Brand News: Lowe’s Robot, Alibaba-Apple, Twitter and more



Alibaba eyes payments tie-up with Apple (and rebrands travel unit) as Apple sees 1 million+ Apple Pay accounts activated in first 72 hours, and sees Mac sales gains.

Lowe’s tests retail-ready, $50K multilingual robot at Orchard Supply Hardware store.

Tesla unveils lease discount amid softness.

Twitter sees user engagement slow down.

YouTube considers paid subscription, ad-free business model as music service looms.[more]


Air France-KLM plans to slash 7,500 Dutch jobs through outsourcing.

BlackBerry finds an ally in Kim Kardashian.

Chiquita agrees to buyout by Brazilian orange-juice maker Cutrale-Safra.

Coach reports earnings and aims to reinvigorate sales.

Coca-Cola Enterprises is encouraged by early European response to Life beverage.

Diet Coke launches unique labels in Israel.

Dr Pepper tackles negativity about artificial sweetener.

Fatburger slims down with “Skinny” sandwich.

Fuhu kids tablet maker launches big-screen tablet for family.

Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. team with Adult Swim‘s Aqua Teen Hunger Force (and it’s not pretty).

IKEA launches sweet kids’ bedroom campaign in homeland.

Instacart aims to win the battle for Americans’ grocery lists.

JetBlue is inspired by social insights.

KFC offers daring sandwiches in Korea.

Kohl’s expects to reach low end of profit projections.

Lincoln launches in China and continues brand refresh.

Lloyds Bank cuts 9,000 jobs in digital push.

Pepsi creates “Can Cave” man cave for NFL fans in #AllForFootball campaign.

Samsung faces test of primacy in China.

SoftBank buys stake in India online retailer Snapdeal.

Starbucks wins among business travelers.

T-Mobile adds customers but earnings disappoint.

Tesco‘s new buttermilk packaging is, er, unfortunate.

Turner‘s truTV (formerly Court TV) relaunches this week as comedy network.

Victoria’s Secret “Perfect Body” campaign sparks backlash in the UK.

Walmart apologizes for “Fat Girl” Halloween costumes.

& Oreo‘s Halloween ad is adoreoable.

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