Mobile Apps And Gas: The Brand/Aggregator Brand Conundrum

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The problem with loyalty to price is that it isn’t the same thing as loyalty to brand,” McCrary noted — and because gasoline is such a commodity good for consumers, it is hard to build brand loyalty. Brands are improving their food services, renovating bathrooms, expanding their shop offerings and expanding their mobile payment options. America, it has often been said, is a car culture. Perhaps because the first consumer automobiles rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly lines.

Brands Stretch Their Legs Online

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One of the most recent experiments for direct-to-consumer eCommerce is taking place on Instagram , and, if successful, could forge a path for brands that want to sell directly to online consumers. Adidas , Louis Vuitton , Aritzia and The Kooples are among the early brand participants in Instagram’s policy of enabling consumers to buy items while in Stories, Adweek recently reported.

Dunkin’ Brands Appoints New CEO

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Taking over from a chief executive who spent almost 10 years at the helm of Dunkin’ Brands , David Hoffmann now has the top post at the quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain. QSR brands. Retail Dunkin Brands Dunkin’ Donuts executive hiring News personnel What's HotHoffmann came to the company in 2016 as head of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., Financial Times reported.

Retail Reset: Sharpening The Sharper Image Brand

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More than a store or a brand, The Sharper Image was the traditional mecca of the husbands, fathers and boyfriends along for mall trips they didn’t really want to be on, offering consolation in the form of a session in the vibro-massaging leather recliner and the opportunity to touch a plasma globe. “And that is what attracted us to the brand: that consumers have such a positive reaction to it.

Target Rolls Out Brands For Gen Z

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As Gen Z is projected to soon become the largest consumer segment, Target is rolling out three new house brands geared toward the retailer’s teen and young adult customers. Two brands will focus on clothing, while another will focus on electronics, retail news source Chain Store Age reported. Target’s Heyday brand will offer items ranging from speakers to cell phone cases.

On-Demand Delivery Boosts Brand Loyalty

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In a nutshell, consumers don’t particularly care how companies get orders to their doors as long as it’s quick and the order is the proper brand. Consumers care more than ever about what brands they’re consuming,” Southworth said. They won’t just buy any bottle of whiskey — it has to be their whiskey, and they’re proud about their attachment to their chosen brand. The explosion of eCommerce and on-demand is training consumers to be brand-specific but channel-agnostic.

Walmart Will No Longer Carry Danskin Brand

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Walmart will no longer carry Danskin brand apparel products in its stores or on its website, according to New York Post reports from Tuesday (Oct. Danskin is a 135-year-old brand owned by parent company Iconix Brand Group and generating $15.5 The company previously revealed Walmart had plans to drop its Op brand in 2019 and Target would cease carrying its $1 billion Mossimo brand in 2018, the New York Post reported. “We

For Better Or Worse, Customer Service IS The Brand

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A good product at a good price: that used to be the recipe for a good brand. Brand value. Customer service is one of Amazon’s top bragging rights, and in the future, it’s going to have to be a strength for every successful brand — at least, that’s what Applause CEO Doron Reuveni thinks. The experiences a customer has when interacting with a brand — from the consideration phase through purchase and support — are now determining the winners and losers.”.

American Brands Are Bullish On Retail Expansion In China

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Brands from L Brands — which counts Victoria’s Secret in its portfolio — and Ralph Lauren , as well as Starbucks , are bullish on China. Here are their executives on how they plan to build their brands in the country. L Brands. Martin Waters, L Brands’ chief executive and president, said in the company’s post-earnings conference call on Thursday (May 24) that China represents a “significant market.”

12 Coolest Brands in Banking 2017

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Newswire ant financial coolest brands Hyperledger listsWhat Amazon did with “Just Walk Out” stores was cool. Snap’s Spectacles – also interesting. Some may argue that Pokemon Go had a good run too.

Ivanka Trump Shuts Down Fashion Brand To Focus On Politics

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Ivanka Trump is shutting down her namesake fashion brand to focus on her role in her father’s administration. According to The Wall Street Journal , sales at the brand, which Trump launched in its current form in 2014, got a big boost during the 2016 presidential election. But afterwards it faced the wrath of critics of her father’s policies, with one group last year calling for a boycott of stores selling Trump-branded goods.

Who has the most valuable bank brand?

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I just got The Banker magazine’s February issue discussing the top banking brands of the world. Timely, as I have been talking about trust and brands this week. In particular, I guess I was surprised the Chinese banks are the strongest brands across the board in 2018, with the top … The post Who has the most valuable bank brand?

The Return Of The Celebrity-Backed Brand

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Celebrity brand endorsement is nothing new. In their hundreds of years of existence, the celebrity endorsement has become an increasingly prominent part of branding — so prominent, in fact, that by the end of the 20th century, they weren’t just endorsing products. Celebrities actually started rolling out products and brands of their own. Not every celebrity brand is a hit, of course — and they historically wear out their welcome with consumers.

