WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.30.2015

Happy Monday! Below is a recap of industry news over the last week.  All sources can be found in the hyper-linked text after the headline.

Retailer + Brand News:

  • Instacart to charge more during peak delivery times. Link
  • Target teams up with Of a Kind for new home collection. Link
  • H&M profits surge 36% in Q1. Link
  • Zulily nips business model in the bud. Link
  • Can data save the mall? Link
  • Rue La La founder’s next venture: luxe Italian shoes at bargain prices. Link
  • Amazon’s on demand services marketplace launches Monday. Link
  • Indiegogo success story Canary hits Best Buy for $249. Link
  • Converse unboxes plan to convert chatter into brand experiences. Link
  • Apple announces grand openings for dedicated Apple Watch shops in London, Paris, and Tokyo. Link
  • Gucci to appoint Consumer Officer amid management shakeup. Link
  • Lululemon’s new offering: anatomy friendly pants for men. Link
  • Amazon rumored to be in talks to acquire Net-a-Porter. Link
  • Five companies making fair trade fashion cooler than what you have in your wardrobe. Link
  • Kanye West to purchase online retailer Karmaloop. Link
  • Saks and Nordstrom prepare to land in Puerto Rico. Link
  • Walmart looks to draw click-and-collect shoppers. Link
  • Banana Republic’s flagship store opens in Manhattan with new look. Link
  • Slow cargo, weather take toll on LuLuLemon. Link
  • Also to design Joe Fresh line of footwear. Link
  • Fashion entrepreneur takes her retail background on the road. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Shopstyle driving revenues for fashion brands. Link
  • Facebook may host news sites’ content. Link
  • Facebook’s F8 announcements. Link
  • Soon Facebook Messenger will let you reach out to businesses. Link
  • Me moves into Google territory with AppWords, a deep link mobile search and ad platform. Link
  • Twitter’s new venture-capital arm quietly opens for business. Link
  • Buzzfeed joins the podcast frenzy. Link
  • Google brings ad targeting from the web to TV. Link
  • Why big brands and top web publishers love this stealth digital ad startup. Link
  • Facebook pushes into the internet of things, hoping to power your smart devices. Link
  • 6 reasons why marketers should bet on podcasting. Link
  • Twitter debuts Periscope to rival Meerkat. Link
  • Twitter soups up mobile ads with location data from Foursquare. Link
  • Marriott uses authentic stories to woo millennials. Link
  • Bloglovin targets participation with ‘collections’ of visual inspiration boards. Link

Start-ups:

  • Gone, the app for selling your old stuff, taps UPS to go nationwide instantly. Link
  • Rocket Internet’s Helpling mops up another $45M for its on-demand home cleaning service. Link
  • August raises $38M to expand smart lock retail availability. Link
  • Alcohol startups are brewing up VC cash. Link
  • Teabox raises $6M to grow its global tea-commerce business. Link
  • Magic just showed its first product to investors—now it may be worth $40M. Link
  • Lyft adds profiles to make ride sharing more personalized. Link
  • Stripe makes a bet on marketplaces with new product. Link

International:

  • [APAC]
    • Honest Brand eyes China. Link
    • Apple plans China iPhone trade-in program. Link
    • Xiaomi expands its offline presences in India with the mobile store tie-up. Link
    • India’s online fashion sales set to soar. Link
  • [CA]
    • Sephora shoes fresh face in Canadian makeup retail. Link
  • [EU]
    • Burberry to open café in London. Link
    • Google takes starred product ratings to Europe to boost shopping searches. Link
    • Facebook completes first drone flight above UK. Link
    • EU to investigate barriers to cross-border ecommerce. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • App reveals what your exact location looked like in the past. Link
  • Cities take lead on app development. Link
  • Secret is working on new apps, won’t shut down original product. Link
  • Apple Watch could make you a walking weather station. Link
  • New app Chosen is American Idol meets YouTube meets mobile devices. Link
  • Nine brands to watch out for on the Apple Watch. Link
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