WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.23.2018

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of articles I’ve been reading over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headlines.

Brands and Retailers

  • AT&T is launching a $15 TV streaming subscription.  The Verge
  • Glossier is officially opening up shop in Los Angeles.  Fashionista
  • Former Nike designer launches Wone, a minimalist luxury activewear label to watch.  Fashionista
  • Amazon’s next conquest will be apparel.  TechCrunch
  • The retail industry is focusing on customer experience and convenience to win in ecommerce.  AdWeek
  • The dawn of micro-merch.  The New York Times
  • Best Buy to sell Amazon’s new Fire TV Edition smart TVs in stores. Retail Dive
  • Starbucks to close nationwide for facia-bias training.  The New York Times
  • WalMart to launch redesigned website in May.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Net-a-Porter founder launches venture capital investment fund.  The New York Times
  • Packaged foods boost Amazon’s grocery sales.  Bloomberg
  • Facebook is forming a team to design its own chips.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon eyes a move into home shopping TV with possible Evine buy.  TechCrunch
  • As customers turn cold, Victoria’s Secret faces a reckoning.  Glossy
  • Hasbro bets on Walmart, Target and Alibaba as sales implode in wake of Toys R Us closure.  Fortune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Google beats expectations again with $31.15B in revenue.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat introduces three new capabilities of its augmented reality lenses with ‘Shoppable AR.’  AdWeek
  • Amazon now has 100M paid Prime subscriptions.  AdAge
  • How three brands brought tech to life at Coachella.  AdWeek
  • P&G ends its year-long YouTube ban.  AdAge
  • Facebook to show pre-roll video ads in more places.  AdAge
  • Revolve’s co-founder on why Coachella and influencers are central to the firm’s $1B revenue.  Forbes
  • Social media use is increasing despite privacy fears.  The Next Web
  • How Teen Vogue is reinventing traditional magazine covers in a digital-only landscape.  Glossy
  • Twitter’s rise from the ashes.  Seeking Alpha
  • How Juicy Couture and sister brands are automating their in-house influencer campaigns.  Glossy

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Meet 9 startups investors have lit up to take the cannabis industry higher.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon is reportedly working on its first home robot.  The Verge
  • How Apple will use AR to reinvent the human-computer interface.  Fast Company 
  • The beginner’s guide to how blockchain could change the ethical fashion game.  Fashionista
  • McKinsey’s latest AI research predicts it could create trillions worth of value someday.  Recode
  • You can now buy drinks, snacks and even hangover cures in the back of your Uber.  CNBC

International

  • Online retailers go offline in China.  The Economist
  • The journey to an agile organization at Zalando.  McKinsey
  • Alibaba’s TMall woos luxury brands to sell to its invite-only loyalty club for big spenders.  Glossy
  • Mantra acquires wearables maker Witworks.  LiveMint
  • Casper plans brick-and-mortar push into Canada. Retail Dive
  • WalMart in advanced talks to acquire Amazon’s India rival, Flipkart.  Recode
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WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.16.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Nordstrom opening a New York store as other retailers close theirs.  The New York Times
  • H&M announces Moschino collaboration.  Vogue
  • Amazon expands Prime Wardrobe.  RetailDive
  • What beauty players can teach the consumer sector about digital disruption.  McKinsey
  • Toys ‘R’ Us gets 11th hour bid from Little Tikes’ Larian.  Bloomberg
  • Levi’s CFO turns to robots to help keep the books.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Gap follows J.Crew in giving up on the bridal-wear industry.  Bloomberg
  • At Lands’ End, gone are the stilettos and trendy clothes that didn’t fit the brand’s customers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple’s business is now being powered with clean energy.  Bloomberg
  • Domino’s will now delivery to 150,000 parks, pools and other non-traditional locations.  TechCrunch
  • Why Sephora merged its digital and physical retail teams into one department.  Glossy
  • Estee Lauder adds two women CEOs to its board as it nears gender parity.  Fortune
  • Walmart recruits Postdates to help grocery delivery push.  Fortune
  • The retail industry is focusing on customer experience and convenience to win in ecommerce.  AdWeek
  • Netflix stock skyrockets on yet another subscriber growth spurt.  Fast Company
  • Target brings same-day delivery of in-store purchases to five cities.  Engadget
  • T-Mobile fined $40M by FTC for inserting fake ring tones.  Fast Company
  • Sears to close more stores.  Business Insider

