Google, Gap Inc. Discuss Navigating the ‘Path Forward’

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As part of WWD’s COVID-19 business insights series, “Fashion’s New World Order,” Kevin Fried, industry director of specialty retail at Google, and Blair Dunn, senior vice president of digital and e-commerce at Gap Inc., joined WWD executive editor Arthur Zaczkiewicz for a webinar called “Navigating the Path Forward.” The goal of the discussion was to unlock the mind of the consumer and examine how it has changed in the current environment and how retailers can learn to navigate them by looking at search trends from the hundreds of millions of people who use Google for shopping-related searches daily and specific data for how Gap Inc. has adapted its business for today’s dynamic market throughout the pandemic and as stores continue to reopen.

Consumer behavior is ever-changing, especially in the wake of the multiple crises this year. “The past two to three months have

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LinkedIn, Microsoft launch free Learning Path job training courses to fight coronavirus unemployment

Microsoft and LinkedIn want to put a dent in the nation – and the world’s – unemployment numbers.

The software giant and the professional networking site, which Microsoft acquired in 2016 for $26.2 billion, identified in-demand jobs and are offering free, online training to help job seekers improve their skills and land positions.

LinkedIn data showed 10 specific jobs with the most current openings and a four-year trend of being in demand, pay “a livable wage,” and have skills that can be learned online and remotely. LinkedIn’s CEO Ryan Roslansky posted the details on the site’s blog about the initiative.

LinkedIn’s top 10 in-demand jobs

1. Software developer 

2. Sales representative 

3. Project manager 

4. IT Administrator 

5. Customer service specialist 

6. Digital marketer ​ 

7. IT support/Help desk 

8. Graphic designer 

9. Financial analyst  

10. Data analyst 

LinkedIn and Microsoft created Learning Path training modules for those 10 positions.

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