Hershey Company Brings a New Brand to China

Hershey Co. is a leading brand of confectionery (candy) products. It is especially strong in the United States, but has not been among the leaders in China. To thrive in the future, that must change. So, with that in mind, Hershey is stepping up its efforts in China — where Mars is the dominant firm. […]

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What Do You Think of This? Nike to Drop Livestrong Shoes and Apparel

In 2012, Lance Armstrong admitted to taking illegal drugs during his once-legendary cycling career. Since then, his popularity has fallen dramatically and every major sponsor has dropped him as an endorser. As a cancer survivor, Armstrong did a lot of good work through the Livestrong Foundation that he founded — and raised a lot of […]

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A Timeline of How the Music Industry Has Changed

As we know, the music industry has changed dramatically in recent years. Check out this animated timeline from Digital Music News.     Post suggested by KCJ  

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The High-Tech Brick-and-Mortar Store

We know how aggressively some retailers are using digital technology outside of the store. Now, more firms are becoming whizzes with the “digital brick-and-mortar store.” According to Olga Kharif, writing for Businessweek: “Retailers that relied on impulse buys, especially along checkout lines, are struggling to keep the attention of consumers. The culprit? Smartphones. Stores are […]

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The State of Online Music

Check out this infographic about the online music industry.   Post suggested by KCJ  

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NYC Beverage Law Overturned

As we blogged earlier today, a new beverage law for New York City was scheduled to go into effect tomorrow. But, at the last minute, a NY State Supreme Court Judge put a hold on the law. According to Michael M. Grynbaum, writing for the New York Times: “A judge invalidated New York City’s limits […]

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New Beverage Rules Can Be Confusing — To Retailers and Their Customers

Retailers must deal with a wide range of regulations — from zoning laws that restrict hours of operation to minimum wage laws to price advertising laws. Many times, the rules are clear and other times they are not. And chains typically face different regulations in different locales. On March 12, a New York City law […]

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New Balance Athletic Shoes: Made in the USA — But for How Long?

It has been difficult getting U.S. companies to make items like consumer electronics and apparel-related products in the USA, often because of higher costs here.  A few months ago, we blogged about Apple’s decision to do more iMac manufacturing in the United States. With this in mind, how far should we go to support the LAST American-made […]

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What’s Next for Proctor & Gamble?

As we have reported before (see, for example, 1 and 2), P&G — the pioneer of product management and the world’s leading consumer products company — is having a tough go of it now. So, where is it headed now? Here’s the February 2013 assessment of Fortune’s Jennifer Reingold and Doris Burke: “The past several […]

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