Whole Foods, Pivot launch promotional TV show
Austin, Texas – Whole Foods Market and Pivot, Participant Media’s TV network targeting Millennials, are launching the television series "Dark Rye.” The first episode, hosted by Kirk Lombard, a Bay Area fisherman and forager, airs Jan. 22.
Dark Rye was created as an online magazine by Whole Foods Market in 2012 and explores the realms of food, health, sustainability, design, technology and social enterprise.
“We are really excited to bring the stories of Dark Rye to television, and Pivot is a great partner for this,” said Jacob Ellenberg, “Dark Rye” executive producer. “Participant Media and Pivot’s ethos is similar to that of Whole Foods Market, and we are honored to be working with a company that has already made such a mark on the film community.”
The first season of “Dark Rye” will highlight topics ranging from artists seeking social justice to entrepreneurs rebuilding Detroit to culinary masters maintaining sustainable food traditions.
Sleep Train rolls out Manthan analytics
Rocklin, Calif. – Sleep Train, Inc. has gone live with ARC Merchandise Analytics, a cloud-based advanced analytics solution from Manthan Systems, including support for merchandising, marketing, stores and the executive team.
Sleep Train has implemented Manthan’s ARC Merchandise Analytics application to deliver real-time dashboards and analytical views to its employee base from the corporate office to store associates. The solution comes with hundreds of pre-built, retail-specific KPIs, dashboards, reports and alerts; and thousands of retail best practices metrics, measures and dimensions out-of-the-box.
“We set out to select a flexible and scalable BI platform to meet our long-term growth objectives that could be deployed quickly, meeting our immediate analytics and reporting requirements,” said Marc Tseu, VP of IT at Sleep Train. “Manthan delivered on this with their proven implementation methodology for a truly retail-specific advanced analytics solution that will help Sleep Train transform its information into intelligent and actionable data.”
Johnson & Johnson delivers strong fourth quarter
Johnson & Johnson cited the strength of key brands in its U.S. over-the-counter business as one of the driving factors that led to what chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky called “outstanding” results for the fourth quarter.
The company reported sales of $18.4 billion for the quarter, an increase of 4.5% as compared to the prior-year quarter. Operational results increased 6.3%. Domestic sales increased 7.4%, while international sales increased 2.4%, reflecting operational growth of 5.6%.
"Johnson & Johnson delivered strong results in 2013 led by the outstanding performance in our pharmaceutical business, the strength of key brands in our US OTC and other consumer businesses and continued progress in integrating Synthes into our medical devices and diagnostics business. We also advanced our longer term growth drivers, bringing innovative solutions to the global healthcare market and executing with excellence," said Gorsky.
Worldwide consumer sales of $14.7 billion for the full-year 2013 represented an increase of 1.7% versus the prior year, consisting of an operational increase of 2.8%. Domestic sales increased 2.3%; international sales increased 1.4%, which reflected an operational increase of 3.1%.
Positive contributors to operational results were U.S. sales of Tylenol and Motrin analgesics; upper respiratory over-the-counter products; international sales of baby care products; sales of Neutrogena and Aveeno skin care products; and international sales of Listerine oral care products.