Weekly Industry Brief: 6.27.2016

Check out industry news I’ve found around the web from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.  Happy reading.

Weekly Industry Brief 6.27.2016


  • Valentino’s parent company confirms purchase of Balmain. Link
  • How Uniqlo plans to establish a digital identity. Link
  • How Patagonia keeps its brand authentic in the midst of an activewear boom. Link
  • Macy’s CEO of 13 years to resign in 2017. Link
  • Big Box retailers have two options if they want to survive. Link
  • Warby Parker and Shinola fight to be the millennials choice in authentic retail. Link
  • How fashion companies are starting to design like tech companies. Link
  • Fast fashion castoffs fuel global recycling network. Link
  • Ulta finding success in brick-and-mortar. Link
  • Circuit City inches closer to retail relaunch. Link
  • Sports Direct, Modell’s discuss joint bid for Sports Authority. Link
  • Apple buys back e-book buyers following settlement. Link
  • Why are affluent millennials shopping in dollar stores? Link


  • Snapchat: how brands reach millennials. Link
  • Vine can now support videos that are 10 minutes long. Link
  • Facebook, Google reportedly moving to automatic blocking extremist videos. Link
  • You can now ‘try on’ and buy 900 lipsticks on Facebook. Link
  • Amazon partners with fashion bloggers on anti-body shaming campaign. Link
  • Google said to face investigation into ad services by EU. Link
  • Iris Apfel is the best thing to happen to Macy’s. Link
  • Apple just improved the most important social network in your life. Link
  • Facebook signs deal with media companies, celebrities for Facebook Live. Link
  • Facebook is now recommending events based on human opinions not algorithms. Link

Start Up:

  • Away expands luggage options. Link
  • Narvar raises $22M to help internet retailers deliver physical goods without frustrating customers. Link


  • Ikea plans upgrades, expansion in Russia. Link
  • Luxury brands step up shift to digital in China. Link
  • JD.com, stepping out of Alibaba’s shadow? Link
  • Paris vows to fight Amazon Prime Now service. Link
  • Starbucks, Tata extend partnership beyond India. Link
  • U.K. business secretary seeks to reassure firms amid ‘Brexit.’ Link
  • Elon Musk is squaring off against China for the future of Tesla. Link
  • Chinese tourists to spend over $45B in APAC region for 2016. Link
  • Entry of conglomerates shaking up online retail in India. Link
  • Study says China’s millennials get ‘aggressive’ with consumer spending. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Snap, swipe, like: the mobile future of fashion retail. Link
  • Google is reportedly building a phone for this year. Link
  • Augmenting reality in retail: how Lowe’s, Walgreens make virtual change in the aisle. Link
  • Google Fiber swallowed another internet provider. Link
  • Google ops up virtual reality field trips, debuts new apps and service for teachers. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.20.2016

I’ve recapped industry news found around the web from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers:

  • Inside the Macy’s store of the future. Link
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond buys One Kings Lane. Link
  • Amazon cuts shipping fees for small items in threat to Alibaba’s U.S. business. Link
  • Staples joins the same day delivery fray with Staples Rush. Link
  • Why Neiman Marcus struggles and will not go public. Link
  • Nordstrom makes big ecommerce decision to postpone opening a West Coast fulfillment center. Link
  • Amazon’s 3rd physical bookstore to open in Oregon. Link
  • H&M throws down with new sports line. Link
  • Revlon is buying Elizabeth Arden. Link
  • Ikea’s quest to think like a software company. Link
  • Macy’s reaches tentative deal with workers to avert strike. Link
  • Inditex profit beats estimates outpacing main fashion rival. Link
  • In the graveyard of American malls, Bandier is re-imagining the brick-and-mortar store. Link
  • Ted Baker pushes on with overseas expansion as online sales surge. Link
  • Tesla plans to sell its electric cars in Nordstrom. Link
  • Gucci expands customization to unisex jackets, shoes, men’s clothing. Link

Marketing and Social Media:

  • How ‘the new Gucci’ does video with help from Conde Nast. Link
  • Five trends that are radically reshaping shopper marketing. Link
  • Why big brands are suddenly getting cozy with Reddit. Link
  • Facebook’s new ads will track which stores you visit. Link
  • Wayfair debuts new ads and augmented reality. Link
  • Pinterest adds site, app retargeting options. Link
  • Inside Facebook’s plan to boost ad revenue by turning users into buyers. Link
  • Carolina Herrera debuts resort collection on Snapchat. Link
  • Adidas to pay 50M euros a year for Germany sponsorship. Link
  • Dollar Shave Club puts real customer service reps in ads. Link
  • How Chubbies uses social media to build its brand. Link
  • Retailers subdued in support of gay pride following Orlando massacre. Link

Start Ups:

  • Birchbox retrenches amid rapid rise in competition, cash squeeze. Link
  • Twittery buys Magic Pony, a London startup that could make it easier to live stream. Link
  • How this legging brand made it big by selling solely through Facebook. Link


  • eCommerce in India to see nearly 10M sellers online by 2020. Link
  • European luxury brands could seize on Brexit turmoil. Link
  • Europe’s biometric visas are suddenly hurting its luxury goods industry. Link
  • Ikea celebrates four decades in Canada with expansion plans. Link
  • Uniqlo takes slow and smart approach to Canadian expansion. Link
  • Wal-Mart in talks to sell Chinese ecommerce business to JD.com. Link
  • Jack Ma promises huge sales boom from Alibaba, projecting over $900B by 2020. Link
  • Messy Brexit could lead to big hit for UK economy. Link
  • Apple can finally set up shop in India, thanks to the government. Link

Mobile and Emerging Tech:

  • Taco Bell tests messaging app orders via TacoBot. Link
  • UberRUSH opens its API to online merchants. Link
  • How stores will use augmented reality to make you buy more stuff. Link
  • How Taco Bell, Starbucks and other food chains are using mobile to boost order values. Link
  • A deep look inside Apple Pay’s matchmaker economics. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.13.2016

I’ve recapped industry news found around the web from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

If you’re wondering why I do this every week, the simplest answer is that it helps me be better at my job.  It keeps me on top of trends so I can make better decisions, identify opportunities and be competitive.  Plus, I’m pretty passionate about the whole thing.  And there is never enough to satisfy me. So I always seek more.

