Weekly Industry Brief: 3.18.2019

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

Thanks for scanning the headlines with me this week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Walmart letting Sam’s Club follow its own innovation path.  Forbes
  • Amazon launched a beauty line founded by Latvian models.  CNBC
  • Google quietly rolled out a hotel site.  Fortune
  • Adidas CEo sees ecommerce as tremendous opportunity worldwide.  CNBC
  • Shopify embarks on first retail partnership to aid DTC brands in physical stores.  AdAge
  • Target and DTC startups spark overhaul in underwear category.  AdAge
  • Hudson Yards to usher in new era of the mall.  The New York Times 
  • Walmart’s food delivery challenges.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon gets an edge with its secret squad of PhD economists.  CNN
  • This department store takes everything about pop-ups and turns it into retail.  AdWeek
  • Walmart readies introduction of low-priced iPad rival.  Bloomberg
  • Apple fires back at Spotify in escalating app store feud.  Fortune
  • Jelly Belly creator hopes CBD edibles will be his next magic beans.  Fortune
  • How ‘legal fakes’ are challenging $1B brand Supreme.  CNN
  • The recommence secret used by Patagonia and Eileen Fisher.  WWD
  • Revlon loses billion-dollar brand status.  WWD
  • Fashion has a new demand for skilled authenticators.  Glossy
  • Apple brings back iPad Air and revamps mini for first time since 2015.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon expanding offerings for low-income shoppers.  Digiday

Marketing + Social Media

  • Amazon as the influencer platform of the future.  Forbes
  • Facebook’s pivot to messaging puts advertisers in a tight spot.  The Wall Street Journal
  • When Facebook goes down, the economy goes with it.  The Verge
  • Facebook adds Gaming to its main navigation.  TechCrunch
  • Challenger brand success is all about great storytelling.  AdWeek
  • Publishers increasingly want to put their money where Alexa’s mouth is.  AdWeek
  • Shoppable ads offer a new avenue of growth for image-heavy Instagram.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Pinterest forms partnership with Kroger.  Supermarket News
  • These are the top beauty brands dominating Amazon.  Fast Company

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Softbank and other investors in talks to invest $1B in Uber’s self-driving car unit.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WeWork labs is launching a food tech accelerator.  TechCrunch
  • Supercharging retail sales with geospatial analytics.  McKinsey
  • How AI helps eBay connect buyers and sellers across 1.2B listings.  VentureBeat
  • ClimaCell bets on IoT for better weather forecasts.  TechCrunch
  • A spate of acquisitions has given workspace company, WeWork, tools to track and optimize office space.  Bloomberg
  • Psychologists explain why at-home exercise machines like Peloton have what it takes to keep people moving.  Recode


  • Europe’s biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando, is axing its private label brands.  AdAge
  • Small sees beauty brands bloom with online shops in China.  Glossy
  • Zara to open denim customization pop-ups in three stores in Europe.  Reuters
  • China’s largest streaming site is coming after TikTok.  Bloomberg

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