Weekly Industry Brief: 11.12.2018

Hi!  Here’s your recap of industry news from the last week. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Amazon captures 30% of online grocery spending.  RetailDive
  • Wall Street analysts are now selling more data, less analysis.  The Wall Street Journal
  • LVMH forms partnership for cross-border payments help.  RetailDive
  • Dollar Shave Club branches into fine fragrances and vending machines.  AdAge
  • CVS to test stores with added health services next year after Aetna deal closes.  CNBC
  • Walmart’s celebrity collaborations for the holidays include Ellen DeGeneres and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.  Variety
  • Sears considers selling up to $900M in debt.  Bloomberg
  • Victoria’s Secret’s CMO facing backlash for controversial comments about casting.  Fashionista
  • Apple pumps up its Amazon listings with iPhones, iPads and more.  CNet
  • See the Amazon HQ2 picks: Crystal City and Long Island City.  CNN
  • Ralph Lauren builds on plan to win young shoppers.  The Wall Street Journal

Marketing + Social Media

  • How much does brand DNA matter?  Business of Fashion
  • How digitally native brands negotiate wholesale partnerships.  Digiday
  • Pinterest gets a redesigned feed that looks a lot like Instagram.  The Verge
  • Facebook goes after TikTok with the debut of Lasso.  Fortune
  • Lyft is launching a rider loyalty program in December.  TechCrunch
  • Are you ready for the nano-influencers?  The New York Times
  • Generation Z and its implications for companies.  McKinsey
  • Amazon is mailing a printed holiday toy catalog to millions of customers.  CNBC
  • Google and Amazon pursue shopper marketing budgets.  Digiday
  • Glossier emphasizes experience at 2nd permanent store.  The New York Times

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • How Yoox is using artificial intelligence to assist design in its private label brand.  Glossy
  • SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8B just before its IPO.  Forbes
  • Google and Sephora are bringing beauty tutorials to the newest home device.  AdWeek
  • Snap’s former No. 2 exec is building an online shopping startup.  ReCode
  • American Eagle invests in Dormify.  Seeking Alpha
  • WalMart building an AI lab insides one of its stores.  TechCrunch
  • Samsung unveils its foldable smartphone.  Fortune

International

  • China’s Singles’ Day brings in a record-breaking $30B.  Fast Company
  • Alibaba rival JD sees Singles’ Day revenue jump 27% thanks to offline push.  TechCrunch
  • JD.com competes for luxury partners with tech and white gloves.  Jing Daily
  • China’s obsession with short videos has its internet giants worried.  TechCrunch
  • With an assist from Alibaba, Starbucks’ China delivery strategy offers clues of what may be coming in the U.S. Digiday

Weekly Industry Brief: 11.6.2018

I was busy celebrating my two year anni last night, so Happy Tuesday! Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

P.S. Did you vote today?

Brands + Retailers:

  • Dollar Shave Club expands into fine fragrances.  AdAge
  • Amazon is now offering free shipping on all holiday orders.  Fast Company
  • Facebook opens small business shops inside Macy’s.  TechCrunch
  • CoverGirl cosmetics are now certified cruelty-free.  Fast Company
  • Seven retailers that made pivotal deals in 2018.  RetailDive
  • Bonobos and Nike get their own branded shops on Jet.com.  TechCrunch
  • Uber will now pay college tuition for its most prized drivers.  Fast Company
  • Amazon reportedly to choose two cities for HQ2.  The New York Times
  • Dollar General unveils urban store formate.  Bloomberg
  • Walmart surpasses Amazon as online shoppers most popular grocer.  Bloomberg
  • Canada Goose buys footwear brand Baffin.  Financial Post
  • Sources say Toys ‘R Us plans pop-ups in Kroger this holiday season.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon debuts private-label cleaning line.  CNN

