WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.26.2018

Hi friends! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon has considered buying some Toys ‘R’ Us stores.  Bloomberg
  • WalMart’s ecommerce CEO explains why its many acquisitions will help it reach millennials.  AdWeek
  • WalMart to start selling cars at 250 stores.  AdAge
  • Everlane launches underwear basics.  Fast Company
  • Billionaire CEO wants to launch GoFundMe to buy Toys R Us.  The Washington Post
  • Best Buy to stop selling Huawei.  CNet
  • Ulta, Gap, Target and more: these retailers are still opening stores in 2018.  CNBC
  • Sephora is capitalizing on limited edition by commissioning exclusive products from brands.  Glossy
  • Nordstrom to partner with sneaker marketplace Stadium Goods at its stand-alone men’s store.  CNBC
  • Gap Inc. pledges to conserve 10B liters of water by 2020.  Fashionista
  • Chanel Beauty is expanding distribution in an effort to talk directly to customers.  Glossy
  • How retailers are defending their reason for existing in the Amazon age.  Glossy
  • New Look to close 60 stores.  Telegraph
  • Amazon just passed Alphabet to become the world’s second most valuable company.  CNBC
  • FedEx to add 500 new locations in Walmart stores in two years.  Business Insider
  • Everlane’s five tactics for winning at physical retail.  Business of Fashion

Marketing and Social Media

  • Facebook and Google face emboldened antagonists: big advertisers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Rivals chip away at Google’s and Facebook’s US digital ad dominance.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Instagram tweaks its feed to show newer posts first again.  Fortune
  • Home Depot expands partnership with Pinterest.  Retail Dive
  • Sonos is yanking its Facebook ads in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.  Fast Company
  • As Instagram Shopping goes global, brands look to optimize mobile commerce strategies.  Glossy
  • Elon Musk just deleted the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX.  Fast Company
  • Facebook debuted 3 new ad products for retailers at ShopTalk.  AdWeek
  • YouTube just become the top grossing iPhone app of the first time.  TechCrunch
  • Glossier’s customer obsession is about stirring up conversation.  RetailDive
  • Hulu has started to address advertisers’ inventory frustration.  Digiday
  • YouTube to increase ad inventory.  The Verge
  • Snapchat launches Map Explore feature to highlight breaking news.  The Verge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon has patented a drone that reacts to people shouting and waving at it.  USA Today
  • Salesforce is buying MuleSoft at enterprise value of $6.5B.  TechCrunch
  • This sneaker startup’s explosive growth comes from creative partnerships.  Fast Company
  • Dropbox pops in IPO.  CNN Money
  • Google may acquire light-field tech company Lytro for VR/AR.  CNet
  • Cheddar raises $22M for international expansion.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WalMart’s future could include drone assistants and smart cars.  Engadget
  • Tech’s next big wave: big data meets biology.  Fortune

International

  • India’s commerce market is exploding. Quartz
  • Uber exiting Southeast Asia.  TechCrunch
  • How to chase the next half-billion internet addicts in China.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Alibaba is doubling down on Southeast Asia as its rivals are moving in.  Quartz
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WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.19.2018

Here is your weekly scan of industry news to keep you relevant in your meetings.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Cheers!

Brands and Retailers

  • How Adidas is using apps to fuel its commerce ambitions.  Digiday
  • A Manhattan landlord connects with online retail upstarts.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Warby Parker raises $75M.  New York Times
  • Toy makers stare at $11B hole with death of Toys R Us. The Wall Street Journal
  • Linkedin’s $27B challenge: get people to use it more.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Tinder owner Match is suing Bumble over patents.  TechCrunch
  • Retail’s middle ground is a dangerous place.  Bloomberg
  • Blue Apron will start selling its meal kits in stores.  TechCrunch
  • L’oreal enters next phase of digital evolution strategy with acquisition of ModiFace.  Glossy
  • Why data is the most important currency used in commerce today.  Forbes
  • Glossier CEO: Brands of the future will be co-created.  CNN Money
  • Nike president to leave as company reviews improper conduct.  AdAge
  • Chanel’s beauty line is coming to Ulta.  Racked
  • Claire’s files for bankruptcy.  New York Times 

