@WalMartLabs Acquires Luvocracy

…or acqui-hires Luvocracy.  According to TechCrunch, @WalmartLabs acquired a solid roster of talented peeps with pedigrees including Yahoo, Blurb, and eBay.  They reportedly plan to use this talent to improve their own site’s product discovery, building off of Luvocracy’s past as a sort of cross between social recommendations, wish lists, and Pinterest. Sort of like Wanelo or Svpply.

Walmart has been on the prowl lately, with this acquisition marking the R&D arm’s14th startup purchase. Recently, they’ve been clearly focused on ecommerce and mobile innovation.  Still fresh is the June  acquisition of fashion commerce and discovery app Stylr.

I don’t hate it as a strategy. In fact, there was just a Mobile Marketer article published on this topic exactly. Big brands are putting their financial resources to good use by acquiring top talent who have innovative ideas and technical skills.  It has become increasingly apparent that the expertise needed is in mobile and social, two areas where perhaps traditional retailers are struggling to keep up. The traditional retailers may not have the culture, perks, location, or thought leadership to attract top talent in these areas but are able to adapt in the shorter term via acquisitions.

It will be interesting to see how smaller brands or brands with fewer resources work around and compete with the likes of WalmartLabs and Nordstrom, which I wrote about recently.

One thing is for sure: mobile and social aren’t going anywhere. I think this was a solid acquisition.

Here is some coverage so far:

WalmartLabs Acquires Kleiner Perkins-backed Luvocracy, a Pinterest-like Marketplace for Product Recommendations (TechCrunch)

Walmart Buys Shopping App Luvocracy (InvestorPlace)

Wal-Mart buys another tech start-up, Luvocracy – only to shut it down (WSJ MarketWatch)

Wal-Mart on the Prowl to Boost Web Expertise (Women’s Wear Daily)

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WEEKLY INDUSTRY ROUND UP: 7.28.2014

Industry brief  for the week of July 20th – July 26th 2014. All sources can be found in the hyperlink after the headline:

Retailer News:

  • Target launches In a Snap app, an image recognition/visual search app just in time for back to school. Link
  • Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom and The Gap among retail’s digital winners. Link
  • Lord & Taylor set to launch two concept shops to support emerging designers. Link
  • J.Crew’s first Williamsburg location teases with graffiti artist’s mural. Link
  • New stores feature food options to fuel shoppers. Link
  • JCPenny showcases real people-inspired mannequins in New York City. Link
  • Aeropostale teases AeroNow re-branding with social, text campaigns. Link
  • TargetExpress tests takes aim at Generation Y. Link
  • Will selling nostalgia work for Calvin Klein? Link
  • Under Armour to target women during football season. Link
  • BirchBox is using its retail space to track customers offline. Link
  • Spotlight on niche retail experience Wildfang, founded by three former Nike employees. Link
  • Essie vending machines are coming to an airport near you. Link
  • Wal-Mart’s Asia CEO takes charge of U.S. business. Link
  • Macy’s reveals 2015 sustainability initiatives. Link
  • Amazon’s Fire phone hits stores. Link
  • Amazon opens web store for customizable 3D printed products. Link
  • Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5B. Link
  • Cara Delevingne is new face of TopShop for Autumn/Winter 2014. Link
  • H&M opens its largest store on Fifth Avenue. Link
  • Uniqlo’s Boston pop-up is open for business. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Forever21, Urban Outfitters among most popular retailers on Pinterest. Link
  • Facebook launches save, read-it-later for links, places and media pages. Link
  • Adidas, Champs Sports want you to watch their new web shows on Instagram. Link
  • Nike’s secret New York vending machine trades free swag for FuelBand points. Link
  • Line adds ‘hidden chat’ feature. Link
  • SnapChat may be working on secret peer-to-peer payment feature. Link
  • Facebook and Twitter aim to tap $300B eCommerce market. Link
  • Instagram’s “Bolt” leak could be a new Facebook app or an app install ad test. Link
  • Instagram seeks user feedback on its advertisers. Link
  • Facebook earnings: Instagram, mobile shift and other areas to watch. Link
  • Retailers outspend luxury brands on luxury keywords in paid search. Link
  • Veuve Clicquot travels to consumers with branded mail truck. Link

Start-ups:

  • Keep, a universal shopping cart for the web. Link
  • Apple confirms purchase of book recommendation maker BookLamp. Link
  • Paris Picnic is a service that delivers a French picnic anywhere within an hour. Link
  • Weave is a Tinder for LinkedIn. Link
  • Google buys game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1B. Link
  • Application enables Etsy shop integration on Wix sites. Link