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Facebook sees Stories as the future; ads will follow.  AdAge
  • Goop brings its holiday list to life with new gifting concept store.  Fast Company
  • Snapchat partners with ComScore to add limited measurement tool for Snapchat Discover.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Designing people’s Instagram stories is now a million dollar business.  Fast Company
  • Amazon and Google pursue shopper marketing budgets.  Digiday
  • P&G’s CMO on how to combat the direct-to-consumer threat.  AdAge
  • Target changes up its holiday ad strategy.  AdAge
  • CVS tests membership program.  CNBC
  • Macy’s to keep growing in-house influencer program.  Digiday

Start-ups + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech:

  • Men’s wellness company, Hims, launches Hers.  Fast Company
  • There’s a new crop of women’s wellness brands bringing women’s healthcare into the digital space.  Fashionista
  • Augmented reality takes root with brands, tech.  AdWeek
  • Walmart’s new store format to test technology opens in Dallas. TechCrunch

International:

  • Commercial excellence in China: lessons from the CPG industry.  McKinsey
  • Singles Day is the world’s biggest shopping day, but don’t expect to find it in the US.  AdWeek
  • Rural Indian market represented $12B ecommerce market.  LiveMint
  • Ikea to open first Mumbai store next year.  AdWeek
  • What Net-a-Porter’s Alibaba deal says about the luxury ecommerce opportunity in China. Business of Fashion
  • Amazon opens first pop-up store in Italy.  Women’s Wear Daily

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.29.2018

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

  • Legacy retailer and disruptive brand partnerships are on the rise.  Forbes
  • Mattel sales fall despite strong showing from Barbie.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Target focuses on private label brands to compete with Amazon.  Glossy
  • Buzzfeed launches Goodful product line with Macy’s.  MediaPost
  • The affordable cashmere wars are heating up just in time for sweater weather.  Fast Company 
  • Sam’s Club looks to fend off Amazon with cashier-less stores.  Fast Company
  • How Peapod plans to win over customers in the crowded online grocery market.  Digiday
  • Shopify adds Venom as a checkout option just in time for the holidays.  AdWeek
  • Measuring the fashion world’s go-to-market strategy.  McKinsey
  • Foundation is becoming the most innovative category in makeup.  Fashionista
  • Nordstrom adds “early-bird” pick-up this holiday season.  USA Today

Marketing and Social Media

  • Tinder preps programmatic ad partnership with Google.  Digiday
  • Twitter beats on Q3 earnings.  TechCrunch
  • Stickers are coming to WhatsApp.  AdWeek
  • The Standard hotel created a virtual lobby so you can meet fellow guests IRL.  Fast Company
  • Levi’s, Disney partner on sales via Snapchat. AdWeek
  • What Gen Z wants for Christmas.  RetailDive
  • Amazon’s ad bonanza continues with $2.5B last quarter.  AdAge
  • Apple plans for subscription TV launch.  Mashable
  • Blue Apron partners with Jet.com.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • IBM buys Red Hat for $34B.  Fast Company
  • Grocery, food delivery firms raises billions in new funding.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facial recognition system to approve alcohol and cigarette sales to be trailed in British supermarket.  Telegraph
  • Samsung teases a reveal for its foldable, dual-screen smartphone.  
  • IBM is making a perfume based on artificial intelligence.  Vox
  • Entrepreneurs create $750M bra business by exposing Victoria Secret’s weakness.  Forbes

International

  • Cartier meets TMall in Richemont-Alibaba online luxury tie-up.  Bloomberg
  • India has already hit record number of $1B startups this year.  Bloomberg
  • Vogue said to launch Hong Kong edition.  South China Morning Post
  • Goop, new to London, is already being reported to U.K. regulator. Fast Company
  • Yoox-Net-a-Porter ink joint venture deal with Alibaba to target Chinese consumers.  The Drum
  • Alibaba used shoppers’ data to invent spicy Snickers bar.  Bloomberg 
  • Russia’s Yandex trumpets fastest growth in six years.  Reuters

