retail

IKEA Hires First Children's Illustrator in Residence to Engage Kids

Posted by Shirley Brady on December 19, 2014 10:34 AM

IKEA has a charming idea to enchant kids with the idea of the family meal—hire a kids' book illustrator to spark their imaginations.

The Swedish furniture retailer's UK team tapped artist Sarah Horne as "illustrator-in-residence" in a first for the brand.

Its Wembley store in London invited her in to collaborate with kids on ways to bring fun back to the dinner table—part of the brand's commitment to make every meal a special occasion and enhance the quality of life at home. 

See what happened below.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Sony, McRib, Gucci and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 12, 2014 09:26 AM

McDonald's McRib UK 2014

TOP STORIES

Sony hack offends comedian Kevin Hart and President Obama (not to mention Angelina Jolie) as controversial film premieres, while company readies for PlayStation battle in China and life after game consoles.

McDonald's brings back the McRib on New Year's Even—to the UK.

Gucci CEO and creative director/girlfriend leave struggling brand.

Uber sells minority stake to China's Baidu.

SeaWorld CEO steps down in wake of Blackfish documentary backlash. Continue reading...

retail

IKEA Offers Russians a Night at the Movies—in Bed

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 11, 2014 12:02 PM

Russia may be suffering through an economic downturn, but IKEA announced in September that it plans to invest 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) to expand and upgrade its stores in the country.

To extend that goodwill, the world's biggest furniture retailer is bringing its brand to the public in unexpected places. Its latest foray into веселье (you know—"fun") is to take over a Russian movie house in a Moscow suburb and offer up a night at the movies with a twist.

Instead of watching the film the regular boring way, IKEA replaced cinema seats with beds so that moviegoers could curl up together, and snack on some choklad and popcorn.Continue reading...

sustainability

Greenpeace's Latest Big Win: Getting IKEA to Commit to Sustainable Palm Oil

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 21, 2014 02:31 PM

IKEA is the latest company to adopt a new sustainable policy for sourcing palm oil, marking one more big victory this year for Greenpeace.

“IKEA's decision to clean up its supply chain for products containing palm oil is good news," stated Joao Talocchi, Greenpeace USA Palm Oil Campaigner.

“Commitments over the past year from companies like Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and General Mills have brought the palm oil industry to a tipping point. We’re now at the stage where it's unacceptable for companies not to address rainforest destruction with their suppliers."Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Alibaba, Burberry, Hyundai and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 4, 2014 09:15 AM

TOP STORIES

Alibaba revenues rise 54 percent in first earnings report as public company.

Apple and Google overcome differences for Disney Movies Anywhere partnership.

Burberry unveils Romeo Beckham as star of holiday ad campaign.

Hyundai and Kia are sanctioned with $350 million U.S. fine for misleading fuel-economy claims.

Emirates Airlines drops out as FIFA sponsor. Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: #ChevyGuy, LeBron, Honda and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 31, 2014 09:16 AM

TOP STORIES

Chevrolet rolls big with #ChevyGuy tongue-tied World Series fumble with #technologyandstuff hashtag as GM halts deliveries of Colorado pickup for air-bag problem.

Honda and Takata are sued over air bag defects as US officials also home in.

Nestle commissions empathetic robot to sell Nescafe machines in Japan as the New Yorker profiles Lowe's robot.

Starbucks slates e-commerce delivery for 2015.

LeBron James returns to Cleveland with a loss to the Knicks but a stunning Nike ad among sponsor tributes. Continue reading...

holidaze

Boo Who? 27 Halloween Commercials You May Have Missed

Posted by Abe Sauer on October 30, 2014 09:04 PM

You know the IKEA spoof of The Shining—now take a look at what some other brands are doing with their Halloween advertising this year, from C to V:Continue reading...

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Brand News: Lowe's Robot, Alibaba-Apple, Twitter and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 28, 2014 09:10 AM

TOP STORIES

Alibaba eyes payments tie-up with Apple (and rebrands travel unit) as Apple sees 1 million+ Apple Pay accounts activated in first 72 hours, and sees Mac sales gains.

Lowe's tests retail-ready, $50K multilingual robot at Orchard Supply Hardware store.

Tesla unveils lease discount amid softness.

Twitter sees user engagement slow down.

YouTube considers paid subscription, ad-free business model as music service looms.Continue reading...

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