Hopefully it helps you too.

Brand and Retailers

  • Amazon launching a music streaming service. Link
  • Etsy’s new ultra-sustainable headquarters is filled with local, handmade furniture. Link
  • Urban Outfitters warns of falling retail sales in current quarter. Link
  • Skechers’ has quietly been making billions. Link
  • Coach unveils Disney collection. Link
  • Amazon opens tech office in downtown Minneapolis. Link
  • Fashion brands invest in express payment options. Link
  • H&M opens first store in Puerto Rico. Link

Marketing and Social Media

  • Snapchat launches a colossal expansion of its advertising, ushering a new era for the app. Link
  • Microsoft to buy Linkedin for $26.2B. Link
  • Pinterest partners with Oracle to test tracking offline sales. Link
  • Vogue introduces $200 members-only subscription. Link
  • Cultivating brand loyalty in even the toughest customer. Link
  • Apple bets on messaging emojis, Siri to keep customers loyal. Link
  • iHeartMedia and WeWork will target entrepreneurs with branded podcasts. Link
  • Sephora makes Snapchat shoppable. Link

Start Ups

  • These companies dream of becoming the Lululemon of the pajama industry. Link
  • China’s Tencent, Lenovo buy into US augmented reality startup. Link
  • How Stitch Fix uses data to pick clothes for you. Link


  • Amazon plans to invest $3B in India. Link
  • Skechers CEO talks international expansion. Link
  • Amazon to debut same-day grocery delivery service in London. Link
  • Rakuten to exit the UK, Austria and Span as global retrenchment continues. Link
  • H&M may reduce size of stores in India. Link
  • Ikea to finally test online shopping in Australia. Link
  • Jones New York to close entire Canadian business. Link
  • Kazakhstan could be a bright spot for retailers. Link
  • Line backs a beauty and fashion portal rolled out in Iran. Link
  • The rise of China’s shopping villages. Link

Mobile and Emerging Tech

  • Google, Baidu and the race for an edge in the global speech recognition market. Link
  • Why the maker movement matters. Link
  • Will gestures make smartwatches useful? Link
  • Next generation health. Link
  • JD.com launches drone delivery in rural China. Link
  • Everything Apple announced at WWDC in one handy list. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.6.2016

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Mary Meeker:

  • Mary Meeker’s 2016 internet trends report. Link
  • Mobile advertising a $22B opportunity in the US. Link
  • Internet boom times are over, says Mary Meeker. Link
  • Mary Meeker: People don’t just tolerate Snapchat ads, they play with them. Link

Brand and Retailers

  • WalMart to test last mile delivery with Uber, Lyft and Deliv. Link
  • Need Supply launches its own clothing line. Link
  • Under Armour is expanding into fashion sportswear. Link
  • Kenzo joins forces with H&M. Link
  • US and UK apparel retailers fight changing demographics. Link
  • Michael Kors shrinking its department stores business on purpose. Link
  • Salesforce to buy Demandware for $2.8B. Link
  • How AirBnB designs for every person on the planet. Link
  • Gucci partners with Conde Nast’s 23 Stories on a sponsored 4-part film directed by Gia Coppola. Link
  • Can Canada Goose come in from the cold? Link
  • High end brands are all about beauty these days. Link
  • Australian retail giant Cotton On gears up for big California expansion. Link

Marketing and Social Media

  • Outdoor “dad” brands tapping urban youth. Link
  • Retailers find success with storytelling. Link
  • With 92% of luxury retailers on WeChat, here’s how they can step up their game. Link
  • Twitter disbands commerce team, ceases product development on “buy” button. Link
  • Snapchat redesigning Discover to make it more like a newsstand. Link
  • CVS has Jimmy Kimmel to thank for move to digital receipts. Link
  • Snapchat said to have 150M daily users, surpassing Twitter. Link
  • Refinery29 launches in Germany, its first foreign language. Link
  • Twitter is inviting users to become ‘Twitter Insiders’ to help brands. Link

Start Ups

  • Meet Eponym, the eyewear startup taking on Luxottica. Link
  • Birchbox finds that cute boxes filled with makeup are not enough. Link
  • StitchFix the $250M start-up playing fashionista moneyball. Link
  • WeWork quietly opens hotel rooms in New York City. Link


  • Dior makes Asian ecommerce debut in South Korea. Link
  • Kors Shares Leap as Firm Buys China License for $500M. Link
  • Indian ministries divide on Apple’s retail vision. Link
  • Coach’s strong presence in China to help the company in the future. Link
  • Google is coming back to China soon. Link
  • Europe’s decision on geo-blocking and what you need to know. Link
  • Manolo Blahnik steps up in-store presence in Asia. Link
  • How New Balance ran into a wall in China. Link
  • Myntra aims to increase sales by 90% this fiscal year. Link

Mobile and Emerging Tech

  • Target to expand in-store IoT experiences. Link
  • Why China’s biggest social app has sputtered overseas. Link
  • How PayPal plans to get back on top in digital payments. Link