Marketing and Social Media

  • Uncovering Instagram bots with a new kind of detective work. New York Times
  • Google makes new push to turn retailers’ product searches into cash.  CNBC
  • Pinterest expands shopping ads for retailers.  AdAge
  • Rivals chip away at Google’s and Facebook’s U.S. digital ad dominance.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Twitter is working on a camera-first feature that could threaten Snap.  CNBC
  • Amazon preps new attribution tools and courts ad buyers.  Digiday
  • Macy’s launches TV and Instagram in push for women.  AdWeek
  • Adidas designed the silhouette of its latest show with Instagram in mind.  Quartz
  • How a beauty brand raised an army of 30,000 political activists.  Fast Company
  • Rihanna tells fans to throw Snapchat away; shares fall.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Leaked Amazon figures show TV drives millions of Prime signups.  Engadget
  • How Fitbit is trying to reboot its smartwatch effort to appeal to more women.  Fortune
  • The Urban Outfitters guide to winning social media.  Glossy

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Zara to lure millennials with augmented reality displays.  Reuters
  • Outdoor Voices raises $34M in latest funding round.  CNBC
  • Say hello to Cora, the new flying taxi from a secretive startup funded by Google’s Larry Page.  Fortune
  • The Skimm raises $12M for its newsletter.  TechCrunch
  • LL Bean cancels Internet of Things project.  The Wall Street Journal
  • VW just gave Tesla a $25B battery shock.  Bloomberg
  • Made.com raises $56M.  TechCrunch

International

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.12.2018

Happy Monday! Here is the industry news round-up from the last week. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Walmart is about to open a technology research center in Plano’s Granite Park.  Dallas News 
  • Nordstrom will start selling Anthropologie home products.  Architectural Digest
  • Sizzling Aerie brand lifts American Eagle.  Seeking Alpha
  • Abercombie’s flagship brand is bouncing back.  Bloomberg
  • L’oreal launches men’s brand with David Beckham.  Bloomberg
  • Blue Apron stock suffers as Weight Watchers gets into meal kits.  TechCrunch
  • Tommy Hilfiger’s bet on instant gratification is paying off.  Business of Fashion
  • At Target, it’s the year of acceleration.  Retail Dive
  • Zara turns to robots as in-store pickups surge. The Wall Street Journal
  • Abercrombie to close 60 more stores.  CNBC
  • Why the toy industry would suffer if Toys ‘R’ Us disappears.  Fortune
  • Netflix eyeing total of about 700 original series in 2018.  Variety

Marketing and Social Media

  • The company that’s taking stoppable video seriously – and driving results.  AdWeek
  • Branded podcasts are the ads people actually want to listen to.  Fast Company
  • Lorde and other US musicians can now start posting on Google.  TechCrunch
  • Google promises publishers an alternative to AMP.  TechCrunch
  • Decoding Chanel’s Gen-Z strategy.  Business of Fashion
  • Twitter might verify everybody to stop bots and fake news.  Fast Company
  • Google is selling off Zagat to restaurant review site The Infatuation.  The Verge
  • The big potential of micro-influencers.  Women’s Wear Daily
  • Facebook’s new tool allows travel brands to shape vacationers’ plans from the start. AdWeek
  • Netflix to introduce mobile previews with vertical video in April.  Variety
  • Snap is reportedly laying off around 100 employees.  TechCrunch
  • 74% of Facebook users visit the site daily and 51% go several times a day.  Marketing Land 
  • Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook has signed a deal to stream 25 afternoon MLB games.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat’s tagging test could help brands and influencers build their follower numbers.  MarketingLand

