At 50 years old, Atari is one of the oldest gaming brands. The company is celebrating its anniversary with a new logo, “a callback to the retro design of the old location [that] features the company’s classic branding alongside a semi-transparent ’50,’” says Game Informer. “Atari is calling the limited-time celebration logo ‘Borregas’ after the street where you could find the headquarters. According to the company, this design will join with the previously revealed ‘Sunnyvale’ anniversary logo in gracing the many upcoming corporate announcements, game reveals, partnerships, and merchandizing collaborations.”
Mark Tritton has left his role as CEO, president and board member of Bed Bath & Beyond after the retailer reported a 25% decrease in sales and large quarterly loss. Company board member Sue Gove has been named interim CEO. Mara Sirhal, most recently senior VP and general manager of the company’s Harmon brand, was also named executive VP and chief merchandising officer, replacing Joe Hartsig, who is leaving the company. Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, tweeted that the company's turnaround was a "cosmetic reinvention — copied from Target — with little substance behind it and real appreciation of …
Electric vehicle charging network Volta is partnering with The Kroger Co. to install charging stations that will double as digital media platforms. The stations, equipped with large-format digital screens, will provide a media outlet for Kroger’s advertising clients. So far, Volta has rolled out a mix of DC Fast and Level 2 Volta EV chargers at 16 Kroger stores in the Atlanta and Indianapolis areas. Plans call for charging stations at supermarkets in Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, Nashville, Michigan and Southern California.
Most Michigan companies are treading carefully in responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe vs. Wade. Of the big Michigan companies Crain's Detroit Business contacted, most declined to respond or said they were “evaluating” -- except for Ford, which said "medical decisions are best left to individuals and their medical providers. We understand this issue is an important one for many people, with different implications in different states in which we have operations. All Ford plans cover some forms of abortion services, and employees with Health Savings Accounts can use those funds for reimbursement of transportation for essential medical …
Chick-fil-A is testing express drive-thru lanes for mobile orders only, allowing those customers to bypass the traditional drive-thru line. At the restaurant, they go to the express lane, use the app to scan a QR code, and pull around to get their order from a team member. Throughout initial testing, the company said the new lanes have decreased wait time “significantly,” because guests have ordered and paid in advance, per Nation’s Restaurant News. The company also said most customers who use the express drive-thru choose to use it again on their next visit.
Airbnb wants to award creators of unique vacation property rentals. The $10 million “OMG! Fund” aims to finance some of “the craziest and most unique property ideas,” according to the company. It is “seeking ideas from existing and aspiring designers, architects, DIYers, and makers from around the globe,” the brand said, adding that the “fund is shaped in part by the growing trend of flexible living that has emerged in the past two years. As part of this shift, Airbnb guests are craving more unexpected spaces that become the destinations themselves.”
EBay is acquiring non-fungible token marketplace KnownOrigin, which describes itself as one of the first and largest NFT marketplaces, giving artists and collectors a space to create, buy and resell NFTs through blockchain-supported transactions. The acquisition will usher in “a new era of digital collecting to the world’s top destination for collectibles,” according to eBay.
Nike plans to permanently shut down its business ventures in Russia over the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. In an emailed statement to CNBC, the company confirmed the plans, saying its main priority is to support employees in the country in the coming months. “For Nike, which gets less than 1% of its revenue from Ukraine and Russia combined, the move is largely symbolic rather than material to its results,” per CNBC.
White Castle is acknowledging its late-night fans with a summer-long promotional effort. “Beginning June 20, the Summer Solstice and the shortest night of the year, White Castle’s 20-Slider Crave Clutch will sport a new, limited-time Night Castle design featuring scary eyes and teeth, turning the normal packaging into a late-night party monster to inspire nighttime merrymaking,” per QSR Magazine. Three new collectible soft drink cups will also feature a Night Castle design.
Tennis champion Naomi Osaka is forming a media company, Hana Kuma, with support from LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Uninterrupted and SpringHill Company. “Osaka said Hana Kuma — which she said in Japanese means 'Flower Bear' — has initial deals with Epic and The New York Times to produce documentaries and scripted and unscripted series,” per NYSportsJournalism.com.