June 15, 2010 |
How about this for a Starbucks order: venti cappuccino with soy milk, two squirts of vanilla syrup — and a side of free Internet. Starting July 1, Starbucks will offer free wireless Internet at all 6,700 company-operated locations in the U.S., Chief Executive Howard Schultz said Monday. The service will be offered through AT&T Inc., but will no longer require a Starbucks loyalty card, which entitled registered customers to two free hours of access. Starbucks has about 4,300 franchise stores in the U.S. that will not offer the promotion.
June 1, 2006 |
Sony Corp. marked the launch of its online music store two years ago by hiring Sheryl Crow to belt out songs in the aisle of a jet at 30,000 feet. The store, called Connect, has lost altitude ever since and the Sony executive who was at the controls, Phil Wiser, is bailing out as Connect limps along with less than 3% of the digital music market.
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June 15, 1999 |
In the Old West, they tried to hang suspected horse thieves. Now they would just sue them. At least that is the approach Hong Kong-based Lanard Toys Ltd. took last week after one of its employees discovered alleged "knockoff" copies of the corporation's trademark toy ponies for sale at an Oxnard discount store. The company's attorney, former Republican congressional candidate Richard Sybert, sent a letter two months ago demanding the store halt its sales of the small pastel-colored pony dolls.
October 20, 1998 |
The event: A Holiday on 5th Avenue, the Junior League of Orange County's shop-'til-you-drop Christmas Company gift show at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The league, which raises funds to reduce the risks of child abuse and teen pregnancy, kicked off its four-day show with an opening-night gala Saturday.
May 12, 1998 |
The owner of the Discovery Channel, the cable TV station known for its "Explore Your World" motto, will be searching for a successful format in the highly competitive retailing wilds of California as it rolls out a new chain of stores. Bethesda, Md.-based Discovery Communications launched its retail venture this month when it converted a Nature Company shop in San Diego into a Discovery Channel store. Discovery Communications acquired Nature Company in 1996.
April 28, 1997 |
Polaroid Corp. wants U.S. store owners to help unlock its film sales. The maker of quick-developing film and cameras is pushing retailers such as Kmart Corp. to take Polaroid film out of the locked cases and other inaccessible areas where it's usually stored and put it on open display racks. Fighting to overcome years of tepid sales and the onslaught of one-hour photo labs, Polaroid wants consumers to have the same easy access to its film that rivals Eastman Kodak Co. and Fuji Photo Film Co.