Weekly Industry Brief: 6.10.2019

Happy Monday! Time for your weekly homework – a quick skim of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Retailer Revolve rides influencer wave to IPO, snags a $1.5B market cap.  Forbes
  • States prepare to launch investigations into tech giants.  The Wall Street Journal
  • A glimpse into the many subscription start-ups focusing on renting everything from clothes to furniture. The New York Times
  • Walmart will launch direct to fridge delivered in three cities.  AdAge
  • Barnes and Noble is sold to hedge fund.  The New York Times
  • Amazon reveals its latest delivery drone design.  Fortune
  • Low-income shoppers boost Target, Costco, others, report finds.  CNBC
  • Everlane says new tariffs will drive up apparel prices.  The New York Times 
  • PayPal announces new payments solution for online retailers.  RetailDive
  • Amazon’s new rewards card targets those with bad credit.  TechCrunch

Marketing + Social Media

  • How Amazon’s in-house brand business measures up against rivals.  AdAge
  • Instagram users can now add song lyrics to their stories.  Billboard
  • Facebook plans cryptocurrency debut.  TechCrunch
  • Sign in with Apple coming to iPhone apps.  CNet
  • American Eagle’s council of Gen Z teens helping shaping the future of the company.  Fast Company
  • Your Instagram feed is about to have more ads from influencers.  The New York Times 
  • Fortnite emerges as social media platform for Gen Z.  AdAge
  • DTC brands add $1.4B to TV marketplace.  AdAge
  • Pinterest, Instagram and the future of furniture retail.  Forbes
  • Levi’s creates shoppable Pride Lens with Snapchat.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat launches in-app stores for Snap influencers.  Digiday
  • How Yeti’s $300 coolers evolved into the hottest outdoor lifestyle accessory.  Fortune

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Salesforce is buying data visualization company Tableau for $15.7B in all-stock deal.  TechCrunch
  • Depop just raised $62M to triple its US users.  Business Insider 
  • Peloton files to go public.  The Verge
  • Can technology keep fake handbags out of the marketplace?  Fashionista
  • Amazon launches AI-powered ‘Shazam for clothes’ fashion search.  The Verge
  • Kering uses AI to keep up with growth.  AdAge

International

  • WeChat’s new social commerce feature.  Jing Daily
  • Amazon invetes $404M Indian operations. TechCrunch
  • Digital retailers want a piece of India’s cashless commerce.  Bloomberg 
  • Luxury brands book bigger sales in mainland China.  Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 4.22.2019

Happy Monday! Hope many of you are enjoying or got to enjoy some R&R on Spring Break with your fam. In the meantime, here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks – was too caught up in the busy week to post last week!! Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Netflix to open a production hub in New York City and invest up to $100M in the city.  TechCrunch
  • Ikea is helping New Yorkers make the most of tiny spaces.  Fortune
  • Everlane is rolling out a new sustainable sneaker brand called Tread.  AdWeek
  • Tindr becomes the top-grossing, non-game app in Q1 2019, ending Netflix’s reign.  TechCrunch
  • Wayfair to launch live streaming service on Way Day.  Retail Dive
  • Martha Stewart brand to be sold.  Forbes
  • To woo shoppers, stores like Nordstrom and Walgreens acceptation competitors’ returns.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart is launching its first subscription box for apparel and it’s for kids.  CNBC
  • Google & Amazon reach an agreement to bring their streaming video apps to each others’ platforms.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon launches free music streaming service.  AdAge
  • Hanky Panky, famous for its ‘one-size fits all’ underwear, relaunches with more inclusive sizing and menswear.  AdWeek
  • Converse’s plot to take back basketball with help from Nike. Fast Company
  • Bed Bath & Beyond to shutter 40 stores this year.  CNN
  • Venmo’s latest effort to turn a profit: credit cards. The Wall Street Journal
  • How Kroger plans to keep up in the digital age.  The Wall Street Journal
  • American Eagle says spinoff for Aerie could happen but not now.  Bloomberg
  • Why subscription boxes are here to stay.  Forbes
  • The ever-changing store: taking an agile, customer-centric approach to format redesign.  McKinsey
  • Macy’s puts Story in 36 of its stores.  CNBC
  • Offering shoppers new experiences isn’t helping as malls see story closures and falling traffic.  NBC

