Weekly Industry Brief: 4.22.2019

Happy Monday! Hope many of you are enjoying or got to enjoy some R&R on Spring Break with your fam. In the meantime, here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks – was too caught up in the busy week to post last week!! Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Netflix to open a production hub in New York City and invest up to $100M in the city.  TechCrunch
  • Ikea is helping New Yorkers make the most of tiny spaces.  Fortune
  • Everlane is rolling out a new sustainable sneaker brand called Tread.  AdWeek
  • Tindr becomes the top-grossing, non-game app in Q1 2019, ending Netflix’s reign.  TechCrunch
  • Wayfair to launch live streaming service on Way Day.  Retail Dive
  • Martha Stewart brand to be sold.  Forbes
  • To woo shoppers, stores like Nordstrom and Walgreens acceptation competitors’ returns.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart is launching its first subscription box for apparel and it’s for kids.  CNBC
  • Google & Amazon reach an agreement to bring their streaming video apps to each others’ platforms.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon launches free music streaming service.  AdAge
  • Hanky Panky, famous for its ‘one-size fits all’ underwear, relaunches with more inclusive sizing and menswear.  AdWeek
  • Converse’s plot to take back basketball with help from Nike. Fast Company
  • Bed Bath & Beyond to shutter 40 stores this year.  CNN
  • Venmo’s latest effort to turn a profit: credit cards. The Wall Street Journal
  • How Kroger plans to keep up in the digital age.  The Wall Street Journal
  • American Eagle says spinoff for Aerie could happen but not now.  Bloomberg
  • Why subscription boxes are here to stay.  Forbes
  • The ever-changing store: taking an agile, customer-centric approach to format redesign.  McKinsey
  • Macy’s puts Story in 36 of its stores.  CNBC
  • Offering shoppers new experiences isn’t helping as malls see story closures and falling traffic.  NBC

Marketing + Social Media

  • Adidas used Airdrop to surprise Coachella attendees with free sneakers.  PSFK
  • IPO day for Pinterest and Zoom ends with shares sharply higher.  The New York Times 
  • How Sephora is cultivating its own team of influencers.  Glossy
  • Lush leaves social media in UK. BBC
  • Generation Z Americans will be the ultimate cannabis consumers.  AdAge
  • Inside the purpose-driven branding of Sweetgreen.  AdWeek
  • Instagram hides Like count in leaked design prototype.  TechCrunch
  • Kids love these YouTube channels. Who creates them is a mystery.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Netflix creates Wide, a print magazine explaining its content.  The Drum
  • The new era of high fashion and video game collabs: Inside Moschino and The Sims partnership.  Fortune
  • Samsung to delay launch of foldable phone.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Apple make take on Tile with item-tracking tags.  Fast Company
  • Venture capital is putting its money into astrology.  The New York Times
  • Uber’s self-driving car unit just raised another $1B.  Fast Company
  • L’Oreal ups AI investment with La Roche-Posay spot-scanning tech.  The Drum
  • The fascinating ways PepsiCo uses AI and machine learning to deliver success.  Forbes
  • JCPenney explains why it dropped Apple Pay.  TechCrunch
  • VCs bet on cannabis vaping, ED meds and mobile fertility clinics.  TechCrunch
  • Serena Williams announces her VC firm via Instagram.  AdAge
  • From lab-grown meat to fermented fungus, here’s what corporate food VS’s are serving up.  TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon gives up on challenging Alibaba and JD.com in China.  Motley Fool
  • Amazon to sharpen focus on India after running into China wall.  LiveMint

And a bonus this week because it’s funny…and I’m sure relevant to many of our jobs! Who’s been asked about their TikTok strategy? via Marketoonist

