Nike is being pressured to recall some Air Mark sneakers that feature a design on its sole resembling the Arabic word for “Allah.” A customer has launched an online petition that states it is “appalling” to allow the name of god on Nike Air Max 270 shoes, which “will surely be trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth,” according to Bloomberg.
Starbucks' “Barista Need-To-Know” memo includes instructions on how to handle the situation should any customers “share aggressive political opinions” regarding news that former CEO and chairman Howard Schultz is considering running for president as an independent. Employees are encouraged to respond with: “We respect everyone’s opinion. Our goal is simply to create a warm and welcoming space where we can all gather, as a community, over great coffee.”
A Gizmodo editor has dropped Google from her life, and has discovered just how intertwined Google is with so many other day-to-day activities we take for granted. Want an Uber or Lyft? If you don't use Google Maps, you can't get one. You can't access Spotify. Even The New York Times web site won't let you on until the site tries (in vain) to load Google Analytics, Google Pay, Google News, Google ads and a DoubleClick tracker, which takes a while.
Purina is experimenting with a new line of pet food featuring ingredients like insects and invasive fish species. “The menu goes against the grain in the $90 billion business, whose growth has been driven by dog and cat owners serving up meals that increasingly resemble their own -- including organic, grain-free, vegan and even 'human-grade' options,” reports Bloomberg.
Several protests from various groups have sprung up against General Motors as a result of the automaker announcing plans to close five plants and lay off thousands of workers, both hourly and salaried. Another protest is planned for Feb. 9 in front of GM's world headquarters in Detroit. President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum are not helping the auto industry, and GM has filed complaints with the Commerce Department.
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The department store is collaborating with WW (the newly rebranded Weight Watchers) on wellness offerings that include the debut of the first WW Studio at Kohl’s, a space inside a Kohl’s store in the Chicago market. It will host workshops for WW members. Starting in June, Kohl’s also will carry WW Healthy Kitchen products at select Kohl’s stores, with an expanded selection online.
KFC is testing a Cheetos Sandwich at locations in several states: Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C.; Roanoke and Richmond, Va. and Greenville, Ga. “That's right: the iconic cheesy snack that defined your childhood, teenage-hood, and general ongoing existence will now be smushed between two pieces of toasted bun and Extra Crispy KFC Chicken,” per Bustle. “The future is now, and it comes with extra crunch.”
In honor of its 150th anniversary, Kraft Heinz is giving away 150 jars of “Ketchup Caviar” via Twitter. “Just think of how fancy you’d feel pulling out a jar for your romantic Valentine’s Day dinner,” writes Fortune
. Consumers can tweet with the hashtags #HeinzKetchupCaviar
and #Sweeps for a chance to win. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda want to win and has tweeted as such. The 1.8 oz jar of Heinz Ketchup Caviar is valued at $5.
Walmart has removed its products from Google’s Shopping Actions service, Google’s attempt to challenge Amazon.com. The retailer also recently dropped out of Google Express, a related delivery service, according to Bloomberg. Shopping Actions launched in March with Walmart and Target as flagship partners. Google takes a commission on sales from partners.
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H&M and Lyft are joining to provide free rides to New Yorkers interested in donating clothing. Through Jan. 27, the first 5,000 H&M customers interested in donating clothing can use a promo code, HMRECYCLES, for up to $10 in ride credit to any H&M location in NYC. Customers will also receive 15% off their H&M purchase in return for a donation of unwanted garments, from any brand and in any condition, according to Chain Store Age.