How Digitally Native Brands Can Grow With Showrooms

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Digitally native brands are trying on a new brick-and-mortar model for size: Instead of opening the doors to cavernous stores, they are opting to create smaller-format locations. When Indochino made the transition from a digital-only to an omnichannel retailer, for example, the Canadian fashion brand opted to open smaller stores called showrooms, where customers can shop for made-to-order formalwear. In turn, brands such as Indochino can benefit by not having to stock many items.

Luxury Brand Coach Rebrands As Tapestry

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The world got a look at that new vision this week when Coached rolled out its new name — Tapestry — as it tries to reintroduce itself to the market, not as a single brand but one of the multiple labels it represents. Coach noted the new name is meant to invoke the brand’s rich history and the fact that many different experiences will be interwoven to create one product. European fashion houses LVMH and Kering are now both home to many fashion brands.

Direct-To-Consumer Mattress Brands Go Cross-Channel

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There is no shortage of direct-to-consumer mattress brands as mattress sales move from brick-and-mortar retail to eCommerce. One brand, though, saw a market opportunity as brands like Casper and Leesa took off. But the brands currently on the market were a useful learning experience for Nectar. The brand, which was founded in 2017, claims to sell more than 1,000 mattresses per day. The company behind Nectar Sleep is also seeking to launch multiple brands.

Sephora’s Brand Balancing Act

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Currently, the brand has found itself involved in tempest in a teakettle over its decision to stock the Urban Decay eye shadow shade “Druggie” — as apparently various activists find the choice of a bruise-purple color matched with that name is a bit insensitive. That situation will likely blow over — probably just in time for a different brand to release a makeup color titled in even worse taste. So Many Brands, Such Limited Shelf Space.

Delivery Time And Brand Packaging Can Secure Customer Loyalty

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A study by Dotcom Distribution, a logistics and fulfillment firm, found that close to 90 percent of online shoppers consider delivery times central to their decision to shop with an eCommerce brand in the future. Forty percent of those surveyed claimed that they were more likely to buy from a company that provides premium packaging, and 40 percent again claim that gift packaging or branded packaging influences their perception of the retailer.

New Instagram Features For Brands To Love And Hate

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Instagram’s brand discovery game is strong. A strong Instagram presence contributes to brand awareness and lasting relationships with customers that drive long-term organic growth. By the numbers, 80 percent of Instagram users connect with their favorite brands on the platform and engage with them 10 times more often than on Facebook, 54 times more often than on Pinterest and 84 times more often than on Twitter.

Newell Brands Shifts To eCommerce-Focused Approach

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Following a less-than-stellar fourth quarter, Newell Brands, which owns well-known brands, such as Calphalon, Sharpie and Yankee Candle, is deciding to shift its focus in 2017. Even though total sales for Newell Brands reached $4.14 The sole purpose of this new division will be to focus on online growth across Newell Brands’ portfolio. To be on the safe side for 2017, Newell Brands has lowered its 2017 sales lower-end forecast goal growth from 3 percent down to 2.5

Jo-Ann Stores Updates Its Brand To Extend Beyond Fabrics

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In an effort to extend its brand beyond fabrics, Jo-Ann Stores has shortened the name of its brick-and-mortar stores. The locations, which were previously branded as Jo-Ann Fabrics, are now known as JOANN, AdWeek reported. “We JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores also created a mobile app in 2017 that allowed customers to interact with the brand on a more convenient digital level.

Just _ Me: Venmo Launches New Branding Campaign

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According to Venmo’s Head of Marketing, Kasia Leyden, the idea is to put users’ stories front and center, making the money transfer company the only brand that can fill the blank in whatever occasion they’re sharing.

Gap Brand CEO Stepping Down

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Gap Brand announced that its CEO Jeff Kirwan was leaving the company, just as the retailer gets ready to reveal its fourth-quarter results. While I am pleased with our progress in brand health and product quality, we have not achieved the operational excellence and accelerated profit growth that we know is possible at Gap brand,” Gap Inc.’s Kirwan had been in charge of the Gap brand since December 2014.

Title Nine Boosts Its Brand, Customer Experience

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Developing a cohesive environment where both customers feel a sense of community and the website brand matches that can be a challenge. ” Retail athletic apparel brand customer digital brand ecommerce Sporting goods Title Nine women's apparel women's clothesWomen’s outdoor and athletic apparel retailer Title Nine is looking to make those changes by adding Kibo’s eCommerce solution to its system.

Staying on brand: How to humanize virtual agents, just enough

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The technology has advanced to the point that building VA’s is no longer a discussion around functionality and technology, but organizations and now dedicating more time developing the VA’s “personalities” to reflect the company’s mission, vision and brand.

A brand new Clearing Bank for Britain

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Facebook – the first big-brand bank

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It certainly has brand on its side. Facebook – the first big-brand bank on BankNXT. Banking Mobile & Online UX branding Duena Blomstrom FacebookIs Facebook the future of banking? Story by Duena Blomstrom.

Dine Brands Experiments With Order-Ahead Tech For Dine-In Customers

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Borrowing from the strategy of fast food restaurants, Dine Brands is working on a new order-ahead technology. It’s like converting casual dining to fast food,” Dine Brands CEO Stephen Joyce told The Post. Dine Brands, which oversees IHOP and Applebee’s Grill & Bar , is developing and experimenting with the technology, as same-store sales at Applebee’s locations in the U.S.

