Weekly Industry Brief: 12.11.2017

Happy Monday! Here is a brief of industry news over the last week. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Wal-mart’s new name: it’s not just a store anymore. The Wall Street Journal
  • Why Home Depot is spending an extra $5.4B on stores and ecommerce in next three years. Fortune
  • Amazon’s impressive holiday seaons performance sends a message to retail giants. Forbes
  • A revived The Limited returns to plus sizes. Glossy
  • American Eagle Outfitters is finding strength beyond denim. MarketWatch
  • Sears gains after investor asks chain to consider going private. Business of Fashion
  • Lululemon Athletica pushes forward with ambitious goals for 2020. Motley Fool
  • How Amazon picks its seemingly random deals of the day. The Wall Street Journal
  • Surging online orders slow Walmart delivery network. The Business of Fashion
  • Designer makeup brands want you to buy more lipstick. Racked
  • How Kering Group is shaping the future of eco-friendly fashion. Departures
  • Shoppers need a reason to go to your store other than buying stuff. Harvard Business Review
  • Outdoor Voices opens permanent store in Los Angeles. Fashionista
  • Kylie Jenner is getting into the mobile pop-up retail game. Fashionista
  • Patagonia sues the Trump administration. Fashionista
  • Amazon’s beauty strategy is as elusive as ever. Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Nike’s new flagship store in New York will have floor exclusively for NikePlus members. Footwear News
  • How Timberland imagined a new shipping experience. The Robin Report
  • Instagram’s new story highlights save your disappearing videos forever. Wired
  • Pinterest launches Facebook Messenger bot. Venture Beat
  • Louis Vuitton turns to Facebook Bot to chat up customers online. Bloomberg
  • The 10 most watched ads on YouTube in 2017. AdWeek
  • Snapchat and Coach just debuted snapcodes embedded into holiday pins. AdWeek
  • Reddit now lets brands publish to subreddits, manage private messages through Sprinklr. MarTech Today
  • Why Visa spent a year developing a signature sound. The Wall Street Journal
  • How celebrities ruled the beauty industry in 2017. Fashionista
  • Netflix users collectively watched 1 Billion hours of content per week in 2017. TechCrunch

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • GM launches Marketplace for in-car shopping and reservations. TechCrunch
  • Target launches a mobile wallet in its Android and iOS apps. The Verge
  • Meet your new boss: an algorithm. The Wall Street Journal
  • Hilton unveils plans for its smart hotel room rollout in 2018. Skift
  • Apple Pay cash is coming for Venmo’s business. Slate
  • Digital voice assistants prove they are not just gimmicks. eMarketer
  • Apple acquires Shazam. TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon’s Australian launch brings excitement, dread and defiance. The New York Times
  • Alibaba tech underpins world’s most-interactive Starbucks. Alizila
  • Starbucks is opening a store in China every 15 hours. CNBC
  • L’oreal is confident China’s selfie revolution will be good for its business. CNBC
  • Ikea is preparing for the next 100 years in India. Quartz
  • Amazon Echo rolls out to 80 new markets. Venture Beat
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Weekly Industry Brief: 12.4.2017

Happy December! Hope your holiday season is off to a great start.  Here is a recap of news from the last week.  Headlines can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

My favorite, worth a watch: Blast from the past: Watch Jeff Bezos describe Amazon’s business in 1999. Geek Wire

[Special Section!] Holiday Shopping

  • Shoppers hit the mall but more often tapped their phones. The New York Times
  • Cyber Monday becomes largest online shopping day in US history. CNBC
  • Shoppers say they hate Christmas in October but stats show they don’t. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon devoured 55% of Black Friday online orders. RetailDive
  • Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV Stick outsold everything else on Amazon over Thanksgiving Weekend. Fortune
  • Black Friday weekend highlights from brick-and-mortar and online stores. Forbes

