Brand News: Amazon Pressured, BuzzFeed x NBCU, Starbucks PSL

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The latest branding and marketing news and other happenings:

Amazon criticism spreads to the UK, where British union says ‘regime’ is making staff sick, as Shyp looks to reinvent delivery experience and USPS ramps up same-day delivery to better compete.

Comcast‘s NBCUniversal confirms $200 million investment in BuzzFeed.

Subway drops Jared Fogle as he reportedly prepares to plead guilty to child pornography charges.

Ashley Madison hackers dump 32 milllion names and private information on the web.

Starbucks adds real pumpkin to popular Pumpkin Spice Latte (as does Panera), and gives a boost to S’well bottles with in-store promotion.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Abercrombie & Fitch revamps management structure.

American Apparel may be on the verge of bankruptcy.

Away (by ex-Warby Parker execsaims to bring premium luggage to the masses.

Bitcoin could split in debate over crypto-currency’s future.

Buick plans to bring Chinese-made cars to US.

Facebook officially sends more traffic to websites than Google.

GapKids x ED by Ellen DeGeneres collection hits stores today.

GE joins Accenture, Adobe and Gap in dropping annual performance reviews.

General Mills introduces The Good Table brand.

Google unveils OnHub, a Wi-Fi router for home use.

H&M sibling & Other Stories launches first all-transgender model campaign.

Huffington Post expands to Australia and partners with YouKnow on weekly streaming show.

Livie & Luca features kids with Down syndrome in back-to-school campaign.

MillerCoors looks for sales pop with alcoholic hard soda.

Nature’s Bakery replaces GoDaddy as Danica Patrick‘s sponsor.

Reddit racism protest targets the site’s advertisers.

Sainsbury’s UK extends brand price-matching to online customers.

Shake Shack brings surf’n’turf lobster burger to New England locations.

Tesla reportedly planning driverless car fleets.

US State Dept. report on human trafficking takes aim at companies’ supply chain.

Vail debuts Internet of Things-enabled ski slopes as IoT comes to China buses.

Walmart bottom line hit by workers’ raises (more in our story).

WWE lands Jon Stewart as host of SummerSlam event on Sunday.

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