Weekly Industry Brief: 2.15.2016

Here is your weekly recap of news I found around the web about fashion, retail and ecommerce. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.


  • Urban Outfitters finding success in niche beauty market. Link
  • How Gilt will be added to Saks’ discount retail stores. Link
  • Burberry faces US lawsuit accusing it of deceptive price tags. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret CEO resigns. Link
  • Nordstrom debuts first TV ad in three years. Link
  • Elizabeth Arden bets on app to boost ecommerce. Link
  • Sears announces it’s closing at least 50 stores. Link
  • Tommy Hilfiger embraces direct-to-consumer shows. Link
  • Kate Spade, H&M and Urban Outfitters go beyond apparel but will it improve sales? Link
  • Without a creative director, Banana Republic appeals to consumers for Fall 2016. Link
  • Amazon shares bounce on news of $5B buyback. Link
  • Apple reportedly filming 6-episode series with Dr. Dre. Link 

Marketing/Social Media

  • YouTube buys BandPage for $8M to attract musicians with money-making tools. Link
  • Vox to join other media companies in ecommerce push. Link
  • Pop Sugar wants to become the mobile shipping cart for fashion. Link
  • Instagram doubles down on video, introduces Facebook-style view counts. Link
  • What marketers should know about Twitter’s new algorithmic “catch up” feed. Link
  • Time Inc buying MySpace parent company. Link
  • YouTube wants viewers to buy directly from review videos. Link
  • Pinterest nabs Google executive to head ad sales. Link
  • Target’s ground-breaking musical interlude during Grammys extends to social. Link

Start Ups

  • Fabletics plans to open 100 stores. Link
  • Startup delivery services run into reality. Link


  • India’s Snapdeal raises $200M led by Ontario Teachers’ pension plan. Link
  • Primark to open 6 US stores in 2016. Link
  • Amazon’s Chinese shipping license reflects global goals. Link
  • Chinese tourists boost Japanese all sales to record. Link
  • Rakuten shutters marketplaces in Southeast Asia. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • How Kate Spade and Everpurse got wearable tech right. Link
  • Google/Alphabet building standalone virtual reality headset. Link
  • 15 of the best designs merging fashion and technology. Link
  • Online shoppers prove skeptics wrong buying tons of luxury goods on mobile devices. Link
  • Tech firms push toward future without passwords. Link
  • How smartphones are killing off the fashion show. Link
  • Fitbit taps Public School designers to outfit its latest fitness tracker. Link
  • PayPal Commerce matches Stripe with PayPal’s own toolkit for apps. Link



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