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 4.8.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Goodwill wants to take new orders right out of Amazon’s hands.  Bloomberg
  • Viacom’s networks will power T-Mobile’s new mobile TV service in content deal.  AdWeek
  • Teens are spending $2,600 a year on food and clothes. Here’s where they like to shop.  CNBC
  • Where multi brand retailers beat brands.  L2 Inc
  • Lululemon set to debut selfceare product line.  RetailDive
  • Online shopping overtakes a major part of retail for the first time ever.  CNBC
  • Amazon wants you to use Alexa to track healthcare.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Netflix price hike nears by analysts say users are staying put.  AdAge
  • Hermes aims to win over a younger luxury shopper.  The Wall Street Journal
  • You can now rent children’s clothing from Rent the Runway.  Fast Company
  • Amazon adds delivery lockers for Coachella goers. MediaPost
  • Kay, Jared parent to close 150 stores and trim staff in turnaround. USA Today
  • CVS to offer same-day prescription delivery via Target-owned Shipt.  Star Tribune
  • Why Hot Topic is still cool with younger shoppers.  The New York Times
  • Ikea to test furniture rental in 30 countries.  Reuters
  • Target raising minimum wage to $13 an hour.  CNBC
  • Amazon is now focusing on exclusive brands.  Digiday
  • Madewell appoints its first-ever CEO, brand president.  Fortune
  • How Unilever is reinventing what corporate responsibility means in beauty and personal care.  Glossy

Marketing + Social Media

  • Snapchat’s reinventing itself to fight Instagram.  The Next Web
  • At Cosmopolitan Magazine, data is the new sex.  The New York Times
  • Influencers are flocking to a surprising new kind of social media.  Fast Company
  • ShopStyle rolls out new data features so influencers can understand the sales they’re driving.  AdWeek
  • Shiseido is increasing its influencer marketing spend by 50% in 2019.  Glossy
  • Beyonce collaboration is a big win for Adidas.  AdAge
  • Millions of Facebook records found on Amazon cloud servers.  AdAge
  • Pinterest surprises by setting its IPO price range at $15 to $17 per share.  Fast Company
  • Inside the collaboration between Ikea and Sonos.  Fast Company
  • Gen Z buying influenced by peer recommendations.  AdWeek
  • Spotify’s new ad metrics show what listeners do after they click . TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon is making its own version of AirPods for Alexa. Fast Company
  • Google and Walmart team up for voice grocery orders.  Business Insider

International

  • Tmall to provide data-drive fashion forecasts.  Glossy
  • Traditional marketing no longer works in China. Here’s what does.  Jing Daily

Weekly Industry Brief: 4.1.2019

Rabbit, rabbit! A new month, a new quarter for some of us and hopefully the start of actual Spring weather soon. Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

    • Office Depot has to pay the FTC $35M for fake malware scans.  Fast Company
    • Ecommerce and men’s spurred growth for Lululemon.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Amazon looks to payments to connect shopping channels.  Digiday
    • NBCU wades into ecommerce with new golf shop.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Whole Foods opens a bodega-like shop in Chelsea.  Eater
    • Walgreens to clear shelf space for CBD products in 1500 stores.  Fortune
    • JCPenney to close 27 stores.  Today
    • Amazon and Whole Foods slash prices.  CNN
    • Luxury brands turn to airports for store growth.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Ecommerce fuels Williams-Sonoma’s strong Q4. Seeking Alpha
    • Wayfair to open a brick-and-mortar store.  The Boston Globe
    • Tommy Hilfiger closes New York flagship.  WWD
    • WOW airlines ceases operations.  AdAge
    • Drew Barrymore and Walmart unveil home goods line.  WWD
    • H&M turnaround gains traction.  Retail Dive
    • Burger King to launch meat-less Impossible burger. Fortune
    • Restoration Hardware’s radical approach is paying off.  Forbes

Social Media + Marketing

    • TikTok: How we hang out at work together online now.  The New York Times
    • Generation Z: Who they are, in their own words.  The New York Times
    • Sephora picks 24 influencers for its coveted #SephoraSquad program.  Fast Company
    • Instagram tests fast forward feature for videos.  Engadget
      Instagram and the $1.7B influencer economy.  Vogue
    • Facebook launches searchable transparency library of all active ads.  TechCrunch
    • Ralph Lauren looks to establish more diverse image.  Glossy
    • Why beauty brands are investing in Pinterest.  Glossy
    • Unilever launches ‘trusted publisher’ list to vet digital players.  AdAge
    • U.S. Government charges Facebook with discrimination based on ad targeting practices.  AdWeek
    • How brands can build successful relationships with influencers.  Harvard Business Review