International:

[APAC]

  • More people in China go online using mobile devices than PCs. Link
  • Mulberry steps up digital game in China with new WeChat account. Link
  • McKinsey’s 2025 Luxury Forecast: China’s cities hold key to growth. Link
  • Yoox partners with WeChat to socialize mobile commerce. Link
  • Gartner says mobile connections in India will rise to 815M in 2014. Link
  • Amazon to open five new warehouses in India. Link

[AU/NZ]

  • Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn and West Elm to open in Sydney on August 28th. Link
  • Missoni to collaborate with Target Australia. Link

[EU]

  • Gap opening stores in Austria and Slovenia. Link
  • Boohoo.com launches in Germany. Link
  • TopShop to launch on Zalando in September. Link
  • Nobody seems quite sure how Spain’s new Google tax will work. Link
  • Harrods builds footwear destination. Link

[A/ME]

  • SuitSupply opens in South Africa. Link
  • PayPal finds eager online shopping base in Nigeria. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Amazon quietly launches consumer-facing mobile wallet app. Link
  • Retailers look to beacon to improve in-store experience and gather consumer data. Link
  • Big brands acquire mobile talent; smaller brands seek alternatives. Link
  • Foursquare re-brands, unveils new app and logo. Link
  • Apple granted patent for smartwatch device. Link
  • Yahoo buys mobile analytics firm Flurry. Link
  • For its first Google Glass effort, eBay adapts its RedLaser product finder app. Link
  • Michelob Ultra turns up volume on mobile music with dedicated player. Link
  • Unilever searches for Internet of Things partners. Link
  • iPads feeling pressure but ‘others’ are doing fine. Link
  • New Explore button on Google Maps instantly localizes user experience. Link

Other:

  • McDonald’s is re-branding to take on Chipotle. Link
  • Amazon will spend $100M on new, original shows in Q3. Link
  • Zillow to acquire Trulia for $3.5B. Link
  • Britney Spears launching her own lingerie line. Link
  • Virgin America files for IPO. Link

In a Snap: Target’s Image Recognition App

In a mobile innovation and omni-channel play, Target introduced an image recognition app called In a Snap just in time for Back to School. The app is much like those we’ve seen before (as stand-alone  apps or as part of an of existing app) from brands like eBay Fashoin and startups like Toronto-based Slyce or London-based ASAP54.

The app allows users to snap a photo from Target’s ads in magazines like Real Simple or in their upcoming catalog.  Based on the image, the app then leads users to the website which allows them to add to their cart or try out Target’s new click and collect service.

The app comes just in time to compete with Amazon’s FireFly, an image recognition service that comes on its new Fire Phone. The visual search service can recognize over 100 million items from QR codes, bar codes, images and even song clips.

While Target’s app may be less “advanced,” it is still both buzz-worthy and useful, two important characteristics of a new app. The company reportedly built the app in 6-8 weeks in its Rapid Accelerated Development group and is currently collecting customer feedback and working on fixes.

My take: It’s awesome that Target is experimenting with mobile technology but it is even more awesome that they are investing in teams that can quickly develop customer-facing features. The continuous deliver, test and iterate model can make a huge impact at companies that are able to dedicate the resources (financial and human). By rapidly delivering this feature to customers, Target will have the quick feedback they need to improve the product and deliver even more value to their customers.  I don’t think visual search is going anywhere and anything to innovate print is pretty cool.

Target In a Snap App Target In a Snap App

Images from All Bullseye View

More coverage around the web:

The Target ‘In a Snap’ App Makes Shopping, Well, a Snap (Bustle)

New Target App Makes Shopping a Snap (PC Mag)

Target In A Snap Image Recognition App Aimed at Boosting Sales (International Business Times)

Target’s ‘In a Snap’ App Makes Catalogs, Ads Shoppable (ClickZ)

Banana Republic’s ‘Startup Guy’ Look

Banana Republic is getting buzz this week for its latest look called the ‘Startup Guy.’  I imagine there was a meeting in which they decided that a strategic target market for this collection would be the typical ‘Startup Guy’ and it just sort of stuck.  I know that happens a lot with an internal reference to “the girl” or ” the guy,” but most companies keep those sorts of descriptions within the walls of the office and then try to express it through styling, marketing, photos, etc.  Banana, however, will be very explicit, with head-to-toe looks for the Corporate, Creative, and Startup Guy. So get out there, cuff your pants, un-tuck half of your shirt, roll up your sleeves just a little and get cracking on that start up (that I’ll hopefully be writing about later).

