‘The Daily Wrap:’ Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Subway

Published on March 24, 2010 | Comments: 0
Starbucks Pilots Trenta Coffee retailer Starbucks is piloting a new, larger beverage size called “trenta” in Phoenix, AZ and Tampa, FL stores. At 31 ounces, trenta is seven ounces larger than the venti, Starbucks’ current largest beverage size. Source: NowPublic Wal-Mart to Sell 3-D TVs Discount retailer Wal-Mart plans to sell 3-D TVs in some stores during the 2010 holiday shopping season. The move is seen as an intensification of Wal-Mart’s competition with Best Buy for consumer electronics customers. Source: MarketWatch Subway Plans Breakfast Menu Fast food sandwich chain Subway will launch a national breakfast menu in April 2010. Subway will launch its breakfast menu with an egg-and-cheese sandwich offering. Source: Nation’s Restaurant News Shaw’s Seeks Permanent Replacements for Strikers Supermarket retailer Shaw’s is seeking permanent replacement workers for 300 striking employees at a warehouse in Methuen, MA. The UFCW Local 791 says Shaw’s contract offer to the strikers requires them to pay unfair healthcare costs. Source: UFCW Local 791 Sonic Revenues Drop 33% Fast food hamburger chain Sonic Corp. reported a 33% drop in revenues during Q2 2010, which it attributed to the refranchising of 205 stores. Sonic also reported a 13.2% decline in Q2 2010 same-store sales. Source: Sonic Corp. Jolt Sponsors AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad’ High-caffeine cola provider Jolt is teaming up with cable TV channel AMC to sponsor the dramatic series “Breaking Bad.” The series logo will be stamped on more than 1 million Jolt cans and distributed to 6,000 retail locations. Source: MediaBuyerPlanner Ben and Jerry’s Names New CEO Ice cream retailer Ben and Jerry’s has named Jostein Solheim, a marketing executive with parent company Unilever, as its new CEO. Solheim replaces Walt Freese, who stepped down after eight years as CEO. Source: Times Argus NRF, eBay Partner to Combat Organized Retail Crime The retail industry trade group National Retail Federation (NRF) is partnering with online auction retailer eBay to combat organized retail crime. The two entities will share information on organized retail crime activities and support law enforcement and loss prevention efforts. Source: National Retail Federation eBay is Retailer with Most Feb. Search Queries Although Google was the leading online search provider by several different metrics in February 2010, among online entities whose primary function is providing retail services, auction retailer eBay had the most search queries last month. Source: Retailer Daily Most Retailers Use Text Unsubscribe Links Ninety-four percent of online retailers use a single text-formatted unsubscribe link in their promotional emails, according to a new report from Responsys. Source: Retailer Daily Renewable Energy is Small % of Retailers' Output Most retailers’ renewable energy purchases represent a small percentage of their total energy output, according to the findings of the “Enterprise Renewable Energy Adoption Survey.” Source: Retailer Daily Consumers Seek Mobile Input Consumers are seeking greater input into what kinds of mobile offers they receive as their mobile internet usage grows, according to a new study from ABI Research. Source: Retailer Daily

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