An Ad Age piece by Al Ries on value pricing got me thinking even more about how crummy the airline business has become, and how un-important branding is to particularly our American airlines. The story is called Variable Pricing is the Ultimate Brand-Destroyer. His point is that because of valueMORE HERE

Just reading the recent news on the Maersk ship Alabama, an American-flagged vessel hijacked off of Africa in an area known for pirates. GlobalSecurity.org has the ships being commissioned by the Maritime Administration. “It’s a very significant foreign policy challenge for the Obama administration,” said Graeme Gibbon Brooks, managing directorMORE HERE

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — CSX has decided to send its West Virginia-based Greenbrier Hotel Corporation into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Greenbrier Hotel Corp., a subsidiary of the railroad CSX, is the owner of The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs. As part of the filing, CSX will continue to finance theMORE HERE

We have added another brand to BrandlandUSA’s 100 Brands to Bring Back. It is the Milwaukee Road’s Hiawatha, and it is the suggestion of New Yorker Jon Vanhala, who understands how cool it was, and could be. Actually he doesn’t need to tell us that. We know it because justMORE HERE