Posted by Alicia Ciccone on November 28, 2013 08:50 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers!
American Airlines clears final hurdle in merger with US Airways.
Bitcoin breaks the $1,000 mark.
Gap moves quickly after ad featuring Sikh model is vandalized.
CBC downplays loss of NHL broadcasts.
Facebook testing a 'save for later' feature.
GoldieBlox deletes Beastie Boys commercial as battle with band heats up.
Goldman Sachs bets entrepreneurship project can save Detroit.
HoneyBaked Ham's radio-mobile play aim's to take a bite out of Turkey Day.
HP will replace Verizon in hosting Healthcare.gov website.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 19, 2013 02:43 PM
LinkedIn has managed to make its platform more brand friendly by introducing Showcase Pages. The dedicated content pages allow major brands like Microsoft to focus on a singluar sub-brand such as Xbox and direct targeted content to users interested in the specific topic. Companies can have up to 10 Showcase Pages.
Different from Company Pages, Showcase Pages aren’t for recruiting and don’t include a Careers or Products & Services section. LinkedIn has more than three million Company Pages from blue chip brands like Adobe, Cisco, Microsoft and HP, who were all part of a pilot test for the new feature.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2013 09:22 AM
JCPenney undoes more of Ron Johnson's handiwork with logo revamp.
KFC preps quality-assurance campaign in China.
H&M, Gap back in the spotlight after another Bangladesh factory fire kills several workers.
A&E Networks pitches original programming.
Aereo Android app will debut Oct. 22.
Alcatel-Lucent must revise job-cut plans in France.
Apple reportedly slashes iPhone 5c production.
AT&T and GE partner for wireless global network.
BlackBerry warms to breakup exit strategy as brand expands office closures.
Chevrolet revs up major ad push for Malibu.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 22, 2013 09:17 AM
Whole Foods Markets shaves price points.
Nike celebrates 25 years of "Just Do It."
Saab gets ready to re-start production.
Abercrombie & Fitch profit drops by one-third and outlook dims.
Bill Ackman explains himself.
American Greetings turns to One Direction.
Coca-Cola loses North America marketing exec.
Eli Lilly now is subject of bribery investigation in China.
Farmers Insurance partnership with NASCAR pays off.
Fox News fires top communications executive.
GM keeps refreshing Opel models to boost brand.
HP can't stem slide in PC sales.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 Sheila Shayon on July 22, 2013 05:39 PM
Amazon isn't only expanding its e-commerce offerings. The leading e-tailer has nearly beat out IBM on a $600 million, 10-year US Central Intelligence Agency contract. Long the gold standard in advanced computing and data, IBM and others are increasingly challenged by Amazon's growing cloud data services.
IBM has stalled the process for now with an appeal, but it’s a fact that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has evolved into a robust competitor in supplying information technology and services to enterprise companies and government agencies.
"AWS is one of the main spokes of the bull case on Amazon shares," Ron Josey, analyst at JMP Securities, told Reuters. "Software and IT investors are aware of and are trying to size AWS, and what the impact could be on their sector."
Public cloud computing, pioneered by AWS in 2006, offers organizations power, storage and other services at prices cheaper than they can manage themselves. To date, AWS has worked with Samsung, Pfizer, PBS and NASA, generating $2 billion annually with expectations to hit $10 billion in the near future—growth largely spurred by government cloud spending.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 15, 2013 09:12 AM
Hulu rejects all takeover bids as owners commit to bigger investment in service.
Sears focuses on "omnichannel" shopping in last-ditch bid.
Microsoft cuts price of Surface RT by up to 30 percent.
Apple vows to aid investigation into death of Chinese woman who may have been electrocuted by iPhone 5.
Boeing sees lithium-ion battery systems escape blame in 787 fire at Heathrow.
Boost Mobile promotes "shrinking payment" feature.
Citigroup sees 41 percent increase in Q2 earnings.
Four Loko owner doubles down on distributing new products.
GlaxoSmithKline bribery allegations are detailed by Chinese.
HP names former CEOs of McDonald's, Liberty Media to its board.
IMAX expands in Asia.Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Ben Berkon on May 24, 2013 06:36 PM
Mega tech manufacturer Foxconn has been in the negative spotlight a lot over the past few months. Despite once being the main manufacturer for Apple products—as well as a significant player for Hewlettt-Packard, and to a lesser extent, Sony, Dell and Acer—Apple recently decided to take their iPhone 4S and iPad mini business to Taiwanese competitor, Pegatron. Apple has also promised to eventually bring a chunk of their manufacturing work back to the United States to help create new jobs.
Unfortunately, Foxconn was thrust back into the spotlight recently as reports of three employee suicides surfaced. While Foxconn is hardly the only Chinese or global company to be accused of archaic and dangerous labor conditions, the recent suicides mark a new low in the category, especially since the company had previously come under fire and had supposedly reformed many of its practices.Continue reading...