Weekly Industry Brief: 7.25.2016

I guess everyone’s busy launching BTS and closing out their quarter because I’d say it was a relatively quiet week in the industry. Unless you are Dollar Shave Club. Or Yahoo. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer:

  • Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club. Link
  • WalMart beefs up online assortment with new sellers. Link
  • eBay is planning to totally overhaul its marketplace. Link
  • Birkenstock to stop selling on Amazon. Link
  • The reason Urban Outfitters bought a pizza chain. Link
  • LVMH sells Donna Karen for $650M. Link
  • Chanel buys four companies to secure high-end silk supplies. Link
  • Verizon announces $4.8B deal to buy Yahoo’s internet business. Link
  • How Eileen Fisher and the CFDA are propelling the next generation toward a more sustainable future. Link
  • Aeropostale and Sycamore Partners headed to trial. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Birchbox tests Snapchat for customer service. Link
  • P&G starts online subscription service for Tide pods. Link
  • How sponsored content is becoming king in the Facebook world. Link
  • Sephora launches first ever Tinder ad campaign. Link
  • Tiffany & Co. taps celebrity faces for the first time. Link
  • Modelez strikes deal with Fox to innovate ad models. Link
  • Coke content VP leaves to start his own company. Link
  • Warby Parker offering snapchat-exclusive sunglasses. Link
  • TopShop launches fall campaign with Taylor Hill. Link

Start Up:

  • Rocket Internet-backed Global Fashion Group raises $364M. Link
  • India Hicks on start-up lessons learned, growing her ecommerce business. Link

International:

  • Alibaba recruits apparel sellers in South Korea. Link
  • Russian retail sales fall amid tigher economic times. Link
  • With Live-Streaming, US brands bring July 4th to China. Link
  • Amazon set to increase bet on Italy’s digital turnaround plan. Link
  • With growing worries of deflation, concern that Australia is becoming desensitized to sales. Link
  • India clears path for Apple to open its first retail store. Link
  • China’s lingerie market has doubled since 2011. Link
  • Google faces new round of antitrust charges in Europe. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Amazon sees street lights as drone docking stations. Link
  • Virtual reality waits for the music industry to catch up. Link
  • Macy’s is testing artificial intelligence with IBM. Link
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