Weekly Industry Brief: 7.29.2019

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

Brand + Retailer

  • Amazon earnings show effects of one-day shipping.  The Wall Street Journal
  • UPS adds 12,000 pickup locations and adds Sunday delivery.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Google’s new shopping platform is now live.  Forbes
  • Amazon and police partner on doorbell cameras. Engadget
  • Barneys begins to raise financing for potential bankruptcy.  CNBC
  • Apple and Goldman Sachs credit card targeting August launch date. Bloomberg
  • Zara parent doubles down on sustainability.  Fast Company
  • The Sprint/T-Mobile merger was blessed by the DOJ but lawsuits remain.  Fast Company
  • Armani sales fall again as founder pushes to restructure brand. Business of Fashion
  • Nike exploring sale of surf brand Hurley.  Business of Fashion
  • Target’s small-format stores are its biggest weapon against Amazon and Walmart. Inc.
  • Adidas ramps up sustainability efforts.  AdWeek
  • Apple to pay Intel $1B for modem business to juice 5G.  CNBC
  • eBay adds new service to make delivery faster.  Bloomberg
  • How Shopify became an ecommerce giant.  Forbes
  • Kroger goes full robot to take on Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • How Chanel’s beauty products propel its business.  Glossy
  • Amazon looks beyond Whole Foods in grocery push.  The New York Times
  • How Etsy crafted an ecommerce comeback.  Fortune

Social + Marketing

  • Fake followers in influencer marketing will cost brands $1.3B this year. CNBC
  • Amazon opens streaming TV ad sales to outside buying tools.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Twitter earnings reveal increased revenue and daily active users.  Fast Company
  • Twitter says it boosts users through machine learning.  The Drum
  • Snapchat is beta testing dynamic product ads and retargeting.  Business Insider
  • Alphabet stock soars as Google ad sales signal a return to form.  Fast Company
  • 2.1B people use Facebook’s family of apps on a daily basis.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat attracts 13M new daily users thanks to gender-swap filter.  AdAge
  • Luxury brands are taking over the street art scene.  Bloomberg
  • TikTok stars are preparing to take over the internet.  The Atlantic
  • How Pinterest factored into Amazon Prime Day.  AdWeek
  • NBCUniversal expects to exceed $1.2B in ad sales during 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  AdWeek
  • How TikTok is testing in-app ecommerce.  Digiday
  • McDonald’s, Uber and Johnson & Johnson no longer have chief marketing officers – here’s what that means.  CNBC

Start-Ups + Emerging Tech


  • Alibaba welcomes U.S. small businesses to sell globally on its platform. Reuters
  • ASOS starts next-day delivery in the US.  Glossy
  • KFC uses an International mindset to expand globally.  Forbes
  • China’s tech startups flourish in tales-rich second-tier cities.  Nikkei Asian Review

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.23.2019

Well…this clearly hasn’t been  a weekly brief lately!  Been quite the busy summer.  Nonetheless, here is a quick recap of industry news from the past few weeks. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.


  • Starbucks designs store for app-oriented customer.  The Motley Fool
  • American Eagle, Sephora expand into CBD category.  Glossy
  • Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day sets record. CNBC
  • Quip moves from DTC to retail.  Digiday
  • Starbucks to roll out delivery in the US by 2020.  Fortune
  • Toys ‘R’ Us targets 10 stores by end of 2020.  Bloomberg
  • Lady Gaga launching beauty line on Amazon.  CNN
  • Amazon adds Rite Aid locations to delivery network.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Rent the Runway is growing fast, and struggling to keep up.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How Chanel’s beauty products propel its continued growth.  Glossy
  • Consumer giants turn from diapers and detergents to jelly masks and eye rollers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • With so many vacant stores, ecommerce is only part of the problem.  The Wall Street Journal
  • From Old Navy to Madewell, how sub-brands grow up to eat their parents.  Retail Dive
  • FTC approves Facebook fine of about $5B.  The New York Times
  • Lululemon opens sprawling Chicago store with workout classes and a restaurant.  CNBC
  • The inside story of Kim Kardashian West’s $1B bet on the shapewear industry.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart reshuffles leadership for better integration between digital and stores.  AdAge
  • Barney’s exploring restructuring and bankruptcy.  AdAge
  • Highsnobiety, once a sneaker blog, is collaborating with Prada and dropping a product of its own.  Adage
  • Dollar General courts more affluent shoppers with home, party goods.  CNN
  • Abercrombie and Urban Outfitters implementing buy-now-pay-later payment option to entice cash-strapped Gen Z.  Business Insider

