"The world’s largest beverage company may be the next industry giant to jump into the cannabis drinks business," according to a report from BNN Bloomberg Television. Coca-Cola is talking to Canadian marijuana producer Aurora Cannabis about the possibility of developing "drinks infused with CBD -- the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that treats pain but doesn’t get you high." However, "no decisions have been made at this time," says a company spokesman.
Amazon is investigating claims that its employees, "primarily with the aid of intermediaries, are offering internal data and other confidential information that can give an edge to independent merchants selling their products on the site," reports The Wall Street Journal.
English Toffee Peanut, Mexican Jalapeno and Thai Coconut Peanut M&M's are in the works, according to the Instagram account of the food vlog SnackChatLive.M&M is inviting fans to vote on which of the three nut-based tastes they like best. “The packaging for the international takes on the classic chocolate candy features M&M's characters – what the brand calls spokescandies – wearing headgear to reflect each flavor,” according to USA Today.
Upscale retailer Henri Bendel is planning to call it a day after this holiday season, ending a more than 100 year run, according to L Brands, which acquired the brand in 1985. Affected are 23 retail stores, including a Fifth Avenue location, and a website. The company said it plans to focus on its larger businesses including Victoria’s Secret. “The brand was a pioneer in retail and a mainstay in New York City,” according to the WSJ.
About two years after buying Jet.com, Walmart just relaunched the ecommerce site. “Going forward, Jet.com will now cater more towards city dwellers, and the site’s images and offered products will be tailored based on the customer’s location,” Engadget writes. “This localization is kicking off with New York City [while] Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC are up next.”
"Last week, San Francisco got its first completely automated cashierless store, Standard Market," writes The New York Times' Nellie Bowles, who describes what it's like to shop there: a bit confusing. The store uses "visual tracking and behavioral data" to "predict, and prevent, shoplifting, because unlike Amazon’s Go stores, which have a subway turnstile-like gate for entry and exit, Standard Market has an open door, and the path is clear." Bowles walked out without being charged for a bag of popcorn, while another shopper got mistakenly charged for a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese he didn't buy.
Facebook, Airbnb, Tinder, Spotify: Those are just a few brands that you can thank millennials for. “Many of these brands hold appeal to millennials because they are tech-forward and help young people save time and money,” according to USA Today’s The Motley Fool. “Young adults are the most sought-after consumers for brands as they have the most years of spending power left and their tastes tend to define and change the broader culture.”
The online mega retailer is upping its holiday game this year by offering full-size, fresh-cut Christmas trees. Last year it only sold small trees. “Amazon said they’ll be sent within 10 days of being cut down, possibly even sooner, and should survive the shipping just fine,” according to the AP. Trees, wreaths and garlands will go on sale in November, and some will qualify for Prime free shipping.
London designers will not be using fur on the catwalk this season, according to a survey conducted by the British Fashion Council. “The news comes on the heels of Burberry’s decision to eliminate fur from its collections, with the exception of shearling, and follows similar policies by brands including Gucci, Versace, Jimmy Choo and Michael Kors,” according to WWD. “The BFC’s survey on fur was part of the organization’s Positive Fashion initiative, which aims to educate designers to make ethical choices and reduce waste in their supply chain.”
Consumer reaction has been mixed to a decision by LVMH to overhaul the logo for its Celine fashion label. The accent over the first “e” is gone, and the letter spacing has been altered. Fashion insiders “promptly went into mourning over the former look of the luxury fashion house,” according to Fast Company. “Users griped and ranted that ‘The new Celine sounds cheap and tacky,’ and ‘NO ACCENT NO CÉLINE,’ while another simply proclaimed: ‘R.I.P. Céline.’”