General Mills Releases Two New Cereals

Entering the grocery retail space throughout North America is considered one of the most significant challenges in business. Standard brands like Kellogg’s, Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, Honeycomb, and Cheerios have priority control over this marketspace. These brands occasionally release new products to entire their customers with new flavours. General Mills, the manufacturers of Cheerios, announced the Gluten-Free Cinnamon Cheerios Cereal. It’ll combine whole grain oats with apple cinnamon, which is then topped with powdered sugarcane. General Mills iterated that their latest product doesn’t resemble Cheerios Oat Crunch Cinnamon, as those include gluten.

The Gluten-Free Cinnamon Cheerios enter select retail stores starting on April 30th, 2020. General Mills won’t release this product nationwide until June 2020. Prices suggest that standard sizes will cost $4.80, with the Family-Size box costing $5.99. It should be mentioned that this isn’t the exclusive product announced by General Mills throughout April. Banana Nut Cheerios were also confirmed, which are available for a select period until May 2020. Flavour profiles include banana puree with cinnamon and sugar. It’s purchasable via Amazon and retail supplies like Walmart for $3.99. PR Representatives with General Mills expressed that the popularity behind Banana Nut Cheerios could see this product become an annual release between April to May.

New Coco Puffs

General Mills is the largest supplier of cereal products to North America. They’re continuously working towards creating new flavours that can entice millions across the United States and Canada. Cheerios isn’t the exclusive brand operated by General Mills. This significant supplier also manufactures Total Cereal, Wheaties, Trix, Count Chocula, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, Fibre One, and Chex.

One of their older brands that was discounted in the early 2000s is returning this quarter. It was announced that Cocoa Puffs would re-emit itself into retail markets. This confirmation was held through a social media gathering, with PR Representatives showcasing the box. It revealed the “Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch Cereal”. It’ll be released on May 5th and cost $4.99 for the Mid-Range Box. Consumers wanting the Family-Size model will pay $7.99 for these Cocoa Puffs. It should be mentioned this is a limited-time offering to test the market conditions for Cocoa Puffs.

New Products from Fast Food Restaurants

The COVID-19 Pandemic hasn’t stopped fast-food corporations from releasing new products to consumers. Both Sonic and Taco Bell have announced need options on their menu for the summer season. When it applies to the Sonic fast-food chain, consumers can purchase the Red Bull Slush again. This follows after it’s initial run throughout April 2019, which saw the introduction of the Red Bull Cherry Limeade Slush. Sales for the specialized slushie were better than anticipated, prompting the revival of this summer marketing campaign.

Sonic confirmed the Cherry Limeade flavour profile won’t be returning and will instead be replaced with the Red Bull Watermelon Slush, which will be available throughout April 30th to August 30th. Those wanting to purchase the latest slushie from Sonic will require $3.99. It should be mentioned that prices will vary depending on the location and state. Regardless of the cost, a delicious and savoury summer drink is now available at all Sonic fast-food restaurants in the United States of America.

Taco Bell Gets Spicy

When it applies to Taco Bell, their relying on the Lays Company to create a specialized summer treat. This follows after both companies have worked with each other for a prolonged period. Their relationship continues to thrive new products, with Taco Bell & Doritos announcing two new menu options. Those comprise of the “Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos” and the “Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos”. They’ll be available nationwide in America on April 19th, which will be supported through Delivery and Drive-Thrus exclusively.

This follows after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Taco Ball to close off their indoor seating areas to the public. Product experts determined that the new menu options from Taco Bell are to entice new sales, which will have been limited with slower traffic from the novel coronavirus. Those wanting to pick-up these tacos or have them delivered are recommended to add Nacho Cheese, Avocado Ranch Sauce or Guacamole. It’ll drastically increase the flavour profiles associations with the Nacho Choose and Flamin’ Hot editions of Doritos Locos Tacos. It should be mentioned that Taco Bell maintains a magnitude of other menu options, ranging from Burritos to Quesada’s.

Security Updated Released to Zoom

Alterations with Zoom’s security interface have been required for a prolonged period. Several elements within their previous update allowed hackers to review the video conferences of numerous meetings. It prompted multiple businesses to ban the usage of Zoom and focus on the Skype platform. Corporations like NASA experiences “Zoom-Bombs”, which has unwanted individuals join video conferences to annoy them relentlessly. This extends towards Educational Facilities throughout America, with these actions being filmed and posted to online sites like Facebook or YouTube.

It’s not surprising that hacking trolls have attacked Zoom. Throughout the last two months, the popularity of this platform has increased drastically. It followed after corporations worldwide implemented Self-Isolation Measures and began video conferencing from home. Issues with their security caused to alternative platforms to be located, with the overwhelming majority sticking it out with Zoom. Their patience paid off with the recent security update. It’s ensured that the several faults within their previous security interface wouldn’t be exposed any longer.