Marketing + Social Media

  • Adidas used Airdrop to surprise Coachella attendees with free sneakers.  PSFK
  • IPO day for Pinterest and Zoom ends with shares sharply higher.  The New York Times 
  • How Sephora is cultivating its own team of influencers.  Glossy
  • Lush leaves social media in UK. BBC
  • Generation Z Americans will be the ultimate cannabis consumers.  AdAge
  • Inside the purpose-driven branding of Sweetgreen.  AdWeek
  • Instagram hides Like count in leaked design prototype.  TechCrunch
  • Kids love these YouTube channels. Who creates them is a mystery.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Netflix creates Wide, a print magazine explaining its content.  The Drum
  • The new era of high fashion and video game collabs: Inside Moschino and The Sims partnership.  Fortune
  • Samsung to delay launch of foldable phone.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Apple make take on Tile with item-tracking tags.  Fast Company
  • Venture capital is putting its money into astrology.  The New York Times
  • Uber’s self-driving car unit just raised another $1B.  Fast Company
  • L’Oreal ups AI investment with La Roche-Posay spot-scanning tech.  The Drum
  • The fascinating ways PepsiCo uses AI and machine learning to deliver success.  Forbes
  • JCPenney explains why it dropped Apple Pay.  TechCrunch
  • VCs bet on cannabis vaping, ED meds and mobile fertility clinics.  TechCrunch
  • Serena Williams announces her VC firm via Instagram.  AdAge
  • From lab-grown meat to fermented fungus, here’s what corporate food VS’s are serving up.  TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon gives up on challenging Alibaba and JD.com in China.  Motley Fool
  • Amazon to sharpen focus on India after running into China wall.  LiveMint

And a bonus this week because it’s funny…and I’m sure relevant to many of our jobs! Who’s been asked about their TikTok strategy? via Marketoonist

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 4.1.2019

Rabbit, rabbit! A new month, a new quarter for some of us and hopefully the start of actual Spring weather soon. 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

    • Office Depot has to pay the FTC $35M for fake malware scans.  Fast Company
    • Ecommerce and men’s spurred growth for Lululemon.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Amazon looks to payments to connect shopping channels.  Digiday
    • NBCU wades into ecommerce with new golf shop.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Whole Foods opens a bodega-like shop in Chelsea.  Eater
    • Walgreens to clear shelf space for CBD products in 1500 stores.  Fortune
    • JCPenney to close 27 stores.  Today
    • Amazon and Whole Foods slash prices.  CNN
    • Luxury brands turn to airports for store growth.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Ecommerce fuels Williams-Sonoma’s strong Q4. Seeking Alpha
    • Wayfair to open a brick-and-mortar store.  The Boston Globe
    • Tommy Hilfiger closes New York flagship.  WWD
    • WOW airlines ceases operations.  AdAge
    • Drew Barrymore and Walmart unveil home goods line.  WWD
    • H&M turnaround gains traction.  Retail Dive
    • Burger King to launch meat-less Impossible burger. Fortune
    • Restoration Hardware’s radical approach is paying off.  Forbes

Social Media + Marketing

    • TikTok: How we hang out at work together online now.  The New York Times
    • Generation Z: Who they are, in their own words.  The New York Times
    • Sephora picks 24 influencers for its coveted #SephoraSquad program.  Fast Company
    • Instagram tests fast forward feature for videos.  Engadget
      Instagram and the $1.7B influencer economy.  Vogue
    • Facebook launches searchable transparency library of all active ads.  TechCrunch
    • Ralph Lauren looks to establish more diverse image.  Glossy
    • Why beauty brands are investing in Pinterest.  Glossy
    • Unilever launches ‘trusted publisher’ list to vet digital players.  AdAge
    • U.S. Government charges Facebook with discrimination based on ad targeting practices.  AdWeek
    • How brands can build successful relationships with influencers.  Harvard Business Review

