Posted by Dale Buss on November 8, 2013 09:18 AM
FDA bans artery-clogging trans fats.
Adobe sees accounts compromised in big security breach.
Mattel gives Barbie doll a proportional makeover for China market.
Boeing warns it could build 777X jet outside of Washington State.
CBS admits errors in 60 Minutes report on Benghazi.
Fiat offers car-sharing service in hard-hit Milan.
Groupon is pinched by Gmail change and posts wider loss.
Jaguar Land Rover boosts profit for parent Tata Motors.
Kohl's adds emotional brand spots to holiday mix.
Marriott International buys African hotel chain.
McDonald’s sales growth remains sluggish.Continue reading...
let's make a deal
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 7, 2013 05:12 PM
Daily-deal sites have gone through various growing pains in recent years, with several efforts being shuttered. One of those was Microsoft's Bing Deals, but now the effort is getting new life under a new program, Bing Offers, which consolidates offers from such sites as GroupOn and LivingSocial. The initiative is currently being tested in Seattle.
According to TechCrunch, Microsoft has launched “a limited test of a new Bing Offers feature” that allows users to “link their credit cards to their Microsoft accounts.” Users will be able to swipe their linked credit cards to utilize a deal that they've pre-purchased online, eliminating the need to keep track of QR codes, emails and other forms of coupons. The capability comes through CardLinx, which counts Bank of America, Discover, Facebook and LivingSocial as clients. With a goal to “reduce consumer and merchant friction for payment-enabled offers and ads,” the technology behind the program is one being similarly utilized in efforts by Facebook and Amazon.
While Microsoft is currently only offering link-ups between businesses like Pizza Hut and Bucca di Beppo, it plans to take the initiative nationwide soon.
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 8, 2013 03:49 PM
With an officially appointed CEO and a new strategy on e-commerce, Groupon may be well on its way to a rebound.
The daily deals company, which was founded by now-ousted (musician) CEO Andrew Mason, officially named co-founder and co-interim CEO Eric Lefkofsky as the sole chief executive, moving Ted Leonsis to the chairman role. The move sent shares up 20 percent in after-hours trading—perhaps giving shareholders a jolt of confidence in the faultering company.
While the brand's financial performance has been in question, Lefkofsky helped rally Groupon's stock by 79 percent this year, as well as explore further ventures into e-commerce and services.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 8, 2013 08:17 AM
Google continues to steamroll competition in smartphones with Android software but loses round to Apple in patent war, which is seeking to keep Samsung phones off the shelf.
Groupon names co-founder as permanent CEO.
Walmart agrees to safety fixes at over 2,800 stores.
Dr Pepper Snapple Group says Texas bottling plant caught fire.
Fox Sports takes over US Golf Association deal from NBC.
Hilton signs up banks for IPO.
JPMorgan reveals it faces civil and criminal inquiries.
Jack in the Box leverages Vine.
Jamba Juice accelerates growth of fresh-juice platform.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on July 26, 2013 12:52 PM
Above: Domino's isn't the only one in the world delivering delicious pies with drones.
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: KFC's toilet ice cubes… "China's Foursquare" Jiepang launches 5.0… Taobao kills its sellers… Fan Bingbing for cheap scooters... Time Out's Shanghai stunt... QQ trademarks… "Virtual" cola sales… China loves vans… IKEA… GM… HP's silk road… Huawei tells the US to "shut up"... and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 3, 2013 03:03 PM
Some folks turn to self-help books for business-motivation, while others go the motivational-speaker route or turn to personal coaches. Andrew Mason, the former CEO and cofounder of Groupon, is hoping younger generations will turn to his newly-released album, "Hardly Workin'" which is filled with “motivational songs about business leadership."
Mason, who was tossed out of Groupon in February, released the seven-song pop album, like a Schoolhouse Rock for the working world, on Tuesday.
“I managed over 12,000 people at Groupon, most under the age of 25,” Mason wrote in a blog post, the Chicago Tribune reports. “One thing that surprised me was that many would arrive at orientation with minimal understanding of basic business wisdom.” Whether they want to now learn it from an out-of-work guy with a guitar remains to be seen.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 1, 2013 11:42 AM
Groupon, the largest daily deals website, is shifting gears with the addition of Groupon Reserve, an online deals service for luxury goods and experiences.
The platform is launching with a restaurant-booking service that gives users access to 600-plus upscale restaurants at a discount of up to 40 percent. Leveraging the search engine of Savored.com (which they acquired in September 2012) the restaurant reservations feature is launching in 10 markets including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with plans to expand domestically and abroad by year’s end.
"We're migrating the Savored product and inventory onto the Groupon website and it's going to live as its own distinct channel," said Benjamin McKean, founder of Savored and GM of Groupon Reserve, Mashable reports. "We are now going to be able to drive significantly more traffic to restaurants on [Groupon's] platform." The reservation function will give customers a discount off their entire check without needing to pre-pay or present a voucher, according to a press release.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 1, 2013 09:15 AM
Facebook plans to block ads from broader set of "controversial" pages.
Tribune Co. acquires 19 TV stations to become biggest station operator.
Apple paid no UK corporation tax last year, report says as it applies for "iWatch" trademark in Japan.
Amazon quietly lays plans to sell high-end art.
Bank of America commits to "culture change" that will help in Chicago market.
CBS breaks summer ratings mold with success of Under the Dome.
Chobani undergoes another agency review as it fends off stiffening Greek-yogurt competition.
Cirque Du Soleil deals with death of performer in Las Vegas.
Coca-Cola and PureCircle seek regulatory approval for new stevia-based ingredient.Continue reading...