Posted by Dale Buss on July 5, 2013 06:33 PM
Within a month after getting a foreign-corporate citizen award, Nestle Canada is dealing with a sharp reminder that not everything the Switzerland-headquartered food and beverage giant does under the maple-leaf flag is so appreciated.
New York-based activist organization SumOfUs.org is lobbying to reduce water pumping at the Nestle Waters plant in Aberfoyle, Ontario, while the province continues to suffer drought conditions.
According to its online petition launched in April, more than 140,000 people (out of its 1.6 million members worldwide) are demanding that Nestle—which spells out its water conservation efforts on its website—stop bottling about 1.1 million gallons a day from nearby Hillsburgh, Ontario.
While provincial drought-imposed rules for household water usage remain in place, SumOfUs.org (which has targeted Nestle on other matters) alleged in a statement, "Nestle's appetite to commodify water" is a "recurring strategy by a corporation with a pattern of seeking to privatize and profit from ... our natural resources."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 1, 2013 12:46 PM
Since Cirque du Soleil got its start in Canada's province of Quebec in 1984, it has been sending daring performers through the air to complete amazing feats of acrobatics. Tragically, the troupe suffered its first death on Saturday in Las Vegas just as one of its flagship shows, Ka, was coming to a close.
31-year-old Sarah Guyard-Guillot of Paris, a mother of two, "reportedly slipped out of her safety wire and fell at least 50 feet down into an open pit, out of the audience's line of sight and below the performers," towards the end of the show at the MGM Grand, which has been suspended until further notice, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Guyard-Guillot had been an acrobat for 22 years and had been performing with Cirque since 2006. Stunned audience members were told nearly immediately after the incident that their tickets would be refunded.
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte said in a statement, “We are reminded, with great humility and respect, how extraordinary our artists are each and every night. Our focus now is to support each other as a family."Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on June 26, 2013 02:48 PM
We may be witnessing a classic story of a me-too brand that just couldn't rise to the occasion. In a marketplace currently glutted with tablets, bookseller Barnes & Noble raised the "white flag, signaling that it cannot compete" with the likes of Amazon, Apple, and Samsung, reports The New York Times.
Barnes & Noble CEO William J. Lynch, Jr. saw it a bit differently, telling analysts, "Our aim is to sell great tablets connected to our best content catalog and high-quality bookstore services we've done, but do so without the sizable upfront risk." He added that "we are 100 percent not exiting the device business," but note the use of the word "device."
The fact is, B&N will no longer make its own Nook Color tablets, relying instead on other companies to license and manufacture them. The company does plan to continue to make its black-and-white eReader—but that's largely being regarded as a defensive move. B&N will continue to sell Nook Color devices through the end of 2013 but then partners will begin producing them.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 17, 2013 02:03 PM
Amazon’s home grocery delivery service, AmazonFresh, is expanding slowly—on purpose. Ther service's first roll-out beyond its home base in Seattle hit Los Angeles last week as Amazon starts in on a strategic plan to focus on high-density urban areas and warehousing robotics, according to a report from Reuters.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos has shown a lot of restraint in rolling out the grocery product as a handful of competitors like PeaPod, Fresh Direct and a host of more local, store-based systems have entered the space. But Bezos has slowed the process in order to learn from previous mistakes, as well as the mistakes of others. After all, with less than one percent of online activity responsible for the $586 billion in grocery retail sales, the addition of online grocery to Amazon's portfolio makes it virtually unsurpassable. Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 6, 2013 11:34 AM
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity is cancelling its three-day fundraising walks next year in Phoenix, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Washington.
"The difficult decision to exit these markets was not made lightly, as we know this bold and empowering event has touched the lives of thousands of participants like you," the group posted on its Facebook page.
Participation in the walks has steadily declined 37 percent since 2009, a spokewoman told the New York Daily News, and the cities removed from plans for 2014 did not meet fundraising goals, according to a spokeswoman. Every participant is required to raise a minimum of $2,300 and walk about 60 miles over the three day events. The walks will continue in Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Minneapolis-St. Paul.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 4, 2013 12:42 PM
Nearly three months after Lululemon suffered a crushing quality control issue effecting its popular black Luon yoga pants, in turn causing a social media firestorm over the brand's handling of the recall, new and improved (read: not sheer) pants are making their way onto store shelves.
The company plans to restock stores through June with its Astro and Groove yoga pants, while its Wunder Unders appeared for sale on the website this week.
Back in March, the cult-like Canadian retailer pulled 17 percent of its yoga pants made of Luon, a proprietary Lycra-based fabric, as customer complaints rolled in claiming the pants were sheer—like completely see through, embarrassing sheer. That was quite a problem for a company that touts the benefits of yoga and its many body-bending positions. In an ill-advised move, the brand only posted one, vague blog post about the issue and recall, failing to identify the styles effected or provide any specific information for concerned customers.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 28, 2013 12:39 PM
It’s not easy being a cruise passenger these days. Sure, you’ve got fabulous live shows to attend, shuffleboard aplenty, and heaping steam tables of food to consume, but you’ve also got to live with the possibility that a fire could break out and shut down the rest of your trip, or that the engines might fail and leave all the toilets not working properly for days.
Unfortunately for thousands of passengers, the above instances have already occured in a streak of accidents that have plagued the cruise industry over the last six months, affecting several of Carnival Cruise Lines ships and now Royal Caribbean. The incidents have surely affected the industry's latest numbers as potential customers have been deterred from traveling while loyal cruisers have opted out of their choice vacations. To help rebuild the industry’s fundamental base and hopefully encourage passengers to travel again, the industry’s trade group, Cruise Lines International Assn., has just adopted a passenger bill of rights, the Chicago Tribune reports.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 24, 2013 03:36 PM
Google is on the move, expanding its two-month old Google Shopping Express, its challenger in same-delivery service to eBay Now and Amazon Prime. The service is rolling out in the San Francisco Bay Area and beta tester sign-up is now open.
Mashable reports the delivery service has "been doing well enough and worked out the kinks to expand a little more." The expansion will include more products from retail partners, improved 360-degree images for product browsing and a bigger fleet of third-party couriers. Despite the success, the service faces some steep competition. “Google faces tough competition from more established businesses and startups in the space—not to mention the fact that Google has a mixed track record when it comes to commerce,” notes Mashable.Continue reading...