Weekly Industry Brief: 6.18.2018

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Stay cool!

Brands and Retailers

  • Is co-working the next hot retail concept?  Retail Dive
  • These brands are benefiting from fumbles at Victoria’s Secret.  CNBC
  • To compete with Amazon, big-name consumer brands have to become more like it.  Havard Business Review
  • CoverGirl is opening its first store.  Elle
  • Rent the Runway extends logistics tools to luxury fashion brands.  Fast Company
  • Google enters deal with Carrefour to sell food online.  Bloomberg
  • Zara goes high-tech in race with Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • Home Depot sets $1.2B supply-chain overhaul.  The Wall Street Journal
  • AT&T completes its acquisition of Time Warner.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon is facing questions from U.S. senators about Echo privacy.  AdAge
  • Adobe could be the next $10B software company.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon’s clever machines are moving from the warehouse to headquarters.  Bloomberg
  • JetBlue founder launching another low-cost airline.  Fast Company

Marketing + Social Media

  • Voice assistants are the new marketing battleground.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Cannabis has officially arrived in the realm of luxury wellness.  Quartz
  • Inside Coach’s latest bid for brand love.  Retail Dive
  • Inside Nike’s mission to change the future of our planet.  Dazed
  • Snap introduces ads for its stoppable AR games.  VentureBeat
  • How Depop is catering to Gen Z and millennials to get an edge over competitors.  Glossy
  • Get ready to activate marketing campaigns with mobile wallets.  Forbes
  • Facebook is building a $750M data center in Huntsville, Alabama.  Fortune
  • Instagram’s new shopping bag icon adds commerce element to advertisers’ Stories.  MarketingLand
  • In study, Conde Nast seeks to understand which factors influence purchase on the path to purchase.  Glossy
  • Oprah partners with Apple on subscription video service.  Fast Company
  • Snapchat builds app services for Tinder and more.  AdAge
  • Unilever says it won’t work with influencers who buy followers.  CNBC

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • L’oreal is bringing the makeup counter experience into your home with live-streaming and AR.  AdWeek
  • Macy’s and B8ta partner on new retail concept.  Retail Dive
  • Why are grocery retailers teaming up with tech giants?  Reuters
  • Microsoft is developing its own cashier less store technology.  TechCrunch
  • Marketing startup Influential raises $12M from WME and others.  TechCrunch
  • Zelle forecast to overtake Venmo this year.  TechCrunch
  • WeWork in talks with SoftBank to double valuation to as much as $40B.  The Wall Street Journal
  • LOLA raises $24M for a subscription service that ships tampons, pads and now condoms.  TechCrunch
  • Square jumps on receiving license to let New York customers buy and sell bitcoin.  Bloomberg
  • These high-tech clothes make you money by selling your data.  Wired

International

  • Chinese shoppers look to live videos to discover American beauty brands.  Glossy
  • How ecommerce with drove delivery is taking flight in China.  The Economist
  • Google invests in JD.com.  Seeking Alpha
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Weekly Industry Brief: 6.11.2018

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Lord & Taylor is closing 10 stores including its Fifth Avenue flagship.  Fortune
  • Gucci aims to rival Louis Vuitton with $12B target.  Fortune
  • The world’s largest apparel companies 2018.  Forbes
  • Amazon introduces the Fire TV cube.  Quartz
  • Ikea no longer just a furniture company.  Fast Company
  • Why 2018 is the year of modernization for Target.  Retail Dive
  • Five surprising findings about how people buy shoes and clothes.  Harvard Business Review
  • Kayla Itsines’ Sweat app will rake in $77M this year.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon taps into the indie beauty craze with new online store.  Glossy
  • Target, Sycamore tried to acquire Toys ‘R’ Us assets.  Bloomberg
  • Rue La La is buying GIlt.  Bloomberg
  • How FitBit is trying to transform healthcare and itself.  Fast Company
  • Yahoo Messenger to shut down.  Fortune
  • How pop-up shops are evolving as commerce brands expand their footprints.  AdWeek
  • Starbucks increases price of coffee.  AdAge
  • J.C. Penny to open 650 Fanatics shops in stores.  Women’s Wear Daily