Hey, maybe there’s something to be said about being direct with dudes.

 Banana Republic Startup Guy  Banana Republic StartUp Guy Banana Republic Startup Guy 3

Images from Banana Republic

Some coverage around the web:

The Annotated Guide to Banana Republic’s “StartUp Gu” Look (Fast Company)

Banana Republic Thinks Startup Guys Dress Like This (Business Insider)

TechCrunch’s 2014 Startup Fashion Collection (TechCrunch)

‘Startup Guy’ is Literally a Style in Banana Republic’s Summer Line. (VentureBeat)

 

WEEKLY INDUSTRY ROUND UP: 7.21.2014

Industry brief  for the week of July 13th – July 19th 2014. All sources can be found in the hyperlink after the headline:

Retailer News:

  • Nordstrom integrates Instagram to create shopping experience. Link
  • Tory Burch launches FitBit jewelry collection. Link
  • eBay partners with Sotheby’s for online auctions. Link
  • Nordstrom in talks to buy Trunk Club. Link
  • H&M’s NYC flagship will sell all product categories. Link
  • Zara’s parent company to implement RFID technology in all stores. Link
  • Puma teams up with We Go Hard for autumn/winter 2014. Link
  • Warby Parker teams with Into the Gloss for new aviators. Link
  • West Elm’s collaboration with Etsy could be the start of a new wave of partnerships. Link
  • Under Armour to join forces with Samsung for wearables. Link
  • Amazon reveals subscription ebook service. Link
  • Rent the Runway goes ‘Unlimited’ with monthly subscription service. Link
  • Ulta takes a chance on new brands. Link
  • Design Within Reach is bought by Herman Miller. Link
  • Dell now accepts Bitcoin for all online U.S. purchases. Link
  • Online version of Ikea catalog adds shopping lists, favorites. Link
  • This package could help Amazon use 200 times fewer boxes. Link
  • Fendi opens Soho pop-up shop. Link
  • Kate Spade launches first swimwear collection. Link
  • Modcloth cuts almost 15% of its staff. Link
  • Macy’s rethinking Brooklyn unit’s future. Link
  • Neiman Marcus enables Visa checkout to boost ecommerce conversion. Link
  • Uniqlo designed MoMa security staff’s new uniforms. Link
  • How Ikea wins business through co-creation and collaboration. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Snapchat adds filters that unlock art based on your location. Link
  • Twitter inches closer to ecommerce with CardSpring deal. Link
  • Google Plus rescinded its real-name mandate. Link
  • Turning likes into a career: social media stars. Link
  • Brands go digital in extended sponsorships with music festivals. Link
  • Agencies increase focus on cause marketing. Link
  • Imgur roles out powerful new viral image search tool. Link
  • Pinterest launches new category pages you can follow on mobile & web. Link
  • Facebook tests new ‘buy’ button for online purchases in U.S. Link
  • YouTube’s new content push: investing in its own stars. Link
  • Beauty bloggers changing the face of the make-up industry. Link
  • Buzzfeed cracks the Pinterest code. Link
  • Facebook explains why it wants to be a retail store. Link

Start-ups:

  • Kate Bosworth to launch new fashion app called Style Thief. Link
  • An app that is like Tinder for shopping. Link
  • Higgle lets like-minded shoppers name their price when they buy together. Link
  • Threadflip raises $13M to grow workforce by 40%. Link
  • App tracks product price drops with a simple screenshot. Link
  • Why entrepreneurs are jumping on the drinkable meal bandwagon. Link
  • Meet the Uber of the retail world. Link

International:

[APAC]

  • Alibaba strikes deal with Nielsen to shed more light on Chinese shopping habits. Link
  • Line’s new ecommerce app for Thailand is the scruffy cousin to its shopping app in Japan. Link
  • Chinese ecommerce firm JD.com relaunches eBay-like Paipai to take on Alibaba. Link
  • Five takeaways from Japan’s report on internet usage. Link
  • WalMart increases Indian wholesale business. Link
  • The world’s largest duty-free mall set to open in September in China. Link
  • Amazon India introduces shopping via Twitter hashtag. Link

[AU/NZ]

  • Apple brings trade-in program to Australia. Link
  • TopShop close to Perth opening. Link

[CA]

  • Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters coming to Winnipeg. Link

[EU]

