Weekly Industry Brief: 9.25.2017

Happy Fall!  Getting oh-so-close to the holidays… Here is your recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked texted after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

Marketing and Social Media

  • Facebook will target ads to people based on store visits, offline purchase, calls to businesses. Marketing Land
  • Halloween spending to reach record $9.1B. National Retail Federation
  • Rihanna’s Fenty line is a wake-up call for the retail industry. AdAge
  • Amazon now lets Hilton Honors members shop with points. TechCrunch
  • The Luxe Lab at Neiman Marcus signals a shift in focus for department stores. Glossy
  • Millennials are finally forming households: what it means for retailers. Forbes
  • Target is adding Pinterest’s visual search tool to its app and website. Techcrunch
  • H&M, Topshop and Forever 21 dominate fast-fashion social engagement. Retail Dive
  • Kate Spade, Man Repeller team up for leopard pop-up. WWD

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Ikea’s new app shows the practical promise of augmented reality. Wired
  • The amazing ways Burberry is using artificial intelligence and big data to drive success. Forbes
  • Google and Levi’s ‘connected’ jacket that lets you answer calls, use maps and more is going on sale. Techcrunch
  • An online sale site caters to independent watchmakers. New York Times
  • How data is changing the very model of the modern merchandiser. Glossy
  • Walmart partners with smart lock maker to test in-home delivery of packages and groceries. TechCrunch

International

  • American Eagle Outfitters expands to India. Seeking Alpha
  • China to extend transition phase for cross-border retail. Reuters
  • Amazon investment to help India retailer add 25% more stores. Bloomberg
  • Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple. TechCrunch
  • Why India and China may be the solution to the world’s fast fashion crisis. Forbes
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Weekly Industry Brief: 9.18.2017

Here is your recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Happy Monday.

Brands and Retailers

  • Wal-Mart is simplifying its sprawling US store operations. Bloomberg
  • Spring and eBay join forces to gain edge over Amazon. Glossy
  • How Kirkland Signature became one of Costco’s biggest success stores. The Wall Street Journal
  • There will be more retail stores opening than closing in 2017. Forbes
  • Neiman Marcus is shrinking the store its building in Manhattan. New York Post
  • How Nike is fighting off bots and counterfeiters. Recode
  • Toys R Us is preparing for possible bankruptcy filing. Fortune
  • Neiman Marcus is closing more than 25% of its outlet stores. Fortune
  • Topshop drops its high-priced line. Fashionista
  • Footwear retailer Aerosoles files for bankruptcy. Reuters
  • Hermes first half profit hits record levels. Business of Fashion
  • Nike introduces Flyleather, its latest ‘super material,’ Business of Fashion

Marketing and Social Media

  • Samsung is working with banks to roll out retail pop-ups. Digiday
  • Pinterest crosses 200 million monthly active users. Techcrunch
  • Lululemon woos men with first campaign. AdAge
  • Facebook moves to block ads on fake news, offensive videos. Bloomberg
  • Canada Goose rolls out direct-to-consumer strategy. AdAge
  • Marie Claire, Mastercard open pop-up store. AdAge

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2 was built with the US audience in mind. Forbes
  • Visual search products like Google Lens could revolutionize online shopping. Venture Beat
  • Samsung promises foldable phones by 2018. Mashable
  • IBM Watson-powered augmented intelligence seeks an edge in travel marketing. Skift
  • Softbank to invest in Slack. Recode
  • Two ex-Googlers want to kill your bodega. Fortune
  • Nike and the NBA unveil connected jerseys. Techcrunch
  • Nestle acquires a majority stake in Blue Bottle Coffee at a valuation north of $700M. TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon is testing one-hour delivery at London Fashion Week. Fortune
  • com and Thai retailer Central Group form $500M ecommerce joint venture. Reuters
  • Alibaba partners with New York Fashion Week to introduce designers to China. Quartz
  • Google is launching a payment service in India. Seeking Alpha
  • By going online in India, Zara can reach fashion-forward shoppers outside metros. Quartz
  • Inside Yoho! China’s streetwear empire. Business of Fashion
  • Ikea to invest 90M Euros to open first store in Slovenia. Reuters
  • New EU plan to tax digital giants. Seeking Alpha
  • Amazon plans mega-warehouse for Mexico growth spurt. Reuters