Marketing and Social Media

  • Netflix may spend $300M to buy a billboard company.  AdWeek
  • Hermes plays a hipster tune.  The New York Times
  • Go young, go digital: Gucci and Louis Vuitton have similarly successful playbooks.  Glossy
  • HighSnobiety experiments with a multimedia vertical stories format.  Digiday
  • Bumble ditches Facebook login requirement.  Fortune
  • Women use their phones for way more than just communicating.  AdWeek
  • Pandora vs. Spotify: ad tech streams into audio.  AdAge
  • Snap is testing commerce with Snapchat Discover publishers.  Digiday
  • Abercrombie & Fitch is digging into its archives to gain ground with Gen Z.  Glossy
  • How a teen and Wendy’s proved that social superfine work.  Digiday

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • LVMH backs luxury startups.  Reuters
  • Colgate unveils smart toothbrush.  The Wall Street Journal
  • General Assembly sells to Adecco for $413M.  TechCrunch
  • The RealReal hunts for more funding amid IPO buzz.  RetailDive
  • Startup subscription service Billie raises $6M.  RetailDive
  • Adobe acquires voice interface platform Sayspring.  TechCrunch
  • US early-stage investment share shrinks as China surges.  TechCrunch
  • Google’s new VR tours let you experience imperiled cultural sites around the world.  Fast Company
  • How JetBlue is defining the future of travel and hospitality through JetBlue Technology Ventures.  Fast Company

International

  • Saudi Arabia just had its first Fashion Week.  The New York Times
  • Gap to open 3-4 new stores in India this year.  Economic Times
  • Alibaba is the latest Chinese internet giant to test self-driving cars.  Engadget

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.10.2018

Happy TUESDAY! Start your day with some industry news. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Spotify’s Wall Street debut is a success.  The New York Times
  • Why the QVC model still works for beauty brands.  Glossy
  • ASOS has ambitions for big expansion.  The Guardian
  • Designer brands are joining the direct-to-consumer fray.  Glossy
  • Nine West may be heading for bankruptcy.  Fast Company
  • Cult men’s brief brand Tommy John just launched a line of women’s undies.  Fast Company
  • Warehouses are now worth more than offices, thanks to Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • Resale is expected to be bigger than fast fashion within 10 years.  Fashionista
  • How InStyle is cashing in on beauty ecommerce.  Glossy
  • Some Amazon Key features including keyless entry, go nationwide.  CNet
  • Amazon now sells more than 70 of its own private-label brands.  Recode
  • Anthropologie CEO leaving this month.  WWD
  • Nine West files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  USA Today
  • Nordstrom opening a New York store as other retailers close theirs.  New York Times 
  • Amazon spent nearly $23B on R&D last year – more than any other U.S. company.  Recode
  • Paypal rolling out banking products.  TechCrunch

Marketing and Social Media

  • Google and Target issue first voice-activated coupon.  AdWeek
  • Bricks and clicks: How Instagram is changing physical retail.  Forbes
  • Amazon could lead in search ad business by 2020.  Mediapost
  • How Tumi is using AI in marketing campaigns, online and in stores.  Glossy
  • Polyvore acquired by global fashion platform SSENSE.  Fashionista
  • Snapchat cashes Houseparty group video chat app.  Adage
  • Adobe releases State of Digital Advertising 2018 research. Forbes
  • More targeted ads are coming to your TV.  AdWeek
  • Facebook really wants people to use Stories.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Tradesy acquired a closet service to compete with The RealReal.  Glossy
  • Virtual reality, now with the sense of touch.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart in takeover talks with pharmacy startup.  Bloomberg
  • Postdates launching pickup feature.  TechCrunch
  • 2.1B consumers will use mobile payments by 2019.  RetailDive
  • How Mobike’s founder turned a crazy idea into a $3B startup.  Bloomberg
  • Instacart raises another $150M.  TechCrunch
  • Alibaba is becoming a major investor in facial recognition technology.  Quartz

