Weekly Industry Brief: 11.6.2017

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of industry news over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Old Navy launches kids’ ‘Super Boxes’ subscription service. WWD
  • Amazon discounts other sellers’ products as retail competition stiffens. CNBC
  • Ann Taylor launches subscription rental program. Glossy
  • Burberry’s Christopher Bailey to leave before 2019. Bloomberg
  • Century 21 launches boutique minded shop-in-shop. The New York Times
  • Target store staff can now create online orders for customers when local merchandise is unavailable. TechCrunch
  • Ralph Lauren’s retreat from discounting helps bolster profit. Bloomberg
  • Starbucks sells Tazo tea brand to Unilever. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon to end fresh grocery delivery service in some areas. Reuters
  • Glossier, Stitch Fix among the most disruptive companies. Retail Dive
  • Macy’s opens ‘digital playground’ at Herald Square. Retail Dive
  • Clique Media Group becomes bona fide fashion brand. Fast Company
  • Uniqlo founder thinks US needs fewer malls and more of his stores. The Wall Street Journal
  • Sears, Kmart to close more stores in 2018. USA Today

Marketing and Social Media

  • Kylie cosmetics will host pop-up shops at Topshops this holiday season. Fashionista
  • Inside the influencer prom that was the Revolve Awards. Fashionista
  • Conde Nast to shutter print edition of Teen Vogue. Fashionista
  • Ben & Jerry’s created a Facebook AR filter. AdWeek
  • Instagram is expanding shoppable photos to thousands of merchants. The Verge
  • The best rewards programs give you more than points. Racked
  • REI thinks you have better things to do than shop on Black Friday. Washington Post
  • Dolce & Gabbana is now in the pasta business. Bloomberg
  • Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status hit 300M users, nearly 2X Snapchat. TechCrunch
  • Target offers free shipping on holiday orders. Business of Fashion

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Microsoft thinks they can make holograms the future of retail. Wired
  • Square launches a point-of-sale payment system aimed at larger businesses. AdWeek
  • Amazon adds AR shopping feature to its iOS app. TechCrunch
  • Quip raises $10M for electric toothbrushes. TechCrunch
  • Here’s how much consumers will use voice technology in the near future. AdWeek
  • Snap acquires Metamarkets to step up its ad tech play. TechCrunch
  • Blue Apron shares trade down after disappointing earnings. TechCrunch


  • Alibaba profit rises on targeted use of consumer data. The Wall Street Journal
  • Google has a new plan for China – and it’s not about search. Bloomberg
  • Ikea to hire hundreds of local women for first India store. Economic Times
  • How Alibaba makes Singles’ Day appealing to luxury brands. Glossy
  • Canada’s Indigo Books plans first US store. The Star
  • Estee Lauder gains after Chinese expansions helps lift forecast. Bloomberg
  • Apple’s revenues are growing again in China. TechCrunch

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