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.11.2017

Here is your recap of industry headlines from the past week.  As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Starbucks to shut down online store this Fall. Pymnts
  • Gap closing hundreds of stores in shift toward Old Navy, Athleta. Bloomberg
  • Why Amazon is targeting Europe first for its first trend-driven label. Glossy
  • Nike’s iron grip on the sneaker market is slipping. Quartz
  • WalMart and Target: Which strategy will win? Retail Dive
  • Amazon opens shop inside some Khol’s stores. Retail Dive
  • Amazon’s apparel ambitions create tough choices for brands. Retail Dive
  • Nordstrom tries on a new look: stores without merchandise. The Wall Street Journal
  • Gilt finally pivots away from flash sales. Racked
  • Amazon’s new challenge: Making two headquarters seem like one. The Wall Street Journal
  • Target slashes prices on thousands of items. Reuters
  • Equifax stock tumbles 14% after credit score hack. TechCrunch
  • Another top designer leaves J.Crew. Fortune
  • Rihanna’s new Fenty beauty line at Sephora expands her business empire. Fortune
  • Amazon’s Whole Foods price cut brings 25% jump in shoppers. AdAge
  • ASOS launches own-brand beauty line. The Independent
  • With a $1,000 price tag, Apple’s iPhone crosses a threshold. The New York Times

Marketing and Social Media

  • Coty tries Story’s boutique for hire to showcase ideas. AdAge
  • Target kicks off aggressive marketing of new brands. AdAge
  • Ad firms enlist OpenSlate to make sure ads run with ‘safe’ YouTube videos. The Wall Street Journal
  • Reebok asserts itself as a fashion force at New York Fashion Week. Fast Company
  • Facebook under scrutiny for inflated ad reach in US. CNN
  • The influence of ‘corpsumers’ who care as much about a brand’s values as its products.  AdWeek
  • Retailers add artificial intelligence to their marketing mix.  AdWeek

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Home Depot taps up Google Home for voice ordering. Fortune
  • How Rebecca Minkoff uses technology to drive triple-digit sales growth. CNBC
  • Venmo is offering users a physical debit card. TechCrunch
  • Get ready for a new, much more powerful Apple TV. TechCrunch
  • Inside Google’s quest to reinvent chat with machine learning. Fast Company
  • How automation is creating a new breed of retail jobs. The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple aims to make augmented reality mainstream. The Wall Street Journal

International

  • Rebecca Minkoff invests in mobile payment tools like Alipay to attract global customers online. Glossy
  • New Zealand unit of TopShop placed in receivership. Business of Fashion
  • H&M to open 4 stores in India in September. Live Mint
  • Alibaba to open its first brick-and-mortar mall in China. MarketWatch
  • Blocked in China, Facebook is said to seek a Shanghai office. New York Times

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.5.2017

Hi! Hope those of you in the US had a great long weekend.  As we unofficially close out summer and gear up for holiday, here is a quick recap of industry headlines from the past week.  As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

P.S. I’ll be on a couple panels at this week’s Global eCommerce Leadership Forum in New York City.  Let me know if you’ll be there!

Brands and Retailers

  • Best Buy and Amazon bring back the traveling salesman. The Wall Street Journal
  • Anthropologie is substantially upping the home furnishings offering. The Robin Report
  • Airport to experiment with passes for dining, shopping. Bloomberg
  • Macy’s and Best Buy will offer same-day delivery in more markets. TechCrunch
  • Marchesa is using Rent the Runway to test new collections of blouses. Glossy
  • Lego will cut 1400 jobs by the end of 2017. Fortune
  • Lululemon’s strong online and in-stores sales push its revenue and profits up. Fortune
  • Prices of some Whole Foods items drop by up to 43% following Amazon purchase. Bloomberg
  • Amazon and Microsoft to merge digital assistants. The New York Times
  • Ahead of Michael Kors takeover, Jimmy Choo’s profit almost triples. Business of Fashion

Marketing and Social Media

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • At KFC’s new Chinese concept shop, pay with a face scan. AdAge
  • MatchesFashion sells at reported $1B valuation. Business of Fashion
  • Chinese internet giant Tencent invests in a flying car startup. FastCompany
  • Galleries Lafayette acquires majority stake in La Redoute. Business of Fashion
  • Here’s how peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments will work. CNet
  • Sneaker startup Allbirds lands $17.5M in new funding. Forbes