International

  • ShopShops aims at Chinese consumers via live streaming.  The Wall Street Journal
  • In China, the sharing economy stretches to fashion for millennials.  SCMP
  • These seven international retailers want to make a splash in the US.  CNBC
  • Tencent shows off their vision for the future of unmanned retail.  Jing Daily
  • Southeast Asia fashion startup Zilingo continues meteoric rise with $54M Series C  TechCrunch
  • Hong Kong money to help online fashion disrupter Moda Operandi break into the Asian market.  SCMP
  • Taco Bell plans explosive Australian growth as sales jump.  AdAge

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.2.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • AdoreMe to expand brick-and-mortar presence in challenge to Victoria’s Secret.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Bobbi Brown is ready to slay the wellness industry.  The New York Times
  • eBay Fashion aims to reposition in the face of competition.  Glossy
  • Here is who is winning the retail race, and it’s not inside the mall.  CNBC
  • H&M has a problem: $4.3B in unsold clothes.  The New York Times
  • Kohl’s bets on smaller stores to fuel its growth.  CNBC
  • Walmart may be acquiring health insurer Humana.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon may launch a bank account aimed at teens.  TechCrunch
  • Bumble is suing Match Group for $400M for fraudulently obtaining trade secrets.  TechCrunch
  • Rite Aid bid for Albertsons wins U.S. approval.  Bloomberg
  • The Sephora effect: How the retailer wields its power to boost new beauty brands.  Glossy
  • Ikea’s plan to leave the big blue box store behind.  Fast Company
  • Apple insists the iPhone is built in the U.S.  Recode
  • Lululemon stretches its digital marketing wings.  AdAge
  • Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren betting on denim revival.  Business of Fashion
  • Saks, Lord & Taylor report data breach affecting 5 million cards.   CNN Money
  • Toys ‘R’ Us shuts down web operations.  Fortune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Snapchat tests ‘Connected Apps’ as people choose to delete Facebook.  Mashable
  • As fallout from Cambridge Analytica hits Facebook, marketers shrug.  AdAge
  • Warby Parker and Arby’s team up to create WArby’s this April Fools’ Day.  AdWeek
  • IoT devices could be the next customer data frontier.  TechCrunch
  • LinkedIn is introducing auto-playing video ads.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook will cut off access to third party data for ad targeting.  TechCrunch
  • The number of OTT-only U.S. homes has tripled over the last five years.  AdWeek
  • Waze officially launches its ad program for small businesses.  TechCrunch
  • Instagram GIFs are back to Stories with stricter moderation.  The Verge
  • Facebook is investing $1B in small-business initiatives this year.  Inc
  • Amazon Spark is not taking off with brands, agencies.  Digiday
  • Influencers are getting long-term contracts that treat them more like traditional talent.  Digiday
  • The six new companies in the Twitter official partner program.  AdWeek
  • Social commerce is here, but is it ready for the mainstream consumer? AdWeek
  • Publicis Media launches global commerce practice.  AdWeek
  • TV’s share of ad spend expected to continue its decline this year.  AdWeek
  • Adobe announces it’s helping companies track people across devices to result in better ad quality.  Time
  • Shorter, skip-able ads coming to YouTube.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Google Home drops prices.  Forbes
  • Nike acquires customer data analytics company Zodiac.  MarketWatch
  • A new wave of beauty apps is coming for your skin-care routine.  Fashionista
  • Why Walmart is testing robots in its stores.  Fortune
  • How Shyp sunk: the rise and fall of an on-demand startup.  Fast Company
  • Goop raises $50M in series C round.  TechCrunch
  • New Apple Watch is coming this fall with larger displays, analyst says.  Fast Company

International

  • Farfetched CEO on the Chinese partners catapulting them ahead.  Jing Daily
  • Alibaba bets big on local delivery in a $9.5B deal.  Fortune
  • Alipay tempts Europe’s retailers with Chinese tourists’ massive spending power.  Quartz
  • Alibaba’s auto vending machine.  L2 Inc

