PagSeguro(https://pagseguro.uol.com.br), Brazil’s market leader in online payment solutions, has released a m-payment product that enables shoppers and professionals to process credit card transactions using mobile phones and tablets.
The PagSeguro mobile solution enables transactions with a card reader that plugs into a mobile phone or tablet’s audio jack. It is the first large-scale mobile payments initiative in Brazil. “PagSeguro has taken a major step forward in mobile solutions,” said PagSeguro Director, Ricardo Dortas. Continue reading
The latest makeup bag is a complimentary gift with any Beauty.com $125 purchase*
Beauty.com®, a division of drugstore.com, inc., premieres the latest creation from its annual collaboration with lauded designer Lela Rose. Starting May 7(th), Customers who visitwww.beauty.com/lelarose will receive the Lela Rose Illustrated Floral Clutch with their order of $125 or more, while supplies last. The elegant carryall comes loaded with more than a dozen samples and is a gift with any site purchase of $125 or more. Featuring a magnetic flap closure for the roomy main compartment, the kelly green clutch also includes a zippered outer pocket for easy access to the beauty items you need in a flash. Continue reading
In my world I ‘d like to have images, color and the human vibration necessary to be happy. I would like enough sensibility to capture every indispensable moment, but I would also like to be able to share and be patient enough to observe timeless beauty, in whatever way it presents itself. Photography is poetry through the lenses that invades your eyes and fill your brain with energy, photography is life momentarily frozen in a 1 second frame, there forever to remind, and show you it happened, and it is up to you to determine how long will last. In my world of visual poetry, there is no terrorism, war or hate, everyone is good and still, and I decide who stays forever. Continue reading
Miller Lite Reinvents Miller Time With New Bottle
New Bottle Design Stands Tall With Distinctive Broad Shoulders and Contoured Grip
The new Miller Lite bottle is upgrading the light beer category. The sleek design provides an innovative, contoured shape that is a modern interpretation of the brand’s legendary long neck. The new Miller Lite bottle will only be available in bars and restaurants this summer Continue reading
The event went on to show the different packages and opportunities in advertisement
This year the Globo International Event had a great feeling ! It seemed refreshed with a different approach. Jo & Yara Cavaignac, the habitual hosts, with their charm and welcoming way to conduct the event, were happy to show us all the Good News that Globo has coming up, not only in their line of shows, but also in the advertisement front, promising a great opportunities. Continue reading
From April 24(th) to May 7(th), Central Market, a network of high-end supermarkets in Texas, will be presenting Passaporte Brasil, a multi-faceted celebration of South America’s largest country with a huge variety of dishes, desserts, and beverages. It’s going to be a vibrant and delicious two-week celebration of Brazilian culture with bright colors, fresh fruits, exotic flowers, lively beats, inspired cuisine and notably, coffee from Baggio Coffees and Cambraia Cafes. These festivities will be supported by the partnership between Apex-Brasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency and ABIC, the Brazilian Coffee Roasters Association. Continue reading
For the ones that are not familiar NSHMBA means National Society of Hispanic MBAs, a National Organization that provides to many Hispanics graduated the opportunity to transition their graduate degree to Masters.
According to Glenn Llopis in his article to the NSHMBA magazine, “the Hispanic Community is the most promising community in the United States , the fastest growing population and workforce with more than 50 Million. With a small business owner population growing at the fastest pace in the economy, with an average of $350Million per year in estimated income. A buying force of $ 1 Trillion, projected to reach $1.5 by 2015″. Continue reading
GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC),the nation’s largest specialty retailer of health, wellness and sports nutrition products, is launching a new Member Price Program nationwide. Members will have access to GNC’s leading premium brands, cutting-edge product innovation and knowledgeable trained associates, all at fantastic values every day of the year. GNC’s current loyalty program boasts close to 7 million active Gold Card members, who will also become part of the Member Price Program.
Business after Hours are events that provide their public with not only networking opportunities, but also a chance to make new friends and business liaisons. CFBACC is just that, a Chamber that offer opportunities of networking but above all the doors to the Best Brazilian Commerce in Orlando. Continue reading
Oh MiO, My-o!
7-Eleven®Gives Away Free MiO on April 23
7-Eleven, Inc. is giving away a free MiO Energy Black Cherry Liquid Water Enhancer, a fitting promotion for the largest retailer of single-serve bottled water. The free 1.08-ounce full-sized bottle of MiO Energy Black Cherry (regularly priced at $3.99) will be available at participating 7-Eleven(®) stores from 12 midnight to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, or while supplies last. No purchase is required to receive the free offer. You must be 18 or older to participate. Continue reading
Women of Alpfa is an Organization that is Nationwide, with 40 professional Chapters, with more than 20.000 members, always envisioning to support the Hispanic business in the Community, helping it achieve success, and above all promoting growth and Leadership. Continue reading
Last Sunday was a great beautiful day to celebrate Spring. Lake Eola hosted its annual Spring Fiesta and the audience was there! In a very warm day, among artisans, artists, and all the participating companies the event was a success not only in attendance but also in business opportunities and fun! Continue reading
With the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in Brazil, Sports Marketing will be crucial for successful marketing targeting Latin American Audiences. That is why “Getting Ready for the Big Game” is the main theme of the 2013 Portada Latin American Advertising and Media Summit (www.portada-online.com/conferences/latamsummit)
The Summit will take place in Miami’s Intercontinental Hotel on June 4 and 5, 2013.
