• Spielberg Turns Thumbs Down On Carls Jr.'s Burger 'Homage'
    Since Sunday, the restaurant chain has been touting a rebranded version of its charbroiled sliders called "Spielburgers," in honor of director Steven Spielberg and his new film, "Ready Player One." In a tweet announcing the effort, the restaurant acknowledged that Spielberg hadn't signed off on the idea, "but we assume he's cool with it." He was not.
  • H&M Finds Itself Up To Its Ears In Unsold Inventory
    The fashion giant is reporting $43 million worth of unsold clothing piling up in its stores. It has prompted speculation that the retailer cannot keep up with the fast-changing retail scene. Foot traffic has fallen as consumers take to their fingers to buy clothing online.
  • Dunkin' Opens Another 'Store Of The Future,' This Time In California
    Its second ‘store of the future’ opened on March 22 in Corona, Calif., one of 50 revamped restaurants planned this year. It features lighter-colored materials on the interior, an open layout and natural light to create what the company calls “an approachable, positive and energetic environment.”
  • Ready For Take-off: Nonstop Chicago-Auckland Service
    Starting Nov. 30, Air New Zealand will operate three times weekly, year-round service with its new configuration Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound. Air New Zealand code share service will be offered on around 100 flights across the U.S. for convenient connections to Auckland via Chicago.
  • Campbell Focuses On Snacks As Soup Sales Decline
    An international food firm might be named Campbell Soup Co., but it’s taking on a new image: Campbell Snack Co. “We’re no longer just a canned soup company,” Campbell CEO and President Denise Morrison told a recent meeting of consumer analysts. “Snacking is a big deal." She has described Campbell’s overall performance in recent months as “disappointing.”
  • Walmart Boots 'Cosmo' From The Checkout Lane
    The NCOSE, which changed its name from Morality in Media in 2015, has been working to cover or remove Cosmo from store shelves for years, deeming it porn. In 2015, the group was behind a successful push to place the magazine behind blinders in stores owned by Rite Aid and Delhaize America (which owns Hannaford Stores and Food Lion).
  • Netflix Gets The Cold Shoulder From Cannes Festival
    Netflix is officially out at Cannes — out of the competition lineup, at least. Film festival head Theirry Fremaux said that it and other streamers can still show their films out of competition, but they won't be in the running for a Palme d’Or. Last year when Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories were allowed in competition, the decision sparked a worldwide uproar.
  • Qantas Sets Aviation Record With Perth-To-London Flight
    Qantas Airways started direct flights between Australia and London this weekend, passing a major milestone by reducing to 17 hours a trip that once took 12.5 days. The Perth flight is a high-profile test for a planned ultra-long-haul network that the airline hopes will span the world by 2022. Qantas needs business travelers to pay up for the shorter flight to London rather than make a stop in Asia or the Middle East.
  • Zuckerberg Takes Out Apology Ads
    As Facebook continues to buffet winds of criticism, its founder took out full-page ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize to consumers for not properly securing their personal data. The ad refers to the misuse of 50 million Facebook profiles, which were mined and then sold to Cambridge Analytica, a company that used the profiles to create election ad-targeting tools for the campaign to elect Donald Trump.
  • Arizona Governor Halts Autonomous Uber Testing
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered Uber to suspend testing autonomous vehicles on public roadways in the state, a rebuke by a former supporter that takes the company’s decision on testing out of its hands. The governor’s decree follows the fatal crash of a self-driving Uber on a Tempe street two Sundays ago when it struck a pedestrian walking her bike across the street outside of a crosswalk.
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