Weekly Industry Brief: 12.6.2016

Here is your industry news over the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Amazon captured 31% of online spending over Cyber Weekend. Link
  • Google says it will run entirely on renewable energy in 2017. Link
  • Global online sales of apparel, footwear rise 13% on Cyber Weekend. Link
  • Minkoff to offer self-checkout option at Soho store. Link
  • Burberry, Coach shares up on rumored takeover talks. Link
  • Amazon opening a store that will eliminate checkout – and lines. Link
  • Johanna Ortiz to launch capsule for Moda Operandi. Link
  • Patagonia donating its $10M in Black Friday sales to charity. Link
  • Bralettes lifting sales at American Eagle. Link
  • Birthday at Burberry? Luxury brands add personal services. Link
  • Can fast-fashion brands like Zara go sustainable? Link
  • Starbucks CEO steps down again. Link
  • Adidas just opened its largest store in the world. Link
  • British Fashion Council teams with Google on digital fashion education program. Link
  • Bohoo enters bid for NastyGal. Link
  • You can now order Oreos online. Link
  • Under Armour to become official uniform supplier to MLB. Link
  • Reformation teamed up with Haim for a very on brand New Year’s Eve collection. Link
  • Fast fashion: How a Zara coat went from design to Fifth Avenue in 25 days. Link
  • With $720 self-tying sneaker, Nike loosens ties to retailers, encourages customers to buy direct through Nike+ app. Link
  • Rent-the-runway mines user data to design sleek new flagship. Link
  • Todd Snyder opens NYC flagship. Link
  • US retailers value enthusiasm over experience for holiday hires. Link

Marketing/Social

  • While we weren’t looking, Snapchat revolutionized social networks. Link
  • Twitter buys little-known startup to gain a new head of product. Link
  • Tyson Foods launches new venture fund to back food and agriculture startups. Link
  • Microsoft’s new chatbot won’t talk politics or racism. Link
  • Domino’s rewards loyal patrons with shares, profits. Link
  • Twitter struggles to turn prominence into profit. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Cult beauty brand Glossier raises $24M to expand into retail, international. Link
  • Bringing virtual reality to a population that needs it for something more than gaming. Link
  • With arrival of touch controllers, Oculus Rift finally reaches its potential. Link
  • Rag & Bone takes on virtual reality with Google. Link
  • Alexander McQueen designs a 3D-printed umbrella. Link
  • Six mobile apps to make holiday shopping easier. Link
  • Marriott launches its own tech startup accelerator. Link
  • Hearst is launching a 10-person team tasked with building voice-activated experiences. Link

International

  • EU proposes simplifying VAT rules to boost online trade. Link
  • Amazon opens showroom in Beijing to showcase US and UK imports. Link
  • com targets Asian brands, new languages. Link
  • No price like home: Big spenders reappear in China. Link
  • McDonald’s may sell China assets. Link
  • The way Indian’s buy fashion is changing. Here’s how. Link
  • Myntra bets on artificial intelligence to drive growth. Link
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Weekly Industry Brief: 7.18.2016

Here’s the industry news I’ve collected over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer:

  • Burberry’s Christopher Baily replaced as CEO by Marco Gobbetti. Link
  • Musicians explore new markets with fashion. Link
  • Amazon’s Prime Day orders up 60% over the previous year. Link
  • Is Birchbox on the rocks because the boxes just sucked? Link
  • Millennials only want to spend money on one thing and it’s killing Macy’s. Link
  • Alexa Chung to launch her own fashion brand. Link
  • How Gentle Monster road the KPop wave to $160M. Link
  • Swatch first half profit slumps as much as 60%. Link
  • Free People expands into beauty and wellness. Link
  • Inside BraHaus, Nike and Bandier’s customized pop-up shop. Link
  • Hermes takes minority stake in Pierre Hardy. Link
  • Mall owners push out department stores in favor of specialty shops and restaurants. Link
  • These were the top-selling non-Amazon items on Prime Day from around the world. Link
  • The one retail sector that need not fear Amazon. Link
  • Urban Outfitters profits from Trump backlash with tshirts. Link
  • Aeropostale seeks to auction assets in bankruptcy wind-down. Link
  • Former Toys ‘R’ Us site in Times Square Is being re-imagined. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Google launches smarter, more visual ads timed for holiday shopping. Link
  • Instagram’s Eva Chen: It’s not a numbers game. Link
  • Twitter has inked another live-streaming deal, this time with Bloomberg. Link
  • Ralph Lauren scaling back on advertising spend. Link
  • Buzzfeed releases a chatbot for the RNC. Link
  • Facebook adds refined targeting for app download ads. Link
  • With back-to-school approaching, Gap seeks new grip on shoppers. Link

