• Voss Water Enlists Dwayne Jonhson
    Voss Water is partnering with Dwayne Johnson (“The Rock”) in a campaign that aims to encourage and reward random acts of kindness.  The #LikeAVoss sweepstakes comes at a time when people could use a little more kindness, the company said. Prizes include cases of Voss Water, eco-friendly stainless-steel straws, Project Rock Under Armour backpacks and baseball caps.
  • Movie Theaters Are Still Empty
    The major theater chains reopened in 68% of the country over Labor Day weekend, but still-anxious consumers are not beating a path to their doors. After five months of pandemic-forced closure, Warner Bros. blockbuster “Tenet” was supposed to bring crowds, but didn’t. Theaters remain closed in New York and Los Angeles, the two biggest markets in the United States. Other new movies are now being shelved as a result.
  • Kohl's Cuts 15% Of Corporate Positions
    Kohl’s is cutting 15% of corporate jobs, according to a federal document filed Tuesday. The move will save about $65 million annually and follows similar reductions at Nordstrom and Macy’s.  The retailer spent last month refreshing its digital footprint to attract shoppers who continue to prefer online shopping, even as stores reopened after lengthy pandemic-induced pauses.
  • Cinnabon Shifts To Frozen Grocery Aisle
    Cinnabon is launching a collection of breakfast foods for purchase in the frozen section of grocery retailers. People are craving comfortable, convenient meals to enjoy while spending more time at home, Dave Mikita, the president of Focus Brands Global Channels, the company’s licensing division, told Drug Store News. “Our mission is to give fans access to our brands in new, innovative ways,” he says.
  • Amazon To Hire 100,000 Workers
    Online orders continue to climb, and Amazon plans to hire 100,000 workers to try to keep up. The new hires will help pack, ship or sort orders, working in part-time and full-time roles. The company already hired 175,000 people earlier this year and last week said it had 33,000 corporate and tech jobs it needed to fill. Amazon said the jobs are not related to its typical holiday hiring.
  • Tiffany & Co. Sale Falls Apart Due To Pandemic
    LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury goods conglomerate, announced plans last November to acquire Tiffany & Company. The $16 billion transaction was set to be the largest ever in the luxury sector. “Nine months later, the agreement is in tatters,” according to The New York Times. “LVMH said that it was pulling out of the deal, citing a highly unusual request by the French government to delay the closing as well as the damage caused to the luxury industry by the pandemic. In turn, Tiffany sued the luxury giant in an effort to force the deal through.”
  • Amazon Plans Early Black Friday
    Amazon is planning early Black Friday sales beginning Oct. 26. “Seller submission deadlines for Early Black Friday deals start Oct. 19 for the first week and end Nov. 2 for the third week,” according to Chain Store Age. “Amazon is also taking seller submissions for the traditional dates of Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30).  October may also see Amazon hosting a delayed version of its two-day Prime Day annual sales extravaganza that is usually held mid-July.”
  • The Pandemic Has Changed Online Dating, Maybe Permanently
    Online dating company Match has spent several months trying to understand what users want from online dating during the pandemic. “The company’s decision during the pandemic to introduce features like video dating has helped to give its parent company, Match Group, a financial lift,” according to Fortune. “Its revenue grew 12% to $555.5 million during the second quarter, beating analyst estimates of $520.3 million.”
  • Netflix Launches First Global Brand Campaign
    Netflix aims to make its brand feel like more than just the place you binge. “One Story Away” launched today in 27 countries across TV, radio and billboards. Narrated by director and producer Ava DuVernay, it begins with a black screen and a red progress bar starting to move. As the bar moves through scenes from shows and movies as "The Queen," "Sex Education"  and DuVernay’s own "When They See Us", DuVernay talks about what these stories teach us about the world and ourselves, per Fast Company.
  • Uber Partners With GM, Renault For Electric Effort
    Uber is promising  all of its drivers will use electric vehicles by 2040 and is ponying up $800 million to help achieve that goal. The company, with more than 5 million drivers worldwide, is partnering with General Motors and the Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi alliance. “Uber said that vehicles on its rides platform in the United States, Canada and Europe will be zero-emission by 2030, taking advantage of the regulatory support and advanced infrastructure in those regions,” according to Reuters.
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