International

  • Alibaba’s $1B retail experiment. Forbes
  • H&M to add 9 new stores, online sales in India. Economic Times
  • Hudson’s Bay to open first Dutch store, commites to Europe. Reuters
  • Ikea moves ahead with plans to launch massive store in South Korea. CNBC
  • Marks & Spencer in talks to offload Hong Kong and Macaus shops. Telegraph
  • Starbucks and Alibaba to launch Alipay in the 242 Starbucks stores in Malaysia. Seeking Alpha
  • Amazon is struggling to find its place in China.  Business Insider

Weekly Industry News: 8.28.2017

Hi! Another week of Amazon-filled news (…and I did enjoy buying my cheaper apples and avocados today). Anyway, here are some industry headlines from the past week.  As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Everlane’s quest to make the world’s most sustainable denim. Fast Company
  • Whole Foods just got less expensive. Business Insider
  • More than half of online sales growth in the US came from Amazon last year. Business Insider
  • Amazon’s private brands have grown from $0 to $2.5B in sales in less than a decade. Business Insider
  • How Target is using small-format stores to score with younger shoppers. Retail Dive
  • Macy’s hires eBay executive amid management shakeup. The Wall Street Journal
  • Sears inked two more licensing deals that will put a wide range of products on shelves outside of Sears. Chicago Tribune
  • These are the 10 most popular mobile apps in America. Recode
  • How Barney’s is navigating luxury’s slowdown. Fortune
  • How Lush is winning at both online and brick-and-mortar beauty retail. Fashionista
  • Target bets big on in-house brands. Business of Fashion
  • Consumer products retailers are at a crossroads as a new threat rises. Retail Dive
  • Beyond Amazon and Alibaba, what’s next for ecommerce? TechCrunch
  • Burt’s Bees to launch makeup line. Women’s Wear Daily

Marketing and Social Media

  • How retailers are using personalization to win customer loyalty. Forbes
  • Google issuing refunds to advertisers over fake traffic, plans new safeguards. The Wall Street Journal
  • How Instagram and Snapchat are benefitting from Facebook’s declining teen and tween numbers. AdWeek
  • Tiffany makes inroads with millennials as Hepburn era fades. AdAge
  • How Hollister came back from the dead. Bloomberg
  • Snapchat is adding manual controls for advertisers concerned about brand safety. AdWeek

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Google Home launches WalMart shopping. Seeking Alpha
  • Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer. Technology Review
  • Shopify’s ecommerce empire is growing in Amazon’s shadow. Bloomberg
  • Mobile payment company Square just opened its first brick-and-mortar store. AdWeek
  • Target and Cartwheel apps merge ahead of mobile payments launch. TechCrunch
  • Here is the Ionic, Fitbit’s long-awaited answer to the Apple Watch. Fast Company

International

Weekly Industry News: 8.21.2017

Hello!  Here are some industry headlines from the past two weeks.  As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • ASOS to open up second US distribution center. Reuters
  • Wal-Mart applies for patent for blimp-style floating warehouse. Bloomberg
  • Amazon adds “instant pick up” in US brick-and-mortar push. Reuters
  • Big spending expected for Back to School. AdAge
  • Jump in US retail sales largely due to ecommerce spending. The Wall Street Journal
  • Wal-Mart sales rise as retailer dodges industry malaise. The Wall Street Journal
  • Gap shares rise as Old Navy boosts results. Reuters
  • Target boosts forecast as back-to-school season aids turnaround. Bloomberg
  • TJ Maxx maps plans for continued brick-and-mortar expansion. Bloomberg
  • Macy’s and Levi’s team up on limited edition denim shop. WWD
  • North Face parent company to buy Dickie’s for $820M. The Wall Street Journal
  • Toys ‘R’ Us will return to Times Square. Bloomberg
  • TopShop creative chief steps down. Fashionista
  • Amazon’s private label business is booming thanks to device sales and expanded fashion lines. TechCrunch
  • Inside the L.A. mall that’s defying the retail apocalypse. Fast Company
  • Canada Goose debuts its first sweater collection. AdWeek

Marketing and Social Media

  • Instagram is testing a way to invite friends to join a live video. AdWeek
  • How Glossier hacked social media to build a cult-like following. Entrepreneur
  • Sephora creates a digital community for loyal customers. WWD
  • Patagonia steps up its public lands activism with first ever TV commercial. Fast Company
  • Amazon Prime will be in more than half of US households by year’s end. CNBC
  • Apple is entering the content streaming war against Netflix. Fast Company
  • Fashion’s hottest brands and top selling products. Business of Fashion
  • Cutting out the middleman has shortened the lifespan of fads. The New York Times
  • Facebook adds eBay’s Daily Deals to its marketplace on mobile. TechCrunch
  • Facebook tests targeting ads to people who visited brands’ brick-and-mortar stores. MarketingLand
  • Macy’s pins hopes on new marketing. AdAge
  • Marketers step up as tech leaders take AR mainstream. AdWeek
  • Baidu and JD.com partner to send search users straight to the checkout. Bloomberg
  • Facebook introduces “Watch” video product for short series. Bloomberg

