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April 16, 2019
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Analysis: Fraudulent reviews remain a problem for Amazon
Sellers continue to find new ways to game Amazon's user-review system despite oversight efforts by the company and regulators, writes Zachary Crockett. Amazon has filed lawsuits against more than 1,000 websites featuring fake third-party reviews.
The Hustle (4/13) 
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Amazon brings customer-first approach to physical stores
Amazon is looking to extend its online dominance to brick-and-mortar sales by applying its customer-centric, convenient approach to Whole Foods Market, Amazon Go, Amazon Books, Prime Now and other store-based operations.
New Hope Network/Nutrition Business Journal (4/12) 
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Operations and Technology
Technology is key to fulfillment and flexibility
Warehouse management systems, robotics and voice technology are essential for speeding up fulfillment and operating a flexible supply chain, according to Karen Leavitt of Locus Robotics and Sudha Chandrasekharan of HighJump.
Supply Chain Dive (4/10) 
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To meet growing demands, companies offer new last-mile delivery options
Logistics companies and retailers are turning to innovative last-mile strategies for home delivery and appliance installation as e-commerce grows. Dan Walsh of XPO Logistics noted the use of augmented reality for online shopping, while Giant Food Stores has created a unified in-store and online shopping experience that comes with home delivery.
Transport Topics (4/11) 
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Sales and Marketing
Help sales reps respond properly to pressure
Sales representatives will naturally resort to default behaviors when subjected to stress or put under pressure, writes Brad Holst. To combat this tendency, sales reps should be taught to default to a quick pause, sustained eye contact or open postures as they collect themselves and gather additional information from buyers.
Association for Talent Development (4/10) 
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Sales enablement takes CRM to the next level
Sales enablement solutions can be integrated with customer relationship management platforms to improve internal workflows and help sales and marketing teams collaborate effectively, writes Tony Kavadas. Integrated systems also allow representatives to spend more time selling and help managers track sales interactions as they happen.
CRM Buyer (4/11) 
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The Business Leader
Focus on doing right by your employees, not on being buddies
Teams need caring leaders, but caring about people is not the same as trying to be friends with them, says author Kevin Kruse. "I just focus on my values, the organization's goals, and do what's right by that," he says.
Skip Prichard Leadership Insights (4/8) 
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