Weekly Industry Brief: 10.15.2019

Hi! Here is your weekly recap of industry news. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Handbag sales reveal a major shift in where consumers are shopping.  CNBC
  • Toys ‘R’ Us taps Target to fulfill online orders.  AdAge
  • How Glossier grew from millennial catnip to billion-dollar juggernaut.  Vanity Fair 
  • LVMH bets on a mental health-focused streetwear label.  Fast Company
  • Sears, Kmart to shutter more stores by year’s end.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon changes “add-on” policy to allow small-item fast delivery.  Vox
  • With new sampling program, Uniqlo takes page from DTC brands.  Modern Retail
  • Walmart subsidizing some vendors in price wars with Amazon.  AdAge
  • Target expands Goodfellow & co into razors.  Glossy
  • Why eBay, Stripe and MasterCard are bailing on Facebook’s Libra. Fast Company
  • Victoria’s Secret exec resigns as retailer trims HQ staff.  CNN
  • Best Buy promises loyalty members Black Friday price matching.  Star Tribune
  • Wegman’s fan count the days to Brooklyn store opening.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How Unilever plans to dramatically slash its use of plastic.  Fast Company 
  • Google is funding climate-change deniers.  Fast Company
  • Kith’s co-founder in final talks to buy Barneys New York.  GQ

Marketing + Social Media

  • Facebook agrees to pay advertisers $44M over inflated video stats.  AdAge
  • Google introduces price-tracking and enhanced visual search in latest ecommerce bid.  RetailDive
  • Abercrombie & Fitch focuses on mental health.  MediaPost
  • Apps hit $21.9M in global Q3 revenue.  TechCrunch
  • Instagram introduces Threads, taking on Snapchat messaging. Business of Fashion
  • Reddit strikes sharing deal with Snap.  AdAge
  • Gen Z spends more time on YouTube than Netflix.  AdWeek
  • “Aspirational realness,” the Instagram cool-girl look disguises advertising as authenticity.  Quartzy
  • Disney+ tweets full lineup of movies and shows coming to its platform.  TechCrunch
  • Are ‘closet accounts’ the future of fashion journalism?  The New York Times
  • Brands build buzz with TikTok initiatives.  Glossy
  • Amazon Music arrives on Apple TV.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook upgrades business capabilities ahead of holidays.  Social Media Today
  • Pinterest unveils mental health resources.  AdWeek
  • Amazon nibbles away at Google’s search advertising dollars.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Comcast and SK Telecom form joint eSports company.  ZDNet
  • Uber to acquire majority stake in grocery-delivery service CornerShop.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon develops drones that won’t crash into other things.  Fortune
  • Whole Foods welcomes robotic barista.  Supermarket News
  • Dyson scraps plan for electric car.  BBC

International

  • Why luxury goods are so expensive in China.  CNBC
  • TMall is becoming luxury fashion’s online gateway to China.  Quartz
  • How China is fueling the growth of beauty brands.  CNBC
  • Nestle’s personalized vitamin-pack subscription service set to expand globally.  Forbes
  • Flipkart confirms its entering the the food retail business in India.  TechCrunch

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.30.2019

One last post for September! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Forever 21 files for bankruptcy.  Fast Company
  • Barney’s receives interest from potential buyers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WeWork still needs cash after pulling IPO.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple plans to bring feature-length films to theaters.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Lease of faith: Why churches are going into malls.  Retail Dive
  • Healthcare may eventually become a bigger business for Best Buy than selling electronics.  Forbes
  • McKinsey to open a store at Mall of America.  Fortune
  • Rent the Runway pauses taking new customers as inventory and supply chain issues mount.  CNBC
  • Tod’s appoints former Google exec to amp up digital efforts.  The Business of Fashion
  • Old Navy is set to split from Gap.  Fortune
  • Uber is testing letting users record audio if they feel unsafe on their ride.  Fast Company
  • Mattel’s Barbie bets big on gender-neutral dolls.  Fortune
  • Diesel and Coke team up on fashion collection made from recycled packaging.  AdAge
  • Amazon focuses on Alexa privacy as it unveils new gadgets.  AdAge
  • Sneakers are set to outsell fashion footwear in the US for the first time.  Quartz

