L’Oréal is launching Color&Co, a subscription D2C service that provides women with a hair color mixed just for them for at-home use. "Supported by on-demand colorist consultation and expert advice, each of the brand’s personalized formulas are mixed specifically for each individual client," according to Drug Store News.
McDonald's is now selling a vegan burger, the Big Vegan TS, in Germany, "one of its five leading international markets," according to CNN.com. Still, 'it's not clear whether McDonald's will bring a vegan burger to the United States," though it has been adding other meatless options to its menu. And other "major fast-food chains and food makers are paying attention to the trend" for plant-based proteins "designed to look and taste like meat and to appeal to meat eaters as well as vegans and vegetarians."
Rent the Runway opened its West Coast flagship in San Francisco, its fifth and largest location, with "added perks such as stylists, a coffee cart, an event and networking space, a beauty bar and desk space for co-working," reports Chain Store Age.
"The Trump administration for the first time will require pharmaceutical companies to include the price of prescription drugs in television advertisements if the cost exceeds $35 per month," according to the New York Times. "The move has been pushed by patient advocacy groups, which have complained that televised drug ads... steer patients to high-priced medications or drugs they do not need." Still, "the proposal could be challenged by the drug industry."
A pleading tweet from Chance the Rapper has prompted Wendy’s to bring back Spicy Chicken Nuggets, which were pulled from the menu in 2017. “Positive Affirmations for today,” he wrote, according to Thrillist. “I WILL have a good day, I Will succeed today, Wendy’s WILL bring back spicy nuggets at some point please please Lord let it be today.” Wendy’s responded: “The people in charge say if you guys can get our tweet (this one right here) to 2 Million likes, they will bring SPICY CHICKEN NUGGETS BACK.” The tweet currently has 2.2 million “likes.”
Current and former Apple employees say the stores have become mostly an exercise in branding and no longer do a good job serving actual shoppers. Meanwhile, the quality of staff has slipped during an 18-year expansion that has seen Apple open more than 500 locations and hire 70,000 people. Apple veteran Deidre O’Brien, the company’s new retail chief, is charged with helping the brand regain its retail mojo.
Something that strongly resembled a Starbucks coffee cup appeared in a scene on HBO’s smash TV show “Game of Thrones” Sunday. Starbucks responded with a tweet: “TBH we’re surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink,” referencing a beverage on its menu. According to the Wall Street Journal
, one viewer joked on Twitter
about Starbucks employees’ practice of writing customers’ names on their cups: “Feeling sorry for the Starbucks [barista] that had to write out ‘Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the …
Next year’s Super Bowl will have fewer ad breaks, but not fewer commercials. In an effort to improve the viewer experience, The NFL and Fox will run four ad breaks per quarter instead of the five they have run for the past three decades. Each break will be 30 seconds longer. The NFL approached Fox with the idea, presenting research that showed viewers and fans at the game felt the pace was better with fewer breaks, according to Sports Business Daily.
"A new survey reveals how many consumers have actually used an online subscription box service" -- and it's not a helluva lot, according to Chain Store Age. "According to data from the YouGov RealTime research platform, 80% of US consumers ages 18 and older say they’ve never subscribed to a subscription box service that regularly delivers" either beauty and cosmetic products, men's grooming products, groceries and meal kits (81% of respondents) or household goods like paper towels (85%). Still, "nearly half (47%) of US consumers ages 18-34 say they are either very likely or somewhat likely to consider subscribing to …
Alec Baldwin thought he was being pranked when John DeLorean called him and asked if he’d consider playing him in a movie. DeLorean was the father of the Pontiac GTO sports car and the youngest executive at General Motors when he risked it all to follow his dream of creating his own car company. The movie, which details how he was more then the drug charge he is best known for, hits theaters in June.