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Don’t Miss Out! Register today for SPECS (March 17 -20, Dallas)

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New York — Network with peers from leading retail and restaurant companies at SPECS, the industry’s premier store development and facilities event.

Produced by Chain Store Age, the 49th annual SPECS conference will be held March 17-20, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, Dallas.

Click here to register.

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Macy’s launches Fashion Week inspired exclusives

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NEW YORK — Macy’s exclusive new MADE Fashion Week for Impulse collection is now available at 150 Macy’s stores and online at Macys.com. Inspired by New York’s MADE Fashion Week initiative co-founded by Jenné Lombardo, Mazdack Rassi and Keith Baptista, MADE Fashion Week for Impulse combines fashion, music, art and pop culture, reflecting the unique street-style of today’s tastemakers.

"Our new collection with Macy’s is not only thrilling, but it’s also a huge step for MADE," says MADE Co-Founder Jennè Lombardo. "With every purchase, consumers will be supporting designers who rely on MADE Fashion Week for runway shows and presentations each season in New York and Paris."

The MADE Fashion Week for Impulse collection is informed by the style of MADE’s New York creative community. Developed to reflect each individual’s unique perspective, the collection combines references ranging from "modern school boy" to "feminine grunge" to "graphics," empowering the wearer to mix and match aesthetics. The line features timeless pieces reimagined through the use of contemporary and of-the-moment prints, textures and patterns. MADE Fashion Week for Impulse offers Macy’s customers wearable pieces that translate key trends of the season through silhouettes that include "perfect" tanks, skater skirts and classic outerwear, as well as new looks in pants, tops and dresses. The collection ranges in price from $39 to $139 and is available in Macy’s stores and on macys.com tomorrow.

"The ‘MADE Fashion Week for Impulse’ collection offers Macy’s customers an exciting, new opportunity to experience breaking fashion trends through the eyes of the style-setters and industry tastemakers at MADE," said Molly Langenstein, Macy’s EVP and general merchandise manager, Millennial. "The collaboration with MADE Fashion Week reflects their vision of bringing emerging talent from fashion, music, art and multimedia into one connected experience, and provides a new way for Millennials to experiment with fashion through a unique experience that resonates with their lifestyle."

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Coca-Cola to help finance women entrepreneurs

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ATLANTA — The Coca-Cola Company and IFC (International Finance Corporation), a member of the World Bank Group, have formed a $100 million, three-year joint initiative to provide access to finance for women entrepreneurs in Eurasia and Africa.

The collaboration builds on the synergies between Coca-Cola’s 5by20 women’s economic empowerment initiative and IFC’s Banking on Women program to help address barriers women entrepreneurs commonly face in some of the world’s poorest countries. IFC will work through its network of local and regional banking institutions to provide financing and business skills training to small and medium sized businesses that are owned or operated by women entrepreneurs across the Coca-Cola value chain.

“Women entrepreneurs make significant contributions to emerging and developing economies, yet have lower access to finance than their male counterparts. By providing greater access to capital, we are investing in our own success and the success of the communities we serve,” said Nathan Kalumbu, president of Eurasia and Africa Group, The Coca-Cola Company. “We are excited about this opportunity to harness the collective power of our organizations to positively impact women in Eurasia and Africa.”

“Women entrepreneurs represent significant untapped economic potential in developing countries—they are essential for creating jobs and achieving sustainable growth,” said James Scriven, IFC director financial markets. “This innovative partnership with Coca-Cola will help expand access to finance for thousands of women who are part of the company’s supply and distribution chain.”

Work related to this initiative is already beginning in Nigeria. Coca-Cola and IFC are working with Access Bank to provide financing to women micro-distributors (MDCs) in the Coca-Cola value chain, in close collaboration with Coca-Cola’s bottling partner, Nigerian Bottling Company.

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