Posted by Dale Buss on August 28, 2013 09:31 AM
Walmart plans to offer health benefits to same-sex domestic partners of US workers.
Nissan says it will have self-driving cars ready by 2020.
New York Times says it was hacked this time, and so was Twitter, HuffPost UK.
Apple sees judge planning to narrow scope of oversight in e-books case.
BlackBerry weighs spinoff of Messenger service.
Burger King plans burger topped with french fries.
Courtyard by Marriott caters to NFL fans.
Daimler wins French court ruling to resume vehicle sales in France.
Facebook to pay $20 million in class action lawsuit over sponsored stories.Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 15, 2013 11:52 AM
After flubbing the logo on a Carolina Panther's shirt a few weeks back, Nike has found itself in the middle of another graphics issue. The sports apparel brand was forced to pull a new line of tattoo-inspired apparel for women from its physical and online stores after it was revealed that the featured graphics were actually a sacred Samoan tattoo.
The graphics featured on a pair of leggings from its Pro Tattoo Tech Gear, which Nike describes as "inspired by tattoos from the southwest Pacific," featured the sacred tattoo pe'a, which is worn only by men. As a result, consumers started a Change.org petition and left scathing comments on the brand's Facebook page. The New Zealand Herald reports that Pacifica blog sites "attracted hundreds of comments,” most of them negative, after Nike released the line. "To the outside world it's just a design,” said one. “But to my Polynesian people, it's sacred."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on August 9, 2013 01:19 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: Louis Vuitton the butt of a joke… Infant formula market goes bonkers… Price fixing… Heatwave hits sales… Sanofi bribery… Colgate counterfeiting… WeChat juggernaut... The "fapioa" nation… Tesla fights trolls... Ford apps… BMW recall… and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 13, 2013 05:16 PM
The U.S. government has been in a long-running battle with Big Tobacco to try and get nasty images placed onto cigarette packaging, a fight that seems destined to end up in the Supreme Court someday.
Singapore is the latest country that appears ready to step into that same boxing ring. With 5.3 million people, Singapore may not be the largest country in the world, but it has the world’s fourth-leading financial center and one of the top five busiest ports in the world, and soon, it may be difficult to see any packs of cigarettes. The Wall Street Journal reports that "the Singapore government is proposing to ban shops from displaying tobacco-related products."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on February 22, 2013 12:57 PM
Above, a Coke and a smile are still the right stuff for the brand during China's Lunar New Year holiday.
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 10 reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Dwayne Wade visits the Bird's Nest... VW bump... stealing Coke's recipe... McDonald's... Versace wallpaper... poisonous fake mutton vs. horse meat... lobster... coffee beaneries... New Zealand's Chinese New Zealand milk... and more. Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 21, 2013 11:48 AM
Australia’s smokers had to start purchasing cigarette packs with extremely graphic images on the front last December, which did not sit well with the world’s Big Tobacco companies, whose lawyers have been set loose to try and repeal the Aussies' anti-smoking efforts. Now, New Zealand is ready to enact a similar effort that will remove branding from cigarette packages and sell them with plain wrapping.
New Zealand, however, won’t push forward with the practice until it sees how all that legal wrangling works out for its larger neighbor.
“This announcement demonstrates that the New Zealand government recognizes the significant international trade issues with standardized packaging and will not implement it until the pending international legal challenges to Australia’s law are resolved,” Philip Morris said in a statement. “There is no credible evidence that standardized packaging will lower smoking rates, but strong evidence that it will jeopardize jobs, benefit the black market for cigarettes, and is a breach of international trade rules that have already made Australia’s policy subject to WTO action.”
The WTO actions were set in motion by a few nations that happen to be—surprise!—big producers of tobacco: Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Indonesia.Continue reading...
sip on this
Posted by Dale Buss on February 13, 2013 03:23 PM
Coca-Cola just wants to Open Happiness around the world, in keeping with its ongoing marketing theme, including rolling out a Valentine's Day video this week that was shot in New Zealand to thank its multitude of fans. It's just that global consumers haven't been as happy lately to open a Coke.
A slowdown in sales in Europe and China joined essentially stagnant sales in the United States to undermine Coke's fourth-quarter results. Global sales volume rose just three percent even as the beverage giant's earnings rose by 13 percent during the period.
Ongoing struggles in Europe were a main drag, with volume falling by five percent. Even sales in China, another key market, fell by four percent as Chinese consumers increasingly feel crimped. Meanwhile, the U.S., pushing an anemic economic recovery, yielded just a one percent sales gain during the quarter, though CEO Muhtar Kent said on Tuesday's earnings call that the American market "could get better."Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 11, 2012 12:19 PM
Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Meet Monty, Porter and Ginny — three dogs trained by Mark Vette to drive cars in a novel partnership between a local SPCA branch in New Zealand and the automaker that puts a whole new spin on "adoption drive."
The cruising canines were selected by SPCA Auckland as the first crew for the Driving Dogs campaign, and started training two months ago with MINI New Zealand's instructors. Beginning with mock car controls, Monty (the Neil Armstong of the group) graduated to a real car where he spent hours behind the wheel – much like any nervous teenager, practicing his driving skills, while accompanied by a human instructor.
This week, Monty drove the car on his own on Campbell Live on New Zealand television, and social media exploded.Continue reading...