Weekly Industry Brief: 2.27.2017

Here is your industry brief of news I’ve collected from around the web over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Jet’s hipster shoppers get a taste of Wal-Mart in-house brands. Link
  • Sources say Sycamore Partners wins bankruptcy auction for The Limited. Link
  • Macy’s plans to stay afloat by making major changes to stores. Link
  • Wall Street worries over Victoria’s Secret weakness. Link
  • Celine to finally offer ecommerce. Link
  • Amazon nabs the top spot for online cosmetic sales. Link
  • Wal-Mart outperforms Amazon as the competition heats up. Link
  • C. Penney is closing up to 140 stores as turnaround stalls. Link
  • TJX is planning a new chain that could deliver another blow to department stores. Link
  • How operators are giving new life to aging malls. Link
  • The one brand rushing into the mall while others flee. Link
  • Airbnb buys Tilt, signaling its growing interest in group travel. Link
  • Reformation boutique brings ecommerce ease to SF shop. Link
  • Is Airbnb on an acquisition spree? Link
  • How Neiman Marcus is turning technology innovation into a ‘core value.’ Link
  • BCBG prepares for bankruptcy. Link
  • Gap CEO insists the company is neither sick nor dying. Link

Marketing/Social

  • After 51 years, Vans is finally explaining what ‘Off the Wall’ means. Link
  • Glossier uses Oscars as launchpad. Link
  • Facebook’s virtual reality ambitions could be threatened by court order. Link
  • Twitter debuts custom profiles for businesses’ agents, so people don’t think they’re talking to bots. Link
  • How the subscription economy will change the price we pay. Link
  • In four years, YouTube has gone from 100M hours of video viewed a day to 1B. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • UPS tests drone delivery. Link
  • JackThreads lays off employees and puts self for sale. Link
  • Wendy’s to install self-ordering machines in 1,000 stores. Link
  • For IBM’s CTO for Watson, not a lot of value in replicating the human mind in a computer. Link
  • AI can make us all dress better. SO why isn’t the fashion industry using it more? Link
  • How Nordstrom’s new incubator will support young designers. Link
  • Consumers don’t want robots to help them shop. Link
  • How a former Vogue assistant created the first fashion search engine. Link
  • Why payment companies are flocking to messaging apps. Link

International

  • Australia’s General Pants Co. to open second US store. Link
  • Flipkart-owned Myntra wins rights to be sole distributor for Mango in India. Link
  • Xiaomi courts US interest while flirting with expansion. Link
  • Inside India’s booming sportswear market. Link
  • Why online retail growth in the UAE is different than the rest of the world. Link
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Weekly Industry Brief: 2.20.2017

Hi! Long time, no post.  Over the last two weeks I’ve been on-the-go with lots of travel which means my “weekly” brief hasn’t quite been weekly!  Here is a recap of the industry news with sources in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Target cuts innovation initiatives including secretive Goldfish start-up. Link
  • Neiman Marcus to trial plus-size departments at Last Call. Link
  • H&M’s new conscious exclusive collection turns plastic into evening gowns. Link
  • Todd Snyder opens a menswear paradise for the modern man. Link
  • Nordstrom drops Ivanka Trump products based on brand’s performance. Link
  • Ralph Lauren CEO is leaving after clash with founder. Link
  • Ralph Lauren hires newly created Chief Marketing Officer role. Link
  • Kate Spade to explore strategic options amid investor pressure. Link
  • Etsy Studio is ready to turn your side hustle into a real business. Link
  • Crew continues to lean on athleisure as it rebuilds its brand. Link
  • BCBG is filing for possible Chapter 11. Link
  • As Tiffany’s comes off a sluggish decade, it turns to “self-purchasing” women to save it. Link
  • Wal-Mart to make buying operations omni-channel. Link
  • Macy’s takeover rumors include HBC, owner of Saks and Lord and Taylor. Link
  • Michael Kors to expand buy online, pick up in store. Link
  • Levi’s is radically redefining sustainability. Link
  • Amazon’s living lab: re-imagining retail on Seattle streets. Link
  • American Eagle is luring teens with fancy drinks. Link
  • How Nike became a fashion powerhouse. Link
  • Nastygal to lay off employees, close stores. Link
  • Reports: Digital, especially mobile, driving trillions in offline retail spending. Link
  • Walmart snaps up another online retailer with focus on outdoor adventure. Link
  • Canada Goose said to have filed for dual-listed IPO. Link
  • Amazon takes aim at the lingerie industry with own line. Link
  • Amazon lowers free shipping threshold for non-Prime members. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Snap starts selling Spectacles online. Link
  • WhatsApp launches Status, an encrypted Snapchat Stories clone. Link
  • Pinterest adds visual search for elements in images through your camera. Link
  • How brands used Snapchat in 2016. Link
  • These five fashionable brands have mastered content that sells. Link
  • Influencers turn out for Rebecca Minkoff’s see-now-buy-now runway show in LA. Link
  • Gap debuts 90s-inspired ads starring the children of its former campaign stars. Link
  • Proenza Schouler chooses digital over print for spring campaign. Link
  • Pinterest rolls out search ads. Link
  • What is the real cost of Instagram’s influence? Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Reformation’s high-tech store re-imagines clothes shopping from the ground up. Link
  • Amazon takes on Microsoft, Cisco in videoconferencing. Link
  • Ford invests $1B in Pittsburgh-based AI company to build self-driving cars by 2021. Link
  • Why Home Depot is one of the most innovative companies of 2017. Link
  • Target adds mini-accelerator for health-related start-ups. Link
  • Amazon just patented a package-packer bot to add to its fleet of 45,000 robots. Link
  • Visa and IBM Watson commit to putting payments inside cars and wearables. Link

International

  • Digital shifts can help India’s retailers boost sales. Link
  • Apple quickly losing market share in China. Link
  • Saks appoints Aditya Birla to open first Indian outlet. Link
  • Retailers object to EU plan for stricter online security. Link
  • Alibaba teams up with traditional retailer. Link
  • Alibaba expands presence in Australia and New Zealand. Link