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.26.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon has considered buying some Toys ‘R’ Us stores.  Bloomberg
  • WalMart’s ecommerce CEO explains why its many acquisitions will help it reach millennials.  AdWeek
  • WalMart to start selling cars at 250 stores.  AdAge
  • Everlane launches underwear basics.  Fast Company
  • Billionaire CEO wants to launch GoFundMe to buy Toys R Us.  The Washington Post
  • Best Buy to stop selling Huawei.  CNet
  • Ulta, Gap, Target and more: these retailers are still opening stores in 2018.  CNBC
  • Sephora is capitalizing on limited edition by commissioning exclusive products from brands.  Glossy
  • Nordstrom to partner with sneaker marketplace Stadium Goods at its stand-alone men’s store.  CNBC
  • Gap Inc. pledges to conserve 10B liters of water by 2020.  Fashionista
  • Chanel Beauty is expanding distribution in an effort to talk directly to customers.  Glossy
  • How retailers are defending their reason for existing in the Amazon age.  Glossy
  • New Look to close 60 stores.  Telegraph
  • Amazon just passed Alphabet to become the world’s second most valuable company.  CNBC
  • FedEx to add 500 new locations in Walmart stores in two years.  Business Insider
  • Everlane’s five tactics for winning at physical retail.  Business of Fashion

Marketing and Social Media

  • Facebook and Google face emboldened antagonists: big advertisers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Rivals chip away at Google’s and Facebook’s US digital ad dominance.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Instagram tweaks its feed to show newer posts first again.  Fortune
  • Home Depot expands partnership with Pinterest.  Retail Dive
  • Sonos is yanking its Facebook ads in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.  Fast Company
  • As Instagram Shopping goes global, brands look to optimize mobile commerce strategies.  Glossy
  • Elon Musk just deleted the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX.  Fast Company
  • Facebook debuted 3 new ad products for retailers at ShopTalk.  AdWeek
  • YouTube just become the top grossing iPhone app of the first time.  TechCrunch
  • Glossier’s customer obsession is about stirring up conversation.  RetailDive
  • Hulu has started to address advertisers’ inventory frustration.  Digiday
  • YouTube to increase ad inventory.  The Verge
  • Snapchat launches Map Explore feature to highlight breaking news.  The Verge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon has patented a drone that reacts to people shouting and waving at it.  USA Today
  • Salesforce is buying MuleSoft at enterprise value of $6.5B.  TechCrunch
  • This sneaker startup’s explosive growth comes from creative partnerships.  Fast Company
  • Dropbox pops in IPO.  CNN Money
  • Google may acquire light-field tech company Lytro for VR/AR.  CNet
  • Cheddar raises $22M for international expansion.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WalMart’s future could include drone assistants and smart cars.  Engadget
  • Tech’s next big wave: big data meets biology.  Fortune

International

  • India’s commerce market is exploding. Quartz
  • Uber exiting Southeast Asia.  TechCrunch
  • How to chase the next half-billion internet addicts in China.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Alibaba is doubling down on Southeast Asia as its rivals are moving in.  Quartz

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.19.2018

Here is your weekly scan of industry news to keep you relevant in your meetings.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Cheers!

Brands and Retailers

  • How Adidas is using apps to fuel its commerce ambitions.  Digiday
  • A Manhattan landlord connects with online retail upstarts.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Warby Parker raises $75M.  New York Times
  • Toy makers stare at $11B hole with death of Toys R Us. The Wall Street Journal
  • Linkedin’s $27B challenge: get people to use it more.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Tinder owner Match is suing Bumble over patents.  TechCrunch
  • Retail’s middle ground is a dangerous place.  Bloomberg
  • Blue Apron will start selling its meal kits in stores.  TechCrunch
  • L’oreal enters next phase of digital evolution strategy with acquisition of ModiFace.  Glossy
  • Why data is the most important currency used in commerce today.  Forbes
  • Glossier CEO: Brands of the future will be co-created.  CNN Money
  • Nike president to leave as company reviews improper conduct.  AdAge
  • Chanel’s beauty line is coming to Ulta.  Racked
  • Claire’s files for bankruptcy.  New York Times 

