Weekly Industry Brief: 5.15.2017

Here is a recap of retail and ecommerce industry news from the last week that I put together for you.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Cheers and have a fab week.

Brands and Retailers

  • LVMH’s and the next big digital shopping experience. New York Times
  • Toys R Us gets serious about ecommerce. USA Today
  • Target gets into next-day delivery with new service. SmartBrief
  • 22 companies defying the retail meltdown by opening hundreds of new stores. Business Insider
  • Macy’s may shut down even more stores. Business Insider
  • As department stores close, Stitchfix expands online. New York Times
  • Here’s how Under Armour is helping Kohl’s become an ‘active and wellness’ retailer. CNBC
  • LL Bean to try smaller format store. Boston Globe
  • Europe’s fashion brands expand in the US, even as American stores close doors. Wall Street Journal
  • J.C. Penney CEO is pessimistic that its core business will grow any time soon. Bloomberg
  • Target’s new online strategy: less is more. Wall Street Journal
  • Is Michael Kors moving on to Jimmy Choo? WWD
  • Dean & Deluca reels in former Ralph Lauren President. WWD
  • eCommerce is paying off for middle-market retailers. WWD
  • Jet.com brings grocery concept to New York. CNBC
  • Reformation’s fight against toxic denim. Apparel News
  • Amazon places a bigger bet on furniture. Fortune
  • Target quietly raised its free shipping minimum from $25 to $35. Fortune
  • Gillette is taking aim back at the Shave Club model. PSFK
  • Anna Sui is teaming up with Macy’s for a capsule collection. Fashionista

Marketing and Social Media

  • With MikMak’s latest move, brands can expedite path to purchase on Instagram and Snapchat. Forbes
  • Gap found real people, not models, for its Summer ads celebrating American diversity. Ad Week
  • Diageo and Amazon partner to ‘close the circle; between content and sales. Marketing Week
  • Google Search will now help you find nearby events. TechCrunch
  • Talking to the mad genius behind TopShop’s WTF jeans. Elle
  • Why there’s no yoga in Lululemon’s global campaign. AdAge
  • Snapchat rolls out a trio of new ad products using its lenses and geo-filters. TechCrunch
  • Comcast is getting close to offering internet TV service. Fortune
  • American shoppers are really, really looking for brand honesty right now. Fashionista

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • This start-up is the Airbnb of warehouses and has its sights on Amazon. Bloomberg
  • Outdoor Voices and Glossier are cleaning up by making fashion inclusive. TechCrunch
  • Draper James breaks into the wholesale market with Nordstrom partnership. Glossy
  • Why Apple Pay is poised to beat PayPal in the luxury fashion space. Glossy
  • Amazon to control 70% of the voice-controlled speaker market this year. TechCrunch
  • Apple invests $200M in gorilla glass-maker Corning. Bloomberg


  • Flipkart makes $1B informal offer for Snapdeal. LiveMint
  • Amazon, Flipkart not alone. Even offline retailers in India are offering huge discounts. Economic Times
  • A new retail era is unfolding in the Middle East. WWD
  • Xiaomi puts the focus on India with plans to open 100 retail stores. TechCrunch
  • Cuba to open first luxury mall. Houston Chronical



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