Brand News: Uber, FIFA, Volvo, Coty, Pampers and More


Volvo baby car seat concept

The latest branding and marketing news, campaigns and other happenings:

NYSE blames trading suspension on software glitch as United Continental remains shaky post-merger in wake of tech glitch that grounds flights.

Uber experiments with pickup points and tries to mend relations with the blind community.

Coty acquires P&G‘s fragrance, cosmetics and hair color business.

Volvo reinvents the child car seat (though concept, above, may not fly in the US) as Pampers UK celebrates babies’ crowning achievement with #PampersPooface (check out more new ads below):

FIFA expels former US official ChuckCat CondoBlazer for life.

Microsoft lays off up to 7,800 people as it continues to cope with Nokia, which has reached standoff with German automakers over selling maps business.


Apple eyes record production run for new iPhones, which it promotes in new spots:

Chanel creates a luxury casino in Fall/Winter fashion show:

ESPN jettisons Keith Olbermann, as he learns via Twitter.

Facebook rolls out tools to personalize users’ news feed and may launch a music streaming service.

GM recalls Hummers after fires burn three people.

Honda widens Takata airbag recall to almost 25 million vehicles.

IBM declares major breakthrough in squeezing chips onto transistors.

Jawbone sues Fitbit again.

LG touts smartphone camera with Instagram contest.

LOLA tampon subscription service looks to disrupt the feminine care category.

Mastercard is hit with EU antitrust charges.

Nestle opens Silicon Valley outpost.

Paramount breaks age-old ban on early web sales of movies.

PepsiCo reports better-than-expected financial results and lifts earnings targets.

Snapchat coverage of West Bank sparks Twitter furor.

Subway deals with hard times beyond Jared Fogle’s fall.

Time Warner Cable must pay $229,500 to a woman it wouldn’t stop robocalling.

Donald Trump acknowledges that his brand has taken a hit in wake of controversial comments.

Upworthy apologizes for, and pivots from, clickbait.

Walgreen names Stefano Pessina as CEO and lifts earnings guidance.

Walmart continues call for US-made products with manufacturing summit as global women’s forum features PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi:

The Washington Redskins ordered to drop name in trademark ruling but plan to appeal.

Whataburger weathers social media crossfire on guns.

Yahoo enters daily fantasy sports market.


Holiday Inn Express partners with comic actor Rob Riggle:

KFC introduces chicken crust pizza (aka chizza, of course), but only in the Philippines:

M&M’s appeals to NASCAR fans and Kyle Busch sponsorship with “Crispy Days of Thunder”:

McDonald’s former Ronald McDonald, Joe Maggard, is featured in a new documentary:

Ram Hispanic campaign celebrates “Salt of the Earth” and appeals to country music fans:

Vita Coco enlists Jane Lynch in series of ads for “Stupidly Simple” campaign.

Volkswagen brings back The Golden Sisters for US “hot deals” sales event.

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