Weekly Industry Brief: 12.11.2017

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Wal-mart’s new name: it’s not just a store anymore. The Wall Street Journal
  • Why Home Depot is spending an extra $5.4B on stores and ecommerce in next three years. Fortune
  • Amazon’s impressive holiday seaons performance sends a message to retail giants. Forbes
  • A revived The Limited returns to plus sizes. Glossy
  • American Eagle Outfitters is finding strength beyond denim. MarketWatch
  • Sears gains after investor asks chain to consider going private. Business of Fashion
  • Lululemon Athletica pushes forward with ambitious goals for 2020. Motley Fool
  • How Amazon picks its seemingly random deals of the day. The Wall Street Journal
  • Surging online orders slow Walmart delivery network. The Business of Fashion
  • Designer makeup brands want you to buy more lipstick. Racked
  • How Kering Group is shaping the future of eco-friendly fashion. Departures
  • Shoppers need a reason to go to your store other than buying stuff. Harvard Business Review
  • Outdoor Voices opens permanent store in Los Angeles. Fashionista
  • Kylie Jenner is getting into the mobile pop-up retail game. Fashionista
  • Patagonia sues the Trump administration. Fashionista
  • Amazon’s beauty strategy is as elusive as ever. Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Nike’s new flagship store in New York will have floor exclusively for NikePlus members. Footwear News
  • How Timberland imagined a new shipping experience. The Robin Report
  • Instagram’s new story highlights save your disappearing videos forever. Wired
  • Pinterest launches Facebook Messenger bot. Venture Beat
  • Louis Vuitton turns to Facebook Bot to chat up customers online. Bloomberg
  • The 10 most watched ads on YouTube in 2017. AdWeek
  • Snapchat and Coach just debuted snapcodes embedded into holiday pins. AdWeek
  • Reddit now lets brands publish to subreddits, manage private messages through Sprinklr. MarTech Today
  • Why Visa spent a year developing a signature sound. The Wall Street Journal
  • How celebrities ruled the beauty industry in 2017. Fashionista
  • Netflix users collectively watched 1 Billion hours of content per week in 2017. TechCrunch

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • GM launches Marketplace for in-car shopping and reservations. TechCrunch
  • Target launches a mobile wallet in its Android and iOS apps. The Verge
  • Meet your new boss: an algorithm. The Wall Street Journal
  • Hilton unveils plans for its smart hotel room rollout in 2018. Skift
  • Apple Pay cash is coming for Venmo’s business. Slate
  • Digital voice assistants prove they are not just gimmicks. eMarketer
  • Apple acquires Shazam. TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon’s Australian launch brings excitement, dread and defiance. The New York Times
  • Alibaba tech underpins world’s most-interactive Starbucks. Alizila
  • Starbucks is opening a store in China every 15 hours. CNBC
  • L’oreal is confident China’s selfie revolution will be good for its business. CNBC
  • Ikea is preparing for the next 100 years in India. Quartz
  • Amazon Echo rolls out to 80 new markets. Venture Beat
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Weekly Industry Brief: 12.4.2017

Happy December! Hope your holiday season is off to a great start.  Here is a recap of news from the last week.  Headlines can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

My favorite, worth a watch: Blast from the past: Watch Jeff Bezos describe Amazon’s business in 1999. Geek Wire

[Special Section!] Holiday Shopping

  • Shoppers hit the mall but more often tapped their phones. The New York Times
  • Cyber Monday becomes largest online shopping day in US history. CNBC
  • Shoppers say they hate Christmas in October but stats show they don’t. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon devoured 55% of Black Friday online orders. RetailDive
  • Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV Stick outsold everything else on Amazon over Thanksgiving Weekend. Fortune
  • Black Friday weekend highlights from brick-and-mortar and online stores. Forbes

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon may have patented the next big thing in online shopping. Quartz
  • Everlane’s first-ever brick-and-mortar store takes radical transparency literally. Fast Company
  • Home Depot shares hit all-time high as housing momentum swells, company advances mobile initiatives. CNBC
  • Ikea goes to down with new focus on city stores. Reuters
  • Nike will close its flagship NYC store in Spring, new one coming in 2019. Fortune
  • Alphabet will fold Nest back into Google to take on Amazon. Seeking Alpha
  • There’s a good chance your favorite clothes are made by a company you’ve never heard of. Bloomberg
  • How the mall business can reinvent itself for the digital age. McKinsey
  • Fruit of the Loom tries on subscription underwear. Bloomberg
  • Are Calvin Klein’s Amazon pop-ups dissing department stores? RetailDive
  • Established beauty companies are now turning to Kim Kardashian for business advice. Fashionista
  • StitchFix defies odds, soars over 50% since lackluster debut. TechCrunch
  • CVS to buy Aetna for $69B in a deal that may reshape the health industry. The New York Times

Marketing and Social Media

  • YouTube’s new Stories-like feature could make it a more social environment. Business Insider
  • These are the most-searched handbags, shoes and sneakers of 2017. Fashionista
  • Facebook built a version of Messenger specifically for children. Recode
  • Anastasia makes Stories shoppable. L2 Inc
  • How millennial and generation Z women shop when they want to splurge. AdWeek
  • Facebook expands feature letting businesses build Messenger into their websites. The Verge
  • How email fell behind in the race to personalize digital shopping. The Wall Street Journal
  • Spotify wraps up 2017 by making humorous goals for 2018 using its data and artists. The Drum
  • How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions. TED
  • Why retailers are rethinking their holiday ad strategies and moving away from storytelling. AdWeek

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Inside Adidas’ robot-powered, on-demand sneaker factory. Wired
  • WeWork buys MeetUp, the service for bringing hobbyists together. The New York Times
  • eBay now lets you start shopping with a Google Assistant smart speaker and finish on your phone. Venture Beat
  • Predicting success in startup consumer brands. TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon reportedly mulls retail sales in Israel. Times of Israel
  • Wal-Mart already has a thriving online grocery business – in China. Bloomberg
  • Why Amazon orders in Mexico need cash and the corner store. Bloomberg