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
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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

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.28.2018

Happy Tuesday. Here is your weekly industry brief – a day late per vacay!  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Why Target’s private label brands are so essential to its comeback. Fortune
  • How analytics and digital will drive next-generation retail merchandising.  McKinsey
  • How Kendra Scott became a $1B business built on direct retail.  Glossy
  • The Row is launching menswear.  Fashionista
  • Nature Valley drops ‘100% Natural’ claim.  AdAge
  • Gap brand remains a drag on namesake company.  Forbes
  • Walmart shoppers won’t have to hang their own TVs anymore.  AdAge
  • Walmart takes another jab at Amazon as it begins selling ebooks for the first time.  USA Today
  • Videogame developers are making it harder to stop playing.  The Wall Street Journal 
  • L.L. Bean donating $3M to National Parks Foundation.  Seattle Times
  • Walmart adds Moosejaw to its website.  CNBC
  • Nordstrom is using Los Angeles as testing ground for new retail strategies.  Glossy
  • Bose takes on HomePod with a $400 Alexa smart speaker.  TechCrunch
  • Ipsy’s new subscription delivers full-size beauty products, not samples.  TechCrunch

Marketing and Social Media

  • How direct-to-consumer brans are using social to scale.  Marketing Week
  • Instagram and Tinder go back to school with features just for college kids.  CNN Money
  • People spent 85B hours in WhatsApp in the past three months versus 31B in Facebook.  Forbes
  • The NYC Library is now posting books to Instagram.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Can P&G literally trademark “LOL”? AdWeek
  • Influencer Marketing sector reacts to Instagram’s new ‘about this account’ feature.  AdWeek
  • Facebook hires HP’s Antonio Lucio as new CMO.  AdAge
  • Amazon on the prowl for movies from Sony, Paramount.  AdAge
  • Giphy is launching its own take on stories with curated GIFs throughout the day.  The Verge
  • When digital platforms become censors.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How Nordstrom tapped into a century’s worth of customer data.  Venture Beat
  • Disney’s streaming service doesn’t have a name but it does have a strategy.  The Verge
  • Buzzfeed quietly tests a membership program.  Digiday
  • YouTube will now tell you how much of your life you spend watching videos.  Mashable

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • AR tops list of future retail shopping experiences. Retail Dive
  • Boxed raises $111M to take on Costco in bulk shopping.  TechCrunch
  • The most innovative retail concepts are being tested now.  Forbes
  • Welcome to checkout-free retail.  Wired
  • Fast-fashion brands are launching visual search to gain a competitive edge.  Glossy
  • Facebook has committed to using 100% renewable power for global operations by 2020.  TechCrunch
  • Toyota invests $500M into Uber.  TechCrunch

International

  • Alibaba shows resilience and posts blowout revenue growth of 61% YoY.  Forbes
  • Walmart closes 77% stake in India’s Flipkart. Barrons
  • The 10 best WeChat marketing campaigns for Chinese Valentine’s Day.  Jing Daily
  • Google partners with Indian banks to provide online loans.  Fast Company

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.20.2018

Happy Monday! Here is a quick rundown of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Farfetch files for IPO on NYSE.  CNBC
  • Everlane is launching clean silk in move toward greater sustainability.  Fashionista
  • Beyond procurement: transforming indirect spending in retail.  McKinsey
  • Walmart’s ecommerce tactics against Amazon look to be paying off.  Forbes
  • US retail sales rose in July.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Sears CEO offers to buy Kenmore brand for $400M.  USA Today
  • Google is poised to open its first permanent retail store.  AdAge
  • McDonald’s reveals new tech-focused flagship store in Chicago.  MarketingDive
  • J.C. Penney outlines plan to boost sales amid poor results.  CNN Money
  • Big tech companies are finding new ways to warn of overuse.  The Wall Street Journal

Marketing and Social Media

  • Google created a fake pizza brand to test out creative strategies for YouTube ads.  TechCrunch
  • You now have a chance to help run an Old Spice marketing meeting.  AdWeek
  • HSN and QVC get an image makeover to appeal to younger audience.  Reuters
  • Is the Museum of Ice Cream the future of retail?  Bloomberg
  • The New York Post partnered with Supreme for special edition.  AdWeek 
  • Ad-supported Netflix could be around the corner.  AdAge
  • Amazon reportedly wants to buy a movie theater chain.  Engadget
  • Google outgrows its youthful ideals.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How Buzzfeed’s experiment in Tasty turned into a stand-alone star.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Thread raises $20M for its luxury goods boutique that exists only in messaging apps.  TechCrunch
  • Best Buy to acquire Jitterbug parent Great Call for $800M.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon is working on a recorder for live TV.  Fast Company
  • Smart speaker sales on pace to increase 50% by 2019.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon researchers develop complex voice recognition models that work offline.  VentureBeat
  • Facebook buys Vidpresso’s team and tech to make video interactive.  TechCrunch
  • PepsiCo buys SodaStream for $3.2B.  AdAge
  • Walmart eyes virtual reality shopping system. AdAge
  • FitBit wants to get in your bed.  Fast Company
  • Facebook wants to use AI to speed up MRI scans.  MIT Technology Review

