Posted by Dale Buss on March 6, 2013 08:56 AM
Taco Bell makes new Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos available a day early.
Fox reveals details of new planned national sports network to compete with ESPN.
Best Buy ends work-at-home program for corporate employees as Yahoo! policy continues to be debated.
Alfa Romeo says its performance numbers make 4C an ideal car for U.S. market.
Doritos launches first global campaign.
Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne presses full merger with Chrysler.
Groupon CFO says company's business model will stay.
JCPenney board's patience said to be wearing thin with CEO Ron Johnson, as Martha Stewart dished from the witness stand and rehashes her testimony on NBC's Today Show.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 5, 2013 09:01 AM
Apple value dips as Google soars.
Facebook sued over bungled IPO.
HSBC, now Europe's biggest bank, sheds personal loan assets.
Carmakers at Geneva Auto Show express fears on European recovery.
AARP ramps up YouTube marketing.
Ally Financial says U.S. is probing its retail-financing practices.
Amazon launches first TV effort, for fashion unit; leads mobile retail sales.
American Suzuki gets OK of bankruptcy plan by U.S. court.
Baileys slims down its bottle.
BBC Worldwide reportedly in talks to sell Lonely Planet stake.
Best Buy and Facebook focus on next-generation mobile marketing.
Boeing expects to move fast to get Dreamliner back into the air after FAA approval of fixes.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 1, 2013 09:04 AM
Groupon sacks founder Andrew Mason as CEO.
Gap reports strong sales on increased marketing spending.
Barnes & Noble falls behind in tablet wars.
Ahold plans to roll out more pickup points for Peapod.
Annie's looks to "spread good."
Apple flip-flopped on rule about officers' stock holdings.
Best Buy and founder end talks on ownership deal.
Boeing pares workforce for grounded Dreamliner.
Diageo prepares to buy majority stake in United Spirits.
Disney finds CEO Robert Iger under fire over power and pay.
Domino's Pizza plans to increase national ad spending. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 20, 2013 12:22 PM
One company announced the deal early, but the merger between Office Depot and OfficeMax has been a long time coming.
Office Depot jumped the gun by posting a draft press release about the deal on its web site early this morning; shortly after, the two companies confirmed that a deal was done. The still-to-be-approver merger will create an $18 billion global "office solutions" company whose combination is meant to help them survive the intensifying competition not only with archrival Staples but also with Amazon.com and other retailers that are increasingly peddling office supplies.
"In the past decade, with the growth of the internet, our industry has changed dramatically," Neil Austrian, CEO of Office Depot, said in a press release. "Combining our two companies will enhance our ability to serve customers around the world, offer new opportunities for our employees, make us a more attractive partner to our vendors, and increase stockholder value."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 19, 2013 03:08 PM
Best Buy is confident that it will kill "showrooming" once and for all beginning March 3.
The electronics retailer has announced that it plans to launch a "Low Price Guarantee" policy under which it will price-match all local retail competitors along with 19 "major online competitors" in all product categories, whenever a customer asks for it. That way, Best Buy's reasoning goes, shoppers will have absolutely no incentive to "showroom" by doing their research in the store and then ordering the merchandise less expensively online.
"There is no doubt that this new policy ends showrooming for Best Buy customers," a company spokesman told Bloomberg.
That's the hope, at least, although along with the new showrooming policy—or, actually, as part of it—Best Buy now will accept returned merchandise only for 15 days after the date of purchase instead of 30 days. It also will price-match purchases within 15 days if it has lowered its own price for a product in the store or online.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 4, 2013 02:04 PM
"Brotherhood," Budweiser's 2013 Super Bowl ad, was among those which stood out among rather routine fare.
Super Bowl ads (the complete list) this year provided few gems, according to an emerging consensus of industry professionals.
Many were deemed lame or even confusing, and generally considered ineffective and off-brand. Several brands seemed to suffer rather than benefit from the frenzy of sneak peeks and full-commercial reveals in this year's rush for pre-Game exposure and social buzz.
Still, some brands were able to leverage social media presence and responsiveness into overall good showings up to and through the event, with campaigns that will move forward from here.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 1, 2013 06:43 PM
Best Buy Canada will lay off 900 employees and close 15 of its stores including eight Future Shop locations, while Sears Canada will lay off 700 of its workers as both retailers brace for the arrival of Target next month and the expansion of Walmart there. Nordstrom is also launching in Canada with four stores in major cities.
“The retail landscape continues to change, and our success is dependent upon our ability to evolve along with it,” said Mike Pratt, president of Best Buy Canada. “By taking a proactive approach in transforming our operations now, I have no doubt we will be in the best position to continue innovating our store experience for consumers and grow into the next decade.”
Sears spokesman Vince Power in a statement that the imminent layoffs across Canada are “part of our initiative to right-size the organization, which is working in concert with other initiatives to make Sears successful."
Best Buy Canada, like its American parent, faces stiff competition from online electronics retailers such as Amazon and Apple and is replicating a U.S. strategy of switching to smaller stores, which are less expensive to operate. Meanwhile, Sears Canada — which has suffered for years from falling sales and profits — is shrinking its overhead from its 360 department stores and 300 distribution centers.
While Canada's retail sector has been wobbling ever since Walmart arrived in the mid-90s, this latest round of market rumbling is spurred by Target’s immiment expansion plans, as the cheap chic retailer gets ready to open the first of its 124 stores in Canada next month.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 1, 2013 09:02 AM
AB InBev sees U.S. government sue to block acquisition of Grupo Modelo.
Best Buy Canada blames Walmart and Target for closure of 15 stores as Sears Canada downsizes.
P&G launches dual Old Spice Men in new campaign.
BlackBerry touts deal with NHL and begins selling new BlackBerry 10 in U.K. as investors retreat.
AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers deepen diabetes-marketing alliance.
Chrysler reports 16-percent increase in January sales, strongest in five years.
GM promotion with Costco proves its worth.
Google submits proposal to resolve antitrust concerns in Europe.Continue reading...