Marketing and Social Media

  • Facebook allows video with copyrighted music, tests Lip Sync Live.  TechCrunch
  • SeatGeek brings ticket selling into Snapchat.  TechCrunch
  • Is H&M’s influencer-drive line the future of fashion?  Fast Company
  • Behind the messy, expensive split between Facebook and WhatsApp founders.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facebook shared data with Chinese telecom Huawei, raising US government security concerns.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook monetizes Marketplace with ads from users and brands.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook takes on Twitch with launch of new game streaming.  Tech Radar
  • Snapchat ad prices go from ungodly to cheap.  AdAge
  • Instagram plans to launch a Snapchat Discover-style video hub.  TechCrunch
  • Direct-to-consumer brands sour on Facebook ads.  Digiday
  • Publishers are seeing traffic from more than just Facebook.  AdWeek
  • How Generation Z’s social media savvy entrepreneurs are giving millennials a run for their money.  CNBC
  • US podcast ad revenues hit record $314M in 2017. TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • The Honest Company accelerates growth strategy with investment from L Catterton.  BusinessWire
  • Casper launches a $35 nap pillow for sleeping on-the-go.  TechCrunch
  • Apple drew up a patent for a new kind of blood pressure monitor.  The Verge
  • H&M tests voice-activated mirrors at NYC flagship.  Retail Dive
  • Why Microsoft is willing to pay so much for Github.  Harvard Business Review
  • How shopping app Wish is building a retail empire.  CNet
  • Microsoft acquires a bunch of game studios.  TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon extends UK hiring spree as Brexit uncertainty lingers.  Bloomberg
  • Chinese buyers crave a new sales pitch: “experiential luxury”.  Jing Daily
  • Luxury sales are rebounding in China. Just not in stores. The New York Times
  • India’s online sales to grow 31% in 2018. LiveMint

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.4.2018

And just like that, it’s JUNE! Here is a recap of industry news over the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • WalMart’s personal shopper service launches in New York.  Fortune
  • Microsoft is now more valuable than Google.  The Verge
  • Improvement seen across the board for Urban Outfitters in the first quarter.  Forbes
  • Howard Shultz to exit Starbucks.  The New York Times
  • Sears Holdings closing 72 more stores after another terrible quarter.  Fortune
  • Madewell continues to help J.Crew, with sales up 39%.  Fashionista
  • How today’s newest underwear brands are changing the game by focusing on inclusivity.  Fashionista
  • American Eagle beats earnings, Aerie sales on fire.  Reuters
  • Coca Cola just started selling its first alcoholic drink ever.  Fortune
  • Valentino and L’Oreal are joining forces to create a new beauty collection.  Harper’s Bazaar
  • Etsy to close wholesale market to focus on main website.  Bloomberg
  • 20 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s 294-page Internet Trends report.  TechCrunch
  • WalMart CEO highlights innovation, performance.  CNBC
  • Lululemon climbs as sales pick up pace.  Bloomberg
  • Ikea rethinks US expansion, invests in online.  USA Today

Marketing and Social Media

  • Pinterest 2017 sales rise 58%.  Bloomberg
  • Facebook nears deals on new shows for video platform.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Kanye skips Tidal exclusivity, drops new album on Spotify and Apple Music.  TechCrunch
  • TV ads on AMC networks will be able to deliver offers directly to viewers’ smartphones.  AdWeek
  • Facebook pulling plug on Trending feature.  AdWeek
  • Abercrombie’s comeback traced to marketing.  AdAge
  • Teens dump Facebook for YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.  TechCrunch
  • Why wellness brands are betting on podcast ads.  Glossy
  • Snapchat preps Snapkit platform to bring camera, login to other apps.  TechCrunch
  • Pinterest unveils new video ad format.  Mediapost

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Hello Alfred, the in-home assistant service snags $40M.  Fast Company
  • Warren Buffet offered Uber a $3B investment but the talks fell apart.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WalMart’s future may include in-store drones and smart shopping carts.  CNBC
  • Alibaba’s new autonomous robot delivers packages at a modest pace.  Engadget
  • HelloFresh takes meal kits to Giant, Stop & Shop.  The Wall Street Journal
  • The number of smartphone driven retailers is growing.  Bloomberg
  • L’Oreal says AR beauty is just the beginning.  Forbes
  • Softbank to invest $2.25B in GM’s self-driving car division.  Fortune

International

  • Amazon India rebrands, expands online groceries service.  LiveMint
  • Canada goose to expand in China.  Financial Post
  • Amazon geo-blocks Australia from US website as tax change kicks in.  Reuters
  • Apple’s HomePod launches in Canada, France and Germany.  The Verge
  • Alibaba to invest $15.5B in logistics network.  ZDNet

