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Tesco to dump failed US venture Fresh & Easy

All companies make mistakes at some point and Fresh & Easy was a massive one for Tesco. So now Tesco is to close or offload (if it’s lucky) its West Coast convenience store venture: not just putting the patient out ...

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UK ad copy body Clearcast sticks by baffling decision to ban Bogusky SodaStream ad

Silly old Clearcast, the media owner-owned body that clears and prepares commercials for transmission in the UK, is sticking by its highly controversial decision to ban SodaStream’s ad knocking the (alleged) excesses of the soft drinks industry. SodaStream’s appeal against ...

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New LA agency Arcana Academy debuts with two cheeky ads for Sealy Beds

Shane Hutton (ex-Modernista) and Lee Walters (ex-Arnold Worldwide) have launched a new agency in Los Angeles called Arcana Academy. Walters says:“We started Arcana Academy because a window of opportunity had opened – the kind of window that, if it were ...

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McCann takes on production specialists with Craft

McCann Worldgroup is taking on the independent production giants like Williams Lea-owned Tag with a big production arm of its own, Craft. Interpublic-owned Craft says it is happy to work with other agencies and creative companies but has no plans ...

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Hats on to Christmas ‘reality’ from W+K for Tesco

UK Advertisers and adland seem to have (mostly) held their hands up this year and admitted that Christmas is a bit of an ordeal. But best to get on with it, see it through and, of course, buy their products. ...

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BBH squeezes a hoodie for KFC’s Krushems

This is quite sweet from BBH, nice colourful hoodies (ZipZap circus performers apparently) squeezing themselves into improbable shapes and spaces to plug KFC’s Krushems drinks. With an appropriately soupy tune, the Youngbloods (or a copy) from Easy Rider it seems. ...

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WPP closes in on mystery Chinese company Huawei

Here’s an interesting one: Ad Age reports that WPP has ‘edged out’ Omnicom in what seems to have been a two-horse race for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei (‘Hway-hay’ is what you say apparently). Huawei is a global business-to-business supplier (worth ...

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