Weekly Industry Brief: 3.21.2016

Here is your Monday recap of industry news over the last week from around the web.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. (P.S. I love feedback. Shoot me a message in the comments or on Twitter if you’ve got any!)


  • Todd Snyder to open for NYC store in October. Link
  • Starwood plans to accept Arbang Groups offer, outbidding Marriott. Link
  • Aeropostale says its exploring strategic alternatives, in dispute with supplier. Link
  • Crew revenue edges up on growth at Madewell chain. Link
  • At Nike, extending the track to the runway. Link
  • Fedex says retailers should be paying more for web delivery. Link
  • American Apparel offering on-demand delivery via Postmates partnership. Link
  • Avon cutting jobs and moving headquarters to UK. Link
  • Everlane founder on iterating and ‘fixing’ fashion retail. Link
  • Low oil prices hit luxury retailers hard. Link
  • Spotify now has 30 million subscribers. Link
  • Gap’s clothing empire is clambering to reclaim its relevance. Link
  • Chanel introduces Monsieur, entering the men’s watch market. Link
  • Teens experiencing attitude shift and its affecting Tiffany’s business. Link

Marketing/Social Media

  • Uber teams up with Marc Jacobs. Link
  • Michelle Phan takes on new digital category with comic series. Link
  • How REI’s stop-shopping campaign brings in more shoppers. Link
  • Instagram will soon go algorithmic in its feed. Link
  • Clique Media Group creates Obsessee, a social-media only content brand targeted towards 14-22 year olds. Link
  • Companies planning to boost mobile ad spend by 38% this year. Link
  • Twitter begins switching its algorithmic timeline on by default. Link
  • Lord & Taylor settles FTC’s deceptive advertising charges. Link

Start Ups

  • ‘Brotailers’ redefining how guys buy clothes. Link
  • Online jewelry retailer Blue Nile to open first DC “webroom.” Link
  • Why clothing startups are returning to American factories. Link
  • How Maple built an insanely efficient food delivery machine. Link
  • Instacart gets Red Bull and Doritos to pay your delivery fees. Link
  • Why online-first retailers are flocking to Nordstom. Link


  • Facebook sees big growth in Asia despite free basics controversy. Link
  • Canadian January retail sales rebound, lifting first quarter growth outlook. Link
  • LI & Fung sees difficult year after earnings beat estimates. Link
  • Alibaba takes tough stance on fight with counterfeits. Link
  • Airbnb will open its Cuba listings to users outside the United States. Link
  • China’s consumers spend up on spas, travel and entertainment. Link
  • Uniqlo launches first range of hijabs in the UK. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • Michael Kors unveils its first Android Wear smartwatches. Link
  • Nintendo’s free smartphone app Miitomo comes to Japan. Link
  • Alibaba spreads its wings into virtual reality for shopping. Link
  • Selected Lowe’s stores to use Hololens in kitchen redesign. Link
  • Amazon wants to patent the pay-by-selfie. Link
  • Nike gets personal with new fitness app and products. Link
  • Everything that Apple announced in 3/21 Keynote. Link
  • Apple unveils a smaller iPad Pro, Apple’s vision of the future of computers. Link



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