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Brand News: Coca-Cola, Walmart, Clorox and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 24, 2014 09:21 AM


Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and other soda makers vow to cut calorie consumption by 20 percent in ten years.

Home Depot sees fraudulent transactions surface in wake of data breach.

Walmart begins offering low-cost checking in bid to take on banks.

Clorox, subject of takeover chatter, doesn't plan to mimic P&G, as Colgate-Palmolive sparks takeover speculation and Pfizer held takeover talks seeking tax inversion.

Apple pitches "privacy" of new iPhones as users report bending issue and iOS 8 app crashing, as company acquires Prss digital magazine startup.


Air France quits low-cost Transavia unit.

Amazon tops customer-experience study and launches #AmazonWishList on Twitter while keeping unions at bay in Germany.

Beer?! joins the one-word app brigade.

Benjamin Moore partners with the CFDA to promote fashion designers.Continue reading...

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Brand News: PepsiCo, Yelp, Target and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 18, 2014 09:32 AM


As another NFL player is suspended following domestic violence arrest, Nike and the Minnesota Vikings reverse course and suspend Adrian Peterson. Other sponsors monitor the situation as PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi signals her support for embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, while Radisson's move to drop Vikings sponsorship turned out to be a smart move. Meanwhile, female fans grow wary of league and CBS CEO Moonves hails football on TV.

Toshiba cuts 900 jobs in PC restructuring while Warner Bros. is expected to cut up to 1,000 jobs.

Target selects brand partners for "made to matter" sustainable push with Walmart.

Yelp and TinyCo settle FTC lawsuit for improperly collecting data on kids.

Scotland goes to the polls in historic vote on independence while Scotch whisky-makers fret, among other nervous industries.


Alibaba sets to price shares amid investor frenzy over looming IPO.

Amazon expands Kindle lineup and boosts price of basic e-reader.

Apple reportedly plans to reveal two new iPads (despite i-fatigue) and new Mac OS, amidst increasing focus on security.

Audi claims first California self-driving permit.Continue reading...

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In the News: HP, BP, BMW and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 5, 2013 09:01 AM

In the NewsHP board shakeup and chairman exit gives CEO Meg Whitman a chance to shake off troubles.

BP faults Deepwater Horizon claims overseer, launches first brand-wide fuel loyalty program.

BMW prepares X4 crossover for U.S. market, makes vehicles greener with fewer cylinders, less gasoline.

Al Jazeera America hires CNN's Ali Velshi as anchor.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos leads $5 million investment round in Henry Blodget's Business Insider.

Apple reportedly signs music labels for streaming service as Google's YouTube clinches deal with Universal Music.

Best Buy may have turned the tide on showrooming Amazon.Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Facebook Phone, Toys 'R' Us and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 2, 2013 09:07 AM

In the News

Amazon sees online retail rivals rise in 4Q and reign as most expensive stock end as company may have smartphone ambitions.

Facebook phone, no longer a rumor, is coming to Android.

Toys 'R' Us pulls planned IPO.

American Airlines settles fare suit with Orbitz.

American Express tests geo-targeted ads in London cabs.

American Greetings decides to go private.

Apple apology by CEO Tim Cook seems to satisfy Chinese authorities.Continue reading...

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In the News: Delta Sorts, Groupon Retorts, Slate Signals

Posted by Dale Buss on August 26, 2011 09:00 AM

New York City and mid-Atlantic brace for Irene's violent strike.

ABN Amro to cut 2,000-plus jobs.

AIG wants analysts to value it more highly.

Bloomberg accelerates in legal-research market with acquisition.

Delta sorts out Boeing orders.

Facebook makes major changes to location-based product.

Ford champions Google+.

General Motors and LG to team up on electric cars.

Groupon has "never been stronger," CEO insists.Continue reading...


FAO Schwarz Lives Again, Thanks To New Owner Toys 'R' Us

Posted by Barry Silverstein on October 27, 2009 06:47 PM

For over 100 years, FAO Schwarz was widely regarded as the Tiffany of toys. Its renowned Fifth Avenue store in New York City became a must-see stop for visitors with (and without) children.

Founded in 1862 by a German, Frederick August Otto Schwarz (hence the "FAO"), FAO Schwarz expanded to as many as forty stores before it was unable to withstand an assault from value-priced competitors. The company succumbed to a few ugly 21st Century bankruptcies. In May 2009, the unthinkable occurred: the venerable brand name was purchased by discounter Toys 'R' Us.Continue reading...

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Headline Roundup: When To Fold 'Em

Posted by Stephanie Startz on October 27, 2009 07:53 AM

ING to split, repay state aid. [Telegraph]

McDonald's pulls out of Iceland as Kronos collapses. [FT]

Ex-AIG chief Greenburg cherry-picks AIG talent for his new shop. [NY Times]

New Chrysler-Fiat business plan brings the Alfa Romeo and 500 to the US by 2012. [WSJ]

Fisker Automotive will build plug-in electric hybrid vehicles at former GM plant. [NY Times]

Britain's Department for Health endorses the Wii Fit video game. [Telegraph]

Toys 'R' Us is relaunching FAO Schwarz brand with in-store boutiques and website. [NY Times]

Facebook and MySpace in talks to share content. [Telegraph]

CNN is in last place among cable news networks. [NY Times]

(More headlines: Microsoft store, Cheez Doodles.)Continue reading...

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Headline Roundup: Day Of Reckoning

Posted by Peter Feld on October 20, 2009 08:11 AM

Apple's 47% gain in profits is even better than expected. [NYT]

Coca-Cola earnings fell short. [Reuters]

Pfizer's growth boosted by cost-cutting. [NYT]

First-ever Iranian big box, originally slated to be branded as Carrefour, is now under Carrefour's Hyperstar sub-brand. [FT]

Barnes & Noble introduces the Nook e-reader, with $259 price matching Amazon's Kindle. [NYT]

Regulators veto BBC plan to link iPlayer to ITV and Channel 4 shows. [Times of London]

Toys 'R' Us introduces layaway program to boost holiday sales. [LA Times]

(More headlines: GM's Korea struggles, NYT cutbacks.)Continue reading...

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