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Direct-to-consumer (DTC) business models have been heralded as the antidote to disruption. From the moment Unilever wrote a billion-dollar check to a unicorn, virtually every brand that sells a product in a store has been tripping over themselves to figure out their DTC strategy before they get Dollar-Shave-Clubbed upside the head.  The promise of DTC …

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Just briefly:“Dump Starbucks”: Starbucks has come under fire for asking six police officers to leave a branch in Tempe, Arizona, reports the New York Times, after a customer complained their presence was making him anxious. The Tempe Officers Association subsequently posted a tweet saying “Dump Starbucks” with a mockup of a Starbucks-like logo. Record fine: British Airways …

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MAD Magazine is coming off newsstands after a 67-year run. The famed satirical magazine featuring the freckled face of Alfred E. Neuman will stop publishing new material outside of its end-of-year specials, owner DC said in an email. In a few weeks, the bi-monthly publications will only feature vintage MAD content and be sold at …

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Pizza Hut is giving itself a bit of a makeover based on its 61-year heritage, including the comeback of its red-roof logo and even the Tiffany-style lamps, as it tries to reconnect with past patrons and entice new ones. “We needed to be more confident, we needed to have a little bolder presence, not be …

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If the creators of something called the Purple Project for Democracy have their way, come November their color and their message will be entirely unavoidable. Formally launching just in time for the Fourth of July, Purple calls itself “a non-partisan coalition, campaign and movement” that is focusing on teaming up with media organizations and (if all goes …

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Tracking website Downdetector.com showed Instagram has been having issues since 8:45 a.m. in New York, while Facebook has been having issues since 8:04 a.m. The WhatsApp messaging service has been having issues since 9:58 a.m., Downdetector showed. Social media rival Twitter Inc. also was reporting user issues with delivery of direct messages and notifications. “We’re …

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Sparring executivesIacocca became president of Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford in 1970. At 46, he was second in command only to Chairman Henry Ford II, grandson of the company’s founder and seven years his senior. During Iacocca’s eight-year tenure, the two men sparred over topics big and small, from car design to perceived personal slights. Executive-suite reorganizations …

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Accurate, meaningful consumer data can help marketers reach prospective customers with personalized messages that increase engagement and result in higher conversions. But not all data is reliable or effective, so it’s important to know where it’s coming from. And the increasing number of consumer data privacy laws, such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and …

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