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In the News: Coca-Cola, GM, Sony and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 6, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

Coca-Cola recalls Minute Maid sold in China over botulism scare.

GM slashes price of Chevrolet Volt by $5,000.

Sony rejects spinoff of Hollywood properties. 

23andMe "personal genetics" firm launches first ad push.

Christie's is asked to appraise the art pieces in City of Detroit collection.

Chrysler explains its struggles with launch of crucial new Jeep Cherokee.

DreamWorks Animation CMO resigns

Farmers Insurance launches zany online videos.Continue reading...

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In the News: Lululemon, JCPenney, Google and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 1, 2013 09:31 AM

In the News

Lululemon insider says brand purposely shuns plus-size customers. 

JCPenney says it has backing after reports that lender cut funding to clothing suppliers, and clash with Macy's over Martha Stewart nears end.

Starbucks and Google partner on Wi-Fi upgrade at restaurants.

Abbott nutritional brands poised to benefit from changing demographics.

Chrysler finds trucks and SUVs powering 40th consecutive month of sales increases.

Diageo is desperate to "crack the code" for North American beer.

Estee Lauder aims to brand beauty sleep.

Facebook now lets users embed public posts on other websites. 

Farmers Insurance revamps logo.

Ford settles with US on delayed recall.Continue reading...


Amazon Gaining Traction in the Cloud as it Threatens Venerable Tech Brands

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 22, 2013 05:39 PM

Amazon isn't only expanding its e-commerce offerings. The leading e-tailer has nearly beat out IBM on a $600 million, 10-year US Central Intelligence Agency contract. Long the gold standard in advanced computing and data, IBM and others are increasingly challenged by Amazon's growing cloud data services. 

IBM has stalled the process for now with an appeal, but it’s a fact that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has evolved into a robust competitor in supplying information technology and services to enterprise companies and government agencies.

"AWS is one of the main spokes of the bull case on Amazon shares," Ron Josey, analyst at JMP Securities, told Reuters. "Software and IT investors are aware of and are trying to size AWS, and what the impact could be on their sector."

Public cloud computing, pioneered by AWS in 2006, offers organizations power, storage and other services at prices cheaper than they can manage themselves. To date, AWS has worked with Samsung, Pfizer, PBS and NASA, generating $2 billion annually with expectations to hit $10 billion in the near future—growth largely spurred by government cloud spending.Continue reading...


'Pandamonium' as Western China Prepares for Boom Decade

Posted by Abe Sauer on July 2, 2013 11:46 AM

It may be best known as the home of China's Pandas, but Chengdu may soon be more appropriately known for one of its other contributions to the world: money. Depending on who you ask, it was the late Tang or early Song dynasty when Chengdu, located in China's western Sichuan Province, became the global birthplace of paper currency. As hundreds of executives from Fortune 500 companies gathered at this month's Chengdu Fortune Global Forum, the city looked primed to forget the panda and return to its financial pedigree.

Unilever is opening its first west China manufacturing plant in Sichuan, and VW's Chengdu plant is already months into its goal of 450,000 cars a year (and maybe even, someday, a VW China "hover car"). And where better to drive to than Chengdu's shiny new Apple Store? Chengdu is fattening with global corporations ready to gorge on the simmering consumer growth promise of underdeveloped western China. The numbers are staggering.Continue reading...

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IBM Launches Simple, Brilliant Outdoor Ad Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 7, 2013 07:57 PM

Advertising for innovative products and services are everywhere, but it's rare to find any that will actually help you out in that very moment. IBM does just that with its new outdoor advertising campaign from Ogilvy & Mather France, Adweek reports.

A simple curve in three different outdoor ads help them turn into structures that are actually useful to passersby: benches, shelters, and a smooth runway along a stairwell for bikes or luggage. The simple bit of innovation showcases the way IBM approaches the world while also hoping to inspire others to share their ideas on making cities more efficient and effective for its residents.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, Toyota, Allegiant Air and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 5, 2013 09:03 AM

In the News

Apple faces a limited ban on product sales in wake of court victory by Samsung.

Toyota recalls nearly a quarter-million Prius and Lexus hybrids.

Allegiant Air emerges as most profitable airline in America.

Amazon plans major expansion of grocery delivery, report says, while it is attacked by French culture minister as "destroyer of bookshops" and reaches deal with Viacom to stream kids' shows.

Bloomberg begins fund to invest in startups.

Carl's Jr and Hardee's go after McDonald's disaffected Angus customers.

Chrysler challenge of federal recall effort on Jeeps is unusual.

Delta plans to reduce operations at Memphis hub.Continue reading...

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Dannon Utilizes Big Data with the Help of IBM's Analytics

Posted by Dale Buss on June 3, 2013 06:23 PM

If Big Data can help mankind solve massive challenges ranging from gene sequencing to avoiding asteroid hits, surely a little dose of big data in the supermarket aisle could go a long way for its wielder, right?

Dannon USA and IBM are testing that notion with a partnership to harness IBM's cloud-based predictive analytics to help ensure that Dannon has the right product mix delivered at the right time to satisfy consumers in the highly competitive, $7 billion US yogurt market.

The move already has reduced the frustration of out-of-stocks for Dannon consumers, enhanced the brand's ability to manage a proliferation of SKUs in the yogurt section, boosted Dannon's forecasting abilities and allowed its sales, merchandising and distribution staffs to focus on creating and executing effective promotions rather than focusing on the math.

"Yogurt and the fresh-dairy aisle in general are high-turn environments and are promotionally sensitive," Michael Neuwirth, senior director of public relations for Dannon USA, told brandchannel.Continue reading...

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In the News: Starbucks, Apple, P&G and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 3, 2013 09:32 AM

In the News

Starbucks prohibits smoking up to 25 feet from cafes.

Apple faces start of e-book antitrust trial as it's said to be pressing for internet-radio deals.

P&G cuts online display-advertising costs.

Arby's searches for new CMO.

Chrysler sales in May rose 11 percent on strong Dodge brand sales.

Dannon teams with IBM to use big data against yogurt out-of-stocks.

Infiniti shelves EV and scales back short-term expectations.

Intel looks to shed Atom brand as it moves on from netbooks.Continue reading...

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