Major client side marketers will provide the latest insights and intelligence. Ben Jankowski, Group Head Global Media, MasterCard, will jointly present with Virginia Pereira, Head of Media Latin America, MasterCard on how MasterCard has activated sports around the world with a special emphasis on the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Olympics, both to take place in Brazil. Continue reading
Realtor.com® Announces Favorite Pet-Friendly Rental Markets and Otis, the Scene-Stealing Dog, as Its Rental Listings Spokesdog
Internet sensation Otis helps home seekers sniff out pet-friendly listings online
Realtor.com(®), which is operated by Move, Inc., today announced its top five favorite pet-friendly rental markets in the nation. Although the majority of households in the United States own a pet (62 percent, according to ASPCA[i]), it can be difficult to find rentals that allow co-habitation with furry friends. Odds are better in the cities below, which have the highest number of pet-friendly rental listings among realtor.com-tracked markets and plenty of off-leash areas for man’s best friend to roam: Continue reading
WHAT: HBA Global Expo & Conference
WHEN: June 18-20, 2013
HOW: Register at http://www.hbaexpo.com
WHY For three days the entire beauty community will meet in New York to source new ingredients and raw materials, packaging and components, contract manufacturers, services and finished goods from all over the world. With new content and expert speakers, the HBA conference will offer even more key insight and opportunities for beauty brands to grow and increase sales. A dedicated track for packaging professionals will provide the latest information on designing for the web, retail and global markets as well as a real world case study from a leading personal care brand on developing effective packaging in an aggressive timeframe.
HBA Global will educate and inspire entire product development teams for cosmetics, fragrances, hair care, personal care and skin care on the strategic and technical drivers in the health and beauty space. Effective networking opportunities are a hallmark of HBA Global and attendees will gain valuable connections, ideas, and insight from their peers. Continue reading
Mini Melts USA, Inc. Mini Melts Ice Cream will soon be available through automated retail kiosks manufactured exclusively by Fastcorp LLC in most Walmart (NYSE: WMT) stores nationwide. ”Our Automated Kiosks provide superior merchandising and they are the most energy efficient and reliable kiosks on the market. We are thrilled to be part of this program with two exceptional companies, Walmart and Mini Melts,” said Todd Piatnik, President of Fastcorp LLC.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve Walmart customers throughout the United States, by not only providing a premium ice cream product, but by doing so consistently with Walmart’s low-price philosophy,” said Dan Kilcoyne, President of Mini Melts USA, Inc.
“Many other national partners are taking advantage of our program, which adds high incremental sales revenue per square foot,” said Charlie Hanna, Vice President of Business Development of Mini Melts USA, Inc.
“We plan to continue sharing this opportunity with our growing operator network,” said Shawn Kilcoyne, CEO of Mini Melts USA, Inc. ”We have chosen to remain an alternative to franchising in our industry, which we believe will keep a strong sense of entrepreneurial spirit among our network and keep our operators focused on growing opportunities while minimizing start-up costs. My brother and I have been in this industry for 15 years and we are happy to share our knowledge of running a profitable beaded ice cream operation.”
Mini Melts has raised the bar in the beaded ice cream category, by using a 14% butterfat and the highest quality ingredients available. Mini Melts is the Premium choice in beaded ice cream. Mini Melts is manufactured through a patented process that uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the ice cream and lock in its flavor while keeping out air and ice which would dilute the flavor. Its novelty and delicious taste keeps kids and adults alike coming back again and again. Mini Melts is offered through automated retail kiosks, carts and serving freezers in thousands of venues such as theme parks, entertainment centers, retail stores, shopping malls, zoos and anywhere people, particularly children, congregate. For more information, please visit www.MiniMeltsVending.com.
SOURCE Mini Melts USA, Inc.
Kayaker Discovers New Species of Shark in Puget Sound
The following is being issued by Redfin Corporation and is an acknowledged spoof release. The following news is not factual and should not be reported on as such.
Redfin, a technology-powered real estate brokerage, today announced it has adopted a newly discovered species of shark – the Pacific Redfin Shark – as its new mascot. On March 28 Tom Vogl, a Redfin employee, discovered the shark while fishing in the Puget Sound.
“I wanted to take advantage of some of the sunshine we’ve been getting so I decided to take my kayak out on the sound. About a mile off of Bainbridge Island I saw a red fin bobbing above the water. It didn’t look like anything I had ever seen before, so I immediately snapped some photos. To my surprise, the shark actually followed me home,” Vogl said.
Area biologists studied the shark and determined that it was a previously unidentified species, which they named Epalzeorhynchos ruber, or Redfin Shark. The shark is roughly ten feet long and features a bright red dorsal fin and an elongated, dark-black and greenish body. It is thought to have evolved from Epalzeorhynchos frenatus, known as the Rainbow Shark, which is much smaller in size.