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.13.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • VF Corp considers sale or spin off of denim businesses Lee and Wangler.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Samsung unveils new Galaxy Note smartphone amid slowing sales.  The New York Times
  • Party City joins parade of brands looking to grow via Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon captures 5% of America retail spending.  Bloomberg
  • Spotify’s $30B playlist for global domination.  Fast Company
  • WeWork’s first financial report shows off growing revenues and $1B SoftBank deal.  Fast Company
  • Playing catch up with Walmart, Amazon offers digital grocery pickup at Whole Foods.  The New York Times
  • Four women sue Nike for violating equal pay acts.  Fast Company
  • Casper to open 200 stores.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Tesla stock sinks as reality sinks in.  Fast Company
  • Sports Direct buys House of Fraser for 90M GBP.  Business of Fashion
  • Jimmy Choo sales help Michael Kors beat estimates.  Business of Fashion
  • Shopify battles the scammers behind fake web stores.  AdAge
  • Online retailers are using empty mall spaces to test products.  Digiday
  • Move over millennials, it’s Gen Z’s turn to kill industries.  Bloomberg
  • Rite Aid and Albertsons terminate merger talks.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Wayfair opening its first store.  Forbes
  • Nestle’s plan to bring customers back to big food.  The Washington Post
  • Pet pampering surges as millennials practice parenting.  AdAge

Marketing and Social Media

  • The flourishing business of fake YouTube views.  The New York Times
  • Why Snapchat is shrinking.  Recode
  • YouTube is about to pass Facebook as the second biggest website in US.  CNBC
  • L’oreal adds to Facebook sales push with virtual make-up tests.  Reuters
  • Google still stores location data even if users opt out, report shows.  AdWeek
  • Google launches Cameos, a video Q&A app aimed at celebs at public figures.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat expands stoppable AR to its top creators.  Digiday
  • Facebook builds its own AR games for Messenger video chat.  TechCrunch
  • Inside the hyper-targeted world of alcohol influencers.  Vinepair
  • Spotify tests letting listeners skip ads.  AdAge
  • Walmart to sell Gobble Meal Kits in new partnership.  Fortune
  • Snapchat Storytellers is the app’s new way of connecting brands and influencers.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Inside Store No. 8, Walmart’s incubator that is testing VR and conversational commerce.  Digiday
  • Uber hit with cap as New York City leads in crackdown.  The New York Times
  • Amazon launches an Alexa auto SDK to bring its voice assistant to more cars.  TechCrunch
  • How H&M is betting on AI and big data to regain profitability.  Forbes
  • Wayfair unleashes mixed-reality shopping.  RetailDive
  • Unmade raises $4M to help fashion brands make customizable clothes and cut waste.  VentureBeat
  • How L’oreal’s tech incubator is transforming in-house product development.  Glossy
  • New supply chain jobs are emerging as AI takes hold.  Harvard Business Review

International

  • Inside Google’s effort to develop a censored search engine in China.  The Intercept 
  • Google’s path back into China includes a host of local partners.  Fortune
  • Music.ly investor bets on internet radio with $17M deal for Korea’s Spoon Radio. TechCrunch
  • Walmart and JD.com invest $500M in a Chinese online delivery company.  CNBC
  • Urban Outfitters expands in UK and Europe.  Drapers
  • There’s only one way to break into China’s crowded retail market.  Harvard Business Review

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.6.2018

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

  • Sephora, Ulta and the battle for the $56B US beauty retail market.  Forbes
  • Brookstone files for bankruptcy and will close all of its mall stores.  CNN
  • Apple’s value hits $1 Trillion.  The New York Times
  • Wrigley billionaire moves from chewing gum to medical marijuana.  AdAge
  • Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi to step down in October.  Fast Company
  • Gumps, a 157-year old retailer, files for bankruptcy protection.  SF Chronicle
  • Mattress Firm explores US bankruptcy to close stores.  CNBC
  • Speaker maker Sonos goes public but acknowledges vulnerability.  The Guardian
  • Amazon’s health and beauty sales soar.  eMarketer
  • Apple looks to services to move beyond iPhone price ceiling.  Bloomberg
  • Subscription startup Kidbox launches its own clothing lines.  TechCrunch
  • Zara uses downtown stores to shop online orders.  The Wall Street Journal
  • From Amazon to Alibaba, grocers’ agony is endless.  Bloomberg
  • Inside Levi’s ambitious plan to cut its carbon footprint.  Fast Company

