Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Karl Greenberg, August 29, 2012, 9:30 AM
  • Coke Zero Encroaching On Pepsi With NFL Players NYSportsJournalism.com

    Pepsi Max may be the official soft drink of the NFL, but rival Coke Zero is moving into its space one territory at a time, following up the recent signing of former Pittsburgh Steelers great Jerome Bettis by inking Chicago Bears all-pro Brian Urlacher, who will join fellow Windy City stars Derrick Rose and Patrick Sharp in a marketing campaign. Separately, Diet Coke is preparing a campaign to support the next James Bond venture, "Skyfall," due out in November. Read the whole story...

  • Apple Versus Amazon? San Francisco Chronicle

    Amazon may introduce new mobile devices next month, both a new Kindle and possibly a smartphone. That could be a problem for Apple. And the two digital giants are rubbing elbows a lot: besides both selling tablets, both are in the music, movies, and e-books businesses. Read the whole story...

  • Low-Cost Porsche? Not Quite Yet The Truth About Cars

    Rumors have been floating around about an entry-level Porsche, below the Boxster. But Porsche CEO Matthias Mller has repeatedly said "no." He did so again recently, but admitted that they aren't just rumors. In an interview Muller said, "Indeed, there were such plans. There is precedence in Porsche's history, the 550 was a very successful car. We would have to position this car below the Boxster, also when it comes to price. The question is, will the brand tolerate this? We think the danger of negatively impacting our brand is too big. Therefore, we shelved this project for the time being." Read the whole story...

  • Smartphones In Flight? USA Today

    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to study whether cell phones can be used safely during a flight. Current policy requires an airline to determine that interference isn't a safety risk before allowing their use. LaHood wants to help. "We must set appropriate standards as we help the industry consider when passengers can use the latest technologies safely during a flight," he says. Read the whole story...

  • Dunkin' Donuts To Expand In Texas Chain Store Age

    Dunkin' Donuts announced the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with four franchise groups to develop 29 new restaurants in Houston and Waco, Texas, over the next several years. The Texas expansion is part of Dunkin' Donuts' goal of doubling store count over the next two decades. The company's new limited partnership agreement with the Jerry Jones Family and Troy Aikman promises 50 new Dunkin' Donuts restaurants throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region over the next five years. Read the whole story...

  • Lowering Prices Has Helped Whole Foods Supermarket News

    A new study suggests Whole Foods Market's price cutting is helping it gain share. A Wells Fargo Bank study found Whole Foods' prices beat those of Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway by 7% on a basket of 100 items. The study also found that Trader Joe's prices were 4% lower than those of Whole Foods, but Whole Foods beat Sprouts Farmers Market on price by 3%, The Fresh Market by 14% and Amazon Fresh by 27%, in addition to Safeway. Read the whole story...

  • Los Angeles The New Silicon Valley? Forbes

    Los Angeles may be the next Silicon Valley. In 1995, before the Internet bubble was in full swing, Southern California attracted $1.3 billion of venture capital investment, second only to Silicon Valley with $1.8 billion. New England was a distant third with $0.8 billion. Then the tide shifted to New England. But over the last five years Southern California closed the gap with New England. This year SoCal again attracted more investment than any other region outside of Silicon Valley. More than New England and nearly twice as much as New York. Read the whole story...