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Look for Apple to release an AR-ready iPhone soon. Fast Company
  • Amazon partners with ASU to offer Echo Dot to 1,600 engineering students. ZDNet
  • Target buys software startup aimed at same-day delivery. Bloomberg
  • Alexa brings hands-free TV to more devices. TechCrunch
  • Shake Shack’s new chatbot can answer 300 customer questions. Digiday
  • NastyGal founder raises $1.2M for new venture, GirlBoss Media. Forbes

International

Weekly Industry News: 8.7.2017

Hello!  Here are some industry headlines from the past week.  As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Uniqlo tries new approach: shirts in vending machines. The Wall Street Journal
  • Now at Saks: salt rooms, a bootcamp and a peek at retail’s future. The New York Times
  • Retail’s not dead and physical stores still matter, Goldman says. CNBC
  • Aldo to buy Vince Camuto in a merger of shoe brands. The New York Times
  • The luxury arms race: Michael Kors and Coach target takeovers. The New York Times
  • Amazon is rolling out secure delivery hubs for multi-dwelling buildings. Retail Dive
  • Under Armour shares reach record low as retailer cuts 2% of its workforce. CNBC
  • American Apparel is relaunching very soon. Racked
  • Under Armour’s game plan to revive sales may hit snags. Reuters
  • Yoox Net-a-porter open to partnerships in different markets. Reuters
  • Apple’s services generated more than $27.8B in revenue in 12-month period. The Wall Street Journal
  • Adidas powers ahead against Nike with second quarter growth. Business of Fashion
  • Amazon owns a whole collection of secret brands. Quartz
  • These retailers make the most money per square foot on their real estate. CNBC
  • Netflix makes first acquisition with comic-book publisher. AdAge

Marketing and Social Media

  • Amazon is launching a home makeover show featuring YouTube stars that’s designed to sell products. Business Insider
  • Etsy suspends brand campaign, shifts marketing strategy. AdAge
  • Airbnb and Nat Geo found the perfect place to watch the eclipse. Fast Company
  • How consumer brands can connect with customers in a changing retail landscape. Harvard Business Review
  • Babies R Us wants to give millennial parents a more honest message about parenthood. AdWeek
  • Google is developing technology for Snapchat-like media content. The Wall Street Journal
  • How H&M is using Instagram to drive interest in its newest brand. Glossy

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • For Outdoor Voices, opening stores is all about building community. Fashionista
  • Apple’s AR glasses are no longer an “if” but a “when.” Fast Company
  • Chatbots bring new income stream to ecommerce. VentureBeat
  • Amazon Alex just made it even easier to find the right music on Echo. Fortune

International

  • Europe’s luxury brands may be returning to form. The New York Times
  • Alibaba launches new membership program. WWD
  • Alibaba, Marriott team up to serve Chinese tourists abroad. The Wall Street Journal
  • How Alibaba plans to win over luxury brands. Glossy
  • Brits will soon gain the right to have their online history deleted. Fast Company

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.31.2017

I’m back! I was in Asia for work the past two weeks, so here are a bunch of industry headlines since then.  As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.  P.S. I can’t believe how quickly this summer is going by!  Happy August.