“We were so excited to hear one of our employees discovered a new species, and just couldn’t believe our luck when it turned out to have Redfin in the name,” said Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin.
Redfin plans to feature the Redfin Shark in a national multi-media campaign, which will include television advertisements, branding, and appearances. Redfin is also planning to sponsor at least three days of Shark Week 2013, with the Pacific Redfin as the star. The shark is currently residing in Vogl’s large salt water pool, where it is available for viewing.
“The shark, who we’ve been calling Finny, is helping us leave Tour Insights on Redfin.com,” said Vogl. “It turns out he has quite the discerning eye when it comes to pools.”
Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin has a team of experienced, full-service real estate agents who are advocates, not sales-people, earning customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin’s online tools feature all the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties that don’t pay brokers a commission. The company serves 21 U.S. markets and has closed more than $8 billion in home sales. In 2012, Redfin was named one of The DIGITAL 100: World’s Most Valuable Private Tech Companies by Business Insider. Follow us on our blog (blog.redfin.com), Twitter (@redfin), and Facebook (facebook.com/redfin), Redfin Collections (www.redfin.com/collections), and on our mobile apps (www.redfin.com/mobile).
SOURCE Redfin Corporatio
Spring means the return of baseball and, in just a few days, opening day celebrations around the United States. It also marks another annual event celebrated by fans of the Budweiser Clydesdales – “opening day” at Warm Springs Ranch in mid-Missouri for public tours, where more than 35 baby Clydesdales are expected to be born in 2013.
The recipe for a good networking event ! Do you have one? Neither do I But they sure are a lot of fun! And I can’t get enough of it! Networking with CFBACC is a combination of, great food, conversation, fun and that extra connection that you never expected to make. Every single company that was present met someone new, or learned something new, and that is exactly what we want for all our members. If you never came to one of our events, please come, just think like this, you have nothing to loose, but you are sure missing a lot of fun and connections ! Last night we gathered, talked, met new people, saw old friends, and learned a lot, and the most important part of it when you look back, you realize how important it is to interact, shoot the breeze and relax. So do yourself a favor and next time we invite you! Remember, we are here to make sure you have a good time and get connected. Have a great week! The event was at Santos Restaurant 7000 South Kirkman Rd, Orlando Fl 32819, Great food, great service, beautiful place. We thank them for hosting the event ! See you next time
New Bottle Marks Next Step in the Pepsi Live for Now Marketing Campaign
Pepsi has unveiled a new single-serve bottle for its Pepsi trademark portfolio including Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi MAX and Pepsi NEXT, marking its first design update since 1996. A visual expression of the brand’s Excitement of Now positioning, the bottle is rolling out in markets nationwide starting in April in 16-ounce and 20-ounce packaging, with full conversion taking a few years. Continue reading
Two of the leading creative and business minds behind Disney’s Club Penguin, the number one virtual world for children, have formed Hyper Hippo Productions, a new studio that promises to offer fun and imaginative children’s properties for a wide range of digital platforms.
Lance Priebe, co-founder and creator of Club Penguin, and Pascale Audette, former Studio Head and Vice President of Global Operations for Disney Online Studios, will develop quality entertainment for children under the Hyper Hippo label. With unique applications and compelling storytelling that reward good actions and values, the digital properties will reflect real world ideals, thus encouraging and enabling socially responsible behaviors virtually in order to generate impact on a local and global scale.
“We are dedicated to creating a fantastic studio that will not only radically change how the industry perceives digital entertainment, but one that will positively impact children’s lives for years to come,” said Audette. ”In addition, it is important for us to invest in our local community through initiatives that increase the technology footprint in Kelowna, and in the global community through social outreach programs. Simply, our end goal is to make a positive impact in the world.”
Mech Mice, Hyper Hippo’s much anticipated first offering, has been a long time dream of Priebe’s, with development beginning prior to Club Penguin. An episodic journey, Mech Mice blends together rich story with a tactical strategy experience for a young generation of kids (ages 10 and up). The property is scheduled for release in 2013 and an open beta program will begin this summer.
SOURCE Hyper Hipp
MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) (the “Company”) announced today that MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. (“Wireless”), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, has agreed to sell $1,750,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 6.250% Senior Notes due 2021 and $1,750,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 6.625% Senior Notes due 2023 (collectively, the “Notes”) in a private offering. The offering is scheduled to close on March 19, 2013, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Wireless will deposit the net proceeds of this offering into a segregated account and keep such net proceeds on hand at all times in cash or cash equivalents. If Wireless’ merger with T-Mobile USA, Inc. (“T-Mobile“) is consummated (the “T-Mobile Transaction”), Wireless intends to use the net proceeds from this private offering to repay the outstanding amounts owed under its existing senior secured credit facility, to pay liabilities under related interest rate protection agreements and to pay related fees and expenses, and to use the remainder for general corporate purposes. The Notes will be subject to a special mandatory redemption in the event Wireless’ merger with T-Mobile is not consummated on or before January 17, 2014, or in the event the Business Combination Agreement in connection with the T-Mobile Transaction (the “Business Combination Agreement”) is terminated prior to such time.
