What’s next, Lotus 1-2-3? In late September 2007, IBM announced that it would bring back the Lotus Symphony brand. Lotus Symphony was one of the first MS-DOS based office suites. IBM later acquired Lotus. This software, however, runs on open source, the Open Source Sun software called StarOffice. The good
There is great news on the department store front, in particular New York’s Lord & Taylor, led by CEO Jane Elfers. What is happening at New York’s Lord & Taylor, if it works, will be great news for the future of the American department store, which is in a mess.
So another brokerage brand is about to bite the dust; this time it is St. Louis-based A.G. Edwards. It is part of a long line of regional brokerage names and banking names that have disappeared in recent years. Paine Webber. E.F. Hutton. Warburg. First Boston. Butcher & Singer. Chemical Bank.
Is the 747 on the way out? We hope not. Please no. When British Airways announced that it was buying two new long-range airplanes on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, it was good news for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner program and the Airbus A380 double decker. BA will buy $8.2 billion
Lots of great things are back. Marie Osmond is back on the American Broadcasting Corporation, starring this season on Dancing with the Stars. Sally Field is saying screwy things at an awards show. On top of all this redux, there is evidence (sketchy) that a Love Boat movie might be
The brands Packard Bell and Gateway will live on, even after their purchase by Taiwan’s Acer. On the tech site The Inquirer, Paul Hales reports that Gianfranco Lanci, the Italian who runs Acer, will keep the Packard Bell and Gateway brands, the former a relic of the early radio era
Would you believe that a major New York City preservation group would allow the tearing down of a McKim, Mead & White hotel? You heard it right. New York Municipal Art Society (ex) President Kent Barwick does not oppose the destruction of the McKim, Mead & White landmark Hotel Pennsylvania
O.K., so the headline is a bit misleading. But it’s true, sort of. On a recent trip to a Sarasota, Florida Wal-Mart, BrandlandUSA discovered AMC Pacers and AMC Gremlins hiding behind the pet-and-pool aisle. Of course, these Gremlins and Pacers were toys, but they did bring back memories of the
What if you had just bought a company that inspired one of the most cool movies ever, Goldfinger? If you bought that company, wouldn’t you find some way to preserve the brand name? Not if you are the German company BASF. It has been just over a year since BASF
Target now sells the U.K.’s Boots-branded health and beauty products in their U.S. discount stores. CVS is now selling out of Boots No7 Restore & Renew Beauty Serum. Why is this of interest to BrandlandUSA, which is usually concerned with reviving dead brands? Because the success of the Boots products