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.29.2018

Welcome back to work! Here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks (yes, two weeks…you can stalk my Insta to know why I didn’t post last week!).  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • BJ’s Wholesale files for IPO. The Wall Street Journal
  • Urban Outfitters launches third-party marketplace and tests self-checkout in stores.  Marketing Dive 
  • Target’s first quarter store traffic highest in a decade.  AdAge
  • Netflix tops Disney market value as top media stock.  AdAge
  • Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent.”  TechCrunch
  • Amazon made the top 10 of the Fortune 500 for the first time ever.  Quartz
  • Best Buy expands Geek Squad services with roll out of Total Tech Support.  Star Tribune
  • Ralph Lauren shares surge on designer’s vote of confidence in CEO.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon’s map-tracking package locator now offered to all US shoppers.  CNet
  • Gap leans on heavy discounts to clear store inventory.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Nordstrom wants brands to embrace the size spectrum.  Glossy
  • Matches Fashion saw sales climb a whopping 44% last year.  Fashionista
  • Urban Outfitters sees profits triple in first quarter. Seeking Alpha
  • Poshmark has officially distributed $1B to its sellers.  Fashionista
  • Walmart quietly launches JetBlack, a personal shopping service for affluent city moms.  Recode
  • With three new brands, Target takes aim at Generation Z.  Business of Fashion
  • Target cuts delivery fees by almost half, putting pressure on Walmart and Amazon.  USA Today  
  • The Real Real’s radical vision of secondhand luxury.  New Yorker 
  • How Ulta is winning in the age of Amazon.  Quartz
  • Next time you buy a TV at Best Buy, you may also be offered health care.  CNBC
  • How OPI is hacking Amazon and data algorithms to improve its online site.  Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Why it’s primetime for Instagram Stories.  AdWeek
  • Paypal starts deeper integration with Google; users can now pay directly in Gmail, Youtube.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat launches first lens that responds to sound.  Engadget
  • A leaked look at Facebook’s influencer marketing search engine.  TechCrunch
  • Ikea’s witty social posts about the Royal Wedding.  AdAge
  • Instagram adds options to mute posts in your feed.  VentureBeat
  • How Lego infuses social media marketing with play.  CMO
  • L’Oreal films Chinese influencer marketing videos at Cannes.  SCMP
  • Ulta partners with Like to Know It.  Glossy
  • Publicis Groupe reveals much anticipated AI platform.  The Drum 
  • New Balance launches shoppable AR in Snapchat. MediaPost 
  • How Vans became the brand that can do no wrong.  High Snobiety
  • Victoria’s Secret has a plan to upgrade its image for younger women.  CNBC
  • Facebook Stories sees 150M users per day and will soon launch ads.  TechCrunch
  • YouTube Music subscription service to relaunch this week.  Seeking Alpha
  • Amazon Prime members now get 10% off at Whole Foods.  Fast Company 
  • Twitter looking to expand its programatic offerings with Timeline Ad Network pilot program.  MarketingLand

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Dog-sitting start-up, Rover, raises $155M.  TechCrunch
  • PayPal acquires European payments start-up iZettle for $2.2B.  The New York Times 
  • Kroger buys meal-kit start up Home Chef.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Why Nike’s AR experiment with Facebook Messenger was a hit.  MarTech Today
  • Your favorite stores could be tracking you with facial recognition. Racked
  • Why Nordstrom is betting on high-touch tech in stores.  Fortune
  • Adobe buys Magento for $1.7B.  Bloomberg
  • Target rolling out AR tools in stores to stay competitive in beauty.  Glossy
  • You’ll soon be able to use augmented reality to try on sneakers.  Quartz
  • Cult ‘fast-beauty’ brand Winky Lux raises $6M in Series A to fund experience-first retail plans.  Forbes

International 

  • Ikea pushes into South America.  Reuters
  • Starbucks to open 3,000 more stores in China.  CNN Money 
  • Amazon leads $12M investment in India-based digital insurance start-up.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon plans China event for global growth strategy.  SmartBrief
  • Meet the start-up building a market from scratch to become Africa’s Alibaba.  The Wall Street Journal
  • China may be about to cut import tariff on consumer goods from lipstick to food.  Fortune
  • Retailers’ global expansion cools as businesses get smart about opening new stores.  CNBC

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.14.2018

TGIM (“Thank God It’s Monday”)! Here is your recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have an awesome week.