Marketing + Social Media

  • Instagram launches reminders to support product drops.  Vogue
  • Snapchat extends video ad limit to three minutes.  AdAge
  • How to create an online community that people will pay for.  Harvard Business Review
  • The age of anxiety is making wellness a generational obsession.  Glossy
  • Why brands no longer need CMOs.  Vogue Business
  • Ipsy’s $500M in revenue is driven by influencers.  The Business of Fashion
  • The Food Network’s Peloton-style streaming service will bring Guy Fieri into your kitchen.  The Verge
  • Retailers look to spend more on Amazon advertising.  Modern Retail
  • How Chevy is winning with Gen-Z and millennials.  Forbes
  • Pinterest users are more likely to try new CPG products.  AdWeek
  • Instagram launches a ‘creators’ account to encourage more creation.  TechCrunch
  • Cracking the code on podcast advertising for customer acquisition. TechCrunch
  • Twitch tweaks its visual identity.  AdWeek
  • YouTube TV is now available on Fire TV devices.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Facebook to buy startup for controlling computers with your mind.  AdAge
  • The new ways retailers are watching you shop.  The Business of Fashion
  • DoorDash suffers data breach affecting 4.9M people.  TechCrunch
  • Hyundai is getting into the flying car business. TechCrunch 
  • Sephora’s Accelerate startups stress sustainability.  Glossy
  • Unilever sees promise in blockchain ad-buying pilot.  Campaign US
  • Google brings wearable tech to Levi’s trucker jacket.  TechCrunch

International

  • The biggest trend in Chinese social media is fading and another is already taking its place.  CNBC
  • India’s holiday commerce sales to test severity of shopping slump.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facebook tests hiding like counts, like Instagram, in Australia.  The Next Web
  • PayPal to enter China through GoPay acquisition.  TechCrunch

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.23.2019

Happy Monday and officially Happy Fall!  Here is a roundup of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headlines.

Brands + Retailers

  • Walmart is testing a fulfillment service for vendors to match Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon expands two-hour Whole Foods delivery to more cities.  Bloomberg
  • Walmart launches two new credit cards offering 5% back on digital purchases.  TechCrunch
  • Allbirds to Amazon: don’t seal our design, steal our sustainable practices  Fast Company
  • Gen Z shopping habits can fuel a brick-and-mortar resurgance.  CNBC
  • Macy’s will try free same-day delivery in select markets.  Business Insider 
  • Hollister to debut small-format store in NYC.  CNBC
  • Amazon pledges to meet Paris climate pact 10 years early.  Bloomberg
  • Best Buy to expand lease-to-buy program to more locations.  Star Tribune
  • HP is pay9ing $11M to protect forests.  Fast Company
  • A look at 50 years in Denim and Khahi at the Gap.  The New York Times 
  • Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes.  CNBC
  • Why and what millennials and Gan Zers rent instead of buy.  AdWeek
  • More of the products you view on Amazon are coming from ads.  Recode 
  • Google says it’s cutting back on audio data collection on Google Home speakers.  Fortune
  • Big brands like P&G and Kimberly Clark try new products in feminine care.  The Wall Street Journal