The Notes were offered only to qualified institutional buyers in reliance on Rule 144A and in offshore transactions pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States except under an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from registration requirements or in a transaction not subject to the registration requirements of the Securities Act or any state securities laws. This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any of these securities, nor shall it constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.
About MetroPCS Communications, Inc.
Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is a provider of no annual contract, unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate. MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers served. With Metro USA(SM), MetroPCS customers can use their service in areas throughout the United States covering a population of over 280 million people. As of December 31, 2012, MetroPCS had approximately 8.9 million subscribers. For more information please visit www.metropcs.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This news release includes “forward-looking statements” for the purpose of the “safe harbor” provisions within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, and rule 3(b)-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any statements made in this news release that are not statements of historical fact, including statements about the Company’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations, including statements that may relate to the Company’s plans, objectives, strategies, goals, future events, future revenues or performance, capital expenditures, financing needs and other information that is not historical information. These forward-looking statements often include words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “suggests,” “plan,” “believe,” “intend,” “estimates,” “targets,” “projects,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “forecast” and other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions at the time they are made, including the Company’s current expectations, plans and assumptions that have been made in light of its experience in the industry, as well as the Company’s perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results. Actual financial results, performance or results of operations may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may materially affect such forward-looking statements include:
- – the highly competitive nature of the wireless broadband mobile industry and changes in the competitive landscape;
- – ours and our competitors’ current and planned promotions and advertising, marketing, sales and other initiatives, including pricing decisions, entry into consolidation and alliance activities, and our ability to respond to and support them;
- – the effects of the T-Mobile Transaction on dealers, retailers, vendors,suppliers, customers, content and application providers, our equity and debt holders and our employees;
- – the diversion of management’s time and attention while the T-Mobile Transaction is pending;
- – our ability to operate our business in light of the T-Mobile Transaction and the covenants contained in the Business Combination Agreement;
- – the inability to have developed or to obtain handsets, equipment or software that our customers want, demand and expect or to have handsets, equipment or software serviced, updated, revised or maintained in timely and cost-effective manner for the prices and the features our
- customers want, expect or demand;
- – our ability to construct, operate and manage our network to deliver the services, content, applications, service quality and speed our customers expect and demand and to provide, maintain and increase the capacity of our network and business systems to satisfy the demands of our customers and the demands placed by devices on our network;
- – our plans and expectations relating to, without limitation, (i) our growth opportunities and competitive position; (ii) our products and services; (iii) our customer experience; (iv) our results of operations, including expected synergies from the T-Mobile Transaction, earnings and cash flows; (v) the impact of the T-Mobile Transaction on our credit rating; and (vi) integration matters;
- – the federal income tax consequences of the T-Mobile Transaction and the enactment of additional state, federal, and/or foreign regulatory and tax laws and regulations;
- – expectations, intentions and outcomes relating to outstanding litigation, including securities, class action, derivative, patent and product safety claims, by or against third parties;
- – the possibility that the T-Mobile Transaction is delayed or does not close, including due to the failure to receive the required stockholder approval or required approvals from governmental authorities necessary to satisfy the closing conditions, along with satisfaction or waiver of other closing conditions, pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement;
- – alternative acquisition proposals that could delay completion of the T-Mobile Transaction;
- – our ability to successfully integrate our business with T-Mobile and realize the expected spectrum, cost and capital expenditure savings and synergies and other benefits from the T-Mobile Transaction;
- – changes in economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory factors, including the passage of legislation or action by governmental or regulatory entities;
- – any changes in the regulatory environment in which we operate, including any change or increase in restrictions on our ability to operate our network;
- – terminations of, or limitations imposed on, MetroPCS’ or T-Mobile’s business by, contracts entered into by either MetroPCS or T-Mobile, or the effect of provisions with respect to change in control, exclusivity, commitments or minimum purchase amounts contained in such contracts;
- – the impact of economic conditions on our business plan, strategy and stock price;
- – delays in, or changes in policies related to, income tax refunds or other governmental payments;
- – the impact on our network and business from major equipment failures and security breaches related to the network or customer information;
- – the ability to obtain financing on terms favorable to us, or at all;
- – the impact of public and private regulations;
- – possible disruptions, cyber attacks, or intrusions of our network, billing, operational support and customer care systems that may limit or disrupt our ability to provide service, or which may cause disclosure or improper use of customers’ information and associated harm to our customers, systems, reputation and goodwill;
- – our continued ability to offer a diverse portfolio of wireless devices;
- – our ability to obtain and continue to obtain roaming on terms that are reasonable;
- – severe weather conditions, natural disasters, energy shortages, wars or terrorist attacks, and any resulting financial impact not covered by insurance;
- – disruptions of our key suppliers’ provisioning of products, services, content or applications;
- – fluctuations in interest and exchange rates;
- – significant increases in benefit plan costs or lower investment returns on plan assets;
- – material adverse changes in labor matters, including labor negotiations or additional organizing activity, and any resulting financial and/or operational impact;
- – the diversion of management’s time and attention to litigation, including litigation relating to the T-Mobile Transaction;
