Posted by Alicia Ciccone on September 1, 2014 09:53 AM
A&E buys 10 percent of Vice for $250 million.
Apple blocks developers from selling users' health data to marketers; bans hazardous chemicals following China investigation; reportedly strikes payments deal to make next iPhone a mobile wallet with American Express, Visa and MasterCard; sees iBeacon struggle with retailers; and grapples with possible iCloud (via “Find my iPhone”) hack that led to massive nude photo leak affecting Jennifer Lawrence and other actresses.
Nike re-signs (Under Armour-wooed) NBA star Kevin Durant to sneaker deal rumored to be worth $350 million.
Disney files patents for drone-controlled puppets as Google drones find better reception than Amazon tests.
P&G's Tide brand honors uniformed workers on Labor Day (above).
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Alibaba faces stiffer homegrown competition ahead of upcoming IPO.
Art Everywhere partnership brings culture to outdoor advertising.
Bayer brings “world’s hangover cure” Berocca to US.
BMW sees bomb-proof fleet get big buy-in from Australian government for G20 Summit.
Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable protested by entertainment giants.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 29, 2014 09:34 AM
Abercrombie & Fitch sheds logo-bearing clothes as Hollister brand struggles in UK.
China's Tencent, Baidu, and Wanda set up e-commerce company to take on Alibaba.
Google develops delivery drones in Project Wing as its tech chief is considered leading candidate for US CTO.
Rovio Entertainment, parent company of Angry Birds franchise, says CEO will step down amid company's struggles.
Walmart looks online for Chinese growth.
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Apple tries its midas touch on wearables.
Bud Light faces backlash over town-takeover stunt.
Centerplate faces calls for ouster of CEO after he abuses dog on video.
Dairy Queen investigates possible data breach.
Denny's arrives in New York City with $300 champagne brunch.Continue reading...
Posted by Jerome McDonnell on August 15, 2014 04:04 PM
It's a busy time for trademark watchers, as brands including the Quaker Oats-owned Aunt Jemima and the Clif and Kind health bars have found themselves tussling over trademarks. Some other trademark news of note:
As expected... The Washington Redskins are appealing a federal decision to cancel the team's trademarks. “We believe that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ignored both federal case law and the weight of the evidence, and we look forward to having a federal court review this obviously flawed decision,” Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the Washington Redskins, stated. Fierce lobbying on both sides includes a new video supporting the team's controversial name, counteracting a video during the Super Bowl protesting the name.
Tesco hopes dashed: European supermarket giant Tesco was rebuffed in its attempt to trademark the blue dashes underlining its iconic wordmark, as the UK's Intellectual Property Office ruled that the logo's Tevrons (as Tesco insiders call them) were too simple and not distinctive enough to merit trademark protection. While simplicity may be the ultimate sophistication, for trademarks, it's better to be complicated.
Who wants to live forever? In the midst of the mourning over the passing of Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall this week, Mondaq.com took at look at the actors' respective personal trademark registrations and praises both for savvy personal brand management. After all, patents expire and copyright runs its course—but (only) trademarks can last forever...Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 6, 2014 09:39 AM
Dropping T-Mobile bid, Sprint CEO stands to earn $40M in severance pay as new CEO is named.
Time Warner earnings soar after 21st Century Fox withdraws takeover bid.
Apple and Samsung drop non-US patent suits as mobile rival Xiaomi takes top spot in China.
Audi and Chrysler face sanctions by Chinese government for "monopolistic" behavior.
Walgreen applauded for remaining in US as drugstore giant buys remainder of Alliance Boots.
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adidas taps Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard for new campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 21, 2014 03:30 PM
Amazon may be in a PR standoff with the publishing industry that is leaving both sides licking their wounds, but the situation doesn’t appear to be hurting Amazon’s bottom line. The company’s second-quarter revenue will be announced Thursday and the expectation is that it will continue “to gain share from brick-and-mortar retailers,” according to at least one observer.
Amazon Prime is one of the main ways Amazon continues to grow since its more than 25 million members on average purchase four times more than non-members. Also helping is its Sunday delivery service, which has recently been expanded to serve 15 cities including New Orleans. When the service kicked off last November, only New York and Los Angeles residents could take part. “Sunday delivery is clearly crossing errands off the weekend to-do list,” commented Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations, to New Orleans magazine.
As the Seattle Times also notes, anywhere Amazon has two-day delivery, it also has constructed a sorting center that allows the company to get products into the mailstream quickly and as close to the destination as possible. Sunday delivery is expected to see marked expansion in the coming months.
Sunday delivery may prove a big boon for another embattled industry.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 21, 2014 01:47 PM
Sustainability has a new battlefront, and the abrupt departure today of the head of the UK's largest supermarket demonstrates just how important and influential the topic has become to major grocers.
Struggling to compete against German discount rivals Aldi and Lidl, Tesco is replacing CEO Philip Clarke as it continues to see sales fall and customer visits drop. Despite a push to turn its stores into retail destinations, the grocer has struggled to respond to the surge in online shopping and turn data into smarter marketing to help revive the brand.
But besides price points and Clubcards, Tesco, along with grocers around the world, is facing increasing pressure to deliver on sustainable promises including the need to curb food waste. While the retailer was one of the first major chains to disclose figures associated with its stores' food waste, other chains like Sainsbury's have not only been transparent, but have implemented unique tools that help both workers and consumers make a change for the better.
But just because Clarke is leaving doesn't mean that Tesco is giving up on its sustainability initiatives.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 21, 2014 09:08 AM
Sky News apologizes for reporter pawing through passenger belongings from flight Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, while Singapore Airlines also apologizes for tweet about not flying in Ukraine air space and Finnair retracts statement about its use of air space there.
Yum! Brands and McDonald’s find themselves in another food-safety scandal in China.
Tesco replaces CEO as UK grocer struggles to compete with low-cost competitors.
Amazon offers unlimited reading and audiobook service.
Dell welcomes bitcoin payments.
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Alabama adopts “Sweet Home Alabama” as new slogan.
Alibaba IPO could be bonanza for scions of Chinese leaders.
Boston Celtics debut alternate retro logo for this season.
DeVry Education sees New York State investigate its marketing practices.
Electrolux brand is hit by restructuring.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 23, 2014 09:17 AM
American Apparel ousted Dov Charney over nude pictures, report says.
Honda, Nissan and Mazda expand recalls of Takata airbag systems.
Starbucks brings made-to-order soda to 16 states and raises prices on drinks and bagged coffee.
Audi draws up EV plans to counter BMW and Tesla, report says.
Thrillist brings online experience to life in New York on second annual Best Day of Your Life.
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Ace Hardware renews performance in a big-box world by emphasizing local service.
BMW extends joint venture with Brilliance in China to 2028.
Barbara’s promotes natural snacks and cereals in new campaign.
BNP Paribas nears settlement in US for up to $9 billion.
Bono calls for more brand partnerships with RED at Cannes presentation.Continue reading...