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In the News: JCPenney, KFC, H&M and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

JCPenney undoes more of Ron Johnson's handiwork with logo revamp.

KFC preps quality-assurance campaign in China.

H&M, Gap back in the spotlight after another Bangladesh factory fire kills several workers. 

A&E Networks pitches original programming.

Aereo Android app will debut Oct. 22.

Alcatel-Lucent must revise job-cut plans in France.

Apple reportedly slashes iPhone 5c production.

AT&T and GE partner for wireless global network.

BlackBerry warms to breakup exit strategy as brand expands office closures.

Chevrolet revs up major ad push for Malibu.Continue reading...

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In the News: McDonald's, Barilla, BlackBerry and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 27, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

McDonald's draws praise for healthier-food initiative.

Barilla CEO apologizes for anti-gay comments.

BlackBerry loses nearly $1 billion in quarter as customers are urged to be cautious about company's future.

Allstate spreads "Mayhem" across social media.

Apple issues update for iOS 7 to fix lock-screen bug.

Bloomberg News shuffles management.

Chrysler fixes problem that had stalled output of new Jeep Cherokee.

Dove marketing execs take home 'Grand Brand Genius' award at Ad Week for viral 'Sketches' ad. 

Dunkin' Donuts launches t-shirt design contest.

EA settles suit but pauses NCAA game over outcome.

Eight O'Clock Coffee launches TV spots after seven-year hiatus.Continue reading...

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The Week in China: KFC's Six-Layer Beef, Luxury Carseats, Toilet Seat Restaurants and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on September 13, 2013 01:53 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: KFC beefs up… Jane Zhang for Skoda… Jet-setting iPhone… GM, BMW conquer car sales… McLaren moves in… Moutai droops… Toilet restaurant?… Sotheby's in Hong Kong… China's "social traveler"... Luxury car seats... Counterfeit Red Bull... Moon view flights... and more.Continue reading...

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The Week in China: Taobao Brand Takeover, Shanzhai Cronut, Hello Kitty Planes and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on August 30, 2013 01:10 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: Zhejiang Satellite Television's "China Blue"... Nike's 100 percent recycled store... China's bra town… diaosi Mike Sui for Adidas... Mercedes hurting… Tiffany and Co. bling… Hong Kong's Kickstarter staffs up… Hello Kitty Boeing… I ♥ KM… WeChat in Mexico… Design Shanghai '13… Shanzhai cronuts... and more.Continue reading...

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In the News: Microsoft, QVC, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 23, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says he will retire within 12 months. 

QVC debuts second channel, QVC Plus.

Yahoo courts Katie Couric for video series. 

Airbnb seeks to create "movie" entirely with Vine.

Al-Jazeera America makes debut with few national advertisers.

American Airlines and US Airways get states' support in merger bid.

Audi reveals new A8 family.

BMW will unveil X5 plug-in hybrid, featuring all-wheel drive, at Frankfurt show.

CBS cuts carriage deal with Verizon.

Coca-Cola hired private eye to snoop in Honest Tea trademark case.Continue reading...

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US Retailers Detail Implementation of Controversial Bangladesh Safety Plan

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 21, 2013 12:54 PM

Walmart, Gap and other US retailers met yesterday in Chicago to implement their controversial, independent Bangladesh factory safety plan that was created after multiple factory accidents, including the Rana Plaza collapse in April that claimed more than 1,100 workers, spurred global outrage. 

20 US retailers including Macy's and Target, as well as new signatories Costco, Intradeco Apparel and Jordache Enterprises make up the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. The group, which formed a separate safety plan from the European retailer-dominated Accord on Bangladesh Building and Fire Safety, has pledged to have safety standards in place by Sept. 10, and has reportedly already dispursed $45 million in funds in part to hire safety inspection staff in Bangladesh.

The five-year, voluntary plan agrees to train workers and inspect factories while requiring Bangladesh factory owners to pay for safety renovations, though the Alliance will provide $100 million in low-cost loans.

The plan has come under fire due to its non-binding nature—an attribute that was top-of-mind in the European-based agreement, which was signed by over 70 global retailers including H&M, Inditex and Primark.Continue reading...

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In the News: Disney, Fox, L'Oreal and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 16, 2013 09:23 AM

In the News

Disney readies for risky Disney Infinity debut this weekend. 

Fox plans weekend debut of new sports channel.

L'Oreal makes $843 million takeover bid for China's Magic Holdings

Acura teams with Thrillist for MDX experience.

Al Jazeera promises fewer than usual commercials.

Apple tightens App Store rules on kids' data. 

Boeing traces trail of faulty fire extinguishers in 787s.

Cadillac lures Clint Eastwood to concept-car reveal.

Cosi changes operational approach as chain struggles.

Google ticks off marketers with Gmail overhaul as it blocks Microsoft's YouTube Windows app. 

H&M may source clothing from Ethiopia.

IBM buys security firm to further plans of Israeli cybersecurity lab. 

JetBlue partners with British Airways.Continue reading...

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H&M Makes Fashionably Late Online Debut in US

Posted by Brittany Waterson on August 7, 2013 08:03 PM

At last, Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M has launched an e-commerce site for eager American shoppers. After much anticipation and several delays, the site launched on August 1, while there are already online shops set up in Sweden, the UK and other global markets.

With 269 stores in the US, the addition of online shopping will only bolster the popularity and success of the world's second largest fashion retailer, which has a presence in 48 countries. 

"We are thrilled to launch online shopping in the U.S.," Daniel Kulle, US President for H&M said in a press release. "This significant milestone fully rounds out H&M's multichannel offering. Along with close to 300 stores, our US customers will now have twenty-four hour access to the best of our fashion and home collections via their computers, smartphones, and tablets from anywhere in the US."Continue reading...

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