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.23.2018

Happy Tuesday! Here’s a recap of industry news from the last week plus one day 🙂  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Walmart’s marketplace items get free 2-day shipping, in-store returns.  TechCrunch
  • How Everyone plans to rid its supply chain of virgin plastic.  Fashionista
  • According to survey, Vans is the breakout brand for teens.  Quartz
  • Amazon Business Prime adds same-day and 1-day shipping among other benefits.  TechCrunch
  • Warby Parker is coming to a suburban mall near you.  Bloomberg
  • A look inside the convenience store of the future.  Bloomberg
  • Hasbro’s holiday cheer may be delayed by Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy.  The Wall Street Journal
  • eBay launches instant selling, a new trade-in service for smartphones.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon revisits some cities as H2Q decision looms.  The Wall Street Joural
  • Rent-the-Runway is teaming up with WeWork to boost subscription services.  Glossy
  • Jimmy Choo co-founder is reimagining the shoe industry with her namesake line, Tamara Mellon.  CNBC
  • Starbucks opens it first U.S. sign language store.  AdAge
  • P&G reports best quarter in five years.  USA Today

Marketing and Social Media

  • Instagram inches ahead of Snapchat in popularity among teens.  CNBC
  • L’oreal CMO says that companies that just sell products will not be successful.  MarketingWeek
  • Tommy Hilfiger combines content and commerce in Messenger.  AdWeek
  • Inside the $2.6B subscription box wars.  Fast Company
  • Oculus co-founder departs Facebook.  AdWeek
  • Crate & Barrel teams up with Zola hoping to win over Millennial couples.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Uber ambitiously eyes 2021 for food-delivery drones launch.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Former Go-Pro exec launches clothing startup that does away with sizes.  TechCrunch
  • Lufstansa and IBM think AI can convince you to use your vacation days.  Fast Company
  • General Motors expands its peer-to-peer ride-sharing service to 10 cities.  Fast Company
  • China is the world’s retail laboratory.  Bloomberg
  • Tastemade raises $35M in funding from investors including Amazon.  Variety
  • Amazon, Walmart and others are using AI and robotics to transform everything from appliance shopping to grocery delivery.  The Wall Street Journal

International

  • Alibaba looks to take this year’s $25B mega sales event international.  CNBC
  • Hermes launches its first-ever Chinese ecommerce site. Jing Daily 
  • The multi billion-dollar modest fashion industry that’s gone global.  Vogue
  • China’s JD.com unwraps FedEx-style parcel business to bolster sales.  Reuters
  • China’s JD will launch flagship U.S. store on Google this year.  Bloomberg
  • Starbucks is brewing up massive growth in China.  Fortune

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.15.2018

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

  • Sears files for bankruptcy. Fast Company
  • Luxury labels are going direct to consumer.  Quartz
  • Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger are sending a clear signal that Amazon is the future of fashion.  Business Insider
  • Rent the Runway and the transformational bliss of renting your work clothes.  The New York Times 
  • LVMH shares slide as China concerns linger.  Business of Fashion
  • Travelers teams up with Amazon to sell home security kits.  CNN
  • Google unveils new hardware, including a tablet-laptop hybrid.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Can Knix win the $12B underwear wars?  Fast Company
  • Amazon debuts a retail site for Shark Tank products.  TechCrunch
  • Alexander Wang and Uniqlo to collaborate on new heat tech underwear.  Fashionista
  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos talks government contracts and Blue Origin Rockets.  Fortune
  • Role reversal: grown-up retailers acting like startups and vice versa.  Forbes
  • Shopify opens brick-and-mortar space for entrepreneurs in LA.  RetailDive
  • Activist investor takes $900M stake in Starbucks.  Forbes
  • Walgreens will open 600 medical testing locations in its US stores.  Bloomberg
  • ModCloth launches size-inclusive collaboration with Anna Sui.  Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Walmart wants to expand video service with HBO, Showtime.  AdAge
  • Instagram is testing tapping through posts instead of scrolling.  The Verge
  • A new Ikea report is an unsettling look at life in the 21st century.  Fast Company
  • How CPG brands and retailers can remain competitive amid seismic change.  AdAge
  • Some advertisers are moving half of their search budget from Google to Amazon.  CNBC
  • Why brands are creating apps for superfans.  Business of Fashion
  • Facebook purges hundreds of “inauthentic” pages and accounts ahead of midterm elections.  Fortune
  • Samsung sees smart homes as a gamechanger for loyalty.  MarketingWeek
  • Target to test app that recruits neighbors for delivery.  Star Tribune
  • PhotoShop is coming to the iPad. AdAge
  • New report cites skyrocketing growth of internal agencies.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • AllBirds raises $50M.  Biz Journals
  • Walmart continues M&A spree with acquisition of lingerie retailer Bare Necessities.  TechCrunch
  • Apple reportedly buys music platform “able to find the next Justin Bieber.” Fast Company 
  • Deal expands MedMen’s footprint to more states.  AdAge
  • Nike creates Messenger bots for Jordans.  AdWeek
  • Six things you need to know about the future of retail.  Wired
  • Walmart planning a net-connected shopping cart.  BCC
  • Forbes reveals its picks for the next billion-dollar startups.  Forbes
  • Meditation app, Inscape, wants to be the Spotify of mindfulness.  Glossy

