Weekly Industry Brief: 9.13.2016

As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Aeropostale wins approval of $243M sale to mall group. Link
  • Ralph Lauren adopts “see now, buy now.” Link
  • Macy’s store closures haven’t sent retailers running. Link
  • Moda Operandi opens a shopping salon to an invite-only client list. Link
  • Crew enlisted its staffers, family and friends to model its Spring collection. Link
  • Ecommerce is a boon for rural America but it comes with a price. Link
  • Jessica Alba’s Honest Company has been in talks to sell to a big consumer product giant. Link
  • Macy’s signs deal to open an Apple store at its Herald Square flagship. Link
  • Amazon Prime now delivers to this football stadium. Link
  • Ousted American Apparel founder secures $10M loan for new venture. Link
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop get into the fashion business. Link
  • What the founder of Tom’s Shoes is doing now. Link
  • In the studio with the creative director of Coach. Link
  • 7 questions with HP’s CEO after $1B acquisition. Link
  • Kate Spade upgrade as Wells Fargo predicts comeback for brand. Link

Marketing/Social

  • American Eagle launches new marketing campaign. Link
  • Facebook steps in to prove the value of chatbots with Tommy Hilfiger. Link
  • How Under Armour mastered crisis communications after the 2014 Olympics. Link
  • Struggling Banana Republic appoints Olivia Palermo style ambassador. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Facebook adds payments to Messenger chatbots. Link
  • Alphabet and Chipotle bring burrito delivery by drone to campus. Link
  • WalMart wants shoppers to be able to hail a cart. Link
  • Eye-tracking technology for cars promises to keep drivers alert. Link
  • Apple’s new app store for iMessage could help brands break free on mobile. Link
  • Google’s new app lets you take, share VR photos with your phone. Link
  • Amazon brings push notifications to Echo. Link

International

  • Japanese app takes off in the US. Link
  • Online sales in France grew 13% in the first half. Link
  • Starbucks to open 500 new stores in China in 2016 in chase for $9.5B tea market. Link
  • Ikea to integrate its stores in India with online trade. Link
  • How to attract China’s connected traveling shoppers before, during and after their trips. Link
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