Marketing and Social Media

  • Facebook taps banks, but for chatbots not purchase data like Google.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook is now a major mobile browser in the US, with 10% market share in many states.  TechCrunch
  • Forget photo shoots.  Why GQ and Gucci are betting on cult podcasts.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Burberry changes logo for first time in two decades.  AdAge
  • The bizarre new way people are finding jobs: Tinder.  MarketWatch
  • Best Buy targets youth in new campaign promoting teen tech centers.  AdAge
  • Kylie Jenner launched her own Instagram face filter.  Harpers Bazaar
  • Snapchat quietly launched sticker packs to win over creators.  Digiday
  • WhatsApp finally earns money by charging businesses for slow replies.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat launches its first speech recognition lenses.  TechCrunch
  • Ikea attempts to co-opt Ikea hacking.  Fast Company
  • Twitter elevates executives in restricting aimed at more engaging content.  USA Today
  • Google reveals Android P is named Pie. The Verge
  • How Estee Lauder is rethinking consumer engagement to drive innovation.  Business of Fashion

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Peloton snags $550MM in new financing, valued at $4B ahead of expected IPO.  Fast Company
  • The startup behind New York’s retail reawakening.  Business of Fashion
  • Lessons CPG brands can learn from startups.  AdWeek
  • Walmart testing robots to fill grocery orders more quickly.  PYMNTS
  • Uniqlo launches is own digital shopping assistant.  VentureBeat
  • Zillow gets into the mortgage business, acquires Mortgage Lenders of America.  TechCrunch
  • AirBnB for Work now accounts for 15% of all bookings.  TechCrunch
  • How Poshmark’s sellers made $1B off the ‘social mall.’ RetailDive

International

  • LemonBox brings US vitamins and health products to consumers in China.  TechCrunch
  • China’s online shopping giants open thousands of brick-and-mortar stores.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Malls are making a surprising come back in southern India. Quartz

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.30.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Nike has a plan to survive retail’s existential crisis – and it’s working.  Quartz
  • Online apparel sales rose 7% in 2017.  Retail Dive
  • How Goop’s haters made Gwyneth Paltrow’s company worth $250M.  The New York Times
  • Following its rebrand, Joann is no longer your mom’s fabric store.  AdWeek
  • Walmart reportedly recruits ex-Epix CEO In bid to build video service.  TechCrunch
  • WeWork is just one facet of SoftBank’s bet on real estate.  TechCrunch
  • Welcome to the Hypebeast Hotel.  GQ
  • Secondhand retailer ThredUp pens letter to Burberry over burned clothes.  Fortune
  • A look at Beautycon, the Super Bowl of the beauty industry.  The New York Times
  • Why ingestible beauty is becoming big business.  Glossy
  • Amazon’s quarterly profits hit record $2.5B.  Financial Times
  • Gucci profits and sales soar without opening new stores.  The Wall Street Journal

Marketing and Social Media

  • Warby Parker created a throwback music video with NYC public access TV.  AdWeek
  • QVC turns to Facebook Live to boost its beauty category.  Glossy
  • Amazon has big plans for its multi-billion-dollar ad business. Fast Company
  • Facebook takes historic plunge as scandals finally take a toll.  AdAge
  • Snapchat deals with NFL, NBC to add more sports videos.  Engadget
  • You can now book influencer-approved vacations straight through their posts. Fashionista
  • Pinterest nears $1B in ad sales and valuation rises at it looks to go public in mid 2019.  CNBC
  • Voice control forces marketers to think differently.  eMarketer
  • American Eagle is resurgent after learning how to tap into the progressive social leanings of Generation Z.  Fast Company
  • Walmart is cozying up to influencers.  Digiday
  • Why unstoppable Stories ads could revive Facebook.  gucciTechCrunch
  • Twitter shares lose over one-quarter of their value.  CNBC
  • Amazon to test new grounds for its product ads.  AdAge
  • Dior brought back the saddle bag with a global Instagram blitz.  Business of Fashion

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • How AI is changing sales.  Harvard Business Review
  • Groupon loses $83M patent dispute with IBM.  Fast Company
  • Digital studio Awesomeness sells to Viacom for $25M.  Fast Company
  • The Real Real raises $115M in Series G funding.  Fashionista
  • Genderless makeup brand Jecca is L’Oreal’s latest startup squeeze.  Forbes
  • Google Glass is back – now with artificial intelligence.  Wired

International

  • Google to add wifi hotspots in Africa.  Google Blog
  • A tale of two millennials: India and China.  Jing Daily
  • Starbucks pairs up with Alibaba in China to deliver coffee.  Fortune
  • Marriott and Alibaba partner in China to allow facial scanning check in.  Forbes