Weekly Industry Brief: 9.25.2017

Happy Fall!  Getting oh-so-close to the holidays… Here is your recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked texted after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

Marketing and Social Media

  • Facebook will target ads to people based on store visits, offline purchase, calls to businesses. Marketing Land
  • Halloween spending to reach record $9.1B. National Retail Federation
  • Rihanna’s Fenty line is a wake-up call for the retail industry. AdAge
  • Amazon now lets Hilton Honors members shop with points. TechCrunch
  • The Luxe Lab at Neiman Marcus signals a shift in focus for department stores. Glossy
  • Millennials are finally forming households: what it means for retailers. Forbes
  • Target is adding Pinterest’s visual search tool to its app and website. Techcrunch
  • H&M, Topshop and Forever 21 dominate fast-fashion social engagement. Retail Dive
  • Kate Spade, Man Repeller team up for leopard pop-up. WWD

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Ikea’s new app shows the practical promise of augmented reality. Wired
  • The amazing ways Burberry is using artificial intelligence and big data to drive success. Forbes
  • Google and Levi’s ‘connected’ jacket that lets you answer calls, use maps and more is going on sale. Techcrunch
  • An online sale site caters to independent watchmakers. New York Times
  • How data is changing the very model of the modern merchandiser. Glossy
  • Walmart partners with smart lock maker to test in-home delivery of packages and groceries. TechCrunch

International

  • American Eagle Outfitters expands to India. Seeking Alpha
  • China to extend transition phase for cross-border retail. Reuters
  • Amazon investment to help India retailer add 25% more stores. Bloomberg
  • Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple. TechCrunch
  • Why India and China may be the solution to the world’s fast fashion crisis. Forbes
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