Don't assume that great sales reps will be great managers

While it's easy to assume that talented sales representatives will become excellent sales managers, the opposite is often true, writes Yael Warman. Less-successful sales reps often have hard-won sales knowledge earned through failures and have more of a team-based mentality than top sales reps do.

Opinion: Language programs enhance understanding of the world

Language programs are not just about learning to communicate, but they also help students understand the world, write Shuhan Wang and Joy Kreeft Peyton, both of Asia Society's Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network. In this blog post, they write about how language programs support the goal of helping students develop 21st-century skills.

Apollo Global affiliates to take Redbox owner private
7/26/2016 Reuters

The company that runs Redbox video-rental kiosks, Outerwall, said it has agreed to be acquired and taken private by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, the private equity investor, in a deal valued at $1.6 billion. Shares of Outerwall shot up 11% in premarket trading Monday.

Restaurant earnings rise with changing consumer habits
7/26/2016 Reuters

Restaurant sales continue to rise, with Q3 category earnings projected to go up 10%, analysts say -- this contrasts with news of lower spending on clothing and other retail goods. "The millennial consumer is much more focused on purchasing experiences over goods," explained David Schiegoleit of U.S. Bank in Los Angeles.

New opioid law includes provisions for drug-dependent newborns
7/25/2016 Reuters

A law signed by President Barack Obama last week calls for better tracking of cases of newborns exposed to heroin and opioid drugs and "safe care plans" for the infants and their families. Only nine states had been following a reporting mandate in a 2003 law.

Foursquare introduces dashboard to Attribution Powered
7/26/2016 Adweek

Foursquare has updated its Attribution Powered platform -- which is used by brands such as Peet's Coffee, Blue Bite and Anheuser-Busch -- to include a dashboard that allows marketers to view real-time analytics from campaigns. The feature tracks metrics such as in-store visits, incremental visits and campaign lift.

L'Oreal to buy IT Cosmetics, add to Luxe division roster

L'Oreal will buy IT Cosmetics for $1.2 billion, the cosmetics company announced Friday. Under the deal, IT Cosmetics, which sells via retailers including QVC, Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance and Sephora, will become a part of L'Oreal's Luxe division, joining brands like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani.

FBI investigates theft of DNC emails
7/26/2016 Politico

The FBI is investigating the hack of Democratic National Committee emails, pledging to "hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace." Emails obtained in the breach shed light on the DNC's close relationship with Hillary Clinton as she vied for the presidential nomination against rival Bernie Sanders.

Hemophilia treatment from Pfizer, Spark gains FDA breakthrough status
7/25/2016 PharmaTimes (U.K.)

The FDA awarded breakthrough therapy status to Pfizer and Spark Therapeutics' investigational hemophilia B gene therapy SPK-9001, a bioengineered adeno-associated virus capsid. The drug is being evaluated in a Phase I/II study as a potential one-time, intravenous treatment.

Sen. Fischer speaks out in favor of fewer regs for small ops
7/26/2016 Broadcasting & Cable

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., at The Independent Show on Monday discussed the lack of broadband availability for approximately 22 million rural consumers and the importance of reaching this market. Fischer spoke out about government regulations she said would limit rural broadband growth -- including net neutrality rules and the reclassification of internet service -- and urged regulators to loosen restrictions for small operators.

Researchers, engineers look into sustainable concrete
7/26/2016 Scienceline

Engineers and researchers are looking to develop more eco-friendly cement to help address climate change, but codes and regulations are standing in the way of new alternatives. This article offers an overview of some of the geopolymers used to make cement with less carbon emissions.

Green marketing? Just monkey business, says The Body Shop
7/25/2016 Sustainable Brands

The Body Shop is using "gorilla" marketing to promote its Bio-Bridges campaign by creating Tinder profiles for Reggie, a red-shanked douc monkey from Vietnam. The company hopes to create wildlife corridors in damaged ecosystems that can help primates and other animals find mates.

Travelers pass through unplugged scanner at N.Y. airport
7/26/2016 New York Post

At least 15 passengers at New York's La Guardia Airport passed through an unplugged scanner at the airport's Terminal D checkpoint on Sunday morning. Port Authority officers were able to track down nine of the passengers, who were rescreened.

Agents report strong trends in wellness travel

Agents are seeing an increase in requests for wellness trips by males, physically demanding options and shorter itineraries. "All the hype in the news about living a healthier lifestyle has jump-started the industry into focusing on wellness as part of the travel experience," Travel Consultation & Mediation's Jackie Ceren said.