Start-ups + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

    • 7 things to know about Lyft’s IPO.  Fast Company
    • New wellness startup Feals brings the DTC treatment to CBD.  Fashionista
    • 1stDibs nabs $76B Series D funding.  TechCrunch
    • You can soon order Domino’s Pizza via your car’s touchscreen. Engadget
    • LVMH turns to blockchain for authentication.  Glossy
    • Pandora to test interactive voice ads later this year.  TechCrunch
    • Why Apple had to cancel its airpower charging pad.  Fortune

International

    • Alibaba has acquired Teambiton, a China-based Trello and Asana rival in its enterprise push.  TechCrunch
    • Amazon to roll out 100 kiosks in malls across India.  The Economic Times

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.25.2019

Hey! Thanks for keeping up on industry news with me.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

    • Levi’s shares rose 32% in first day.  The New York Times
    • Everything Apple announced on Monday.  Gizmodo
    • After IPO, Levi’s sets its sights on $10B.  Fortune
    • How Glossier grew into a $1B beauty business.  CNN
    • Ulta is pulling ahead of Sephora and Amazon in battle for beauty shoppers.  Forbes
    • Square takes on Shopify with new micro-merchant tools.  Fast Company
    • CVS is partnering with brands like Medterra to sell CBD products in stores.  AdWeek
    • Madewell is in growth mode. Bloomberg
    • DSW to rebrand in shift to more in-house brands.  The Wall Street Journal
    • WalMart to drop price-matching program.  Dallas News
    • Fast fashion brands have a new threat in the $24B second hand clothing market. CNBC
    • Cannabis retail is here.  RetailDive
    • Neiman Marcus plants its flag in New York’s luxury battleground.  Fortune
    • Charlotte Russe to close all stores, begin liquidation.  Fortune
    • Study finds that most Amazon brands are duds, not disrupters.  Bloomberg
    • Starbucks announces trials for recyclable and compostable cups.  CNBC
    • 74% of consumers go to Amazon when they’re ready to buy something.  CNBC
    • Apple accidentally reveals iPhone upgrade.  Forbes
    • Victoria’s Secret formally returns to swimwear.  Fortune
    • Is Apple saying goodbye to fashion? The New York Times
    • Ikea enters Manhattan with small, urban format.  Curbed
    • Amazon to debut private-label skincare line.  CNBC
    • Hermes to launch skincare and makeup.  Elle

Social Media + Marketing

    • Why social commerce is becoming the ultimate form of advertising for CMO’s. Forbes
    • Pinterest steps up planning for IPO.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Apple unveils its $9.99/month news subscription service.  TechCrunch
    • Snapchat’s private ad market thrills brands but not publishers.  AdAge
    • Amazon is blocking ads for products that lose money.  Fast Company
    • Mobile ads trigger quicker recall, action than you might think.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Ahead of Apple’s video launch, YouTube pulls the plug on its Hollywood dreams. Fast Company
    • Pinterest and Airbnb team up on a Spring and Summer travel guide.  AdWeek
    • Warner Bro’s and Snapchat create first-ever voice-activated AR lens. AdWeek
    • Snapchat inks Foursquare deal to make ads even more targeted.  Inc

Start up + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

    • Rent the Runway’s new funding round values the company at $1B.  The New York Times
    • McDonald’s bets big on big data with $300M acquisition.  Wired
    • Estee Lauder bets on tech innovation for future growth.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Walmart is using its money-losing personal shopping service start up, Jet Black, to develop AI to compete with Amazon.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Nars bets on virtual try-ons to fuel the in-store experience.  Glossy
    • Robinhood acquires financial newsletter MarketSnacks.  Fortune

