Red, White and Blue Chips
Shopping for groceries...while commuting
Online grocer Peapod is opening virtual grocery stores at transit stations across the country. Alisa Parenti reports in Red, White and Blue Chips.
Build-A-Bear goes high tech
The Build-A-Bear Workshops are aiming to become half-retail, half-theme park. Alisa Parenti has Red, White and Blue Chips.
Coppertone labeling to change
Merck has settled a class-action lawsuit involving the labeling and advertising of its Coppertone products. Alisa Parenti has Red, White and Blue Chips.
Economy less scary this Halloween
The National Retail Federation's annual Halloween survey finds spending and participation plans at their highest levels on record, and fewer people are spooked by the economy this year.
Hotels offer link to TripAdvisor reviews
Even when they're negative, reviews of hotel chains are being linked to the chain's own websites. The move boosts credibility and gives hotels valuable feedback, as Alisa Parenti reports in Red, White and Blue Chips.
NHL lockout hurts players odds of scoring deals
With the exception of Wayne Gretzky, NHL players struggle for the attention of marketers. Doug Shabelman of Burns Entertainment says the NHL lockout will make their endorsement chances even worse.
Starbucks wants to take on the maker of the K-Cup
Starbucks customers can brew up single cups of coffee at home. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Avocado sales are soaring
Consumers are gobbling up avocados. More from MarketWatch's Ann Cates.
Food makers reach out to kids via free game apps
With preschoolers using smartphones and tablets, Kraft, Wrigley and other food companies are placing their brands in free games. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Local organic coops borrow ideas from the big guys
Store makeovers and hidden cameras. Just a couple of ways food coops are trying to keep big organic grocers from muscling in.
Healthy Choice takes new approach to advertising
After using celebrities in its ads for years, Healthy Choice is taking a humorous approach to marketing. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Toy makers still face a gender gap
When it comes to toys for kids, there's still a gender gap. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Pardon me, Sir. Can you like me on Facebook?
After a long advertising hiatus, Grey Poupon is using social media to reach out to consumers. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Food makers turn to pouches
More food and beverage products are being packaged in pouches. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Toys 'R' Us joins tablet wars
A tablet designed just for kids arrives at Toys "R" Us this fall. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Super Bowl ad slots going fast
The Super Bowl is months away, but advertisers are snapping up commercial time at a fast clip. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Retailers switch to gender-based selling
Retail sales strategies are no longer one-size-fits-all. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Online prices are a moving target
Online retailers are taking a cue from the travel industry and have launched price wars. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
It was a rough summer for Hollywood
Hollywood is banking on the next batch of movies to turn business around. MarketWatch's Ann Cates reports.
Pumpkin to spice up beer sales this fall
New pumpkin ales are likely to spice up beer sales this autumn. Julia Herz, the publisher of CraftBeer.com, talks to John Wordock about this trend that's steadily grown the last five years.
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