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T-Mobile and MetroPCS Cleared for Merger

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 12, 2013 05:59 PM

T-Mobile has been trying to find a dancing partner for some time now. Back in 2011, it came close to finding the perfect mate when it flirted with being bought by AT&T for $39 million only to have the whole thing shot down.

But things went their way Tuesday when the U.S. Department of Justice and the FCC approved a merger between Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile and MetroPCS, making the twosome into the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the States and ready to do battle with AT&T and Verizon Wireless, Nasdaq.com reports.

Fourth largest may sound pretty big, but its 42 million subscribers are about half of what each of the Big Two have, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.Continue reading...

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Walmart, Tesco Cozy Up to Restaurant Partners

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 9, 2013 04:28 PM

Ordering fast food is pretty easy to do, but fast-food marketing execs are aiming to make it even easier for consumers, while also saving a bundle on real estate by opening their new locations under someone else's roof.

Nation’s Restaurant News reports that a few fast-food chains aren’t spending all the bucks of creating new standalone locations but instead investing in opening up new eateries inside existing supermarkets, retailers, and convenience stores. While nested within a retailer's branded storefront, bringing their food services directly to shoppers also helps to differentiate the stores from their competitors. Such U.S. fast-food brands as Checkers Drive-In, Fazoli’s and Huddle House are “investing in nontraditional partnerships,” NRN notes, in order to “reach more customers and better serve their franchisees.”

As part of its franchising push with sister brand Rally's, Checkers has opened two in-store Walmart locations and is looking into adding more. “It has to be the right type of partnership,” commented Jennifer Durham, VP of franchise development for Checkers and Rally’s. “With Checkers and Rally’s being the most value-relevant brands in QSR and Walmart being the most value-relevant retailer, it made sense to join forces. We wouldn’t go into a Nieman-Marcus, because that’s not where our consumers live.”Continue reading...

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Avis Picks Up Zipcar as Naysayers Take Aim at Deal

Posted by Dale Buss on January 2, 2013 03:45 PM

For a long time, Avis played second fiddle to Hertz in the rental-car business and became known for its brand credo, "We try harder." Lately, Avis has been No. 3 in sales in the car-rental business to Enterprise and Hertz. 

But now, Avis is leapfrogging the competition and is becoming No. 1 in the fastest-growing arena of the rental-transportation industry: fleet-sharing. Avis Budget Group announced on Monday that it is acquiring Zipcar, the leading brand in the fledgling segment, for $12.25 per share or about $500 million.

The deal allows Avis to participate robustly in the car-sharing phenom while boosting Zipcar with more resources and rides. Advancing its mission of "Wheels when you want them," Zipcar execs say they welcome the Avis fleet to help out with availability on weekends, when demand from Zipcar members is highest — and Avis isn't serving the strong business weekday demand.

Already, naysayers are predicting that Avis will "ruin" Zipcar. Not a chance, argues Avis.Continue reading...

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Chevrolet Helps Disney Re-imagine Epcot Test Track

Posted by Dale Buss on December 7, 2012 11:19 AM

Two of America's most beloved brands are getting together to update one of its most popular amusement attractions. GM and Disney held a grand opening of the new "Test Track Presented by Chevrolet" pavilion at Epcot in Orlando on Thursday.

A few lucky park-goers already have gotten to experience the substantially overhauled ride over the last few days. The redesigned pavilion aims to retain the classic appeal of the ride experience for Disney fans while gaining a lot more mileage for General Motors out of its long brand partnership for the attraction.

"You look at the Disney guest and the Chevy customer and it seemed like the ride is an absolute equalizer for them," Grace Morgan, director of auto shows, exhibits and experiential marketing for GM, told brandchannel. "And we wanted to be able to tell a more modern Chevy story."Continue reading...

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Chrysler Unveils "Imported From Detroit" Workwear with Carhartt

Posted by Dale Buss on November 29, 2012 01:07 PM

The Chrysler brand and Carhartt this week launched a limited-edition "Imported From Detroit" work wear collection that pays homage to the spirit of the Motor City, and serves as yet another reminder of the effectiveness of Chrysler's turnaround branding campaign sparked by the 2011 Super Bowl commercial featuring Eminem.

Debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, the collection includes shirts, jackets and pants that are individually hand-numbered, 100-percent Made-in-America, and reflect iconic Carhartt styles with exclusive design detailing such as blacked-out hardware and leather brand labels.

"The pairing of the Chrysler brand and Carhartt is another example of how we are continuing to champion the energy created from the 'Imported From Detroit' campaign," stated Saad Chehab, president and CEO of the Chrysler brand. "Carhartt shares Chrysler's respect and appreciation for hard-working Americans."Continue reading...

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Burton and Mountain Dew Launch Eco-Friendly Collection

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 16, 2012 03:13 PM

Burton Snowboards and Mountain Dew are launching the 2013 Green Mountain Project (GMP), a collection using sustainable fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.

The new outerwear collection includes three eco-friendly jackets and two pants for men, and two jackets and one pant for women, made from blended materials such as GMP Hemp Fortex, 3M Thinsulate insulation with recycled fibers, DRYRIDE EcoNanoshell 2L Fabric and 3-Layer Hemp Ripstop Fabric and recycled taffeta and mesh linings, all of which have a lesser environmental impact.

How do they actually do it? Here’s how:Continue reading...

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McDonald's Holiday Happy Meal Tie-In: Dreamworks' "Rise of the Guardians"

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 13, 2012 10:00 AM

McDonald's US released this holiday TV commercial today, touting its Happy Meal tie-in with Dreamwork's Rise of the Guardians animated feature, hitting theaters on Nov. 21.

Meanwhile, it's heating up down under, where McDonald's is launching its new "Do Summer" campaign with limited-time menu items in Australia and New Zealand: the Blazing Omelette McMuffin for breakfast; the Smoky BBQ Bandit, boasting "100% Aussie beef, golden onion rings and smoky BBQ sauce;" and "with a new fiery chilli-coated patty and Peri-Peri style Mayo," the new Scorcher Peri-Peri chicken sandwich. Check out those spots below.Continue reading...

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No Longer on Her OWN: Oprah Winfrey's Huffington Post Channel Goes Live

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 1, 2012 11:47 AM

The Huffington Post Media Group and OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) have launched HuffPost OWN, a vertical focused on motivation, inspiration and fulfillment.

Selections will include this year’s crowd- and brand-pleaser, Oprah’s Favorite Things, a franchise that was a gift-tastic Super Bowl for Oprah's fans when she had her daytime talk show. The tradition returns with a holiday gift guide featured in the December issue of O magazine, along with Favorite Things trivia, a video montage of the best Favorite Things moments from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and an inside look at Oprah’s celebrity gifts short list.Continue reading...

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