Start Up:

  • Sizing technology company True Fit raises $25M. Link
  • This startup lets you buy Snapchat geo-filters from a collection of artists. Link
  • PointerPointer points to your pointer. Link
  • That one was a test to see if you read this? (But it also made me chuckle)

International:

  • Nike uses high-energy video to sell sport in India. Link
  • China’s ecommerce addiction has real market potential. Link
  • British department store John Lewis to tie up with Myer in Australia. Link
  • Burberry puts new UK facility on hold amid Brexit fallout. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Ikea Canada uses RFID to engage customers. Link
  • Amazon is developing a 3D modeling system to solve online clothes shopping’s biggest problem. Link
  • Chatbots edge out apps as teens prefer messaging. Link
  • Alibaba will let consumers shop the world’s stores via virtual reality. Link
  • Virtual reality is coming for weddings. Link
  • Five ways shoppers are using mobile to influence purchase decisions, according to Google. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.18.2016

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

Brand / Retailer:

  • Big retailers search for their spot in shopping’s future. Link
  • Music meets fashion as Stella McCartney shows pre-fall line. Link
  • GoPro lays off 7% of staff, warns of poor sales. Link
  • Under Armour tumbles after analysts say it has a woman problem. Link
  • American Eagle managed to beat the odds this holiday season. Link
  • The Zappos exodus continues after radical management experiment. Link
  • Amazon to open pick-up spot on University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Link
  • Amazon is expanding into the world of ocean freight shipping. Link
  • Why Under Armour is paying big ten money to sponsor Yale University sports. Link
  • Best Buy lowers sales outlook after holiday sales drop. Link
  • WalMart to close hundreds of stores. Link
  • US holiday sales rose 3%, missing projections. Link

Social Media / Marketing:

  • How Snapchat plans to compete with Facebook for advertising dollars. Link
  • Marketing in the moments, to reach customers online. Link
  • Coach invests in new campaign to help revive ailing brand. Link
  • Foursquare CEO steps down as app seeks to boost growth. Link
  • Twitter brings Periscope live video into the newsfeed. Link
  • WhatsApp is ditching its $1 annual subscription fee. Link
  • Marketers, welcome to the world of emotional analytics. Link
  • Marriott’s adventure in online content marketing continues with premier of latest film. Link
  • How Michelle Phan is changing the marketing playbook for makeup. Link

Start Ups:

  • Meet the houseware startups making high design more affordable. Link 
  • Ex-Googler’s new venture is turning weed into a hip, lifestyle brand. Link
  • Venture capital is terrible at online shopping. Link
  • Jawbone raises $165M at half its last valuation. Link

International:

  • Apple inks deal for Champs-Elysees deal for flagship store. Link
  • Burberry is growing in mainland China again. Link
  • Black Friday fuels surprise surge in Brazilian retail sales. Link
  • NetFlix global expansion attracts some unexpected customers. Link
  • China’s Baidu says in talks to invest in Indian ecommerce startups. Link
  • Slump in Hong Kong, Macau hit Burberry’s Christmas sales. Link

Mobile / Wearable / Emerging Tech:

  • Apple’s recent acquisitions point to an AR future. Link
  • Why other location-based technologies could steal beacons’ thunder in 2016. Link
  • Top IoT and wearable technology trends for 2016. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 11.30.2015

Happy Cyber Monday!  Below are some industry highlights from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Note: I’ll be taking a short break with the weekly updates as I ramp up at my new job. More to come soon. Cheers!

