Posted by Abe Sauer on May 31, 2013 12:28 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: Pepsi taps into The Voice of China... why Baijiu is not like tequila... Samsung outsells Apple... Boss fashion shows... MBA kindergartens... Chengdu does Fortune 500s... Internet Explorer and China's banks... 3D printing boom... new Ikeas... the Backstreet Boys and pandas... Lenovo... and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 8, 2013 11:41 AM
What North Americans know as moose and Europeans call elk apparently make a tasty meal. Since January, consumers in Europe and Asia could find the animal’s meat in lasagna sold at the Swedish furniture giant's stores. But recently there has apparently been a little something else in IKEA’s Elk Lasagna that consumers weren’t aware of: pork.
This isn't the first meat mix-up that IKEA has dealt with, as the company was one of several retailers implicated in the horse meat scandal that has swept across Europe. IKEA has been forced to remove its famed Swedish meatballs from its restaurants and frozen food aisles, and adding to its meat woes, the brand has just pulled nearly 18,000 units of its elk lasagne from its stores and websites after authorities in Belgium discovered the product contained a percentage of pork meat.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 1, 2013 05:54 PM
Every April 1st, Google tries to outdo itself with a new array of April Fools' Day pranks, and this year was no different.
Users of Google quickly spotted a “Google Nose” link that appeared on April 1st that invited consumers to smell what they are seeing on the site, whether it is a campfire or a flower. Or, at least, it would let them “leverage new and existing technologies to offer the sharpest olfactory experience available.”Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 21, 2013 07:27 PM
The world’s financial situation isn’t exactly peachy keen just yet, but the global population appears to be up for traveling. Both luxury and budget brand hotels are popping up across the world.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which came in at the top of its category in the recent 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend, “expects to have enough cash in the next three years to add another global luxury brand bringing their total to ten.”
Mitzi Gaskins, VP/global brand manager for JW Marriott, noted that the “luxury space is growing a lot” and is “anticipating 50 percent growth over the next four to five years with 79 JW hotels up and running by 2015.” Less than half of the 30 or more hotels that the brand has in the pipeline are in the United States. Gaskins told Fortune that the luxury markets that are growing fastest are “top tier destinations and gateway cities,” noting that the JW brand was opening soon in Cabo, Turks & Caicos, Macao and Hanoi, and had “just launched” in Venice.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 5, 2013 03:12 PM
Inter IKEA, the parent of IKEA, announced last summer that it was partnering with a hotelier to create a new hotel brand that oddly wouldn’t feature any of the Swedish furniture maker’s products. It’s now been confirmed at the Berlin International Hotel Investment Forum that Marriott is the partner and Moxy will be the name of the new affordable hotel chain, which plans to open 150 locations across Europe in the next decade.
“Moxy Hotels is the essence of the next generation traveler, not only Gen X and Y but people with a younger sensibility, for whom contemporary style is paramount,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International in a press release. “Every aspect of the hotel was thoughtfully researched and crafted to reflect and deliver on the changing lifestyles and expectations of this fast-growing customer segment.”
According to TravelBite, this will be Marriott’s first budget brand in Europe. Fifty of those locations should be up and running in the next five years and Inter IKEA will be ponying up $500 million to help out, the Wall Street Journal reports. While the hotels won’t use IKEA furniture, the company has found a way to keep construction costs down in a different way: “Many of the hotels will use rooms prefabricated offsite and then assembled like IKEA furniture, a modular type of construction that is new for Marriott.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 5, 2013 09:01 AM
Apple value dips as Google soars.
Facebook sued over bungled IPO.
HSBC, now Europe's biggest bank, sheds personal loan assets.
Carmakers at Geneva Auto Show express fears on European recovery.
AARP ramps up YouTube marketing.
Ally Financial says U.S. is probing its retail-financing practices.
Amazon launches first TV effort, for fashion unit; leads mobile retail sales.
American Suzuki gets OK of bankruptcy plan by U.S. court.
Baileys slims down its bottle.
BBC Worldwide reportedly in talks to sell Lonely Planet stake.
Best Buy and Facebook focus on next-generation mobile marketing.
Boeing expects to move fast to get Dreamliner back into the air after FAA approval of fixes.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 1, 2013 03:37 PM
Toddlers and kids love their squeezable food and marketers have taken note. What better way to serve up products to America’s on-the-go adults? Mr. Whipple may have wanted to keep you from squeezing the Charmin but that’s all these companies want you to do with their products. Welcome to Squeezable Nation.
You’ve got your squeezable hummus, your squeezable sour cream, your squeezable condensed milk, salsa, cheese, pizza sauce and squeezable Dr. Pepper Cherry Dessert Topper. In other words, you’ve got pretty much whatever you want in squeezable form and you shouldn’t be surprised when all-squeezable restaurants start popping up.
OK, maybe not a full-on squeezable restaurant, but at least—as Saveur points out—a much more exciting condiment tray in your fridge: squeezable sun-dried tomato pesto and garlicky tzatziki from Canada’s Maison Le Grand get a shout-out from the publication.
Posted by Abe Sauer on March 1, 2013 12:01 PM
At top, Brad Pitt phones in his new role as Cadillac China spokesman.
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 10 reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week, the cat cafe... bodyguards... WeChat... Ikea's horse meatballs... Victoria's Secret... HTC... best selling sedans... Hollywood... Yum!... Bradillac and more. Continue reading...