Amazon Will Overtake Walmart as the Largest U.S. Retailer in 2...
Online - Retail

Amazon’s U.S. retail business is the “fastest growing at scale,” according to the company’s analysts. Between 2014 and 2020, Amazon’s U.S. gross merchandise volume, or GMV — a closely watc...

June 14, 2021

E3 2021 Video Game Announcements

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) returns after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's event will be online only and runs Saturday through Tuesday with a slew of briefings from comp...

USA Today
June 14, 2021

Chobani Leans into Demand for Healthier Foods with No-Sugar Yo...
CPG - Health & Beauty - Retail

The company said Chobani Zero Sugar, shipping to retailers this month, is the first nationally distributed product in the U.S. yogurt aisle that has no trace of sugar. Each serving has 60 calories, us...

June 14, 2021

Jack in the Box & Jason Derulo Launch Virtual Popup
Dining - Household - Online

Jack in the Box has teamed up with pop star and TikTok sensation Jason Derulo to launch a virtual popup in Los Angeles, offering menu items inspired by the Milli Meals that Derulo makes in celebration...

Nation's Restaurant News
June 14, 2021

Tough Mudder Partners with KOOSH for a Unique and Muddy Kids E...
Live Entertainment - Sports - Toys

Tough Mudder, the global experiential fitness entertainment brand announces that the Original KOOSH, the iconic Hasbro brand licensed to Playmonster will become the presenting sponsor of Tough Mudder ...

Faisal Hussain
June 14, 2021

Starbucks Files for Stadium Naming Rights
Beverages - Branding - Dining - Sports

In a June 2 application, the coffee chain sought approval to use its name in "providing stadium and training facilities for sports and entertainment activities" and "promoting business, sports and ent...

June 14, 2021

Hudson’s Bay Partners with Forever 21
Fashion - Retail

Forever 21 is popping up in an unexpected place — department stores in Canada. Hudson's Bay announced a partnership with Forever 21, where the fast-fashion retailer will have full-line collections a...

June 14, 2021

Netflix Plans to Sell Toys, T-Shirts and Concert Tickets
Branding - CPG - Streaming

Netflix Inc. has sold more than 200 million people a subscription to its streaming service. We’re about to find out if it can sell them anything else. Just this week, the company announced a new on...

June 14, 2021

Box Office: ‘In the Heights’ Loses to ‘A Quiet Place Par...

Since “In the Heights,” a lauded adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical, fell short of box office expectations, it would be easy to point to its hybrid debut on HBO Max as the culpr...

June 14, 2021

Restaurants (McD’s, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, Others) ...
Dining - Online - Retail - Tech

The loyalty program wars are coming. Starbucks, Panera Bread and Domino’s Pizza paved the way, while Chipotle Mexican Grill launched its own version in 2019. But the last year has brought even more ...

June 14, 2021

Microsoft to Launch Xbox Mini-Fridge This Holiday Season
Gaming - Household

Microsoft’s concluded its E3 2021 showcase with a rather cool announcement: the Xbox Series X-shaped mini fridge, which the company promised to make after defeating Skittles in a Twitter poll, will ...

The Verge
June 14, 2021

Chipotle to Air First National Spot with Athlete
Branding - Dining - Sports

Chipotle will air its first-ever national TV commercial featuring a professional athlete. The ad, which highlights Julie Ertz’s training routine, will air starting July 5 during the U.S. Women’s N...

Associated Press
June 14, 2021

Xbox & Bethesda Unveil Release Date for ‘Starfield&...

E3 2021 rolled into its second day Sunday with Microsoft (MSFT) and Bethesda making their highly anticipated joint showcase debut, nine months after their $7.5 billion acquisition deal was announced. ...

June 14, 2021

Fred Segal: Opportunities for Retail Activations & Partne...
CPG - Electronics - Fashion - Health & Beauty - Influencers

Fred Segal has brought its "L.A. Cool" to brands for over 60 years, enabling partners to capture the optimism, inclusion and love that makes it a unique staple in the retail world. The brand's Road...

Faisal Hussain
June 14, 2021

Amazon Gaming Service Will Open Access to Prime Members on Pri...
Gaming - Streaming

Amazon is opening up access to its game streaming service Luna to all Amazon Prime members on June 21 and 22 (Amazon Prime Day). Previously, to test out Luna you had to request access or sign up from ...

The Verge
June 14, 2021

Macy’s, JCPenney, and Other Retailers Partner with Resal...
Fashion - Tech

Over the past couple of years, resale has continued to make gains — propelled by millennial and Gen Z shoppers who not only increasingly use digital platforms but also have become more cognizant of ...

Footwear News
June 14, 2021

Pokémon Go Creator Niantic Takes on Transformers Next
Gaming - Toys

Niantic, known best for its work on augmented reality games Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is tackling the Transformers next. A new AR game called Transformers: Heavy Metal is ...

June 14, 2021

DoorDash Partners with PetSmart On Delivery
Pets - Tech

San Francsico’s DoorDash, a “last-mile” delivery company, is partnering with pet retailer PetSmart for delivery of pet supplies and accessories. PetSmart has 1,500 locations nationwide. In a Mo...

June 14, 2021

11 Brand Campaigns That Blend Pride With Purpose
Beverages - Branding - CPG - Dining - Fashion

How Reebok, Ugg and other marketers incorporate inclusivity and COVID relief. Pride Month has arrived, and brands are showing their support in full force. Many had to postpone or rework Pride campaig...

Industry Dive
June 14, 2021

Ubisoft Unveils First Look at Avatar Game, ‘Avatar: Frontier...