Holiday:

  • When and where do Black Friday’s biggest crowds actually hit? Link
  • Black Friday shopping with thinner crowds as Americans spend more online. Link
  • Black Friday News: fewer people in stores, Everlane gives profits to factory workers. Link
  • US holiday sales on track amidst online boost. Link
  • US store sales down slightly for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Link
  • Online sales surge ahead of brick-and-mortar retailers’ big day. Link
  • Holiday shopping unlikely to cheer many investors. Link
  • Thanksgiving/Black Friday online sales hit $4.5B, 34% of purchases made on mobile. Link
  • Google shares Black Friday location data for marketers. Link

Brand/Retailer:

  • Neiman Marcus web site suffers outages for second straight day. Link
  • Burberry, Google launch interactive video experience at London flagship. Link
  • Wal-Mart revamps ecommerce technology as Amazon applies pressure. Link
  • Amazon touts new drone prototype, plans multiple designs. Link
  • Kate Spade’s CMO talks phone-charging purses, Pixar and dressing room selfies. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • How Nordstrom and Sephora are nailing social media going into Black Friday. Link
  • J.Crew and American Girl embrace social commerce ads for the holidays. Link
  • Target’s big digital holiday campaign combines Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. Link
  • Snapchat debuts Story Explorer, a more detailed approach to live events coverage. Link
  • Shopping app Spring proves to be an inexpensive asset for young brands. Link
  • Vine arrives on the Apple Watch. Link
  • These ecommerce companies are seeing lots of referral traffic from Pinterest. Link

Startups:

  • Jet.com snags a fresh $350M in funding. Link
  • Deliveroo, an on-demand food delivery services, rasies $100M. Link
  • Rocket Internet’s latest company is ZenRooms, a budget hotel platform for Southeast Asia. Link

International:

  • Facebook prepares for instant articles push in Asia. Link
  • Facebook expands free internet service in India. Link
  • Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China by February. Link
  • China’s mobile payments war is going global. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Swatch to start selling mobile payment watch in US in 2016. Link
  • Smartphones overtake desktops for holiday shopping. Link
  • Swatch teams up with Visa for a watch that can make payments. Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.6.2015

Retailer + Brand News:

  • Yoox to buy Net-a-porter for $775 Million. Link
  • Chanel to launch ecommerce. Link
  • Amazon launches ‘Dash’ home ordering kit. Link
  • Google announces budget-priced Chromebits and Chromebooks. Link
  • American Apparel to lay off 180 employees. Link
  • GoDaddy pops 31% as it opens for trading, raising $460M in its IPO. Link
  • Everything to know about Primark, the EU fast fashion brand about to crush its US competition. Link
  • Amazon’s one-hour delivery lands in Atlanta. Link
  • Membership-based delivery services are beginning to disrupt the $600 Billion-a-year grocery industry. Link
  • Groupon quietly launches Groupon Stores, a marketplace for its $2B goods business. Link
  • JayZ relaunches Tidal with music’s biggest artists as his co-owners. Link
  • Birkenstocks SVP says Birks aren’t normcore. Link
  • Sophia Amuroso opens up about what’s next for Nasty Gal. Link
  • Nordstrom Rack’s digital secrets to in-store success. Link
  • Online consignment store sees strong fast-fashion demand. Link
  • Men are now the biggest online shoppers. Link
  • Saks President steps down, Hudson’s Bay names new president. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Tinder launches its first in-app ad: a video spot for Bud Light. Link
  • Calvin Klein to sponsor exhibit in Central Park. Link
  • Pinterest’s new browser extension makes pinning way more efficient. Link
  • Mobile ads will smash $100B mark worldwide in 2016. Link
  • Pinterest shaking up social, search and shopping as it celebrates fifth birthday. Link
  • Twitter publicly launches Curator, its real-time search and filtering tool for media outlets. Link
  • New system tracks which ads coaxed your feet to walk into that store. Link
  • New York Times launches Men’s Style. Link
  • Tom Brady makes Periscope debut while shooting an ad for Ugg Australia. Link
  • Pinterest says more guys are joining the site than ever. Here’s what they are doing. Link

Start-ups:

  • Square rolls out open tickets to you can keep your tab open at bars. Link
  • Watch out Uber and Lyft, Ford’s working on its own ridesharing service. Link
  • Kickstarter’s ‘Campus’ offers project creators community guidance. Link
  • Instabrand raises $2.5M in venture funding. Link
  • LimeRoad, a fashion scrapbooking site based in India scoops up $30M Series C. Link
  • Reformation raises $12M. Link

