• American Airlines Defends Against Viral Video
    American Airlines is trying to distance itself from a sexist skit featuring its name which was videotaped during a private party on Saturday. The union that represents the airline’s flight attendants is seeking an investigation. The video, which has been removed, was posted to Twitter by a travel blog writer who was attending the private party, which was a benefit for a military-related charity.
  • Detroit Landmark Sells Naming Rights
    Cobo Center, the 59-year-old Detroit landmark home to the North American International Auto Show, has struck a $33 million deal with Chemical Bank for naming right of what is one of the largest convention centers in the United States. If the bank's merger with TCF Financial Corp. goes through, the center's name would be the TCF Center. A new name will be finalized by the end of 2019.
  • Charlotte Russe May End It All If It Can't Find Buyer
    Bankrupt women's clothing chain Charlotte Russe "is talking to potential buyers, but if a winning bid doesn't emerge, it expects to start shutting down its stores and operations in early March," according to USA Today. The mall-based company, which filed for Chapter 11 this month, said potential bids would potentially be offered by March 3, then an auction would occur two days later. Otherwise, starting March 7, "it would shutter 94 of its more than 500 stores."
  • Amazon Go Plans London Location
    Amazon Go is expanding to London. The online retailer has been testing cashierless stores in Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago. “The limited number of current stores suggest conservative expansion despite its announcement last year that it plans to open more than 3,000 additional spaces by 2021,” according to RetailDive.  Londoners are already familiar with the idea of checkout-free stores with two supermarkets, Sainsbury and Tesco, having tested a cashierless store in London just a few months after an Amazon Go outlet opened in Seattle in January 2018.
  • Michael Kors On Top Of Social Media Game During NYFW
    According to ListenFirst, a data and analytics company which tracked social media during New York Fashion Week from Feb. 4 through Feb. 13, Michael Kors came in first place with a social engagement score of 5,910,972. That figure is based on the volume of post responses and fan growth across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and hashtag/handle mentions on Twitter, according to WWD.
  • Amazon Announces Plans For Greener Future
    Amazon is focusing on reducing its carbon footprint. The company says it aims to reach 50% of all Amazon shipments with net zero carbon by 2030 via its “Shipment Zero” program. “Amazon has a long-term goal to power our global infrastructure using 100 percent renewable energy, and we are making solid progress,” according to an Amazon corporate blog post, in response to a Greenpeace report on its “dirty cloud.”
  • Amazon Invests In Rivian Electric Vehicles
    The rumors turned out to be true: Amazon is leading a $700 million investment in Rivian, a Michigan company that is developing electric “adventure” vehicles — a pickup truck and SUV. “The automaker announced the new round of investment on Friday, offering few details but saying it would remain independent,” per The New York Times. General Motors is also reportedly considering an investment in the company.
  • Massachusetts Garage Keeps Pontiac Brand Alive
    General Motors’ Pontiac division has been has gone since 2010, but the blue Pontiac sign still hangs above a shop in Norwell, Massachusetts, and a handful of Bonnevilles, Torrents, and the odd Aztek can often be found. The family-owned dealership doesn’t have any new Pontiac models on the lot, but the business has survived by dealing in used cars and relying on the service center, according to GM Authority.
  • Ketamine Variant Could Be Used To Treat Depression
    Esketamine, developed by Johnson & Johnson, is a nasal spray that delivers the active ingredients of ketamine, a recreational drug from the 1980s and 1990s. It could be a new treatment for severe depression and suicidal ideation after an expert panel recommended that federal regulators approve it. “The Food and Drug Administration typically follows the recommendations of its expert panels,” according to The New York Times.
  • Adidas Pulls Black History Month Sneaker Amidst Backlash
    Adidas has pulled a sneaker it was selling in honor of Black History Month after getting slammed on social media. The all-white shoe is part of a broader collection of clothing and sneakers inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. Adidas said in a statement that the shoe does "not reflect the spirit or philosophy of how Adidas believes we should recognize and honor Black History Month. After careful consideration, we have decided to withdraw the product from the collection.''
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