Marketer-sponsored "lenses" that insert special effects into user selfies are set to make their debut for Halloween on Snapchat. The new product follows up on Snapchat's earlier offering of location-based stickers.
ALDI is reformulating products from its exclusive brand lines to cut out certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils and added MSG by the end of the year. The move is part of a bigger strategy by the retailer to put more of an emphasis on health, which also includes partnering with registered dietitians who offer tips, recipes and planning solutions to promote healthy, affordable meals for families.
Applebee's is using mobile gamification to more fully engage employees and reduce staff turnover. The smartphone-based system from Bunchball rewards employees who learn workplace rules and helps them promote menu items.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., wants House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to pass a long-term highway-funding bill before he retires at the end of this month. "American workers cannot wait," Durbin said. "American businesses cannot wait. It is time for the House to follow the Senate’s lead and act." The current short-term extension is set to expire Oct. 29.
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market unveiled its first store in Minnesota's Twin Cities market on Wednesday, as part of a plan to open up to a dozen stores there over the next five years. The natural and organic food retailer, which already operates in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio with plans to enter Missouri, Iowa and Wisconsin, is entering a competitive market in the Twin Cities that is already home to rivals Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, upscale chains Lunds & Byerlys and Kowalski's and co-ops including Wedge.
Amazon will no longer sell Apple TV and Google's Chromecast gadgets, which compete with the online retailer giant's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, the company said Thursday. The three companies began with very different business models and products, but today they're increasingly competing for video- and music-streaming customers.
Staples will close its stores on Thanksgiving this year, bucking the growing trend of opening on the holiday to get an early start on Black Friday. The retailer will offer online-only deals and give its store employees the holiday off. Retail traffic fell 5.2% over Thanksgiving weekend last year, as consumers spread their spending over a longer period, NRF spokeswoman Kathy Allen said.
Neiman Marcus eliminated 500 corporate and support jobs on Thursday, including 157 in Dallas, in a cost-cutting measure that comes as the upscale retailer prepares to open new stores. The retailer will open a new store in Long Island, N.Y., early next year, and it has plans for additional locations in Fort Worth, Texas, and New York City in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Irish retailer Primark's first US store features a selection of $7 jeans, $3.50 T-shirts and $1.60 tank tops, prices that are lower than all of its fast-fashion rivals, analysts say. The retailer boasts prices that are 40% less than H&M's and 75% less than Gap Factory stores', according to analysts at Goldman Sachs.
Sony has created a YouTube channel to showcase user-generated 4K content, testimonials and how-to videos in an effort to bring more 4K camera buyers to the table. Channel Manager Brett Erlich says the goal is to "create a community of Sony users, owners and operators of 4K cameras."
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