on the road again
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 10, 2013 07:01 PM
Women are on the move, and some sectors of the hotel industry are going the extra mile to make sure they’ve all got a nice, safe place to lay their heads.
Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which has more than 520 hotels in 70 countries, had a 53 percent rise in single occupant females booking rooms from 2011 to 2012, the Daily Mail reports. And the trend is expected to continue. Women represented “the most important and fastest growing segment of the travel market in terms of both leisure and business travel,” the Mail notes.
InterContinental Hotel Group’s Crowne Plaza hotels have jumped on the trend since 47% of its guest population is now female; now the chain offers women-only floors at some of its locations that feature such things as “special bath salts and body products, a magnifying mirror, nail polish, nail files and a curling iron” in the rooms, according to USA Today. Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 10, 2013 06:05 PM
The ultimate cable challenger, NimbleTV, has arrived – delivering the Holy Grail of pay television subscribers – the ability to watch and record shows online "on your terms":
nimbleTV is a service that lets you watch your favorite television programs from anywhere in the world on a variety of devices. With a powerful, cloud-based HD-DVR, no long-term commitments or unnecessary hardware, nimbleTV gives you the freedom to enjoy television on your terms.
Or - translated by AllThingsD, startup NimbleTV “wants to attach itself to the TV Industrial Complex by delivering pay TV over the Web.”
The company offers two subscription plans to residents in the New York market: an add-on service for existing cable subscribers with 24 local broadcast channels, starting at $3.99 monthly; and a “concierge” option where NimbleTV provisions a pay-TV plan and operates the necessary DVR remotely, up to 130 channels starting at $29.98 monthly. Continue reading...
The Big Game
Posted by Dale Buss on December 10, 2013 05:11 PM
Chobani wants to turn MetLife Stadium into ancient Macedonia during the Super Bowl on February 2 when it runs the first TV commercial during the Big Game for its Greek-style yogurt brand that created the only growing segment in the US yogurt business. Its opponent on that day -- more seasoned in the ways of Super Bowl commercials -- will be Dannon, which is returning to advertise its own Oikos Greek-style brand in Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox.
Company executives are portraying the move as something of a coming-out party for the Chobani brand, but the reality is that Super Bowl exposure is something Chobani needs now more than during the few previous years when it was essentially establishing the Greek-style business in the American supermarket.
The brand was dealing with a quality recall just a few months ago. And even more seriously, now it is battling a stronger Oikos brand than initially. And even Yoplait, for some time essentially a no-show in Greek-style, finally is mounting its own serious effort in the industry's only growth arena. Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 10, 2013 04:35 PM
Since 1985, Comic Relief has been cracking up half the folks around the world in order to raise cash for the other half. The British charity is partially famed for its promise that every bit of cash donated by the public has gone to actually helping people while all the administrative costs are all taken care of by corporations.
But a number of folks are not happy with the way that cash is being spent. A BBC documentary has found that from 2007 to 2009 Comic Relief took millions of pounds and invested them in alcohol, tobacco, and firearms companies despite the fact that the charity is aiming to cut down on the use of all three. Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 10, 2013 03:49 PM
A quarter century ago, Chinese consumers hungry for a taste of America formed hours-long lines in Beijing's Tiananmen Square outside a KFC, the nation's first. A year later, the opening of KFC's first restaurant in Shanghai was one of that famous city's most remarkable and memorable events of the year. More than a decade later, KFC was maybe America's most successful experiment in the new, open China; a China case study taught to MBA students in programs both prestigious and not. Investors hailed KFC's deft menu localization and aggressive locally-flavored marketing, tactics that had made it more successful in China than in its native land, a jewel in the Yum! Brands crown.
Then came 2012. KFC has never recovered. Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 10, 2013 02:28 PM
Twitter has appointed its first female board member, Marjorie Scardino, former CEO of media company Pearson, who is also joining the audit committee, replacing David Rosenblatt.
“Scardino is a smart choice: via her Pearson background, she has deep connections into the media industry, as well as into Europe,” writes Techcrunch. “The media industry is a key partner for Twitter as the company builds out its revenue-generating business with advertising and coordinated information dissemination; and it has also pinpointed international growth — that is, outside the U.S. — as a key aim going forward.”
After six years of a mostly white, male board, it’s a smart choice for the microblogging service, criticized for its lack of gender diversity.
Last year, the issue surfaced with rumblings that some on the board wanted to hire a female, further fueled by All Things D’s Kara Swisher, wondering if such an appointment would precede their IPO. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 10, 2013 01:27 PM
General Motors is busting out all over into a new future. A day after finally shedding the last vestiges of US-government ownership, the company named Mary Barra to succeed current CEO Dan Akerson. The move in January will make Barra the first woman chief of a global automaker and, arguably, the highest-profile female CEO in the world.
The timing of the retirement of the 65-year-old Akerson after a three-year run is earlier than many expected, but he's accelerating it because of his wife's serious illness. But Barra's ascension actually comes as little surprise to GM insiders, who gave her the pole position in a four-way internal derby with GM's North America chief Mark Reuss, CFO Dan Ammann and Vice Chairman Steve Girsky, a key figure in the 2009 government bailout of the company and the aftermath.
Barra has presided over much of GM's recent product renaissance, and in her 33-year career there, has headed human resources and a manufacturing plant. Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 10, 2013 12:11 PM
Coca-Cola rolled out a new soda this past summer in Argentina called Coca-Cola Life and the word on the street is that it is coming to America in 2014.
With about half the calories of regular Coke and sweetened with sugar and stevia in partnership with Cargill, Life “would be the first time the natural sweetener would be used in (Coke’s) flagship brand in the US,” according to DNAIndia.com. As of now, Coke uses stevia in America “in some non-carbonated drinks and in its Fanta brand.”
As Ad Age points out, both Coke and Pepsi have significant investment in the sugar-substitute market. Coke has been experimenting with stevia while Pepsi’s scientists “in collaboration with San Diego-based biotech firm Senomyx, is in the late stages of developing a ‘taste modifier’ that would essentially fool taste buds into thinking they are getting more sugar than delivered.” That modifier goes by the very catchy name of S617. Continue reading...