Weekly Industry Brief: 4.24.2017

Here is a recap of retail and ecommerce industry news from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. P.S. If you ever have any feedback, let me know! Have a great week.

Brands and Retailers

  • PetsMart is buying Chewy.com for $3.35B in the largest ecommerce acquisition ever. Recode
  • Wal-Mart’s bargain bin ecommerce plan. Bloomberg
  • Pop-up stores shore up rough retail real estate market. Glossy
  • Burberry’s “see now, buy now” strategy is actually working. Fashionista
  • How online is transforming brick-and-mortar retail. New York Times
  • Ikea considering standalone restaurants. Fast Company
  • Primark plans biggest expansion in decades as chain’s sales soar. Bloomberg
  • Alibaba’s Jack Ma predicts decades of social upheaval as internet spreads its disruption. Fortune
  • Wal-Mart buys shoes.com domain for $9M. Retail Dive
  • At luxury stores it isn’t shopping, it’s an experience. Wall Street Journal
  • Macy’s new CEO plans to take on TJ Maxx. CNBC
  • Sears’ march toward bankruptcy: gradually then suddenly. Forbes
  • Bebe closing all stores. Forbes
  • Amazon adding 2,500 new jobs in New Jersey. Inc
  • Amidst backlash, Ivanka Trump clothing is relabeled as Adrienne Vittadini. Business of Fashion
  • Net-a-porter to launch Cartier’s Panthere watch exclusively. WWD

Marketing and Social Media

  • Insider #RevolveFestival, an influencer-filled weekend that dominated the Coachella party scene. Fashionista
  • These natural beauty brands are using big data to give skin care a makeover. Fast Company
  • Google sees another chance to get programmatic TV right. AdAge
  • Mark Zuckerberg outlines Facebook’s AR plans. AdAge
  • Teenage dream: How Urban Outfitters is navigating a rocky retail scene. Refinery 29
  • Victoria’s Secret and Nike rank among top brands for millennials. Bloomberg
  • Amazon launches ‘Subscribe with Amazon,’ a marketplace for digital subscriptions. Techcrunch
  • Meet the Muslim woman who inspired Nike to enter the hijab business. Fast Company
  • Athleta looks to lead market with new sustainability plan. Glossy
  • Madewell is ramping up its denim donation program after a blockbuster Earth Day. Fast Company

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Paypal signs new Android deal to speak up store checkout. Wall Street Journal
  • A robot-delivery startup helped write state laws that are locking out competition. Recode
  • Spotify is working on its own music hardware. The Verge
  • Amazon forms team to focus on driverless technology. Wall Street Journal
  • Facebook is working on a way to let you type with your brain. The Verge
  • Four ecommerce innovations that WalMart doesn’t own yet. Forbes
  • How in-home package delivery could save ecommerce. Fast Company


  • Amazon to launch a presence in Australia. Seattle Times
  • As Flipkart slips, Amazon tightens its grip on the Indian market. Quartz
  • Longchamp sets eyes on China. China Daily
  • Fans of China’s teen stars are crowdsourcing big ad buys to prove their devotion. AdAge
  • Here are six products you can expect to start moving to brick-and-mortar in India. Forbes

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