Posted by Dale Buss on December 2, 2013 09:33 AM
American holiday shoppers produced gloomy numbers for retailing's big weekend.
Saab rolls out first sedan under new owners.
Zappos taps former Vogue editor, Andre Leon Tulley, to be artistic director for its couture section.
Amazon floats idea of delivery drones.
Apple's iPhone 5S outsold the 5C three to one in the UK.
Bank of America to pay Freddie Mac $404 million.
BMW and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will review small-engine alliance.
Burger King imitates Big Mac with Big King.
Chrysler boosts test-drive marketing.
Cracker Barrel sees new healthful menu drive sales.
Esprit plans to launch new fashion brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 8, 2013 06:38 PM
Barbie apparently wasn't much of a success in China when the famous doll's focus was all manicures, makeup and party dresses. The company's six-story store in Shanghai closed its doors in 2011, and since, Mattel has been hard at work creating a Barbie more suitable for the Asian culture—one focused instead on education.
"Joy and learning are like oil and water in China," said Peter Broegger, Mattel's Asia Pacific senior vice president, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. So Mattel is trying to emphasize the learning part of Barbie’s life, releasing such dolls as Violin Barbie, while simultaneously trying to get the government to encourage more play from the children of its nation. "If they allow for more play, half of our marketing is done," Broegger told the Journal. Violin Barbie may be completely disproportionate in her body but she apparently can play a mean Tchaikovsky.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 8, 2013 09:18 AM
FDA bans artery-clogging trans fats.
Adobe sees accounts compromised in big security breach.
Mattel gives Barbie doll a proportional makeover for China market.
Boeing warns it could build 777X jet outside of Washington State.
CBS admits errors in 60 Minutes report on Benghazi.
Fiat offers car-sharing service in hard-hit Milan.
Groupon is pinched by Gmail change and posts wider loss.
Jaguar Land Rover boosts profit for parent Tata Motors.
Kohl's adds emotional brand spots to holiday mix.
Marriott International buys African hotel chain.
McDonald’s sales growth remains sluggish.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 6, 2013 09:22 AM
Starbucks commits to recruiting 10,000 veterans and Army spouses while Walgreen offers military-only discount on Veterans Day.
Nokia swipes at Samsung with lower-priced phablet.
Cargill begins labeling its "finely textured" beef aka "pink slime."
Abercrombie & Fitch expects weak holiday sales.
Acer ousts CEO as another victim of iPad.
Apple adds suppliers to boost iPhone and iPad production as it claims fifth place in China mobile market.
Boeing plans to build 777x jet in Washington State.
Brides Magazine wants its new app to take on dress counterfeiters.
Burger King plans to bring back Big Mac copycat.
CNN turnaround runs into heavy viewer indifference.
Deadline.com severs ties with Nikke Finke.
Goodyear glides with US ski association.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 22, 2013 06:39 PM
It's D-Days—Decision Days—for many American parents as they seek to get their holiday shopping done for their kids before the crunch of school programs, seasonal festivities and general mayhem ensues.
And sure enough, Fisher-Price, Toys R Us, Amazon and other brands are showing up with timely messages about how eager they are to help. They're all the more interested to make hay early in the season because the forecast for Christmas spending this year is cloudy at best.
Fisher-Price this season is targeting Millennial moms of kids up to ages five years old and, to accommodate the greater digital sensibilities of this generation, the Mattel-owned brand has boosted its digital-media spend by 50 percent.
"We know we need to reach her in this digital space," Lisa McKnight, Mattel's senior vice president of marketing for North America, told Advertising Age. "They want to make informed decisions when they make their purchases."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 17, 2013 09:29 AM
Amazon launches 'Amazon Fashion Studio Sessions' contest.
Facebook changes privacy settings for teens.
Walmart pursues omnichannel vision and is cleared by India officials in 2010 purchase.
America Movil scraps KPN bid.
Apple deals with doubts about its iPhone strategy.
Boeing addresses icing problem in latest jet.
Dallas Cowboys owner Mark Cuban cleared of insider-trading charges.
Fiat needs cash now locked up in Chrysler to fully revive Alfa Romeo.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2013 09:17 AM
Hyundai plans to launch performance sub-brand.
Twitter chooses tech-heavy NYSE for IPO even as losses widen.
NBC holds viewer lead early in new TV season.
Advance Auto Parts plans to buy Carquest parent for $2.04 billion.
Alibaba nears Facebook sales but with double the profit.
Alitalia faces tough conditions on refinancing from Air France, KLM and others.
Apple cuts orders of low-cost iPhone 5C as it confirms Oct. 22 iPad event.
Burberry transition poses tough test for new CEO.
Chrysler stars Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in latest ad.
Domino's leans on digital innovation, not just new products.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2013 09:36 AM
Google pitches online-TV service as it faces more demands by European regulators.
Billabong gets financial-rescue package.
Chobani gets caught in crosshairs of GMO debate.
Apple is said to be developing ad-skipping as part of its TV strategy.
Bank of America's Q2 profit rises 62 percent on cost-cutting campaign.
Big Ten and Detroit Lions plan to announce new bowl game at Detroit's Ford Field.
Robert Downey Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities.
EA Games' creative director jumps ship to start own gaming company.
ESPN set to announce next X Games site this morning and finalize deal to bring back Keith Olbermann.
Fancy Feast turns to Pinterest.
Jamba Juice launches big blitz for kids' menu.
KFC tests fast-casual concept.Continue reading...