With music concerts halted for the foreseeable future due to the pandemic, it’s lucky that the Rolling Stones have another endeavor to focus on. “The legendary rock-and-rollers will open a flagship on Carnaby Street in London’s Soho shopping area on Sept. 9,” according to Chain Store Age. “Called RS No. 9 Carnaby, the store will showcase the band’s signature colors of red and black. The interior will boast a glass floor complete with lyrics from Rolling Stones’ songs. The fitting rooms will be decorated with iconic artwork from the band’s many albums." The store will sell fashion and accessories, "along …
Paper towels, toilet paper and other shortages caused by the pandemic were inventory problems waiting to happen. The empty shelves -- which continue today -- were caused by U.S. companies’ "just-in time" manufacturing. “The situation isn’t likely to abate soon, because producers have no plans to build new manufacturing capacity,” according to The Wall Street Journal. “The central piece of the machinery needed to make paper towels takes years to assemble.”
A family was kicked off an MSC Cruise voyage for defying the ship's new pandemic-inspired safety protocol. The family was not allowed to reboard MSC Cruises’ Grandiosa after breaking their “social bubble” and leaving their ship-sponsored shore excursion in Naples, Italy, a spokesperson for the cruise line told Fox News. The passengers separated from the organized group trip to go exploring on their own, therefore posing a possible risk to others on the ocean liner amid the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America on Tuesday announced that Toast-Yay!, a French toast-flavored cookie, will be added to the 2021 cookie lineup. “The bread-shaped cookies look like miniature slices of French toast topped with icing,” according to CNN. “Girl Scout cookie season officially begins in January -- so this tantalizing treat is just a tease at this point. But at least 2020 brought some sweet news to look forward to.”
Reynolds American, which also sells Camel and Newport cigarettes, is using a wide-ranging marketing campaign to try and grab a bigger share of the U.S. e-cigarette market. “Unit sales of Reynolds’ Vuse e-cigarettes are surging, fueled by price promotions, TV spots, billboards and social-media posts, according to The Wall Street Journal. “The brand is hiring musicians and artists for videos in which they design skins that wrap around Vuse devices.”
As if the cruise ship industry doesn’t have enough to deal with due to the pandemic and restrictions on sailing, Carnival Corp. is facing a potential PR disaster. The company says it was the victim of a ransomware attack that likely got some personal information about the cruise giant's passengers and employees. Carnival operates Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and other lines, but the company didn't say in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission which brand was affected.
Discount shoe chain Payless plans to open 300 to 400 standalone stores nationwide in the next three to five years. “The company, which sells sneakers, boots and dress shoes at prices as low as around $10 a pair, thinks it's a good time to attract budget conscious shoppers,” according to CNN Business. The retailer closed its 2,100 U.S. stores last year after filing for bankruptcy protection for the second time.
Starbucks collaborated with ThinkLab, a design consultancy, to develop a co-working space concept. “The store, in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood, has a typical Starbucks to-go model on the first floor,” according to Fast Company. “On the second floor, however, the store has introduced private phone booths with videoconferencing ability, which customers can reserve in advance.”
Cavnue, an infrastructure startup, is behind a project that will connect Detroit and Ann Arbor with a corridor dedicated to autonomous vehicles. The company has the support of traditional car companies like Ford and General Motors as well as Alphabet’s driverless car subsidiary, Waymo. The plan calls for the new roads, which will be accessible only to driverless vehicles, to be built alongside existing roads, like interstate highways.
Saks Fifth Avenue opened a menswear store in a Boston space formerly occupied by Barneys, which shuttered this past winter after filing for bankruptcy last August. “Barneys’ new owner, the licensing company Authentic Brands, worked out a partnership to have Saks take over occupancy of the two-level store in the Copley Place mall,” per the Boston Globe. “The new location will be dedicated entirely to menswear, and will introduce over 30 new brands to the chain’s Boston presence, as well as services like made-to-measure tailoring.”