Marketing and Social Media

  • Uncovering Instagram bots with a new kind of detective work. New York Times
  • Google makes new push to turn retailers’ product searches into cash.  CNBC
  • Pinterest expands shopping ads for retailers.  AdAge
  • Rivals chip away at Google’s and Facebook’s U.S. digital ad dominance.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Twitter is working on a camera-first feature that could threaten Snap.  CNBC
  • Amazon preps new attribution tools and courts ad buyers.  Digiday
  • Macy’s launches TV and Instagram in push for women.  AdWeek
  • Adidas designed the silhouette of its latest show with Instagram in mind.  Quartz
  • How a beauty brand raised an army of 30,000 political activists.  Fast Company
  • Rihanna tells fans to throw Snapchat away; shares fall.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Leaked Amazon figures show TV drives millions of Prime signups.  Engadget
  • How Fitbit is trying to reboot its smartwatch effort to appeal to more women.  Fortune
  • The Urban Outfitters guide to winning social media.  Glossy

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Zara to lure millennials with augmented reality displays.  Reuters
  • Outdoor Voices raises $34M in latest funding round.  CNBC
  • Say hello to Cora, the new flying taxi from a secretive startup funded by Google’s Larry Page.  Fortune
  • The Skimm raises $12M for its newsletter.  TechCrunch
  • LL Bean cancels Internet of Things project.  The Wall Street Journal
  • VW just gave Tesla a $25B battery shock.  Bloomberg
  • Made.com raises $56M.  TechCrunch

International

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.12.2018

Happy Monday! Here is the industry news round-up from the last week. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Walmart is about to open a technology research center in Plano’s Granite Park.  Dallas News 
  • Nordstrom will start selling Anthropologie home products.  Architectural Digest
  • Sizzling Aerie brand lifts American Eagle.  Seeking Alpha
  • Abercombie’s flagship brand is bouncing back.  Bloomberg
  • L’oreal launches men’s brand with David Beckham.  Bloomberg
  • Blue Apron stock suffers as Weight Watchers gets into meal kits.  TechCrunch
  • Tommy Hilfiger’s bet on instant gratification is paying off.  Business of Fashion
  • At Target, it’s the year of acceleration.  Retail Dive
  • Zara turns to robots as in-store pickups surge. The Wall Street Journal
  • Abercrombie to close 60 more stores.  CNBC
  • Why the toy industry would suffer if Toys ‘R’ Us disappears.  Fortune
  • Netflix eyeing total of about 700 original series in 2018.  Variety

Marketing and Social Media

  • The company that’s taking stoppable video seriously – and driving results.  AdWeek
  • Branded podcasts are the ads people actually want to listen to.  Fast Company
  • Lorde and other US musicians can now start posting on Google.  TechCrunch
  • Google promises publishers an alternative to AMP.  TechCrunch
  • Decoding Chanel’s Gen-Z strategy.  Business of Fashion
  • Twitter might verify everybody to stop bots and fake news.  Fast Company
  • Google is selling off Zagat to restaurant review site The Infatuation.  The Verge
  • The big potential of micro-influencers.  Women’s Wear Daily
  • Facebook’s new tool allows travel brands to shape vacationers’ plans from the start. AdWeek
  • Netflix to introduce mobile previews with vertical video in April.  Variety
  • Snap is reportedly laying off around 100 employees.  TechCrunch
  • 74% of Facebook users visit the site daily and 51% go several times a day.  Marketing Land 
  • Snapchat and Instagram remove Giphy feature due to racial slur GIF.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook has signed a deal to stream 25 afternoon MLB games.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat’s tagging test could help brands and influencers build their follower numbers.  MarketingLand

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Nordstrom snaps up tech startups to fuel mobile shopping.  Retail Dive
  • Bose is carving out $50M for startups using its new audio-focused AR tech.  TechCrunch
  • Dropbox announces deeper integration with Salesforce ahead of IPO.  TechCrunch
  • Boxed reportedly rejected $400M buyout offer from Kroger. TechCrunch
  • Amazon adds photo confirmation for deliveries.  Retail Dive
  • Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Joe Tsai invest $20M in Rent the Runway.  TechCrunch
  • Now you can have a conversation with Alexa without screaming “Hey, Alexa” for every request.  TechCrunch
  • How L’oreal is using tech to make thousands of custom skin shades.  AdWeek
  • Why Blockchain will survive even if Bitcoin doesn’t.  Wall Street Journal
  • Brands are finally embracing augmented reality, but not without speed bumps.  AdWeek
  • DVF is bringing customization and VR to its flagship store.  Glossy
  • The men’s alternative to Rent the Runway is plotting a $30M expansion to make weddings and job interviews way easier.  Business Insider
  • ASOS’s visual search tool is now available to all of its shoppers.  Engadget

