Viagra, the little blue pill that launched in 1998, made history this week when Pfizer received approval to sell a lower-dose version called Viagra Connect as a non-prescription drug in the U.K., making it the first country to sell Viagra over the counter. According to the Telegraph, British British “officials hope the move will help steer people away from using illegally operated drug websites.”
With the 2018 Olympics just about two months away, NBCUniversal has unveiled its full slate of programming plans, with a Winter Games record 2,400-plus hours of coverage. NBCUniversal is broadcasting its 16th Olympic Games and 10th consecutive Games, both the most by any U.S. media company. NBCU said it is “comparable to the coverage of the past two Winter Games combined: Sochi; (1,600+) and Vancouver (835).”
Thousands of American Airlines flights over the holiday season are in danger of cancellation because an error in the company’s internal scheduling system gave too many pilots time off. American was scrambling to fill the scheduling hole by offering pilots one and a half times their normal pay. But the union filed a grievance, saying that the premium pay was not covered by its contract and that the airline couldn’t guarantee payment.
Tourism is the number one industry in Hawaii and any threat of war between the United States and North Korea could bring visitor numbers down. With U.S. President Donald Trump and a North Korea Great Leader Kim Jong-un tweeting threats about atomic war, George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, issued a statement to reassure visitors about a monthly test of an Attack Warning Signal.
Chipotle Mexican Grill is searching for a turnaround expert to replace founder and CEO Steve Ells, who said he would step aside after failing for two years to rescue the burrito chain’s sales and reputation from a string of food safety lapses. Chipotle has hired an executive recruitment firm to find a “new leader with demonstrated turnaround expertise” to replace Ells, who will stay on as executive chairman.
Deutsche Post AG’s DHL and Fortigo Freight Services Inc, one of Canada’s largest fleet management companies, said they had pre-ordered Tesla Inc’s electric truck unveiled earlier this month to test on limited routes. High-profile logistics and transportation customers like fleet operator J.B. Hunt and retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc announced orders for the Tesla Semi after it was unveiled on Nov. 16.
NFL players will be wearing their causes on their cleats with specially designed shoes that will seek to raise awareness for non-profits. Many of the players unveiled their cleat designs — from Nike, Adidas and Under Armour — via social media to coincide with “Giving Tuesday.” Following this weekend’s games, cleats will be put up for auction on a dedicated web site, with proceeds going to the respective player’s cause.
For the first time, Starbucks is launching a second holiday cup during the same season. This version has a white heart framed by two hands coming together. Customers are invited to write the name of someone in the heart "to recognize those who fill their heart and embody goodness this holiday season," according to the company. The Seattle-based chain started serving beverages in it on Tuesday.
Buffalo Wild Wings is being acquired by Roark Capital Group, the owner of Arby's, but burger chain Wendy's
may benefit from the deal. Wendy's
owns about 18.5% of Arby's, with its stake valued at around $325.9 million, as of the third quarter this year. That stake could change depending "on how much equity is issued as part of the deal and whether or not the company participates in that issuance," said Stifel analyst Chris O’Cull.
Cyber Monday’s results are in, and according to Adobe, it was the largest online shopping day in history, bringing in $6.59 billion in online sales. That’s more than $1.5 billion above Black Friday’s online sales haul. Cyber Monday’s online revenue jumped 16.8% year over year, with nearly a billion more dollars spent this year over the same day in 2016. Mobile had a record-breaking day as well, with smartphones and tablets accounting for $2 billion of the total online retail sales.