The Week in China: iPhone Limbo, Fan BingWOW, Made in USA..err..China and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on December 20, 2013 02:51 PM

China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.

This week: more Apple and China Mobile… hooking up with Fan Bingbing… Rodman gets rich off North Korea... snoozing in IKEA… Foxconn in America… Germans say nein to Chinese brands… Qeelin… China's dads get a show… smog rules… Huawei goes empty nest… Mercedes wins… Victorinox… big pharma… nobody likes the price... and more.Continue reading...

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In the News: Target, Aldi's, BlackBerry and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 20, 2013 09:34 AM

In the News

Target loses trust of consumers and fumbles PR response at exactly the worst time.

Aldi's boosts US store plans by 50 percent.

BlackBerry posts $4-billion loss and strikes supply deal with Foxconn.

Balance Bar kicks off "anti-diet" campaign.

Carnival sees smoother waters with "voyage disruptions" in its wake.

Delta and United make frequent-flyer requirements tougher.

Duck Dynasty clan ups ante for A&E by backing controversial patriarch.

Facebook stock sale pockets $1 billion for CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Forbes family is in $2.5-billion tax dispute with IRS.Continue reading...


The Week in China: Bloomberg's Big Blunder, Tesco's Turtle Troubles and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on November 22, 2013 02:52 PM

China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.

This week: Bloomberg blunder… Tesco's turtle headache… more marketing "freedom"… back to 1989's KFC Shanghai… Mercedes sales… alternative fuel… "lifestyle cities"… Sony… L'Oreal… e-commerce meets m-commerce… "China's Oscars" get branded… Guangzhou Auto Show… and more.Continue reading...

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In the News: IKEA, Walgreens, Microsoft and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 22, 2013 09:14 AM

In the News

IKEA under investigation in France for snooping on workers.

Walgreens opens nation's first energy-net-zero retail store.

Microsoft heats up gaming-console wars with debut of Xbox One.

Air New Zealand launches "Middle Earth" campaign tied to release of The Hobbit movie.

Acer brings back founder without pay to help struggling PC maker.

Amazon amps up for winning holiday as executive predicts quantum leap in online alcohol sales.

Apple wins a patent retrial against Samsung.

Bauer Media launches digital brand aimed at wealthy young women. 

Beam and Cinnabon to introduce co-branded vodka.

Caterpillar is probed for possibly dumping parts in the ocean.Continue reading...

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In the News: Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 13, 2013 09:06 AM

In the News

Starbucks ordered to pay Kraft $2.7 billion in losing coffee-package dispute.

Johnson & Johnson said to agree to $4 billion settlement over hip implants.

Unilever opts for sustainable palm oil.

Bloomberg says news service didn't kill articles on China.

Boeing vote tests union strength.

Chrysler brand chief leaves to head Maserati marketing. 

Fantex delays "IPO" of injured NFL star.

Foxconn sees profit growth slow sharply.

Girls Gone Wild is up for sale

GM shifts international headquarters to Singapore from Shanghai.

Hulu wants to be offered with pay-TV bundles.Continue reading...

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Apple Furthers Made-in-USA Bid With Plans for Arizona Component Plant

Posted by Dale Buss on November 5, 2013 08:02 PM

Apple has become the American success story of the digital age. But it never was the "all-American" success story because essentially all of the manufacturing of its iconic, intuitive, lovely and life-changing devices took place outside the United States, mainly in China and other Asian locales.

Now "essentially all" is becoming "most" since Apple took another step to fulfill CEO Tim Cook's recent vow to make adding US jobs a priority. The company plans to open a new plant in Mesa, Ariz., that will create 2,000 jobs to make components for its products. GT Advanced Technologies will make materials there out of sapphire, which is increasingly used to cover camera lenses and home buttons.

"We are proud to expand our domestic-manufacturing initiative with a new facility in Arizona," an Apple spokeswoman said. The company already planned next month a release of a new Mac Pro computer that is being assembled in the US.Continue reading...

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In the News: Chrysler, Disney World, Arby's and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 24, 2013 09:36 AM

In the News

Chrysler files for IPO in valuation feud with UAW as company chokes on launch of new Jeep Cherokee

Disney World and Disneyland cut line-cutting privileges for disabled after abuse. 

Arby's names new CMO.

ADM plans to move top execs from Illinois plains to larger city.  

Bugatti plans to sell handbags to broaden appeal of luxury car brand. 

China will unblock Facebook, Twitter and the New York Times inside Shanghai Free Trade Zone. 

Citigroup cuts mortgage jobs as refinancing boom wanes.

Domino's upgrades online ordering.

Foxconn deals with large-scale worker fight on China campus.

Kraft Foods leverages Corn Nuts content in display ads.

Macy's campaign explains localization strategy.Continue reading...

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Labor Watchdog Cites Apple Supplier Pegatron for Laundry List of Violations

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 30, 2013 12:26 PM

Apple may have begun to sever its relationship with Foxconn in China after multiple reports of labor abuses and worker suicides, but similar problems appear to have followed the brand to its newest supplier, Pegatron. 

New reports from China Labor Watch, a US-based worker welfare monitor, allege that the Chinese factories run by the emerging Taiwan-based manufacturer are "even worse" than Foxconn's. The report cites filthy work and living conditions, as well as practices such as withholding ID cards and pay—abuses that violate Chinese law as well as Apple's supplier standards, according to Engadget. 

CLW conducted undercover investigations in three Pegatron factories which supply iPhones, iPads and Mac computers, employing upwards of 70,000 people. Apple has since responded, noting that it has audited Pegatron facilities 15 times over the last six years for violations such as withholding employee IDs, however the company admitted that the report shed light on "claims that are new to us" and vowed that they would be investigated "thoroughly."Continue reading...

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