Weekly Industry Brief: 9.16.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Amazon’s new multi-story warehouse aims to cut delivery times.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Old Navy outlines growth plans as standalone company.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Madewell files paperwork to take itself public, a spinoff from J.Crew. Fast Company
  • Nestle plans for a new world of sustainable packaging.  Fast Company
  • Gap CMO plans turnaround for iconic brand.  The Drum
  • Amazon changed search algorithm in ways that boost its own products.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Online grocery sales grew 15% this year.  GroceryDive
  • Under Armour stresses performance over athleisure.  CNBC
  • As Gucci tripped on social media, sales fell.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Lululemon’s first new brand is finally here.  Fast Company
  • Crate & Barrel to expand restaurant to up to 15 locations.  Fortune
  • Amazon faces a probe by U.S. antitrust officials over its marketplace.  AdAge
  • GameStop closing 200 stores.  Fortune
  • How Hasbro’s CEO s transforming the brand.  Forbes

Marketing + Social Media

  • Why Marriott is betting big on content and starting to look like a media company.  AdWeek
  • Secret Deodorant commits to boosting attendance at women’s soccer games by purchasing 9,000 tickets.  Yahoo
  • Facebook rolls out new video tools.  TechCrunch
  • Why weather data is the hottest new commodity for brands and businesses.  AdWeek
  • Pinterest shares details on Halloween-related searches.  AdWeek
  • Google has a new Tinder-style interface for finding stuff to watch.  The Next Web
  • Facebook leans on Instagram to boost new dating service. AdAge
  • Marketers developing affinity for TikTok. eMarkter
  • Snapchat partners with DoubleVerify for brand safety.  MarketingLand
  • How Dirty Lemon built its brand on Instagram and texting. Yahoo
  • Brands start marketing towards holiday.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Consumers increasingly prefer voice and chat assistants to humans.  VentureBeat
  • New hand gesture technology could wave goodbye to passwords.  Forbes
  • McDonald’s buys startup to automate drive=thru ordering.  AdAge
  • Walt Disney Studios partners with Microsoft Azure on cloud innovation lab.  TechCrunch
  • Smile Direct Club makes its debut on the public market.  TechCrunch

International

  • Canada’s Hudson’s Bay ditches 300 brands in quest for cool factor.  Financial Post
  • Jack Ma retires from Alibaba. CNN
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