• 3 Corporate Giants Team To Tackle Health Care
    Three of the country's most notable companies — Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase — announced Tuesday they would work together to create an independent health care company for their employees in the U.S. Though its unclear just how the partners would change their current employee health benefits, the move is seen as another sign of how frustrated many U.S. companies are with the current state of the current U.S. health care system.
  • Ronda Rousey Signs On With WWE
    Former UFC champion, author and actress Ronda Rousey made an appearance during WWE’s Royal Rumble at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday night, which was expected. But unexpectedly she said she has signed a deal to appear full-time for WWE under the name Rowdy Ronda Rousey. "This is my life now. First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt,” she said in an on-air interview with ESPN.
  • 'Bleisure' Startup Makes Adaptable Outfits
    Laura Choi, who spent her early career at Bloomingdales and Warby Parker, has launched a resort-wear brand specifically geared toward the business-slash-pleasure traveler. Her startup is called Par en Par, which means “doors wide open” in Spanish. She uses high-quality cotton and a specific kind of material woven in India called Khadi, creating pieces that are versatile and meant to adapt to different contexts.
  • Harley Davidson Sponsors X Games
    In a Winter X Games first, Harley-Davidson Inc. sponsored a motorcycle snow hill climb race. The new sport closed out X Games Aspen 2018, which aired Jan. 25-28 on ESPN and ABC. “We’ve raced the ice and climbed virtually every kind of hill,” said Scott Beck, Harley’s marketing director. “Harley-Davidson Snow Hill Climb is another way for us to grow the sport of motorcycling.”
  • Washington Redskins Asked To Follow Cleveland Indians Lead
    The Change the Mascot campaign is applauding the Cleveland Indians for agreeing to remove the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms in 2019 and is challenging the NFL’s Washington Redskins to discontinue the use of their own "hurtful" nickname. The team got a boost in a trademark fight last year when the Supreme Court ruled that a trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes on free speech rights.
  • Wall Dogs Bring Murals Back To Advertising
    Founded in 2004 in a one-car garage in Brooklyn, N.Y., Colassal Media now has clients like Gucci, Yves St. Laurent, Adidas and Coca-Cola. The resurgence came about because hipsters demanded authenticity and “home grown stuff.” It may be the world’s largest hand paint-only advertisement company.
  • Sam's Club Closes Stores In Efforts To Keep Up With Costco
    The closures are part of a strategy pivot by new Sam’s Club Chief Executive John Furner to turn what has long been Wal-Mart’s underperforming sibling into a retailer that can rival its most successful competitor, Costco. Sam’s Club hopes that by strategically closing underperforming stores, it can fine-tune its focus on stores that are driving higher profits, especially those that serve a higher-income clientele.  
  • Panera Bread Forms Consulting Business
    Panera Bread’s Clean Consultant is a group of experts that other brands can hire for guidance on how to utilize more all-natural ingredients and get involved in more food policy issues. Former CEO and current chairman Ron Shaich, who is known for his blunt advocacy against artificial ingredients, has long led Panera's push towards a "clean" menu.  With the chain's most recent menu roll-out, it seems that its focus on clean ingredients as its ultimate differentiator is set to continue under a new CEO.
  • Juicy Couture Plans New York Fashion Week Debut
    Juicy Couture is making its New York Fashion Week debut this season.The California brand famous for the ubiquitous velour tracksuit of the '90s and '00s — as made popular by Paris Hilton — has undergone a serious revamp in recent years. There's been a definite feeling of '90s nostalgia in the fashion industry of late, with logos in particular coming back into mainstream style, which means its perfect timing for a Juicy renaissance.
  • Waymo Orders Thousands Of Self-Driving Pacifica Minivans
    Waymo, Alphabet's autonomous car unit, is ramping up plans to deploy a fleet of self-driving minivans as the company pushes toward the launch of a ride-hailing service later this year. Waymo has finalized an order for thousands of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. The company is not saying exactly how many modified Pacifica vehicles that Fiat Chrysler will supply, but a spokesperson said it will be fewer than 10,000 minivans.
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