- – write-offs in connection with the transaction, or changes in MetroPCS’ and/or T-Mobile’s accounting assumptions that regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), may require or that result from changes in the accounting rules or their application, which could result in an impact on earnings;
- – the significant capital commitments of MetroPCS and T-Mobile;
- – our ability to remain focused and keep all employees focused on the business during the pendency of the T-Mobile Transaction;
- – the current economic environment in the United States; disruptions to the credit and financial markets in the United States; and the impact of the economy on consumer demand and fluctuations in consumer demand generally for the products and services provided;
- – our ability to manage our growth, achieve planned growth, manage churn rates, maintain our cost structure and achieve additional economies of scale;
- – our ability to negotiate and maintain acceptable agreements with our suppliers and vendors, including obtaining roaming on reasonable terms;
- – the seasonality of our business and any failure to have strong customer growth in the first and fourth quarters;
- – the rates, nature, collect ability and applicability of taxes and regulatory fees on the services we provide and increases or changes in taxes and regulatory fees or the services to, or the manner in, which such taxes and fees are applied, calculated, or collected;
- the rapid technological changes in our industry, and our ability to adapt, respond and deploy new technologies, and successfully offer new services using such new technology;
- our ability to fulfill the demands and expectations of our customers, provide the customer care our customers want, expect, or demand,secure the products, services, applications, content and network infrastructure equipment we need, or which our customers or potential customers want, expect or demand;
- the availability of additional spectrum, our ability to secure additional spectrum, or secure it at acceptable prices, when we need it;
- our ability to adequately defend against suits filed by others and to enforce or protect our intellectual property rights;
- our capital structure, including our indebtedness amount, including the Notes to be issued, as described above, the limitations imposed by the covenants in the documents governing our indebtedness and the maintenance of our financial and disclosure controls and procedures;
- our ability to attract and retain key members of management and train personnel;
- our reliance on third parties to provide distribution, products, software content and services that are integral to or used or sold by our business and the ability of our suppliers to perform, develop and timely provide us with technological developments, products and services we need to remain competitive;
- governmental regulation affecting our services and changes in government regulation, and the costs of compliance and our failure to comply with such regulations;and other factors described in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 under “Risk Factors” as filed with the SEC.
The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, are based on current assumptions and expectations, and are subject to the factors above, among other things, and involve risks, uncertainties, events, circumstances and assumptions, many of which are beyond our ability to foresee, control or predict. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All future written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by our cautionary statements. The Company does not intend to, is not obligated to, and does not undertake a duty to, update any forward-looking statement to reflect the occurrence of events or circumstances after the date of this release, except as required by law. The Company’s results for any period may not be reflective of results for any subsequent period. The Company does not plan to update nor reaffirm guidance except through formal public disclosure pursuant to Regulation FD.
SOURCE Metro PCS Communications, Inc.
The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reports that around five babies are born per minute in Brazil. Taking into consideration this Brazilian market research, a middle-class family spends approximately US$3,000 for baby clothing alone for the first year of the child’s life.
In Brazil, the market for maternity, babies and children’s products and services is developing rapidly. For this reason, Brazilian manufacturers and suppliers are aware of this opportunity and they want to grasp and take hold of this niche market. They are now increasingly focused on launching specialized stores, offering products and services capitalizing on this market.
The megastore model, where the customer used to find all kinds of baby products in only one place, gave way to specialized companies such as baby furniture stores, baby clothing and accessories. This new shape of business is making the children’s market grow in all regions of the country, offering a distinguished service with a great value added to the product. Continue reading
Today, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer delivered his annual State of the City address to hundreds of residents, business owners and community leaders gathered at City Hall.
Today also marked the beginning of Mayor Dyer’s 11th year serving as Mayor of the City of Orlando and during his speech, Mayor Dyer reaffirmed his commitment to continue “working just as hard for [Orlando] families as [he does] for [his] own.”
Similar to each State of the City address, the Mayor provided the community with an update on facts, figures and new developments. Additionally, this year the Mayor highlighted Orlando residents and business owners whose stories will helped him illustrate the state of the City. Continue reading
LIGHTS ARE FLASHING. WHEELS ARE ROLLING. SIRENS ARE BLARING!
IT’S TIME FOR MCP’S 2ND ANNUAL TOUCH-A-TRUCK
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Maitland Community Preschool, 1300 W. Maitland Blvd., Maitland, FL 3275 Maitland, FL – Ride on over for loads of hands-on, big rig fun at Maitland CommunityPreschool’s 2nd Annual Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Emergency vehicles, construction equipment and all the other big machines that make kids of all ages say “whoa!” will be on display from 10 am – 2 pm at 1300 W. Maitland Blvd. in Maitland. Continue reading
Proceeds From Sales to Fund Humanitarian Aid Efforts; Challenges Other Brands to Adopt Permanent ‘Profit for Philanthropy’ Model
Brikk (http://www.brikk.com), design and branding pioneers, today announced the launch of their product line of high-end, pure gold and platinum cases for the iPhone 5. Called the Haven(TM), the collection launches with three models crafted from gold and one model from platinum for the luxury market. The Haven is available in solid pink gold, yellow gold or platinum and ranges from $11,610-14,235. Each Haven sold will fund one metric ton of rice distributed by various NGOs. Continue reading
Darden Adds to International Expansion With Entry Into Brazil and Three Additional Countries
Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: DRI) today announced it has entered into an area development agreement with International Meal Company (Bovesa:IMCH3) to develop and operate 57 restaurants under Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse brands in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Panama.
