Posted by Dale Buss on September 25, 2013 09:14 AM
Amazon debuts "native" video ads and launches new tablets while cutting Kindle Fire HD price.
Mondelez revamps its social media strategy.
Samsung to launch smartphones with curved displays.
AT&T launches mobile broadcast network and says it's open to European acquisitions.
Airbus wins plane orders from Chinese startups.
Alibaba heads for US with mammoth IPO.
Applied Materials to acquire Tokyo Electron in huge B2B deal.
BlackBerry shoves off bankruptcy questions.
Bob Evans sees disgruntled investor call for spin-off of restaurant division.
Carlsberg kicks off three-year partnership with Premier soccer league.
Carnival cuts outlook.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 23, 2013 09:25 AM
Tesco launches own-brand tablet, Hudl.
Apple sells nine million new iPhones on first weekend, and is named the UK's coolest brand.
Netflix picks up first Emmy.
American Airlines, US Airways extend merger termination date in light of upcoming trial.
BlackBerry explores taking company private and bets future business on services as it haults BBM roll out for iOS and Android.
Bruegger's and Caribou co-brand in growth effort.
Chanel named coolest fashion brand by UK survey.
Darden Restaurant Group makes job cuts.
ESPN launches new ad campaign for SportsCenter.
Fiat plans to buy GM share of their diesel joint venture.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 19, 2013 06:17 PM
Forgive United Auto Workers officials if they are wary of the trademark sweaters worn by Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. They're worried that he might be hiding some cards up his sleeve.
The two sides continue to be engaged in a multi-billion-dollar game of poker as Marchionne attempts to bring the 42-percent share of Chrysler that Fiat doesn't own under its final control by buying it at the lowest possible price from the union, which picked up the stake just as Fiat gained majority ownership of the US automaker during the 2009 bailout.
Lately, Marchionne has been making noise about filing an initial public offering of Chrysler stock in coming days. Pundits are saying he's bluffing—that what the Fiat and Chrysler boss really wants to do is to get the market to value Chrysler and force the union's employee trust, which owns the Chrysler stake, to bargain a deal once and for all.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 18, 2013 09:21 AM
Starbucks is making China its No. 2 market and declares guns as unwelcome but doesn’t ban them.
YouTube says you'll be able to watch videos offline soon.
Unilever and Nestle rank as biggest improvers in Oxfam sustainability report.
AT&T and America Movil move to expand in Latin America together.
Adobe is boosted by cloud sales.
Apple sees brands bet big that it will be able to scale iTunes Radio rapidly as it releases iOS 7 today.
Audi plans to revive auto production in Brazil.
BMW begins i3 production.
Cracker Barrel sees activist investor Biglari press for a special dividend.
Fiat presses forward with efforts to acquire Chrysler stake from UAW and plans to produce more Fiat-brand models.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 13, 2013 09:31 AM
Twitter opts for "confidential" IPO.
7-Eleven debuts healthy-snacking section.
Apple takes pre-orders for new iPhone 5C.
Bayer comes under scrutiny in China.
Berkshire and AIG battle for talent.
Clear Channel and Warner Music rewrite rules on royalties.
Clif launches single-serve performance drinks.
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is acquired by private equity.
Dell gets shareholders to back buyout.
Dunkin' Donuts returns to UK.
Facebook tests video posts that play automatically, in prelude to ads.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 10, 2013 11:52 AM
Two topics have dominated industry chatter at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week: When will the European market begin recovering? And what's with all the new SUVs that are on display at the show?
Oh, and 'Where's Waldo?' Or, rather, why did Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne abruptly cancel his planned appearances at the show?
There are signs that sales in Europe at least have flattened out. But while UK car sales rose in August by 11 percent in their 18th consecutive month of growth, that has been a contrast to Germany, France, Italy and Spain, all of which have continued to suffer sales declines.
"Clearly, Europe still has a long way to recover," Jonathan Browning, president and CEO of Volkswagen of America Group, told brandchannel. "Eastern and Central Europe are showing a few more signs of rebound, but they're still relatively weak."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 9, 2013 09:35 AM
Nissan unveils its own smartwatch.
IKEA no longer ranks as Sweden's most trusted brand.
BMW eclipses rivals at Frankfurt Auto Show with three-level test track.
Apple readies to announce two new iPhones tomorrow.
Audi sees global sales rise 10 percent in August.
Clorox spoofs Real Housewives as "green" sales miss mark.
Daimler joins parade by aiming to launch self-driving car by 2020.
Deutsche Bank launches customer service channels on Facebook, Twitter.
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne cancels two media appearances at Frankfurt Auto Show.
Holiday Inn Express debuts first ever European ad campaign.
Instagram will introduce ads within a year, reports say.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 16, 2013 11:48 AM
When Mini was the only adorable little car around, it was easier to stand out. But Fiat, Smart and even Chevrolet lately have been taking their own runs at getting Americans interested in squeezing themselves into tiny automotive contraptions, and so it's time for Mini to step up its game.
The BMW-owned brand has responded with new executions of its "Not normal" marketing campaign and by teasing its fans and automotive cognoscenti with hints about what may be in store when Mini unveils a new version of its original and most important model, the Mini Cooper, this fall for 2014.
Americans are still in love with Minis. Sales of Mini Cooper rose by 15 percent to a record 66,000 units last year, after a 26 percent jump in 2011, and Mini has been able to fill out its lineup with a handful of other models including the bigger 4-door Countryman with all-wheel drive. Mini typically scores high in third-party evaluations of quality and customer satisfaction such as those by J.D. Power & Associates.Continue reading...