan’s ESG-compliant software, manufacturing processes are optimized and textile waste is reduced, ultimately fostering brand commitment to sustainable practices. The company’s social initiative focuses on nurturing young creatives, and through their Student Sponsorship program, StyleScan provides free Studio licenses to thousands of students. Their goal is to inspire and empower the next generation of creative minds. StyleScan Studio is versatile and can be used for apparel, accessories, jewelry, and footwear designs. The process is simple: users drag and drop their product images into the app and digitally dress a model from the growing model database or upload their own model photos. Within minutes, images are ready for e-commerce platforms, social media, and other marketing channels. StyleScan Studio is the key to elevating emerging brands in the fashion industry, taking them to new heights. The software’s technical features continue to expand and become more sophisticated, with exciting updates available soon. In the next version of Studio, the AI-powered software will introduce a groundbreaking new capability: generating a digitally dressed model with any chosen background. This revolutionary feature not only enhances creative control, but also sets the perfect scene for any virtual photoshoot. Businesses utilizing StyleScan Studio have seen sales increase by 138% and consumer engagement by 47%. “Now that StyleScan is available on Shopify, this will be a game changer and huge support for new emerging brands who do not have financial resources to orchestrate an elaborate photoshoot to showcase their designs,” says CEO/Founder Larissa Posner. StyleScan remains dedicated to advances in sustainability, inclusivity, and bringing efficiency to marketing, merchandising, and manufacturing. This is just the beginning! About StyleScan: StyleScan is a groundbreaking virtual outfitting and styling technology transforming the fashion industry. The team of expert computer scientists and veteran fashion executives developed the leading AI application that specializes in virtually dressing real people. Now, fashion companies can digitally generate images of models wearing their merchandise by uploading product photos or 3D design files. The software also provides a constantly-expanding database of real model images to choose from. Along with being the solution to manufacturing, merchandising, and marketing, anyone can use StyleScan’s innovative tool to create personalized, virtually styled looks with their own images. Using StyleScan streamlines operations, enhances creativity, and contributes to more sustainable practices, ultimately benefiting the industry as a whole.

  • StyleScan Raises $1M to Expand Its Virtual Dressing Technology

    Already powering multiple luxury brands’ e-commerce websites, StyleScan is accelerating the deployment of its new technology with a financial round led by Clearbrook Capital. LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--StyleScan, the developer of virtual-dressing technology for the fashion industry, announced today that it raised an additional $1 million in funding, bringing its total seed-round capital to $3 million. StyleScan’s leadership said that this financing is propelling the expansion of its e-commerce ‘software as a service’ (SaaS) solutions including the launch of new AI-driven products in the coming months. “With everything going increasingly digital, including fashion, online retailers need to up their game and improve the customer experience,” said StyleScan Founder and CEO Larissa Posner. “StyleScan helps them do that: Our newest SaaS plugin—ModelSwitch—empowers online shoppers. It allows them to preview garments on models with a wide range of body shapes, sizes and skin-tones. This makes fashion more relatable for everyone.” Posner added: “StyleScan’s value proposition for the brands employing our tech is straightforward. When shoppers can visualize their purchases on models who resemble them, they’re twice as likely to buy and 30% less likely to return what they bought. Put simply, we help our brand-partners enhance profits by making their online consumers more satisfied.” Though the benefits of StyleScan are easy to understand, its technology is sophisticated. StyleScan’s next-level software performance relies on a cutting-edge mix of machine learning, augmented reality, computer vision and fabric physics simulations. They all operate in sync to solve the complex problems of digitally rendering clothes onto countless body types with accuracy and a high aesthetic standard. With the company’s intellectual property now protected by two non-provisional patents, StyleScan’s software gives its clients multiple competitive advantages. To solve the complex problems of on-demand virtual dressing, StyleScan’s founder assembled a team of accomplished mathematicians and scientists. StyleScan’s Chief Technology Officer, Hein Hundal, is a PhD-level mathematician and previously was a machine learning and computer vision expert at Penn State’s Applied Research Laboratory. Stylescan’s Chief AI Officer, Rob Reitzen, is a Blackjack Hall of Famer and an AI practitioner who has developed many unique machine learning algorithms. To help bring the company’s revolutionary technology to fashion e-commerce, StyleScan tapped Galina Sobolev as Chief Marketing Officer. Sobolev is a fashion industry veteran who created contemporary women’s brand SINGLE, which recently launched a top-selling plus-size division. Investors have taken notice. “Larissa and her highly-skilled team have built a high-quality product that solves two key growing problems within the fashion retail sector: providing competitive customer experiences and reducing the cost and environmental impact of returned items,” said Robin Saunders, Managing Partner at Clearbrook Capital, a seed-round investor in StyleScan. “Having reviewed the offering of several ‘fashion try-on’ software competitors, we were very impressed with StyleScan’s. Their product is sleek, simple for online customers to use and seamless for retailers to incorporate into their online shops. This makes us very optimistic about StyleScan’s potential.” StyleScan’s clients include several luxury fashion companies; and several multi-billion-dollar apparel companies have begun piloting StyleScan’s tech. “In Q2 of this year, StyleScan began generating monthly recurring revenue,” said Posner. “With our technology already powering a dozen e-commerce brands, with another dozen expected to launch in the next several months, we are aiming for mass adoption. This is just the beginning.” About StyleScan: StyleScan offers AI-powered visualization technology that elevates the online shopping experience. With StyleScan, customers can preview garments on models resembling their own unique body shapes, or style full outfits with items across a retailer’s entire inventory. StyleScan was founded in 2018 by CEO Larissa Posner, a former fintech entrepreneur who assembled a group of leading computer scientists, venture investors, and fashion executives to develop sophisticated virtual dressing technology. Based in Los Angeles, StyleScan is funded by an elite group of angel and private equity investors as well as strategic fashion industry partners. @stylescan Read more: Student Fact Sheet *As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

