Weekly Industry Brief: 9.21.2015

Below are selected highlights from the week in retail, fashion, technology, and ecommerce. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.


  • Burberry becomes first major fashion brand with an Apple Music channel. Link
  • Walgreens offering same day delivery with Postmates. Link
  • Small-batch, crafted denim is on the rise. Link
  • Restoration Hardware’s new teen line. Link
  • If you don’t offer same-day shipping, you’re disappointing 56% of millennials. Link
  • Under Armour expects to generate $7.5B in revenue by 2018. Link
  • Kohl’s latest collaboration is with Thakoon. Link
  • Apple says iPhone pre-orders are beating last years’ pace. Link
  • Move over millennials, here comes generation Z. Link
  • Amazon Prime offers six months of the Washington Post for free. Link
  • Postmates CEO on a potential partnership with Lyft. Link
  • The upcoming H&M x Balmain collection is two months away. Link
  • Under Armour and Sports Authority partner to reward work outs. Link
  • Target to foster retail tech startups. Link
  • J.Crew going back to basics. Link
  • Jet.com attracts millennials. Link


  • Facebook may gain alternative to the like button. Link
  • Six lessons brands can learn from Lauren Conrad’s social success. Link
  • Pinterest surpasses 100M monthly users. Link
  • Instagram is on track to becoming a $5B product. Link
  • Snapchat is now hosting exclusive live stories from the NFL. Link
  • Facebook bends to advertiser viewability demands. Link
  • Fake Google site combats apathy towards refugees. Link
  • Facebook is putting more of your data into its ad-relevancy machine. Link
  • Facebook preparing to launch its Office product. Link


  • CentreStyle, built by teenagers, helps you get dressed in any weather. Link
  • Startup seeks to help brands sell excess fashion stock. Link


  • American Eagle Outfitters wants its slice in Western Europe. Link
  • Refinery 29 heads to the UK, then Germany and France. Link
  • UK’s online sales growth slowed in August. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Amazon has 6 new devices and an actual plan for hardware. Link
  • Walmart simple text could be Walmart’s version of magic. Link
  • Walmart built the fastest-growing retail app by focusing on one key shopper habit. Link
  • The most popular paid iPhone app right now is an ad blocker. Link
  • Stripe unveils a new tool to help retailers build native buying experiences in apps. Link
  • Facebook looks to bring virtual reality to mobile devices. Link

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