Start-ups + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

    • 7 things to know about Lyft’s IPO.  Fast Company
    • New wellness startup Feals brings the DTC treatment to CBD.  Fashionista
    • 1stDibs nabs $76B Series D funding.  TechCrunch
    • You can soon order Domino’s Pizza via your car’s touchscreen. Engadget
    • LVMH turns to blockchain for authentication.  Glossy
    • Pandora to test interactive voice ads later this year.  TechCrunch
    • Why Apple had to cancel its airpower charging pad.  Fortune

International

    • Alibaba has acquired Teambiton, a China-based Trello and Asana rival in its enterprise push.  TechCrunch
    • Amazon to roll out 100 kiosks in malls across India.  The Economic Times

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.25.2019

Hey! Thanks for keeping up on industry news with me.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

    • Levi’s shares rose 32% in first day.  The New York Times
    • Everything Apple announced on Monday.  Gizmodo
    • After IPO, Levi’s sets its sights on $10B.  Fortune
    • How Glossier grew into a $1B beauty business.  CNN
    • Ulta is pulling ahead of Sephora and Amazon in battle for beauty shoppers.  Forbes
    • Square takes on Shopify with new micro-merchant tools.  Fast Company
    • CVS is partnering with brands like Medterra to sell CBD products in stores.  AdWeek
    • Madewell is in growth mode. Bloomberg
    • DSW to rebrand in shift to more in-house brands.  The Wall Street Journal
    • WalMart to drop price-matching program.  Dallas News
    • Fast fashion brands have a new threat in the $24B second hand clothing market. CNBC
    • Cannabis retail is here.  RetailDive
    • Neiman Marcus plants its flag in New York’s luxury battleground.  Fortune
    • Charlotte Russe to close all stores, begin liquidation.  Fortune
    • Study finds that most Amazon brands are duds, not disrupters.  Bloomberg
    • Starbucks announces trials for recyclable and compostable cups.  CNBC
    • 74% of consumers go to Amazon when they’re ready to buy something.  CNBC
    • Apple accidentally reveals iPhone upgrade.  Forbes
    • Victoria’s Secret formally returns to swimwear.  Fortune
    • Is Apple saying goodbye to fashion? The New York Times
    • Ikea enters Manhattan with small, urban format.  Curbed
    • Amazon to debut private-label skincare line.  CNBC
    • Hermes to launch skincare and makeup.  Elle

Social Media + Marketing

    • Why social commerce is becoming the ultimate form of advertising for CMO’s. Forbes
    • Pinterest steps up planning for IPO.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Apple unveils its $9.99/month news subscription service.  TechCrunch
    • Snapchat’s private ad market thrills brands but not publishers.  AdAge
    • Amazon is blocking ads for products that lose money.  Fast Company
    • Mobile ads trigger quicker recall, action than you might think.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Ahead of Apple’s video launch, YouTube pulls the plug on its Hollywood dreams. Fast Company
    • Pinterest and Airbnb team up on a Spring and Summer travel guide.  AdWeek
    • Warner Bro’s and Snapchat create first-ever voice-activated AR lens. AdWeek
    • Snapchat inks Foursquare deal to make ads even more targeted.  Inc

Start up + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

    • Rent the Runway’s new funding round values the company at $1B.  The New York Times
    • McDonald’s bets big on big data with $300M acquisition.  Wired
    • Estee Lauder bets on tech innovation for future growth.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Walmart is using its money-losing personal shopping service start up, Jet Black, to develop AI to compete with Amazon.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Nars bets on virtual try-ons to fuel the in-store experience.  Glossy
    • Robinhood acquires financial newsletter MarketSnacks.  Fortune

International 

    • Uber will reportedly buy its Middle Easter rival, Careem for $3.1B.  Fast Company
    • How Sotheby’s is curating luxury experiences for millennials in Hong Kong.  Jing Daily
    • Yunji, a startup that enables social commerce via WeChat, files for $200M US IPO.  TechCrunch