Marketing + Social Media

  • Facebook experiments with AI-powered styling program.  Vogue
  • Facebook details three new interactive ad options.  AdWeek
  • Behind Pinterest’s bet on shopping.  AdAge
  • Pinterest’s lens can now recognize 2.5B home and fashion objects.  VentureBeat
  • Twitter wants to be a laboratory for marketers.  AdAge
  • YouTube stars rattled by verification changes.  BBC
  • Snapchat uses AR billboards in LA to back two of its Snap original shows.  AdWeek
  • ‘Play Pass’ is Google’s answer to Apple Arcade. Fast Company
  • Even Tinder is getting into original content with Swipe Night.  AdWeek
  • Facebook reviews millions of third party apps for data privacy.  Fortune
  • Louis Vuitton brings fashion to League of Legends.  AdWeek
  • Instagram’s algorithm favors more realistic content because that’s what people want.  Quartzy
  • Marketers are looking to casual gaming to target audiences.  AdWeek
  • Oracle wants to bring big data to GIFs.  AdWeek
  • Google rolls out massive shakeup to ad business. AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • WeWork to delay IPO.  Gizmodo
  • Stripe launches Stripe Capital to make instant loan offers to customers on its platform.  TechCrunch
  • @ThingTesting gets VC-backing for Instagram DTC reviews.  TechCrunch
  • The Wing has $118M in funding and is just getting started.  Inc.
  • Behind AirBnB’s purchase of HotelTonight and push into hotels.  AdAge
  • Facebook buys startup building neural monitoring armband.  TechCrunch
  • How Peloton made sweat addictive enough to IPO.  TechCrunch

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.16.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Amazon’s new multi-story warehouse aims to cut delivery times.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Old Navy outlines growth plans as standalone company.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Madewell files paperwork to take itself public, a spinoff from J.Crew. Fast Company
  • Nestle plans for a new world of sustainable packaging.  Fast Company
  • Gap CMO plans turnaround for iconic brand.  The Drum
  • Amazon changed search algorithm in ways that boost its own products.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Online grocery sales grew 15% this year.  GroceryDive
  • Under Armour stresses performance over athleisure.  CNBC
  • As Gucci tripped on social media, sales fell.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Lululemon’s first new brand is finally here.  Fast Company
  • Crate & Barrel to expand restaurant to up to 15 locations.  Fortune
  • Amazon faces a probe by U.S. antitrust officials over its marketplace.  AdAge
  • GameStop closing 200 stores.  Fortune
  • How Hasbro’s CEO s transforming the brand.  Forbes

Marketing + Social Media

  • Why Marriott is betting big on content and starting to look like a media company.  AdWeek
  • Secret Deodorant commits to boosting attendance at women’s soccer games by purchasing 9,000 tickets.  Yahoo
  • Facebook rolls out new video tools.  TechCrunch
  • Why weather data is the hottest new commodity for brands and businesses.  AdWeek
  • Pinterest shares details on Halloween-related searches.  AdWeek
  • Google has a new Tinder-style interface for finding stuff to watch.  The Next Web
  • Facebook leans on Instagram to boost new dating service. AdAge
  • Marketers developing affinity for TikTok. eMarkter
  • Snapchat partners with DoubleVerify for brand safety.  MarketingLand
  • How Dirty Lemon built its brand on Instagram and texting. Yahoo
  • Brands start marketing towards holiday.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Consumers increasingly prefer voice and chat assistants to humans.  VentureBeat
  • New hand gesture technology could wave goodbye to passwords.  Forbes
  • McDonald’s buys startup to automate drive=thru ordering.  AdAge
  • Walt Disney Studios partners with Microsoft Azure on cloud innovation lab.  TechCrunch
  • Smile Direct Club makes its debut on the public market.  TechCrunch

International

  • Canada’s Hudson’s Bay ditches 300 brands in quest for cool factor.  Financial Post
  • Jack Ma retires from Alibaba. CNN

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.9.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Nordstrom lets you return online orders to Macy’s.  Bloomberg
  • As luxury brands exit 5th Avenue, activewear companies are swooping in with tech-focused stores.  Glossy
  • The luxury evolution of the museum gift shop.  Fashionista
  • With Aerie, Jenn Foyle has revolutionized the lingerie industry.  Fashionista
  • Amazon is testing a ‘new’ badge to help shoppers identify new products.  Fast Company
  • Starbucks is opening a pick-up-only store.  Fast Company
  • Walmart tests dentistry and mental care as it moves deeper into primary health.  CNBC
  • Target’s loyalty program is expanding nationwide in October with perks for all shoppers.  USA Today
  • Nintendo switches it up again with new fitness device.  Forbes