Brands and Retailers

  • Target testing a retail ‘flow center’ for faster, nimbler distribution.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Five more Nike executives out amid inquiry into harassment allegations.  The New York Times 
  • WalMart to start selling Harry’s razors.  Bloomberg
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills could be valued at $3B after minority stake acquisition.  CNBC
  • Why Nestle is paying $7.2B to sell Starbucks Coffee.  Fortune
  • Sears extends partnership with Amazon as transformation continues.  Retail Dive
  • Stadium Goods positioned itself as the Tiffany’s of the high-end sneaker resale market.  The New York Times
  • Amazon launches private label pet brand.  Retail Dive
  • Apple is reportedly working on a credit card.  Quartz
  • Handy wants to take care of the heavy lifting for furniture retailers.  Forbes
  • Canadian Tie to buy sportswear brand Helly Hansen in $770M deal.  Reuters
  • Shopify launching a brick-and-mortar store.  Forbes
  • Urban Outfitters experiments with pop-ups and artist collaborations.  Glossy
  • Marriott to compete with Airbnb in home-sharing game.  Fast Company
  • Mondelez buying Tate’s Bake Shop for $500M.  Fortune
  • How product customization is driving a new business strategy at Tapestry.  Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Instagram adds video chat to its host of features.  The Drum
  • Brands can turn social video views into conversions.  PYMNTS
  • How social media issuing used to sell real estate.  AdWeek
  • Amazon stops buying shopping ads on Google. AdAge
  • Why beauty brands are shifting their focus from the feed to Instagram Stories.  Glossy
  • Why Revlon brought its digital marketing and sales organizations in-house.  Glossy
  • Snapchat’s redesigned redesign starts rolling out.  The Verge
  • Amazon, Snapchat could bring competition to Facebook and Google.  Digiday
  • Businesses on Instagram are getting calls to action, direct messaging improvements.  AdWeek
  • Instagram’s emoji slider sticker added a new element to polling friends and followers.  AdWeek
  • Facebook suspends 200 apps for potential misuse of data. AdAge
  • Bonobos looks to cash in on fashion’s inclusivity movement.  Glossy

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Google’s Style Match feature applies image recognition to finding products.  Racked
  • What blockchain could mean for marketing.  Harvard Business Review
  • LVMH to invest in Lyst upon new round of funding.  Fashionista
  • Uber unveils the flying taxi it wants to rule the skies.  Wired
  • Amazon is setting up model ‘smart’ homes to sell Alexa gadgets.  New York Post
  • Blockchain used to track gems to counter blood diamonds and fakes.  Forbes
  • Google and Levi’s connected jacket will let you know when your Uber is here.  TechCrunch

International

  • Alibaba’s brick-and-mortar malls herald new growth strategy.  Nikkei
  • How Chinese consumer engage with luxury livestreamers.  Jing Daily

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.6.2018

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Cheers!

Brands and Retailers

  • Online retailer Sense opens brick-and-mortar.  Glossy
  • Amazon studies body sizes to get that perfect clothing fit.  Wall Street Journal
  • Blue Apron turns to Costco as customer growth slows.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple has already built its next big business.  Fortune
  • Sale spikes continue for Estee Lauder.  WWD
  • Vitamins are trendy.  Vitamin stores are not.  Racked
  • Birchbox has sold majority ownership to one of its hedge fund investors after sale talks with QVC fell through.  Recode
  • Pandora and Spotify surprise investors.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon launches Prime Book Box, a $23 kids’ book selection.  TechCrunch
  • Nestle bets $7B on Starbucks to revive coffee sales.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon’s share of all retail sales could reach nearly 10% in two years.  CNBC
  • Online spending passes $100B for the first time.  RetailDive