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.18.2019

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

Thanks for scanning the headlines with me this week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Walmart letting Sam’s Club follow its own innovation path.  Forbes
  • Amazon launched a beauty line founded by Latvian models.  CNBC
  • Google quietly rolled out a hotel site.  Fortune
  • Adidas CEo sees ecommerce as tremendous opportunity worldwide.  CNBC
  • Shopify embarks on first retail partnership to aid DTC brands in physical stores.  AdAge
  • Target and DTC startups spark overhaul in underwear category.  AdAge
  • Hudson Yards to usher in new era of the mall.  The New York Times 
  • Walmart’s food delivery challenges.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon gets an edge with its secret squad of PhD economists.  CNN
  • This department store takes everything about pop-ups and turns it into retail.  AdWeek
  • Walmart readies introduction of low-priced iPad rival.  Bloomberg
  • Apple fires back at Spotify in escalating app store feud.  Fortune
  • Jelly Belly creator hopes CBD edibles will be his next magic beans.  Fortune
  • How ‘legal fakes’ are challenging $1B brand Supreme.  CNN
  • The recommence secret used by Patagonia and Eileen Fisher.  WWD
  • Revlon loses billion-dollar brand status.  WWD
  • Fashion has a new demand for skilled authenticators.  Glossy
  • Apple brings back iPad Air and revamps mini for first time since 2015.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon expanding offerings for low-income shoppers.  Digiday

Marketing + Social Media

  • Amazon as the influencer platform of the future.  Forbes
  • Facebook’s pivot to messaging puts advertisers in a tight spot.  The Wall Street Journal
  • When Facebook goes down, the economy goes with it.  The Verge
  • Facebook adds Gaming to its main navigation.  TechCrunch
  • Challenger brand success is all about great storytelling.  AdWeek
  • Publishers increasingly want to put their money where Alexa’s mouth is.  AdWeek
  • Shoppable ads offer a new avenue of growth for image-heavy Instagram.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Pinterest forms partnership with Kroger.  Supermarket News
  • These are the top beauty brands dominating Amazon.  Fast Company

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Softbank and other investors in talks to invest $1B in Uber’s self-driving car unit.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WeWork labs is launching a food tech accelerator.  TechCrunch
  • Supercharging retail sales with geospatial analytics.  McKinsey
  • How AI helps eBay connect buyers and sellers across 1.2B listings.  VentureBeat
  • ClimaCell bets on IoT for better weather forecasts.  TechCrunch
  • A spate of acquisitions has given workspace company, WeWork, tools to track and optimize office space.  Bloomberg
  • Psychologists explain why at-home exercise machines like Peloton have what it takes to keep people moving.  Recode

International

  • Europe’s biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando, is axing its private label brands.  AdAge
  • Small sees beauty brands bloom with online shops in China.  Glossy
  • Zara to open denim customization pop-ups in three stores in Europe.  Reuters
  • China’s largest streaming site is coming after TikTok.  Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.11.2019

Hi! I’m back.  Here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Apple will finally unveil its streaming video service on March 25th.  Engadget
  • AEO, URBN and ANF all had their earnings calls this past week. Catch up on AEO here, URBN here and ANF here.
  • Kith makes its first foray into beauty with Estee Lauder.  Fashionista
  • Digitally native brands on the power of brick and mortar. Retail Dive
  • Neiman Marcus makes progress in debt-restructuring talks.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Foot Locker records strongest sales in company history.  Retail Dive
  • Abercrombie to close up to 40 stores in 2019.  CNBC
  • Amazon’s Project Zero aims to help brands target scammers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How Amazon took 50% of the commerce market and what it means for the rest of us.  TechCrunch
  • The 10 most valuable fashion brands in the world 2019.  High Snobeity
  • Foot Locker is investing $12.5M in kids’ clothing company Rockets of Awesome.  CNBC
  • West Elm and Rent the Runway parter to rent home home decor.  Business of Fashion
  • Target announces launch of its curated third-party marketplace, Target+. TechCrunch
  • Amazon’s joint health-care venture finally has a name: Haven.  CNBC
  • Office Depot and Alibaba are launching an online store.  Business Insider
  • Amazon to launch new grocery-store business.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Wedding company Zola tries on brick-and-mortar.  AdAge
  • Dollar Shave Club adds deodorant.  AdAge
  • Four takeaways from Shoptalk. Forbes
  • How Trader Joe’s plans to cut 1M pounds of single-use plastic from its stores.  Fast Company
  • Hudson Yards bets $1B a new Manhattan mall can succeed.  Bloomberg