“We’re excited to bring our three category-leading brands to these countries through our agreement with International Meal Company, a leading, multi-brand restaurant operator in South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean,” said Kim Lopdrup, senior vice president of Business Development for Darden. “Brazil’s growing middle class and strong affinity for American brands makes it an attractive growth market for Darden. And IMC’s focus in Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Panama makes them the ideal partner for these markets.” Continue reading
With a large attendance, new members joining and great networking the Chamber one more time sends the message that all the innovations done are finally paying off.
The Chamber recently created new committees, allowed volunteers working, and it is improving it’s structure. We are finally seeing the results, little by little. A journey that started in 2012 when President Amy Litter was elected, and just this year she was re-elected in order to continue all the changes necessary to place the Chamber in higher standards. Continue reading
AriZona to Offer Five Popular Flavors in 11.5 oz. Sleek® Cans from Ball
AriZona’s storied history of offering premium teas and beverages in unique packaging continues with the release of some of its most popular flavors in 11.5 oz. Sleek® cans from Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL).
“We strive to give our fans what they want and are excited to offer some of our most iconic and popular flavors in a premium Sleek® package,” said Jackie Harrigan, global communications director.
The 11.5 oz. Sleek® can from Ball has the same profile as AriZona’s 23.5 oz. cans and provides a size option to consumers. These 207.5 diameter cans offer a unique way for the AriZona brand to continue standing out on the shelf and in consumers’ hands. Continue reading
Under new management, CFBACC starts 2013 with a new attitude and a great Business after hours at Crowne Plaza Universal.
With great food, spirits and also new guests, the event went smooth, and shows a serious promise of great events and greater network opportunities in 2013. CFBACC grows with the purpose of generate more business and network opportunities to all that attends their events. CFBACC believes that if the Organization is successful promoting business partnerships, the initiative will also revert in more membership and growth. Continue reading
Gymnastics Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Flips for Yopa!
YoCrunch, the fastest-growing, full-line yogurt brand, known and loved for its creative flavors and delicious toppings, proudly announces today the launch of Yopa!, a new line of authentic, strained Greek yogurt. Yopa!, a contraction of Yo’ (short for yogurt) and Opa! (the Greek cheer for joy), will be available immediately nationwide for around $1.39/cup and $3.49/4-pack. Yopa! is the first to provide an authentic, convenient and great-tasting Greek yogurt experience that boasts a perfectly creamy, thick texture, with a slightly tart taste, and a variety of scrumptious toppings, including nine whole grain granola, toasted almonds or dark chocolate pieces. Continue reading
TAKE A BITE OUT OF MEAT WEEK AT FOGO DE CHÃO
Meat lovers across the country are indulging in the rich and succulent flavors of meat this week in celebration of Meat Week – January 27 through February 3, 2013. That’s right, Meat Week – a tradition started in 2005 by two Tallahassee co-workers. It’s now a popular “holiday” celebrated across the country. For Central Florida residents, there’s no better place to cut into Meat Week than at the Southern Brazilian Steakhouse, Fogo de Chão. Guests can enjoy a full spread of savory meats grilled over an open fire by real Gaucho Chefs, which are then served and carved table side. And best of all you’ll experience what the Gaucho’s call, espeto corridor, meaning continuous service. It’s the perfect place this Meat Week to experience a delectable meal that certainly will leave your taste buds full of flavorful meats.
For more information and to book a reservation this Meat Week visit, www.fogodechao.com/reservations.
About Fogo de Chão. Fogo de Chão is known as the premiere Brazilian steakhouse. The restaurant was founded in 1979 in Southern Brazil, and expanded into the United States in 1997. The Orlando restaurant is located at 8282 International Drive and is the 18th location in the United States. More information at www.fogodechao.com
The Vintage Red Sign Will Be Replaced with New LED Letters
It’s a landmark for those who call St. Louis home, a beacon and marvel for out-of-towners who visit and visible to air travelers flying over the city. Now, the Budweiser sign that sits atop the Bevo building on the Anheuser-Busch St. Louis brewery grounds will be renovated to retain its famous classic style and design, but in a new, brighter version that uses LED technology and will be better able to withstand exposure to the elements. The new sign will be illuminated with Budweiser red and retain the same signature block typeface of the existing Budweiser sign – the font that also was used on Budweiser packaging the year the sign was first erected. Continue reading
M&M’S® To Prove Moments Are ‘Better With M(TM)’
Today Mars Chocolate North America introduced M&M’S® Brand’s new integrated marketing campaign called ‘Better With M(TM),’ which includes a new 30 second television commercial that will air during the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVII.
“‘Better With M’ showcases how M&M’S irresistible chocolate makes moments more fun and delicious,” said Roy Benin, Chief Consumer Officer, Mars Chocolate North America. ”The ‘Better With M’ story is delivered through our colorful spokescandies, whose irresistible chocolate always makes moments even better – be they watching the Super Bowl, baking cookies, gathering the family together for a movie or even tailgating.”
