• Mandarin Oriental's New Celebrity 'Fan'
    Celebrated Chinese actor, singer and model Chen Kun, has been tapped to be the newest celebrity fan for Mandarin Oriental's multi-million global advertising campaign "He's a Fan/She's a Fan." Portrait photographer Mary McCartney photographs each celebrity in a location of their choice, which, for them, best represents a feeling of well-being. Chen Kun chose to be photographed at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona.
  • Apple Pay To Expand To Australia And Canada This Year
    Apple Pay is expanding to five more countries by the end of 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during an earnings call on Tuesday. In a partnership with American Express, Apple's digital payment service is expanding to Australia and Canada by the end of this year. And next year, Apple will be adding Apple Pay in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Spain. The announcement presages the first multi-country expansion for Apple's mobile payments service.
  • Consumers Very Interested In Local, Per Study
    "Locavores" are becoming a thing. Thus, offering local foods can be advantageous to supermarket operators, according to a report by A.T. Kearney, the Chicago-based management firm. "Forward-thinking retailers will see an immediate impact and capture a long-term advantage," the study pointed out. It said 96% of consumers questioned defined "local" as within 100 miles, compared with 58% in 2014.
  • Dealers Raise Workers' Pay, But Still Face High Turnover
    According to the Automobile Dealers Association's fourth annual Dealership Workforce Study, car dealers are raising their employees' pay, and getting higher productivity as a result. In 2014, the median weekly income for all new-car dealership employees increased 5.1% to $1,026. On average, dealership workers earned about 29% more than those in the U.S. private sector overall, according to the study, citing data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Does Mega Beer Merger Mean Higher Prices, Fewer Choices?
    InBev, the Walmart of beers. With a $104.2 billion merger agreed to in principle, beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller will make 70% of the beer sold in the U.S. But, while that's awesome for the companies, maybe not so much for people, and smaller beer makers. Antitrust experts fear that none of the possible market outcomes of the AB InBev (ABI)/SABMiller merger are good for you.
  • Android Pay Hopes To Get Sticky With Coca-Cola
    To make its new mobile payments service attractive to consumers, Google needs to incentivize users. Android Pay, launched in early September in the U.S. to take on Apple Pay, will soon include new loyalty programs for brands like Coca-Cola, per Google's SVP of ads and commerce, Sridhar Ramaswamy. Apple introduced the ability to store loyalty cards in Apple Pay for the likes of JC Penney, Kohls, Walgreens, and Dunkin' Donuts. But the Coca-Cola partnership is a bit different.
  • ... And It's A Good Thing, Too
    A new report from the World Health Organization puts processed meats in the same category as carcinogens like tobacco, arsenic, asbestos and alcohol. The study finds evidence to rank processed meats as group 1 carcinogens because of their link with bowel cancer, the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer said. The report was published in "Lancet Oncology." Researchers concluded that each 1.8-ounce portion of processed meat eaten daily increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.
  • Clean Eaters Will Drive Restaurant Trends ...
    Clean eaters, consumers who shun chemicals, additives, and pesticides, represent just 5% of primary grocery shoppers. But a new study from NPD indicates that this group has the potential to grow in the coming decades. About 58% are female. One quarter ages 18 to 34, but the majority are ages 35 to 54. Eighteen percent are Hispanic. More than 65% have household incomes of $45,000 or more. And they are willing to pay more for they foods they prefer.
  • How Tesla And Apple May Irrevocably Upend Auto
    The future of autos is battery-powered electric vehicles. Some reasons include the decarbonizing of the grid; it's a lot cheaper from generation to wheel than any other approach; VW proves that neither diesel nor gasoline can juggle low emissions, low fuel consumption, and high performance at the same time. All this and more, writes Mike Barnard, an IBM consultant, is why the traditional automakers will be superseded by upstarts.
  • Top Candies For Halloween
    Product review site Influenster ID'd the most popular Halloween candy brands by state, based on a poll of 40,000 people. Candy corn was the top candy in Oregon, Wyoming, Texas, Tennessee, and South Carolina. No other candy won over that many states. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups only won over two states, but was the the most popular across users overall. M&M's were first in Michigan and Oklahoma.
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