• Prime Members Get Magic Mushroom Discounts At Whole Foods
    As tries to flip the page on jacking up its annual Prime membership fee from $99 to $119, Amazon is adding another perk to the program starting today in its 28 stores on Florida: Prime participants will get an additional 10% off sale items as well as "deep discounts on select best-selling items." The benefit will expand to all stores nationwide starting this summer.
  • On A Tortuous Path Lately, Rockport Files For Bankruptcy Protection
    Rockport Group, which markets Aravon and Dunham shoes as well as its own eponymous brand and its Cobb Hill collection, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware yesterday as it prepares to sell its assets to private equity group Charlesbank - unless another buyer shows up with a better offer. It evidently hopes not.
  • WHO Calls For The Global Elimination Of Artificial Trans Fats
    In an "unprecedented" action, the World Health Organization today launched an initiative to eliminate artificial trans fats from foods around the world over the next five years. The initiative, dubbed REPLACE, is aimed at saving the more than 500,000 lives a year that the Geneva, Switzerland-based WHO estimates are lost to cardiovascular disease caused by Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods.
  • Trump Meeting With Automakers Over Plans To Undo Emission Goals
    President Donald Trump is meeting with chief executives from automakers, including General Motors, Ford, Toyota Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen AG, today over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's plans to roll back the ambitious auto emissions standards passed under the Obama administration.
  • Walmart Presses Checkout Button For 77% Stake In India's Flipkart
    In forking over $16 billion yesterday for the controlling interest in the Indian e-commerce site Flipkart, Walmart says it is investing in one of the the "most attractive retail markets in the world."
  • Purge At Nike Continues With 5 Execs, Including Marketers, Exiting
    Nike yesterday acknowledged that five more executives - including two top marketers and one woman - have left the company as the reckoning over inappropriate behavior in the workplace continues. All told, eleven senior managers have recently departed.
  • Drive.ai Putting Its Driverless Cars On The Road In Frisco, Texas
    The north Texas city of Frisco, intent on putting itself on the map as a place where innovation happens, will be the scene of the first self-driving car service for the public when Drive.ai vans begin shuttling workers, shoppers and football fans on public roads near the Dallas Cowboys stadium starting this July.
  • Nestle, Starbucks Brew A $7.15 Billion Deal To Peddle Beans
    Starbucks and Nestle this morning announced an "alliance" whereby the latter will pay the former $7.15 billion up front "to accelerate and grow the global reach of Starbucks brands" just about everywhere except "the third place" itself. Starbucks retains "a significant stake" in the enterprise going forward.
  • Musk Rages About Analysts, Journalists In 'Bizarre' Earnings Call
    Elon Musk, who has never been prone to following the Google Map route for corporate direction, went way off road on the investor relations journey, calling one analyst's question on Tesla's Q1 2018 earnings call on Wednesday "boring, boneheaded" and telling day traders to take their money elsewhere.
  • Boy Scouts Drop 'Boy' From Program For Older Youth In New Campaign
    Boys will be Scouts BSA; so, too will older girls after Boy Scouts of America announced a name change yesterday as part of its ongoing repositioning into a gender-neutral organization as it unveiled its plans for a new "Scout Me In" marketing campaign.
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