Brands and Retailers

  • Michael Kores to buy Jimmy Choo in $1.2B deal. The New York Times
  • Sephora is experimenting with a boutique format. Fast Company
  • Fashion industry pays attention to plus-size women. The Economist
  • Underwear is driving Amazon’s takeover of the American fashion industry. Business Insider
  • Gymboree to close about 350 stores in restructuring. Wall Street Journal
  • Five takeaways from Amazon Prime Day. Retail Dive
  • Amazon sold three times as many Echo devices on Prime Day this year vs. last year. AdWeek
  • Amazon to host job fair for 50,000 positions amid hiring squeeze. The Wall Street Journal
  • The secrets to luxury eyewear brand Gentle Monster’s rapid rise. Jing Daily
  • Wal-Mart said to be eliminating a few dozen jobs at headquarters. Business of Fashion
  • Here’s how the Amazon effect is hitting the apparel industry. CNBC
  • Birkenstock accuses Amazon of modern day piracy. Washington Post
  • Amazon’s revenue rises 25% on retail dominance. The Wall Street Journal
  • Stitch Fix has filed confidentially for an IPO. Recode
  • How Reebok, Adidas and Y-3 will dress future space explorers. Fast Company
  • Amazon’s next act: a trendy new in-house shoe collection. Footwear News
  • How Rent the Runway is pulling off deliveries at the speed of Amazon. Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Amazon launches Spark, a shoppable feed of stores and photos aimed at Prime members. TechCrunch
  • Facebook to show ads on Messenger to boost revenue growth. Wall Street Journal
  • New Zara documentary takes viewers behind the scenes. Refinery29
  • Coveteur is making their brand work official with a content studio. Glossy
  • Instagram encroaches on Snapchat’s turf of social media influencers, winning their hearts, minds and posts. CNBC
  • Old Navy succeeds by saying bye to celebrities. AdAge
  • Twitter is developing a subscription plan that promotes your tweets automatically. Fortune
  • P&G slashes digital ads by $140M over brand safety. AdAge
  • What marketers should note from Facebook’s second quarter earnings. The Wall Street Journal
  • Target is ending Cartwheel Perks rewards program, promises something better. CNBC
  • Lyft and Taco Bell collaborate on a new service offering. The New York Times

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Online CPG start-up to test the power of brands. The Wall Street Journal
  • How bots bested the $1B sneaker resale industry. Forbes
  • China’s store of the future has no checkout, no cash, and no staff. Business of Fashion
  • You will soon be able to search eBay by using a mobile snap or social media link. CNBC
  • Farfetch founder talks about how he built a $1.5B fashion platform. Wired
  • Intel eliminates its wearables division. CNBC
  • AI and the retail store of the future. Venture Beat

International

  • Starbucks rallies as Chinese sales growth fuels optimism. Bloomberg
  • India will have more than 850M internet users by 2025. Economic Times
  • Saint Laurent to launch online sales in China. The Wall Street Journal
  • In China, designer goods delivered to your doorstep. The New York Times
  • Chinese tourists spending less on shopping. Bloomberg
  • JD.com’s growth outpaces China’s ecommerce marketing. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon prepares to enter Southeast Asia via Singapore launch. TechCrunch
  • Silicon Valley giants confront new walls in China. The New York Times
  • Flikart said to make new offer for Snapdeal. Business of Fashion
  • Where North Korea’s elite go for banned luxury goods. CNN
  • WalMart to invest in expansion in India. Economic Times
  • Amazon expands U.K. headquarters as Brexit leads bankers to exit. Bloomberg
  • Why Abercrombie finally decided to start selling on Alibaba. AdAge

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.10.2017

Hi! Here is a recap of headlines from the last two weeks. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text. Happy Prime Day Eve!

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon Prime day is July 11 and more than a day. Retail Dive
  • Amazon pushes Alexa for Prime deals but some shoppers resist. Bloomberg
  • Amazon Prime Day deal will launch in 13 countries. CNBC
  • Target’s next-day essentials delivery service opens to customers in pilot test. TechCrunch
  • Nike unveils stunning new headquarters in New York City. Architectural Digest
  • Yoox Net-a-Porter open tech hub in London. The Guardian
  • QVC to acquire rival HSN for more than $2B. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon and Dish Network: a match in the making? The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart is building giant in-store kiosks for online order pickup. Business Insider
  • Walgreens, Rite Aid ends $9.4B merger. The Wall Street Journal
  • H&M to open fewer stores, focus on building online sales. Bloomberg
  • Equity firm to pay $6.9B for Staples. Bloomberg
  • Microsoft to cut up to 4,000 sales and marketing jobs. New York Times
  • Package delivery jobs rise as more consumers shop online. The Wall Street Journal
  • Talks between Abercrombie & Fitch and potential buyers stall. The Wall Street Journal
  • Target prepares to roll out four new home and clothing brands. CNBC
  • Lululemon’s youth brand launches capsule collection of furniture. Fast Company
  • Try, then buy? Amazon’s move is part of a shopping trend. New York Times
  • Shopping malls pay to stay relevant in an Amazon era. AdAge
  • Ten major retailers that could go bankrupt in 2017. Retail Dive

