One-Quarter of U.S. TV time is Spent Watching Streaming Servic...
Streaming - Television

The majority of Americans are still spending their screen time watching network and cable television, but streaming is gaining steam, according to new data from research firm Nielsen. Nielsen, known ...

CNBC
June 18, 2021

UK Government Calls On Netflix & Amazon To Disclose Viewi...
Streaming

The British government has called on streaming giants including Netflix and Amazon to disclose viewing data for shows originated by UK public service broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, a...

Deadline
June 17, 2021

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...

CNBC
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...

Reuters
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

GameStop Taps Amazon Vets as CEO & CFO as Online Sales Pi...
Gaming - Retail

Following the announcement in April that GameStop CEO George Sherman would be stepping down, the retailer has appointed a new head in former Amazon lead Matt Furlong. Furlong joins GameStop after two...

IGN
June 10, 2021

Target Joins Amazon & Walmart with Online Summer Event
Retail - Toys

The big three are going at it on the cusp of the summer solstice. Target is joining the fray alongside Walmart (Deals for Days) and Amazon (Prime Day) with the return of its Deal Days promotion. The...

The Toy Book
June 4, 2021

Amazon Announces Prime Day Show Featuring Billie Eilish, HER, ...
Music - Streaming - Tech

Amazon is gearing up for Prime Day this month, and to celebrate, the company announced on Thursday (June 3) its upcoming Prime Day Show, a three-part musical special airing on Prime Video. Billie Eil...

Billboard
June 4, 2021

What is Amazon Sidewalk (& How to Opt Out of It)
Tech

Users of Amazon Ring and Echo have only about a week to opt-out of the tech giant’s sketchy new IoT service, Sidewalk. Sidewalk works like this: users pool a small, encrypted portion of their person...

Gizmodo
June 2, 2021

How Will Amazon Uncage Its New Lion as the Tech Giant Goes Hol...
Streaming - Tech - Theatrical

Hollywood has spent the past week trying to imagine how Amazon will integrate MGM after its $8.5 billion acquisition of the legendary studio is complete. Did Amazon overpay? What is the fate of MGM f...

Variety
June 2, 2021

Spotify’s Chief Legal Officer Calls Apple a “Ruthless ...
Streaming - Tech

This week I’m talking to Horacio Gutierrez, head of global affairs and chief legal officer of Spotify, to help me understand why Spotify and so many other app developers are so frustrated with Apple...

The Verge
June 1, 2021

Dr. Seuss Partners with Build-A-Bear, Hallmark, Others for ...
Fashion - Retail - Tech - Toys

Partnerships have been forged with Build-A-Bear Workshop, Random House Children’s Books, Hallmark, Amazon, Skechers, Oriental Trading Co., Tervis, MantraBand, and BioWorld. Since its publication in ...

The Toy Book
May 28, 2021

Recent Mergers Put Pressure on Netflix
Streaming - Tech

Amazon Will Buy MGM for Over $8 Billion. Your Move, Netflix. The move is the latest, and greatest, in a new wave of media consolidation sparked by the streaming wars. It's an inevitable progression, ...

Wired
May 27, 2021

New Barnes & Noble Opening Shows How the Chain is Changin...
Branding - Retail

Bookstore managers take their cue from their customers in choosing what to stock, and have much more leeway in how to display it. Giving this freedom to the stores — a process that began last year,...

Seattle Times
May 27, 2021

Executive Team In Play As Amazon Set To Absorb MGM
Streaming

With the $8.75 billion Amazon-MGM deal wrapped, the question around Hollywood now is who will run it and whether MGM execs will cash big checks and head for the exits. The acquisition announced Wedne...

Deadline
May 27, 2021

How Will Amazon Run MGM?
Streaming - Television - Theatrical

Is the tech giant buying the venerable studio mostly for its vast library or does it want to supercharge the studio's production capabilities? The blockbuster acquisition, assuming it passes regulato...

Hollywood Reporter
May 26, 2021

Amazon Buys MGM for $8.45 Billion
Streaming - Television - Theatrical

James Bond has a new home: Amazon and MGM announced a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for $8.45 billion. MGM, founded in 1924, complements Amazon Studios, which has pr...

Variety
May 26, 2021

Amazon, Chewy Dominate Pet Product E-Commerce
CPG - Online - Pets - Retail

By draw among those buying pet products online, the leaders are Amazon (59%) and Chewy (41%), followed by Walmart.com (33%) and then PetSmart.com and Petco.com. Measuring by dollar sales share rather ...

PRNewswire
May 26, 2021

Amazon to Open ‘The Boys’ Pop-Up Emmy FYC Dining Experienc...
Streaming - Television

Amazon Prime Video is getting into the Emmy FYC pop-up groove after all. The streamer is unveiling a three-day experiential event next weekend tied to its drama series “The Boys.” The drive-thru ...

Variety
May 26, 2021

Amazon Cashes in on TikTok Trends with New Collection
Influencers - Online - Retail

Amazon published a new product collection called “Internet Famous: The Latest To Go Viral.” It features a mix of portable carpet cleaners, foot peel masks and dozens of other products that have re...

Modern Retail
May 25, 2021

Shein Tops Amazon as Most-Downloaded Shopping App
Influencers - Online - Retail - Tech

In mid-May, Shein surpassed Amazon as the most downloaded iPhone shopping app in the US, something it had already done in Google Play downloads the week prior. The retailer has driven large site traff...

