Back-to-School Shopping Spend Predicted to Increase This Year

Back-to-school shoppers are expected to spend a bit more this year than in 2019 — even in spite of uncertainty over school openings, according to a new survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Its back-to-school survey was conducted by Engine Insights on behalf of ICSC in late July and is a representative U.S. sample of 1,005 adults 18 years of age and older.

The ICSC, which is a membership organization serving retail and real estate professionals, said the average consumer is expected to spend an average of $1,053 on back-to-school or related items, which is up approximately $200 from last year, with an expected increase in spending on electronics and furniture.

“Fluidity” is looking like the norm for back-to-school policies these days, as students and administrators remain entirely uncertain about when — or if — they will return to school. Only 26 percent of respondents indicated school would

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Zach Braff Honors His Late Friend Nick Cordero with a Touching Tattoo Tribute

Zach Braff is honoring his late friend Nick Cordero in a special way.

The 45-year-old actor got a sketch of the late Broadway star inked on his arm, one month after he died following a months-long battle with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The tattoo artwork features a drawing of Cordero dancing in a three-piece suit — similar to one he wore when he starred in the Broadway musical Bullets over Broadway with Braff back in 2014. The actor’s new body art was shared in a black-and-white Instagram post by Los Angeles based tattoo artist Dr. Woo.

“In loving memory to the greatest 🌟 @nickcordero1 on his friend @zachbraff 🙏🏼❤️,” Woo wrote alongside the shot of Braff’s arm, which showed the Coredo tattoo underneath a larger image of a hummingbird.

Braff also shared the same black-and-white image of his arm on his Instagram Story.

Cordero’s widow, Amanda Kloots, later commented on

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How influencers are using Amazon to make money

Kim Pratt
Kim Pratt

Kim Pratt

Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Influencer Dashboard, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here.

Amazon wants to be a major player in the influencer business.

This week, I spoke with a YouTube creator who explained what it’s like to work with the ecommerce giant’s various programs and how she makes money, from affiliate commissions to livestreaming. 

Kim Pratt, who is a skincare influencer and YouTuber, is a member of the Amazon Influencer Program, and for every purchase someone makes through one of her links, she earns a commission ranging from 4% to 10% through the program, she said.

But still, she often doesn’t make much money on that first purchase one of her followers makes, since the products she links to usually range in price from $5 to $20. Her secret weapon on Amazon

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America Has Been Failing Mothers for a Long Time. The Pandemic Made It Clear What Needs to Happen

In 1974, humorist Erma Bombeck published a syndicated newspaper column that looms over the lives of American mothers whether they’ve read it or not. In “When God Created Mothers,” Bombeck describes God making a mother with the help of an angel. “She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 movable parts … all replaceable,” God tells the angel. “Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands.”

My mother, who homeschooled eight children, saw that column as a mark of her valor. Not only did it hang on our wall at home, I grew up hearing it quoted in church sermons on Mother’s Day.

But once I became a mother, I came to hate that column. I think Erma Bombeck did

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How to find unclaimed money that may be owed to you

About this time every year, I like to remind people to visit a few websites and get what’s rightfully theirs. Last year, Robert from Harrisonburg, Virginia, called my national radio show to thank me for suggesting he search for lost money. He found out his deceased mother had $24,578 sitting in a bank account. He received the check in three weeks after proving he was heir to her estate.

A member of my staff helped her mother find over $5,000. She found two life insurance policies, retirement benefits, and rebates from utilities sitting unclaimed in her grandparents’ names for more than 20 years.

If you get a call claiming you’re owed something, don’t fall for it; you have to do the work yourself. Spammers will use the lure of money to trick you, though. Tap or click for my best advice to stop robocalls for good.

This year, I’m in

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@DepopDrama Is Where Fashion And Meme Culture Collide

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Esquire

It started with with an argument over £30. In October 2018 the Instagram account @depopdrama posted an exchange between a buyer and seller on the fashion retail platform Depop. The seller responded to the meagre offer with ‘are you joking’, the buyer countered with ’35 plus will follow ur insta’, and a sensation was born.