In addition to the Super Bowl ad, which was created by BBDO New York, highlights of the year-long ‘Better With M’ campaign include multiple English and Spanish television, print and digital ads, in-store displays, consumer promotions and multiple social initiatives focused on Facebook and the hashtag, #betterwithmms. The first television ad from the new campaign – starring Ms. Brown – will being airing today.
A cornerstone of the campaign is a new cause-related marketing effort designed to make ‘America Better With M’ by funding the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes across the nation. As part of the initiative, M&M’S is also encouraging, as well as incentivizing fans to help ‘M-Prove America’ by volunteering at Habitat job sites nationwide.
“‘Better With M’ represents one of the largest marketing efforts in M&M’S history,” added Benin. ”We’re confident our full range of communications and activities will excite consumers from the Super Bowl all the way through next winter’s holiday season.”
For more information on the ‘Better With M’ campaign, visit www.facebook.com/mms.
About Mars Chocolate North America:
Mars Chocolate North America is the North American chocolate operations of Mars, Incorporated. In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the philosophy of a “mutuality of benefits” for all stakeholders – this vision serves as the foundation of the Mars, Incorporated we are today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $30 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. More than 65,000 Associates worldwide are putting our Mars Principles in action every day to make a difference for people and the planet through our performance.
Mars brands include: Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Petcare – PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR® and ROYAL CANIN®; Wrigley – ORBIT®, EXTRA®, STARBURST®, DOUBLEMINT® and SKITTLES®; Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS® and SEEDS OF CHANGE®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS(TM), THE BRIGHT TEA CO.(TM), KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience -SERAMIS®, CIRKU(TM) and COCOAVIA(TM).
For more information, please visit www.mars.com.
SOURCE Mars Chocolate North America
TD Bank, America‘s Most Convenient Bank(®), is kicking off 2013 by introducing a fresh creative marketing platform, Bank Human, Again. Through a fully integrated multimedia campaign, the platform casts customers and employees in the spotlight and brings to life America’s Most Convenient Bank’s legendary service and unparalleled convenience. Continue reading
Pepsi is announcing a true creative and wide-ranging global collaboration with worldwide music icon, Beyonce
Pepsi is announcing a true creative and wide-ranging global collaboration with worldwide music icon, Beyoncé. Together we will collaborate in developing new content and innovative ways to engage fans, consumers and retailers to benefit both brands.
- Beyoncé is our partner and Brand Ambassador for Pepsi. Pepsi has had a relationship with Beyoncé for more than a decade – she first served as a Pepsi spokesperson in 2002.
- Since then, she has become a global pop culture phenomenon – arguably one of the biggest pop stars in the world – winning 16 GRAMMY® awards and selling more than 100 million albums worldwide. Continue reading
Aquafina® and “Project Runway” Invite Aspiring Designers to Get Inspired and Enter the “Aquafina Pure Challenge”-Designers compete for the chance to win $5,000 and see their unique work showcased during Fashion Week
Aquafina and “Project Runway” announce today they have teamed up to launch the “Aquafina Pure Challenge,” a competition that invites consumers, including aspiring designers, to celebrate the pure essence of who they are by submitting an original Aquafina-inspired design. Continue reading
For many generations of children, finding a shiny new bicycle under the Christmas tree was one of their most cherished childhood memories. This season, grown-up children can create new holiday memories by giving themselves or someone special Panama Jack’s new-classic beach cruiser bicycle. The retro-styled bikes capture the brand’s fun, escapist lifestyle. They also provide the “wheels” to embark on new adventures. Continue reading
New App Eliminates Need To Search For Coupon Codes During Checkout, Holiday Shoppers: Save Without Searching(TM)
Online shopping can be a powerful tool in the arsenal of consumers searching for quality goods at discounted prices. Savvy consumers typically scour the Internet in search of coupons that can lead to big savings. Often times, however, this search is a frustrating exercise that wastes valuable time and may not necessarily yield the desired results. Coupons at Checkout(TM)can be used by consumers to avoid this scenario altogether. The patent pending Coupons at Checkout(TM) system revolutionizes online shopping by automatically delivering and applying relevant coupon codes just-in-time during the consumers’ checkout process. Continue reading
Boffi, the premiere interiors concept brand renowned for its kitchen, bath and storage systems, has announced the opening of a new mono-brand shop, located in the heart of the Miami Design District. The 4000 square foot studio, designed under the direction of Boffi Creative Director, Piero Lissoni, will open in late November. Built in 1926, the new studio is located in one of the oldest buildings in the Miami Design District and will operate as a showcase for new concepts, and Miami home to the comprehensive and evolving Boffi collections. Continue reading
Also Announces Hometown Openings in Emory Point and Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
Fresh To Order f2O is paving the path with its cutting-edge approach to a new segment that it continues to pioneer, “fast fine.” f2O is growing outside its Atlanta base, most recently with its development agreement with Giriam Patel, an experienced restaurant operator who plans to open eight restaurants in Orlando, a new market for f2o. Continue reading
DinoDirect.com (“the Company”), a world-leading, cross-border online store with millions of active customers from more than 200 countries, today announced a cooperation agreement with one of Brazil’s top online retailers, Encomenda Global. DinoDirect is committed to becoming the best reliable marketplace on the net by offering high quality products with the widest selections, reasonable price, worldwide free shipping and superior 7×24 customer service, and this cooperation will allow Brazilian customers even easier access to the wide array of products available through DinoDirect. Continue reading
Baccarat to Unveil New Flagship Store in New York City-New Madison Avenue Location with 2-Story Facade to Open in May 2013
Baccarat, renowned for unmatched craftsmanship and innovative designs since 1764, is set to unveil their newest flagship store in New York City in May 2013 ahead of the iconic brand’s upcoming 250(th) anniversary. Located at 635 Madison Avenue at 60(th) Street, the expansive 2,800-square-foot store, designed by acclaimed architect and designer Rafael de Cardenas, will be an experiential destination encompassing the Baccarat lifestyle. The store’s distinctive design concept will be a new global retail model for the brand, showcasing tableware, lighting, decorative objects and jewelry to reflect the richness of the Baccarat lifestyle and the brand’s commitment to innovation and excellence.
