brands under fire
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 10, 2014 10:57 AM
The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America seem like they would be the perfect all-American brands, but the children's service organizatons have had their fair share of controversy.
In a continuation of the gay rights saga surrounding the Boy Scouts, Walt Disney recently announced that it would cut funding to the organization due to its policies surrounding openly-gay Scout leaders. While the company doesn't donate funds directly to the organization, the company said it would "stop allowing employees to do volunteer work through Disney’s VoluntEARS program in exchange for cash donations to the Boy Scouts of America," according to Time.
The national organization voted last year to allow openly gay youths but decided to keep its ban on openly gay leaders intact. Other major brand sponsors, including Lockheed Martin, Chipotle, Merck and UPS have stopped funding the organization as a result.
The Girl Scouts, on the other hand, are also having a bit of an image issue as the organization looks to put its brand in front of more children. The group struck a deal last year with Mattel for a Girl Scouts-themed Barbie doll, including a related patch, booklet and website.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 12, 2014 04:04 PM
In a brand collaboration that could be described as the "Anti-Dove" campaign, Barbie and Sports Illustrated are getting together to celebrate the 50th anniversary edition of the magazine's swimsuit issue. And not surprisingly, social media has been atwitter over the implications.
The half-century edition of Sports Illlustrated's biggest issue of each year will hit newsstands and the internet next week, and it presents Barbie as a doll-size version of some of the magazine's supermodels, clad in a new version of the black-and-white swimsuit the Mattel doll wore when she was introduced in 1959.
It's a surprising partnership, to be sure, starting with the the fact that Barbie is aimed (mostly) at girls and Sports Illustrated is aimed (mostly) at men, which raises uncomfortable questions about why they're getting together. (Yes, Barbie is for adult collectors, too—that's why there will be a limited edition Sports Illustrated Barbie at Target).
The co-branded special issue is launching with a campaign called "Unapologetic", as both brands' owners clearly anticipated the hullaballoo that would ensue when two icons of hyperphotogenic femininity got together to get even more in the faces of their long-time foes.Continue reading...
Posted by csauser on February 12, 2014 09:33 AM
Yelp unveils website revamp and upgrades local content.
Chick-fil-A launches switch to antibiotic-free chicken.
Toyota recalls 1.9 million Priuses to update software.
Annie's Homegrown sets to roll out new snacks strategy.
Audi boosts output of A3, Q5 in Germany.
Belk launches contest offering Edwin McCain as wedding singer.
Burger King beefs up Big King.
Dean Foods hurt by food-stamp losses.
Paula Deen readies comeback.
Dow Chemical rejects activist investor's call for major breakup.
DuPont moves toward approval of GMO crop in Europe.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 3, 2014 09:23 AM
Apple meets with FDA over mobile medical apps and reportedly explores alternative energy sources.
Chrysler posts 8 percent increase in January sales and re-brands to "America's Import" in Super Bowl.
Walmart cuts outlook as new CEOs take office on Feb. 1.
AT&T cuts family-plan mobile pricing as competition heats up.
Bacardi shakes up safety efforts at Jacksonville plant after death.
Bank of America reaches $8.5 billion settlement.
Facebook toys with anonymity.
Honda touts vehicles' safety performance in wake of Bruce Willis Super Bowl ad.
Jos. A. Bank rebuffs Men's Wearhouse again.
Keystone XL gets a green light.
Maserati touts its return to US in Super Bowl spot.Continue reading...
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...