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J.C. Penney releases skincare adviser experience, AR try-on

J.C. Penney is turning to technology to help drive its revamped beauty strategy.  The department store in late 2020 announced it was planning a new beauty concept after previous partner Sephora teamed up with Kohl’s instead.  Click here to read the story at retaildive.com. Discussion Questions: What is distribution? How does distribution

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e.l.f. Beauty Takes on Inflation With Pricing

In the face of rampant inflation, the CEO of omnichannel cosmetics firm e.l.f. Beauty says the company chose not to increase prices on roughly one-third of its least expensive entry-level items, while simultaneously raising them on higher cost merchandise. Click here to read the story at pymnts.com. Discussion Questions: What is pricing?

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Spirit Halloween and MTN DEW® Summon Four New Costume Flavors for Halloween, Including Halloween Mystery Flavor Icon, the VOO-DEW Grim

Spirit Halloween, North America’s largest Halloween retailer, is teaming up with MTN DEW to help DEW Nation celebrate this Halloween season in style. Click here to read the story at prnewswire.com. Discussion Questions: What is brand collaboration? Why do you think brands partner with one another? What is an industry trend? Why do you

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Restoration Hardware dives into hotel business 

RH, previously Restoration Hardware, joined the hotel industry this week. Click here to read the story at foxbusiness.com. Discussion Questions: What type of business is Restoration Hardware? What is a brand? What is brand extension? How might Restoration Hardware opening a hotel represent an example of brand extension? What is positioning? Based

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Chase, Marriott Bonvoy Kick Off Contest on Pinterest

Pinterest tallies 25 million travel Pinners and more than 63 million people engaging with travel content worldwide every month, and the financial giant and hotel colossus wanted to reach travelers on a platform where they seek inspiration. Click here to read the story at adweek.com. Discussion Questions: What is promotion?

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Kellogg’s wants you to add water to its new cereal

Kellogg’s wants you to add water to its new cereal. Really. The company’s new “instabowls” look like traditional single-serve bowls — little tubs of cereal, designed to be eaten dry or with milk. Click here to read the story at cnn.com. Discussion Questions: Based on information from this story, describe Kellogg’s new

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Gatorade adds caffeine to its lineup with energy drink Fast Twitch

Gatorade is entering the energy drink category with a caffeinated spin-off called Fast Twitch. Click here to read the story at cnbc.com. Discussion Questions: What is competition? What is the difference between direct and indirect competition? Based on information from this news story, describe Gatorade’s new product. Who might represent

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Apple’s Car Is Beloved Before It Even Exists

If semiconductor shortages, recession risks and the once-a-century shift in propulsion weren’t enough to keep auto executives up at night, here’s one more sleep disruptor: Consumers are keen to buy an Apple car before one even exists. Click here to read the story at Bloomberg.com. Discussion Questions: What is a

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