“This new flagship store will be a landmark of the luxury, glamour and prestige that has set Baccarat apart,” said Michelle Klein, President & CEO of Baccarat North America. “It will be a space for discerning shoppers to fully appreciate the brand’s most coveted designs and to experience the unique Baccarat lifestyle, which celebrates its 250(th) anniversary in 2014.”
With a tradition of ingenuity and an ever-present eye toward modernity, Baccarat has enlisted architect and designer Rafael de Cardenas to create a contemporary concept that draws inspiration from the brilliance and artisanship of the brand’s design history. Serving as an inspiring destination, the design exudes a crisp elegance through its surprising blend of rich woods and dark stones. The entryway’s faceted surfaces reflect the brand’s iconic sparkling chandeliers. Adjacent spaces, wrapped in warm fabrics, create intimate environments for product interaction. Sampling from Baccarat’s history of fine craft, these unique material combinations create a contemporary language for the brand and confirm Baccarat as a luxury house dedicated to high design.
As the brand approaches its 250(th) anniversary in 2014, devotees of Baccarat will have the opportunity to experience the brand’s exceptional lifestyle on a grander scale with the opening of the highly anticipated Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, a joint venture between Starwood Capital Group and Tribeca Associates. Located on one of Manhattan’s most prestigious blocks off Fifth Avenue, across from the Museum of Modern Art, Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York will combine sophisticated design with the level of service and exceptional quality that exemplifies the glamour and prestige of the Baccarat lifestyle.
With a proud history reaching back three centuries, Baccarat remains more than ever a symbol of timeless beauty and unrivaled luxury. The opening of the new flagship will once again honor Baccarat as a leader of luxury lifestyle and allow the legend to live on for the next 250 years.
Baccarat (Paris, Euronext, BCRA) is a French luxury brand internationally renowned as a leader in high-end and exclusive crystal products. Since its foundation in 1764, the company, whose artisanal manufacture is based in Baccarat in the Lorraine region of Eastern France, has been synonymous with a unique savoir-faire and has come to symbolize an inimitable French Art de Vivre. For nearly 250 years, the brand has inspired leading designers from across the world. Ranging from iconic lighting to unique tableware and decorative objects, fine jewelry and tailor-made flacons, the brand’s products and tradition of excellence are widely distributed around the globe. Explore the world of Baccarat at www.baccarat.com.
About Rafael de Cardenas /ARCHITECTURE AT LARGE
Founded in 2006, Rafael de Cardenas /ARCHITECTURE AT LARGE is a seasoned resource for design vision and execution with offices in New York and London. The firm has worked extensively on residential and commercial interiors, architecture, furniture, and objects. With an interest in creating atmospheric environments, as opposed to specific styles, Architecture at Large has created contemporary, imaginative interiors for clients such as Nike, OHWOW, Barneys New York, Ford Models, Jessica Stam, Jeanine Lobell, and Aaron Young. De Cardenas’ work has been featured in Elle Decor, Vogue Paris, The New York Times, Wallpaper*, Frame, and AD Collector, among others. In 2011, he launched his first furniture collection with Johnson Trading Company. Earlier that year he was appointed to Baccarat’s inaugural Board of Advisors, a panel of seven designers tasked with directing the company’s vision and future.
National Coffee Retailer Cites UpShot Quality and Scalability as Keys to Growth
Saxbys Coffee has selected the UpShot(TM) Solution to enter the booming single-serve market. Developed by LBP Manufacturing, Inc., the UpShot Solution is an eco-friendly, single-serve filter that is compatible with Keurig® and other single-serve brewers.* Beginning today, Saxbys, a premier coffee franchise, will offer its award-winning ‘Saxbys Signature Blend’ in a single-serve format for customers to enjoy at home or on-the-go. Continue reading
ONCampus Media and Barnes & Noble College Marketing Bring National TV Network Screens to College Campus Stores
In-Store Digital Screens Provide Brand Marketers a Dynamic Platform to Promote Their Products and Services
ONCampus Media, the largest national digital media company to serve college campuses, announced its partnership with Barnes & Noble College Marketing (www.bncollegemarketing.com), a division of Barnes & Noble College. Continue reading