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Target Makes its Mobile Debut with Pre-Paid Brightspot

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 3, 2013 12:51 PM

Walmart has its Straight Talk mobile plan and Tesco just launched its own tablet. And now, Target is debuting its own pre-paid mobile plan, Brightspot, this weekend. 

The new mobile service uses T-Mobile’s network and offers up unlimited talk and texting for $35 a month. For $50 monthly, customers can have unlimited data though high-speed data use will be capped at 1GB each month, AllThingsD reports. As a bonus, Brightspot customers will pick up a $25 Target gift card every six months they are with the program.

“Target guests have been asking us for new mobile plan options to meet their changing needs, and Brightspot combines the flexibility of a pre-paid program with 4G data on one of the nation’s premier networks,” Target VP of Electronics John Butcher said in a statement.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Volkswagen, Google, Intel and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 2, 2013 09:25 AM

In the News

Apple is pressed for $150-billion buyback by Carl Icahn as the new #1 Best Global Brand is estimated to be sitting on top of 10% of all US corporate cash.

Volkswagen plans to use augmented reality to service cars.

Google is accused of wiretapping in Gmail scans.

Intel commits to women's digital education.

BlackBerry reveals even more doom in restructuring.

Bravo signs four major new brand partners to integrate in Top Chef.

Campbell Soup sells European simple-meals business.Continue reading...

digital moves

Tesco Looks to Boost Own-Brand Digital Services with Low-Price Hudl Tablet

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 23, 2013 07:39 PM

It there’s one thing the world needs, it’s another tablet. At least that’s what some executives at Tesco, the world’s third-largest retailer thought. The brand has turned out its own device, the seven-inch Hudl, which is supported by Google’s Android, Reuters reports. The hope is that it “will boost online shopping and drive sales of [Tesco’s] digital entertainment content."

Tesco is doing its best to bounce back from a tough year that saw it combat a global horse meat scandal and failed grocery ventures in the US and China. Unfortunately, the Hudl won't have a much easier road, with such major competitors as Apple, Samsung and Amazon to face. But the retail giant hopes to make inroads in the market with its low-priced offering.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Tesco, Apple, Netflix and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 23, 2013 09:25 AM

In the News

Tesco launches own-brand tablet, Hudl. 

Apple sells nine million new iPhones on first weekend, and is named the UK's coolest brand. 

Netflix picks up first Emmy.

American Airlines, US Airways extend merger termination date in light of upcoming trial. 

BlackBerry explores taking company private and bets future business on services as it haults BBM roll out for iOS and Android. 

Bruegger's and Caribou co-brand in growth effort.

Chanel named coolest fashion brand by UK survey. 

Darden Restaurant Group makes job cuts.

ESPN launches new ad campaign for SportsCenter.

Fiat plans to buy GM share of their diesel joint venture.Continue reading...

retail watch

With Focus Back on its Home Turf, Tesco Looks to Build the Store of the Future

Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 11, 2013 02:49 PM

Times are changing for UK-based Tesco, but the brand is working to stay ahead of the curve.

The world's third-largest retailer has waved the white flag in the US, selling over 150 Fresh & Easy stores to a US investment company after a six-year failed experiment. The move is part of an international retreat by Tesco that includes last year's exit from Japan and last month's merger of its Chinese operations with a state-owned company, leaving Tesco with just 20 percent of the new venture.

Tesco's broad failure to successfully penetrate global markets leaves the company with one clear direction: concentrate resources on its home turf. The newly launched Tesco Extra, a state-of-the-art "hypermarket" in Hertfordshire, is a way for Tesco to prove it is still very much in the game. 

One of Tesco's largest UK stores, the Watford Tesco Extra is being positioned as a "leisure destination" in an effort to get consumers excited again about visiting a traditional retail store. Far more than a grocery, Tesco Extra is a kind of shopping extravaganza that broadens the food category to include a Harris + Hoole coffee shop, a Euphorium bakery, and Giraffe, a Tesco-owned restaurant chain.

Beyond food, shoppers will find wine and spirits, fashion (Tesco's own private-label F&F brand), cosmetics (including manicures), and such services as a pharmacy, an optician, and a nutritional center. Tesco will also offer a community room that could be used for anything from children's birthday parties to yoga classes.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Apple, Aramark, Target and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 11, 2013 09:19 AM

In the News

Apple gets license to run phones on China Mobile network.

Aramark files for $100 million IPO.

Target launches digital movie and TV service.

BMW fights SUV lead by Mercedes-Benz with new "Boss" version of X5.

Best Buy CEO sells shares to help pay for his divorce.

Four Seasons Hotels starts a food truck.

GM sees Canada sell part of its stake in automaker and perceives opportunity in Europe to push Chevy as value brand.

Gevalia launches frothy K-cups.

Google Play gets a new logo

Home Depot is accused of shaking down suspected shoplifters.

Intel unveils line of chips for wearable devices.

J&J reintroduces Tylenol.Continue reading...

tech innovation

Grocery Chains Get Much-Needed Update Thanks to Tech Innovations in the Aisle

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 9, 2013 06:45 PM

Checking out with the scan of a finger? Having farm fresh produce delivered to your doorstep? These are no longer futuristic ideas but real tech being applied to life's most mundane task: grocery shopping. 

The latest in-aisle innovations include digital price signs, real-time promotions based on the time of day, smart shopping carts and bar code scanners on mobile devices, many of which are already being utilized by some of the world's biggest retailers like Walmart, Target and Tesco. 

"You have an industry that's been kind of stuck in time," Scott Mushkin, an analyst at Wolfe Research, told the Los Angeles Times. "Grocers have to invest. Their business models have been under so much pressure, they're fighting for their lives."

And investing they are. The $518 billion grocery industry has essentially been the last retail sector to take advantage of technological innovations that have come along with the surge of mobile usage. With smarter and more informed customers, grocers are constantly being pushed to be a step ahead, offering more intuitive service and better values.Continue reading...

video killed the _____ star

Tesco's Blinkbox Threatens to Unseat Netflix, Amazon in the UK

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 20, 2013 05:10 PM

Tesco, the UK's biggest retailer has moved far beyond its grocery roots. The company has upped its already substantial investment in BlinkBox, a digital download service that streams thousands of movies and TV series to computers, tblets, TVs and Sony's PlayStation 3. Now, its rumored that e-books and music are on the horizon. 

Tesco joins the ranks of fellow streaming service operators including Netflix, Amazon, and Lovefilm, all of which contribute to an industry that is projected to hit $20 billion by 2018, with a 17 percent yearly growth. However, if Tesco finds a way to marry together all of its businesses, it could potentially have a leg-up on major competitors like Netlix. 

“If you can watch a film and get money off your groceries, petrol or extra Clubcard points, then Blinkbox may begin to look more appealing” than Netflix, Amazon, Lovefilm, and even Apple iTunes, Michael Perry, an analyst at Verdict Research told Bloomberg. “Blinkbox definitely poses a threat.”Continue reading...

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