Kari Hamanaka

Staff Reporter

Kari Hamanaka covers apparel manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and automakers. She can be reached at hamanaka@ocbj.com.

Email: hamanaka@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 271

Recent Stories

Midday Stock Roundup

Evolus on the rise; Tilly’s falls

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Kia EV6 Electric Reservations Filled in a Day

Limited run of 1,500 first editions to be delivered next year

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Lido Marina Village Nabs Saturdays NYC

Temporary store is brand’s first on West Coast, second in U.S.

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Vizio Addressable TV Count Grows

Enabled TVs allow for more targeted ads

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Hyundai, Disney Link on Tucson Campaign

Combines characters from Marvel, “The Bachelorette,” “black-ish” and “SportsCenter”

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Kia EV6 Reservation Site Issues Fixed

Site to come back online June 8

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Howard’s Plots Its Own Shopping Spree

RETAIL: Victorville buy; eyes out-of-state growth

As Howard's area expansion unfolds, it has also added more luxury consumer brands to its merchandise portfolio

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Anaheim Uses Analytics, Social For Multichannel Campaign

Visit Anaheim Preps For State’s Reopening

Wasting no time in drum up buzz around tourism in Anaheim as the state’s official reopening looms

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Hyundai Touts High-Tech For Electric Vehicle Launch

Recently Revealed Ioniq 5 To Offer In-Vehicle Commerce

Ioniq 5 will be the first Hyundai model to feature SmartSense driver-assistance capabilities

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Midday Stock Roundup

Inari Medical, Tilly’s on the rise

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Tilly’s Notches Q1 Gains as Spending Bounces Back

Stimulus checks, school reopenings help drive traffic

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May Marks Record Month for OC Automakers

Big gains seen during month

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Nogin: When Tech and Merchants Marry

RETAIL: Technology firm buys vintage e-tailer

Unusual match between high-tech and fashion as Nogin acquires vintage-inspired e-tailer ModCloth

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Taco Bell CEO Adds Podcaster to Résumé

Podcast numbers saw huge rise in 2020 as more companies utilize the medium for controlling brand narratives and marketing

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PacSun Boosts TikTok Base; Approaches 1M Followers

Gen Z Support Helps Double Digital Sales

Digital sales doubled last year as total revenue exceeded $700 million amid TikTok platform growth

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Midday Stock Roundup

Clean Energy Fuels swings down; STAAR Surgical rises

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Fox Racing Nabs $95M in New Financing

To be used for refinancing debt, growth

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Mountain Mike’s Rolls Out Loyalty Program

Revamp comes as company focuses on digital

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Manna Kadar on the Business of Lifestyle

RETAIL: Amazon influencer looks to expand into home line

As face mask requirements are being lifted, beauty companies like Manna Kadar Cosmetics are preparing for a spike in business

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Beauty Co. Arbonne Gets Glammed, the Digital Way

CEO Whitehead Unveils New Mobile-Friendly Site

Arbonne PBC is getting more personalized with its customer base.

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Taco Bell Links With Redditors on Video

Clip Details Quesalupa Quest

The lengths one Taco Bell fan went to for a limited-time menu item just got preserved in the digital stratosphere.

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Midday Stock Roundup

FivePoint rises; Viant slides

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Kia Pulls Wraps Off EV6 Crossover

First of several electrics

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Yogurtland Reworks Digital Rewards Program

Latest Among Restaurant Cos. to Up App Game

Refreshed app allows easier online ordering, rewards tracking and transaction history

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OC's Boutique Fitness Whisperer

Anthony Geisler Builds Huge Portfolio Via Aquisitions, Franchising

Company franchise locations expanded with 250 openings in 2020, more growth predicted for this year

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Del Taco’s Crunchtada Takes on Taco Bell

RESTAURANTS: Campaign focus on irreverence, fun

Crunchtada relaunch features three variations of the item to meet consumer demand and dietary considerations

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Public Relations Firms Bounce Back

Communications Spending, PR Firm Staffing Both Up

Orange County public relations firms are making up for lost time—and work.

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Florence Marine X Debuts With Membership Model

Members Get 1st Crack At Brand’s Debut Drop

Rewards and early access to new products will help gather data of membership results

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Unicorn Tribe: Rebuilding Retail With Social Connections

E-COMMERCE: A refreshed version of cable TV shopping

Success of Facebook marketing has contributed to company growth, customer loyalty and potential future plans

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Midday Stock Roundup

Viant, Montrose stocks move up

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Jeffrey Guyton to Add CEO to Duties at Mazda

Promotion effective June 24

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Hyundai Motor Group to Pump $7.4B into EVs, Mobility Solutions

Electric vehicles to be made in the U.S. starting next year

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Boot Barn Rises on Q4 Results

Reports strong sales in-store and online

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El Pollo Loco Makes Switch to Eco-Friendly Packaging

Move away from Styrofoam systemwide

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Vizio Ad Division Surges in Q1

Platform+ revenue spiked 120%

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Wienerschnitzel Nabs Q1 Same-Store Sales Growth

Comes as chain ramps franchise expansion

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Advantage Solutions Narrows Q1 Loss

Sees recovery in marketing business

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Chipotle to Hire 20,000, Boost Wages

Expects to reach $15 hourly average end of June

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Hyundai Enlists Influencers, Digital on Tucson Campaign

TikTok, Youtube, TV For Vehicle’s Push

Marketers are opening up their wallets again with some big product pushes.

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Fitness Cos. Power Up High-Tech Workouts

LA Fitness Offers Openfit Streaming

Fitness companies appealing to consumer habits with hybrid offerings of in-person workouts, digital on-demand streams

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Restaurants Cast A 2021 Growth Story

FOOD: Franchising, digital development

OC restaurant companies are utilizing pandemic experience to push for growth and digital business strategies

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Vans Founder Paul Van Doren Dies

Started a multi-billion-dollar footwear company, global brand

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Alfred Chang to Co-CEO of PacSun

Brieane Olson promoted to president

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Midday Stock Roundup

Viant Technology, El Pollo Loco stocks rise

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Hyundai Taps Culture Brands for African American Marketing

Multi-year deal to begin with work on 2022 Tucson

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El Pollo Loco Delivers Growth in Q1

Misses analyst projections

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Nogin Buys ModCloth

Marks first purchase of a fashion brand for Tustin e-commerce tech company

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Vizio Adds Channels to SmartCast TV System

PeopleTV, QVC, Absolute History among 10 channels added

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South Coast to Get First Canada Goose in California

Upscale outerwear brand to open in fall

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Vizio to Make Pitch to Media Buyers at IAB NewFronts

First time participating in digital marketing event

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