Zoom’s the best “All-in-One” Service, with Text Messaging and Video Conferencing being supported. These attributes are enabled through cloud-based programming, allowing for transparency with this large-scale corporation. Pricing for this platform is minimal, and consumers receive 24/7 support. The influx of individuals acquiring this perfect platform prompted several weaknesses to become exposed. Their prompt response towards these troublemakers saw Zoom praised by users and technology analysts. Microsoft’s Skype platform has struggled to release consistent & reliable updates for a prolonged period.

Zoom Meetings have enabled password protection, allowing for individuals setting up the video conference to select who joins. Specific passwords are provided by Zoom, which includes a series of alphabetic letters and numbers with ALT Keys. Hacking these extensive passwords is impossible for these trolls.

The Banning’s

Video conferencing platforms require extensive security to become supported by world governments and large-scale companies. After these security weaknesses were exposed to Zoom, several governments and numerous organizations banned the usage of this platform. Those include the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, SpaceX, NASA and the Taiwanese Government. It’s unknown if those bans will be lifted with the recent updates to security.

Fitbit Releases Charge 4 Fitness Tracker

The Fitbit Corporation has implemented new features with its “Charge 4 Fitness Tracker”. The latest model in this series of fitness wear is becoming more similar to a smartphone. Consumers purchasing this product receive GPS Navigation, Fitness Tracking Tools, Spotify Playback Controls and a variety of Watch Interfaces. Benefits of owning the latest model include travelling for great distances without concerns over getting lost, which will be a significant selling point during the advertisement campaign. It should be noted that GPS Navigation will support specific suggestions for Outdoor Workouts, including upcoming marathons.

The SP02 Sensor

The Fitbit Corporation implemented a specialized sensor into the Charge 4 Fitness Tracker. It’s named the SP02 Sensor, which provides owners with a series of specialized options that are supported by the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization. Those options include Heart Rate Tracking, with this extending towards the Charge 4 tracking sleeping patterns. Detailed information on oxygen-level intakes and breathing patterns are provided. Fitbit will suggest users’ activities that can better assist them during sleep if the information is unsatisfactory. It should be noted that multiple fitness trackers provide some rendition of these features for a variety of prices.

Smartwatch Capabilities

Designers with the Fitbit Corporation have worked diligently towards competing with Apple and Android in the smartwatch market. That’s why the Charge 4 Fitness Tracker is provided with a multitude of features that are typically seen in smartwatches. Some are a 1st to this platform, including the capability to make Contactless Payments. Additional smartwatch features include Smartphone Notifications, Social Media Access and Streaming Music Services. What makes the Charge 4 Fitness Tracker compelling for consumers is the price tag of $150.00. This is considerably cheaper than most smartwatches for the same variety of features.

Those wanting to purchase the Charge 4 Fitness Tracker can order online and have it shipped directly to your home. Curbside pickup will be required during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Consumers wanting the most from the Fitbit smartwatch can purchase the Premium Subscription Service, which allows for a variety of programs and guided workouts to become accessible. Additional sleeping tracking technologies are provided through the subscription model as well, which costs $10.00 monthly. Consumers can register today for a Three Month Trial.

Sponsorships Losses with Postponed Olympics

The International Olympic Committee the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, which disappointed the IOC but was a necessary decision amidst the global Covid-19 Pandemic. These committee organizers confirmed that these scheduled games will still take place in Tokyo, with delays sustaining twelve months. It’s expected that the Tokyo Summer Olympics won’t be held until July 2021. This is costing sponsors that supported this global venue, with it being assumed that they’ll demand interest compensation for the delays. It’d be a viable claim but unreasonable during the pandemic, as all sporting events have terminated their respective operations.

Joint statements were issued by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and International Olympic Committee. It was noted that the specific circumstances of Covid-19 saw a continued influx of information from WHO officials. After substantial discussions were the Japanese Prime Minister and IOC President, it’s been determined that Tokyo’s XXXII Olympiad must be shut down. This joint statement confirmed that the venue wouldn’t be held any later than Summer 2021, that this decision was ultimately made to ensure the safety of athletes and employees. This extends towards everyone visiting or working under the Olympic Games globally.

Sponsor Rewards

IOC confirmed that the Olympic Torch would continue being lit before the venue is held. That means the Olympic Torches home in Tokyo will remain present for an additional twelve months. This should be relieving for merchandisers globally, who don’t have access to their manufacturing facilities. IOCs announcements followed after weeks of speculation indicated sponsors & advertisers with planned campaigns would lose their valuable investments. However, all previous sponsorship contracts will remain active under this postponement period. Corporations will receive their due advertisements by Summer 2021.

The corporations affected with their sponsorship campaigns for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics include Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Apple, Samsung, Canon, Fuji and Nikon. This marks the 1st time since World War Two that the Olympic Games were postponed. Additional game closures were conducted through WW1 as well. Though these corporations might be disappointed with their delayed advertisements, athletes and planned visitors have agreed with IOCs decision. These large-scale companies would’ve lost a substantial sum of money under this reformatted agreement, that being upwards of $75 million for Coca-Cola in 2020.