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Nordstrom snaps up tech startups to fuel mobile shopping.  Retail Dive
  • Bose is carving out $50M for startups using its new audio-focused AR tech.  TechCrunch
  • Dropbox announces deeper integration with Salesforce ahead of IPO.  TechCrunch
  • Boxed reportedly rejected $400M buyout offer from Kroger. TechCrunch
  • Amazon adds photo confirmation for deliveries.  Retail Dive
  • Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Joe Tsai invest $20M in Rent the Runway.  TechCrunch
  • Now you can have a conversation with Alexa without screaming “Hey, Alexa” for every request.  TechCrunch
  • How L’oreal is using tech to make thousands of custom skin shades.  AdWeek
  • Why Blockchain will survive even if Bitcoin doesn’t.  Wall Street Journal
  • Brands are finally embracing augmented reality, but not without speed bumps.  AdWeek
  • DVF is bringing customization and VR to its flagship store.  Glossy
  • The men’s alternative to Rent the Runway is plotting a $30M expansion to make weddings and job interviews way easier.  Business Insider
  • ASOS’s visual search tool is now available to all of its shoppers.  Engadget

International

  • Zara to launch New Zealand online store in March.  Business Day
  • Amazon to enter Vietnam in challenge to Alibaba.  Nikkei Asian Review
  • Amazon to expand in India by adding original regional content.  Nasdaq

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.5.2018

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon wants to make it easier to shop its website without a credit card.  CNBC
  • Best Buy overcomes Amazon threat with best Christmas since 2003.  Bloomberg
  • StitchFix looks to diversify product set with push into intimate apparel.  Glossy
  • How Levi Strauss reinvented the way it makes jeans.  Fortune
  • Gap jumps as Old Navy strength fuels optimism for rebound.  Bloomberg
  • Adidas sales rose 15 to 20 percent in 2017.  Business of Fashion
  • L Brands beats forecasts.  Business of Fashion
  • AllBirds is selling a limited-edition shoe exclusively on Instagram.  Glossy
  • Kohl’s sees growth in sales.  Business of Fashion
  • Amazon will soon stop selling all Nest products.  The Verge
  • WalMart’s apparel push is just beginning.  Retail Dive
  • eBay launches “Under $10” storefront to join Amazon in battle with Wish.  TechCrunch
  • Solving for the last mile is retail’s next big disruption.  Retail Dive
  • Target to spend $250M to remodel Twin Cities stores.  Star Tribune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Publishers get a boost from Twitter video.  Digiday
  • Twitter tests integration with outside ad buying platforms.  AdAge
  • Snapchat takes a flexible approach to how advertising is sold in its shows.  Digiday
  • Buzzfeed launches Tasty-branded kitchenware to be sold at WalMart.  Fast Company
  • The 18-through-24 age group continues to be drawn to Snapchat and Instagram.  AdWeek
  • Instagram code reveals unreleased voice and video calling.  TechCrunch
  • YouTube ‘stories’ feature lets creators swap out backgrounds without a green screen.  9to5Google
  • P&G sees better attitude among digital players but still cuts spend.  AdAge
  • NRA boycott shows why brand values are a vital marketing strategy.  Fast Company
  • These seven traditional retailers are cashing in on the subscription box craze. CNBC
  • Why Lacoste replaced its signature alligator for its new polo shirts.  Entrepreneur
  • The Glossier machine kicks into action to sell its new product.  Racked
  • Google Search now available in iMessage.  TechCrunch
  • Google is selling off Zagat.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon acquires Ring, maker of video doorbells.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Spotify’s IPO is not like other IPOs.  CNN
  • DoorDash raises $535M, now valued at $1.4B.  TechCrunch
  • ClassPass introduces more flexible booking.  Fast Company
  • Uber is driving patients to their doctors in big grab for medical transit market.  The Verge
  • Voice shopping sales could reach $40B by 2022.  USA Today

International

  • Zalando to enter two new markets in Europe.  Reuters
  • China is turning Ethiopia into a giant fast-fashion factory.  Bloomberg
  • Livestreams and trunk shows could be China’s next big wave in luxury.  Jing Daily
  • Amazon has French grocery stores in its sights, too.  Quartz
  • Xiaomi might finally sell its smartphones stateside this year.  Fast Company