Weekly Industry Brief: 5.28.2019

I hope everyone enjoyed a nice long weekend.  Here is a quick rundown of headlines from the last couple of weeks. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers:

  • Urban Outfitters to launch clothing rental concept.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Whole Foods is testing convenience store model in New York City.  Business Insider
  • Amazon bets on Kohl’s as its own brick-and-mortar efforts falter.  Bloomberg
  • Dress Barn to close all stores.  Reuters
  • Target’s profitable same-day delivery strategy is driving digital sales.  Digiday
  • TopShop files for bankruptcy in the US.  The Wall Street Journal
  • The Body Shop parent company to buy Avon. Bloomberg
  • Home Depot to bring next day delivery to half of US.  Business Insider
  • L Brands real secret is Bath & Body Works.  Retail Dive
  • Nike says its changing contracts to protect pay during pregnancy.  CNBC
  • What the Harry’s acquisition means for retailers.  Retail Dive
  • SteinMart to put Amazon lockers in 200 stores.  TechCrunch
  • Nordstrom sets October for first New York City flagship opening.  Bloomberg
  • Digital innovation drove Walmart’s Q1 sales.  USA Today
  • Macy’s books better results as digital sales grow.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart, Target quietly exploring CBD product lines.  NY Post
  • Amazon to pay employees to start their own delivery service.  VentureBeat

Marketing + Social Media

  • Walmart boasts the most app downloads.  Forbes
  • Sephora whittles down 15K influencers to 24.  AdWeek
  • Nike’s latest Jordans are only available on Fortnite.  AdAge
  • Target was the first chain to master high-end fashion collabs. Here’s how. Vox
  • Men are a multi-billion dollar opportunity for beauty industry. CNBC
  • Why online retailers are experimenting with invite-only access. Forbes
  • How Google is pitching retailers as it looks to grow its commercial business.  Digiday
  • TikTok parent company working on its own smartphone.  TechCrunch
  • How Pinterest plans to support more self-serve advertisers.  AdAge
  • Etsy taps Google Cloud to improve search, juicing sales.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Trader Joe’s unveils YouTube channel. Delish
  • Instagram adds Stories to explore tab.  TechCrunch

Start Up + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Target eyes acquisition of ad tech provider.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon is working on a device that can detect human emotions.  AdAge
  • Amazon leads investment in UK-based food delivery start-up Deliveroo.  VentureBeat
  • Adidas invents a shoe meant to be repeatedly recycled.  Glossy

International

  • In India, users can now book flights on Amazon.  LiveMint
  • Ikea to open its first Mexico store in 2020.  Reuters
  • Meet the 27-year-old set to be the first woman to co-found a $1B start up in India.  CNBC
  • Marks & Spencer to speed up store closure plan.  Retail Gazette
  • Alibaba revenue up 51%.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon expands in-store pick up options in Europe.  Bloomberg

 

 

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Weekly Industry Brief: 5.13.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Uber shares sink below $40 on second day of trading.  Bloomberg
  • Rihanna teams up with LVMH on luxury fashion label.  AdAge
  • Victoria’s Secret is ‘re-thinking’ its annual fashion show.  CNBC
  • Inside the world of liquidated Amazon merchandise.  Forbes
  • Louis Vuitton’s CEO talks about how to sustain global growth.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Luxury beauty brands makeover airport shopping.  Skift
  • Amazon offers employees $10K and 3 months’ pay to start their own delivery business.  TechCrunch
  • Walmart is opening dozens of veterinary clinics in its stores and launching an online pet pharmacy.  CNBC
  • The demand for gender-less kids apparel is on the rise.  Glossy
  • Harry’s is selling to Schick razors for $1.37B.  Forbes
  • Bitcoin comes to Whole Foods and other retailers.  Fortune
  • A wellness kitchen for dogs: Petco’s answer to Amazon and Chewy.  Fortune
  • Adobe brings new Amazon and Google integrations to Magento.  TechCrunch
  • L’Oreal debuts a personalized direct-to-consumer hair color brand.  AdWeek
  • Procter & Gamble is looking to add more direct-to-consumer brands to its roster.  Digiday
  • Inside Adidas’ sustainability ambitions.  Glossy

Marketing + Social Media

  • The app store’s #1 app, YOLO Q&A, is the Snapchat platform’s first hit.  TechCrunch
  • Google is testing shopping links under YouTube videos.  Engadget
  • This new tool helps brands make advertising more inclusive.  Fast Company
  • Instagram launches @shop account to boost interest in stoppable posts.  MarketingLand
  • Why marketers should capitalize on Pinterest influencers.  The Drum
  • Spotify tests interactive voice ads.  Mediapost
  • Facebook’s cryptocurrency project could change the commerce landscape.  Social Media Today
  • NBC leans into shoppable TV.  AdAge
  • Now you can book appointments directly through Instagram and Facebook.  Mashable
  • What Google’s bet on visual search means for advertisers.  AdAge
  • Why rewards for loyalty spenders are a hot spot for hackers.  The New York Times 

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Google launches CallJoy, a virtual customer service phone agent for small businesses.  TechCrunch
  • Apple is now deploying the first Apple Cards to employees.  Fast Company 
  • Nike is introducing a new technology all around getting the right fitting shoe.  Quartz
  • Meat replacement company Impossible Foods raises $300M.  TechCrunch

International

  • StitchFix launches in the UK.  Glossy
  • Digital-native brands for China’s Gen Z.  SCMP
  • The effect of Meghan Markle’s child on the British economy.  Forbes

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.6.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • NBC leans into shoppable TV. AdAge
  • Target wants to build a media business to rival Amazon.  Digiday
  • Apple cracks down on apps that fight iPhone addiction.  The New York Times 
  • Hudson’s Bay says selling Lord & Taylor is on the table.  Forbes
  • Gucci debuts its beauty collection.  Vogue
  • Why the expansion of Nordstrom Local is important.  Forbes
  • Sephora sees growing demand for CBD beauty brands.  Glossy
  • Walmart rolls out new system to reward, support store staff.  Bloomberg
  • Nordstrom to add two mini stores in its New York expansion.  The New York Times 

Marketing + Social Media

  • Instagram makes it easy to shop from celebrity’s posts.  AdAge
  • Google tests shoppable recommendations in YouTube videos.  MobileMarketer
  • Search-based ads bring in bulk of Amazon’s revenue.  eMarketer
  • Now Shopify users can easily advertise on Snapchat.  Forbes
  • H&M quits print catalog after almost 40 years  Bloomberg
  • Google now lets you auto-delete your app activity, location and web history.  TechCrunch
  • The rise of live-streamer style.  The New York Times 
  • YouTube gets exclusive streaming rights to 13 MLB games this year.  Fortune
  • Google may be about to kill affiliate marketing links.  Fast Company 

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • VC firms polish their own brands to chase the next consumer hit.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Retail has big hopes for A.I but shoppers may have other ideas.  Fortune
  • L’Oreal USA brings back its accelerator program.  Glossy
  • Lowe’s will put FedEx delivery bot to the test.  RetailDive
  • How exactly Stichfix’s “Tinder-for-clothes” learns your style.  Quartz
  • Why there haven’t been more billion-dollar acquisitions for direct-to-consumer commerce startups.  The New Consumer 

International

  • China’s $670B “sheconomy” is growing like crazy.  CNBC
  • India’s two-week ban cost TikTok 15 million users.  CNN
  • Amazon rebrands souq.com in the UAE.  CNBC