Posted by Dale Buss on December 6, 2013 02:47 PM
Maybe the glum economic view in Europe is souring the perspectives of CPG-company CEOs there. Or maybe they're the ones most looking at the global economy without rose-colored glasses these days. In any event, both Unilever and Nestle have announced significant new moves that will bring about big new skinbacks in their portfolios—and marketing.
Unilever stunned followers of the company by announcing that it aims to cut the number of individual products it sells by a whopping 30 percent by the end of next year so that it can become more efficient and navigate a global economic slowdown that it admits it was slow to confront, according to Reuters.
As a result, the Anglo-Dutch maker of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Lipton tea, Knorr soups and Dove personal-care products—among many other brands—is cutting about 2,000 jobs, including about 800 alone in marketing, and will continue to adjust its portfolio.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 6, 2013 12:38 PM
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: The Year of the Horse commemorative products... Bitcoin vs. China... Ford brings Mustang to China... L'Oreal gets Fan Bingbing... Carrefour grows... Volvo up... Suzuki gets "Authentic"... Toyota signals an end of Japan automaker woes... Qoros sells "made in China"... Arnie sees the sights... and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Alicia Ciccone on November 27, 2013 09:23 AM
NHL makes NFL play with more unscripted programming, outdoor games—and concussion lawsuits.
Boston Market expects to see biggest Thanksgiving sales yet.
Burberry appeals China ban on trademark pattern.
Atlanta Braves see council approve $300 million, move to suburbs.
BlackBerry rolls out BBM social network.
Burger King expands presence in France.
Facebook tries to find balance with onslaught of sponsored posts.
Instagram is now publishing a new ad almost every day.
L'Oreal names new global CMO.
Louis Vuitton stunt in Moscow's Red Square doesn't go over well.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 31, 2013 09:14 AM
Facebook encounters decline in teen engagement as mobile ads fueled profit jump.
Starbucks enjoys best year in its history.
Politico launches a print magazine.
American Airlines and US Airways trying to work with government to clear merger.
BMW recalls 176,000 vehicles to fix power brakes.
Bank of America sees $1 billion stake held by Qatar sovereign-wealth fund.
Boeing intends new 777X to subsume role of jumbo jets.
Burger King plans "fewer, more impactful" new menu items.
Chrysler vows to learn from botched rampup of Jeep Cherokee production.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 13, 2013 10:06 AM
It's not the same kind of drama he created on the witness stand in the Macy's suit against JCPenney and Martha Stewart last spring. But Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren can still generate some anxiety when he calls store managers from his car as little as 10 minutes before conducting a surprise visit. "The first five minutes are a little uncomfortable," he told Bloomberg.
These drop-ins have taken on added urgency for Lundgren and the chain, the publication noted, as Macy's struggles like many other retail chains with the slow-growth American economy, in which middle-income shoppers particularly are feeling a financial pinch. The iconic department store brand also is trying to do a better job of exploiting its digital database on customers without tripping on privacy issues.
Neither the back-to-school season nor a cool summer across much of the country nor even anticipation of the winter holiday season has helped national department store retailers regain the mojo that they last possessed before the Great Recession. The largest US department store chain, Macy's last month reported second-quarter profits that missed estimates and lowered its forecast.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 10, 2013 09:32 AM
Neiman Marcus majority stake sold for $6 billion to Canadian, US investment partners.
Apple will reveal new products today and may put focus back on fingerprint security with latest iPhone.
McDonald's tries multi-person meals.
Abercrombie & Fitch loses bias suit over firing Muslim woman.
Burger King stretches with "sense-swap" campaign.
Campbell bets on child-centered new campaign.
Dunkin' Donuts launches first TV ad made entirely from Vine.
Furniture Brands files for Chapter 11.
Gatorade grows market share with G Force sales and marketing team.
Google offers antitrust concessions to EU.
Hyundai workers end strike after reaching wage deal.
Jaguar mulls small SUV to challenge BMW.
L'Oreal attacks e-commerce.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 21, 2013 01:52 PM
Global cosmetics company L'Oreal has teamed up with YouTube phenom Michelle Phan for the world's first crowdsourced beauty line.
The line, em michelle phan, was co-created by a community of beauty enthusiasts who were inspired by the online star, who began posting makeup tutorials back in 2007 and has since collected nearly 1 billion views and more than 4.6 million subscribers.
Currently only available online at emcosmetics.com, the 250 products are rumored to be getting their own store in New York City in the fall.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 21, 2013 09:16 AM
Amazon and Conde Nast create new "all-access" magazine subscriptions across platforms.
Al Jazeera sues AT&T for dropping US channel and makes limited US debut.
Facebook leads project to connect whole world through the internet.
Apple loses iPad market share in China to Samsung and plans to launch iTunes Radio in September with big advertisers.
BMW is making customers wait for repairs due to global supply-chain hiccups.
Barnes & Noble abandons plans to split company.
Bob Evans opens Express prototype.
CBS turns to its stars in battle with Time Warner Cable.
Coca-Cola sees "very positive" prospects in Indonesia.
Cummins diesel deal with Nissan for Titan could vex Chrysler's Ram truck.
Diageo fights off latest legal challenge to its Parrot Bay cocktails.Continue reading...