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon may have patented the next big thing in online shopping. Quartz
  • Everlane’s first-ever brick-and-mortar store takes radical transparency literally. Fast Company
  • Home Depot shares hit all-time high as housing momentum swells, company advances mobile initiatives. CNBC
  • Ikea goes to down with new focus on city stores. Reuters
  • Nike will close its flagship NYC store in Spring, new one coming in 2019. Fortune
  • Alphabet will fold Nest back into Google to take on Amazon. Seeking Alpha
  • There’s a good chance your favorite clothes are made by a company you’ve never heard of. Bloomberg
  • How the mall business can reinvent itself for the digital age. McKinsey
  • Fruit of the Loom tries on subscription underwear. Bloomberg
  • Are Calvin Klein’s Amazon pop-ups dissing department stores? RetailDive
  • Established beauty companies are now turning to Kim Kardashian for business advice. Fashionista
  • StitchFix defies odds, soars over 50% since lackluster debut. TechCrunch
  • CVS to buy Aetna for $69B in a deal that may reshape the health industry. The New York Times

Marketing and Social Media

  • YouTube’s new Stories-like feature could make it a more social environment. Business Insider
  • These are the most-searched handbags, shoes and sneakers of 2017. Fashionista
  • Facebook built a version of Messenger specifically for children. Recode
  • Anastasia makes Stories shoppable. L2 Inc
  • How millennial and generation Z women shop when they want to splurge. AdWeek
  • Facebook expands feature letting businesses build Messenger into their websites. The Verge
  • How email fell behind in the race to personalize digital shopping. The Wall Street Journal
  • Spotify wraps up 2017 by making humorous goals for 2018 using its data and artists. The Drum
  • How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions. TED
  • Why retailers are rethinking their holiday ad strategies and moving away from storytelling. AdWeek

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Inside Adidas’ robot-powered, on-demand sneaker factory. Wired
  • WeWork buys MeetUp, the service for bringing hobbyists together. The New York Times
  • eBay now lets you start shopping with a Google Assistant smart speaker and finish on your phone. Venture Beat
  • Predicting success in startup consumer brands. TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon reportedly mulls retail sales in Israel. Times of Israel
  • Wal-Mart already has a thriving online grocery business – in China. Bloomberg
  • Why Amazon orders in Mexico need cash and the corner store. Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 11.27.2017

Cyber Monday Edition! You’re probably still on conference calls, waiting for the final hours of sales to hit your constant flow of reports, hoping for the ultimate win of a glitch-free Cyber Monday (sorry, J.Crew!)…so while you are doing that, take a look at a recap of news from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headlines.

[Special Section!] Holiday Shopping

  • Cyber Monday runs up $840M so far in US sales online. TechCrunch
  • Black Friday online sales surge to new records with mobile pushing fastest. Fortune
  • This Black Friday, some mall visitors came out for more than bargains. Washington Post
  • Thanksgiving ecommerce sales hit a record $2.87B, up 18.3% year-on-year. Techcrunch
  • At $1B a day or more, online shopping in the US has already set a new record this month. CNBC
  • Macy’s CEO sees strong start to holidays, helped by coat sales. Bloomberg
  • Inside the Wal Mart vs. Amazon battle over Black Friday. The Wall Street Journal
  • Nike, Macy’s suffer technical snafus on Black Friday. The Wall Street Journal
  • Soaring web sales continue to dominate holiday retail. CNBC
  • Millennials and the cosmetics boom. New York Times
  • Five digital stats that sum up Cyber Monday and Black Friday. AdWeek
  • Cyber Monday sales up 16% so far, even though best deals were already gone. AdAge

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon wants you to buy an Echo next to that Whole Foods turkey. Bloomberg
  • Retailers offering delayed shipping options to avoid peak charges. The Wall Street Journal
  • Retailers experiment with a new philosophy: smaller is better. New York Times
  • Victoria Beckham scales up with $40M private equity investment. Fashionista
  • Crew to close more stores amid sinking sales. Fashionista
  • Everlane is opening its first brick and mortar stores, after years of swearing it wouldn’t. Washington Post
  • WeWork reportedly expanding into retail. Retail Dive
  • Inside the revolution at Etsy. New York Times
  • The future of retail in the age of Amazon. Fast Company
  • High-end stores that don’t actually sell anything are the future of retail. Quartz
  • Urban Outfitters surprises with strong Q3 earnings. Chain Store Age
  • Abercrombie same-store sales blow past estimates. Business Insider

Marketing and Social Media

  • Advertisers leaving YouTube due to ad placements. Seeking Alpha
  • Inside year three of REI’s #OptOutside campaign. AdWeek
  • How Sephora is quietly supporting female entrepreneurs. Glossy
  • Facebook debuts web-based VR experiences within standard newsfeed. Marketing Land
  • From collaborations to new stores to Paris Fashion Week, here’s how Lacoste is trying to stay relevant. Fashionista
  • Snapchat debuts two new advertising products. TechCrunch

