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


  • 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



  • 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


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


  • 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


  • DKNY launches Middle East-Focused capsule collection. Link


  • 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


  • 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

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