Marketing and Social Media

  • Under Armour launches real-time Steph Curry trivia game.  Fast Company
  • Instagram is starting to take payments – but not for products just yet.  Fortune
  • Hulu surpasses 20M subscribers, grows engagement by over 60%.  The Drum
  • Snap stock plunges 15% on disappointing earnings that it partly blamed on redesign.  Fortune
  • Cambridge Analytica shuts all operations after Facebook scandal.  Fortune
  • Facebook is considering a paid, ad-free version of its social network.  Fast Company
  • Twitter advising all users to change passwords after bug exposed them in plain text.  The Verge
  • Facebook announces dating feature for meeting non-friends.   TechCrunch
  • Twitter shares spike after Disney announces it will make shows specifically for the platform.  CNBC
  • Instagram code reveals up-coming music feature.  TechCrunch
  • WhatsApp new lets you play Facebook and Instagram videos within the app.  The Verge
  • Microsoft and Amazon show off their Alexa-Cortana collaboration.  AdAge
  • Bonobos showcases 172 kinds of diversity in priciest campaign to date.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • J.P. Morgan files patent for blockchain powered payments.  Fortune
  • The $1B company that’s building wearable AI for blind people.  Fast Company
  • Macy’s acquires New York concept shop, Story.  CNBC
  • For all the hype about VR, advertisers are more excited by AR (for now).  Digiday
  • Oculus aims for the masses with a new $200 VR headset.  Fast Company
  • How beauty brands like Coty and Shiseido are using voice assistants.  Glossy
  • Goldman Sachs to open a bitcoin trading operation.  The New York Times

International

  • Walmart buys 75% share of Flipkart, India’s largest commerce platform.  AdWeek
  • Why Walmart and Amazon are battling so fiercely over India.  Fortune
  • Alibaba beats forecasts with 61% growth and predicts more of the same for the next year.  TechCrunch
  • Impulsive, addictive social commerce is China’s latest craze.  Business of Fashion

Weekly Industry Brief: 4.30.2018

And just like that, it’s the last day of April. Here is your brief of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • T-Mobile and Sprint to merge.  Fast Company
  • Old Navy to open 60 stores this year, driving Gap’s growth.  CNBC
  • Amazon’s fiscal discipline pays off as it more than doubles profit.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple poised to move further into media.  The Guardian
  • Amazon will now deliver packages to the trunk of your car.  The Verge
  • Ford cuts sedans and marketing spend.  AdAge
  • Amazon breaks $50B in revenues in Q1.  WWD
  • Coach, Fenty and Nike cut the middle man and sell straight to consumer.  USA Today
  • How private equity is boosting some brands and crushing others.  Fortune
  • Adidas is testing how to mass-produce custom shoes like those it makes for elite athletes.  Quartz
  • 12 retailers on the brink of bankruptcy in 2018.  Retail Dive
  • Can online retail solve its packaging problem? Fast Company
  • Gen Z is about to kill cash.  Retail Dive
  • WalMart sells its UK supermarket business in $10B deal.  CNN
  • Retailers benefiting the most from the tax cut.  Forbes
  • GNC is closing 200 stores.  Bloomberg
  • Abercrombie CEO details the brand’s global growth plans.  Business Insider
  • American Apparel relaunches online globally.  Fashionista

Marketing and Social Media

  • Is video the future of online shopping? Business of Fashion
  • Amazon now has a multi-billion dollar advertising business.  CNBC
  • Twitter sold Cambridge Analytica researcher public data access.  AdAge
  • Facebook is conquering commerce in the developing world.  Bloomberg
  • Why retailers are trading points for experiences when it comes to loyalty programs.  AdWeek
  • The mad dash to buy vintage clothes on Instagram.  Bloomberg
  • Pepsi eyes investors for Creators League Studio.  AdAge
  • Four ways sneaker brands successfully build hype.  High Snobiety
  • In fashion’s hype-driven era, Hermes is doing its own thing.  Dazed
  • Why Instagram managed to remain unscathed amid Facebook scandals.  Digiday

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Pinterest is using AI to filter beauty searches by skin tone.  Glossy
  • The makers of AI influencer Lil Miquela receive $6M in funding.  Hypebeast
  • Alexa will soon gain a memory, converse more naturally and automatically launch skills.  TechCrunch
  • Tile and Comcast now let you find lost items through voice search on your TV.  Venture Beat
  • Adobe acquires Uru, an AI startup that embeds ads in videos.  Venture Beat
  • Domino’s adds AI to phoned-in orders.  MediaPost
  • BigCommerce raises $64M to power commerce sites.  TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon plays catch-up in Brazil as local rivals thrive.  Reuters
  • How China leapfrogged ahead of the United States in the finch race.  PIIE
  • Muslim fashion is a $254B market – but big brands can’t crack it.  Fast Company
  • Alibaba launches blockchain technology to improve supply chain integrity and enhance trust in platform.  The Drum

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.23.2018

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of articles I’ve been reading over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headlines.