Marketing + Social Media

  • Google announces new shopping ads on Google Images.  Social Media Today
  • After dropping runway fashion, Calvin Klein turns to TikTok  Glossy
  • Pinterest’s new tools turn it into more of a storefront.  Engadget
  • How ad tech is invading physical retail spaces.  AdWeek
  • Head of Luxury at Facebook and Instagram takes what you’ve told them and sells it to a luxury brand.  The New York Times
  • At 21, Kylie Jenner becomes the youngest self-made billionaire ever.  Forbes
  • Dior scores the highest media impact value at Paris Fashion Week over Chanel.  Vogue
  • Nike and Mattel on why the least active generation in history needs physical playtime. Fast Company
  • Barney’s courts younger shoppers with cannabis.  AdAge
  • Tiffany has always been classy. These guys are making it cool.  CNN
  • Online and making thousands at age 4: Meet the kindfluencers. The New York Times

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • AirBnB just bought HotelTonight in a play for last minute travelers.  Fast Company 
  • 5 female-lead businesses shaking up the fashion tech scene.  Vogue
  • Venmo expanding into everyday retail transactions.  Digiday
  • Walmart buys Israeli product review insight firm Aspectiva.  Reuters
  • How Walmart’s in-house incubator is imagining virtual reality for retail.  AdWeek

International

  • Small-town India is splurging on luxury and here’s what it’s buying.  Quartz
  • China’s authorities propose to keep minors out of live streaming.  TechCrunch

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.25.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Target is inviting retailers to its website, taking a different approach than Walmart and Amazon to grow online.  CNBC
  • Inditex launches Pull & Bear in the US.  Bloomberg
  • StitchFix’s radical data-driven way to sell clothes ($1.2B last year) is reinventing retail.  Fast Company
  • Target is accelerating the lingerie wars with bras that cost under $22.  Business Insider 
  • PetSmart vs. Petco: a dogfight that neither one is winning.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple could be working with Goldman Sachs on a credit card.  TechCrunch
  • Rook on track for $1B in revenue in 2019.  TechCrunch
  • Charlotte Russe stil searching for buyer as possible liquidation looms.  The Wall Street Journal
  • What the Amazon Coat tells us about the future of shopping.  Business of Fashion 
  • Anheuser-Busch acquires its first spirits company.  Fortune
  • Home Depot among investors in same-day delivery startup, Roadie.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Remembering Karl Lagerfeld, designer who defined luxury fashion.  The New York Times

Marketing + Social Media

  • Pinterest files for IPO as battle for ad dollars continues.  AdAge
  • Nestle and Disney pull ads from YouTube over handing of videos of children.  AdAge
  • The latest Instagram influencer frontier? Medical promotions.  Vox
  • Tide announces it’ll open 2,000 laundry locations in the next two years.  AdWeek
  • Facebook grappling with employee anger over moderator conditions.  Bloomberg
  • Google-Facebook duopoly set to lose some of its share of ad spend.  AdAge
  • Ikea cleans up the River Thames to promote new store. Fast Company
  • Beauty icon Bobbi Brown reinvents herself as a health and wellness guru.  CNBC
  • Nike and Serena Williams redefine what it means to call a female athlete crazy.  AdWeek
  • Instagram is testing a donation sticker in Stories.  The Verge
  • How Kellogg’s speed team is launching brands with startup principles  AdExchanger

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Six ways AI can impact retail forecasting: hype vs. reality.  Forbes
  • Lyft filling could kick off cavalcade of high-profile tech IPOs.  AdAge
  • Galaxy Fold is here, with six cameras and two batteries for $1,980.  CNet
  • Amazon Alexa and the search for the perfect answer.  Wired

