Weekly Industry Brief: 10.23.2017

Here is a recap of news in the retail and ecommerce industry from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Venmo users can now shop online anywhere PayPal is accepted in the US. TechCrunch
  • Amazon and big apartment landlords strike deals on package delivery. The Wall Street Journal
  • Wal-Mart courts Lord & Taylor for online challenge to Amazon. The Wall Street Journal
  • Where internet orders mean real jobs, and a new life for communities. The New York Times
  • ASOS proves fast fashion isn’t cheap, sees huge growth ahead. Retail Dive
  • Target unveils climate change program. Retail Dive
  • Amazon adds apparel, shoes to ‘handcrafted’ shop. Women’s Wear Daily
  • Proenza Schouler debuts new site, powered by Farfetch. Glossy
  • ASOS’s product strategy: 5,000 new styles a week, more in-house designs. Glossy
  • How retailers use personalized prices to test what you’re willing to pay. Harvard Business Review
  • Amazon gets 238 proposals across North American for HQ2. AdAge
  • Under Armour debuts subscription service. AdAge
  • Jet.com launches its own private brand to woo millennials. Fortune
  • Target is keeping it simple for holiday season sales. Fortune
  • Tommy Hilfiger has designed a fashion line for people with disabilities. Fortune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Arianna Huffington’s new app lets you humblebrag about turning your phone off. The Verge
  • Revolve is hosting its own awards show next month. Fashionista
  • Nike is using its new digital studio to build a community of sneakerheads. TechCrunch
  • Facebook is taking aim at LinkedIn again by testing a resume feature. AdWeek
  • Vogue, Vice will team up in bid to win ad dollars. Variety
  • How BFF marketing became the MO for women’s direct to consumer brands. The Business of Fashion
  • This year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas Book gifts are on a different level. Fortune
  • Abercrombie and Fitch draws on legacy for new look. Business of Fashion
  • Facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for instant articles. TechCrunch
  • Rent the Runway’s national campaign wants you to convert your closet into anything you want. AdWeek
  • Snap hit with more layoffs, plans to slow hiring in 2018. Business Insider

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Stitch Fix files for IPO. Business of Fashion
  • Walmart sees a shopping future filled with AR, AI and chatbots. CNet
  • L’oreal to partner with Paris-based beauty start-ups. Business of Fashion
  • Intel and Amazon partner on voice recognition technology. Engadget
  • Amazon to open visually focused AI research hub in Germany. TechCrunch
  • ‘Pay with Google’ goes live. Techcrunch
  • Walmart’s Store No. 8 showcases the future of VR. Retail Dive

International

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