WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.16.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Nordstrom opening a New York store as other retailers close theirs.  The New York Times
  • H&M announces Moschino collaboration.  Vogue
  • Amazon expands Prime Wardrobe.  RetailDive
  • What beauty players can teach the consumer sector about digital disruption.  McKinsey
  • Toys ‘R’ Us gets 11th hour bid from Little Tikes’ Larian.  Bloomberg
  • Levi’s CFO turns to robots to help keep the books.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Gap follows J.Crew in giving up on the bridal-wear industry.  Bloomberg
  • At Lands’ End, gone are the stilettos and trendy clothes that didn’t fit the brand’s customers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple’s business is now being powered with clean energy.  Bloomberg
  • Domino’s will now delivery to 150,000 parks, pools and other non-traditional locations.  TechCrunch
  • Why Sephora merged its digital and physical retail teams into one department.  Glossy
  • Estee Lauder adds two women CEOs to its board as it nears gender parity.  Fortune
  • Walmart recruits Postdates to help grocery delivery push.  Fortune
  • The retail industry is focusing on customer experience and convenience to win in ecommerce.  AdWeek
  • Netflix stock skyrockets on yet another subscriber growth spurt.  Fast Company
  • Target brings same-day delivery of in-store purchases to five cities.  Engadget
  • T-Mobile fined $40M by FTC for inserting fake ring tones.  Fast Company
  • Sears to close more stores.  Business Insider

Marketing and Social Media

  • Netflix may spend $300M to buy a billboard company.  AdWeek
  • Hermes plays a hipster tune.  The New York Times
  • Go young, go digital: Gucci and Louis Vuitton have similarly successful playbooks.  Glossy
  • HighSnobiety experiments with a multimedia vertical stories format.  Digiday
  • Bumble ditches Facebook login requirement.  Fortune
  • Women use their phones for way more than just communicating.  AdWeek
  • Pandora vs. Spotify: ad tech streams into audio.  AdAge
  • Snap is testing commerce with Snapchat Discover publishers.  Digiday
  • Abercrombie & Fitch is digging into its archives to gain ground with Gen Z.  Glossy
  • How a teen and Wendy’s proved that social superfine work.  Digiday

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • LVMH backs luxury startups.  Reuters
  • Colgate unveils smart toothbrush.  The Wall Street Journal
  • General Assembly sells to Adecco for $413M.  TechCrunch
  • The RealReal hunts for more funding amid IPO buzz.  RetailDive
  • Startup subscription service Billie raises $6M.  RetailDive
  • Adobe acquires voice interface platform Sayspring.  TechCrunch
  • US early-stage investment share shrinks as China surges.  TechCrunch
  • Google’s new VR tours let you experience imperiled cultural sites around the world.  Fast Company
  • How JetBlue is defining the future of travel and hospitality through JetBlue Technology Ventures.  Fast Company

International

  • Saudi Arabia just had its first Fashion Week.  The New York Times
  • Gap to open 3-4 new stores in India this year.  Economic Times
  • Alibaba is the latest Chinese internet giant to test self-driving cars.  Engadget
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WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.10.2018

Happy TUESDAY! Start your day with some industry news. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Spotify’s Wall Street debut is a success.  The New York Times
  • Why the QVC model still works for beauty brands.  Glossy
  • ASOS has ambitions for big expansion.  The Guardian
  • Designer brands are joining the direct-to-consumer fray.  Glossy
  • Nine West may be heading for bankruptcy.  Fast Company
  • Cult men’s brief brand Tommy John just launched a line of women’s undies.  Fast Company
  • Warehouses are now worth more than offices, thanks to Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • Resale is expected to be bigger than fast fashion within 10 years.  Fashionista
  • How InStyle is cashing in on beauty ecommerce.  Glossy
  • Some Amazon Key features including keyless entry, go nationwide.  CNet
  • Amazon now sells more than 70 of its own private-label brands.  Recode
  • Anthropologie CEO leaving this month.  WWD
  • Nine West files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  USA Today
  • Nordstrom opening a New York store as other retailers close theirs.  New York Times 
  • Amazon spent nearly $23B on R&D last year – more than any other U.S. company.  Recode
  • Paypal rolling out banking products.  TechCrunch

