Weekly Industry Brief: 9.26.2016

HERE YOU GO and YOU’RE WELCOME! Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.


  • Alexander Wang partners with Adidas on new unisex collection. Link
  • Ralph Lauren shut down Madison Avenue to reveal first ‘see-now-buy-now’ collection. Link
  • Kate Spade does ‘see-now-buy-now’ with a new video starting Zosia Mamet. Link
  • Aeropostale to live on at malls. Link
  • Etsy buys Blackbird to bring AI to it’s search platform. Link
  • Zara’s success shrouded in ecommerce secrecy. Link
  • Saks revamps personal shopping experience. Link
  • Macy’s teams up with grooming services provider in beauty push. Link
  • Frank and Oak launch womenswear. Link
  • Saving the big box: inside Toys R Us’ plan to revive its stores. Link
  • Target shakes up online leadership with eye on rivals. Link
  • Aritzia may raise up to $400CAD in IPO. Link
  • CVS is hoping to change the way you buy beauty products in the grocery store. Link
  • 500 Million Yahoo accounts breached. Link


  • Disney said to be considering bid for Twitter. Link
  • Canada Goose ads tell a global brand story. Link
  • Susie Bubble and BryanBoy respond to Vouge’s criticism of fashion bloggers. Link
  • Nielsen says mainstream consumers really are interested in virtual reality. Link
  • Retailers can now run Facebook ads based on if products are in stock. Link
  • Nieman Marcus blames fashion bloggers for down sales. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Google shows up late to the crowded AI-based personal assistant field. Link
  • Messaging apps are changing how companies talk with customers. Link
  • Fully autonomous robots: the warehouse workers of the near future. Link
  • Burberry launches ‘see-now-buy-now’ chatbot. Link
  • Why fashion brands are gaga over chat bots. Link
  • Stitchfix expands to menswear. Link
  • Why successful m-commerce needs to work at the speed of light. Link
  • Amazon swats at Shutterfly with photo printing service. Link
  • How Rebecca Minkoff uses technology to create a better shopping experience. Link


  • K. retail sales resilient in August as shoppers unfazed by Brexit. Link
  • Nike shuts 35% of stores in India. Link
  • Zara and Lululemon to open at Abu Dhabi’s new mall. Link
  • Apple expands Latin America presence, opens first store in Mexico. Link
  • Amazon quietly raises free shipping threshold in Canada. Link
  • Handmade at Amazon expands to five European countries. Link
  • Martha Stewart has sights on China via Alibaba. Link
  • Plus sized fashion show scores big in Japan. Link
  • China’s millennials are redefining luxury in search for more originality. Link
  • With thriving maker culture, how Shenzhen is becoming the creative capital of China. Link
  • Target launches on Tmall to sell in China. Link



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