Weekly Industry Brief: 6.26.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Chanel publishes annual results for the first time in 108 years.  Business of Fashion
  • States can collect sales taxes from online retailers.  Business of Fashion
  • Kroger’s new approach to stocking shelves is boosting earnings.  The Wall Street Journal
  • AT&T launches a new streaming service for $15 a month.  Fortune
  • A Kmart store opens inside a Sears store in Brooklyn. CNBC
  • CVS adds home delivery with help from Post Office.  The Wall Street Journal
  • AT&T launches a new streaming service for $15 a month.  Fortune
  • Molson-Coors may be getting into the marijuana business.  Fortune
  • Ex Amazon executive tapped to run luxury store Bergdorf Goodman.  Business of Fashion 
  • Subscription box market fights fatigue.  AdAge

Marketing and Social Media

  • YouTube introduces channel memberships, merchandise and premieres.  TechCrunch
  • Aerie rapidly gaining market share off social media and ‘more authentic’ women.  CNBC
  • Facebook launches brand collabs search engine for sponsoring creators.  TechCrunch
  • Google launches podcasts app for Android.  Forbes
  • FabFitFun partners with Pinterest on trending box.  AdAge
  • Whole Foods scrubbed Instagram to raise awareness.  Fast Company
  • Soul Cycle just launched a new media division.  Fast Company
  • Instagram launches IGTV app for creators, 1-hour video uploads.  TechCrunch
  • Avon is launching a podcast to recruit sellers and build credibility.  Glossy
  • LL Bean campaign takes office outdoors.  AdAge
  • Google announces new features for retail advertisers.  MarketingLand
  • Reebok is boosting its women business with celebrities, music videos and podcasts.  Glossy
  • Facebook launches gameshows platform with interactive video.  TechCrunch
  • Google rolls out messages on the web for Android users.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon launches an Alexa system for hotels.  TechCrunch
  • Twitter acquires anti-abuse technology provider Smyte.  TechCrunch
  • PayPal to acquire machine learning-powered fraud detection startup Similarity for $120M.  VentureBeat
  • Oculus TV brings high-quality shows, movies to VR.  Fast Company
  • Voice shopping gains traction, will disrupt retail.  The Business Times
  • Google Assistant debuts continued conversation feature.  Retail Dive
  • Andreessen Horowitz just punched an aggressive $300M crypto-currency fund.  Fast Company


  • China’s tech giants’ costly wars to go cashless.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Social media still growing in emerging markets but stalled elsewhere.  TechCrunch
  • Alibaba’s European expansion plans.  Forbes

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