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Augmented reality will transform city life. Venture Beat
  • Meet the Everlane of skin care. The Cut
  • Robot makers raise funding in fight against Amazon. Bloomberg
  • Baidu unveils home robots and smart speakers. Venture Beat
  • Four futuristic features every retail store will have by 2025. Time

International

  • Amazon recruits Indian merchants on hunt for lower priced merchandise. New York Times
  • Amazon gears up to begin selling in Australia. Reuters
  • French shoppers to spend more online this holiday than last year.  Reuters
  • Demand for gold in China lifts profit at world’s largest jeweler.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon is selling its cloud services business in China to local firm.  Fortune

 

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 11.20.2017

Happy Black Friday Week! And Happy Thanksgiving. Hope everyone has a very successful two weeks ahead.

Here is a recap of industry from the last week. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • American Eagle opened a store of the future complete with free laundry and an iPad in every dressing room. Business Insider
  • Forever 21 reports payment card security breach. Reuters
  • Reformation launches very cute, very planet-friendly baby clothes. Fashionista
  • Farfetch’s revenue up 74% to last year. Fashionista 
  • Google Express lets you shop at Costco without a membership. Fast Company
  • Abercrombie & Fitch revenue up in Q3; rebranding is catching on with consumers. Fashionista
  • Gain in U.S. retail sales last month signals steady demand. Bloomberg
  • Black Friday will be the biggest mobile shopping day ever in the U.S., claims forecast. TechCrunch
  • Amazon and Whole Foods unveil new price cuts for Prime members. The Verge
  • For the first time, Calvin Klein to sell new underwear exclusively on Amazon this holiday. L2
  • Wal-Mart joins retailers planning to try out Tesla truck. Bloomberg
  • As athleisure cools, denim heats up. The Business of Fashion
  • Uber agrees to buy tens of thousands of Volvo cars for its autonomous fleet. Fast Company
  • Why this Christmas is make-or-break for Macy’s. Fortune
  • Lululemon enters footwear market with branded sneaker line. SmartBrief

Marketing and Social Media

  • Dollar Shave Club CMO thinks online estate sales are the next big thing. Ad Age
  • The real reason the incredibly boring Ikea ads are so engaging. Forbes
  • Snapchat admits it made the wrong decision on its spectacles. Tech Radar
  • YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to promote tickets for live shows below artists’ videos. Venture Beat
    Seventeen Magazine launches ‘Here,’ a community by and for LGBTQ teens.  Fashionista
  • Jay-Z’s debut album turned into an Urban Outfitters capsule collection. Mashable
  • Pinterest adds custom QR-like codes for businesses, more shoppable pins. MarketingLand
  • Instagram now lets you post Stories from the mobile web. The Verge
  • Updated Adidas shopping app is personalized to what you like. PSFK
  • Facebook’s dynamic creative can generate up to 6,250 versions of an ad. MarketingLand

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Williams-Sonoma acquires augmented reality 3D imaging startup. Total Retail
  • AirBnB acquires ad tech startup AdBasis. TechCrunch
  • The Real Real: High-end disruptor or gateway drug to luxury? Robin Report
  • Goop for men? This new site targets the $3.8B wellness industry. Fast Company
  • MAC installs augmented reality mirrors to boost conversion s and collect data. Glossy
  • Buzzfeed bets on the future of television. Fast Company
  • StitchFix up just 1% on first day of trading, after reducing size of IPO. TechCrunch
  • Outdoor sportswear finally gets the direct to consumer treatment. Fast Company
  • Apple pushes HomePod release to early 2018. TechCrunch

International

  • Ikea counts cost of Brexit as furniture import prices soar. Bloomberg
  • China faces waste hangover after Singles Day buying binge. The Business of Fashion
  • Postmates launches in first international city: Mexico City. TechCrunch
  • Alibaba bets $2.9B that it can take on Wal-Mart in China. Bloomberg
  • Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada. TechCrunch
  • Retailing in the Middle East: How to recapture profitable growth. McKinsey
  • Tencent’s profit surges 69% thanks to its thriving games business. TechCrunch
  • Forrester predicts 80% of companies will fail to comply with HDPR in 2018. Martech
  • Alibaba and Alipay: A mobile future. Seeking Alpha

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 11.13.2017

Happy Monday! This week I have a special section of headlines about Alibaba’s Double 11/Singles Day event from the weekend.  Next week is Black Friday here in the US, which means we have one more Monday before Cyber Monday.  Cheers to a successful holiday!

