The Big Lead
Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Kerri Strug, the U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team, Jesse Owens and a bevy of other Olympic and Paralympic athletes are featured in "Show Your Best," a multi-media global campaign from the International Olympic Committee that acts as a call to action for the 2012 Summer Games.
The Washington Post
Early numbers show strong sales for Cyber Monday 2011, with retailers posting early numbers showing sales were holding steady at 15% over last year. Researchers at IBM Benchmark reported the increase, though it has not yet released dollar figures for the online shopping day.
The Detroit Bureau
The long-struggling Maybach brand will soon be euthanized - though few will likely notice considering the German luxury maker's continually weak performance.
The Boston Globe
Yankee Group, the Boston research and advisory firm that put together a list of what it expects to be the most popular consumer-electronics products this holiday season reports e-readers and tablets will be favorite gifts. A year ago, tablets and e-readers were near the bottom of Yankee Group's top 10 list of most-wanted consumer-electronics products. This year, in spite of the lousy economy, they are near the top.
Searches for "fried turkey" on YouTube bring up lots of videos. The deep fryer is in, and brands on YouTube are exploiting that. Anecdotally, "we are seeing much more brand interest around the 'fried turkey' searches this year, compared to last," says a YouTube spokeswoman.
At least two dozen shoppers were injured and several arrests stemming from overzealous shopping, robberies and other incidents at Walmart. Troubles at the nation's largest retailer began late Thanksgiving Day, when about 20 customers, including kids, suffered minor injuries at a Los Angeles Walmart after they were pepper sprayed by a shopper. Police, who are still searching for the woman, say she used the pepper spray to gain an edge over fellow shoppers vying for discounted Xbox video game players. The incidents appear to be the result of two converging trends on Black Friday: bigger crowds in search of bigger, …
Here's where to go to see which tech company is offering deals on what computer, peripheral, mobile, tablet, home entertainment, gaming, camera, music players, or what have you on Monday.
Mainstream supermarkets are posting the fastest fair trade growth of all channels at 17.1%, but future of the movement is up in the air as the non-profit Fair Trade USA (formerly TransFair USA) plans resign its position as the official U.S. member of Fairtrade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) on Dec. 31. Part of FTUSA's focus - designed to double U.S. sales for fair trade farmers by 2015 - involves expanding its producer network beyond smallholder farmer cooperatives to farmers unable to access the support of a co-op and farm workers employed by plantations and estates that produce coffee, sugar and …
The Detroit Bureau
The Lincoln Town Car is coming back to life. Lincoln has had a big piece of the limo market for years with the Town Car, but with that vehicle out of production, Lincoln is hoping a special version of its newly updated MKT crossover vehicle takes over.
Many retailers are running their "Deals of the Hour" on cybermonday.com, starting at midnight Nov. 28 and continuing throughout the day. Shop.org, a site run by the National Retail Federation (NRF), releases the deals today.