Weekly Industry Brief: 3.20.2017

Hi! Here is a recap of the news I’ve been reading in the industry this week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week and Happy Spring!

Brands and Retailers

  • What’s next for malls – a look at two successful companies in America? Fashionista
  • Nike, H&M named world’s most valuable apparel brands. Fashionista
  • Gymboree chief tapped to lead Banana Republic. Reuters
  • Victoria Beckham to launch Spring collection at Target. Refinery29
  • Macy’s CEO wants to make these five big changes at the store. CNBC
  • Zara’s new focus: bigger bricks, more clicks. Wall Street Journal
  • Honest Co taps Clorox veteran as new CEO. Fortune
  • Acne reboots denim strategy. Business of Fashion
  • L’oreal Beauty’s secret weapon is buying other companies. Fortune
  • C. Penney closing 138 stores, liquidations begin next month. Retail Dive
  • Canada Goose raises $256M in IPO. Bloomberg
  • Walmar to acquire Modcloth. Recode
  • Neiman Marcus mulls sale, with Hudson’s Bay seen as suitor. Bloomberg

Marketing and Social Media

  • Adidas hires social-media stars to double women’s market share. Bloomberg
  • Adidas steps away from TV advertising as it targets $4B growth. CNBC
  • Inside Hearst’s turbulent quest to build a Snapchat brand. Glossy
  • Hollister targets teens with mobile video game. AdAge
  • Coachella sues Urban Outfitters for Free People capitalizing on festival brand. WWD
  • Who is the millennial femal e micro influencer? Adweek
  • Google removes audio ads from Google Home hours after introducing them. BGR

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Swatch takes on Google, Apple with watch operating system. Bloomberg
  • Alibaba bets on big on augmented reality. Jing Daily
  • Foursquare is launching an analytics platform to help retailers understand foot traffic. TechCrunch
  • Why former Wall Streeters find new careers as fashion founders. Glossy
  • Chic, direct-to-consumer vitamin companies are the latest wellness trend. Fashionista
  • Shopify’s ecommerce revolution. Fortune
  • Intel wants to be a tech ‘enabler’ for the fashion industry. Engadget
  • DeepMind finds way to overcome AI’s forgetfulness problem. Bloomberg
  • Drones may one day buzz inside a Walmart near you. Fortune

International

  • Zara will enter India’s online shopping scene this year. Quartz
  • Ikea plans to open five stores in Serbia. Economic Times
  • Paris Gallery Group aims to open 30 new stores in Middle East. The National
  • Amazon plans air cargo service for Chinese customers. Wall Street Journal
  • Apple plans two more Chinese research hubs as iPhone sales slow. Bloomberg
  • Amazon aims to breathe new life into Tokyo Fashion Week. WWD
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