International:

  • [APAC]
    • Snapdeal turns to local languages for better sales. Link
    • Japan app store prices to increase within 24 hours due to exchange rates. Link
    • Hilton expands digital check-in and rooms selection technology to more hotels. Link
    • China targets the dollar. Link
    • Korea’s online retailers see global sales growth. Link
  • [CA]
    • WalMart scaling back on free shipping to shoppers in Canada. Link
  • [EU]
    • Westfield and Inition use Oculus Rift virtual reality to showcase future of retail. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Target merges art, apps and sales for unique product integrations. Link
  • Venmo finally getting an important security feature. Link
  • Woolworth’s Apple Watch app brings shopping lists to your wrist. Link
  • Smartphone-dependents often have no backup plan for web access. Link
  • IBM gets serious about Internet of Things with $3B investment. Link
  • Apple Pay’s biggest hurdle to overcome is at checkout. Link
  • New York Times to bring one-sentence stories to Apple Watch. Link
  • Whatsapp for Android allows users to make calls. Link
  • Verizon Wireless customers can now opt out of ‘supercookies.’ Link
  • Alibaba, Xiaomi partner for wearable payments. Link

Other:

  • AirBnB adds Cuba to destination list for US travelers. Link
  • The micro-living trend checks into hotels. Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.23.2015

Happy Monday! Below is a recap of industry news over the last week.  All sources can be found in the hyper-linked text after the headline.

Retailer + Brand News:

  • American Express to launch loyalty program with Macy’s, Exxon, AT&T. Link
  • eCommerce delivers Korean beauty to US consumers. Link
  • Apple is building a Watch shop in Tokyo’s Isetan. Link
  • Facebook Messenger launches friend-to-friend payments. Link
  • Sur la Table is using its website to help shoppers better visualize a new kitchen table. Link
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs to be discontinued. Link
  • Tiffany expects a weak 2015. Link
  • Amazon wins approval to test delivery drones outdoors. Link
  • How Sorel won winter by making rugged boots girly. Link
  • J.Crew says it failed at women’s fashion last year. Link
  • Starbucks to launch delivery in Seattle. Link
  • eBay to open new section on its site for Sotheby’s auction. Link
  • Amazon expands one-hour delivery to Baltimore and Miami. Link
  • Sports Authority adds plus-size women’s activewear. Link
  • The Etsy guide to building a brand. Link
  • Sephora’s digital boss joins StichFix as COO. Link
  • Target to pay $10M to settle lawsuit from data breach. Link
  • Retailers are launching a new generation of ecommerce membership programs modeled on Amazon Prime. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Pinterest crosses $10B mark. Link
  • Nylon Guys to go all digital. Link
  • 10 trends shaping the future of branded content. Link
  • Big advertisers shift towards digital. Link
  • Facebook launches innovation lab in Brazilian slums. Link
  • How Facebook’s custom audiences won over Adland. Link
  • Pinterest, Snapchat, Buzzfeed – hear come tech’s multibillion-dollar babies. Link

Start-ups:

  • Video-streaming app Meerkat raises another $12M. Link
  • This start-up founder wants you to be able to go on a vacation without packing a suitcase. Link
  • Start-up raises $40M to keep small businesses’ cash flowing. Link
  • Fashion rental start-up Le Tote tries a new tactic to lure subscribers. Link

International:

  • [APAC]
    • Snapdeal of India in talks to buy mobile-payments company FreeCharge. Link
    • Twitter is opening an office in Dubai. Link
    • Xiaomi dips its toe into financial services. Link
    • Yahoo cutting 300 jobs as part of China office closing. Link
    • Lines form at Chanel’s China stores after euro-driven price cuts. Link
  • [CA]
    • Amazon expands in Canada with move to new Toronto skyscraper. Link
  • [EU]
    • Online retail spurs investment in EU warehouses. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Google and Intel team up with TAG Heuer on a luxury smartwatch. Link
  • Multi-brand apps gain ground in fashion. Link
  • SmartFocus announces ‘virtual beacons’ so retailers can draw in-store targeting. Link
  • Google isn’t giving up on Glass. Link
  • Apple is tinkering with augmented reality. Link
  • Facebook testing a new app called Phone. Link
  • Gucci collaborates with Will.i.am to create wearable tech device. Link
  • Fitbit adds bike workout tracking to its Surge fitness watch. Link
  • Amazon working on a service called Unlocked that’s Prime for Android apps. Link
  • What’s coming in Apple’s next iPhone update. Link
  • Wearable drones invade SXSW as fashion meets technology. Link