  • Primark plans US expansion. Link
  • In EU, Google to stop labeling apps with in-app purchases as “free.” Link
  • eBay doubling down on Click-and-Collect service in Britain. Link

[A/ME]

  • Neiman Marcus debuts duty-free deals in the Middle East. Link

[LATAM]

  • Alibaba teams up with Brazil postal service firm. Link
  • Baidu search engine enters Brazil. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Starbucks testing mobile ordering system. Link
  • Music messaging app lets users chat with song snippets. Link
  • Visa tries to unseat Google Wallet and PayPal. Link
  • Google Wallet iOS app adds gift cards, invoicing and the ability to send money from debit cards for free. Link
  • Google inks deal to make smart contact lenses. Link
  • Kim Kardashian’s iOS game couple make $200M this year—here’s how. Link
  • Mobile marketing trends dominating the first half of 2014. Link

Other:

  • UPS announces expansion of early morning delivery service. Link
  • AirBnB gets a rebrand. Link
  • Pinterest’s unique approach to building new features users love. Link
  • Ex-Amazon manager gets funding to help retailers battle Amazon. Link
  • Fashion labs: how tech is changing the way we dress and shop. Link

Rent The Runway Launches Subscription Service

Rent the Runway made big news last week with the beta launch of a new subscription service for accessories.  With Rent the Runway Unlimited, customers pay $75 per month to rent everything from handbags, to sunglasses, to jewelry.  The customer gets up to three accessories at a time and can keep them as long as they want, until they are ready to trade in for the other items on their list.

The new section of the website currently features a metallic silver Barbara Bui leather jacket that retails for over $2,300, a nearly $600 Elizabeth and James bag, and $675 Balenciaga sunglasses.

Co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, Jennifer Hyman, told WWD that they are aiming to “attack” Zara and H&M, which appeal to the mass market with what she calls fast fashion disposable “junk food.”  With Unlimited, customers can enjoy the thrill and high of wearing of on-trend luxury products without breaking the bank.  A nice proposition for those weary of spending big bucks on a trend that may not last through next season.

My take: Rent the Runway has been doing a great job of distorting their category. Temporary ownership of luxury goods is not a ground-breaking idea but they’ve been able to successfully increase share of wallet from millions of women.  They’ve gone the same way as other successful tech start-ups such as Bonobos, BirchBox and Warby Parker by opening brick and mortar retail stores and now, they seek to capitalize on the subscription business model.  Next up, they are planning a brand face-lift that will include more editorial content (Net-a-porter anyone?) and a further push to sell their products permanently via a Try to Buy program. Though they haven’t said so, I imagine international is on their road map as well as a more digitally innovative in-store experience.

Way to use your VC funding well, ladies.

Rent the Runway launches beta Unlimited program.

Rent the Runway launches beta Unlimited program.

Check out some coverage of the new service around the web:

Rent the Runway, Spotify and Amazon Web Services: Why Own When You Can Share? (PC Mag)

Rent the Runway’s Next Phase (Women’s Wear Daily)

Rent the Runway Just Announced a Subscription Service (Business Insider)

Like Netflix for your Closet (InStyle)

 

 

 

 

Nordstrom is smart.

They may buy Trunk Club.

It was reported this week that Nordstrom may be in talks to purchase Trunk Club, the Chicago-based men’s style start-up.  The service handpicks high-end clothing for its customers after a “getting to know you” session with a stylist.

Nordstrom is known for investing in fashion and tech start-ups.  In 2013, Nordstrom invested in gift-giving service Wantful which has since ceased operations after funding was suddenly pulled.   Nordstrom also invested in Bonobos (which recently secured $55M in new funding) and fully acquired flash sales site HauteLook.

Nordstrom seems to be committed to investing in cool, fashion x tech start-ups.  Note their apparent benefits of partnering with Forerunner Ventures, the San Francisco VC firm that invests in everything you wish you did (re: BirchBox, Serena & Lily, Warby Parker).  In addition to their well-known Bonobos relationship, Nordstrom was the first retailer to bring Wanelo into the physical store experience.

It behooves all parties involved: major retailer gets buzz and access to innovation, start-up gets support from established retailer and investment fund benefits financially from this cyclical success.

Smart.

 

Tory Burch x FitBit

This news couldn’t be more timely for my first “real” post on the new blog. Tory Burch’s new jewelry line for FitBit has hit the press. Talk about the intersection between fashion and tech, right? I need to get this bracelet ASAP.

