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War On Calories Returns as New York Revives Soda Ban Proposal

Posted by Dale Buss on June 5, 2014 06:12 PM

“Where do you draw the line?” Judge Jonathan Lippman asked lawyers for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio today about his bid to revive his predecessor’s attempt to ban the sale of large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues.

Two courts have blocked the original ban after it was created by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and rubber-stamped by his city health board in September 2012. But de Blasio has supported the measure since he took office in January and essentially has repeated Bloomberg’s logic in not giving up on such a ban.

“The city’s proposal to cap the size of sugary drinks responds to the alarming obesity and diabetes crisis” affecting New York’s minority groups, de Blasio said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Which brings us back to Judge Lippman. He’s a member of the state Court of Appeals in Albany which heard arguments this week between de Blasio’s team and the side that so far is prevailing in this struggle, the soft-drink industry. Lippman asked city lawyers if New York also could “ban hamburgers altogether” then, soon, “Where do you draw the line?Continue reading...

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Target Hopes to Bring Big-Box Experience to Acute Locales with 'Express' Stores

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 20, 2014 11:22 AM

The latest big box retailer looking to downsize is Target, following similar efforts by Walmart and grocery chains. While a typical Target in the suburbs can encompass 100,000 square feet, the chain's newest location in Minneapolis will only take up 20,000. 

According to the New York Times, the brand is looking to serve a lot more consumers by moving into smaller spaces in urban environments. The new stores will go under the name TargetExpress.

Of top concern are younger consumers. “Many of them grew up with a Target experience,” John D. Griffith, executive vice president for property development at Target, told the Times. “Now, they show up at their cool little bungalow they’re redoing, they’re five miles from downtown, and yet, Target is a little bit of an effort to get to.” That’s what Target aims to change with the first test store opening on July 27 in order to serve the needs of the University of Minnesota students returning to campus for the fall.Continue reading...

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Korean Air Hopes to Break Travelers Out of Daze with Interactive Display

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 2, 2014 06:39 PM

Folks walking on Madison Avenue near Grand Central Station in New York City have plenty to gape at, but Korean Air has provided one more spectacle to grab their attention.

The company has invested in placing an interactive video wall on Madison Avenue for a month that draws in passersby through gesture-based technology. The onlookers are “invited to choose from a list of cities, including Dubai, Bali, Seoul and Prague,” according to MediaBistro. Once selected, the viewer can step “through a doorway and enter a scene in their selected city,” according to Digital Signage Today. The wall then allows them to take a photo of themselves in the scene and share the image via email or social media. Those who take part are entered into a sweepstakes that will give nine individuals a $500 Korean Air voucher.Continue reading...


NYC Taxis Get Third Logo in Six Years

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 9, 2013 11:11 AM

After a century without an official logo, New York City’s fleet of yellow cabs now have their third logo in six years. The newest one signifies the so-called Taxi of Tomorrow that may soon be a relic of yesteryear.

The logo for the Taxi of Tomorrow plays off the previous two with a large yellow T in a black circle. It came about because when the second one was plastered onto the Nissan NV200 minivan, it looked a little small. “It was a little anemic,” David S. Yassky, the chairman of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, said, according to the New York Times.

The Taxi of Tomorrow isn’t just a new logo. It has reading lights, climate control, electrical outlets, and antibacterial seats. Outgoing Mayor Bloomberg aimed to have all taxi fleets buy these vehicles when replacements needed to take place. But the New York State Supreme Court ruled that Bloomberg has overstepped, and can’t force taxi-fleet owners to make that choice. Continue reading...

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Stubbing Out Youth Smoking Before He Leaves Office

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 1, 2013 05:48 PM

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took cigarette smoking out of the city’s bars and restaurants 10 years ago. Now he’s going to take them right out of the hands of New Yorkers who happen to fall below the age of 21.

The New York City Council voted Wednesday to raise the purchase age for tobacco product to 21. Bloomberg is expected to sign it into law and, once he signs, smokers in their late teens and early twenties will have 180 days to buy up as many cartons as they can before the law goes into effect.

"By increasing the smoking age to 21, we will help prevent another generation from the ill health and shorter life expectancy that comes with smoking," Bloomberg said in a statement on Wednesday, according to CNN.Continue reading...

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L'Oréal Paris Heads Underground in NYC with Intelligent Vending Machine

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 31, 2013 11:22 AM

L'Oréal Paris has found an unlikely partner in the pursuit of beauty—the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The pair have teamed up to host L'Oréal Paris' Intelligent Color Experience vending machines inside a New York City subway station that allows any straphanger to stock up on beauty items on-the-go.  

Running in the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station between Nov. 4th and Dec. 30th, the intelligent vending machines actually scan a user's outfit to detect colors and style, in turn suggesting beauty products that "match or clash." Users can purchase items with a credit card, or if they choose not to buy on the spot, can email the look to themselves. 

As more brands explore interactive shopping experiences through experiential marketing, L’Oréal’s latest offers a “real-life experience through technology,” Marc Speichert, CMO L’Oréal Americas, told the New York Times. “What’s amazing with the technology is that we’ll have the ability to measure the level of engagement," he said, based on “the number of people who pass by, the number who interact with each screen, the number who leave their information.”Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Dell, Twitter and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 30, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

Amazon rolls out Kindle MatchBook program that bundles print books with discounted e-books. 

Dell is officially private.

Twitter rolls out richer feed with videos, images. 

AT&T puts Halloween twist on "It's not complicated" campaign with cute kids.

Barnes & Noble turns out new, lighter Nook Simple Touch GlowLight. 

BlackBerry met with Facebook on potential bid.

British American Tobacco apoligizes for advertising e-cigarette brand in kids' app. 

CBS said to be developing streaming news channel.

Chevrolet faces "B Strong" backlash.

Chrysler profits are boosted by pickups and SUVs.

Comcast's rebranded Xfinity TV Go app will stream like TV from anywhere.  

Facebook reportedly offered $1 billion to buy Snapchat.Continue reading...

Chasing Banksy: Elusive Artist Builds his Brand of Rebellion in NYC

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 17, 2013 05:59 PM

Famous, elusive British graffiti artist Banksy, who has previously tweaked such brands as BP and the Simpsons, has been roaming the streets of New York for the past few weeks and Mayor Bloomberg, a major donor to the arts, is not too happy about his unlawful artwork. 

"Nobody’s a bigger supporter of the arts than I am. I just think there are some places for art and some places where — no art,” the Mayor said, calling the nameless artist a vandal.

Someone else who probably isn't too happy with Banksy is McDonald's, as the artist and his assistants have been stopping by NYC locations of the Golden Arches with their very own iteration of its Ronald McDonald statue in tow. This one has whopping big feet that a Banksy assistant (playing the role of a down a the heels—literally—shoeshine boy) sits by and buffs the iconic clown's shoes.Continue reading...

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