Brands and Retailers

  • AT&T is launching a $15 TV streaming subscription.  The Verge
  • Glossier is officially opening up shop in Los Angeles.  Fashionista
  • Former Nike designer launches Wone, a minimalist luxury activewear label to watch.  Fashionista
  • Amazon’s next conquest will be apparel.  TechCrunch
  • The retail industry is focusing on customer experience and convenience to win in ecommerce.  AdWeek
  • The dawn of micro-merch.  The New York Times
  • Best Buy to sell Amazon’s new Fire TV Edition smart TVs in stores. Retail Dive
  • Starbucks to close nationwide for facia-bias training.  The New York Times
  • WalMart to launch redesigned website in May.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Net-a-Porter founder launches venture capital investment fund.  The New York Times
  • Packaged foods boost Amazon’s grocery sales.  Bloomberg
  • Facebook is forming a team to design its own chips.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon eyes a move into home shopping TV with possible Evine buy.  TechCrunch
  • As customers turn cold, Victoria’s Secret faces a reckoning.  Glossy
  • Hasbro bets on Walmart, Target and Alibaba as sales implode in wake of Toys R Us closure.  Fortune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Google beats expectations again with $31.15B in revenue.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat introduces three new capabilities of its augmented reality lenses with ‘Shoppable AR.’  AdWeek
  • Amazon now has 100M paid Prime subscriptions.  AdAge
  • How three brands brought tech to life at Coachella.  AdWeek
  • P&G ends its year-long YouTube ban.  AdAge
  • Facebook to show pre-roll video ads in more places.  AdAge
  • Revolve’s co-founder on why Coachella and influencers are central to the firm’s $1B revenue.  Forbes
  • Social media use is increasing despite privacy fears.  The Next Web
  • How Teen Vogue is reinventing traditional magazine covers in a digital-only landscape.  Glossy
  • Twitter’s rise from the ashes.  Seeking Alpha
  • How Juicy Couture and sister brands are automating their in-house influencer campaigns.  Glossy

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Meet 9 startups investors have lit up to take the cannabis industry higher.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon is reportedly working on its first home robot.  The Verge
  • How Apple will use AR to reinvent the human-computer interface.  Fast Company 
  • The beginner’s guide to how blockchain could change the ethical fashion game.  Fashionista
  • McKinsey’s latest AI research predicts it could create trillions worth of value someday.  Recode
  • You can now buy drinks, snacks and even hangover cures in the back of your Uber.  CNBC

International

  • Online retailers go offline in China.  The Economist
  • The journey to an agile organization at Zalando.  McKinsey
  • Alibaba’s TMall woos luxury brands to sell to its invite-only loyalty club for big spenders.  Glossy
  • Mantra acquires wearables maker Witworks.  LiveMint
  • Casper plans brick-and-mortar push into Canada. Retail Dive
  • WalMart in advanced talks to acquire Amazon’s India rival, Flipkart.  Recode

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.16.2018

Happy Monday! Here is your quick scan of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Nordstrom opening a New York store as other retailers close theirs.  The New York Times
  • H&M announces Moschino collaboration.  Vogue
  • Amazon expands Prime Wardrobe.  RetailDive
  • What beauty players can teach the consumer sector about digital disruption.  McKinsey
  • Toys ‘R’ Us gets 11th hour bid from Little Tikes’ Larian.  Bloomberg
  • Levi’s CFO turns to robots to help keep the books.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Gap follows J.Crew in giving up on the bridal-wear industry.  Bloomberg
  • At Lands’ End, gone are the stilettos and trendy clothes that didn’t fit the brand’s customers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple’s business is now being powered with clean energy.  Bloomberg
  • Domino’s will now delivery to 150,000 parks, pools and other non-traditional locations.  TechCrunch
  • Why Sephora merged its digital and physical retail teams into one department.  Glossy
  • Estee Lauder adds two women CEOs to its board as it nears gender parity.  Fortune
  • Walmart recruits Postdates to help grocery delivery push.  Fortune
  • The retail industry is focusing on customer experience and convenience to win in ecommerce.  AdWeek
  • Netflix stock skyrockets on yet another subscriber growth spurt.  Fast Company
  • Target brings same-day delivery of in-store purchases to five cities.  Engadget
  • T-Mobile fined $40M by FTC for inserting fake ring tones.  Fast Company
  • Sears to close more stores.  Business Insider