International

  • Zara to launch New Zealand online store in March.  Business Day
  • Amazon to enter Vietnam in challenge to Alibaba.  Nikkei Asian Review
  • Amazon to expand in India by adding original regional content.  Nasdaq

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.5.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon wants to make it easier to shop its website without a credit card.  CNBC
  • Best Buy overcomes Amazon threat with best Christmas since 2003.  Bloomberg
  • StitchFix looks to diversify product set with push into intimate apparel.  Glossy
  • How Levi Strauss reinvented the way it makes jeans.  Fortune
  • Gap jumps as Old Navy strength fuels optimism for rebound.  Bloomberg
  • Adidas sales rose 15 to 20 percent in 2017.  Business of Fashion
  • L Brands beats forecasts.  Business of Fashion
  • AllBirds is selling a limited-edition shoe exclusively on Instagram.  Glossy
  • Kohl’s sees growth in sales.  Business of Fashion
  • Amazon will soon stop selling all Nest products.  The Verge
  • WalMart’s apparel push is just beginning.  Retail Dive
  • eBay launches “Under $10” storefront to join Amazon in battle with Wish.  TechCrunch
  • Solving for the last mile is retail’s next big disruption.  Retail Dive
  • Target to spend $250M to remodel Twin Cities stores.  Star Tribune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Publishers get a boost from Twitter video.  Digiday
  • Twitter tests integration with outside ad buying platforms.  AdAge
  • Snapchat takes a flexible approach to how advertising is sold in its shows.  Digiday
  • Buzzfeed launches Tasty-branded kitchenware to be sold at WalMart.  Fast Company
  • The 18-through-24 age group continues to be drawn to Snapchat and Instagram.  AdWeek
  • Instagram code reveals unreleased voice and video calling.  TechCrunch
  • YouTube ‘stories’ feature lets creators swap out backgrounds without a green screen.  9to5Google
  • P&G sees better attitude among digital players but still cuts spend.  AdAge
  • NRA boycott shows why brand values are a vital marketing strategy.  Fast Company
  • These seven traditional retailers are cashing in on the subscription box craze. CNBC
  • Why Lacoste replaced its signature alligator for its new polo shirts.  Entrepreneur
  • The Glossier machine kicks into action to sell its new product.  Racked
  • Google Search now available in iMessage.  TechCrunch
  • Google is selling off Zagat.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon acquires Ring, maker of video doorbells.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Spotify’s IPO is not like other IPOs.  CNN
  • DoorDash raises $535M, now valued at $1.4B.  TechCrunch
  • ClassPass introduces more flexible booking.  Fast Company
  • Uber is driving patients to their doctors in big grab for medical transit market.  The Verge
  • Voice shopping sales could reach $40B by 2022.  USA Today

International

  • Zalando to enter two new markets in Europe.  Reuters
  • China is turning Ethiopia into a giant fast-fashion factory.  Bloomberg
  • Livestreams and trunk shows could be China’s next big wave in luxury.  Jing Daily
  • Amazon has French grocery stores in its sights, too.  Quartz
  • Xiaomi might finally sell its smartphones stateside this year.  Fast Company

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.26.2018

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Chanel and Farfetch team up for digital push at fashion label’s stores.  Reuters
  • Amazon is giving its Prime members with a Visa rewards card 5% back when shopping at Whole Foods.  CNBC
  • Albertsons to buy Rite Aid in latest Amazon countermeasure.  Bloomberg
  • Soon available at WalMart, Harry’s is giving Gillette a run for its money.  Fast Company
  • AirBnB is rolling out a new tier aimed at higher-end travelers.  TechCrunch
  • UPS is working on a fleet of 50 custom-built electric delivery trucks.  TechCrunch
  • Nordstrom Family Group finalizing take private offer.  Business of Fashion
  • How Everyone is building the next-gen clothing brand.  Fast Company
  • Amazon has quietly launched an exclusive line of over-the-counter health products.  CNBC
  • Walmart has big year of commerce investments planned to bring growth back to 40%.  CNBC
  • Kith is dropping exclusive collections on Net-a-Porter.  Fashionista
  • Amazon plans to open as many as six more Amazon Go stores this year.  Recode
  • WalMart is launching a home decor site.  Business Insider
  • Net-a-porter beauty business is thriving.  Glossy
  • Walmart aims for affluent customers with online mattress line.  New York Times
  • Fitbit posted a weaker-than expected quarter.  Techcrunch
  • Chewy beats Amazon in online pet supply business.  Forbes
  • ASOS launches first-ever activewear line for men and women.  Independent