  • FASHION CALENDAR - AUGUST'23

    Hello August! Our monthly roundup of the most important fashion | art | travel | tech events is here. Ongoing Events Until 6.08 Vogue Singapore X BMW Innovation Prize 2023 https://vogue.sg/innovationprize-2023 27.08 Radical Stitch, AGH, Hamilton, ON https://www.artgalleryofhamilton.com/exhibition/radical-stitch 24.09 The Dali Shirt, Museo del Traje Madrid https://www.madridcapitaldemoda.com/en/evento/the-dali-shirt 1-10 August 2023 1.08 Be the Change Summit Singapore https://www.sgfashioncouncil.org.sg/2023/05/25/be-the-change-summit 1-4 August Atlanta Apparel https://www.atlanta-apparel.com/en/Markets/atlanta-apparel/August 3-4 ICFFT 2023 International Conference of Future Fashion and Technology Lagos, Nigeria https://waset.org/future-fashion-and-technology-conference-in-august-2023-in-lagos 3-5 Indo Garment & Textile Expo 2023 Jakarta https://indogartexexpo.com 3-5 Edmonton Indigenous Fashion Week 2023 https://indigenousfashionweek.ca/eifw-aug-2023 3-6 Life Instyle 2023 Melbourne https://www.lifeinstyle.com.au/melbourne/en-gb.html 3-7 Caribana Toronto 2023 https://www.caribanatoronto.com 5-8 Supreme Women & Men Munich https://munichfashioncompany.com/en/trade-fairs/womenmen-munich 6-9 Las Vegas Apparel https://www.lasvegas-apparel.com 7-9 Sourcing at MAGIC Las Vegas https://www.sourcingatmagic.com/en/home.html 7-9 AI4 2023 Las Vegas https://ai4.io/usa 7-10 PROJECT Las Vegas https://www.projectfashionevents.com/lv/en/home.html 7-11 Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2024 https://copenhagenfashionweek.com 8-12 METRO SHOW 2023 Vancouver https://www.metroshow.ca/metroshow-info 9-11 IFCO Istanbul Fashion Convention https://www.ifco.com.tr/fair/about 9-11 Intex South Asia, Sri Lanka https://sl.intexsouthasia.com 9-11 CIFF Copenhagen https://www.instagram.com/ciffdk 11-20 August 2023 11-20 Korea International Tourism Fair 2023 https://10times.com/e1rh-g1x4-s47d 12-18 Norwegian Fashion Week SS 24 https://norwegianfashioncenter.no/norwegian-fashion-week 13-15 MODE SHOW 2023 Mississauga, Ontario https://www.cantonfair.net/event/3076-mode-show 14-18 Fashion Week Trade Stockholm https://www.stockholmfashiondistrict.se/event/fashion-week-trade 14-19 OSLO RUNWAY https://www.oslorunway.no 15.08 Mola Fashion Day 2023, Bogota https://universomola.com/en/mola-fashion-day-2 15-16 Digital Travel APAC 2023 Singapore https://digitaltravelapac.wbresearch.com 16-17 TECHSAUCE Global Summit 2023, Bangkok https://summit.techsauce.co 16-17 Swim Collective X Active Collective in New York https://www.swimweekcalendar.com/global-calendar/swim-collective-x-active-collective-in-new-york 17.08 Trends Webinars 2023: Digital& Virtual Fashion Insights Singapore https://www.eventbrite.sg/e/trend-webinars-2023-digital-virtual-fashion-insights-tickets-638577040117 19-20 Women's Lifestyle Expo Hamilton, New Zealand https://www.womenslifestyleexpo.co.nz 19-25 ICAI 2023 Macao https://ijcai-23.org 21-31 August 2023 21-23 ATS 23 Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada, Toronto https://www.appareltextilesourcing.com 21-25 Brisbane Fashion Festival 2023 https://brisbanefashionfestival.com 21-27 Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week 2023 http://klfashionweek.website 21-27 RD Fashion Week 2023 San Domingo https://rdfashionweek.com 23-25 Preview in Seoul 2023 https://previewinseoul.com/fairDash.do?hl=ENG 24-25 International UX Conference in the North, Aarhus & Online, Denmark https://www.uxnordic.com 24-27 Omaha Fashion Week- 15 Years https://omahafashionweek.com/#showdates 24-27 MAD Festival Mode & Design Montreal https://www.festivalmodedesign.com/en 24-27 ArteFino Festival 2023, Manila https://artefinoph.com 25-27 African Fashion Week Toronto https://www.afwt.ca 25-27 INOVA Collection by Muveo Frankfurt https://www.instagram.com/inovacollection 26-27 YVM Yorkville Murals 2023 Art Festival Toronto https://yorkvillemurals.com 27-29 Chicago Collective Women's Edition https://www.chicagocollectivewomens.com 27-29 International Fashion Fair Ptak Warsaw Expo https://www.instagram.com/p/Csa9K9nq0wm 28.08 MOLA Fashion Day 2023 Puebla https://mx.fashionnetwork.com/news/Universo-mola-abre-convocatoria-para-el-mola-fashion-day-en-mexico-colombia-y-peru,1537471.html 28-30 CHIC Shanghai https://www.instagram.com/chic_shanghai 28-30 Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Autumn Edition https://www.instagram.com/intertextileapparel 28.08-2.09 Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo 2024 S/S https://rakutenfashionweektokyo.com 28.08-3.09 BCEFW SS 24 Budapest Central European Fashion Week https://bcefw.com 29.08-2.09 New Zealand Fashion Week 2023 https://www.nzfashionweek.com 30-31 Nordic Fabric Fair, Stockholm https://www.stockholmfashiondistrict.se/en/event/nordic-fabric-fair-2 30-31 Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam https://www.instagram.com/afwamsterdam 30-31 The Business Show 2023 Singapore https://www.singaporebusinessshow.com 31.08-2.09 Amsterdam Fashion Week https://amsterdamfashionweek.nl/announcement-these-are-the-afw-edition-2023-dates 31.08 Fashion Tech Talks - Digital Conference, Stockholm https://www.fashiontechtalks.com 31.08-3.09 Affordable Art Fair Melbourne https://affordableartfair.com/fairs/melbourne Would you like to list your local event in our Fashion Calendar? 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  • Trove Expands Branded Resale Operations Across North America Including Canada to Meet Surging Demand

