Where do your clothes really come from? Rebecca Minkoff turns to blockchain to find out

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Rebecca Minkoff’s newest brand Little Minkoff has blockchain technology on the backend to ensure that products are ethically and sustainably made. Designer Rebecca Minkoff and her brother Uri are well-known for incorporating new technologies into the fashion company they’ve built together . They’re at it again with the launch of their newest brand, a kid’s label called Little Minkoff . Read Full Story

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How KaiOS is beating Apple and Android to the next billion cellphone users

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Its phones sell for as little as $15 but run WhatsApp, YouTube, and more. KaiOS is the most popular mobile operating system you probably haven’t heard of. Instead of designing software for full-blown smartphones, Hong Kong–based KaiOS Technologies (pronounced ky-O-S) has exceeded 150 million global users by powering what it calls the “smart feature phone.” Far more spartan than iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models, these devices—which sell for as little as $15—run must-have apps such as YouTube, Google Maps, Facebook, and Whats­App, with more available from the KaiOS app store. Read Full Story

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Our 11 favorite ethical and sustainable clothing companies that you haven’t heard of yet

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Everyone knows Everlane, Allbirds, and Rothy’s. These 11 companies will change up your wardrobe while taking care of the planet and workers. At Fast Company , we love brands that find ways to combine great design and quality with sustainability. And fortunately, in the apparel and fashion industry, there seem to be lots more of them these days. Brands such as Rothy’s , Everlane , and Girlfriend Collective are found throughout the posts of the Recommender section because they lead the field when it comes to creating good-looking, functional, sustainable apparel. But there are other, lesser-known boutique brands that are right up there with them. That’s why we wanted to create a little field guide to expand the list of sustainable brands you shop with. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s a great place to start. Good luck getting through this without putting something in a shopping cart. Read Full Story

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Why it’s so hard to find clothing that’s ethically made

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Brands have little insight into the working conditions at their factories. It’s time for a mandatory system of due diligence—not a voluntary one. For years, apparel brands have promised to police their supply chains to root out unsafe conditions and worker abuse. But new research from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations found a variety of problems in their efforts. For example, much of the information given to the auditors who inspect factories was inaccurate, particularly in China and India. Read Full Story

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Key Insights: Marketing technology industry August snapshot and CMOs’ plans

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30-second summary: As of August, nearly 42% of marketers reported decreasing marketing budgets. Interestingly, 33% of marketing budgets are allocated to marketing technology. 44% of CMOs experienced mid-year budget cuts with 11% expecting significant budget cuts. Top marketing technologies on marketers’ minds that will win wallet share. CMOs’ plans, strategic preferences, and intentions to give 2021 revenues that extra push. Will they explore beyond their existing markets? Find out what’s in store. All things new, exciting, and technology that happened at ClickZ this month Businesses are now acclimatizing as focuses shifted from surviving COVID-19 to co-existing with the pandemic. We’ve been tracking six-core marketing parameters and this week’s insights give you a quick snapshot of where the industry is headed and how CMOs plans are looking for 2021 growth. The marketing budget situation The market has been highly volatile due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following the global recession. Marketing …

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