Marketing + Social Media

  • Facebook, Google targets of potential antitrust violations.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Google is fined $170M for violating children’s privacy on YouTube.  The New York Times
  • Facebook and Instagram are testing new shopping features.  AdWeek
  • To acquire customers more cheaply, DTC brands are partnering up.  Modern Retail
  • Facebook says it may remove Like counts, too.  TechCrunch
  • YouTube starts phasing out exact subscriber numbers.  Campaign Live
  • Google set to roll out first-price auctions.  AdWeek
  • The story of the Gila Disruptor II, the internet’s most divisive shoe.  Dazed
  • Brands, influencers join forces on TikTok.  eMarketer
  • How Amazon’s ad growth is threatening Google, Facebook, agencies and ad-tech.  Marketing Dive 
  • Coca-Cola’s Fanta shifting TV spend to digital, social.  Digiday
  • Popular YouTube toy reviewer who’s just a kid under scrutiny for ‘deceptive advertising.’ AdAge
  • Coffee, travel and skincare are among 12 industries millennials are boosting.  Fast Company
  • Underwear ads lose the macho: how marketing has embraced real men.  The New York Times
  • Spotify and Snapchat are rolling out an integration on iOS, Android.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • These startups are tackling the most frustrating women’s health issues.  Fast Company
  • WeChat launches product that allows consumers to pay with facial recognition.  Pandaily
  • General Motors to launch new in-vehicle services with Google.  Telecompaper
  • How much is WeWork worth? Maybe half as much as people previously thought.  Fast Company
  • Shopify buys warehouse automation tech developer 6 River Systems for $450M.  TechCrunch

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.2.2019

Ah, Labor Day. A day to re-charge and re-set before the start of the “new” year (i.e. school), and the unofficial end of summer/start of fall. As you ease back into the work week, here is the industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Peloton files for IPO on Nasdaq.  Fortune
  • Ulta Beauty cuts sales forecast as consumers cool on makeup.  The Wall Street Journal
  • The high price of fast fashion.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Lord & Taylor sells clothing rental subscription company Le Tote.  CNN
  • FedEx, UPS jockey with Amazon as tech giant expands into shopping.  CNBC
  • Apple apologizes over Siri privacy and says it will no longer retain audio recordings.  AdAge
  • Forever 21 prepares for bankruptcy filing.  AdAge
  • The missing piece of Amazon’s New York debacle: it kept a burn book.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Tourists aren’t shopping like they used to. Who will replace them? The Business of Fashion
  • Sir Philip Green plots to break up his TopShop empire.  The Times
  • Target’s drive-up pickup service expands nationwide. TechCrunch
  • StichFix buys Finer, a digital wardrobe startup co-founded by Brooklyn Decker.  Yahoo
  • Rihanna’s lingerie brand receives $50M in fresh funding.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Marriott to remove mini toiletries from all hotels as part of corporate sustainability drive.  AdWeek
  • After Kimono backfired, Kim Kardashian plays it safe with new shareware name.  LA Times
  • Sources say Barney’s in talks for sale to online luxury retailer Farfetch.  New York Post
  • L’Oreal’s only female CEO, the founder of IT Cosmetics, is leaving.  Forbes
  • Gap shares plans for Old Navy spin-off.  Fox Business

Marketing + Social Media

  • Twitch pitches branded games.  Digiday
  • Google to pay more than $150M in YouTube privacy case.  AdAge
  • Generic brands are getting some serious upgrades.  AdWeek
  • Snap unwraps $380 high-tech specs.  Tech News World
  • Instagram is reportedly building a new messaging app named Threads.  Gizmodo
  • Gartner: four emerging digital ad trends.  ClickZ
  • Mattel thinks beyond toys to expand iconic brands like Barbie.  AdWeek
  • Ralph Lauren makes TikTok debut with ad campaign tied to the US Open.  Glossy
  • Inside the selfie factory for influencers.  BBC
  • Now Facebook says it may remove like counts. TechCrunch 
  • What does VSCO think about the ‘VSCO Girls’? The New York Times
  • Do influencers need to tell audiences they’re getting paid?  Harvard Business Review
  • Retailers are rethinking their Google Search strategies.  Modern Retail

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • With $175M infusion, ThredUp plots its future.  AdWeek
  • Walmart’s robot army has arrived.  Fast Company 
  • Nike created a high-tech shoe that you can control with Siri.  Fast Company 
  • IBM serves up an ace with AI at the US Open.  AdWeek
  • 7-Eleven introduces mobile checkout in NYC.  Retail Dive

International

  • Flipkart partners with Authentic Brands to license and distribute Nautical in India.  Economic Times

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.26.2019

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

P.S. With a new season upon us I’m feeling reflective and setting new goals. If you have any feedback for me on this weekly recap, let me know! I want to hear it all – good/bad/ugly. 

