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
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