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.8.2018

Happy Monday! Hope some of you were able to enjoy a day off today.  Here is a recap of industry news to get you caught up.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Walgreens takes a minority stake in Birchbox, which will now come to its stores.  TechCrunch
  • Walmart partners with MGM on original programming for Vudu.  TechCrunch
  • Kraft-Heinz starts food technology VC fund with $100M.  AdAge
  • Stitch Fix shares slide 20% amid growing concerns about Amazon competition.  Fortune
  • Nike’s shop for female sneaker heads will be curated by a fashion retail superstar.  Quartzy
  • Express is the latest retailer to launch a clothing rental service.  CNBC
  • Toys ‘R’ Us lenders plan brand revival.  Bloomberg
  • Target is back to its ‘cheap chic’ roots but the retailer has to keep the momentum going.  CNBC
  • How Eloquii fits into Walmart’s quest for upscale growth.  RetailDive
  • Target’s answer to discounters is an even cheaper store brand.  The Wall Street Journal
  • What competitors are missing about Amazon’s new 4-start retail concept.  Forbes
  • Barnes and Noble evaluates possible sale.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Time magazine names its 50 most genius companies of 2018.  Time
  • Netflix is buying a studio.  Bloomberg
  • Why future success on the high street could mean collaborating with ‘frenemies.’ Marketing Week

Marketing + Social Media

  • Why J&J enlists teens with modest Instagram followings as influencers.  AdAge
  • How Lowe’s is using Pinterest to build customer intent.  Digiday
  • Foursquare closes a $33 million funding round aiming to ‘refine’ its products.  AdWeek
  • Highlights from Snapchat CEO’s 6,000-word leaked memo on survival.  TechCrunch
  • Why you’re buying products from companies you’ve never heard of.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facebook to allow first-party cookies by the end of the month.  Inc
  • Facebook adds personas to Messenger chatbots.  Mobile Marketer
  • Twitter allows publishers to monetize their organic videos worldwide via in-stream video ads.  AdWeek
  • How L’oreal is balancing data and consumer trust.  Glossy
  • Facebook pushes into smart speakers with new portal video calling device.  Fortune
  • Google is shutting down Google+ in wake of privacy glitch.  USA Today

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Klarna raises $20M from H&M, will build financing and payment services for the fashion retailer.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook messenger internally tests voice command for chat, calls.  TechCrunch
  • Google acquires CRM automation startup.  Seeking Alpha 
  • LinkedIn acquires employee engagement platform Glint.  TechCrunch
  • How AI is helping Amazon become a trillion-dollar company.  Fast Company
  • Forerunner Ventures raises a new $360 million fund.  Fast Company
  • New cannabis tech boosting industry and providing a better user experience.  Forbes