Social Media + Marketing

  • Nike teamed up with Snap and Darkstar to pre-release shoes on Snapchat.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat copies Instagram, adds gif stickers.  The Next Web
  • Google debuts AdSense ‘auto ads’ with machine learning to make placement and monetization choice.  TechCrunch
  • Chanel unveils Instagram feed for beauty devotees.  LA Times
  • Maybelline asks followers if Snapchat is worth it.  AdAge
  • Is brand-free beauty the wave of the future?  Fashionista
  • Goop expands media empire with Gwyneth-hosted podcast.  Fast Company
  • Facebook says its clarifying its ad metrics.  TechCrunch
  • Get ready for 3D posts in your Facebook newsfeed.  Techradar
  • Instagram is dissolving its global community team.  The Verge

Startups + Emerging Tech

  • Glossier raises $52M in Series C funding.  Fashionista
  • Oreo snacks on AR in new mobile scavenger hunt.  Mobile Marketer
  • Diamond industry turns to AR to attract wedding-wary millennials.  Glossy
  • Proven wants to sell AI distilled custom skincare.  TechCrunch
  • DropBox files for IPO of up to $500M to tap into the public market.  The Drum
  • Dolce & Gabbana is using drones to model handbags at Milan Fashion Week.  Business Insider
  • Apple plan giant high-end iPhone and lower priced models.  AdAge

International

  • From online-only to omni-channel in China. Wall Street Journal
  • Flipkart is crushing Amazon in one of India’s biggest ecommerce categories.  Quartz
  • Chinese KOLs are a dime-a-dozen but sometimes a dime well spent.  Jing Daily

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.19.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Burberry teams up with FarFetch in online push.  Business of Fashion 
  • Nautica brand to be sold by VF after losing its 90’s cool.  Bloomberg
  • J.Crew has hired the Starbucks executive who transformed the coffee chain into a tech innovator.  Recode
  • H&M forecasts physical stores to return to growth next year.  Business of Fashion 
  • In cutting time to market, toy companies try on fast-fashion approach. The Wall Street Journal
  • Fossil shares surge 79% as wearable tech spurs sales.  Fortune
  • Campbell Soup organic sales fall as dispute with Walmart continues.  CNBC
  • Walmart rolls out new apparel brands for women, kids and plus sizes.  CNBC
  • Sam’s Club offering free shipping in challenge to Costco and Amazon.  Fortune
  • Shopify beats estimates but signs emerge of slowing growth.  Business of Fashion 
  • Pepsi is investing in its ecommerce business to avoid the retail apocalypse.  Business Insider 
  • Sears to post a rare profit but that’s only thanks to tax reform.  Fortune
  • Walmart goes to the cloud to close the gap with Amazon. Reuters

Marketing and Social Media

  • Snapchat opens a store – and takes aim at a trillion-dollar industry.  Fast Company
  • How Giphy is bringing GIF engagement to brands.  The New York Times 
  • Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google if they don’t help clean up the internet.  Fortune
  • How Glamgldw became the skin-care brand with the most buzz on social media.  Digiday
  • The Stories format is coming to Google search results next.  The Verge
  • Snap will use data to lure digital stars back from Instagram.  Bloomberg
  • Vimeo launches tools for simultaneous uploading or live streaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch.  TechCrunch
  • Why Diesel opened a deceptive NYC pop-up store selling knockoffs of its own clothes.  AdWeek
  • Google Chrome debuts automatic blocking of annoying ads.  Ars Technica

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • WeWork moves into retail with new partnership with J.Crew.  Glossy
  • Harry’s raises $112M to go behind shaving.  New York Times
  • Oreo hopes to see success in its own scavenger hunt AR game.  Digiday
  • Oliver Cabell disrupted the luxury bag market, and now it’s taking on sneakers.  Fast Company
  • Amazon-owned Twitch is expanding in Europe.  Digiday

International