    Trove establishes presence with five new Trove Recommerce Powered Partner Facilities, eyes near-term European expansion BRISBANE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Trove, the market leader in branded resale and trade-in for world-class brands and retailers such as Canada Goose, lululemon, Patagonia, REI, Levi’s, Arc’teryx, Carhartt, and more, today announced the expansion of five Trove Recommerce Powered Partner facilities across North America including the US and Canada, with European expansion on the horizon. To meet the company’s accelerating expansion, the company is actively certifying a growing network of Trove Recommerce Powered Partner logistics facilities. This includes several locations owned by international shipping and logistics provider, Savino Del Bene, and circular textile operator, TERSUS Solutions, in addition to Trove's owned and operated ReWarehouse. Trove has also expanded its service network of best-in-class repair, replenishment, cleaning, and recycling partners across the broad range of materials, allowing partners access to the most comprehensive range of circular services infrastructure available in the resale market. “This is a milestone for Trove: We’re expanding our proprietary Recommerce Operating system that is custom-built for resale and circular services to meet the growing scale of our company through strategic partnerships,” said Gayle Tait, CEO of Trove. “Trove Powered Partners will benefit from more than a decade of resale operations expertise and efficient processes through Trove’s software, propelling the industry towards a more sustainable future.” The expansion comes at a time of explosive growth of secondhand shopping, and growing consumer preference for more sustainable choices. Trove strives to accelerate the transition towards a new era of commerce by providing consumers with access to high-quality secondhand products while enabling brands to achieve long-term sustainability, loyalty and customer acquisition goals through their branded resale channels, increasing their relevance in a shifting consumer landscape. “We are proud to play a key role in supporting Trove’s expansion efforts. Our extensive experience in the shipping and logistics industry, along with our global network and relationships with the world’s leading carriers, allows us to provide tailored solutions that meet Trove partners’ demands in the international marketplace,” said Raffaele Brazzini, CEO of Savino Del Bene U.S.A. “As the leading circular textile operator, we are dedicated to servicing best-in-class circular programs, and are thrilled to be partnering with Trove to leverage their high-fidelity software and service their clients,” said Peter Whitcomb, President of TERSUS Solutions. Trove’s Recommerce Operating System has processed millions of pre-owned items for partner brands, adding Canada Goose, Carhartt, and Brooks to its portfolio of brand partners in 2023, with more to come. Collectively among partners, over 2M kgs of CO2e and over hundreds of thousands of kgs of waste were diverted from landfills last year alone. Trove offers end-to-end item intelligence to deliver sustainable growth at scale. Trove powers trade-in and resale within a brand’s unique ecosystem, giving them an opportunity to own the customer experience, data and drive loyalty with existing customers and recruiting new ones to the brand. About Trove: Trove is the market leader in branded resale and trade-in for world-class brands and retailers such as Canada Goose, lululemon, Patagonia, REI, Levi’s, Arc’teryx, Allbirds, and more. Through its proprietary Recommerce Operating System, Trove is accelerating the shift toward more sustainable business models, foundational for circularity. Over the last decade, Trove has equipped leading brands with technology and operations to create and scale branded resale programs by enabling customer trade-in of items, single-SKU identification and condition grading, site build and maintenance, and customer data collection, analytics and reporting. About TERSUS Solutions: As the backbone of textile circularity since 2009, TERSUS Solutions enables premium brands, such as The North Face, Patagonia, REI, Eileen Fisher, Lion Protects, Arc'teryx, lululemon, Allbirds, Cotopaxi, Stio, Ergobaby, and Dope Snow, amongst many others, to participate in branded resale and the circular economy through offering the world's most advanced and environmentally friendly cleaning technology alongside a full suite of textile reclamation and resale logistics services, including repairs, upcycling, recycling, pick, pack and ship services. Tersus is the only one-stop shop for textile circularity in North America and can remonetize secondhand products ranging from returns to traded in items for brands and retailers. Tersus serves the outdoor, fashion, athletic and firefighter industries and is the leading recycler of down products. About Savino Del Bene: Savino Del Bene is a multinational company operating worldwide in international shipments and logistics support services. Established in Florence in 1899, over the decades the company has grown and specialized to reach its actual position as the largest Italian shipping company. With a network of more than 300 offices and over 5,300 employees across five continents, the company manages air, sea, and land transport solutions through established relationships with the best carriers. Read more: 4 Myths of Fashion Resale *As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

  • TRAVELLING IN STYLE - JULY 2023

    Latest issue of our travel magazine is here. Happy reading! For a better user experience (to view the magazine in full screen mode), click on the bottom right corner or follow the link below to access it directly on Publuu: https://publuu.com/flip-book/185799/454523 To see April-June 2023 issue of Travelling In Style, click here.

