Weekly Industry Brief: 10.30.2016

Hi! Was MIA last week due to a pretty busy schedule. Also, I won’t be posting next week…as per my WEDDING (pause for reaction). But I’ll be back after that, in time for Singles Day (11/11) in China, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and all the other holiday shopping that is upon us.  Here is some industry news from the last two weeks. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Nordstrom pilots reserve online, try in store program. Link
  • Ruelala expands international shipping options. Link
  • Skechers is crashing after dismal earnings. Link
  • eBay makes bid for younger shoppers with revamped image. Link
  • Amazon executives are pleased with brick-and-mortar bookstores so far. Link
  • Hollister collaborates with Sydney Sierota on partywear collection. Link
  • Victoria Beckham to offer affordable line at Target. Link
  • Pizza, parks and pet spas: shoppers will pay more for experiences. Link
  • The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is here, with a private jet, rose-gold tweezers, and first editions of children’s books. Link
  • Amazon to add 120,000 seasonal workers this holiday. Link
  • Why QVC is launching a new TV channel dedicated entirely to beauty. Link
  • Online orders must be delivered in two days to be considered fast. Link
  • Gucci’s investment in ecommerce is paying off. Link
  • Sonia Rykiel to shutter secondary line, lay off a quarter of staff. Link
  • Liberty Fairs launches ecommerce site with FarFetch. Link
  • Anthropologie’s new beauty department is peak Anthropologie. Link
  • Brooks Brothers buys jewelry line Alexis Bittar. Link
  • New data shows surprising ways this holiday season will be different. Link
  • American Apparel prepares to file for bankruptcy again. Link
  • Leandra Medine’s first ever shoe collection launches on Net-a-porter. Link
  • Wal-Mart plans to expand same-day in store pick up. Link
  • Through investment, Campbell’s soup is getting into meal delivery. Link
  • In an age of fast fashion, Patagonia is going slow. Link
  • How Levi’s ended up collaborating with Off-White, Supreme, Vetements and Gosha Rubchinksiy. Link
  • The coming fast-fashion boom in the developing world spells big trouble for the environment. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Twitter cuts staff, simplifies advertising efforts, and will close down Vine. Link
  • How Tommy Hilfiger is reimagining his brand. Link
  • Millennials aren’t cheap, they’re thrifty. Link
  • Facebook to add food delivery option. Link
  • Why ASOS and Adidas are outperforming competitors in earned media value. Link
  • Facebook helps TV ads reach additional 5% of the population ignored by the average campaign. Link
  • Facebook offers advertisers a way to exclude ethnic groups. Link
  • How social media is driving the plus-size clothing fashion revolution. Link
  • Facebook mimics snapchat again with its new messaging camera. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Google voice search comparison shops on mobile. Link
  • Benchmade Modern makes custom sofas on demand. Link
  • Groupon buys Living Social, it’s rival once valued at $6B. Link
  • Keep Collective, Stella and Dot’s sister brand has been an unexpected runaway success. Link
  • You can now be styled by a fashion-savvy algorithm. Link
  • Meet River Island’s new emo, selfie-taking mannequins. Link
  • How DIY fashion collective Flying Solo is taking direct-to-consumer retail offline. Link

International

  • Fan BingBing and Li Chen front H&M’s Chinese New Year campaign. Link
  • Amazon Prime launches in China, beefs up express delivery in Paris. Link
  • Two reasons Chinese millennials have cash to burn. Link
  • China overtakes the US in iOS app store revenue. Link
  • Tiffany and Co. enters New Zealand. Link
  • Wal-Mart, JD.com add three new initiatives to strategic alliance. Link
  • Nordstrom’s Canada drive: surprises, hurdles and what’s ahead. Link
  • Banana Republic to close UK stores as sales slip. Link
  • Starbucks names China CEO, sees 5,000 stores there by 2021. Link
  • New Look seeks fashion edge in China with local designs. Link
  • Thailand retailers serve citizens in mourning. Link
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Weekly Industry Brief: 10.17.2016

