AXW Weekly Update

February 09, 2018 | Vol. XLIX


Karma Revero Named Green Car Journal’s 2018 Luxury Green Car Of The Year

The vehicle’s combination of iconic design and innovative electric plug-in hybrid drive technology contributed to the judges’ decision to choose the Karma Revero as the winner. Finalists for the competition included the BMW 530e, Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, Lexus LS 500H and Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. “Karma’s Revero stands out among its premium-class competitors, generating more attention than any model we have ever tested,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and (Read More)



Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation And Prizeo Team Up For Super Bowl LII Sweepstakes

Shortly after the Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings to send them to Super Bowl LII, Quarterback Carson Wentz knew he wanted to do something big for the Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation. Earlier in the 2017 season, Carson teamed up with Prizeo to run an extremely successful campaign around the Week 17 game vs the Dallas Cowboys. (Read More)



Jermaine Dupri, Cameo among 2018 Trumpet Awards honorees

Jermaine Dupri and Cameo are among the honorees at this year’s Bounce Trumpet Awards, the annual event that celebrates African-American achievements and contributions. In addition to Atlanta music visionary Dupri, who has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Aretha Franklin to Janet Jackson, and “Word Up!” hitmakers Cameo, this year’s honorees also feature Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown. (Read More)




Amazon said to launch delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx

Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The so-called “Shipping with Amazon” program will be an end-to-end shipping solution, with pickups from businesses and shipments made to consumers, per the report. The timeframe for rollout is soon, too: Amazon is said to be readying the service for its first launch in LA in the “coming weeks,” starting, not surprisingly, with companies that sell stuff via its website. After its initial launch in LA, Amazon will look to expand it out to other cities, possibly as soon as later this year, the WSJ says. (Read More)


Peloton will Stream Spin Classes from PyeongChang at Olympics

Call it a new type of Olympics TV workout: Peloton, which live-streams spin classes to the people who use its exercise bikes, will make available four workout shows from NBCU’s Olympics broadcast center in PyeongChang, South Korea, part of an advertising and promotional agreement struck between the two companies. (Read More)


ESPN is releasing a new subscription app for $5/month

Next month ESPN will finally launch ESPN Plus, the digital-only subscription service it has been talking about launching since the summer of 2016. It’s a tough sell, because if you’re the kind of person who likes watching the stuff that ESPN is paying billions of dollars a year to show you — NFL games, NBA games, big-time college football and other top-tier sports — ESPN’s new service won’t give you what you want. Instead, ESPN Plus will have “incremental thousands of hours of live programming,” as Disney CEO Bob Iger put it today on his company’s earnings call — but none of the stuff you can see on any of ESPN’s cable channels. (Read More)


Amazon is experimenting with its own QR code

Amazon is rolling out its own take on the concept and calling them “SmileCodes.” If you’ve scanned a QR code before, the idea will seem similar: see a code in, say, a magazine, open a scanner (built into the Amazon app), line up your camera with the code, and… something happens. What that something will be will vary from code to code, but they can open product pages, play videos. (Read More)