Weekly Industry Brief: 1.29.2018

I’m back! Took a short hiatus from posting last week while enjoying a couple days off between jobs. New year, new job! I’m so excited to say I’m working on the future of ecommerce, which you can learn more about here and in this eMarketer report here.

Anyway, I’ll continue to post my weekly industry briefs.  As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Abercrombie Kids launches gender-neutral clothing line. Fashionista
  • Gucci is going gangbusters online, leaving Louis Vuitton in the dust.  Forbes
  • Zara unveils click-and-collect store in London.  Independent
  • LVMH posts record 2017 sales driven by fashion and leather goods.  Fashionista
  • What the Richemont-Yoox-Net-a-Porter deal means for online luxury retail.  Glossy
  • Amazon chooses 20 finalists for second headquarters.  The New York Times
  • At National Retail Federation trade show, technology was the star.  The New York Times
  • Apple plans new US campus.  Reuters
  • 52% of online apparel shoppers turn to Amazon.  Retail Dive
  • IBM aims to solve global shipping inefficiencies using blockchain.  Retail Dive
  • Amazon’s incredible 500K+ people power.  Wall Street Journal
  • Google gets into audiobooks as rivalry with Amazon heats up.  Reuters
  • WalMart makes a late entry to the ebooks market.  The New York Times
  • Airbnb doubles down on experiences with $5M investment.  Fast Company
  • How Domino’s transformed into an commence powerhouse whose product is pizza.  Forbes

Social Media + Marketing

  • Inside the revamp of Sephora’s influencer strategy.  Glossy
  • How Keihl’s is using text messages and AI to keep customers loyal.  Digiday
  • The follower factory: Inside social media’s black market.  The New York Times
  • Starbucks to debut credit card.  CNBC
  • DTC brands are using loyalty programs to dodge the sales promotion trap.  Glossy
  • How customers decide whether to buy from your website.  Harvard Business Review
  • Twitter unveils sponsored moments. TechCrunch
  • Instagram adds GIFs to stories.  AdAge
  • Annoyed by targeted ads? Google’s got you covered.  AdAge
  • Facebook has seen the future of online video and it’s vertical.  Campaign
  • Salesforce is making it easier to create stoppable posts on Instagram.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat to let users share stories outside its mobile app.  Business of Fashion
  • Twitter working on Snapchat-style tool for video sharing.  Business of Fashion
  • Abercrombie and Fitch might actually be pulling off its comeback.  Glossy

Start-up + Emerging Tech

  • Nike to release PlayStation sneaker that vibrates on your feet.  Business of Fashion
  • Depop raises $20M to expand in the US.  Fashionista
  • How Nike used algorithms to design its latest shoe.  Wired
  • Six ways new technology with revolutionize shopping.  Wired
  • Stitch Fix CEO predicts AI’s impact on fashion.  Digiday
  • Bill Gates made these 15 predictions in 1999 and they are crazy accurate.  Business Insider
  • How to win founders and influence everybody.  Wired


  • JD.com planning US-based logistics. Retail Dive
  • Tmall to hold China Day during New York Fashion Week. Jing Daily
  • Chinese and Indian consumers want different things from luxury.  Jing Daily
  • Buzzfeed will get a taste of the Chinese market in deal with local media giant.  AdAge



Weekly Industry Brief: 1.16.2018

Here is some of the industry’s news over the last week. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Lands’ End plans to open 40-50 brick-and-mortar stores over the next five years. Women’s Wear Daily
  • Target’s plan to pump $7B into its stores really paid off over the holidays. Fortune
  • Target plans private-label denim line. Women’s Wear Daily
  • As Amazon and Walmart duke it out, niche retail can thrive. Fast Company
  • Wal-Mart raises US hourly wage to $11 in wake of tax overhaul. Bloomberg
  • With Nyden, H&M tests a brand designed to attract millennials. Glossy
  • A tough agenda faces Neman Marcus’ new CEO. Forbes
  • Yoox Net-a-Porter group’s sales hit yet another milestone in 2017. Fashionista
  • Why Nike sees social responsibility as an opportunity to innovate. Fast Company
  • Supreme Court could rule whether e-retailers pay state sales tax. Retail Dive
  • New Look working with Deloitte on store closure plan. Telegraph
  • Beauty’s future will be more about technology, quality, formulation and individualization. CNBC
  • Department stores’ deepest woes remain in spite of upbeat holiday sales. CNBC
  • Get to know commodity, the gender-neutral beauty company taking Sephora by storm. Fashionista
  • If retailers want to compete with Amazon, they should use their tax savings to raise wages. Harvard Business Review