Tory Burch x Fit Bit

Image from The Verge

Checkout some of today’s coverage from around the web:

Hide your Fitbit in this new Tory Burch jewelry (The Verge)

Tory Burch, Fitbit Team for Accessories Line (Women’s Wear Daily)

Here Are The First Products From Fitbit’s Partnership With Tory Burch (TechCrunch)

Weekly Round Up: 7.14.2014

Industry brief  for the week of July 6th – July 12th 2014. All sources can be found in the hyperlink after the headline:

Retailer News:

  • The future of Apple retail: China, mobile payments and a revamped experience. Link
  • SuitSupply will open its largest US store in Dallas this Fall. Link
  • Lingerie startups targeting the space dominated by Victoria’s Secret. Link
  • J.Crew introduces size 000 in a business move made for Asia. Link
  • Gap and Target register their own top-level domains. Link
  • Burberry revenue exceeds estimates as digital push drives sales. Link
  • Wayfair.com boosts web traffic via an alliance with home improvement TV channel HGTV. Link
  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to test its delivery drones. Link
  • Online clothing resale store Twice rolls out same-day pickup with Twice Local. Link
  • How Zappos uses one-week work sprints to launch big projects fast, like the 12-week build and launch of Ask Zappos. Link
  • See inside BirchBox’s first physical retail space. Link
  • Weary retailers battle weak demand, traffic. Link  Article
  • With travel retail growth, the sector is increasingly targeting travelers beyond traditional ways. Link
  • More beauty brands and retailers are investing in toxin-free cosmetics. Link
  • Gap shares fall after same-store sales drop unexpectedly in June. Link
  • Rethinking retail: why brands are embracing the rise of the concept store. Link
  • Macy’s list of priorities a win-win for customers and profits. Link
  • Michael Kors to increase focus on Men’s clothing. Link
  • BirchBox to bring artificial intelligence to offline retail in new store. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Alexander Wang x H&M collection debuts first item on Twitter. Link
  • Pinterest makes it easier to follow ecommerce brands. Link
  • Target turns to cause marketing for back-to-school season. Link
  • Loverly launches new content hub. Link
  • Nordstrom adds diversity to its summer sale catalog. Link
  • Facebook mobile log-in to drive ads in Q2. Link
  • Facebook and Twitter set usage records for World Cup final. Link
  • How blogger Food Babe makes money. Link
  • Online video advertising is growing many times faster than TV, search, and most other digital ad markets. Link
  • Heineken helps you find where’s hot in your city with social tools. Link

Start-ups:

  • Looklist is an inspiration engine for street style. Link
  • This start-up is reinventing the wedding registry. Link
  • Marriott CEO concedes that AirBnB does local better. Link
  • HotelQuickly raises $4.5M to double-down on last minute hotel booking in APAC. Link
  • Curated food delivery start-up Caviar in talks to be acquired by Square for $100M. Link
  • Men’s style startup Dash Hudson raises $400K led by former Groupon CTO. Link
  • Borrowing Magnolia is a new ecommerce business for pre-worn wedding gowns. Link

International:

[APAC]

  • Japan’s Urban Research experiments with virtual changing booths. Link
  • ASOS gets an education on selling online in China. Link
  • Local brands gain ground on foreign rivals in China. Link
  • Instagram mysteriously disappears from China’s Android app stores. Link
  • Juicy Couture is seeking a comeback in Asia. Link
  • Indian government is setting aside $1.6B to help startups. Link
  • Southeast Asia ecommerce set to boom. Link
  • China incorporates rail networks into ecommerce fulfilment. Link

[AU/NZ]

  • UK-based Sports Direct to launch outlets in Australia and New Zealand. Link
  • David Jones shareholder back Woolworths bid. Link

[CA]

  • DSW to open first two Canadian stores next month. Link

[EU]

  • Click and Collect connects with UK commuters. Link
  • Amazon fights France’s law against free shipping on books with 1 cent shipping. Link

[A/ME]

  • Africa emerging as next frontier for apparel sourcing. Link

[LATAM]

  • Sephora to end 2014 with 24 Latin America stores. Link
  • Linio, Rocket Internet’s Amazon play in Latin America rakes in another $79M. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Startup aims to build a shopping mall on your phone. Link
  • Adidas joins wearable stampede with fitness tracker. Link
  • Marriott to locate guests via mobile and offer deals using iBeacon technology. Link
  • Driving commerce with mobile: increasing savings and shortening in-store visits. Link
  • With Vayable’s new travel app, everyone’s a local. Link
  • Uber-style restaurant payments app raised $5.5M. Link
  • Apple is building a new iBeacon-powered device. Link
  • Amazon hires the man behind Google Glass. Link

