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HSBC Egypt launches Mobile Collections service to help businesses transition to digital economy

“HSBC Mobile Collections allows businesses in Egypt to collect payments from their customers using a mobile platform instead of collecting physical cash or a cheque” writes Hossam Mounir for dailynewssegypt.com. HSBC Bank Egypt S.A.E. (HSBC) has launched a new Mobile Collections product for corporations, helping them on their digital transformation journey. Following the successful launch of Mobile Collections in China and India, we are pleased to offer this capability to our customers in Egypt.”. HSBC Egypt Managing Director and Head of Global Banking, Helmy Ghazi, highlighted during the event the…

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H&M profit beats forecasts as collections score a hit with shoppers

“Hennes & Mauritz AB Thursday posted a forecast-beating rise in third-quarter net profit as new collections and fewer markdowns helped offset higher costs from turnaround efforts” writes Dominic Chopping for marketwatch.com. The Swedish fashion retailer HM.B, -2.97%  posted a net profit of 3.86 billion Swedish kronor ($391 million) for the quarter ended Aug. 31, compared with SEK3.1 billion a year earlier.Analysts polled by FactSet had expected a profit of SEK3.76 billion. Sales rose to SEK62.57 billion from SEK55.82 billion, as previously announced, while net sales in September are estimated to…

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Collections agency ignores proof that debt was paid. What happens next?

“Knowing this was a mistake, the Junices contacted the original collections agency and got written proof that the debt was satisfied” writes Karin Price Mueller for nj.com. A month later, in July, they received a collections notice from a collections agency, Amerifinancial Solutions, requesting a payment of $782.80.What you can do If you receive a bill from a collections agency, know your rights.A few months later, in April, Holly received another collections notice, this one saying the debt was placed with Commonwealth Financial Systems by Pendrick Capital Partners – another…

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Museum Specimens Are Too Male

“The animals in these displays represent a tiny fraction of the animals that natural-history museums keep in their collections” writes Rachel Gutman for theatlantic.com. Trina Roberts, who oversees collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, estimates that only about 1 to 5 percent of a museum’s catalog is typically on display; most specimens in their research collections are preserved and stored differently, and are never seen by the public. Source: theatlantic.com

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The Quirk of Collecting That Skews Museum Specimens Male

“The animals in these displays represent a tiny fraction of the animals that natural-history museums keep in their collections” writes Rachel Gutman for theatlantic.com. Trina Roberts, who oversees collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, estimates that only about 1 to 5 percent of a museum’s catalog is typically on display; most specimens in their research collections are preserved and stored differently, and are never seen by the public. Source: theatlantic.com

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Netflix Wants to Return Agency to Humans With New Curated Collections

“Netflix is currently beta-testing human-curated “collections” in an effort to put the power of viewership back in the hands of actual people over artificial intelligence” writes Ryan Lattanzio for indiewire.com. As first reported by TechCrunch, Netflix is currently beta-testing human-curated “collections” in an effort to return agency to actual people over artificial intelligence. “We’re always looking for new ways to connect our fans with titles we think they’ll love, so we’re testing out a new way to curate Netflix titles into collections on the Netflix iOS app,” a Netflix rep…

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American fashion label to close luxury collections business

“Simons, who joined the company in 2016, was given total creative control of its lines, including Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein Platinum, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear and Calvin Klein Home, with the objective to unify them under one vision” writes Scarlett Conlon for theguardian.com. The American fashion brand Calvin Klein has announced that it is shutting its luxury collections business.The designer, who changed the category’s name from Calvin Klein Collection to Calvin Klein 205W39NYC, cut short his contract which was due to end this August shortly…

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Instagram may offer a public option for collections à la Pinterest

“On Instagram, collections are currently private, but it seems that the Facebook-owned company is now considering allowing users to make their collections public so they can share them with their followers” writes Aaron Mamiit for digitaltrends.com. If Instagram does make collections public, it’ll be interesting to see what impact this has on Pinterest’s current standing, especially as it’s expected to go public later this year.The “make collection public” option was spotted in Instagram’s code by expert app researcher Jane Manchun Wong and later verified by TechCrunch.Instagram said that it’s not…

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Victoria Beckham Will No Longer Use Exotic Animal Skins In Her Collections

“Victoria Beckham will no longer use exotic animal skins in her collections” reports elle.com. The designer – whose brand was already fur-free – will adopt this new policy with her autumn/winter 2019 collection, which will be shown in the next few days during London Fashion Week. ‘Victoria Beckham will cease the use of exotic skins in all collections as of AW19,’ a statement from the brand read. ‘The Victoria Beckham brand has never used fur in its clothing or accessories collections and confirmed last year that the brand will remain…

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Want To Read More This Year? Begin With These Short Story Collections

“From prize-winning collections to debuts preceded by high praise, from translations to those that will make perfect adaptations, HuffPost India recommends 15 must-read collections that are currently on our radar” writes Sana Goyal for huffingtonpost.com. These recent and to-be-released collections have solidified their place in the spotlight now more than ever.You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian (Jonathan Cape) This is the hotly anticipated debut collection from the author of the viral The New Yorker short story “Cat Person” which The Guardian called “the short story that launched a…

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