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Uber Cancels Ice Cream Day in the Netherlands in MH-17 Show of Respect

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 18, 2014 12:27 PM

Even ice cream has to take a backseat to world affairs. Uber's global Ice Cream Day today, which is seeing the ride-sharing brand dispense free ice cream on demand in 144 cities in 38 countries, is partnering with local ice cream brands in a buzz-building exercise offering sundaes, froyo and gelato on a stick as an incentive to download and try the app.

Yet Uber, no stranger to navigating sensitive political issues in its bid to expand globally, is also being sensitive to the markets they're moving into.

So the stunt was cancelled today in Amsterdam out of respect to the Netherlands, the nation that lost the majority of the passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17. And in Manila, Uber will donate all of its proceeds to victims of Typhoon Glenda.

Good call, Uber. In London, meanwhile, its ice cream giveaway coincides with the hottest day of the year so far—no stranger to being on the hotseat, of course, as the controversial app has made a few London Hackney carriage drivers already see red.

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After Ruling in New York, Airbnb Sees More Legal Troubles on the Horizon

Posted by Barry Silverstein on May 22, 2013 06:25 PM

Airbnb, an online booking service that allows anybody to rent out any premises for as little as a night, sounds like a great idea that leverages the "sharing economy.” Investors think Airbnb is pretty slick too: Two years ago, the San Francisco company was valued at over a billion dollars and today its value has more than doubled.

But is Airbnb about to experience a crash landing? A judge in New York City has just ruled that an Airbnb user broke an “illegal hotel” law when Nigel Warren rented out the bedroom of his apartment in the East Village for three days. The law “restricts residents from renting out apartments, or rooms in them, for fewer than 30 days, unless they are also living in the home during the guests’ stay.”

Airbnb representatives appeared in court along with Warren, arguing that “certain language” in the code allowed him to make the room available to a renter. But judge Clive Morrick indicated that “Airbnb renters did not have access to all parts of the apartment, specifically the room of Mr. Warren’s roommate, who was still living there while Mr. Warren was away and renting out his room.”Continue reading...

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Nike Sells Shoes Via Virtual Reality

Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 11, 2013 01:22 PM

When people buy shoes, they generally want to take a look at the actual product and put them on their actual feet, but Nike is trying something new that may have folks at least asking for the shoe before ever seeing the real deal.

Nike is using holographs in three different areas of Amsterdam to generate interest in its new Nike Free 5.0 running shoes. Welcome to the future of marketing. Who needs reality?Continue reading...

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Heineken: 140 Years Young With Nods To Past, Toasts To Future

Posted by Dale Buss on December 7, 2012 02:08 PM

No wonder Pantone has selected emerald green for its color of the year. It's Heineken's 140th anniversary, and the Dutch beer giant is unscrewing all the caps to celebrate.

Today in Amsterdam, the Dutch brand is debuting a video wall projection made from 5,000 beer bottles on the side of its headquarters building. Not in Amsterdam? Worry not — fans can check it out from 4pm ET to 10pm ET, every day from Dec. 7th through January 2nd, on Heineken's Facebook page and post on the brand's virtual wall.

And that's not all it's doing on Facebook.Continue reading...

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Japan's All-White Starbucks Will Change Everything You Think About Starbucks

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 11, 2012 01:11 PM

A Tokyo pop-up has taken the Starbucks retail store concept to a futuristic, minimalist place that could shake up the java giant's global development team to rethink everything they hold dear about the brand.

Inspired by coffee-lovers' penchant for reading while sipping, Japanese design studio Nendo created a "Starbucks Espresso Journey" pop-up that looks, on the surface, like a monochromatic library — until you notice the rows of tumblers and the subtle take on Starbucks' wordless logo. Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves comprised the curved interior walls as customers perused custom-made books in nine different hues, each about a different type of espresso drink - lattes, cappuccinos or café mochas.

The desaturated shop was installed in September in the Omotesando neighborhood and open for three weeks. Visitors were invited to choose a book, take it to the counter and trade it for an espresso drink. They could also keep the book cover to insert into one of Starbucks’ customizable tumblers. It's visually stunning and upends every expectation we bring to the Starbucks brand experience, to be sure, but still — a library?Continue reading...

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Starbucks Grinds Out New Territory with Its Own Single-Cup Coffee Maker

Posted by Dale Buss on March 9, 2012 12:33 PM

Talk about vertical integration! Starbucks is taking the concept to new heights — er, depths — with its announcement of the imminent introduction of its own machine to make single cups of coffee.

The product, named Verismo, will be launched soon and sold at some Starbucks stores as well as specialty retail locations right away and then more heavily marketed and sold in the fall. The machine was developed with Krueger, a German-based company, and it "combines Starbucks signature Espresso Roast and drink recipes with precise Swiss engineering and a patent-pending high pressure extraction capability," Starbucks said in a press release.

The move is yet another bid by Starbucks to broaden and deepen its franchise over the last couple of years. The company also today, in Amsterdam, was scheduled to open its first "concept shop" laboratory meant to imbue its retail outlets with more "local flavor." Inspired by concept stores in its hometown of Seattle, the new Amsterdam store features in-house-baked cookies, for instance, and will test other ideas. It's housed in an old bank vault in the city's historic Rembrandt square.Continue reading...

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Ahmadinejad Breaks Hitler-Mao Stranglehold on Despot Ads

Posted by Abe Sauer on September 9, 2011 12:14 PM

Amsterdam's Lotte Yoga School has received a Lotte comments on its latest campaign.

Advertisers looking to incorporate history's most reprehensible leaders into their spots isn't anything new. As we've noted, the use of Mao, Stalin and Hitler has become so commonplace as to be remarkable only for its unremarkableness.Continue reading...

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