The auto industry will adopt a build-to-order (BTO) car manufacturing and sales approach over the next four years to improve market responsiveness and bolster sagging profits.

Cisneros Television Group (CTG) announced it named Ralph Haiek as Chief Operating Officer. As previously announced, Ibero American Media Partners has agreed to combine CTG, along with other media properties, with El Sitio, Inc. LCTO to create Claxson Interactive Group, Inc.

The American workplace is changing. Today millions of workers telework, conducting their business from a home office, or at least an office nearer home, communicating to the corporate network via e-mail, telephone, fax and Internet.

Even though only a quarter of the global Internet population will reside in the United States by 2005, only one-third of American online businesses are targeting global markets, according to Jupiter Research.

Grupo Televisa, S.A. updated investors on the pre-sale advertising deposits expected to be applied to television advertising during 2001.

American Express Company, General Mills, and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. have won the 2001 Catalyst Award for their comprehensive initiatives to advance women through their corporate ranks. Each initiative, diverse in its focus, has proven successful, effective, and measurable.

United Parcel Service announced that Jovita Carranza, a 24-year veteran of UPS, has been promoted to UPS President for Latin America & the Caribbean (Americas).

Online buying during the Holiday season topped $10 billion in 2000, a Goldman Sachs/ PC Data study disclosed.

The California Venture Forum (CVF) launched its semi-annual application campaign inviting regional business owners and entrepreneurs to submit business plans for the Fourteenth Semi-Annual Investor Forum to be held on May 9, 2001 at California State University, Fullerton.

The Army announced a compelling new advertising campaign, marking its first major change in advertising direction since 1981.

Although taking a long term view may be difficult for entrepreneurs living in "Internet time," understanding the cyclical nature of the economy will be critical to success in 2001, according to corporate and securities attorneys with Foley & Lardner.

The "Ten Brands to Watch in 2001" have been named by Brand Marketing magazine and are published in its current (January) issue. The list includes Nokia, AOL, Napster, Extreme Football League, Amazon.com, AT&T, Firestone, Onstar, Revlon, and Hillary Clinton.

Fleming announced Joe Villarreal has been named to the position of Vice President of Ethnic Procurement, effective immediately.

Villarreal reports to Phil Murphy, Senior Vice President, Procurement.

A new forum facility has been launched at just-drinks.com, enabling readers to have their say about burning issues affecting the drinks industry.

American brewer Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. announced its purchase of approximately 14 percent of Chilean-based Compania Cervecerias Unidas S.A., a diversified beverage company operating principally in Chile and Argentina.

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