Posted by Dale Buss on November 27, 2014 09:37 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. readers! Enjoy NFL football, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade (debuting GoldieBlox, Pirate's Booty and KISS) and early Black Friday — which "fades to gray" as holiday sales start earlier than ever. Stores opening their doors today include Macy's, Walmart, Kmart, Target, Gap, Sears and Old Navy—despite protests to stay closed.
Visa and McDonald’s join sponsor chorus of concern over FIFA World Cup probe.
Coca-Cola, SABMiller form African joint venture.
Google pressured as EU regulators call for break-up.
Uber suspends operations in Nevada as judge rules CEO must turn over email messages.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on November 26, 2014 12:09 PM
The Project: "Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - H&M Magical Holidays"
The Plot: The May-December songbirds perform “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” from their #1 album, Cheek To Cheek.
The Verdict: Swingin' and festive, chic to chic. Watch below, with more of the latest in branded entertainment this week:Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 19, 2014 09:07 AM
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Dollar General may have to divest more than 4,000 stores to buy Family Dollar.
Netflix pulls Bill Cosby special amid rape allegations as Nielsen plans to measure Netflix viewing.
Takata faces nationwide U.S. recall order for driver side air bags.
Keystone XL pipeline falls one vote short of U.S. Senate passage.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 17, 2014 12:54 PM
The North American auto industry continues to ride a surge that is harkening back to the halcyon days of a decade ago, when 16- and 17-million-unit years represented a modern sales peak for the business. Automakers must also find ways to boost sales without the benefit of an incipient economic recovery and the "pent-up demand" by consumers that helped them reach their current peak. That's what auto shows are for.
The 2015 auto show season moves to the U.S. this week with the Los Angeles International Auto Show getting under way with a press preview on Tuesday. Like January's North American auto show in Detroit, it's staged by local associations of auto dealers, but its biggest influence will be as a platform to showcase brands' production models, concept vehicles and feature, which will be closely watched far beyond LA.
Based on sneak peeks and previews, the Los Angeles event will bring car buffs luxury sedans, "super sports cars and SUVs," as brands look to wow consumers—and get them to open their wallets.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 12, 2014 09:24 AM
GM cuts workforce and slows production at small-car assembly plant in push for change, while Volvo cuts up to 3,000 people to boost profitability.
Walmart adopts rolling approach to Black Friday as it focuses on improving grocery performance and promotes the pursuit of happiness.
Yahoo acquires video-ad platform BrightRoll as some unhappy big investors lobby AOL to acquire Yahoo.
Alibaba may work with PayPal on payments.
Mondelez invests in Vietnam snack market.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 5, 2014 10:14 AM
Republicans take US Senate and some key blue-state governorships in elections that even Democrats interpret as repudiation of President Obama, while higher minimum wage passes in four states and pot is legalized in three.
Coca-Cola has hit on its hands with Coke Life, researcher says.
Red Lobster reverts to lobster roots in highly-watched rebrand.
Warner Bros. lays off about 1,000 of its 8,000-member workforce.
American Eagle brings April Fool's prank to life (for a cause) with American Beagle collection. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2014 09:09 AM
Apple accidentally leaks new iPads on iTunes ahead of today's reveal.
CBS mulls confirms offering online version of Showtime in response to HBO's standalone video announcement.
Clorox leads Ebola-related surge in sales of hand disinfectants.
Walmart warns about rough patch for sales and profits but makes progress with smaller stores and e-commerce.
Wendy's grows presence on Facebook as McDonald's pushes to become biggest brand on Facebook with 14,500 pages.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 3, 2014 01:34 PM
Europe still isn't a great place to sell cars these days, but it remains a wonderful stage for touting the industry's latest advancements. So automotive brands have been enthusiastic participants at the Paris Motor Show this week, even though they've turned glummer about the sales outlook for the host continent.
Among the European brands that have made significant "reveals" of new and concept vehicles and features at the Paris auto show are Lamborghini, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, while outsiders such as Toyota, General Motors and Ford also have used the exhibit to indicate their future direction in Europe and elsewhere.
The fastest new vehicle unveiled in Paris this week? That's an easy contest: the 910-horsepower Asterion LPI 910-4 plug-in-hybrid supercar concept vehicle that was introduced by Lamborghini. It uses a 5.2-liter V-10 engine from the brand's Huracan model as well as three electric motors and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to achieve the zoom. But as sleek as it looks, this concept can still go only about 31 miles on electric power alone.Continue reading...