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In the News: Nielsen, HBO, Juicy Couture and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 8, 2013 09:21 AM

In the News

Nielsen formally unviels plans to track TV-related conversations on Twitter

HBO brings a la carte programming to Google Play

Juicy Couture brand is sold for $195 million. 

ACE bandage brand partners with LL Cool J for promotion. 

Alcatel-Lucent sheds 10,000 jobs.

Amazon defeats IBM in CIA cloud dispute.

Burt's Bees tweaks literary classics in Vine, Instagram campaign.

Dollar General opens 11,000th store.

Dunkin' Donuts adds SoCal units.

Google puts support behind program to create affordable internet. 

JCPenney sees bottoming-out.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, MSNBC, NFL and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 6, 2013 09:13 AM

In the News

Apple tests iPhone screens as large as six inches, reports say. 

MSNBC hires Alec Baldwin as host.

NFL targeted by radio ads from Native American tribe protesting 'Redskins' name. 

Bud Light kicks off NFL effort as Pizza Hut plans Times Square football-and-pizza party.

Facebook delays video ad launch again amid user-experience concerns and draws fresh scrutiny over privacy.

Ford may let CEO Alan Mulally leave sooner than planned, report says; is Microsoft his next stop? The company also announced a new luxury car brand for its European models. 

GlaxoSmithKline sees setback in skin-cancer vaccine effort.

Keebler has its elves building "tiny doors" across America in new campaign.

Landry's to debut casual Morton's Grille.

McDonald's tests tiered dollar menu.Continue reading...

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Fast Food Workers Kick-Off Nationwide Strikes in NYC in Support of Higher Pay, Unions

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 29, 2013 05:32 PM

And the wage wars continue. Hundreds of workers at fast food chain outlets across New York City took to the streets Monday to strike for higher wages, demanding the standard wage be raised to $15 per hour, more than twice the $7.25 minimum wage that fast food employees currently earn. 

Organizers from New York-based Fast Food Forward said the strike affected around 60 restaurants operated by McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC and Burger King. "A lot of the workers are living in poverty, not able to put food on the table or take the train to work. They are striking because they can't continue to maintain their families on the wages they're being paid in the fast food industry, said director Jonathan Westin, according to AFP. 

Protests are scheduled to take place this week in Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Mich., Kansas City, Milwaukee and St. Louis. "It will be by far one of the biggest actions (in the sector) this country has seen so far," Westin predicted.Continue reading...

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Domino's Growth from Pan Pizza Stands Out in Sluggish Sector

Posted by Dale Buss on July 24, 2013 05:32 PM

Now that Domino's has helped revive pizza sales, how about their typical meal companion, beer?

The No. 2 US pizza chain reported that strong sales of its recently launched pan-style pizzas propelled a 19 percent gain in second-quarter income, beating analysts' consensus prediction. US same-store sales climbed by nearly 7 percent and international same-store sales by nearly 6 percent.

Pizza Hut long dominated thick-pizza sales, but the introduction of Domino's Handmade Pan Pizza last year—after a couple of years of development—marked the chain's first fresh-dough pan-style product. It has drawn consumers in a pizza market that has been flat for some time, just as the beer market has been basically flat for many years.Continue reading...

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McDonald's Readies to Make Bigger Imprint in Asia with 2014 Vietnam Debut

Posted by Adeline Chong on July 22, 2013 11:56 AM

McDonald’s announced recently that it will be opening its first outlet in Vietnam next year in Ho Chi Minh City, the country's commercial hub. 

While the fast-food giant has an immense presence in greater Asia, McDonald's is late to market in Vietnam, where Yum! Brands' KFC and Pizza Hut, along with Burger King, Subway, Jollibee (Philippines), and Lotteria (South Korea) already have a solid presence. Trailblazer KFC opened its first restaurant in 1997 and now has 100 outlets in Vietnam. Burger King, meanwhile, opened just last year and has 12 outlets, while Starbucks opened its first location in Ho Chi Minh City this past February. 

McDonald’s apparently considered the market over a decade ago, however the lack of a domestic cource of beef and a poor supply-chain infrastructure deterred the company. Prior to that, the company was briefly banned from the country in the 1990s—about the time that the local economy became accessible to the rest of the world, according to the Financial Times.Continue reading...

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In the News: Facebook, Tesla, Dish Network and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 19, 2013 09:24 AM

In the News

Facebook hits 1 million active advertisers and Zuckerberg talks partnerships with Samsung.

Tesla recalls some Model S cars for seat-mount defect. 

Dish Network drops pursuit of Sprint Nextel, clearing way for SoftBank.

Alcatel-Lucent plans to streamline.

Amazon rolls out Facebook social gift card

Chevrolet returns to Oscars with user-generated ad.

Dell sees Carl Icahn raise stake in company.

Johnny Rockets is acquired.

Lifestyle Lift changes national marketing practices after probe.Continue reading...

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In the News: 7-Eleven, Starbucks, Susan G. Komen Foundation and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 18, 2013 09:27 AM

In the News

7-Eleven franchisees are accused by feds in immigrant exploitation scheme.

Starbucks to start displaying calorie counts on menus later this month.

Susan G. Komen Foundation names new CEO. 

3M adds new products to its healthcare line. 

AOL nears profitability in Patch bet on local news.

AT&T introduces solar-powered charging stations.

Boeing signs customers for stretch 787, Airbus also gets order for A380 and Embraer gets big launch order for jets from SkyWest.

Cheesecake Factory returns to growth mode.

Chrysler sees key deadline near in Jeep-recall dispute with US government.Continue reading...

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

Posted by Dale Buss on June 6, 2013 09:02 AM

In the News

P&G makes race to succeed Lafley clearer with executive moves.

Apple plans to sell audio ads on rumored iRadio.

Verizon sees US government track phone records of its customers, report says.

Chili's is pleased with rollout of pizza and flatbreads.

Disney puts seven Radio Disney stations up for sale.

Edmunds.com launches price guarantee for online shoppers.

GM rejoins S&P 500 as US Treasury plans to sell more shares.

General Mills gets OK reception for potentially "controversial" ad for Cheerios.

Kimpton Hotels holds pet photo contest.

McDonald's experiments with breakfast and dinner after midnight.Continue reading...

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