Friday, August 29, 2014
Sarah Mahoney, Yesterday, 9:23 AM
  • To Pep Up Puppet Shows, Disney Does Drones New York Post

    Disney Enterprises, which owns the ABC Network, has filed three patents for drone-powered entertainment strategies, including using unmanned flying vehicles to move giant puppets. If the House of Mouse gets its way, it will use a variety of drone - different from the kind the military uses to kill people - as a warm and fuzzy machine to propel Tinker Bell. Read the whole story...

  • Losing Its Cool: What Ails Urban OutfittersAdweek

    Urban Outfitters is struggling: Following a 5.2% tumble in the first quarter, Urban Outfitters' sales slipped another 2.4% in the second. Its Anthropologie and Free People stores took up the slack, but the Urban Outfitters brand continues to disappoint. Comp sales fell by 10 percent. In a statement, the company blamed a 194 basis point decrease in its gross profit rate on "underperformance at the Urban Outfitters brand." Read the whole story...

  • For Tennis Love, Nike Pairs Jordan And FedererBusinessweek

    Michael Jordan, Nike's stellar shoe salesman, is trying another sport: tennis. The basketball legend was courtside at the U.S. Open this week as Roger Federer, his Nike teammate, started the tournament in a new pair of sneakers. It was said to be Jordan's first U.S. Open, and Nike promoted the event with a video of the two superstars plinking around on a piano, with Federer's $200 shoes selling out quickly. Read the whole story...

  • RadioShack Gets Exclusive Deal For Vets' Mobile ServiceChain Store Age

    RadioShack is dialing in Defense Mobile Corp., a 100 %-veterans staffed mobile service company to be the exclusive national retailer for Defense Mobile's new nationwide 4G LTE mobile services. RadioShack will offer Defense Mobile's branch branded mobile services to the 51.6 million members of the U.S. military community, including those actively serving (including members of the Reserve and National Guard), veterans and their family members, Brands include ARMYmobile, NAVYmobile, AIRFORCEmobile, MARINESmobile and COASTGUARDmobile, and will be sold initially in 2,500 RadioShack stores, and all company locations by 2015. Read the whole story...

  • London Times Pipes Typewriter Chatter Into Newsroom NPR

    In a move meant to increase energy levels and help meet deadlines, The Times in London is piping old-fashioned typewriter noise into the newsroom, where many of its journalists are too young to know what those sounds are. Robert Siegel speaks to Patrick Kidd, the editor of The Times Diary, about the mechanical sounds. Read the whole story...

  • Food Shopping Takes A Gen Y TiltWashington Post

    A new report from the Food Marketing Institute shows just how differently demographic segments shop, with Gen Y-led changes dominating food retailing. Traditional supermarkets are feeling pressure from new competitors, including upstarts focused on natural and organic goods and big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target that have expanded their grocery offerings. And all are scrambling to adapt to millennial shoppers, who are most likely to shop around specific recipes, shun processed foods and chase food trends. Read the whole story...

  • Starbucks In Birthday Flap, Cancels Gold AccountsGeekWire

    In a move bound to irritate coffee drinkers, Starbucks is canceling some Gold Account memberships over compliance issues, saying it needs proof that the coffee drinkers are over 13. Customer service reps are said to be instructing irate fans to open new loyalty accounts. "The whole thing was handled poorly and their age excuse doesn't add up since my birthday was on file," says the GeekWire tipster. "I don't know what happened, but I don't believe the story I was told." Read the whole story...