As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Alibaba’s Singles Day Event

  • Alibaba’s Singles Day racks up $8.6B in first hour. Bloomberg
  • Alibaba’s Singles Day sales smash record with $25B haul. Fortune
  • Alibaba lets AI, robots and drones do heavy lifting for Singles Day. South China Morning Post
  • Alibaba’s Singles Day sales hit record. New York Times
  • Alibaba tests 60 futuristic pop-up stores across China for Singles Day. Digiday
  • Lessons from Alibaba’s $25B shopping event. AdAge
  • Singles Day 2017 highlights Alibaba’s intent to become a global leader. Forbes
  • Alibaba and JD.com squabble over Singles Day sales calculations. Women’s Wear Daily
  • Singles Day faces fatigue in China. The Wall Street Journal
  • JD.com generated $19B in sales at its rival event. Fortune
  • Black Friday, Prime Day and Singles Day: When do people spend the most? Fortune

Brands and Retailers

  • CVS will offer next day delivery of prescriptions. New York Times
  • Amazon Cash, the service that lets you use cash to shop Amazon online, arrives at 7-Eleven. TechCrunch
  • Burberry shares are plunging as investors flee new CEO’s expensive plans. Fortune
  • Online retailers are desperate to stem a surging tide of returns. Bloomberg
  • Amazon developing a free, ad-supported version of Prime. AdAge
  • Nordstrom is launching 24/7 curbside pickup for the holidays. Fashionista
  • Victoria Beckham to collaborate with Reebok in 2018. Fashionista

Marketing and Social Media

  • How Vimeo is preparing for the future of video storytelling. Fast Company
  • Snapchat’s programmatic ads fetch $3-$8 CPMs. Digiday
  • Tencent could play a role redesigning Snapchat following $2B investment. Techcrunch
  • Instagram might let you follow hashtags. Fast Company
  • How Kith built its brand in niche streetwear. New York Times
  • Facebook relaunches Events app as Facebook Local, adds bars and food. Techcrunch
  • Spotify expands merch to beauty products, sells out tickets for Who We Be. Techcrunch
  • Women-only social club The Wing launches a bi-annual print magazine. AdWeek
  • At Tiffany, the Fifth Avenue face-lift starts at home. New York Times
  • Crew cast seven ‘real people’ in its 2017 holiday gift guide. Fashionista
  • Amazon expands its influencer program to include Twitter and Instagram, in addition to YouTube. Techcrunch

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Music.ly, a Chinese app big in the U.S. sells for $1B. New York Times
  • Tinder wants to spice up your love life with AI and location services. Android Authority
  • Stitch Fix gets a close look from consumer VC firm ahead of IPO. Techcrunch
  • Heyday raises $3M for personalized skincare and facials. Techcrunch
  • Apple has acquired imaging sensor startup InVisage Technologies. Techcrunch
  • Voice-enabled smart speakers to reach 55% of U.S. households by 2022. Techcrunch

International

  • Costco to expand internationally; will launch in France. Bloomberg
  • Birchbox opens first UK standalone store. Vogue
  • Amazon says Australia launch imminent. Business of Fashion
  • PayPal launches domestic payments in India. Business Line

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 11.6.2017

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of industry news over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Old Navy launches kids’ ‘Super Boxes’ subscription service. WWD
  • Amazon discounts other sellers’ products as retail competition stiffens. CNBC
  • Ann Taylor launches subscription rental program. Glossy
  • Burberry’s Christopher Bailey to leave before 2019. Bloomberg
  • Century 21 launches boutique minded shop-in-shop. The New York Times
  • Target store staff can now create online orders for customers when local merchandise is unavailable. TechCrunch
  • Ralph Lauren’s retreat from discounting helps bolster profit. Bloomberg
  • Starbucks sells Tazo tea brand to Unilever. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon to end fresh grocery delivery service in some areas. Reuters
  • Glossier, Stitch Fix among the most disruptive companies. Retail Dive
  • Macy’s opens ‘digital playground’ at Herald Square. Retail Dive
  • Clique Media Group becomes bona fide fashion brand. Fast Company
  • Uniqlo founder thinks US needs fewer malls and more of his stores. The Wall Street Journal
  • Sears, Kmart to close more stores in 2018. USA Today

