npower has started installing smart meters for its customers, following in the footsteps of rival domestic utility company British Gas. Smart meters are automated electronic units attached to gas or electricity meters which transmit readings to suppliers and allow consumers to monitor the process. A spokesman for npower says: “Smart meters provide remote meter information […]
Wal-Mart has extended its Price Rollback campaign in Germany to cover a further 1,000 items. The cuts will be communicated through a TV campaign and on posters placed near the company’s supercentres.
IPC Media has appointed Procter & Gamble marketer Helen Farquhar as strategic marketing director for IPC Southbank.
Sony is to appoint both a creative and media agency to launch a campaign for its £2,000 robotic dog, Aibo. Existing agencies include Saatchi & Saatchi and BMP DDB.
Carlton Interactive film channel Popcorn and entertainment service Jamba have been signed up as content partners for BTopenworld’s ADSL broadband portal.
The speed of the Internet revolution almost left direct marketing behind. It’s time for DM agencies to fully develop their online skills before IT outsourcing steals their thunder
American Express, the iconic status symbol of the business-class executive, is relaunching its green charge card in an attempt to broaden the brand’s appeal. But can the company persuade enough consumers – and more crucially retailers – to say
Vendex KBB, Holland’s leading non-food retail group, is to take over It’s, a 65-strong chain of outlets selling household appliances and consumer electronics. Vendex already operates similar stores under the Dixons, Dynabyte, Dixtone and Modern Electronics fascia.
News International has created a new direct sales channel for product manufacturers, called New Commercial Ventures.
A new company offering advanced website analysis to improve the returns companies get from their investment in the Internet is being launched by a leading UK expert in human-computer interaction (HCI), Dr Andy Smith. Smith believes many websites could increase their performance by up to 50 per cent by applying advanced usability research techniques to […]
The Amex card, once undisputed talisman of thrusting jet-set executives, is undergoing a severe identity crisis. No one would accuse Amex of being unprofitable or of being anything other than a great brand. But is it losing its magic? Amex, like Diners Club, pioneered the charge card. At the time in the early Sixties it […]
Stephen Carter, chief executive of J Walter Thompson, is understood to be leaving the agency, and has been tipped to take a top post at cable TV and telecoms operator NTL – one of JWT’s biggest clients. Carter, who previously held talks with ITV about the post of chief executive of Network Centre, was unavailable […]