International 

    • Uber will reportedly buy its Middle Easter rival, Careem for $3.1B.  Fast Company
    • How Sotheby’s is curating luxury experiences for millennials in Hong Kong.  Jing Daily
    • Yunji, a startup that enables social commerce via WeChat, files for $200M US IPO.  TechCrunch

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.18.2019

Hey! I’m back after a hectic Monday prevented me from posting last week.  Here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Levi’s to return to stock exchange after strong comeback.  Fortune
  • Luxury retailer Barney’s jumps on the cannabis train with fancy head shop in Beverly Hills.  The New York Times 
  • PayLess is closing all its 2,100 US stores.  CNN
  • Walgreens to add mobile payment app Alipay.  AdWeek
  • Amazon pulls out of planned New York City headquarters.  The New York Times 
  • Amazon launches a home shopping channel.  Forbes 
  • Subscription ecommerce startups show resilience.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Google to invest $13B in US data centers and offices this year.  CNN
  • Crate & Barrel partners with home services site Handy for furniture assembly deal.  Reuters
  • AirBnB just hired Virgin America’s former CEO as chief transportation officer.  Fast Company 
  • Most U.S. companies say they are planning to transition to a circular economy.  Fast Company 
  • Hermes’ refusal to change is its most radical gesture yet.  The New York Times 
  • Victoria Beckham launches own-brand beauty.  Vogue
  • Amazon aims to make half of its shipments carbon neutral by 2030. TechCrunch
  • Angela Ahrendts is leaving Apple.  Fortune
  • Apple’s executive shake-up readies company for life after iPhone.  The Wall Street Journal
  • CVS’s new HealthHub concept aims to reinvent the corner drugstore.  The Motley Fool

Marketing + Social Media

  • Instagram purges fake followers.  Fast Company
  • Facebook tests empowering publishers to deliver ads to Watch.  AdAge
  • What brands are doing to be more inclusive for people with disabilities. Marketing Week
  • Lego partners with Snapchap to sell clothing.  Forbes
  • US digital ad revenues up 22% to reach $26.2B reports IAB.  The Drum
  • Pinterest is bringing skin tone ranges to its iOS app.  AdWeek
  • Target is taking its new loyalty program to more cities.  CNBC
  • Amazon debuts rewards programme on Washington Post and TikTok apps.  The Drum
  • Amazon has a big advertising business and Walmart wants one too.  Bloomberg

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Apple buys UK-based digital marketing startup, DataTiger.  AdAge
  • JP Morgan is launching its own cryptocurrency.  The Verge
  • Amazon opens up Alexa store for anyone to create and publish custom skills.  The Verge
  • Facebook acquires visual search business GrokStyle.  Essential Retail
  • Apple hires ex-Microsoft exec to revamp its smart home business.  CNBC
  • Walmart is putting VR-equipped trailers in its parking lots with plans to bring it to stores.  CNBC
  • Joor raises $16M to expand its online fashion marketplace for wholesalers.  VentureBeat
  • Foot Locker pours $100M into sneaker resale startup GOAT.  Fast Company 

International

  • Estee Lauder sales rise as Chinese consumer spend big on beauty.  The Wall Street Journal
  • UK retail sales jump the most in six months on clothing discounts.  Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 07.16.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon suffers glitches at the start of Prime Day, its biggest shopping day of the year.  CNBC
  • Amazon’s share of the US commerce market is now 49% or 5% of all retail spend.  TechCrunch
  • Nordstrom Local expands its innovative, inventory-free retail hubs.  Fast Company
  • Fabletics plans to open 75 new stores in global push.  CNBC
  • Home Depot getting into the home decor space.  Forbes
  • US mobile data use, cell sites set new records in 2017.  Wireless Week
  • Study finds that Amazon Prime Day suppresses foot traffic at other retailers.  Fortune
  • Nike’s digital reboot is working.  CNN Money
  • New Nike concept store goes live in LA.  Retail Dive
  • How Kylie Jenner built a $900M fortune in less than 3 years.  Forbes
  • Why brands like Madewell and Reformation are driving growth for Nordstrom.  Fashionista
  • How Huda Kattan built a multi-million dollar beauty brand from a blog.  Fast Company
  • This retailer is betting big on made-to-order brands and is opening 15 stores dedicated to it.  AdWeek
  • Strong retail sales in June boosted growth.  The Wall Street Journal
  • CPG giants seek out tie-ups and push M&A to 15-year high.  Forbes
  • Apple launches clean energy fund in China.  NBC
  • Netflix stock plummets after missed subscriber targets by 1M.  Fast Company