Marketing and Social Media

  • Google and Target issue first voice-activated coupon.  AdWeek
  • Bricks and clicks: How Instagram is changing physical retail.  Forbes
  • Amazon could lead in search ad business by 2020.  Mediapost
  • How Tumi is using AI in marketing campaigns, online and in stores.  Glossy
  • Polyvore acquired by global fashion platform SSENSE.  Fashionista
  • Snapchat cashes Houseparty group video chat app.  Adage
  • Adobe releases State of Digital Advertising 2018 research. Forbes
  • More targeted ads are coming to your TV.  AdWeek
  • Facebook really wants people to use Stories.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Tradesy acquired a closet service to compete with The RealReal.  Glossy
  • Virtual reality, now with the sense of touch.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart in takeover talks with pharmacy startup.  Bloomberg
  • Postdates launching pickup feature.  TechCrunch
  • 2.1B consumers will use mobile payments by 2019.  RetailDive
  • How Mobike’s founder turned a crazy idea into a $3B startup.  Bloomberg
  • Instacart raises another $150M.  TechCrunch
  • Alibaba is becoming a major investor in facial recognition technology.  Quartz

International

  • ShopShops aims at Chinese consumers via live streaming.  The Wall Street Journal
  • In China, the sharing economy stretches to fashion for millennials.  SCMP
  • These seven international retailers want to make a splash in the US.  CNBC
  • Tencent shows off their vision for the future of unmanned retail.  Jing Daily
  • Southeast Asia fashion startup Zilingo continues meteoric rise with $54M Series C  TechCrunch
  • Hong Kong money to help online fashion disrupter Moda Operandi break into the Asian market.  SCMP
  • Taco Bell plans explosive Australian growth as sales jump.  AdAge

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.2.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • AdoreMe to expand brick-and-mortar presence in challenge to Victoria’s Secret.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Bobbi Brown is ready to slay the wellness industry.  The New York Times
  • eBay Fashion aims to reposition in the face of competition.  Glossy
  • Here is who is winning the retail race, and it’s not inside the mall.  CNBC
  • H&M has a problem: $4.3B in unsold clothes.  The New York Times
  • Kohl’s bets on smaller stores to fuel its growth.  CNBC
  • Walmart may be acquiring health insurer Humana.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon may launch a bank account aimed at teens.  TechCrunch
  • Bumble is suing Match Group for $400M for fraudulently obtaining trade secrets.  TechCrunch
  • Rite Aid bid for Albertsons wins U.S. approval.  Bloomberg
  • The Sephora effect: How the retailer wields its power to boost new beauty brands.  Glossy
  • Ikea’s plan to leave the big blue box store behind.  Fast Company
  • Apple insists the iPhone is built in the U.S.  Recode
  • Lululemon stretches its digital marketing wings.  AdAge
  • Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren betting on denim revival.  Business of Fashion
  • Saks, Lord & Taylor report data breach affecting 5 million cards.   CNN Money
  • Toys ‘R’ Us shuts down web operations.  Fortune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Snapchat tests ‘Connected Apps’ as people choose to delete Facebook.  Mashable
  • As fallout from Cambridge Analytica hits Facebook, marketers shrug.  AdAge
  • Warby Parker and Arby’s team up to create WArby’s this April Fools’ Day.  AdWeek
  • IoT devices could be the next customer data frontier.  TechCrunch
  • LinkedIn is introducing auto-playing video ads.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook will cut off access to third party data for ad targeting.  TechCrunch
  • The number of OTT-only U.S. homes has tripled over the last five years.  AdWeek
  • Waze officially launches its ad program for small businesses.  TechCrunch
  • Instagram GIFs are back to Stories with stricter moderation.  The Verge
  • Facebook is investing $1B in small-business initiatives this year.  Inc
  • Amazon Spark is not taking off with brands, agencies.  Digiday
  • Influencers are getting long-term contracts that treat them more like traditional talent.  Digiday
  • The six new companies in the Twitter official partner program.  AdWeek
  • Social commerce is here, but is it ready for the mainstream consumer? AdWeek
  • Publicis Media launches global commerce practice.  AdWeek
  • TV’s share of ad spend expected to continue its decline this year.  AdWeek
  • Adobe announces it’s helping companies track people across devices to result in better ad quality.  Time
  • Shorter, skip-able ads coming to YouTube.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Google Home drops prices.  Forbes
  • Nike acquires customer data analytics company Zodiac.  MarketWatch
  • A new wave of beauty apps is coming for your skin-care routine.  Fashionista
  • Why Walmart is testing robots in its stores.  Fortune
  • How Shyp sunk: the rise and fall of an on-demand startup.  Fast Company
  • Goop raises $50M in series C round.  TechCrunch
  • New Apple Watch is coming this fall with larger displays, analyst says.  Fast Company

International

  • Farfetched CEO on the Chinese partners catapulting them ahead.  Jing Daily
  • Alibaba bets big on local delivery in a $9.5B deal.  Fortune
  • Alipay tempts Europe’s retailers with Chinese tourists’ massive spending power.  Quartz
  • Alibaba’s auto vending machine.  L2 Inc