International

  • JD.com’s drones take flight to Japan in partnership with Rakuten.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon is targeting customers in Kenya who want to pay in cash.  Quartz

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.18.2019

Hey! I’m back after a hectic Monday prevented me from posting last week.  Here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Levi’s to return to stock exchange after strong comeback.  Fortune
  • Luxury retailer Barney’s jumps on the cannabis train with fancy head shop in Beverly Hills.  The New York Times 
  • PayLess is closing all its 2,100 US stores.  CNN
  • Walgreens to add mobile payment app Alipay.  AdWeek
  • Amazon pulls out of planned New York City headquarters.  The New York Times 
  • Amazon launches a home shopping channel.  Forbes 
  • Subscription ecommerce startups show resilience.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Google to invest $13B in US data centers and offices this year.  CNN
  • Crate & Barrel partners with home services site Handy for furniture assembly deal.  Reuters
  • AirBnB just hired Virgin America’s former CEO as chief transportation officer.  Fast Company 
  • Most U.S. companies say they are planning to transition to a circular economy.  Fast Company 
  • Hermes’ refusal to change is its most radical gesture yet.  The New York Times 
  • Victoria Beckham launches own-brand beauty.  Vogue
  • Amazon aims to make half of its shipments carbon neutral by 2030. TechCrunch
  • Angela Ahrendts is leaving Apple.  Fortune
  • Apple’s executive shake-up readies company for life after iPhone.  The Wall Street Journal
  • CVS’s new HealthHub concept aims to reinvent the corner drugstore.  The Motley Fool

Marketing + Social Media

  • Instagram purges fake followers.  Fast Company
  • Facebook tests empowering publishers to deliver ads to Watch.  AdAge
  • What brands are doing to be more inclusive for people with disabilities. Marketing Week
  • Lego partners with Snapchap to sell clothing.  Forbes
  • US digital ad revenues up 22% to reach $26.2B reports IAB.  The Drum
  • Pinterest is bringing skin tone ranges to its iOS app.  AdWeek
  • Target is taking its new loyalty program to more cities.  CNBC
  • Amazon debuts rewards programme on Washington Post and TikTok apps.  The Drum
  • Amazon has a big advertising business and Walmart wants one too.  Bloomberg

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Apple buys UK-based digital marketing startup, DataTiger.  AdAge
  • JP Morgan is launching its own cryptocurrency.  The Verge
  • Amazon opens up Alexa store for anyone to create and publish custom skills.  The Verge
  • Facebook acquires visual search business GrokStyle.  Essential Retail
  • Apple hires ex-Microsoft exec to revamp its smart home business.  CNBC
  • Walmart is putting VR-equipped trailers in its parking lots with plans to bring it to stores.  CNBC
  • Joor raises $16M to expand its online fashion marketplace for wholesalers.  VentureBeat
  • Foot Locker pours $100M into sneaker resale startup GOAT.  Fast Company 

International

  • Estee Lauder sales rise as Chinese consumer spend big on beauty.  The Wall Street Journal
  • UK retail sales jump the most in six months on clothing discounts.  Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.4.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • DTC women’s hair-removal brand Flamingo moves offline with Target.  Glossy
  • Toy industry sales fell 2% in 2018, thanks to Toys R Us closure.  CNBC
  • Walmart scores big against Amazon with Fanatics sports gear deal.  Fortune 
  • Walgreens and CVS are offering ways to fix your teeth in their stores.  CNBC
  • Kohl’s is putting a Weight Watchers studio in one of its stores as part of wellness push.  CNBC
  • Alphabet earnings: why Google stock is tumbling despite profit spike  Fast Company 
  • Goop is coming to Netflix.  TechCrunch
  • Charlotte Russe files for bankruptcy.  Fortune
  • Why H&M hired the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower.  Fortune