  • Future of Work

    Cost of Living for All Major US Cities Increased in 2023, Making It Less Affordable for Expatriates, According to Mercer Survey NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Mercer announced the results of its 2023 Cost of Living Survey with New York City remaining the most expensive city in North America for expatriates, ranking 6th worldwide, while Hong Kong retained the top spot globally out of 227 cities from across five continents. The survey found that all US cities have increased in the ranking, making it less affordable for employees, particularly for expatriates (expats) who move to the US for international assignments. As many global companies with US operations source a significant part of their workforce outside the US, combined with a tight labor market, a higher cost of living could impact expats’ willingness to relocate, further exacerbating staffing needs. Mercer’s Cost of Living survey helps employers design efficient and equitable compensation packages for assignment locations worldwide. The survey found that all US cities have risen in the ranking since last year, primarily due to prolonged inflation and exchange-rate fluctuations, which is having a direct impact on the pay and savings of international employees. In addition to a volatile economic climate triggered by COVID-19 and the introduction of aggressive national monetary policies to help tamp down inflation, a continued hybrid working model is causing many employees to reconsider their priorities, assess their work-life balances, and think about the places in which they have chosen to live. While Mercer’s Cost of Living research primarily helps employers determine compensation strategies for international assignees, Vince Cordova, Partner in Mercer’s Mobility Practice, is mindful that current socio-economic conditions affect all employees and their employers. “The US has had a cost-of-living crisis brewing for some time and a severe housing shortage in high-growth areas, but COVID-19 only exacerbated this issue. This will be a pervasive and persistent issue, not just for international employees, but domestic employees as well,” said Cordova. “Inflation and cost of living impact everyone, and it’s imperative to keep in mind that those who make the least are impacted the most,” Cordova continued. “In developing pay strategies that are equitable and sustainable, employers need to understand how those factors impact these individuals as part of their broader rewards strategies.” Pay equity and transparency are also becoming key factors for both employers and employees as states such as California, Washington, and New York have introduced legislation to disclose salary ranges in job postings. "Companies are still navigating their way in the pay transparency space, but more visibility on compensation factors will also help employees who are considering international assignments understand how they should be thinking about pay and how their financial wellness could be impacted by living in the US,” added Cordova. More than ever before, employees are now armed with information to help them understand the value of their skills, experience, and education in a given market. “Competition in the global talent market is fierce, and with the cost-of-living crisis affecting both employees and organizations, employers need to be flexible. This has prompted multinational employers to reassess how they manage their workforces,” said Yvonne Traber, Partner, and Global Head of the Mobility Practice at Mercer. “Failing to implement competitive international compensation strategies in times of economic uncertainty and to align internal and external pay range will determine organizations’ competency in the ability to attract and retain top talents.” Regional Insights Behind New York City, Los Angeles (11 in the global ranking) is the second most expensive city in North America, followed by San Francisco (14) and Honolulu (15). The largest increases in the cost of living in North America were seen in Detroit (+27 positions), Houston, and Cleveland (both +24 positions). Canadian cities are at the cheaper end of the ranking for North America, with all of them having dropped since last year. Toronto is ranked the most expensive in Canada (90 in the global ranking), followed by Vancouver (116), and Montreal (135). About Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey Mercer's widely recognized Cost of Living ranking is one of the world’s most comprehensive studies and is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation strategies for their international assignees. New York City is used as the base city for all city ranking comparisons and currency movements are measured against the US dollar. The survey includes 400+ cities throughout the world; this year’s ranking includes 227 cities across five continents and measures the comparative cost of more than 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment. The data collected provides all of the key elements employers need to design efficient and transparent compensation packages for international assignees. Learn more here. About Mercer Mercer believes in building brighter futures by redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being. Mercer’s approximately 25,000 employees are based in 43 countries and the firm operates in 130 countries. Mercer is a business of Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people, with 85,000 colleagues and annual revenue of over $20 billion. Through its market-leading businesses including Marsh, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit mercer.com. Follow Mercer on LinkedIn and Twitter. Mercer 2023 Cost of Living Ranking (full list) - click on the pictures to enlarge them

