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  • Google Plus rescinded its real-name mandate.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


  • 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



  • 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


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


  • Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters coming to Winnipeg. Link


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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

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