The rapid exodus of clients from The Richards Group in recent days has created painful uncertainty about the agency's future and the fate of its 700 employees. But in the brutally competitive world of advertising, the fallout means there's also a number of sizable accounts suddenly up for grabs. This week, Motel 6 ended its...
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Keurig Dr Pepper, The Salvation Army and H-E-B, a grocery store chain in Texas, have ended their relationships with The Richards Group. Their decisions come days after Motel 6, one of the agency's longtime clients, fired The Richards Group upon learning that its founder, Stan Richards, called an ad concept for the hotel chain "too...
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There are times, when people find that driving their old clunky cars on the streets is absolutely impossible.It is not wrong to say that this is one of the best options for getting rid of old cars at absolutely no cost.With recessionary times around, your local Auto wrecking yard has never been a better place to help you save hundreds of dollars on auto repairs.Games such as these do not only bring entertainment, but are also better alternatives to other games and cartoons that have violent themes.If you plan to do your auto glass installation at home using a glass purchased from a salvage yard you will need some information to make certain that you get a piece of glass that will fit your car correctly.You must also tell them which glass is being replaced.I have been in businesses for 30 years.My $100 Italian wool slacks are probably now out of style and are going to the Salvation Army, even though they look like the day I bought them.Mark Barnard and I were talking about a new account we are coaching and training.We were talking about the new client's database, lead generation practices, follow-up and organization.
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On Thursday 9th January, staff and students participated in Crazy Hair Day to raise funds for the bushfires that are destroying Australia. Staff and students raised money for The Salvation Army who are offering a range of services and assistance to help everyone who have been impacted by the bushfires.To help the communities, people and animals that have been affected, Ozford Australia will continue to organise events and raise money for the cause.
Just a week after opening, it's been announced that the UK's first Chick-fil-A will be shutting down.The fast food restaurant set up shop in Reading last week and seemed to be off to a positive start with people queuing up to get a taste of the chain's famous chicken sandwich.However, the Oracle Centre has faced pressured from gay rights campaigners and has decided not to extend the lease on the premises beyond the initial six-month period."We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-Fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further," it said in a statement.Chick-fil-A has been affiliated with an anti-LGBT agenda after reports that it donated millions of dollars to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and The Salvation Army.The company maintains that this is not the case, saying, "There are 145,000 people - black, white; gay, straight; Christian, non-Christian - who represent Chick-fil-A."
In what future generations might hold up as the unsurpassable paradigm of "using a sledgehammer to crack a nut", the British government is expected to announce plans to force voters to show identity papers at polling stations before casting their ballot in order to "safeguard against electoral fraud."The only problem is in-person electoral fraud in the UK is a myth on a par with Bigfoot, the tooth fairy and Boris Johnson's virginity.Out of the 44.5 million ballots cast in 2017, only 28 of them faced allegation of in-person voter fraud and only one person, a luckless voter in Waltham Forest, was convicted as a result.Even if all the allegations were true (a big if, given 22 of them were found to lack evidence), the incidents of fraud would amount to 0.00006 per cent of votes cast.Meanwhile, 3.5 million UK citizens do not have access to photo ID and and 11 million do not have a passport or driving licence, according to the Electoral Commission.One thing a voter identification law would do, of course, is disenfranchise millions of poor, elderly and black and ethnic minority voters, leading a diverse coalition of charities and pressure groups that includes Age UK, the National Union of Students, Operation Black Vote, the Salvation Army and Stonewall to oppose the plans.
We’ve all been there: sitting around the Christmas tree, opening presents only to be gifted the mother of all terrible jumpers/scarfs/socks.But rather than letting all those unloved presents gather dust, or chucking them in the bin to go to landfill, why not do something useful with them?Here are four ways you could give those unloved items a new life:Donate children’s toys to to a local toy bank and unloved hamper food to a food bank.It’s a sad reality that while some children have more toys than they could possibly ever play with, there are many who won’t have any because their family simply can’t afford to buy presents.If your child has one too many toys or you’ve noticed a bunch of unloved ones languishing in the corner of the toy box you can donate them directly to a local toy bank.
An estimated 54,000 babies are due to be born th UK this December – so while you’re desperately trying to get your kids to sleep before Santa arrives, or stuffing your face with turkey and sprouts, there’ll be wards of busy midwives tending to the women who are about to become mums.And yep, while you’re vegging out in front of the ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas special, their real life counterparts are hard at work.She has been a midwife for nine years.It’s a special time of year.”At Christmas on a maternity ward, there are some things that never change.Amina’s night shift begins at 7.30pm with a handover at 8am.
