Caribou Coffee puts up 64-ft.-tall Pinterest board at Mall of America
New York — Caribou Coffee has taken over the rotunda in the nation’s largest shopping center, Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn., to put up a 64-ft.-tall “Living Pinterest Board” to celebrate the launch of its new Real Inspiration blend, created in collaboration with its fans on Pinterest. The Caribou board is on display through Thursday, February 13.
Guests who visit the display can immerse themselves in interactive "pins" created by Caribou. Activities include an “Inspiration Stage” that inspires fans to pursue their passions through demonstrations and performances by other lifestyle brands located in the Mall, and a Caribou Photo Booth will feature fun, life-size props where fans can capture the moment and share it with their social followers. Also in the display is a large-scale Caribou Coffee Mug.
"At Caribou Coffee, we continue to push the boundaries of our menu offerings and are thrilled to provide our fans with a new, distinctive blend that is unlike any other," said Michele Vig, VP of marketing for Caribou Coffee. "We’re incredibly excited to bring Real Inspiration to life at Mall of America and to share the passions of our fans through a larger-than-life Pinterest board, which was inspired solely by our Caribou Coffee guests."
San Antonio and Seattle top Amazon’s romantic list
Amazon did a bit of Valentine’s Day data mining of sales of romance novels and sexy music to come up with its fifth annual list of the nation’s top 20 romantic cities. And people are worried about the NSA’s activities?
Topping the list were San Antonio, Seattle, Knoxville, Tenn., Miami and Alexandria, Va. The company compiled sales data of romance novels and relationship books and romantic music from crooners such as Dean Martin, Barry White and Luther Vandross. The company also looked at sales data for sexual wellness product among cities with more than 100,000 residents.
The Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in the U.S. are:
1. San Antonio
3. Knoxville, Tenn.
5. Alexandria, Va.
6. Orlando, Fla.
7. Vancouver, Wash.
9. Spokane, Wash.
10. Dayton, Ohio
11. Columbia, S.C.
12. San Jose, Calif.
13. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
14. Round Rock, Texas
15. Sioux City, S.D.
16. Las Vegas
18. Everett, Wash.
19. Erie, Pa.
20. Clearwater, Fla.
Former Dollar Financial exec to lead Sears auto business unit
Sears Holdings has named Norman Miller as SVP and president, automotive. Miller most recently served as president and COO of Dollar Financial Corp. In his new role with Sears Holdings, he will be responsible for the company’s automotive business, including Sears Auto Centers.
"Norman is a proven executive whose operations, management and sales experience make him an ideal fit to lead the transformation of Sears Auto Centers," said chairman and CEO Edward S. Lampert. "His deep expertise in driving the development and execution of growth and sales strategy for large, complex organizations makes him a strong addition to our team."
Prior to Dollar Financial, Miller held the position of group president, sports and entertainment unit at Aramark, where he worked for a decade. He was named to the role after serving as the president of the company’s correctional services unit from 2002 to 2003. Miller’s career also includes nine years with Néstle, Kraft General Foods and PepsiCo, serving in management positions in sales, marketing and operations.
Miller received a bachelor’s of science from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduating he served as a captain in the U.S. Army for five years.