WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 8.31.2015

Happy Monday! Industry news from the last week is below.  Sources in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brand/Retailer:

  • Amazon rolls out 1-hour alcohol delivery service. Link
  • Free People surpasses H&M, Zara and Forever 21 as top destination for college girls. Link
  • Best Buy’s store-within-a-store bet is paying off. Link
  • Amazon curtails development of consumer devices. Link
  • Abercrombie & Fitch ditches logo, targets grown-ups. Link
  • Why J.Crew decided to ditch high fashion. Link
  • Tiffany profit misses estimates after currency weighs on sales. Link
  • Aeropostale reports Q2 loss. Link
  • Abercrombie & Fitch shares jump after earnings top estimates. Link
  • The Outnet turns to beauty. Link
  • Gap Inc. eliminates on-call scheduling. Link
  • H&M creates a grant for innovations in clothing recycling. Link
  • Days numbered for barcodes as shoppers demand more data. Link
  • At test Target cafes, hot dogs out, salads in. Link
  • Foot Locker CEO: ‘Casualization’ trend is here to stay. Link
  • In new Amazon Prime program, not all goods arrive in two days. Link
  • Why Converse decided to mess with success. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Instagram moves beyond the square. Link
  • Aerie sees sales jump after abandoning airbrushing. Link
  • What Instagram’s new formats may mean for marketers. Link
  • Gisele dances in Stuart Weitzman’s first-ever commercial. Link
  • & Other Stories launches slightly obscure collaboration with new Instagram account. Link
  • YouTube gaming set to launch with upgraded live-streaming feature. Link
  • Facebook and Google want you to do more with those photos. Link
  • Forever21 targets older millennials and they’re using celebrities to do it. Link

Startups:

  • Forget Etsy, app Tictail wants to democratize ecommerce. Link
  • An ex-Apple engineer takes on the furniture industry with couches you can FedEx. Link

International:

  • Hermes first-half profit jumps 20% on faster Japan sales growth. Link
  • GST to apply to all Australian overseas purchase from July 2017. Link
  • Netflix partners with Softbank for Japan launch. Link
  • Suffering at home, Bebe pushes into China. Link
  • Torrid to open first international store in Canada. Link
  • Saks to open its first Off 5th in Western Canada. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Facebook tests digital assistant for its messaging app. Link
  • Etsy’s mobile app lets you locate local artisans on-the-go. Link
  • Google Maps goes after Yelp, Waze with added features. Link
  • Walgreens new app anticipates users’ needs with intelligent messaging. Link
  • Silicon Valley to get a manufacturing innovation institute. Link
  • Why WhatsApp bombed in the US, while Snapchat and Kik blew up. Link
  • Apple lines up September 9th event, seen unveiling new iPhones. Link
  • LG tracks Apple with ‘urbane’ luxury smartwatch. Link
  • Amazon boosts its artificial intelligence chops. Link
  • Target’s Cartwheel app drives 10% more offer downloads via personalization. Link
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