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A court decision in Germany goes against Nestlé’s (NSLYF) Nespresso machines, as the judge ruled that the capsules used are far more expensive than those of its competitors and are also not the key component, or “special feature,” of the IP. The ruling will now permit rivals to market generic coffee capsules which are usable in the machine.
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) will launch a new service in the United Kingdom called Collect+, which will consist of the delivery of parcels to small shops where purchasers may pick them up, avoiding the possibility of missing them at home while they are away. The new arrangement will also facilitate customers who wish to return products. The move is partly designed to increase Amazon’s footprint in the British Isles.
The only holdout from adding the NFL Network to its channel repertoire is Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC), since Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) has now signed a contract to carry the network. Time Warner has lately been a bit hard-nosed in negotiations with NFL Media, regardless of the effects upon its customers and their reactions.
Former J.C. Penney & Co. (NYSE:JCP) Chief Executive Allen Questrom gives current Chief Ron Johnson a piece of his mind regarding his strateg(ies), saying that he is “shocked” as to the direction the retailer is taking. However Penney’s defender Liz Dunn at Macquarie says that the company might be proactive among its competitors by adopting certain changes before traditional retail just goes away.
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