  • Summer Travelers are Heading to Diverse Destinations

    VacationRenter Survey Reveals Summer Travelers are Heading to Diverse Destinations, Taking Road Trips, Savvy Spending, and Enjoying Extended Weekends SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ahead of the July 4th holiday, VacationRenter, a meta-search travel platform that brings all rental options from the leading travel sites together in one place, released new data showcasing the hottest travel trends of the 2023 summer season. VacationRenter partnered with Propeller Insights in June to survey over 1,000 Americans to determine key insights about their travel plans and combined it with VacationRenter’s year-to-date booking data to offer insights into post-pandemic travel and the experiences travelers are seeking. The Hottest Travel Spot for Summer More than half of Americans surveyed (51%) said a beach vacation is top of their list. VacationRenter found that Ocean City, Maryland, has edged out Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as the go-to destination for summer 2023 in the U.S. Internationally, Paris has overtaken San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the most booked destination. The Summer of the Four-Day Work Week Travelers are making the most of summer travel and traveling more days this summer than last. Three-day trips are the most popular this summer — representing 23% of all trips booked — vs. two-day trips from the same time last year — 27% of all 2022 summer trips. We saw a 41% increase in people booking Saturday → Monday instead of Friday → Sunday. While Friday to Sunday is still the most popular booking, that could continue to change as people live and work in new ways. The Search for Value 78% of Americans say higher prices are making them rethink how they spend their summer vacation dollars, with 44% choosing to focus on finding better value in their accommodations, followed by a close tie between lower-cost destinations and cheap or free activities. Sixty percent of Americans are picking less popular destinations or different travel dates to save money, and 45% are choosing a staycation within a few hours of home. One surprising travel destination is Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Almost 55% of Americans have heard of Pigeon Forge — with more than 60% wanting to travel there to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. Additionally, more than 30% of Americans enjoy national park vacations and almost 60% of Americans are planning a road trip this summer. VacationRenter CEO Heath Hammett shared, "It’s exciting to see the breadth of locations and experiences that people are setting out to enjoy this summer, despite economic pressures. From Maryland to Paris, travelers are embarking on new adventures and creating lasting memories. The only consistency we see is the diversity of these preferences, which is why we’re dedicated to providing a platform that offers a wide range of options to cater to every traveler's unique tastes." VacationRenter reached over $1 billion in gross bookings just two years after launch, making it the fastest-growing vacation rental search engine at the time. VacationRenter continues to refine its platform to offer extensive options that cater to the preferences of today's travelers. Whether a beachfront villa, boutique hotel, mountain retreat, or countryside cottage, VacationRenter has the perfect property for every getaway. For more information, please visit our Travel Trends page at: www.vacationrenter.com/travel-trends Methodology A national online survey of 1,004 U.S. employed consumers ages 25+ was conducted by Propeller Insights on behalf of VacationRenter, between 6/13/23 and 6/16/23. Survey responses were nationally representative to the U.S. population for age, gender, region, and ethnicity. The maximum margin of sampling error was +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. About VacationRenter Founded in 2018, VacationRenter brings all rental options from the leading travel sites together in one place and showcases only the best results. Eliminating the need to spend hours searching and scrolling, the company’s efficient platform helps travelers find the perfect vacation rental. Whether travelers seek a home, cabin, RV, treehouse, hotel, or even a private island, VacationRenter’s vast and diverse inventory delivers. For more information, visit www.vacationrenter.com. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

