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Fashion Week Is a Money-Maker, Not an Occupier -- Say what you will about Fashion Week, but it's good for New York City's economy. This year's events are on course to generate a record $865 million, according to Mayor Bloomberg. Approximately $532 million of that is "direct visitor spending on local hotels, restaurants, and stores," meaning the fashion industry's cash goes beyond, simply, the fashion industry. The industry itself employs 5.7 percent of the city's entire workforce, so look to your fashion friends for a round this Friday.

Gamification?
New Web-Based Travel Solution Provides Smarter Expense Management and Cost Savings for Business, Unique Incentives for Employees -- Runzheimer International announced today the private beta launch of SmartTrip™, a powerful new corporate travel solution designed to reward employees for booking low-cost travel, while giving businesses better ways to manage and enforce corporate travel policies. SmartTrip provides a unique incentive structure that maximizes savings for companies and provides flexibility to employees booking travel.

Coke takes water seriously.
Green Supply Chain: Coca-Cola's Water Management Four Best Practices -- Water supply is critical to every business but water for The Coca-Cola Company is the enabling supply chain resource for its approximately 3,000 different products sold in over 200 countries that generates $35 billion in annual revenues. R. Paul Herman CEO of HIP Investor, Inc notes in his analysis of The Coca-Cola Company's strategic risks that Coca-Cola uses 2.36 liters of water per liter of soda with India at a 4:1 ratio.

US gov't goes iPhone...
BlackBerry Bumped as U.S. Procurement Agency Issues IPhones -- Research In Motion Ltd.'s once- dominant position in Washington took another knock with the decision by the U.S. government's main procurement agency to begin issuing iPhones alongside BlackBerrys. The General Services Administration, with 12,635 employees, procures more than $70 billion worth of products and services for other federal agencies a year. GSA staff may now request Apple Inc. phones and devices running Google Inc.'s Android software if they have applications that can help them work more efficiently with customers like the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, said Deborah Ruiz, a GSA spokeswoman. She didn't say when the change took effect.

Best craigslist ad ever.
Cowboy Town - Garden Shed or Play House - $20000 (Hoyt) -- Now you can have your own western town - complete with your own bank, saloon and livery stable...

- Sheena Moore

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