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In the News: Microsoft, Saks, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 31, 2014 09:33 AM

In the News

Microsoft reportedly preparing to name its cloud chief Satya Nadella as new CEO and contemplating removing Gates from Chairman role. 

Saks plans to push harder at high and low ends of luxury market.

Facebook mobile ad boom adds $3.2B to Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth as social network announces news app, Paper. 

Amazon may raise Prime membership price as stock drops on disappointing earnings report.

Anthem blames Obamacare for hiking premiums. 

BMW assesses demand as i3 buyers face six-month wait.

Beyonce is now the focus of a university course. 

Burger King tests chicken-and-waffle sandwich.Continue reading...

trademark wars

Hells Angels Are Ready to Ride Over Young Jeezy Trademark Infringement

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 6, 2013 06:57 PM

The Hells Angels aren’t exactly a brand most folks want to tangle with. 

Rapper Young Jeezy and retailer Dillard’s clearly didn’t get the memo. The pair are on the wrong end of a trademark lawsuit filed by the group that hasn’t exactly shied from confrontation during its history. The suit is over the perception that Jeezy’s 8732 Apparel line and some hats, shirts, and vests being sold by Dillard’s, have images that are “conducingly similar” to the trademarked Hells Angels Death Head.

“Guys live and die for that patch,” the lawyer for the Angels, Fritz Clapp, said, the Daily Mail reports. “It's not just a piece of clothing.” The Angels would like all of the goods with the logos to be handed over so there can be “supervised destruction.”Continue reading...

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In the News: McDonald's, Barilla, BlackBerry and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 27, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

McDonald's draws praise for healthier-food initiative.

Barilla CEO apologizes for anti-gay comments.

BlackBerry loses nearly $1 billion in quarter as customers are urged to be cautious about company's future.

Allstate spreads "Mayhem" across social media.

Apple issues update for iOS 7 to fix lock-screen bug.

Bloomberg News shuffles management.

Chrysler fixes problem that had stalled output of new Jeep Cherokee.

Dove marketing execs take home 'Grand Brand Genius' award at Ad Week for viral 'Sketches' ad. 

Dunkin' Donuts launches t-shirt design contest.

EA settles suit but pauses NCAA game over outcome.

Eight O'Clock Coffee launches TV spots after seven-year hiatus.Continue reading...

retail

Canada's Hudson's Bay Buys Saks in $2.4 Billion Deal

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 29, 2013 04:37 PM

After months of sale rumors, 90-year-old retailer Saks has been bought by Canada's Hudson's Bay Company for $2.4 billion. The purchase boosts HBC to 320 retail locations, including 179 full department stores, according to The New York Times. In addition to the existing US retail locations, Hudson's Bay will introduce Saks Fifth Avenue and Off Fifth outlets to the Canadian market.   

Hudson’s Bay, which back in March rebranded itself from 'The Bay' as Target debuted in Canada, is owned by NRDC Equity Partners, which also owns mid-market luxury retailer Lord & Taylor. 

“This exciting portfolio of three iconic brands creates one of North America’s premier fashion retailers,” Richard A. Baker, the Hudson’s Bay Company’s chairman and chief executive, told the Times. “I’ve had a long connection with Saks over the years, and am thrilled to bring one of the world’s most recognized luxury retailers into the HBC family.”Continue reading...

brands under fire

Retailers Reject $7 Billion Swipe Fee Settlement and File Suit Against Visa, MasterCard

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 24, 2013 02:42 PM

Millions of credit cards are swiped each day in America, meaning Visa and MasterCard are raking in big bucks from retailers daily under the current fee structure. Following a dispute over the swipe fees, Visa and MasterCard were prepping to pay out a $7.2 billion settlement to retailers, but now, the brands and the National Retail Federation have denied the settlement and instead have decided to sue the credit companies. 

Macy's, Target, Office Max, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Saks, and about a dozen other big retailers have banded together and sued Visa and MasterCard, Reuters reports. Walmart and 18 other retailers didn’t get in on the suit, but will “consider pursuing separate legal actions over damages.”Continue reading...

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In the News: PepsiCo, Discovery, Sergio Garcia and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 23, 2013 09:15 AM

In the News

PepsiCo rethinks soda pricing strategy in the US.

Discovery plans to launch online video network.

Sergio Garcia catches serious heat from sponsors AdidasTaylorMade after Woods "chicken" comment.

Borders customers are stuck with their gift cards, judge rules.

ESPN layoffs show network's vulnerability.

Equal sweetens its look.

Ford plans to exit manufacturing in Australia as it launches new marketing campaign for Europe.

GE weighs selling off large parts of financing arm.Continue reading...

luxury watch

Luxury Brands Seeing Steady Global Growth

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 21, 2013 10:16 AM

Luxury is back at the forefront of fashion and lifestyle despite the still shaky worldwide economy.

Findings from the 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend, show gains in brand equity across 155 categories from auto makers to department stores across three key criteria: Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration.

"This may show that after a number of years spent tightening their belts, consumers are looking to the quality and value they feel these brands provide,” said Aron Galonsky, SVP Brand and Communication Consulting at Harris Interactive.

Mercedes-Benz took top honors in the Luxury Automotive brand category for the third consecutive year, with Acura (which takes on uber-luxury in its latest US TV commercial, below), Audi, BMW, Infiniti and Land Rover receiving their highest scores ever. Harley-Davidson got its highest score in the study's 25-year history regaining top spot as Motorcycle Brand of the Year.Continue reading...

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In the News: Google, Time Inc., Volkswagen and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 14, 2013 09:08 AM

In the News

Google doubles size of Seattle-area campus as X Lab sparks interest, Android chief steps aside and loss of Google Reader upsets loyal users.

Time Inc. spinoff rattles employees.

Volkswagen warns of a tough year ahead and focuses on China.

Apple exec attacks Google, Android and Samsung on eve of Galaxy S4 introduction.

AMC Theaters seeing stellar results.

Amazon pares price of large-screen Kindle Fire HD.

American Express, Audi and Griffin's "get" social media, execs say.Continue reading...

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