How Analytics Can Help Fashion Brands And Retailers

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What does it take for a fashion brand to stay on top of the trends? But not all brands excel at crawling the web for information relevant to their businesses. “A A lot of brands are having a hard time keeping up with the pace of consumer changes,” StyleSage ’s Director of Marketing and Digital Strategy Elizabeth Shobert told PYMNTS in an interview. Brands and retailers work on a global scale, after all.

Yum! Brands Brings Taco Bell And KFC To Grubhub

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Brands is buying a 3 percent ownership stake in Grubhub and is teaming up with the company to provide delivery from two of its brands. BrandsAfter Grubhub posted fourth-quarter results that beat the street, its stock jumped more than 23 percent on Thursday (Feb. 8), CNBC reported. While analysts polled by Reuters had estimated fourth-quarter earnings of $0.31 per share on $201.7 million in revenue, Grubhub surpassed those predictions with earnings of $0.37

Direct To Consumer: Big Brands Vs. Small Brands

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Rather than selling through a brick-and-mortar location or even on its own company website, some brands are looking to marketplaces like Amazon to sell to consumers. In this piece, we’ll review some of the larger and smaller brands that have taken this concept and run with it. Big Brands. Gillette — As Procter and Gamble’s biggest brand faces stiff competition from companies like the Dollar Shave Club, Gillette last month announced its plans to compete on the same level.

Could Drink Brands Be Generating The Latest Fashion Trends?

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Several recent beverage brand collaborations with shoe firms have received a generous amount of buzz, and the trend appears to be picking up steam. It’s likely the original trend of translating beverage brands into fashion statements was borne out of the longtime tradition of pairing athletes with beverage sponsorships. Among the offerings was a Coca-Cola-branded edition of the classic Converse Chuck Taylor shoes, offered in the company’s retro style from the 1970s.

Prime Day Could Be Big For Amazon’s Private Label Brands

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Though the exact data of the Amazon annual shopping holiday remains up in the air, analysts are becoming increasingly confident that whenever it actually happens, Amazon’s Private Label brands will likely get a starring role in the show. And this year, that cast of private label characters is much larger than it was in 2017 when Amazon had 40 private label brands to call its own. ” Amazon Marketing analysis News Prime Day private-label brands What's Hot

The Sweet Side Of Building A Luxury eCommerce Brand

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Interestingly, as the brand evolved, according to O’Neill, the real driver of what is offered on their site — and their few physical stores — are the flavors making the social media waves. While the success of the rosé-infused gummy bears was impressive and explosive, it was not a one-time experience for the brand. This has taken off pretty fast in terms of word of mouth and early positive press reviews,” Resnick noted of the brand’s lightning-paced last five years. “It’s

Burger King Fuels Restaurant Brands’ First-Quarter Sales Growth

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Restaurant Brands International posted strong first-quarter results, buoyed by strong sales growth at Burger King. The company also saw similarly strong growth at another one of its brands, Popeyes , which saw system-wide sales growth of 11 percent, with net restaurant growth of nearly 7 percent and comparable sales growth of 3.2 But another one of its brands, Tim Hortons , didn’t fare as well. to allow customers to access its brands through more channels.

Mobile Game Shows Offer Brands Prized Millennial Viewers

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And though this market presents brands with a large audience of potential customers, will digitally native millennials tune in to a shopping network? For brands, Gravy provides an alternative to traditional advertising such as pre-rolls and banners that can’t hold customers’ attention as long as shows like Gravy. However, the platform does send the proceeds to the brand, less any money donated to charity.

Kroger Launching Apparel Brand For Fall 2018

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Kroger is ready to take on Amazon and offer its customers more than just groceries, announcing that it will be launching an apparel brand in Fall 2018. “This new [apparel] brand gives Kroger a chance to inspire and connect with our customers, offering effortless style every day — from elevated basics to fashionable highlights,” Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising, said in a statement.

Payments Innovation: Brand Of Choice Driven By Consumer Experience

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It’s all about the customer journey: meeting their needs, keeping pace with their changing behavior and catching up to the digital mobile market to become their brand of choice. Not innovating is not an option.

Daily Data Dive: Newell Brands’ Fresh Start With eCommerce Focus

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The latest large retailer to make the leap over to the eCommerce side is Newell Brands. billion | Sales reached by Newell Brands in Q4. billion | Bloomberg’s projected sales goal for Newell Brands’ Q4. 805 | Ranking of Newell Brands in Internet Retailer ’s Top 1000. $1 1 billion | Newell Brands’ 2016 eCommerce revenue. 30 percent | Amount of compounded growth for Newell Brands’ eCommerce over the past three years.

Inmoji Goes Contextual Commerce With Brand Bots

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On Friday (April 8), Inmoji — which creates branded, interactive emojis for integration into consumer messaging — announced a new feature, Inmoji Brand Bots. Currently in private beta testing, Inmoji Brand Bots are expected to become available to the general market in Q3 of this year.