Marketing and Social Media

  • Kylie cosmetics will host pop-up shops at Topshops this holiday season. Fashionista
  • Inside the influencer prom that was the Revolve Awards. Fashionista
  • Conde Nast to shutter print edition of Teen Vogue. Fashionista
  • Ben & Jerry’s created a Facebook AR filter. AdWeek
  • Instagram is expanding shoppable photos to thousands of merchants. The Verge
  • The best rewards programs give you more than points. Racked
  • REI thinks you have better things to do than shop on Black Friday. Washington Post
  • Dolce & Gabbana is now in the pasta business. Bloomberg
  • Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status hit 300M users, nearly 2X Snapchat. TechCrunch
  • Target offers free shipping on holiday orders. Business of Fashion

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Microsoft thinks they can make holograms the future of retail. Wired
  • Square launches a point-of-sale payment system aimed at larger businesses. AdWeek
  • Amazon adds AR shopping feature to its iOS app. TechCrunch
  • Quip raises $10M for electric toothbrushes. TechCrunch
  • Here’s how much consumers will use voice technology in the near future. AdWeek
  • Snap acquires Metamarkets to step up its ad tech play. TechCrunch
  • Blue Apron shares trade down after disappointing earnings. TechCrunch

International

  • Alibaba profit rises on targeted use of consumer data. The Wall Street Journal
  • Google has a new plan for China – and it’s not about search. Bloomberg
  • Ikea to hire hundreds of local women for first India store. Economic Times
  • How Alibaba makes Singles’ Day appealing to luxury brands. Glossy
  • Canada’s Indigo Books plans first US store. The Star
  • Estee Lauder gains after Chinese expansions helps lift forecast. Bloomberg
  • Apple’s revenues are growing again in China. TechCrunch

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.30.2017

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of industry news over the last week. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Cheers to a successful Q4 and holiday season ahead!

Brands and Retailers

  • Nordstrom doubles down on discount format as retail woes deepen. Bloomberg
  • Nike tells investors it will shift away from ‘mediocre’ retailers. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon launches Business Prime to bring quick delivery to work. Bloomberg
  • Iconic Lord & Taylor building in New York will become WeWork headquarters. The New York Times
  • Sears stops selling Whirlpool appliances. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon shares pass $1,000 after posting strong financials. Techcrunch
  • McDonalds rolls our successor to dollar menu as price war rages. Bloomberg
  • Louis Vuitton scours the nation for a new U.S. factory site and discovers Keene, Texas. Dallas News
  • Columbia Sportswear taps Opening Ceremony for collaborate. Women’s Wear Daily
  • American Eagle’s NYC concept lets students do laundry while shopping. Retail Dive
  • Uber has a new credit card for people who want to earn points for ride-hailing. The Verge
  • Uber will now let you add multiple stops to your route. Techcrunch
  • Preorders start for iPhone X, delivery window hits six weeks. Seeking Alpha
  • CVS said to be in talks to buy Aetna in landmark acquisition. The New York Times
  • Nike sharpens focus on women’s wear, ramps up investment in yoga. Bloomberg
  • Proenza Schouler launches a more casual, accessible second line. Fashionista
  • Nike still plans to hit $50Billion in sales by 2020. Fashionista
  • Jason Wu collaborates with tech juggernaut Stitch Fix. Elle
  • Amazons’ brick-and-mortar returns service deemed underwhelming. Business of Fashion
  • Walgreens to shutter 600 stores as part of Rite Aid deal. USA Today

Marketing and Social Media

  • Under Armour finds a remarkable new ad start in teenage refugee Olympian. AdWeek
  • Kris Wu: China’s Influencer ‘triple threat.’ Business of Fashion
  • What shoppers really want from personalized marketing. McKinsey
  • Twitter shares skyrocket after it says it might finally make money soon. Techcrunch
  • McDonald’s to review its $2B global media buying account. The Wall Street Journal
  • Millennials have fallen in love with Gucci, for now. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon ditched its affiliate store feature. Digiday
  • Why Snapchat spectacles failed. Techcrunch
  • Sephora cast its own store employees for its most diverse campaign yet. Racked
  • Keds found its sweet spot by partnering with female entrepreneurs. AdWeek