Marketing and Social Media

  • West Elm’s new AI tool scans Pinterest to recommend furnishings. Fast Company
  • L’Oreal, Google team to build 6-second YouTube ads. Business Insider
  • Oreo is sending experimental flavors to individual fans. AdWeek
  • Digital privacy to come under Supreme Court’s scrutiny. The New York Times
  • Facebook has new ad products for retailers. Glossy
  • EU slams Google with 2.4B fine. Seeking Alpha
  • For brands, Twitter is a marathon not a sprint. AdWeek
  • How Instagram learns from your likes to keep you hooked. Fast Company
  • Tiffany’s hunts for path to regain “cool.” Wall Street Journal
  • Meet the Plurals: your next marketing challenge. AdAge

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Amazon-backed media startup has raised $15M to make a big bet on ecommerce. Recode
  • How Maisonette is changing the way children’s’ clothes are bought online. Glossy
  • Alibaba launches low-cost voice assistant amid AI drive. Business of Fashion
  • This is how Google wants to humanize artificial intelligence. Fortune
  • Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide. Techcrunch
  • Emoji search is spreading. Digiday
  • ThredUp is opening its first brick-and-mortar store. Racked
  • Visa takes a strategic stake in Klarna, the finance startup out of Sweden. Techcrunch

International

  • Apple continues Asia expansion with its first retail store in Taiwan. Techcrunch
  • H&M to add stores and go online in India by 2018. Economic Times
  • UK retail has biggest June sales rise for 6 years. Business of Fashion
  • Muji will be opening hotels in China and Japan. PSFK
  • TopShop closes underperforming stores in bid to save Australian operation. The Age
  • Starbucks gives new Kyoto shop a distinctly Japanese feel. Advertising Age
  • Walmart Canada to grown online with 3rd Financial Post
  • Alibaba to invest $1B more in Lazada. Bloomberg
  • The accelerating disruption of China’s economy. Fortune

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.26.2017

Happy Monday! Here is your weekly brief of news from the last week in retail and ecommerce. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headlines.

Brands and Retailers

  • eBay will now match Amazon’s, WalMart’s and others’ prices on over 50,000 items. TechCrunch
  • Amazon’s grocery ambitions spell trouble for big food brands. Wall Street Journal
  • Google rolls out Google Jobs. Seeking Alpha
  • Uber founder resigns as CEO. New York Times
  • Amazon launches new ‘try before you buy’ Prime wardrobe service. Fortune
  • Etsy will cut 15% of its workforce in a new round of layoffs. TechCrunch
  • Nike will start selling directly on Amazon. Racked
  • Yoox Net-a-Porter shares jump on Alibaba interest. Business of Fashion
  • Adidas has nearly doubled its US sneaker market share. Yahoo Finance
  • StitchFix hires its first CFO; is an IPO next? Recode
  • Sources say Eddie Bauer to explore options including sale. Reuters
  • Why America’s retailers are tapping into wellness for growth. Business of Fashion
  • Nestle sale of L’Oreal stake could spark domino effect. Business of Fashion
  • How Bonobos fits at WalMart. Forbes
  • Louis Vuitton in talks to open US factory. Business of Fashion
  • Sears closing another 20 stores. Fortune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Reddit looks to lure advertisers with video and redesign. Wall Street Journal
  • Google will stop reading your email for Gmail ads. AdAge
  • Moda Operandi is driving Instagram purchase through Amazon Pay. Glossy
  • Now Facebook is getting into original TV programming. Fast Company
  • Club Monaco’s new collection and campaign taps into 90’s nostalgia. Fashionista
  • Crash diet pricing: the ecommerce path to success. Women’s Wear Daily
  • Retailers’ efforts to lure shoppers to stores with experiences still missing the mark. CNBC
  • Instagram is testing a major new feature. Forbes

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Ikea and Apple may be cooking up the next big thing in retail. Fast Company
  • Houzz raises a huge $400M round at $4B valuation. TechCrunch
  • Can the Drybar model be replicated with makeup? Fast Company
  • JD.com invests $397M into luxury marketplace Farfetch as part of new strategic partnership. TechCrunch
  • Why Apple and J.P. Morgan are chasing Venmo. Wall Street Journal
  • Casper raises $170M and plans I.P.O. New York Times
  • Amazon said to be working on translation services for AWS customers. TechCrunch

International

  • Digital-savvy CEO at France’s Carrefour seeks to turn it around. Bloomberg
  • Middle East retailers need to invest in mobile shopping platforms and secure websites. The National
  • What China’s $1T new Silk Road spells for fashion. Business of Fashion
  • Sears Canada closing 59 stores as it seeks bankruptcy protection. Fortune