Posted by Dale Buss on September 2, 2014 09:34 AM
Uber is banned across Germany by Frankfurt court.
Aston Martin gets new CEO from Nissan.
McDonald's boosts food-safety efforts in China.
RadioShack and shareholder talk about saving company from bankruptcy.
Apple fixes bug that exposed nude photos of celebrities after "actively investigating" iCloud link to leak.
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1-800-FLOWERS acquires Harry & David.
Aflac ties effort to college football.
Alfa Romeo sets return to US after 20 years.
Arthur Andersen name returns to tax consulting.
Buick launches ad campaign to build on success of "Hmmm" ad earlier this year.
Burger King sees tax history come under scrutiny.Continue reading...
Posted by Alicia Ciccone on September 1, 2014 09:53 AM
A&E buys 10 percent of Vice for $250 million.
Apple blocks developers from selling users' health data to marketers; bans hazardous chemicals following China investigation; reportedly strikes payments deal to make next iPhone a mobile wallet with American Express, Visa and MasterCard; sees iBeacon struggle with retailers; and grapples with possible iCloud (via “Find my iPhone”) hack that led to massive nude photo leak affecting Jennifer Lawrence and other actresses.
Nike re-signs (Under Armour-wooed) NBA star Kevin Durant to sneaker deal rumored to be worth $350 million.
Disney files patents for drone-controlled puppets as Google drones find better reception than Amazon tests.
P&G's Tide brand honors uniformed workers on Labor Day (above).
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Alibaba faces stiffer homegrown competition ahead of upcoming IPO.
Art Everywhere partnership brings culture to outdoor advertising.
Bayer brings “world’s hangover cure” Berocca to US.
BMW sees bomb-proof fleet get big buy-in from Australian government for G20 Summit.
Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable protested by entertainment giants.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 20, 2014 09:31 AM
McDonald's in Ferguson, Mo., becomes headquarters of protest coverage as brand names first US VP of digital, rolls out bagged McCafe coffee with Kraft across US, and sets to offer mandarin oranges.
Uber hires former Obama campaign chief as lobbyist and tests delivery service in D.C.
Staples accelerates turnaround actions as sales continue to fall.
Walgreen shakes up executive ranks after projection was off by $1 billion.
Petsmart explores possible sale.
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AirAsia takes advantage while Malaysia Airlines wallows in tragedies.
Apple soars to stock record amid optimism about upcoming products.
Audi airs Emmys promo that's heavy on celebrity cameos (at top).
Boeing may boost production of its bestselling 737.
Brita recalls thousands of child water bottles.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 30, 2014 05:37 PM
RadioShack, still hemorrhaging cash and in danger of running out altogether before a turn-around, is rolling out 21 remodeled stores in the San Francisco Bay area in a eleventh hour attempt to counteract its steep stock decline.
"As a technology mecca, San Francisco has long been an important market for the RadioShack brand, so it makes sense to open a significant number of our interactive remodeled stores for customers in the Bay Area," said Mike DeFazio, RadioShack SVP store operations, according to the Dallas Business Journal. "These stores are built on customer feedback from more than 40 concept stores we have opened in the past year.”
The remodeled stores showcase the brand’s new Fix It Here! service for repairing mobile devices as well as products from startups and inventors like mobile-controlled robot ball Sphero. An interactive speaker wall lets customers compare and purchase speakers from in-store tablets while a headphone demo station offers up brands like Beats By Dre, Skullcandy and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 30, 2014 09:22 AM
McDonald's told that it must address workers' complaints regarding protest discipline in ruling considered major victory for fast food workers.
Amazon plans to invest $2 billion in India as it calls for Hachette to lower e-book prices in their dispute.
Burger King follows Yum! Brands in cutting ties with China meat supplier.
Johnson & Johnson turns to social media to lure Millennial moms to baby products after cutting out controversial ingredients.
Apple's iWatch patent approved, but launch may be pushed back.
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Best Buy CEO sees tablet sales "crashing."
Boys & Girls Clubs turns to fear in new campaign.
C-SPAN is headed behind the cable TV paywall.
Chrysler is sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures.
Dunkin' Donuts partners with Discovery for Shark Week promo.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 11, 2014 07:29 PM
RadioShack has the look of a company re-arranging deck chairs on a corporate Titanic, trying every possible new trick in order to avoid a demise of the brand that seems to grow more inevitable every day.
The chain’s latest gambits? Crowdsourcing ideas for products that it will have produced and then sell in its stores, as well as expanding a quick fix-it service.
On Tuesday, RadioShack posted a 14 percent drop in same-store quarterly sales and a widening loss of $98 million, blaming its continuing decline on an industry-wide slowdown in US spending on consumer electronics and the evaporation of big subsidies from cell-service companies as well as intensifying competition from wireless carriers’ own retail outlets. The company is closing 200 stores this year, scrambling for cash and credit, slashing expenses and watching its stock tank.
“The entire team is mindful of every dollar we’re spending” as the chain tries to repair the gaping holes in the RadioShack roof, CFO John Feray told investors.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 9, 2014 08:57 AM
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adidas partners with YouTube for The Dugout World Cup streaming channel, and leads FIFA sponsors calling for an inquiry into Qatar's bid. Above, its latest World Cup spot (with David Beckham, Lucas Moura, Zinedine Zidane and Gareth Bale), which has passed 9 million views since Friday.
Tyson Foods wins bidding for Hillshire Brands.
Amazon starts managing payments for third parties.
Barclays joins wearable tech revolution with contactless payment wristbands.
Gap Inc. becomes first US retailer in Myanmar with Old Navy and Banana Republic manufacturing.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 12, 2014 09:33 AM
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Citroen becomes second automaker to name female CEO.
Disney aims to expand Frozen success to other platforms.
Hillshire Brands acquires Pinnacle Foods in $6.6 billion deal.
Ford tries to avert launch problems in big new-product year as it issues two more recalls on Escape.
Samsung reports chairman is stable after heart attack and surgery as company sets sights on biotech.
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Apple/Beats tie-up (still unconfirmed) faces skeptics.
AT&T interest in DirecTV reportedly heats up.
Audi strives to maintain lead despite product trough.
BMW triples carbon-fiber capacity in US plant.
Citizen plans first retail concept store in North America.Continue reading...