Brands + Retailers

  • Disney teams up with Target to store displays in holiday grab.  AdAge
  • Stock market tanks after Trump ‘hereby orders’ American companies to find alternatives to China.  Fast Company
  • Target’s digital, in-store investments paid off in Q2.  CNBC
  • Barneys seeks partner for digital, experience-focused future.  Bloomberg 
  • Walgreens expands Kroger grocery to more drugstores.  Forbes
  • Major fashion companies sign pact vowing to reduce industry’s environmental impact.  Forbes
  • The trendiest fitness class now: working out alone at home.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Macy’s is getting into clothing subscription and resale markets.  CNBC
  • Target is launching grocery brand Good & Gather in bid to boost its food business.  CNBC
  • WeWork isn’t a tech company. Here’s why that matters.  Harvard Business Review 
  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg sold over $23M worth of shares. Yahoo Finance
  • Amazon launching a new program to donate unsold products.  CNBC
  • This snack curator for Google is one of the most powerful people in food.  Fast Company
  • Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Welcome to the promoconomy: the competitive online marketplace of coupon codes and loyalty programs.  The New York Times 
  • Inside the wild, shockingly lucrative world of sneaker reselling.  GQ
  • Beautycon evolves beyond makeup. Fast Company
  • AllBirds steps into apparel with sustainable socks.  Wired
  • Sweetgreen now has a healthy salad for your dog.  Fast Company
  • Google falls to third place in worldwide smart speaker market.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon is looking to open a brick-and-mortar liquor store in San Francisco.  Business Insider

Marketing + Social Media

  • YouTube originals are no longer exclusive to YouTube premium subscribers.  AdWeek
  • Kohl’s turns to Facebook to help it bring digital brands to stores.  CNN
  • Facebook’s new tool lets you see which apps and websites tracked you. The New York Times
  • How fashion brands are acting like media companies.  Glossy
  • YouTube will reportedly sop serving targeted ads on videos for kids in a move that could cost it tens of millions of dollars per year.  Business Insider
  • America’s elderly seem more screen-obsessed than the young.  The Economist
  • Snapchat as a winning platform to reach Gen Z.  Business of Fashion
  • Apple pushes for privacy in the web browser which could affect publishers’ ad revenue.  Digiday
  • Can’t buy me likes: Instagram is coming for your engagement metrics.  AdAge
  • Facebook is opening five cages which will offer free privacy checks.  Metro News
  • Facebook opened up its Spark AR platform to creators on Instagram.  AdWeek
  • Instagram will test back-to-back Stories ads from different brands.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Live-stream apps are changing the way people shop.  Business of Fashion
  • Ikea creates new division for smart home products.  TechCrunch
  • Apple Card can be damaged by wallets and jeans.  BBC
  • AR building comes to Android next week.  Engadget
  • Amazon Alexa users can now donate school supplies via voice.  VentureBeat
  • As customers begin to shop through voice assistants, what can brands do to stand out? Harvard Business Review

International

  • WeChat’s astronomical growth abroad.  Quartz
  • Alibaba’s strong results suggest Chinese consumers are still spending.  The New York Times 
  • Amazon tests water in Israel with website to attract local sellers.  Reuters