Marketing and Social Media

  • Netflix may spend $300M to buy a billboard company.  AdWeek
  • Hermes plays a hipster tune.  The New York Times
  • Go young, go digital: Gucci and Louis Vuitton have similarly successful playbooks.  Glossy
  • HighSnobiety experiments with a multimedia vertical stories format.  Digiday
  • Bumble ditches Facebook login requirement.  Fortune
  • Women use their phones for way more than just communicating.  AdWeek
  • Pandora vs. Spotify: ad tech streams into audio.  AdAge
  • Snap is testing commerce with Snapchat Discover publishers.  Digiday
  • Abercrombie & Fitch is digging into its archives to gain ground with Gen Z.  Glossy
  • How a teen and Wendy’s proved that social superfine work.  Digiday

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • LVMH backs luxury startups.  Reuters
  • Colgate unveils smart toothbrush.  The Wall Street Journal
  • General Assembly sells to Adecco for $413M.  TechCrunch
  • The RealReal hunts for more funding amid IPO buzz.  RetailDive
  • Startup subscription service Billie raises $6M.  RetailDive
  • Adobe acquires voice interface platform Sayspring.  TechCrunch
  • US early-stage investment share shrinks as China surges.  TechCrunch
  • Google’s new VR tours let you experience imperiled cultural sites around the world.  Fast Company
  • How JetBlue is defining the future of travel and hospitality through JetBlue Technology Ventures.  Fast Company

International

  • Saudi Arabia just had its first Fashion Week.  The New York Times
  • Gap to open 3-4 new stores in India this year.  Economic Times
  • Alibaba is the latest Chinese internet giant to test self-driving cars.  Engadget

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.10.2018

Happy TUESDAY! Start your day with some industry news. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Spotify’s Wall Street debut is a success.  The New York Times
  • Why the QVC model still works for beauty brands.  Glossy
  • ASOS has ambitions for big expansion.  The Guardian
  • Designer brands are joining the direct-to-consumer fray.  Glossy
  • Nine West may be heading for bankruptcy.  Fast Company
  • Cult men’s brief brand Tommy John just launched a line of women’s undies.  Fast Company
  • Warehouses are now worth more than offices, thanks to Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • Resale is expected to be bigger than fast fashion within 10 years.  Fashionista
  • How InStyle is cashing in on beauty ecommerce.  Glossy
  • Some Amazon Key features including keyless entry, go nationwide.  CNet
  • Amazon now sells more than 70 of its own private-label brands.  Recode
  • Anthropologie CEO leaving this month.  WWD
  • Nine West files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  USA Today
  • Nordstrom opening a New York store as other retailers close theirs.  New York Times 
  • Amazon spent nearly $23B on R&D last year – more than any other U.S. company.  Recode
  • Paypal rolling out banking products.  TechCrunch

Marketing and Social Media

  • Google and Target issue first voice-activated coupon.  AdWeek
  • Bricks and clicks: How Instagram is changing physical retail.  Forbes
  • Amazon could lead in search ad business by 2020.  Mediapost
  • How Tumi is using AI in marketing campaigns, online and in stores.  Glossy
  • Polyvore acquired by global fashion platform SSENSE.  Fashionista
  • Snapchat cashes Houseparty group video chat app.  Adage
  • Adobe releases State of Digital Advertising 2018 research. Forbes
  • More targeted ads are coming to your TV.  AdWeek
  • Facebook really wants people to use Stories.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Tradesy acquired a closet service to compete with The RealReal.  Glossy
  • Virtual reality, now with the sense of touch.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart in takeover talks with pharmacy startup.  Bloomberg
  • Postdates launching pickup feature.  TechCrunch
  • 2.1B consumers will use mobile payments by 2019.  RetailDive
  • How Mobike’s founder turned a crazy idea into a $3B startup.  Bloomberg
  • Instacart raises another $150M.  TechCrunch
  • Alibaba is becoming a major investor in facial recognition technology.  Quartz

International

  • ShopShops aims at Chinese consumers via live streaming.  The Wall Street Journal
  • In China, the sharing economy stretches to fashion for millennials.  SCMP
  • These seven international retailers want to make a splash in the US.  CNBC
  • Tencent shows off their vision for the future of unmanned retail.  Jing Daily
  • Southeast Asia fashion startup Zilingo continues meteoric rise with $54M Series C  TechCrunch
  • Hong Kong money to help online fashion disrupter Moda Operandi break into the Asian market.  SCMP
  • Taco Bell plans explosive Australian growth as sales jump.  AdAge