Modern Retail
May 25, 2021

What Live Sports on Amazon Means for Brands
CPG - Retail - Sports - Streaming - Television

On the surface, the new focus on sports might seem like an odd choice. Sports streaming rights are incredibly expensive — the NFL deal is costing Amazon about $1 billion a year — and while Amazon ...

Modern Retail
May 21, 2021

Walmart & Target Start Their Own Delivery Services
Retail

Walmart and Target are testing their own home package delivery services in the United States - stealing a page from Amazon's play book - as e-commerce demand strains traditional carriers like United P...

Yahoo Finance
May 20, 2021

‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ Heads for Amazon, Bypa...
Streaming - Theatrical

Amazon Studios has struck another deal for worldwide rights to a Hollywood studio film waylaid by the pandemic: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The streamer announced early Tuesday that it will re...

Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2021

Amazon Launches ‘Echo Frames’ Sunglasses with Alex...
Fashion - Tech

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has now found its way into sunglasses. The Echo Frames debuted to the general public in December as a pair of rectangular eyeglasses, but with a twist — thanks to ti...

WWD
May 19, 2021

Shopify Partners with Google on Online Shopping Expansion
Online - Retail - Tech

Google is deepening its partnership with Shopify by letting the company’s more than 1 million merchants make their products more discoverable in Google Search and elsewhere. Google and Shopify are i...

CNBC
May 19, 2021

Amazon Reportedly in Talks to Buy MGM as Streaming Wars Intens...
Streaming - Television - Theatrical

Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy MGM, the vaunted film studio that was a staple of Hollywood's Golden Age. A tie-up would give the tech firm a big brand to wield as competition in streaming grows ...

CNN
May 18, 2021

After WarnerMedia-Discovery Merger, Who Will Be Next?
Streaming - Television - Theatrical

MGM, Lionsgate and AMC Networks have all been subject to takeover chatter on Wall Street. Will more media dominos start falling in a new media M&A merry-go-round? That is a question Wall Street i...

Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2021

Amazon to Offer At-Home Tests for COVID-19, STDs, Etc.
Health & Beauty - Online - Retail

Amazon is considering the launch of a new line of business that offers an array of at-home medical tests and a third-party marketplace for general home-diagnostics services, Insider has learned. The ...

Business Insider
May 18, 2021

Walgreens Announces New Targeted Advertising Capabilities
CPG - Retail

Walgreens is offering more ways for brands to connect with the pharmacy chain’s customers and take advantage of the “first-party data” that the retailer collects. In an emailed press release, t...

PYMNTS
May 17, 2021

PayPal Expands E-Commerce Capabilities with Happy Returns Acqu...
Online - Retail

Looking to create more of an end-to-end ecommerce solution and move beyond the perception that it’s a payments platform only, PayPal has acquired Happy Returns, which consolidates returns for its re...

Multi Channel Merchant
May 17, 2021

Survey Says: Walmart is the Preferred Brick-and-Mortar Grocery...
Retail

One area where Walmart is far ahead of Amazon is its popularity as a brick-and-mortar destination for grocery purchases. According to results of the Inmar Intelligence Price Inflation Survey, a leadi...

Chain Store Age
May 14, 2021

Amazon Partners with Tile to Take on Apple AirTags
Electronics - Tech

Amazon is beefing up its network of connected devices to take on technologies like Apple’s new AirTags. Amazon announced Friday that it is partnering with Tile, a company that makes trackers for lo...

CNBC
May 13, 2021

Amazon Updates Echo Show, Adds Kids Feature
Tech

Amazon this morning announced a handful of updates across its Echo Show line of smart screens. The top-level most interesting bit here is the addition of a pan and zoom camera to the mid-tier Echo Sho...

Tech Crunch
May 12, 2021

Amazon’s Wondery to Join Apple Podcast Subscriptions
Podcasts - Podcasts

Amazon’s podcast studio Wondery and Apple will partner up as part of a new premium podcast push. Wondery, which produces podcasts like Dr. Death, Business Wars and The Shrink Next Door, will bring ...

Hollywood Reporter
May 11, 2021

Amazon, Netflix Distance Themselves From HFPA
Streaming - Television - Theatrical

On the heels of the news that Netflix is “stopping any activities” with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globe Awards, “until more meaningful changes a...

Hollywood Reporter
May 10, 2021

Leaked Walmart Memo Shows Grocery & Subscription Troubles
CPG - Online - Retail

A leaked Walmart memo highlights the daunting challenges facing the world’s largest retailer, making blunt assessments about the uphill battle to overcome competitors like Amazon, Target, and Instac...

Vox
May 10, 2021

The Top 10 U.S. Retail E-Commerce Companies Are…
Online - Retail

Amazon continues to dominate U.S. e-commerce sales, far outdistancing its closest competitor, Walmart. Amazon’s U.S. e-commerce sales will increase by 15.3% this year to $367.19 billion, after surg...

Chain Store Age
May 7, 2021

Gummy Bears & Candy Bars Are Casualties of the Pandemic
CPG

Shopping online means fewer unplanned purchases. But manufacturers and retailers are testing tactics to bring impulse buying to the web. STANDING IN LINE to pay at a grocery store, you’re in an opt...

Wired
May 6, 2021

3rd-Gen AirPods & Apple Music HiFi Tier Coming Soon
Music - Podcasts - Streaming - Tech

Citing multiple sources within the music industry, the rumor suggests Apple isn’t looking for a premium price for its HiFi tier either – it will cost the same $9.99/monthly fee. Spotify has reveal...

Digital Music News
May 4, 2021

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