Posted by Dale Buss on August 31, 2012 09:07 AM
AT&T plans to open Chicago flagship store today that nods to Apple.
Al Jezeera bets on soccer to win U.S. viewers.
Apple rejects app that tracks U.S. drone strikes.
Barilla makes pasta push in U.S.
Beachbody sees PX90 orders rise thanks to Paul Ryan's abs.
Facebook plans to roll out e-mail and phone-number targeting.
Ford is accused of infringing on fuel-injection patent in F-150.
Hyundai seals wage deal with unions. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 27, 2012 09:00 AM
2016 stuns by tapping into anti-Obama sentiment at weekend box office.
ABC seems to be tanking Nightline to make room for Jimmy Kimmel's move.
Apple cements its industry dominance with court victory over Samsung as verdict affirms the value of product-design innovation and raises questions about future of smartphone market.
CNN looks for a boost from HBO shows.
Carrefour needs turnaround plan.
CarMax plans next-generation outlet and entry into smaller markets.
Crain overhauls Advertising Age for digital world.
Facebook wants to redefine how reach is measured.
Ford vows to fix problems with MyFord Touch. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 10, 2012 05:03 PM
The future of the auto industry is made of BRICS, so global manufacturers increasingly are getting serious about making and selling their vehicles all over the developing world.
And some are defining BRICS — as in Brazil, Russia, India, and China, which have been "acronymed" into a sort of representation of promising, emergent national markets — more broadly, to include Africa and Southeast Asian nations.
Frustrated by the slow-growing domestic economy, a strong yen, and a problematic North American market, for example, Toyota has decided to build an engine factory in Brazil to cater to increasing demand in the world's fourth-largest auto market, as noted by Automotive News Europe (and Japan's NHK, above). General Motors and Ford have been players in Brazil for many years, and now increasingly Toyota and Nissan are expanding there.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 8, 2012 09:02 AM
American Airlines faces record safety penalty, tests hotel baggage delivery service.
Amazon sees pay-off from locker service, looks to acquire more patents.
Apple shelves "Genius" TV campaign, puts former designer on the stand against Samsung and plans to beef up security.
AT&T sees 20,000 employees go on strike.
Bank of America brings discounts to bank statements.
Chiquita seeks new CEO as Undercover Boss star exits.
Chrysler’s Dodge pulls out of NASCAR.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 2, 2012 05:12 PM
This year in the U.S. auto market is looking more and more like a rewind of 2011. Last year, General Motors and Ford, among others, feasted on the lack of availability suffered by Toyota and Honda because of the Big Two Japanese brands' Year from Supply Hell. GM and Ford had just the crop of new small cars that could best take advantage of their foes' problems and steal market share from them.
But now that the impact of the earthquake and tsunami last March, and floods in Thailand last fall, is largely behind them, Toyota and Honda are making up for lost time with a vengeance. Once again this week, when all automakers reported their July sales results for the U.S. market, the two Japanese brands came up big — with year-to-year sales up 26 percent and 45 percent, respectively — while GM sales dipped by 6 percent and Ford by 4 percent.
Toyota ended July once again the industry’s number one retail brand, for the fifth consecutive month, perhaps helped Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 27, 2012 09:12 AM
Google homepage logo pays tribute to the opening of the XXX Olympic Games in London.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pledges $2.5 million in support of gay marriage as Chick-Fil-A deals with firestorm created by CEO’s gay-marriage stance.
Barclays reveals new interest-rate probe and more U.S. lawsuits.
Airbus delays A350 over production problems.
Apple acquires fingerprint security firm.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 23, 2012 02:38 PM
Mazda may be zigging with its decision to bet heavily on making more of its vehicles in Japan and exporting them in the nation's classic Japan Inc. way. But all of its Japanese rivals are zagging — and sinking unprecedented amounts into building up their manufacturing presence in North America, as the lofty yen gives them little choice but to do so for currency hedging.
The little automaker has declared that 90 percent of the output of its new CX-5 crossover, in Japan, will be aimed for export and that it can make a profit on sales to the U.S. even if the yen continues to appreciate against the dollar.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 12, 2012 09:01 AM
Adidas gets big boost in buzz from soccer's Euro 2012.
Aereo stays operating while TV networks sue, judge rules.
Airbus nabs $17 billion in orders at big air show.
Amazon weighs cutthroat market in smartphone decision.
Apple finds China jumping the gun on iPhone 5 orders.
Barclays former CEO could face US Congress.
Burberry finds sales momentum slowing.
Cartier sees slowdown in China.Continue reading...