Marketing and Social Media

  • Target has a secret app for superfine and it looks like Instagram.  Fast Company
  • Google works with Shopify to spur commerce, retail ad spending.  Bloomberg
  • Aerie’s latest campaign features women in wheelchairs, with illnesses and more.  Fashionista
  • Pinterest’s rudimentary consultancy gives retailers advice on in-store marketing.  The Drum
  • On Instagram TV, brands go longer, weirder.  AdAge
  • Facebook testing AR ads in the news feed and new tool to help brands create video ads.  MarketingLand
  • Google expanding store visitation and local conversion reporting.  Search Engine Land
  • How H&M’s millennial brand Nyden is crowdsourcing design on Instagram.  Glossy

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Alibaba, Amazon and Nike all point to the next innovation in retail: personalized physical spaces.  Forbes
  • AdQuick raises over $2M to make billboard advertising more programmatic.  TechCrunch
  • Lady Gaga is quietly working on a new beauty startup.  Recode
  • Retailers use AI for more personalized approach.  AdAge
  • Facebook taught bots how to navigate New York City using natural language.  Fast Company
  • Adobe is bringing real Photoshop to the iPad, possibly in 2019.  Fast Company

International

  • Burberry to cut prices in China.  Jing Daily
  • Louis Vuitton expands ecommerce to cover all of China.  Jing Daily
  • Instagram is changing the way fashion sells in India.  Quartz
  • WeWork’s biggest rival in China is on an acquisition spree.  TechCrunch

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.11.2018

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

  • Lord & Taylor is closing 10 stores including its Fifth Avenue flagship.  Fortune
  • Gucci aims to rival Louis Vuitton with $12B target.  Fortune
  • The world’s largest apparel companies 2018.  Forbes
  • Amazon introduces the Fire TV cube.  Quartz
  • Ikea no longer just a furniture company.  Fast Company
  • Why 2018 is the year of modernization for Target.  Retail Dive
  • Five surprising findings about how people buy shoes and clothes.  Harvard Business Review
  • Kayla Itsines’ Sweat app will rake in $77M this year.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon taps into the indie beauty craze with new online store.  Glossy
  • Target, Sycamore tried to acquire Toys ‘R’ Us assets.  Bloomberg
  • Rue La La is buying GIlt.  Bloomberg
  • How FitBit is trying to transform healthcare and itself.  Fast Company
  • Yahoo Messenger to shut down.  Fortune
  • How pop-up shops are evolving as commerce brands expand their footprints.  AdWeek
  • Starbucks increases price of coffee.  AdAge
  • J.C. Penny to open 650 Fanatics shops in stores.  Women’s Wear Daily