  • FASHION CALENDAR - JULY'23

    Hello July! Our monthly roundup of the most important fashion | art | travel | tech events is here. Ongoing Events Until: 28.08 Yayoi Kusama: You Me and Balloons, Manchester, UK https://www.newexhibitions.com/e/60632 10.09 Alexander McQueen: Arts Meets Fashion, Quebec, Canada https://www.mnbaq.org/en/exhibition/alexander-mcqueen-1299 17.09 Andrew Gn; Fashioning Singapore and The World https://www.sistic.com.sg/events/fashion0923 30.09 The Divina Dali Exhibit, Toronto https://divinadali.com/ 9.10 Fashion Fiction, Vancouver https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/exhibitions/fashion-fictions 1-10 July 2023 1-3 Eleven Fashion Project vol.4, Athens https://eleventhefashionproject.gr/en/the-exhibition-new 1-9 Gdynia Design Days 2023, Poland https://www.gdyniadesigndays.eu/en 2-4 Curve Paris & Interfiliere Paris https://whosnext.com 2-9 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair https://toaf.ca 3-5 FACTUM 2023 Conference Fashion Communication, Pisa, Italy https://digitalfashion.ch/factum23 3-5 Texworld Evolution Paris https://www.instagram.com/texworldevolutionparis/?hl=en 3-6 Haute Couture Paris https://www.fhcm.paris/en/haute-couture-week/calendar 4-6 Premiere Vision Paris https://paris.premierevision.com/en 4-12 Miami Swim Week 2023 https://miamiswimweek.net 5-7 FASHEXPO KENYA 2023, Nairobi https://expogr.com/fashexpo 5-8 New Designers Week 2, London https://www.newdesigners.com 6-9 Tokyo Gendai PACIFICO Yokohama https://tokyogendai.com 7.07 Africa Fashion UP 2023, Paris https://www.africafashionup.com 7-9 AFROFEST 2023 Toronto https://www.afrofest.ca 7-16 Expo Artesano Medellin, Colombia https://www.expoartesano.com.co 8-9 artemonte-carlo 2023 https://artgeneve.ch/evenements/save-the-date-artmonte-carlo-les-8-et-9-juillet-2023 8-9 Summer Fashion Week De Casa 1st edition, Casablanca, Morocco https://allevents.in/casablanca/summer-fashion-week-de-casa-1-%C3%A8re-%C3%A9dition/200024603311149 9-10 MODEFABRIEK Amsterdam https://www.modefabriek.nl/en/event?hide_register_modal=1 9-11 Mare di Moda Miami https://www.maredimoda.com/en/maredimoda-miami-2 9-13 Fashion Island 2023 and Handmade Art Fair, Zanzibar, Tanzania kaloafricamedia.org/2023/06/23/zanzibar-island-fashion-week-festival-to-take-place-from-9-13-july-2023-in-zanzibar-city-tanzania/ 10-15 Berlin Fashion Week https://fashionweek.berlin/en/index.html 11-20 July 2023 11-12 SEEK Berlin https://www.seek.fashion 11-12 Fashion Innovation Summit Munich, Germany https://www.assyst.de/en/news-events/fashion-innovation-summit/index.html 11-12 FASHIONTECH Berlin https://www.fashiontech.fashion 11-12 Premium Berlin https://www.premium.fashion 11-12 INSPIRAMAIS Porto Alegre, Brazil https://www.inspiramais.com.br 11-13 Milano Unica https://www.milanounica.it/en 11-13 Global Sourcing Expo Sydney https://globalsourcingexpo.com.au 11-16 Fashion District Festival London https://www.fashion-district.co.uk/festival 12-13 The LEAD Innovation Summit New York https://summit.the-lead.co 13.07 Trends Webinars 2023: Seasonal Key Material Developments Singapore https://www.eventbrite.sg/o/singapore-fashion-council-53823272903 13-15 Asia Fashion Show Bangkok http://www.af-asiafashion.com 14-16 The Ground Berlin https://www.theground.fashion 14-16 Northern Fashion Week, UK https://www.northernfashionweek.co.uk 14-16 TTF Kolkata 2023, India https://www.indian-travel-places.com/travel-tourism-fairs/ttf-kolkata 15-16 Trafico Bazar Mexico City https://www.instagram.com/traficobazar/?hl=en 15-20 DESTINATION INTERNATIONAL, Dallas, Texas https://destinationsinternational.org/upcoming-events 15-16 BIG on Bloor Festival, Toronto https://bigonbloorfestival.com/ 16-18 SCOOP International London https://scoop-international.com/home 16-18 Punto Expo Guadalajara, Mexico https://puntoexpo.moda 16-18 Just Around the Corner, London https://www.justaroundthecorner.co.uk 16-18 PURE London https://www.purelondon.com/welcome 16-18 INDX Man London https://www.indxshows.co.uk/indx-fashion/menswear/menswear 16-18 Source Fashion London https://www.source-fashion.com 17-19 Project Fashion New York https://www.projectfashionevents.com/ny/en/home.html 18-19 Premiere Vision New York https://newyork.premierevision.com/en 18-20 WITS 2023 Virtual Summit https://womenintechsummit.net/wits-2023-virtual-summit 18-20 TEXWORLD Evolutions New York https://texworld-usa.us.messefrankfurt.com/new-york/en/planning-preparation.html 19-26 Dusseldorf Fashion Days 2023 https://www.fashion-net-duesseldorf.de/de/duesseldorf-fashion-days-307.html 18-21 Intermoda Guadalajara, Mexico https://intermoda.com.mx 19-21 LIFESTYLE Tokyo 2023 https://www.lifestyle-expo.jp/summer/en-gb.html# 19-21 Design Tokyo 2023 https://www.lifestyle-expo.jp/hub/en-gb/shows/design-tokyo.html 20-21 Global Textile & Apparel Summit Vietnam 2023, Hanoi http://global-textile-apparel.com 20-22 Alaska Fashion Week https://www.alaskafashionweek.com 20-23 Helsinki Fashion Week http://helsinkifashionweeklive.com 20-24 Showroom Concept Dusseldorf https://www.instagram.com/neonyt.duesseldorf 21-31 July 2023 21.07 Orlando Swim Week, Florida https://destinationsinternational.org/upcoming-events 21.07 RunwayTO Toronto Fashion Show https://www.instagram.com/runway.to 21-24 Supreme Women & Men Dusseldorf https://munichfashioncompany.com/trade-shows/womenmen-dusseldorf 22.07 Couture and Cars Fashion Show, LeMay Museum Takoma, WA https://www.coutureandcars.com 22-23 Mare da Mare Florence https://maredamare.underbeach.eu/en 22-23 hi-Tech Moda Orlando, Florida https://www.hitechmoda.com/hitechmoda-orlando 22-24 NEONYT Dusseldorf https://neonyt-duesseldorf.com/?lang=en 22-24 Ethical Fashion Show Berlin https://10times.com/ethical-fashion-berlin 25-27 COLOMBIAMODA 2023, Medellin https://ferias.inexmoda.org.co/venta-al-publico 27-28 The Design Fashion Marketing Summit Online https://creativepro.com/design-marketing-summit 30.07-1.08 Harrogate Fashion Week, UK https://harrogatefashionweek.com 30.07-3.08 LA Market Week https://www.newmart.net/market-week Would you like to list your local event in our Fashion Calendar? 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  • Highlights of Fashion Art Toronto

