• British Airways Computer Failure Wreaks Havoc On Holiday Travel
    British Airways canceled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick Saturday, upending the travel plans of tens of thousands of people on a busy holiday weekend. BA operates hundreds of flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on a typical day - and both are major hubs for worldwide travel. The airline blamed a power supply issue for the outage.
  • Staples Names Michelle Bottomley Its New CMO
    She replaces Frank Bifulco, who had said he would retire this year. Bottomley comes to the office supply brand from Mercer, where she was global chief marketing and sales officer for the New York-based human resources consulting company. Staples Inc. is based in Framingham, Mass.
  • Beer Industry Brews 2.2M Jobs, $350B For U.S. Economy
    "Beer Serves America," a report from the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association, states that last year the beer industry generated 2.2M U.S. jobs, $350B for the American economy - including more than $103B in wages and benefits for workers and families - and created 33 jobs in other sectors for every one job in the beer sector (i.e. retail, farming, wholesale and manufacturing).
  • Special K Fails At Appealing To Feminists
    Forget starving yourself. Eating food is 2017's hottest new feminist fad. At least according to Special K, whose latest campaign, "Own it," tries so, so hard to make a bold political statement: that women like to eat. It appears that Special K took its cue from a decade of tampon commercials where women show that they can "do it all": including jogging, listening to rap music, more jogging, going to work with a tampon in and eating diet cereal.
  • Amazon Debuts Bridal Destination
    Take that, Etsy. Amazon is launching its Handmade Wedding Shop. Besides featuring a selection of thousands of handcrafted bridal products, Amazon is using the introduction to create a shopping destination for brides-to-be to explore unique merchandise, including personalized wedding invitations, venue decor, bridesmaid and groomsman gifts, jewelry and fashion accessories.
  • Johnson & Johnson Settles With States Over Drug Probe
    Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $33 million to resolve charges that it misrepresented the manufacturing practices behind products including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, St. Joseph Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepcid, Mylanta, Rolaids, Zyrtec and Zyrtec Eye Drops. The settlement was announced by attorneys general for 42 states and the District of Columbia.
  • BMW Expands Partnership With Parkmobile
    Parkmobile announced that its app will be integrated with infotainment systems in new BMW vehicles, the first time an app of this kind has been adopted by an automaker. Parkmobile basically translates its interface and features to a BMW's central display screen. The app will populate a car's GPS map with nearby Parkmobile-enabled locations.
  • How Alaska Airlines Zoomed To The Top
    While other airlines are doing damage control, Alaska Airlines is racking up the accolades. The airline was recognized by SmarterTravel, the Points Guy, and FlyerTalk along with "U.S. News & World Report" as either being the best U.S. airline of 2017 or having the best rewards program or both. And it earned J.D. Power's highest customer satisfaction rating among traditional (nonbudget) airlines in North America.
  • Animatronic Toy Car Might Be Breakthrough Product
    Pixar's original "Cars" movie worked because you believed cars had feelings. That magic, though, doesn't always translate to toys in the real world. That is, until now. Sphero's Ultimate Lighting McQueen animatronic toy car gets virtually every detail right (at nearly $300, it should) and is instantly captivating.
  • Macy's Tests Self-Service Shoe Departments
    Macy's is bringing its new self-service shoe concept to three Chicago-area stores. The approach is one piece of a new shoe strategy the retailer began testing at some stores in California and the southwestern U.S. last fall, focused on making sure Macy's has in-demand brands, stocks the right shoes and makes shopping less of a hassle.
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