During the all-virtual E3 on Saturday, Ubisoft debuted a first look at Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, a first-person action-adventure game. The game is described by the French video game company as a ...

Hollywood Reporter
June 14, 2021

Netflix’s New Online Store Could Help it Take on Disney
Online - Retail - Streaming

Netflix opened an e-commerce site where you can buy things like caps, necklaces, hoodies, and, yes, underwear—much of it branded with popular Netflix movies and TV series. The move is part of a larg...

Fast Company
June 11, 2021

Heinz, Burger King Reward Waze Users Driving at the Speed of K...
Automotive - CPG - Tech

Heinz is partnering with Burger King and navigation app Waze to dish out free ketchup and Impossible Whoppers to Canadians stuck in summer traffic who are driving at the same speed as its slow-pouring...

Marketing DIve
June 11, 2021

The Country’s First Mattel Theme Park is Coming

The country’s first Mattel theme park, complete with Hot Wheels and Thomas the Tank Engine attractions, is coming to Glendale. The Mattel Adventure Park will be part of the ambitious Crystal Lagoon...

June 11, 2021

SimpliSafe’s Social Media Stunt Celebrates Pet Appreciat...
Household - Tech

Home security provider SimpliSafe is saluting furry (and not-so-furry) protectors during Pet Appreciation Week this week by giving away yard signs and window decals so potential thieves know which hou...

June 11, 2021

Disney & Starz Conflict Over the Launch of Star+
Streaming - Television

Disney is set to launch its standalone Star+ streaming service in Latin America in August, but Starz has filed complaints in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina alleging Disney is infringing on its brand id...

The Verge
June 11, 2021

“Lord of the Rings” Anime Film In The Works

The J.R.R. Tolkien franchise is heading back to the big screen in a fresh New Line and Warner Animation anime title The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. I’m told that the Oscar-winning f...

June 11, 2021

MasterCard: Back-to-School Sales to Top Pre-Pandemic Levels
Finance - Retail

The 2021 back-to-school shopping season is expected to be a strong one as more kids head back into classrooms and social events return. Back-to-school sales in the U.S. are expected to grow 5.5% from...

Chain Store Age
June 11, 2021

Reebok & Hasbro Collab on Power Rangers Sneakers
Fashion - Television

After announcing its forthcoming collection with Hasbro, Reebok has another sneaker collaboration dropping soon. Next up for the athletic company is a new multi-shoe capsule designed in collab with t...

Footwear News
June 11, 2021

Blue’s Clues & You
Opportunities - Television

Everyone is invited to play with Blue, a preschool-aged puppy with a clue... three, actually! Each day, Blue leaves paw prints on three objects arond her house to communicate what activity she wants t...

June 11, 2021

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show Returns with Largest E...
Live Entertainment

As vaccination rates continue to rise in the U.S., more summer events are being added to our calendars — including the largest firework show in the country. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announ...

The Points Guy
June 11, 2021

LEGO Built a Life-Size Lamborghini Sián Out of 400,000 Pieces
Automotive - Toys

LEGO has built several replicas of cars, but in creating the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, the company tried a lot of new things. According to a report from Geeky Gadgets, this was the first time that hex...

June 11, 2021

How Retailers & Brands Overcome ‘Green’ Skepticism?
Branding - CPG - Retail

A new survey finds U.S. consumers want to make more environmentally-friendly choices when shopping for apparel, but many are held back by a lack of availability and trustworthy information on what mak...

Retail Wire
June 11, 2021

Microsoft and Xbox Are Moving Beyond Consoles
Gaming - Tech

As the story goes, when Phil Spencer became head of Xbox in 2014, he got a call from newly-appointed CEO Satya Nadella. "I don't actually know a whole lot about why we're in gaming," Nadella said to h...

June 11, 2021

2021 CMT Music Awards: The Complete Winners List

The CMT Music Awards recognized country’s best videos and artists on Wednesday night. Ahead of the show’s broadcast, the Video of the Year category was narrowed down to four contenders: Carrie Und...

Rolling Stone
June 11, 2021

PlayMonster’s My Fairy Garden Summer Campaign Encourages...

Playmonster has launched a major marketing campaign for My Fairy Garden in recognition of the shift in mindset of modern parents now turning to wholesome toys and inspiring modes of play. Under the h...

Toy News Online
June 11, 2021

Voice AIs Are Raising Competition Concerns, EU Finds

The European Union has been digging into the competition implications of AI-powered voice assistants and other Internet of Things (IoT) connected technologies for almost a year. Today it’s put out a...

Tech Crunch
June 11, 2021

GLSEN | John Frieda
Health & Beauty - Non-Profit - Partnerships

GLSEN, the organization dedicated to creating better learning environments for LGBTQ+ youth, partnered with haircare brand John Frieda on a Pride Month promotion. John Frieda collaborated with the ...

GLSEN | John Frieda
June 11, 2021

Lorde Returns with ‘Solar Power’, First New Song i...

Like a literal ray of sunshine streaming through the clouds of 2021 and onto our dream pop-deprived faces, Lorde has returned to us in all her hypnotic glory.

June 11, 2021

Chuck E. Cheese Expands Global Footprint Into Europe
Dining - Press Releases

BUCHAREST, Romania, June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Chuck E. Cheese, the number one global family entertainment venue, is getting ready to open new doors in the European Union. It has signed...

Faisal Hussain
June 10, 2021

Facebook’s Smartwatch is Coming, with Cameras & AR
Electronics - Online - Tech

The device will feature a display with two cameras that can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook’s suite of apps, including Instagram. https:...

The Verge
June 10, 2021

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