Other:

  • The ‘on-demand economy’ is revolutionizing consumer behavior. Link
  • Millennials think globally and other lessons from the World Cup. Link

Weekly Round Up: 7.7.2014

Industry brief  for the week of June 29, 2014 – July 5th, 2014. All sources can be found in the hyperlink after the headline:

Retailer news:

  • Net-a-porter is first to sell Google Glass. Link
  • Bonobos a good fit in stores and online. Link
  • Online clothing resale no longer just the privilege of luxury goods owners. Link
  • Brands on both ends of the price spectrum are cashing in on the appeal of “soft dressing.” Link
  • Inside Google’s race to beat Amazon to your door. Link
  • Fab.com buying Finland’s One Nordic Furniture to score original products. Link
  • Nordstrom unveils Poketo pop-in Store. Link  Article
  • Stuart Weitzman boosting global ecommerce and making push into Asia. Link
  • How Warby Parker supercharges its data science tools. Link
  • Apple poaches Tag Huer executive as iWatch nears. Link
  • Ousted American Apparel CEO hands over stake to hedge fund. Link
  • Ross Stores to open 75 new stores this year. Link
  • SuitSupply will open largest US store this year in Dallas this fall. Link
  • Sneak Peek at Adidas by Stella McCartney’s Fall 2014 collection. Link
  • Etsy attacked by scammers on July 4th holiday weekend. Link
  • Nike and Adidas battle for world cup dominance. Link
  • Prabal Gurung to release MAC holiday collection. Link
  • Ikea’s website inside the Instagram app. Link
  • Alibaba launches aggressive U.S. push. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Analytics arrive on Vine. Link
  • Twitter debuts “Buy Now” button. Link
  • The opening of the third Costa Rican Forever 21 store includes campaign for delivery of mini store on wheels in “fashion emergency.” Link
  • Facebook becomes a local party discovery tool with “Events for You” redesign. Link
  • Facebook starts using app links to get you back into apps. Link
  • Google buys music streaming service Songza. Link
  • What went wrong after Daily Candy’s $125M Comcast sale. Link
  • Can content pay its way through social shares and tailored email newsletters? Link
  • Facebook acquires LiveRail for $400M-$500M to serve videos ads everywhere and improve its own. Link
  • YouTUbe, following Netflix, is now publicly shaming internet providers for slow video. Link
  • Lexus runs user generated commercials. Link
  • New face of ASOS, plucked from Instagram. Link
  • Hellman’s delivers cooking lessons on demand via WhatsApp. Link

Start-ups:

  • Same-day delivery start up, Deliv, snatches Amazon logistics manager. Link
  • 72Lux launches Shoppable, giving users a universal wish list with multiple retailers. Link
  • An ecommerce site where you can haggle down the price. Link
  • How AirBnB could finally disrupt the business travel market. Link

International:

[APAC]

  • Burberry and Estee Lauder encounter initial obstacles on China’s TMall. Link
  • WalMart starts online sales in India. Link
  • Jakarta’s new mall: the art of retail? LinkArticle
  • Luxury firms starting to go it alone in China and Middle East. Link
  • Forever21 debuts in Macau. Link
  • China’s JD launches Kickstarter-like crowdfunding site. Link
  • Flipkart launches budget smartphones in India. Link

[AU/NZ]

  • Sass & Bide founders leave the company. Link
  • Expedia to buy Australia’s Wotif.com for $700M. Link

[EU]

  • Amazon becomes latest target in EU’s “sweetheart” tax probe. Link
  • eBay to bring order-pickup service to 650 Argos stores in the UK. Link

[A/ME]

  • DKNY launches Middle East-Focused capsule collection. Link

[LATAM]

  • WalMart doubles down on ecommerce in Brazil. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Android to power 48% of all computing devices sold in 2014. Link
  • Top 10 in-store mobile activations from the first half of 2014. Link
  • Google Play store now has a dedicated section for you to download Android Wear apps. Link
  • Keep’s universal shopping cart attempts to address mobile shipping quagmire. Link
  • Top 10 mobile-social initiatives from the first half of 2014. Link
  •  Advertisers target wearable gadgets as next frontier. Link
  • Twitter acquires mobile marketing startup TapCommerce. Link

Other:

  • Verizon takes aim at Akamai with ecommerce CDN offering. Link
  • Music streaming eats downloads with on-demand up 42% over 2013 and digital sales down 12%. Link