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Moda Operandi launches The Platform, an incubator for emerging brands. Business of Fashion
  • Walmart is rolling out shelf-scanning robots in stores. Techcrunch
  • How chat and voice related tech is changing retailer and customer interactions. Retail Dive

International

  • India overtakes the US to become the world’s second largest smartphone market. Techcrunch
  • Martens is finding a new following in Asia. Quartz
  • Amazon takes a long view approach in India. Economic Times
  • Amazon to add seventh Canadian distribution center. CBC
  • The UK’s Marks & Spencer to start offering mortgages next year. Bloomberg
  • How Toronto became an unlikely fashion force. Glossy

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.23.2017

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Venmo users can now shop online anywhere PayPal is accepted in the US. TechCrunch
  • Amazon and big apartment landlords strike deals on package delivery. The Wall Street Journal
  • Wal-Mart courts Lord & Taylor for online challenge to Amazon. The Wall Street Journal
  • Where internet orders mean real jobs, and a new life for communities. The New York Times
  • ASOS proves fast fashion isn’t cheap, sees huge growth ahead. Retail Dive
  • Target unveils climate change program. Retail Dive
  • Amazon adds apparel, shoes to ‘handcrafted’ shop. Women’s Wear Daily
  • Proenza Schouler debuts new site, powered by Farfetch. Glossy
  • ASOS’s product strategy: 5,000 new styles a week, more in-house designs. Glossy
  • How retailers use personalized prices to test what you’re willing to pay. Harvard Business Review
  • Amazon gets 238 proposals across North American for HQ2. AdAge
  • Under Armour debuts subscription service. AdAge
  • Jet.com launches its own private brand to woo millennials. Fortune
  • Target is keeping it simple for holiday season sales. Fortune
  • Tommy Hilfiger has designed a fashion line for people with disabilities. Fortune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Arianna Huffington’s new app lets you humblebrag about turning your phone off. The Verge
  • Revolve is hosting its own awards show next month. Fashionista
  • Nike is using its new digital studio to build a community of sneakerheads. TechCrunch
  • Facebook is taking aim at LinkedIn again by testing a resume feature. AdWeek
  • Vogue, Vice will team up in bid to win ad dollars. Variety
  • How BFF marketing became the MO for women’s direct to consumer brands. The Business of Fashion
  • This year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas Book gifts are on a different level. Fortune
  • Abercrombie and Fitch draws on legacy for new look. Business of Fashion
  • Facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for instant articles. TechCrunch
  • Rent the Runway’s national campaign wants you to convert your closet into anything you want. AdWeek
  • Snap hit with more layoffs, plans to slow hiring in 2018. Business Insider

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Stitch Fix files for IPO. Business of Fashion
  • Walmart sees a shopping future filled with AR, AI and chatbots. CNet
  • L’oreal to partner with Paris-based beauty start-ups. Business of Fashion
  • Intel and Amazon partner on voice recognition technology. Engadget
  • Amazon to open visually focused AI research hub in Germany. TechCrunch
  • ‘Pay with Google’ goes live. Techcrunch
  • Walmart’s Store No. 8 showcases the future of VR. Retail Dive

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.16.2017

Here is a recap of news in the retail and ecommerce industry from the last two weeks week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. (P.S. Sorry I missed you last week.  I’m back after a reallyyyyyyy awesome week of vacation in Italy.  Work/life balance, work hard/play hard, etc.!)

Brands and Retailers

  • Holiday sales forecasts are rosy, but not for all retailers. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon said to be testing its own delivery service. TechCrunch
  • Nordstrom no longer exploring going private. Fashionista
  • Ikea to test selling products via third-party websites. The Wall Street Journal
  • Ikea plans full-range town center showrooms. Reuters
  • S. retail sales rose 1.6% in September. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon welcomes teens with new parent-controlled shopping allowance. The Wall Street Journal
  • Wal-Mart plans further cost cuts as competition with Amazon intensifies. The Wall Street Journal
  • How Macy’s is turning beauty store BlueMercury into its secret weapon. Fortune
  • Amazon’s luxury retail problem. Fox Business
  • Reformation is launching a jeans line with over 40 different pieces. Bustle
  • Gucci bans fur, joining others in seeking alternatives. Reuters
  • Amazon getting into private label sportswear. Bloomberg
  • Coach changes its name to Tapestry. The Wall Street Journal
  • Frambridge teamed up for Target to bring custom framing to more people. Fast Company
  • Rent the Runway chases the fast-fashion shopper. The Wall Street Journal
  • Third Love spent a year designing a bra you can sleep in. Fast Company
  • What goes into making Everlane’s earth-friendly $68 pair of jeans. Bloomberg
  • AIM, AOL’s iconic instant messenger service is shutting down after 20 years. Recode