International

  • China’s most famous actress faces huge fines in tax evasion.  The New York Times 
  • WeChat has more users than China’s entire internet – but what’s next? JingDaily
  • Bumble to head to India with help from Priyanka Chopra.  The New York Times

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.2.2018

Happy TUESDAY! Here’s a recap of news from the last week. Sources are in the hyperlink after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Revolve files for IPO.  Seeking Alpha
  • Kors and Versace form US luxury conglomorate.  The New York Times
  • Target to be first retailer to sell Quip toothbrushes.  Bloomberg
  • Lifestyle brands are building hotels.  Here’s why that makes sense.  Harvard Business Review
  • Amazon to open a New York story that only sells highly rated prodcuts.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon taking a stab at the mattress business.  Bloomberg
  • Tesla shares plummet after SEC files fraud claims againt Elon Musk.  TechCrunch
  • Want to see what’s up Amazon’s sleeve? Take a tour of Seattle.  The New York TImes
  • H&M tests new store to get back in vogue with consumers.  Reuters
  • J.Crew to unviel new brand for younger women.  Chicago Tribune
  • Lululemon, the brand that invented athleisure, plans its second act.  Fast Company
  • How department stores are fighting back to combat declining sales.  MarketingWeek

Marketing and Social Media

  • YouTube launching new ad formats.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat tests a camera feature that lets you easily buy items from Amazon.  The Verge
  • How Instagram rose into a cultural powerhouse.  The New York Times
  • How Pinterest, Google and Amazon are improving visual search.  eMarketer
  • Burger King tries to prove AI can’t replicate creativity.  AdAge
  • Google Maps want to make your commute less taxing and more musical. Fast Company
  • Improving search for the next 20 years.  Google
  • The limits of fashion’s inclusivity.  The New York Times
  • Pinterest is quietly growing into an internet ad giant.  Fast Company
  • Facebook continues to be the top media source for app marketers.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat launches multiple ecommerce ad formats in time for holiday.  MarketingLand
  • The elusive art of going viral on Twitter.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facebook security breach affected 50 million accounts.  CNBC
  • Google launches new travel planning tools.  TechCrunch
  • Instagram’s co-founders step down from company.  The New York Times
  • Google gets imto game streaming.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • VW ups digital push with Microsoft connected cars.  AdAge
  • Investors are pouring millions into streetwear startups.  Fashionista
  • HP made a leather laptop.  Wired

International

  • China’s influencer fatigue is real.  Jing Daily
  • To grow your business abroad, partner with local influencers.  Havard Busines Review
  • Goop comes to the UK.  Vogue
  • China’s game approval freeze forces Tencent to restructure.  Engadget

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.24.2018

Hi! I’m back. Happy new season!Here is a recap of news from the last two weeks. Seriously considering an Amazon-only news recap day…thoughts? Meantime, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon Prime Day: what the real lessons are.  McKinsey
  • Michael Kors is close to buying Versace for $2B.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon may open 3,000 cashier-less stores by 2021.  AdAge
  • A look inside Target’s store of the future.  AdWeek
  • Walmart is borrowing luxury’s playbook to gain an edge on Amazon in fashion.  Quartz
  • Amazon will sell and deliver live Christmas trees this year.  CNN Money
  • Gap’s new menswear line is a direct challenge to Lululemon.  Fortune
  • Ikea quickly shifting to a zero-emissions delivery fleet.  Fast Company
  • Halloween spending to hit $9B.  Retail Dive
  • How Nike became the biggest fashion brand in the world.  GQ
  • Walmart wants to bring its everyday low prices to healthcare.  CNN Money
  • J.Crew quietly launched a new platform that takes a page out of Amazon’s playbook.  Business Insider
  • Amazon introduces an Alexa-powered microwave and other home products.  The New York Times 
  • Crate & Barrel CEO says tariffs won’t send production to U.S. Bloomberg
  • Farfetch tops price range in IPO boon to luxury market.  Reuters
  • Why L Brands is shuttering all its Henri Bendel stores.  Forbes
  • Amazon investigates employees leaking data for bribes.  The Wall Street Journal 
  • Zara’s upbeat outlook eases concerns about online competition.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Coke may be planning cannabis drinks.  Fast Company 
  • Walmart’s Jet.com to offer Nike products in bid for urban consumers.  Reuters
  • Starbucks to build 10,000 “greener” stores by 2025.  CNBC
  • Target launches kitchen line with Chrissy Teigen.  Biz Journals