Marketing and Social Media

  • Ad buyers prefer Instagram to Snapchat. Fast Company
  • Facebook to change algorithm to favor posts from family and friends. AdAge
  • CVS vows to stop altering beauty images in its marketing. Wall Street Journal
  • Gimlet Media is one step closer to becoming the HBO of audio. Fast Company
  • America’s love-hate relationship with social media, quantified. Recode
  • Digital-only magazine covers are bringing media brands into the digital age. Fashionista

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Try-at-home gets a tech update with sensor suits. Glossy
  • Apple is the only place you can buy Colgate’s new artificially intelligent toothbrush. Business Insider
  • Kroger and rivals in talks to buy wholesales startup Boxed for up to $500M. Forbes
  • Peloton wants to strike gold again with a $4K connected treadmill. Fast Company
  • Lenovo Mirage Solo is Google’s bet on the future of VR. CNN
  • Pay by fingerprint? Visa’s new card marks it possible. Fast Company
  • Bots are about to get better at customer support than humans. Wired
  • Amazon’s Alexa could start giving out opinions. Retail Dive


  • How ASOS became a top beauty retailer in the UK. Glossy
  • Apple and Tencent reach deal to let WeChat users dole out tips. Wall Street Journal
  • Sales of lipsticks for kids grew six-fold last year in South Korea. Quartz

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.8.2018

Happy New Year! Very excited to be kicking off a new year.  Regardless of your opinion on resolutions, I think it’s a good time to reflect, reset, and restart.  In the meantime, catch up on some industry news from the last few weeks.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Outfoxed by small-batch upstarts, Unilever decides to imitate them. The Wall Street Journal
  • This bustling mall has a hole to fill – just not with stores. Bloomberg
  • Amazon puzzles over the perfect fit for boxes. The Wall Street Journal
  • WalMart is testing personal shopping and cashier-free stores. Fortune
  • The state of the world consumer in 2018. The Robin Report
  • Nike remains challenged in the US. Business of Fashion
  • Nike to partner with StichFix and expand with Amazon. Retail Dive
  • Here is what retailers have to prove in 2018. Fortune
  • In 2018, Amazon will turn to private-label goods. Digiday
  • Fast-fashion chain Primark is slow off the mark in US. The Wall Street Journal
  • The Echo Dot was the best-selling product on all of Amazon this holiday season. TechCrunch
  • Apple led holiday device activations, but Samsung gained ground. VentureBeat
  • Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt steps aside. Mashable
  • Amazon grabbed 4% of all US retail sales in 2017. CNBC
  • Quicksilver is merging with Billabong. CNN

Marketing and Social Media

  • Turning physical stores into living advertorials. Business of Fashion
  • Amazon shipped over 5 billion items with Prime in 2017. TechCrunch
  • Instagram will add recommended posts to your feed. TechCrunch
  • Snapchat considers making users sit through three seconds of ads. AdAge
  • From vegan diet to flat Earth, Kyrie Irving’s insane new Nike ad packs in a lot. AdWeek
  • Sears and Kmart stopped buying national TV ads in holiday season. The Wall Street Journal
  • Four ways social media influences millennials’ purchasing decisions. Forbes
  • Walmart is investing in shopper data: how that will change the grocery aisle. Forbes
  • Amazon has big plans for Alexa ads in 2018. CNBC

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon’s smart mirror patent teases the future of fashion. CNN
  • The future of secure authentication is your voice. Fortune
  • Subscription businesses are booming; here’s how to value them. Harvard Business Review
  • Digitally native brands are investing in, and changing, the store. Glossy
  • Spotify makes confidential filling for U.S. IPO. Reuters
  • Why beauty brands keep investing in chatbots, despite growing pains. Glossy
  • Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is looking into how it can use cryptocurrency. Business Insider


  • Amazon to unveil private label smartphone in India. Economic Times
  • Saint Laurent launches on JD.com luxury platform, Toplife. Business of Fashion
  • Prada unveils mobile-first ecommerce shop in China. Women’s Wear Daily
  • Regional Hong Kong malls attract Goldman Sachs, Puma. Business of Fashion
  • Who influences the influencers? The Chinese tastemakers you don’t know.  Jing Daily
  • JD.com planning hundreds of unmanned stores. Retail Dive
  • TopShop opens first China store. JingDaily
  • Dubai billionaire’s tech startup takes on Amazon. Wall Street Journal
  • Google plans to open brick-and-mortar stores in India to shore up sales of Pixel smartphones. India Times
  • Online holiday shopping’s big hangover. The New York Times
  • Customer service sucks in Latin America. Amazon may change that.  Bloomberg