Marketing + Social Media

  • Google’s bid to battle Amazon suffers blow as Walmart withdraws.  Bloomberg
  • Zara changes its logo.  Hypebeast
  • Equinox debuts campaign for new hotels biz.  AdAge
  • The Top 10 Super Bowl commercials by digital share of voice.  AdAge
  • The biggest advertising trends of the Super Bowl.  AdWeek
  • How TikTok is climbing the download charts, taking on Snapchat and Twitter.  CNBC
  • Hulu is the first brand to sponsor the record-breaking egg account on Instagram.  The Verge
  • The rise of the new male power shopper.  Forbes
  • Why fashion brands are launching podcasts.  The Business of Fashion
  • Nike turns its SNKRS app into a pop-up shop.  Engadget
  • Google+ will officially shut down on April 2.  Fortune 
  • 15 years of Facebook in four charts.  Wired

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Warby Parker is using augmented reality to help people find frames that fit.  AdWeek
  • Artificial intelligence is chaining Kroger, Walgreens and others.  Forbes
  • McCormick and IBM team up to add AI-fueled flavors.  Fast Company
  • Slack just confidentially filed to go public.  Fast Company 
  • Amazon’s 2018 acquisitions totaled $1.65B, led by PillPack and Ring.  TechCrunch
  • How blockchain will change marketing in 2019.  CMO Magazine

International

  • Amazon and Flipkart pull 100,000’s of products to comply with new Indian law.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon reportedly eyes Middle East expansion.  Geek Wire 

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.28.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Amazon to introduce virtual changing room app.  Telegraph
  • Apple plans gaming subscription service.  Cheddar
  • Amazon is trying to take down the last bastion of brick-and-mortar: beauty. Quartz
  • Amazon, Alphabet and Walmart were top IT spenders in 2019.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Under Armour partners with Virgin Atlantic to build spacesuit.  USA Today
  • Starbucks is expanding its Uber delivery to more cities.  Bloomberg
  • Mickey Drexler to depart from J.Crew.  Business Insider
  • You can rent a desk by the minute at WeWork’s first public location.  Fast Company 
  • A coalition of giant brands is about to change how we shop forever, with a new zero-waste platform.  Fast Company 
  • Brands invent new lines for only Amazon to sell.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Net-a-porter unveils try-before-you-buy service for big spenders.  Retail Gazette

Marketing + Social Media

  • Amazon knows what you buy and is building a big ad business from it.  The New York Times 
  • CMO’s are allocating nearly 30% of their budgets to marketing technology.  Deloitte
  • The secret life of Amazon’s Vine reviewers.  The New York Times 
  • Zuckerberg plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger.  The New York Times 
  • LinkedIn is debuting interest targeting based on content users share and engage with.  AdWeek
  • Zuckerberg in WSJ op-ed: Facebook doesn’t sell your data! Fast Company 
  • Facebook to create independent board to monitor content.  AdAge
  • American Eagle surrendered creative control for its latest marketing effort to Gen Z.  AdWeek
  • How publishers use influencers to grow commerce businesses.  DIgiday
  • Amazon unveils celebrity beta-testing program for Super Bowl.  AdAge
  • Hilton and Netflix partnering for in-room personalized streaming.  Fortune

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Kustomer nabs $35M to take on Zendesk and Salesforce with its Slack-like approach to CRM.  TechCrunch
  • Go-Jek makes first close of $2B round at $9.5B valuation.  TechCrunch
  • Airbnb acquires Denmark’s Gaest to expand in bookings for meetings and offsites.  TechCrunch
  • The RealReal founder, Julie Wainwright is the Tycon of the pre-owned. The New York Times 
  • Rosetta Stone for iPhone adds AI to identify objects for live translations.  Venture Beat
  • Stop & Shop is testing self-driving mini grocery stores.  The Verge

International

  • Amazon starts selling in Brazil.  Reuters
  • Google and IAB ad category lists show ‘massive leakage of highly intimate data,’ according to GDPR complaint claims.  TechCrunch
  • Starbucks CEO says they are playing the long game in China.  CNBC
  • Alibaba shows signs of strain as China’s economy shudders.  Bloomberg
  • Dyson will move its head office from Britain to Singapore.  The New York Times