Weekly Industry Round up: 10.13.2014

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

Retailer + Brand News:

  • Gap shares plunge after company announces a new CEO. Link
  • H&M’s & Other Stories opens in New York. Link
  • Why Urban Outfitters and REI chose checkout to spearhead responsive design push. Link
  • Amazon to open first brick-and-mortar store in New York City. Link
  • The booming market for second-hand luxury online. Link
  • eBay brand itself as place to ‘shop the world.’ Link
  • Bloomingdales tries smart fitting rooms. Link
  • Kmart data breach confirmed. Link
  • Kate Spade transformed a construction barricade into an interactive shopping experience. Link
  • Spring taps Beyonce as first celebrity shop. Link
  • Forever 21 opening in Philadelphia. Link
  • Nicole Miller finds growth with digital approach. Link
  • One Kings Lane closing LA office. Link
  • NastyGal is exclusive stylist for Lena Dunham’s book tour. Link
  • Target is going big with its innovative Boston store, CityTarget. Link
  • TopShop’s collab is a 90’s club kid’s dream. Link
  • Under Armour holds a game show to find its future. Link
  • JC Penney plucks Home Depot exec as new CEO. Link
  • Louis Vuitton pop-up is an upscale apartment in Hong Kong. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Google launches custom affinity audiences for display ad targeting. Link
  • How Glossier crafted launch on Instagram. Link
  • Why Dove is trying Snapchat for Self-esteem effort. Link
  • Marketing firms mining your selfies. Link
  • How Avon is retooling its digital game. Link
  • Twitter sues US government over data disclosure rules. Link
  • Facebook developing app that allows anonymity. Link
  • Facebook’s ad network opens to everyone. Link
  • Snapchat blames third party clients for devastating photo leak. Link
  • Fashion brands push social media ads. Link
  • Google’s mobile campaign is New York’s own scavenger hunt. Link

Start-ups:

  • Beepi raises $60M to sell used cars to the smartphone generation. Link
  • Children’s clothing marketplace Totspot raises $1.8M. Link
  • Bark & Co. debuts its first ecommerce site with doggie destination BarkShop. Link
  • Rocket Internet gets into the speedy grocery deliveries game with ShopWings. Link

International:

[APAC]

  • Zara launches online in South Korea. Link
  • Chinese internet giant Baidu buys Brazilian discounter. Link
  • Xiaomi hires former Google executive to lead India product team. Link
  • Alibaba invests $50M in TV remote app Peel. Link

[AU/NZ]

  • H&M’s first Sydney store to open this month. Link
  • Zara opens second Perth store. Link

[EU]

  • Google denies half of all Europeans’ right to be forgotten requests. Link
  • One in three UK children now owns a tablet. Link
  • Britain loves wearables: One in ten set to use hardware as wearable tech explodes. Link

[LATAM]

  • Ann Inc. sets Loft entry in Mexico. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • AppleWatch lands Vogue China cover. Link
  • Bloomingdales: Beacons need value-driven campaigns, consistent experiences. Link
  • Wearable technology that feels like skin. Link
  • iPhones, iPads and the search query gap. Link
  • Low price, high hopes for OnePlus phone. Link
  • Fashion and functionality meet in smart jewelry. Link
  • Google hopes to make a splash in the phablet market. Link
  • Apple confirms October 16th event, iPads and iMacs expected. Link
  • Gimbal says beacons and smartphones will alter the consumer landscape. Link
  • What to expect from the new iPad. Link

Other:

  • Delta to ‘elite’ flyers, you’ll need to spend more money. Link
  • Marriott fined by FCC for blocking guests’ wi-fi. Link
  • What’s all that data worth? Link
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