Marketing and Social Media

  • Facebook allows video with copyrighted music, tests Lip Sync Live.  TechCrunch
  • SeatGeek brings ticket selling into Snapchat.  TechCrunch
  • Is H&M’s influencer-drive line the future of fashion?  Fast Company
  • Behind the messy, expensive split between Facebook and WhatsApp founders.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facebook shared data with Chinese telecom Huawei, raising US government security concerns.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook monetizes Marketplace with ads from users and brands.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook takes on Twitch with launch of new game streaming.  Tech Radar
  • Snapchat ad prices go from ungodly to cheap.  AdAge
  • Instagram plans to launch a Snapchat Discover-style video hub.  TechCrunch
  • Direct-to-consumer brands sour on Facebook ads.  Digiday
  • Publishers are seeing traffic from more than just Facebook.  AdWeek
  • How Generation Z’s social media savvy entrepreneurs are giving millennials a run for their money.  CNBC
  • US podcast ad revenues hit record $314M in 2017. TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • The Honest Company accelerates growth strategy with investment from L Catterton.  BusinessWire
  • Casper launches a $35 nap pillow for sleeping on-the-go.  TechCrunch
  • Apple drew up a patent for a new kind of blood pressure monitor.  The Verge
  • H&M tests voice-activated mirrors at NYC flagship.  Retail Dive
  • Why Microsoft is willing to pay so much for Github.  Harvard Business Review
  • How shopping app Wish is building a retail empire.  CNet
  • Microsoft acquires a bunch of game studios.  TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon extends UK hiring spree as Brexit uncertainty lingers.  Bloomberg
  • Chinese buyers crave a new sales pitch: “experiential luxury”.  Jing Daily
  • Luxury sales are rebounding in China. Just not in stores. The New York Times
  • India’s online sales to grow 31% in 2018. LiveMint

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.14.2018

TGIM (“Thank God It’s Monday”)! Here is your recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have an awesome week.

Brands and Retailers

  • Target testing a retail ‘flow center’ for faster, nimbler distribution.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Five more Nike executives out amid inquiry into harassment allegations.  The New York Times 
  • WalMart to start selling Harry’s razors.  Bloomberg
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills could be valued at $3B after minority stake acquisition.  CNBC
  • Why Nestle is paying $7.2B to sell Starbucks Coffee.  Fortune
  • Sears extends partnership with Amazon as transformation continues.  Retail Dive
  • Stadium Goods positioned itself as the Tiffany’s of the high-end sneaker resale market.  The New York Times
  • Amazon launches private label pet brand.  Retail Dive
  • Apple is reportedly working on a credit card.  Quartz
  • Handy wants to take care of the heavy lifting for furniture retailers.  Forbes
  • Canadian Tie to buy sportswear brand Helly Hansen in $770M deal.  Reuters
  • Shopify launching a brick-and-mortar store.  Forbes
  • Urban Outfitters experiments with pop-ups and artist collaborations.  Glossy
  • Marriott to compete with Airbnb in home-sharing game.  Fast Company
  • Mondelez buying Tate’s Bake Shop for $500M.  Fortune
  • How product customization is driving a new business strategy at Tapestry.  Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Instagram adds video chat to its host of features.  The Drum
  • Brands can turn social video views into conversions.  PYMNTS
  • How social media issuing used to sell real estate.  AdWeek
  • Amazon stops buying shopping ads on Google. AdAge
  • Why beauty brands are shifting their focus from the feed to Instagram Stories.  Glossy
  • Why Revlon brought its digital marketing and sales organizations in-house.  Glossy
  • Snapchat’s redesigned redesign starts rolling out.  The Verge
  • Amazon, Snapchat could bring competition to Facebook and Google.  Digiday
  • Businesses on Instagram are getting calls to action, direct messaging improvements.  AdWeek
  • Instagram’s emoji slider sticker added a new element to polling friends and followers.  AdWeek
  • Facebook suspends 200 apps for potential misuse of data. AdAge
  • Bonobos looks to cash in on fashion’s inclusivity movement.  Glossy

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Google’s Style Match feature applies image recognition to finding products.  Racked
  • What blockchain could mean for marketing.  Harvard Business Review
  • LVMH to invest in Lyst upon new round of funding.  Fashionista
  • Uber unveils the flying taxi it wants to rule the skies.  Wired
  • Amazon is setting up model ‘smart’ homes to sell Alexa gadgets.  New York Post
  • Blockchain used to track gems to counter blood diamonds and fakes.  Forbes
  • Google and Levi’s connected jacket will let you know when your Uber is here.  TechCrunch

International

  • Alibaba’s brick-and-mortar malls herald new growth strategy.  Nikkei
  • How Chinese consumer engage with luxury livestreamers.  Jing Daily

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: 11.20.2017

Happy Black Friday Week! And Happy Thanksgiving. Hope everyone has a very successful two weeks ahead.