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.12.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • H&M and Zara are closing stores to stay ahead.  Fortune
  • Nike’s first shoe subscription, two years in the making, is here.  Fast Company
  • Prime Day and the broad reach of Amazon’s ecosystem.  McKinsey
  • Uber stock falls after $5.2B loss.  AdAge
  • Nike, Foot Locker plan 50 large-format, high-tech stores.  CNBC
  • Steve Madden buys DTC brand Greats.  AdAge
  • The North Face focuses on experience with new store format.  Glossy
  • Arizona is moving away from tea to THC with vape pens and gummies.  Fast Company
  • FedEx-Amazon split will provide a shipment windfall for rivals.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Levi’s Red Tab merchandise now sold at Target.  MarketWatch
  • New Sears parent to shutter 21 namesake and 5 Kmart stores.  USA Today
  • Walgreens adds 200 stores to growing global closure list.  Forbes
  • Amazon tries new pricing model for 3rd party sellers.  CNBC
  • Bloomingdales launching a rental subscription service this fall.  PureWow
  • Amazon’s next foray into fashion is a personalized shopping service.  Engadget
  • Apple suspends listening to Alexa queries amid privacy concerns.  AdAge

Marketing + Social Media

  • Acknowledge, apologize, investigate: how big brands combat online outrage.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Snapchat launches ‘instant’ tool for creating vertical ads.  TechCrunch
  • Pinterest rolls out improved product recommendations.  VentureBeat
  • Facebook goes after Amazon, Hulu with ad-free video subscription channels.  AdAge
  • Nike’s app powers Foot Locker’s new NYC store.  Engadget
  • Quaker Oats gains consumer insights from Messenger chatbot.  The Drum
  • How Facebook is attempting to target ads without personal data.  AdAge
  • Twitter drops third party data providers.  AdAge
  • Instagram users may soon be able to communicate with those using Facebook Messenger.  AdAge
  • Current YouTube shopping-related trends marketers should know.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon requests FAA approval of delivery-drone plans.  CNN
  • Five apps that you’ve never heard of that teens are using to shop.  CNBC
  • Target incubator takes aim at Gen Z innovators.  Chain Store Age
  • Postmates to drop IPO filling next month.  TechCrunch
  • Verizon is selling Tumblr to WordPress parent company.  TechCrunch

International

  • Adidas boss warns currency war will hurt more than tariffs.  Fortune
  • Canadian Tire buys Party City’s Canada business for $174.4M.  Financial Post
  • Luxury brands use video games to speak to Chinese millennials.  Jing Daily
  • Germany’s online retailers look to reduce costly returns.  Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.5.2019

And just like that, it’s August! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand + Retailer

  • Uber cut a third of its marketing staff.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Summary of recent earnings from Facebook to Netflix to Amazon. eMarketer
  • Barney’s nears bankruptcy filing with plans to close most stores.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Why Airbnb, Target and Walmart are betting on the experience economy.  Fast Company
  • Apple and Goldman Sachs are planning to launch their credit card in August.  AdAge
  • Shake Shack launches delivery. Fast Company
  • CVS targets millennials with Prime-like membership.  CNBC
  • Whole Foods wants to help decorate your next party. Fast Company
  • Inside Nuuly, Urban Outfitters’ attempt to take on the rental market.  Modern Retail
  • Amazon adds a styling service to Prime Wardrobe.  RetailDive
  • Levi’s is moving away from off-price retailers.  Fortune
  • Amazon quietly launches private-label CPG products for commercial clients.  AdAge
  • 3M invents an ingenious way to ship packages without cardboard boxes.  Fast Company
  • Amazon wants to rule the grocery aisle, not just at Whole Foods.  The New York Times
  • CapitalOne reports data breach affecting 100M customers and applicants.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Brandless’ new CEO is dumping it’s $3 price point, hitting the stores and going big on CBD.  Forbes
  • L’Oreal says sluggish US makeup market has hit sales.  CNBC
  • How multi-billion dollar brand Carters became a staple while competitors shutter.  Washington Post
  • Textile waste has increased 811% since 1960.  Supply Chain Dive
  • Kroger is upping its advertising game.  Fortune