Embraced my day off last Monday so this week is a bit of a combo of the last two weeks.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Bed Bath tries to move beyond the coupon. Link
  • Google pop-ups may signal path to brick-and-mortar. Link
  • Shopify now lets merchants sell through Facebook Messenger. Link
  • Warby Parker, Bonobos have big plans for physical stores. Link
  • Canada Goose preparing for IPO. Link
  • Will Anthropologie ‘s super stores win where department stores have failed? Link
  • Amazon to build convenience stores, Wall Street Journal reports. Link
  • Alibaba’s $60B Finance Arm seeks growth before IPO, say sources. Link
  • Amazon said to limit warehouse access to new merchants. Link
  • Amazon launching music streaming service for $10 a month. Link
  • New from Target and Dwell: Chic modern furniture for $400 or less. Link
  • Fast Retailing’s growth slows sharply. Link
  • Designers find Rent-the-Runway a rich source of data. Link
  • Macy’s flagship debuts Apple shop. Link
  • US retail sales rose in September by the most in three months. Link
  • Macy’s to open on Thanksgiving; Target, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus to close. Link
  • Economist sees mid-market slump this holiday shopping season. Link
  • Is customization the future of the beauty industry? Link
  • Everlane is thinking about adding stores. Link
  • Swarovski, maker of all things bejeweled, tries on a hoodie. Link
  • Nordstrom pulls Moschino drug-themed clothing line after protests. Link
  • Everlane partners with Opening Ceremony on collaboration. Link
  • eBay’s new high-end furniture shop includes a visual search engine. Link
  • Net-a-porter to open West London technology hub. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Meet CoverGirl’s first ever male spokesmodel. Link
  • New Patagonia short film shows how fair trade shopping is good for business. Link
  • Facebook launches a pared back chat app for Android. Link
  • Abercrombie’s massive rebrand initiates with Instagram disappearance. Link
  • Karl Lagerfeld to open hospitality line of hotels, bars and clubs. Link
  • Your guide to Generation Z: the frugal, brand-wary, determined anti-millenninals. Link
  • Can Abercrombie entice Generation Z by being nicer? Link
  • Facebook’s Slack competitor now available for any business to use. Link
  • How the founders of Coveteur built a must-follow fashionable (and profitable) brand. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • IBM to pour $200M into Watson Internet of Things A.I. business in Munich. Link
  • Galleries Lafayette reveals retail disrupters in startup accelerator. Link
  • Three fashion start-ups tapping tough categories. Link
  • Alibaba’s new payment system lets virtual reality shoppers pay by nodding. Link
  • Kohl’s Pay is the latest combatant in the payment app wars. Link
  • The mainstreaming of virtual reality. Link

International

  • UK retailers fret about sourcing prices as Brexit weakens pound. Link
  • WalMart Mexico sales growth slowed in Q3. Link
  • Macy’s plans to launch ecommerce site in China in 2017. Link
  • Majority of global consumers shop cross border. Link
  • H&M opens in New Zealand. Link
  • Google to return to China as a hardware provider. Link
  • Almost a million Chinese tourists visit Macau during Golden Week. Link
  • Apple to open its second R&D center in China. Link
  • Two ways to break into India’s consumer market. Link
  • Ikea does its homework before opening in India. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.3.2016

Happy October! Sources in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • West Elm plans to launch its own boutique hotels. Link
  • WalMart in talks to invest up to $1B in India’s Flipkart. Link
  • Old Navy names Chief Marketing Officer. Link
  • American Eagle names Bob Madore Chief Financial Officer. Link
  • Starbucks to continue profitable expansion in low-income neighborhoods. Link
  • The rise and fall of Aeropostale. Link
  • Amazon finds grocers are hard to kill. Link
  • Uber is rocking the suburbs. Link
  • What to millennials actually use Venmo for? Link
  • Everlane responds to lower global cashmere costs by charging less for sweaters. Link
  • Facebook launches a Craigslist competitor for buying and selling used items. Link
  • Aritzia rises 16% in Toronto stock exchange after IPO. Link
  • H&M third quarter earnings miss estimates on discounts. Link
  • Rebel teens are killing America’s clothing giants. Link
  • New Adidas CEO sets off in pursuit of Nike. Link
  • Sears, Claire’s at high risk in study of retail failures. Link
  • Luxury stores add more amenities in tougher market. Link
  • Madewell teaming up with Sezane again in latest French girl collection. Link
  • Sarah Jessica Parker launches line of dresses. Link
  • Bass Pro Shop buys Cabela’s for $4.5B. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Snapchat users spending average of 78 seconds playing Under Armour’s Cam Newton game. Link
  • Location tracking and the trouble with opting in. Link
  • Patagonia launches a beer that’s good for the planet. Link
  • eBay dips its toes in fashion with Project Runway partnership. Link
  • WhatsApp races to internationalize Snapchat’s overlaid creative tools. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Best Buy to open at midnight to launch PlayStation’s new VR headset. Link
  • WalmartLabs open sources the application platform that powers Walmart.com. Link
  • H&M and Sephora nab early entry into Kik’s fashion bot shop. Link
  • Google quietly expands ride sharing service. Link
  • IBM Watson will power inspection drones that can spot damage on cell towers. Link

International

  • Office Depot agrees to sell European business to Aurelius Group. Link
  • Amazon raises stake as retailers battle for customers online in Canada. Link
  • Uniqlo dips its toes in Canada’s cutthroat retail sector. Link
  • Amazon bets on Diwali to take title as India’s top web retailer. Link
  • Singapore’s Golden Week courts China’s tourists as retail falls. Link
  • Even Chanel and Hermes are susceptible to current global climate. Link