Marketing and Social Media

  • Why Weight Watchers is shedding the baggage of an old name.  AdWeek
  • Google following Instagram and Facebook with push into Stories format.  Recode
  • Amazon launches “storefronts” to promote small businesses.  Fast Company 
  • Amazon forecast to be No. 3 digital advertising player in 2018.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Here’s everything Google announced today at its “Future of Search” event.  TechCrunch
  • How Nordstrom reinvented its loyalty program.  Glossy
  • FabFitFun expands its video reach with new experiment in live programming.  TechCrunch
  • Pinterest launches API that lets brans find and track influencers.  VentureBeat
  • Snapchat lets you take a photo of object to buy it on Amazon.  TechCrunch
  • Eva Chen explains Instagram’s new shopping features.  Vogue
  • What the rise of men’s makeup means for masculinity.  Vox
  • Pinterest introduces a few product tagging tool for organic pins.  Marketing Land
  • L’oreal doing background checks as part of new influencer vetting process.  The Drum
  • TripAdvisor wants to become your Facebook for travel.  Fast Company 
  • Time Magazine sold to Salesforce founder for $190M.  The Wall Street Journal

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Here’s why SeriusXM is purchasing Pandora for $3.5B.  AdAge
  • Meet the nine companies in Snapchat’s new startup accelerator.  TechCrunch
  • Six AI innovations that could change skincare and beauty.  Dazed
  • For major beauty companies, brand incubation is the way of the future.  Fashionista
  • Slack acquires Astro to conquer email.  TechCrunch
  • Here’s why Adobe dished out $4.75B for Marketo.  AdAge
  • Google might release a Home Hub to take on the Echo Show.  The Verge 
  • How AI can help stop cyberattacks.  The Wall Street Journal 

International

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.10.2018

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

  • J.Crew to sell its factory products, J.Crew Mercantile, on Amazon.  AdWeek 
  • Walmart was asked by several outdoor product brands to remove items from its website.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Urban Outfitters launches its own beauty brand.  InStyle
  • How Nike and REI made experiential retail a strategy.  Retail Dive
  • Glossier CEO on why the company won’t sell on Amazon.  TechCrunch
  • Inditex to sell all its brands online by 2020.  Reuters
  • How Adidas and Carbon are changing the sneaker supply chain.  TechCrunch
  • Jeff Bezos on what he plans to conquer next.  Forbes
  • AllBirds is opening a massive store in New York and plans more across the US.  CNBC
  • Amazon ordered 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans to start a delivery service.  Fortune
  • The mystery of Amazon’s HQ2 has finalists seeing clues everywhere.  The New York Times 

Marketing and Social Media

  • Snap loses its chief strategy officer.  Fast Company
  • Colin Kaepernick campaign gives Nike a big sales boost.  Fortune
  • Snapchat eyes the fashion set with its latest line of Spectacles eyewear.  Fortune
  • WeWork wants to provide content marketing services to startups.  Digiday
  • A new Spotify initiative makes big record labels nervous.  The New York Times 
  • Amazon surpasses Google in product searches.  MediaPost
  • J.Crew’s relaunch campaign tries to win back lapsed customers.  AdAge
  • Instagram is reportedly building a standalone app for shopping. AdWeek
  • The menswear market is going all in on experiential retail.  Fashionista
  • Pinterest reports 25% increase in monthly active users.  TechCrunch
  • Instagram is testing the ability to tag friends in videos.  TechCrunch
  • Ulta highlights diversity in new campaign.  AdAge
  • Glamour magazine set to cease print operations.  Fashionista
  • Apple wins a Creative Arts Emmy for “Carpool Karaoke.”  Fast Company 