Social + Marketing

  • Facebook engagement on the rise. CNBC
  • Big brands like Delta, P&G and Under Armour are increasingly hiring Hollywood talent agencies for marketing. Business Insider
  • How L’Oreal is embracing new marketing codes to react to market disruption.  Marketing Week
  • Pinterest encourages video uploads with new tools.  TechCrunch
  • Google’s new shopping platform is now live.  Forbes
  • Inside FootLocker’s pivot from athletics to youth culture. Quartzy
  • Amazon pays consumers for personal online data. AdAge
  • Pinterest reveals a new set of “emotional well-being activities.”  The Verge
  • FaceApp responds to privacy concerns.  TechCrunch
  • How YouTube stars are using Instagram’s IGTV as a testbed.  Digiday
  • How TikTok is testing in-app ecommerce.  Digiday
  • Netflix pledges to remain ad-free even as U.S. subscriptions slip.  AdAge
  • How PopSugar built an Instagram tool that helps retailers with their ecommerce.  Digiday
  • Facebook will ban ads that tell people in the US not to vote. Reuters
  • Instagram tests hiding ‘likes’ to benefit your mental health.  Fortune
  • Twitch celebrated Prime Day with 2-day live shopping show.  AdWeek
  • YouTube’s pushing augmented-reality ads.  Digiday
  • Teen love for Snapchat is keeping Snap afloat.  Wired

Start-Ups + Emerging Tech

  • Uber puts a shopping experience in cars for riders to buy AirPods, Amazon Echos and more.  CNBC
  • The fashion industry is getting more intelligent with AI.  Forbes
  • Microsoft invests $1B in Elon Musk’s OpenAI.  Fortune
  • Starbucks wants to create the AWS for restaurants.  Fast Company
  • McDonald’s adds Doordash as a second delivery partner.  The Verge


Weekly Industry Brief: 7.1.2019

Just like that, we’re halfway through the year. Before you jet off for a long 4th of July weekend, here are some highlights from industry news over the last week. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

    • Retail gets wrecked but Nordstrom and Kohl’s could see a revival. CNBC
    • How this 120-year old apparel giant (VF) is trying to reinvent retail.  Marketing Week
      Retailers are becoming restauranteurs to boost sales.  CNBC
    • Amazon adds Rite Aid locations to package delivery network.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Johnny Ive to leave Apple as chief designer to form independent company.  AdAge
    • Twitch is celebrating Prime Day with a 2-day live shopping show.  AdWeek
    • Rent the Runway is bringing its drop boxes to Nordstrom stores.  Forbes
    • H&M shifts focus from stores to global ecommerce.  Bloomberg
    • PepsiCo continues push away from plastic bottles to address environmental concerns.  Fortune
    • Abercrombie to sell CBD products at half of its stores.  The Street
    • Pier 1 Imports expands store-closing plans.  USA Today
    • Target, eBay gear up to challenge Amazon Prime Day.  VentureBeat

Social Media + Marketing

    • Amazon’s Prime Day Taylor Swift concert shows that it wants to sell you more than just stuff. Vox
    • Cosmopolitan is launching a branded podcast with Tinder.  Digiday
    • Here’s how Instagram’s new Explore ads will work.  AdAge
    • Nike’s app for sneaker heads is fueling it’s digital business.  Quartz
    • How Supreme got pulled into a fight for its billion-dollar brand.  The Wall Street Journal
    • The kind of authenticity customers will pay more for.  Harvard Business Review
    • Instagram therapists are the new Instagram poets.  The New York Times
    • From Amazon to Uber, internet companies are driving US ad spend.  AdAge

Start up + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

    • Apple continues expanding into healthcare by selling a consumer-focused Dianetes monitor in stores.  CNBC
    • Samsung launches Bixby marketplace in attempt to rival Amazon’s Alexa.  Fast Company
    • Walmart is using VR to help decide who should get promotions.  Fast Company
    • Why are brands using CGI influencers to promote skincare and fashion? Teen Vogue
    • Alphabet’s Loon balloons take flight in first commercial trial.  Fast Company


    • Walmart in Mexico launches grocery orders via WhatsApp.  Reuters
    • A red-hot Chinese shopping review app shows the future of online shopping.  Quartz