    As the official Media Partner of Fashion Art Toronto Spring 2023, we are more than happy to bring you some of the highlights of the latest edition through the eyes of talented local photographers (including excellent reportage photography by Michelle Quance who managed to capture the unique atmosphere of the fashion week with elegance and style). Toronto’s longest running multi-arts fashion week Fashion Art Toronto took over 20,000 square foot industrial warehouse Black Creek Assembly for its Spring event. Running Thursday, April 27 through Sunday, April 30, the four-day fashion showcase featured runway shows and presentations from 50 designers, style-inspired art installations from 11 Canadian artists, an immersive Fashion Cinema curated by CANIFFF, a Fashion & Beauty Retail Boutique with goods from 20 local artisans and brands, and more. After going through hundreds and hundreds of photos from the event, we selected 18 runway looks that caught our attention last season. From luxe Ellis ESQ suits to ultrafeminine gowns by NARCES and Blanche Hanger, have a look at our selection below and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Enjoy the pictures! Fashion Art Toronto is an annual multi-arts fashion week event celebrated for its 18-year commitment to providing an inclusive platform for Canada’s fashion and artist communities. Atmosphere & guest photos by Michelle Quance: Read more: Best Dressed Guests (By Guia Montellano)

  • Perfect Corp. to Showcase Game-Changing Generative AI Technologies

    This year’s forum will gather industry leaders across beauty, fashion, technology, retail, and media, on June 26th in New York City to showcase the most advanced generative AI technologies that are transforming the beauty and fashion industries today. NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Perfect Corp. (NYSE: PERF), the leading artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) beauty and fashion tech solutions provider, announce the final agenda for the highly-anticipated franchise event, The Global Beauty and Fashion Tech Forum. The annual forum will take place on Monday, June 26th, 2023 at the Convene, 117 West 46th Street, in New York City from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM ET and feature comprehensive programming with key opinion leaders across beauty, fashion, technology, retail, and media speaking to “The Future of AI-Driven Innovation”. Tickets are available for purchase here for $250 for the in-person event, and $40 per ticket to attend virtually. The final agenda is now live, and here is a sneak peek at the game-changing technology trends to explore. Forging New Frontiers with Generative AI This year’s Global Beauty and Fashion Tech Forum will reveal the next phase of AI innovations with Generative AI technologies. The advancements in generative AI and the widespread adoption of these technologies have made our envisioned applications in beauty, fashion, and jewelry a reality. It enables a wide array of highly personalized digital experiences, as an AI visual creation takes care of your fashion style, hairstyles, and makeup. This groundbreaking advancement in the field of AI is transforming business processes by inviting an enriched, ultra-personalized consumer experience and it opens a world of opportunity in helping consumers conveniently experience more styles than ever before and build on more interactive and satisfying purchase decisions. Expansion Across AI Fashion Tech “This year at the Global Beauty and Fashion Tech Forum, we will reveal our most recent breakthroughs on generative AI technologies for fashion and beauty industries,” shares Perfect Corp. Founder and CEO, Alice Chang. “We are excited to showcase how new fashion styles can now be experienced through true-to-life visual imaging with unlimited options, introducing a whole new way for consumers to shop for fashion items.” Advanced AI Jewelry Tech Brands who are searching for a total look AI fashion solution, Perfect Corp.’s Multi-Stacking and simultaneous Multi-Category VTO now offers users the capability to combine multiple rings at once, or a mix of hand, ear, and neck jewelry accessories along with makeup through virtual looks, creating a seamless and completely digital lifestyle experience. Accurate and Professional AI Skin Tech Continued innovation across skincare technology has enabled live real-time detection verified by dermatologists along with AI generative simulations. Through live camera scans, the AI Skin tech creates visual presentations of skin concerns through AR effects, delivering a more engaging and interactive skin diagnosis experience. The Agenda for the 2023 Global Beauty and Fashion Tech Forum 11:30 AM – Doors Open 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM (40 minutes)- Session 1: Keynote by Alice Chang Perfect Corp. Founder and CEO, Alice Chang spotlights the groundbreaking new AI and AR technology innovations that are driving the digital transformation across retail today. This insightful keynote presentation will highlight industry trends, impactful results, and include a live demonstration of the newest AI and AR technologies driving the future of retail. 1:40 PM – 2:05 PM (25 minutes)- Session 2: Fireside Chat Moderator: Perfect Corp., Wayne Liu, Chief Growth Officer Panelist: Orveon, Salima Popatia, Chief Digital Officer Orveon’s Chief Digital Officer, Salima Popatia, joins Perfect Corp.’s Chief Growth Officer, Wayne Liu, for a fireside chat exploring the many ways digital innovations are driving the retail strategy across some of the industry’s most iconic beauty brands including BareMinerals, Laura Mercier, and Buxom. Learn about the different AI and AR-powered technologies that are driving the brands digital transformation and viral success and how brands and retailers can leverage digital technology to enhance their customer experience 2:05 PM – 2:20 PM (15 minutes): Break: Technology Showcase & Networking 2:20 PM – 2:55 PM (35 minutes)- Session 3: AI Skin Analysis for MED SPA Moderator: Beauty Matter, Kelly Kovack, Founder and CEO Panelists: Wake Forest University, Dr. Steven R. Feldman, Professor of Dermatology, Pathology and Public Health Sciences Airem, Dr. Eunice Park, Facial Plastic Surgeon and Founder iSpa, Jessica Wadley, Co-Chair AI Skin technology has rapidly transformed the skincare space, allowing brands to provide customers with instant skin health tracking and personalized product recommendations with the tap of their smart device. Now, AI Skin technology is set to revolutionize the world of medspas and dermatology, with a recent study out of Wake Forest School of Medicine confirming AI Skin Tech to be as effective at performing skin analysis as physician assessments. Learn from physicians and leaders in skincare how AI skin technology is transforming the modern customer skincare journey and improving patient outcomes. 2:55 PM – 3:30 PM (35 minutes)- Session 4: Digital Transformation and AI Personalization Moderator: WWD, Kathryn Hopkins, Senior Beauty Editor Panelists: Elemis, Stevie Journey, Senior Director, Omnichannel Digital Experience Colgate-Palmolive, Gary Binstock, Director of Technology - Strategic Innovation & Technology Alliances Coty, Shanna Weinblatt, Vice President, Innovation, Beauty Tech & Metaverse For today’s consumers, personalization is more important than ever before. AI technology is a necessity in order to provide customers with product advice and recommendations tailored to their unique needs. Explore the many ways AI technology is helping top beauty, fashion and retail brands deliver more personalized shopping experiences –online and in stores–and learn why personalization is essential across retail shopping today. 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM (15 minutes) – Break: Technology Showcase & Networking 3:45 PM – 4:20 PM (35 minutes)– Session 5: The Evolution of Advertising & Sampling with Virtual Try-On Moderator: Beaute in Tech, Christina Rodriguez, Editor and Founder Panelists: Estée Lauder Companies, Tara Sparks, Executive Director, Global Media and Partnerships SoPost, Jonathan Grubin, Founder and CEO Teads, Tom Deering, VP Teads Studio, North America Dash Hudson, Kate Kenner Archibald, Chief Marketing Officer Experts in advertising, marketing, and social media explore how the emergence of AR-powered virtual try-on technologies have impacted the evolution of advertising and sampling along the consumer journey. Learn how virtual try-on is changing modern day advertising and how AI and AR technologies present new and exciting opportunities for businesses to create more impactful campaigns online, instore, and across social media. Discover how VTO is also aiding businesses in deploying more sustainable sampling programs that reduce product returns and waste. 4:20 PM – 4:55 PM (35 minutes)- Session 6: How Beauty Tech is Changing the Customer Retail Experience Moderator: WWD, James Manso, Beauty Market Editor Panelists: Coresight Research, Marie Driscoll, Managing Director, Luxury & Retail Unilever/Tresseme, Alandra Maka, Senior Lead, Consumer Engagement & Beauty Tech Obsess, Neha Singh, Founder and CEO A look at the strategic ways brands are implementing beauty technology solutions to reimagine retail shopping. Discover the many ways beauty tech is reshaping the future of retail, learning from industry experts about the technology trends and their impact on the retail industry. This discussion will highlight how groundbreaking beauty tech innovations are dramatically improving the customer shopping experience and creating a hyper-engaged consumer shopping journey that drives impactful results. 4:55 PM – Closing Remarks 5:00 PM – Event Concludes For more information on how to exhibit or sponsor at the Global Beauty and Fashion Tech Forum 2023 please contact us at beautytechforum@perfectcorp.com. About Perfect Corp. Perfect Corp. is the leading SaaS AI and AR beauty and fashion tech solutions provider, dedicated to transforming shopping experiences through empowering brands to embrace the digital-first world. By partnering with the largest names in the industry, Perfect Corp.’s suite of enterprise solutions deliver synergistic, technology-driven experiences that facilitate sustainable, ultra-personalized, and engaging shopping journeys, as well as equipping brands with next generation of consumer goods. Perfect Corp. offers a complementary suite of mobile apps, including YouCam Makeup and YouCam Perfect, to provide a consumer platform to virtually try-on new products, perform skin diagnoses, edit photos, and share experiences with the YouCam Community. To learn more, please visit PerfectCorp.com.