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • HP’s new 3-D printers built items not of plastic but of steel.  Wired
  • Deep-linking startup Branch is raising more than $100M at a unicorn valuation.  TechCrunch
  • Deloitte is buying a marketing AI platform to expand its ad-tech holdings.  AdWeek
  • Facial recognition tech is ready for its post-phone future.  Wired
  • Theranos is shutting down.  The New York Times 

International

  • Alibaba CEO Jack Ma will retire in a year.  Fast Company
  • Alibaba’s journey to become Asia’s most valuable firm.  Bloomberg 
  • Starbucks enters Italy with an opulent roastery.  Fortune 
  • Mulberry kicks off international expansion with show and pop-up shop in Seoul.  Vogue

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.4.2018

It’s that time: back to school, back to work, back to reality. And for my retail friends, this basically means the holidays are here, so….Happy Holidays!

Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.  Next week I’ll be back to Monday posting!

Brands and Retailers

  • Ulta shares hit 52-week high after announcing Kylie Cosmetics will be in stores by the holidays.  CNBC
  • Hard lessons breathe new life into retail stores.  The New York Times
  • Amazon strikes $1T market cap, four weeks after Apple did the same.  TechCrunch
  • Urban Outfitters gains as it launches a new vision for Anthropologie.  Forbes 
  • How haircare and skincare brands won Amazon Prime Day.  Glossy
  • Sales soar 27% at American Eagle’s Aerie.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Campbell Soup to sell international business and fresh unit.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Kroger expands Instacart home delivery to half its stores nationwide.  USA Today
  • The revamped Tiffany flagship will have more sales and VIP space.  Bloomberg
  • Inside J.Crew’s new CEO’s plans to revive struggling chain.  Fashionista
  • FAO Schwartz to return with store based on experience.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart will have 30% more toys in stores this holiday.  CNBC
  • Target is already thinking of expanding Heyday, it’s first-ever consumer electronics brand.  Forbes

Marketing and Social Media

  • Can Instagram save offline shopping?  The Economist
  • Instagram is driving jewelry sales.  Retail Dive
  • Celine unveils a new logo.  Vogue
  • Tricky ads from a vitamin company that talks up openness.  The New York Times
  • Assessing the fallout – good and bad – from Nike’s Kaepernick ad.  AdAge
  • What happens when Facebook mistakenly blocks local news stories.  Wired
  • Inside Twitter’s long, slow struggle to police bad actors.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Sources say Instagram is building a standalone app for shopping.  The Verge
  • Kylie Jenner joins Adidas as latest brand ambassador.  Forbes
  • Can a festival help Zalando build a memorial brand? The Business of Fashion
  • New video ad gives brands a way to promote deals on Amazon.  AdAge 
  • Snapchat’s latest ecommerce play sells out again, this time with Adidas.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Apple buys Denver startup building waveguide lenses for AR glasses.  TechCrunch
  • Dyson moves ahead on $2.6B electric car plan.  Bloomberg
  • Kroger to open innovation center at  University of Cincinnati.  Market Watch
  • The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money.  Recode
  • Narvar raises $30M in new funding.  The Wall Street Journal
  • New Balance turns to AI.  Fast Company
  • How apparel store are innovating.  AdWeek

International

  • Inside Alibaba’s new kind of superstar: robots, apps and overhead conveyor belts.  CNBC
  • Tommy Hilfiger’s pivot to Asia.  The Business of Fashion
  • The booming male KOL market on Little Red Book.  Jing Daily
  • Alipay: Alibaba’s $150B moat.  Seeking Alpha
  • Amazon launches a Hindi language version of its site and app.  Fast Company