Weekly Industry Round Up: 10.20.2014

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

Retailer + Brand News:

  • Google adopts a model for its delivery service that targets Amazon. Link
    • Google introduces $95 Amazon Prime competitor. Link
    • Google unveils subscription plan for same-day Express delivery services, adds 3 more cities. Link
  • Target teams up with mcommerce app to test curbside shopping. Link
  • Macy’s to open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. Link
  • Apple Pay launches Monday, October 20th. Link
    • Apple Pay draws hundreds of banks. Link
    • On Monday you’ll be able to do your shopping with Apple Pay. Link
    • 34 places where you can start using your iPhone to buy stuff. Link
  • Modcloth hit by second round of layoffs. Link
  • Conde Nast pushes on ecommerce. Link
  • Burberry first half sales rise amid digital growth. Link
  • With fashion strategy, can eBay boost emerging designers and itself? Link
  • Urban Outfitters shares down on weak Q3 comps. Link
  • A bid for Reebok kicks off. Link
  • Nordstrom plans more rack store openings for Fall 2015. Link
  • H&M’s & Other Stories launches online in US. Link
  • Bloomingdale’s new Palo Alto store has high-tech touches for digitally savvy shoppers. Link
  • Abercrombie names Ann Inc executive to be president of its Hollister brand. Link  
  • Nordstrom seeking space or second Manhattan store. Link
  • TopShop and Kate Spade Saturday opening in DC. Link
  • Walmart building two new online fulfillment centers in Georgia and Pennsylvania. Link
  • Gap teams up with art magazine in exhibit with apparel as canvas. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Google misses analyst expectations on slower click growth and higher expenses. Link
  • Twitter introduces Audio Cards so you can listen to music directly from your timeline. Link
  • Whisper’s selling point is anonymity but that may be at odds with its evolving business model. Link
  • Snapchat launches ads. Link
  • Spotify announces family plan for up to five users. Link
  • Inside Pinterest, the coming ad colossus that could dwarf Twitter and Facebook. Link
  • Chanel got 1.8M Instagram followers virtually out of nowhere. Link
  • Tumblr debuts first desktop app on the Mac App store. Link
  • Twitter’s music strategy: no app, just better listening. Link
  • Gap Factory to launch star-studded holiday push. Link
  • Twitter to roll out buy button to general public in early 2015. Link
  • Five trends your marketing team should budget for. Link

Start-ups:

  • MakeSpace, “cloud” storage for your stuff, goes national. Link
  • Smartzer zips up $400K to make fashion videos shoppable. Link

International:

[APAC]

  • Costco makes first foray into China via Alibaba. Link
  • China’s 382M millennials demand corporate social responsibility. Link
  • Alipay Wallet has 190M annual active users, processing over 50% of Alipay’s daily transactions. Link
  • Acne Studios lands in Hong Kong. Link
  • Amazon seals major Indian deal with Future Group. Link

[AU/NZ]

  • Forever 21’s Aussie debut in Brisbane. Link

[EU]

  • Ikea targets French expansion. Link
  • Toys ‘R Us launches localized site in Poland. Link
  • French bank to allow sending money with tweets. Link

[A/ME]

  • TopShop opening in Cairo. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • American Eagle lures customers into fitting rooms with help of beacons. Link
  • Apple’s iPad Air 2 is thinner, faster and has TouchID. Link
  • GoldieBlox, the toymaker trying to get girls hooked on engineering, goes digital with new iOS app. Link
  • Is Google changing its mobile search results? Link
  • Travel, retail and media are the top three industries taking over the app store. Link
  • MasterCard will borrow a Touch ID trick for fingerprint scanning credit card. Link
  • Reddit debuts official mobile app. Link
  • LVMH: It may be time for a smartwatch. Link
  • Starbucks ramps up in-store mobile strategy for the holidays. Link
  • Microsoft plans to launch a wearable device within weeks. Link

Other:

  • HBO to launch standalone service in 2015. Link
  • Apple introduces a new mac mini, drops the base price to $499. Link
  • Nordstrom employee handbook has only one rule. Link
  • Ikea to invest in solar, wind power next year. Link
  • This Tumblr has discovered the dark secrets of the J.Crew catalog. Link
  • IBM paying $1.5B to shed its chip division. Link
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