Burger King restaurants across the country will serve up Whopper burgers with holes cut in the middle on Friday, 1 June to celebrate National Donut Day.The “frame-grilled donut,” which also comes with a mini slider made from the part cut out in the middle, will be available in select restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston and Salt Lake City.For donut enthusiasts who don’t live in one of those areas, no need to fret: Burger King and BuzzFeed’s Tasty channel have created a DIY video that shows how to create a Whopper donut at home.Dozens of other brands have plans for this year’s National Donut Day, which unlike many other food-related “holidays,” actually has legitimate roots.The day was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army as a way to honor the “Donut Girls” who made complimentary donuts for American soldiers during World War I.To celebrate the 80-year-old holiday, Krispy Kreme is handing out free donuts to customers on Friday.
Through a series of animated stories, The Salvation Army is delicately shedding light on the many “battles” people in need face during the holiday season—while trying to avoid guilting those in a position to help.The “Fight For Good” holiday campaign, created by the largest U.S. independent agency The Richards Group, is comprised of four animated videos cut into 60-second, 30-second and 15-second spots.Each depicts stories of hunger, homelessness and financial difficulty, and though they focus on fictional animated characters, The Salvation Army hopes viewers understand that these stories are all too real for too many people.One video entitled “Battle” (seen below) provides a synopsis of the struggles the campaign’s three animated characters—Chloe, Emma and Gus—are enduring.Later spots delve deeper into their personal stories.Error loading player: No playable sources found
As offices clamor to think up unique holiday party ideas, and as coworkers stress over finding the perfect gift for their cubicle mates, one holiday tradition has grown in popularity and may provide a solution to both.What was once a thoughtful but misguided gift idea -- one that was immediately dispensed to the Salvation Army in order to avoid extortion opportunities -- tacky holiday sweaters have become a popular source for holiday theme parties and team building opportunities.Related: The 'Short Guy Problem' in Clothing Stores Spotlights the Limits of Big BrandsThese recent trends have made tacky holiday sweaters a big business.Just ask Nick Morton and Evan Mendelsohn, two friends from San Diego who saw an opportunity in 2010 to capitalize on the popularity of tacky sweater parties among fellow millennials and created Tipsy Elves, a website that sells sweaters with unique and purposely tacky -- and sometime obscene -- designs.The partners launched Tipsy Elves while still working their day jobs -- Mendelsohn as a lawyer and Morton as an endodontist.
It’s rare to see a tech company report higher than a ten percent black employee population, but that’s what Atlanta-based Rubicon Global just did.The trash and recycling company, which has raised $220 million in venture funding, touts some above-average representation of black employees, reporting 25 percent of its employee base is black.Rubicon Global does not haul trash itself, but rather connects businesses with local waste collection services through an online bidding process, which is designed to help the businesses save money.Businesses using Rubicon include 7-Eleven, The Salvation Army and Sweetgreen.In management roles and higher, Rubicon is 79 percent white, 9 percent Asian, 7 percent black, 4 percent Latinx and 1 percent Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.Still, Rubicon employs a large percentage of white people.
The potential of striking gold at a charity shop can be very much dependent on where that store is located.Given NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is just an hour away, a pair of college students in Orlando were lucky enough to find six vintage flight suits buried in a box at a Salvation Army shop that was going out of business.Because the Salvation Army store was shutting down, Talia Rappa and Skyer Ashworth were able to snag the uniforms, which included a white suit worn by ground crew, and five blue suits worn by actual astronauts, for just 20 cents each — about 15p.The blue flight suits have since been verified by experts at the American Space Museum to have belonged to astronauts George Nelson, Robert A. Parker, and Charles D. Walker, who flew on shuttle missions between 1983 and 1985.Rappa, who’s studying astrophysics, and Ashworth, who will soon be starting a college aerospace program, plan to auction the suits with the help of the American Space Museum in November.Each of the blue flight suits is expected to sell for around £4,000, or even more, and the two students will donate some of the proceeds to the museum, and use the rest to pay for college.
Center Parcs has appointed Y London as its creative agency, bringing to an end the four-year relationship the business had with Brothers and Sisters.The Drum has learned initial meetings were held with at least three agencies in February and of those Center Parcs opted for Y’s pitch.Chocolate maker Cadbury called a creative review in hunt for one agency to manage its advertising strategy that has been split between Saatchi & Saatchi and Fallon, the agency behind the drum-playing Gorilla advert.It is understood that the review is being led by Dana Anderson, chief marketing officer at Cadbury-owner Mondelez, and that only London agencies are being considered ahead of the first briefing which happened this week.The Salvation Army has appointed the Manchester arm of Weber Shandwick to develop and deliver the creative communications strategy for the movement’s redevelopment of Strawberry Field in Liverpool.Weber Shandwick Manchester won the creative brief after a competitive pitch process.
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