Weekly Industry Brief: 11.29.2016

As you recover from Cyber Monday, browse through some of the industry news over the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Cyber Monday sales surge but not all websites were ready. Link
  • Workers at Topshop’s distribution depot to potentially strike on Cyber Monday. Link
  • This Black Friday, Americans broke records online and on mobile. Link
  • Target CEO says online sales help stores on Black Friday. Link
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond buys PersonalizationMall.com. Link
  • Amazon is already boasting its best Cyber Monday ever. Link
  • Apple iPhone is most coveted holiday buy this year. Link
  • Why Amazon’s shares are slipping despite record Cyber Monday sales. Link
  • AT&T unveils its TV streaming service DirecTV Now. Link
  • Amazon expands its online gift shop and adds human curation. Link
  • Bargain hunters roil retailers looking for Black Friday lift. Link
  • See Herman Miller’s first retail store in North America. Link
  • Macy’s website suffers disruptions during critical shopping day. Link
  • Urban Outfitters misses their third quarter forecasts. Link
  • Crew’s net loss n arrows to $7.9M. Link
  • Zara’s recipe for success: more data, fewer bosses. Link
  • Abercrombie & Fitch quarterly sales miss estimates, shares skid. Link
  • Cyber Monday was the biggest online sales day in history. Link
  • Gucci surpasses Burberry as most digitally savvy luxury brand. Link
  • Inside Scotch & Soda, the under-the-radar brand that’s everywhere. Link
  • Another Cyber Monday, another online sales record. Link
  • Sarah Jessica Parker is opening her first stand-alone store and it’s not in NYC. Link
  • Patagonia donated all revenues from Black Friday. Link
  • Tiffany’s sales rebound, just as Trump traffic jam hits flagship. Link
  • H&M plans Hudson Yards flagship with elevated materials. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Facebook turned to TV to boost Facebook Live. Link
  • How this quirky clothing brand is using Snapchat to sell more shorts. Link
  • To snag Snapchat’s spectacles in New York, a long, cold wait. Link
  • Spotify’s biggest out-of-home push yet. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Facebook’s drone crash prompts safety investigation. Link
  • The 15 hottest NYC startups to follow right now. Link
  • The subscription box that knows more about you than you do. Link
  • Mon Purse, a customizable handbag line with over 6 billion options, launches in US. Link

International

  • Yoox Net-a-Porter group to launch in Middle East. Link
  • Apple iOS is losing to a homegrown competitor in China. Link
  • Lane Crawford sees Hong Kong sales perk up. Link
  • Ford to begin testing self-driving cars in Europe. Link
  • UK retailer, Hobbs, opens first US stand-alone store. Link
  • Black Friday still on the rise in Brazil, no Thanksgiving required. Link
  • Amazon in talks to buy Souq.com. Link
  • China’s ecommerce trends offer consumer insights. Link
  • Sephora opens 200th store in China. Link
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