UK supermarket giant Tesco has just announced a £1.2 billion hit from its venture into the North American market which has crashed and burned and sees them closing close to 200 Fresh & Easy stores on the West Coast. Just like Robbie Williams and Marks & Spencer before them success in the UK and other international markets is no guarantee that you’ll make it big in the States.Share on :
My name’s Rory McIlroy. Did you know that I earned about $15 million last year and got an MBE. I’m only 23 – amazing. I know a few things about buying a house – my manager sorted me out with a couple that I paid for in cash, so if you’re hard up and want any financial advice, I’m the man. Can you tell I’m looking at the autocue?Share on :
Margaret Thatcher’s demise has made me a little nostalgic for the brands I consumed and experienced when she first came into power in ’79.Share on :
Has the latest expose of Boris Johnson, following that fateful Eddie Mair interview, finally brought about the death throes of the ticking time bomb that is Brand Boris?
Some would say it was inevitable,Share on :
The first rule of borrowing from other categories is that you’re borrowing. Not stealing. I was mildly alarmed when I saw Japanese brand Suuen had launched a line of hair care products in a range of structural formats that mimic wine packaging.Share on :
Okay, so I’ve missed the boat on the horse meat scandal; it’s old hat and cat milk is about to break, but what really got my goat was the missive that Tesco published in the wake of the outcry.Share on :
A recent academic paper written by researchers Cambridge University claims to be able to predict personality based on Facebook Likes.Data was collected from over 58,000 volunteers in the US. The Likes were then fed into an algorithm, which aggregated various categories such as music, and TV shows, and matched with the personality trait information provided.
The predictive power of ‘likes’ is startlingly accurate and capable of providing highly sensitive personal information,Share on :
If you happened to be in South Africa in the last month you’d have the treat of flipping through three equally horrific news stories: ‘Oscar Pistorius - Paraplegic Mega Sports Star Kills Beautiful Girlfriend’; ‘Police Officers Lynch Taxi Driver’ and ‘Government of Free State Spends R48 Million (roughly 3,515,000 Pounds) on WordPress Website’. Wherever you are in the world you’ve probably heard at least one of these stories. Or you’ve been very busy.
This should be a huge concern for Brand South Africa. So what have the South African press done about it?Share on :
Tesco has bought a 100% stake in the Giraffe restaurant chain. It plans to integrate new restaurants into its larger stores as part of its move to create a “destination” where customers can meet to have a meal in addition to shopping. I’d love to be an optimist, but who is honestly ever going to consider anything bolted onto a Tesco Superstore a destination? Bolted onto a Waitrose, maybe. But a Tesco? Surely not.Share on :
There’s been a lot of buzz around the breakfast occasion in recent months, and not just because the porridge market is booming thanks to a chilly winter!Share on :
Forget about sharks eating people, for the past decade humans have been eating so much shark (or shark fin to be precise) that recent studies estimate shark populations to be less than a tenth of what they were in the 1990s. Every year millions of sharks of all species are being pulled from the oceans to satiate an Asian appetite for a rather bland salty soup.Share on :