  • You.com Introduces YouPro, The All-In-One Subscription Featuring Latest AI Tools

    PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--You.com, the world’s first AI chatbot capable of searching the web, introduced YouPro, a subscription service offering unlimited access to the latest AI chat and generative AI writing and image tools at an affordable price and within an intuitive interface. With YouPro, experience the freedom of unlimited access to cutting-edge AI models, including GPT-4 and Stable Diffusion XL, to search, write, code, and create images, all in one place. YouPro includes: Unlimited AI chat searches with citations, rich media, and web results Access to the most comprehensive AI model for summarization, reasoning, and problem-solving Unlimited AI image generation, including photorealistic images Unlimited AI writing generations Priority AI chat uptime, even when demand is high Early access to APIs and the latest AI innovations, including personal assistant features For a limited time, YouPro is available for $9.99/month ($119.99 per year), making it one of the most affordable AI accomplishment tool bundles that utilize GPT-4 (OpenAI’s GPT-4 plan is $20/month). The free version of You.com is accessible worldwide and provides an alternative to Google search with a chatbot, offering AI chat searches and AI image and text generations. “Since introducing the first AI chatbot that searches the web, we’ve been committed to democratizing access to the latest AI technology so people can achieve more. We believe that getting access to cutting-edge AI tools at an affordable price within an easy-to-use interface will help more people elevate their productivity, creativity, and online search experience,” said Richard Socher, founder and CEO of You.com. To subscribe to YouPro, visit You.com. About You.com You.com, founded in 2020 by top AI research scientists, is a revolutionary AI chatbot and search engine. You.com uses a Large Language Model (LLM) to deliver personalized responses to queries with human-like replies. Its AI tools YouChat, YouCode, YouWrite, and YouImagine provide efficient web search, content and image creation, and code generation. With advanced machine learning, You.com streamlines answer to complex questions, aids in tasks, and supports research with citations and up-to-date information, enhancing productivity and saving time.

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