Social Media + Marketing

  • Victoria’s Secret hires transgender model.  Fast Company
  • Beauty brands are setting their sights on TikTok.  Glossy
  • Pinterest rolls out new shopping features.  VentureBeat
  • A rebrand will soon remind people that WhatsApp and Instagram are from Facebook. AdWeek
  • Streetwear subscription company ThreadBeat now spending half of its media budget on Instagram.  Digiday
  • General Mills’ Boxtops for Education goes digital.  Biz Journals
  • Pinterest reports strong demand for advertising on its platform.  AdAge
  • Twitter adds 5 million users, tops sales estimates.  AdAge
  • Amazon tests audio ads for Alexa Music.  AdAge

Start-ups + Emerging Tech

  • London is exploring facial recognition in security cameras.  Financial Times
  • Doubling down on business travel, Airbnb acquires Urbandoor.  TechCrunch
  • New Media buys Gannett for $1.4B to form local news giant.  AdAge
  • This startup wants to democratize custom sneaker ownership.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon to kill the Dash button.  CNN
  • How Walmart, Kroger are investing in AI and robots.  Forbes
  • Ikea creates six homes of the future.  Fast Company

International

  • Google will allow EU users to choose their default search engine when setting up Android devices.  Fast Company
  • India proposes user safeguard rules fro ecommerce platforms.  Bloomberg
  • AI as the way to win Chinese millennials and GenZ.  Jing Daily
  • The shadowy internet industry of click farms are booming in China.  Yahoo

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.29.2019

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

Brand + Retailer

  • Amazon earnings show effects of one-day shipping.  The Wall Street Journal
  • UPS adds 12,000 pickup locations and adds Sunday delivery.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Google’s new shopping platform is now live.  Forbes
  • Amazon and police partner on doorbell cameras. Engadget
  • Barneys begins to raise financing for potential bankruptcy.  CNBC
  • Apple and Goldman Sachs credit card targeting August launch date. Bloomberg
  • Zara parent doubles down on sustainability.  Fast Company
  • The Sprint/T-Mobile merger was blessed by the DOJ but lawsuits remain.  Fast Company
  • Armani sales fall again as founder pushes to restructure brand. Business of Fashion
  • Nike exploring sale of surf brand Hurley.  Business of Fashion
  • Target’s small-format stores are its biggest weapon against Amazon and Walmart. Inc.
  • Adidas ramps up sustainability efforts.  AdWeek
  • Apple to pay Intel $1B for modem business to juice 5G.  CNBC
  • eBay adds new service to make delivery faster.  Bloomberg
  • How Shopify became an ecommerce giant.  Forbes
  • Kroger goes full robot to take on Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • How Chanel’s beauty products propel its business.  Glossy
  • Amazon looks beyond Whole Foods in grocery push.  The New York Times
  • How Etsy crafted an ecommerce comeback.  Fortune

Social + Marketing

  • Fake followers in influencer marketing will cost brands $1.3B this year. CNBC
  • Amazon opens streaming TV ad sales to outside buying tools.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Twitter earnings reveal increased revenue and daily active users.  Fast Company
  • Twitter says it boosts users through machine learning.  The Drum
  • Snapchat is beta testing dynamic product ads and retargeting.  Business Insider
  • Alphabet stock soars as Google ad sales signal a return to form.  Fast Company
  • 2.1B people use Facebook’s family of apps on a daily basis.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat attracts 13M new daily users thanks to gender-swap filter.  AdAge
  • Luxury brands are taking over the street art scene.  Bloomberg
  • TikTok stars are preparing to take over the internet.  The Atlantic
  • How Pinterest factored into Amazon Prime Day.  AdWeek
  • NBCUniversal expects to exceed $1.2B in ad sales during 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  AdWeek
  • How TikTok is testing in-app ecommerce.  Digiday
  • McDonald’s, Uber and Johnson & Johnson no longer have chief marketing officers – here’s what that means.  CNBC

Start-Ups + Emerging Tech

International

  • Alibaba welcomes U.S. small businesses to sell globally on its platform. Reuters
  • ASOS starts next-day delivery in the US.  Glossy
  • KFC uses an International mindset to expand globally.  Forbes
  • China’s tech startups flourish in tales-rich second-tier cities.  Nikkei Asian Review