The top players in Major League Soccer are heading to Chicago's Soldier Field to face world-class Real Madrid in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on Aug. 2. But first, MLS' roster of partners is preparing to pitch everything from cars, travel and entertainment to financial services and shopping.
Since one year ago, the average score in the company's study jumped from 801 to 810 out of 1,000 possible points. That represents the biggest year-long rise in the customer satisfaction study. Also found was a 10-point improvement in the average score for mainstream cars, which brought them within 41 points of premium vehicles, the smallest gap ever.
Americans are forecast to spend $316 billion on home improvements this year, which could either be good or bad for the economy. The spending is good, but the spending could be an indicator of a weak housing market, in which potential buyers are more inclined to stick in their current homes than search for a new residence.
HomeSense will open its initial U.S. location on Aug. 17, in Framingham, Mass. Three additional stores are planned by the end of 2017, with locations in East Hanover, N.J., Ocean Township, N.J., and Westwood, Mass. HomeSense will offer a shopping experience that complements its sister chain, HomeGoods, owner TJX said, with expanded selections of large-scale furniture, lighting fixtures and art.
Siri's active user base declined by 7.3 million monthly users in the past year, according to a new report from data measurement and consulting firm Verto Analytics. Who better to stem the tide, or at least stop the bleeding, than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. In a new video that runs nearly four minutes, "iPhone 7: The Rock x Siri Dominate the Day," Johnson shows how he uses Siri and his iPhone. Segments will air as TV spots.
Apple was ordered to pay $506 million for infringing on a patent owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm, more than doubling the damages initially imposed on Apple by a jury. The judge added $272 million to a $234 million jury verdict because Apple continued to infringe the patent, which relates to computer processor technology, until it expired in December 2016. Apple is appealing the ruling.
McDonald's Global McDelivery Day is on Wednesday, July 26. That's when McDonald's delivery service will launch on the UberEATS app. Jumping on the wearables bandwagon (see KFC), McDonald's is inviting fans to dress for the occasion. The "McDelivery Collection" to commemorate the launch of McDonald's delivery service worldwide includes shirts, pants, pillows, hoodies and flip flops.
Amazon's latest app feature, called Amazon Spark, is an Instagram-like feed of shoppable photos posted by Prime members. Users can react to the content with "smiles" (Amazon's version of a "like") and comment or tap an icon embedded in the photo to visit the product pages of the items being discussed. Most of the posts resemble those of any other social network.
More Walmart stores are adding massive vending machines that cater to online order/in-store pickup. The retailer will expand its automated online order pickup kiosks to 80 more locations across the country over the next several months, according to "Business Insider." Called the Pickup Tower, the kiosk - which stands 16 feet tall and about 8 feet wide - greets shoppers at store entrances.
The fall Calvin Klein global campaign isn't meant to simply sell clothes - the ads have a much higher purpose, which the company indicated is to show the juxtaposition between "art and artifice, the real and imagined, the mannered world of high fashion combined with a sense of the everyday." Ultimately, the ads explore the cinematic and romantic outsider's view of America.