Here is a recap of industry from the last week. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • American Eagle opened a store of the future complete with free laundry and an iPad in every dressing room. Business Insider
  • Forever 21 reports payment card security breach. Reuters
  • Reformation launches very cute, very planet-friendly baby clothes. Fashionista
  • Farfetch’s revenue up 74% to last year. Fashionista 
  • Google Express lets you shop at Costco without a membership. Fast Company
  • Abercrombie & Fitch revenue up in Q3; rebranding is catching on with consumers. Fashionista
  • Gain in U.S. retail sales last month signals steady demand. Bloomberg
  • Black Friday will be the biggest mobile shopping day ever in the U.S., claims forecast. TechCrunch
  • Amazon and Whole Foods unveil new price cuts for Prime members. The Verge
  • For the first time, Calvin Klein to sell new underwear exclusively on Amazon this holiday. L2
  • Wal-Mart joins retailers planning to try out Tesla truck. Bloomberg
  • As athleisure cools, denim heats up. The Business of Fashion
  • Uber agrees to buy tens of thousands of Volvo cars for its autonomous fleet. Fast Company
  • Why this Christmas is make-or-break for Macy’s. Fortune
  • Lululemon enters footwear market with branded sneaker line. SmartBrief

Marketing and Social Media

  • Dollar Shave Club CMO thinks online estate sales are the next big thing. Ad Age
  • The real reason the incredibly boring Ikea ads are so engaging. Forbes
  • Snapchat admits it made the wrong decision on its spectacles. Tech Radar
  • YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to promote tickets for live shows below artists’ videos. Venture Beat
    Seventeen Magazine launches ‘Here,’ a community by and for LGBTQ teens.  Fashionista
  • Jay-Z’s debut album turned into an Urban Outfitters capsule collection. Mashable
  • Pinterest adds custom QR-like codes for businesses, more shoppable pins. MarketingLand
  • Instagram now lets you post Stories from the mobile web. The Verge
  • Updated Adidas shopping app is personalized to what you like. PSFK
  • Facebook’s dynamic creative can generate up to 6,250 versions of an ad. MarketingLand

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Williams-Sonoma acquires augmented reality 3D imaging startup. Total Retail
  • AirBnB acquires ad tech startup AdBasis. TechCrunch
  • The Real Real: High-end disruptor or gateway drug to luxury? Robin Report
  • Goop for men? This new site targets the $3.8B wellness industry. Fast Company
  • MAC installs augmented reality mirrors to boost conversion s and collect data. Glossy
  • Buzzfeed bets on the future of television. Fast Company
  • StitchFix up just 1% on first day of trading, after reducing size of IPO. TechCrunch
  • Outdoor sportswear finally gets the direct to consumer treatment. Fast Company
  • Apple pushes HomePod release to early 2018. TechCrunch

International

  • Ikea counts cost of Brexit as furniture import prices soar. Bloomberg
  • China faces waste hangover after Singles Day buying binge. The Business of Fashion
  • Postmates launches in first international city: Mexico City. TechCrunch
  • Alibaba bets $2.9B that it can take on Wal-Mart in China. Bloomberg
  • Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to Canada. TechCrunch
  • Retailing in the Middle East: How to recapture profitable growth. McKinsey
  • Tencent’s profit surges 69% thanks to its thriving games business. TechCrunch
  • Forrester predicts 80% of companies will fail to comply with HDPR in 2018. Martech
  • Alibaba and Alipay: A mobile future. Seeking Alpha