Brand News: 10 Things You Need to Know for Tuesday June 19


Amazon Alexa for Hospitality and Hotels

Amazon announces Alexa for Hospitality, partnering with Marriott to bring Echo devices to rooms so guests can verbally order room service or request housekeeping. Amazon also announced Hub by Amazon to manage U.S. apartment deliveries.

Johnson & Johnson CMO Alison Johnson tells Cannes Lions that J&J will remove dyes and be more transparent about scent and other ingredients in its brands in response to parents.

Audi CEO crisis challenges VW stakeholders’ “fragile truce.”

Apple fined in Australia over customers’ right to repairs.

AT&T-Time Warner promises fewer ads and tailored content.

CVS introduces prescription drug delivery to counter Amazon.

Puma names Jay-Z creative director (not pres. of basketball):

Square obtains bitcoin cryptocurrency license in New York.

Virgin Money sold to British bank owner.

Yum! Brands takes aim at Pizza Hut‘s antibiotics in chicken.


Disney tests $300 pricing for Disneyland Pixar preview party while Uber tests charging less for longer wait times.

AB InBev highlights domestic violence around the World Cup.

Brandless takes on clean beauty with new products and tools.

First on SoundCloud - Germany campaign

SoundCloud expands “First On SoundCloud” campaign to the U.K. and Germany, championing new artists in #SCFirst push.


IKEA reminds to enjoy summer while it lasts.

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