Two years later and the Jerry Springer Show of social media, Depop Drama, is now nearing half a million followers, who revel in their tales of dubious consumer ethics and vicious insults, fun wisecracking and deeply strange exchanges, which result from letting vendor and customer loose on one another without an employee code of conduct to keep things in check.

Depop has democratised selling clothes: a slicker, fashion-focused iteration of eBay which connects someone in Bristol who wants to get rid of a Champion t-shirt to someone on the

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Master the art of SEO with this discounted course

Master the art of SEO with this discounted course
Master the art of SEO with this discounted course

TL;DR: The Beginner to Advanced SEO course is on sale for £7.62 as of August 6, saving you 79% on list price.

By now, most people have heard the stat that some never venture beyond the first page of Google search results. If you haven’t heard that before, just think about your own searching practices: When was the last time you actually dug that deep? Didn’t think so.

When it comes to getting that coveted spot near the top of page one — and, ultimately, potential customers’ eyes on your site — the name of the game is “search engine optimisation.” In a jargon-free nutshell, SEO is the process of increasing traffic to your site, which can be done by running keyword research and building a mobile-friendly website, among lots of other .

SEE ALSO: Create the next ‘Fortnite’ with this

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Bayleigh Dayton, Da’Vonne Rogers and More Familiar Faces Amongst Big Brother All-Stars Cast

CBS via Getty Julie Chen

The cast of CBS’ Big Brother All-Stars has been revealed!

During Wednesday’s live two-hour season premiere, longtime host Julie Chen announced the cast — a mixture of past winners, finalists and memorable personalities.

The cast includes Christmas Abbott (season 19), David Alexander (season 21), Nicole Anthony (season 21), Dani Briones (season 8 and 13), Cody Calafiore (season 16), Kevin Campbell (season 11), Tyler Crispen (season 20 runner-up), Bayleigh Dayton (season 20), Nicole Franzel (season 16, season 18 winner), Memphis Garrett (season 10), Enzo Palumbo (season 12), Janelle Pierzina (season 6, 7 and 14), Kaysar Ridha (season 6 and 7), Da’Vonne Rogers (seasons 17 and 18), Keesha Smith (season 10) and Ian Terry (season 14 winner).

Last week, Chen, 50, opened up about the precautions being taken due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“As we speak right now, they’re quarantining by themselves in homes that we’ve rented

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Russia pushes disinformation in online network

CHICAGO (AP) — The State Department says Russia is using a well-developed online operation that includes a loose collection of proxy websites to stir up confusion around the coronavirus by amplifying conspiracy theories and misinformation.

The disclosure on Wednesday was rare for the Trump administration, which has been cautious about blaming the Kremlin for disinformation campaigns, especially around the U.S. election. Despite evidence that Russia launched a divisive disinformation operation on social media during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the State Department’s report did not examine how — if at all — Russia is waging another online influence campaign in this year’s election.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did, however, announce Wednesday that the U.S. would offer a reward of up to $10 million for information that identifies people working with foreign governments to interfere in the U.S. election through illegal cyber activity.

The department detailed a Russian-backed misinformation cycle

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The Spin: Lightfoot says threat of teachers strike didn’t force CPS remote learning plan | Is Duckworth still in veep race?

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the Chicago Teachers Union didn’t force her or her Chicago Public Schools’ team into starting the school year online amid the pandemic. But in the ongoing battle of wills, the Chicago Teachers Union is saying the opposite.

This morning, Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson stood before the cameras and confirmed what my Tribune colleagues and other news outlets reported late yesterday afternoon: The first semester of CPS classes this academic year will be conducted online. The CTU was starting to take the first steps toward a possible strike.

Meanwhile, the mayor’s comments about the killing of a Chicago rapper in Chicago’s tony Oak Street shopping district is raising some eyebrows.

And, an association representing Illinois marijuana companies penned a letter to Gov. J.B. Pritzker urging the state to use marijuana tax revenue to aid social equity applicants who’ve been hurt by delays in the licensing

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