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In the News: Windows 8, iPad Mini, Lance Armstrong and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 21, 2012 05:12 PM

Early look at new Windows 8 design baffles some users, but not three-year-old Julian, above, as Best Buy starts taking pre-orders for Windows 8 phones and gets ready to launch Surface tablet — and manage expectations ahead of growing thirst for tablets, and Oct. 23rd reveal of Apple's iPad Mini.

Lance Armstrong urges cancer supporters and celeb pals to stand by LiveStrong, as the New York Times and other media detail alleged doping cover-up.

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO sued by former private airline pilot over dismissal and eyebrow-raising requirements.

Apple sued over deal locking iPhone to AT&T network.

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile will launch Isis mobile wallet on Monday.

Audi may help Mercedes-Benz overtake BMW in US.

Banana Boat recalls sunscreen due to flammability threat.

BBC roiled by "worst crisis in 50 years" and internal strife as its Jimmy Savile sex scandal handling goes public in broadcaster's own Panorama expose.Continue reading...

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NFL Players Finding Nike Uniforms a Little Too Form-Fitting

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 3, 2012 01:23 PM

"I hate them. They are built for thin guys. It makes me look like I have big old love handles." So complains Alex Boone, a 300-pound starting guard for the San Francisco 49ers, complains about the NFL's switch from Reebok to Nike's more form-fitting uniforms this season, to the Wall Street Journal.

The uniforms were pitched as "Fast is Faster" to the NFL, but to heavier players it might as well be "Fast is Fatter," it seems.Continue reading...

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In the News: iPhone5Day, Reebok, Amazon and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 21, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Apple is poised to sell 10 million iPhones in smash debut but sparks backlash by unseating Google maps from its platform.

Adidas cuts Reebok revenue forecast.

Walmart drops Kindle in slap at Amazon, as Amazon Fresh makes grocers nervous.

BASF buys U.S. seed-technology company Becker Underwood.

BlackBerry hit by service outage across much of world in another setback for RIM smartphone brand.

BSkyB deemed fit to hold license by U.K.

CKE delays IPO of parent of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. brands.Continue reading...


The Other Shoe Drops: Adidas, Nike and Asics Ban eBay and Amazon

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 12, 2012 10:01 AM

For marketers these days, it's all about digital and taking advantage of all it has to offer. Adidas, though, is pulling its wares off two of the web's major e-commerce hubs — Amazon and eBay — because it's convinced such sites are cheapening its image and damaging its brand value. According to the UK's Marketing Week, the ban goes into effect in January and will extend to its Reebok brand.

Adidas, on a high coming out of Euro 2012 and heading into the Olympics, isn't the only major brand that's pulling back on e-commerce sites — Nike and Asics are also restricting Internet sales, a move that has drawn the attention of German competition authorities. "Adidas isn't the first, and they're definitely not going to be the last to do what they did," said Wes Sheperd, CEO of Channel IQ, an online services provider catering to manufacturers, distributors and retailers, according to "There's a storm brewing here."Continue reading...

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In the News: Microsoft Tablet, Kirin, Dr Martens and more.

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 18, 2012 08:50 AM

In the News

Microsoft will announce Monday a plan to sell tablets under its own brand, in a challenge to Apple's iPad, while Amazon reportedly plans to launch cloud music service in July to rival iTunes.

Kirin Holdings agreed to pay $200.9 million Australian dollars (US$203.4 million) for the shares it doesn't already own in Australian boutique brewer Little World Beverages, as Japanese companies expand offshore to combat flagging domestic demand.

Dr Martens owners seeks up to £200m from potential buyers.

AirAsia plans to follow Virgin model with brand extensions.

Android relaunches user interface.Continue reading...

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Skechers Settles FTC Toning Shoe Suit for $40 Million

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 16, 2012 01:14 PM

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that Skechers has agreed to pay $40 million to settle false advertising charges that, as to USA Today puts it, "mislead consumers with claims that its toning sneakers would do everything from help them lose weight to make their 'bottom half their better half' without ever going to a gym."

The settlement, which will be used to provide refunds to buyers of Shape-ups and other Skechers toning sneakers, is believed to be the FTC's largest ever involving consumer refunds, David Vladeck, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, told USA Today.

“Skechers’ unfounded claims went beyond stronger and more toned muscles. The company even made claims about weight loss and cardiovascular health,” stated Vladeck in a press release. “The FTC’s message, for Skechers and other national advertisers, is to shape up your substantiation or tone down your claims.”

The announcement follows Reebok's $25 million settlement in September following similar FTC charges regarding its toning shoe marketing claims. Skecher's settlement was larger than Reebok's, Vladeck told USA Today, because it has a bigger slice of U.S. market share for toning sneakers. Skechers' toning shoes were promoted with celebrity endorsements by Brooke Burke, Joe Montana and Kim Kardashian (in a 2011 Super Bowl commercial).Continue reading...

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Canadian Football League Takes the Field in Reebok Jerseys

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 1, 2012 03:01 PM

Nike has taken over the NFL’s jerseys from Reebok and redesigned them entirely, but don’t go thinking it’s the only North American football league that’s going through this process this year.

The Canadian Football League is going to have its own “re-engineered jerseys” from Reebok before the CFL's June training camps kick off, according to Canada's National Post.

The eight teams of the CFL will each get new jerseys designed by Reebok as part of the league’s 100th anniversary celebration of the Grey Cup, the championship of the CFL.

“While we will mark this historic milestone in many ways, we have also worked with Reebok to re-engineer team jerseys for the way the game is played today — and to help our athletes succeed tomorrow,” commissioner Mark Cohon said in a statement.Continue reading...

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In the News: TIME 100, Nokia, LVMH and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 19, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Acura is under fire for casting of Super Bowl commercial starring Jerry Seinfeld.

American Airlines parent AMR outlines non-union cutbacks.

California Pizza Kitchen plans new prototype and brand renewal.

Citigroup faces executive-pay dilemma after shareholder vote.

Dick Clark's career celebrated as entertainment legend dies at 82.

eBay continues comeback, citing PayPal.Continue reading...

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