Weekly Industry Round Up: 8.18.2014

Top industry news from last week.  All sources can be found in the hyperlink after the headline:

Retailer News:

  • Urban Outfitters masters social by mimicking millennials’ behaviors. Link
  • Nordstrom stock drops after slow sales growth. Link
  • Editd tells retailers exactly what consumers want in real-time. Link
  • Etsy launches its wholesale platform for retailers, allowing independent boutiques to buy items from Etsy wholesalers. Link
  • Gilt Groupe co-founder takes aim at beauty business. Link
  • Weak retail sales point to slowdown in U.S. consumer spending. Link
  • Nordstrom launches charitable private-label brand. Link
  • Saks launches ecommerce activewear shop. Link
  • Amazon introduces credit card reader, taking on Square and PayPal. Link
  • Lucky Magazine merging with BeachMint. Link
  • The Kardashian’s launch jewelry line on ASOS. Link
  • Crew enters beauty with two scents. Link
  • Piperlime unveiled new website design and logo on Monday. Link
  • Steve Madden acquires Dolce Vita. Link
  • Nordstrom unveils price tag for Trunk Club: $350 Million. Link
  • The Grommet launches whole site. Link
  • Target to keep stores open later. Link
  • Online furniture king Wayfair files for IPO. Link
  • How Julep turned women’s self-blame into a hit new product. Link
  • Yahoo unveiled a new version of Yahoo Stores, aiming to boost revenues from ecommerce. Link
  • ASOS to sell erotic accessories range. Link
  • Matell to launch Barbie-inspired lines with Foever 21, Lord & Taylor, Wildfox this Fall. Link
  • ModCloth signs anti-Photoshop pledge. Link
  • Nike releases college-themed sneaker collection. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • More brands turning to Tweet-for-goodies campaigns. Link
  • Twitter adds video ads. Link
  • Twitter changes math on counting users who don’t see ads. Link
  • Old Navy’s tween web video push goes viral. Link
  • Facebook now tells whether mobile ads lead to desktop purchases. Link
  • Dell uses YouTube influencers to spread its back-to-school message to students. Link
  • Pinterest expands self-serve promoted pins platform to more businesses. Link
  • Groupon is adding 100 Snapchat followers a day. Link
  • Google buys Jetpac to give context to visual searches. Link
  • New Twitter experiment changes how favorites work. Link
  • Altuzarra for Target campaign plays up the Luxe factor. Link
  • Another look at LiketoKnowIt, the service making Instagram shoppable. Link

Start-ups:

  • Spring unveils Instagram-like shopping app. Link and Link
  • Into The Gloss heads into its next phase with a revamped team. Link
  • This app crawls the web to get you the best deal on almost any product. Link
  • Uber to test moving services in Atlanta and Nashville. Link
  • House Account makes independent boutiques shoppable via mobile. Link

International:

[APAC]

  • TopShop and Miss Selfridge to sell on China’s ShangPin. Link
  • Rakuten acquires online shopping service Slice. Link
  • Newegg now shipping to India and Singapore. Link
  • Meet Scoop Whoop, BuzzFeed’s fast-growing Indian clone. Link
  • Apple begins storing user data in China. Link
  • Ahead of Rocket Internet’s IPO, here are the numbers on its Southeast Asian ecommerce stores. Link
  • JD gets online shopping boost from WeChat, sees $10B in consumer sales in Q2. Link

[AU/NZ]

  • Forever 21 rumored to open first Australia store. Link
  • Global sports retailer Intersport springs into Australian market. Link
  • Sephora reveals the location of its first Australian store. Link

[EU]

  • Legendary UK menswear tailor sets up shop inside Bergdorf Goodman in the US. Link

[CA]

  • New head of Target Canada plots course for turnaround. Link

[A/ME]

  • Ikea to open Bahrain store. Link

[LATAM]

  • How Rocket Internet’s Dafiti is helping to shape the future of ecommerce in Latin America. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • OpenTable rolls out mobile payments in New York City. Link
  • Samsung acquires SmartThings, a fast-growing home automation startup. Link
  • eBags takes cues from Tinder for its ecommerce app. Link
  • Three trends that will make a difference in mobile payments. Link
  • Amazon’s Indian rival is proof that mobile shopping is taking over. Link
  • Apple’s sweet spot is the people who buy iPads and laptops together. Link
  • Amazon doubles the storage on its Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. Link
  • Carolina Herrera testing style app for luxury clients. Link

Other:

  • Starbucks’ secret to make every store feel unique. Link
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