• Daimler CEO Isn't German
    There’s a cultural shift happening at Daimler AG, the owner of Mercedes-Benz. The company announced that  Ola Kaellenius will become chief executive next year. “A 49-year old Swede, Kaellenius is the first non-German CEO to head up the 132-year-old Stuttgart-based inventor of the modern automobile. He also lacks an educational background in mechanical engineering,” according to Reuters.
  • Alamo Updates Mobile App
    The Alamo Rent A Car app features access to details to help manage current rentals including vehicle information and branch directions, tap-to-call features and gas station locations. There is also the ability to view third-party reservations on the go to keep up-to-date on trip details. Another Enterprise Holdings’ brand, National Car Rental, introduced a new digital platform with the launch of its new website last month.
  • NFL, NBA, MLB Teams Launch Voter Registration Effort
    Nine teams from across the NFL, NBA and MLB are behind a nonpartisan “Rally the Vote” effort, led by the Sacramento Kings. “The teams, which include the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, the Milwaukee Bucks, Oakland A’s, and the San Francisco Giants and 49ers—as well as the Kings, are providing fans with a platform to register to vote via the teams’ mobile apps, websites, and social media,” according to Fortune.  
  • Old Spice Offers Beard-Focused Collection
    Old Spice has unveiled its new Beard Care Collection, which is its first-ever venture into the space. It includes beard oil, balm, conditioner and wash. Old Spice partnered with the NFL’s Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles and Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs, who also are brothers, to star in a new campaign, titled “The Old Spice Guys’ Grooming Guidance for Guys with Beards,” according to Drugstore News.  
  • Hedge Fund Warns That Sears Must Act 'Immediately'
    The hedge fund run by Sears CEO Edward Lampert said that the company must “immediately” take steps to right itself, including restructuring debt and selling off assets. ESL Investments wants the retailer to restructure more than $1 billion in debt and sell about $1.5 billion in real estate and about $1.75 billion in other assets, including the Kenmore appliance brand, according to a proposal made public in a regulatory filing and reported by the Chicago Tribune.
  • Kohl's Unveils EVRI, Women's Private-Label Plus Brand
    Kohl’s is launching a women’s private-label plus brand, dubbed EVRI, which the retailer says stands for easy, versatile, real (value) and inspiring. It will be available online and in stores next spring. “Kohl's joins several other retailers and apparel brands in bringing size and fit inclusiveness to its assortments and forging new private labels to differentiate its merchandise,” according to RetailDive. 
  • Turo Expands To The U.K.
    Car-sharing service Turo is launching in the United Kingdom. The 9-year-old San Francisco-based company currently has has over eight million users throughout 5,500 cities in 56 countries. "The U.K. is our most-searched-for destination outside North America, and British guests in the U.S. and Canada represent our largest portion of international travelers. This makes us confident that now is the right time to expand here,” Turo CEO Andre Haddad tells The Drive.
  • Marriott Enlists Apple, Salesforce Technologies For Guest Services
    Marriott will demonstrate at Salesforce's annual conference this week how Apple and Salesforce's technologies can enable hotel guests to adjust the thermostat, order room service or hail a ride using Apple's Siri voice assistant with a HomePod smart speaker in a hotel room, Reuters reported. Salesforce will also add Apple technologies like Face ID, 3D touch, voice-powered Siri Shortcuts and Business Chat to its mobile apps.
  • Procter & Gamble, Gilllette Launch New Product, Indiegogo Effort
    The Heated Razor by GilletteLabs isn't on the shelves yet, but consumers  can reserve one through an Indiegogo crowdfunding effort. The funding campaign could be a result of the company’s troubled times. “In the past two years, P&G has been forced to slash razor prices and launch its own online subscription service to counter digital rivals Harry's and Dollar Shave Club,” according to cincinnati.com.
  • Tiger Woods Comeback Might Lure Back Sponsors
    Tiger Woods won his 80th tour championship on Sunday, his first in five years after four back surgeries. But the 42-year-old golfer is unlikely to match the unprecedented business success he experienced before injuries and off-course scandals derailed his career, branding experts told Fox Business. His current sponsor list includes Nike, Bridgestone Golf, Monster Energy, TaylorMade and Upper Deck.<
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