Marketing and Social Media

  • Instagram adds polling stickers to stories. The Verge
  • Snap blows lid on its own surprise AR announcement. Gizmodo
  • Gap is selling subscription boxes for baby clothes. CNBC
  • Snap unveils brand partnerships and context cards. Reuters

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Net-a-porter poised to launch AI picking service. Retail Gazette
  • Alibaba to spend $15B on innovation projects with new research lab. Bloomberg
  • Apple quietly acquires computer vision startup regaind. TechCrunch
  • Amazon’s Alexa can now recognize different voices and give personalized response. The Verge
  • Manufacturers are making devices increasingly difficult for consumers to fix. The Economist

International

  • Instacart is expanding to Canada in Amazon battle. The Wall Street Journal
  • American jewelry chain Alex and Ani to open first store in the UK. Retail Gazette
  • Ikea puts Latin America, Southeast Asia markets in its sights. Bloomberg
  • Near-record crowds push Uniqlo Canada sales above expectations. Bloomberg
  • JD.com launches luxury platform. Business of Fashion
  • How China’s shopping malls survive and thrive in the ecommerce age. Forbes
  • Mango opens first store in partnership with Myntra in India. Live Mint
  • Amazon gears up for greater presence in Brazil. Bloomberg
  • Amazon to open pop-up bar in Tokyo. Retail Dive
  • Sears Canada approves plan to liquidate most of retail chain’s assets. The Wall Street Journal
  • Flipkart launches private label large appliances category. Live Mint

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.2.2017

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Disney’s fix for retail slump: stream theme-park events in store. Bloomberg
  • Ford is taking on Tesla with new electric car group called Edison. Quartz
  • Wal-Mart will offer free same-day delivery in NYC. Bloomberg
  • Ikea acquires TaskRabbit. Recode
  • Jet.com will launch its own grocery line. Retail Dive
  • Forever 21 and Taco Bell team up for the next big thing in food fashion. AdAge
  • Timberland blazes a new trail in retail with two new retail concepts. Forbes
  • Starbucks closes online store to focus on in-person experience. The New York Times
  • Wal-Mart steps up efforts to reduce chemicals. Bloomberg
  • Macy’s is overhauling its rewards program to win back straying shoppers. Fortune
  • Nike de-emphasizes retailers in favor of digital sales. Bloomberg
  • Volkswagon to build electric versions of all 300 models by 2030. Bloomberg

Marketing and Social Media

  • Clinique is turning print ads into six-second videos. DigiDay
  • Twitter just doubled the character limit for tweets to 280. The Verge
  • Amazon’s Alexa pairs with Perry Ellis to help men dress. Retail Dive
  • Snapchat will put Jeff Koons’ art installations in augmented reality. The Verge
  • Facebook plans to add 1,000 moderators. Forbes
  • What Tiffany & Co. learned about mobile from watching its competitors. AdWeek
  • Brands are doing more experiential marketing. Here’s how they’re measuring whether it’s working. AdWeek
  • Google is overhauling its search engine to help paywalled new sites attract visitors. Fast Company

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • This $35 add-on will let Amazon Echos place phone calls. TechCrunch
  • A blogger’s social media idea sparks a retail revolution, and $1B in sales. CNBC
  • Shake Shack’s Danny Myer launches private equity fund. Fortune
  • Mastercard users can now browse and buy high-end home décor in virtual reality. Fortune

International

  • India’s apparel retailers build new brands for smaller markets. Financial Times
  • How Estee Lauder is making its global brand locally relevant in China. Jing Daily
  • This Middle Eastern e-Retailer is taking on Amazon. Fortune
  • France cracks down on photo-shopped bodies in Ads. AdAge
  • More luxury stores closed in China over the last year than in any other country. Jing Daily
  • Myntra to manage Espirit in India, curate 15 retail stores. Money Control
  • JD.com to help China’s offline retailers harness ecommerce to improve efficiency. South China Morning Post