Other

  • At Kodak, clinging to a future beyond film. Link
  • Will personalized pricing take ecommerce back to the bazaar? Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.16.2015

Happy Monday! Below find a recap of industry news from the week.  All sources can be found in the hyper-linked text after the headline.

Retailer + Brand News:

  • Sephora bets big on digital growth with disruptive experiences. Link
  • Urban Outfitters earnings beat estimates. Link
  • Ikea takes global expansion one market at a time. Link
  • Target culls special offering for Men. Link
  • Amazon launches Exclusives to surface “up-and-coming” brands. Link
  • More details emerge on Amazon rival Jet.com. Link
  • Google opens its first Google-branded store-in-a-store in London. Link
  • Google says Millennial influence on the rise in B2B buying. Link
  • LL Bean putting boots on the ground, expanding to at least 100 stores. Link
  • Reed Krakoff halts production. Link
  • Sorel to enter outerwear. Link
  • Diesel reinventing its stores. Link
  • Rent-the-Runway CEO says the future of ecommerce depends on delivery start-ups. Link
  • Target lays off 13% of its corporate HQ staff to cut costs. Link
  • ASOS adding budget-friendly bridesmaid dresses to the mix. Link
  • TopShop opens first Atlanta store. Link
  • Glamour Magazine eyeing ecommerce. Link 

Social Media + Marketing:

  • H&M Home unveils its first-ever AirBnB for SXSW. Link
  • Alibaba said to be investing $200M in SnapChat. Link
  • Facebook acquires social shopping app The Find. Link
  • Buzzfeed’s videos reach 1 Billion monthly views. Link
  • HBO Now will stream on Apple devices. Link
  • BeautyCon launches its own media site to connect social media stars with fans and brands. Link
  • Brands now posting more to Instagram than Facebook. Link
  • L’Oreal moves to make all types of ads “shoppable.” Link
  • Why Neiman Marcus is a fan of SXSW. Link
  • Old Navy tries Tumblr for Gen Y’s Spring push. Link
  • Facebook, Occulus and the future of virtual reality. Link

Start-ups:

  • Bento wants to be your app matchmaker. Link
  • Online only start-up targets women who do their makeup on the go. Link
  • Rocket Internet invests in Indonesia’s Bridestory. Link
  • Xiaomi becomes the world’s most valuable tech start-up. Link

International:

  • [APAC]
    • China’s upper middle class women are driving ecommerce and social media in China. Link
    • Taiwan-based Foxconn launches ecommerce platform in China. Link
    • Tapping into the growth of India’s emerging mobile markets. Link 
  • [AU]
    • Thousands flock to New Zealand’s TopShop opening. Link
    • ASOS gets its mojo back in Australia after cutting prices. Link
  • [EU]
    • Alibaba to boost UK trade on its platform. Link
    • Selfridges launches ‘genderless’ shopping in Manchester. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Look to Whole Foods to see how the Apple Watch could change retail. Link
  • Meerkat tests our desire to share live video. Link
  • Apple’s ResearchKit a big hit at SXSW. Link
  • Beacons are moving out of the pilot phase and helping retailers and marketers revolutionize in-store shopping. Link
  • Google accidentally reveals its own mobile events app. Link
  • Apple’s iTunes suffers unusually long outage. Link
  • Mizuno bets on smart eyewear despite Google’s troubles Link
  • For SXSW marketers, smartphone apps are yesterday’s news, wearables are what matter. Link
  • Starbucks to expand mobile ordering to three more states. Link
  • Beacons, live-streaming and indie radio apps guide SXSW experience this year. Link

Other

  • Generation Z’s data obsession: bits and bytes are the new commodity. Link
  • Disney’s $1B bet on a magical wristband. Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.9.2015

Happy Monday! Check out the industry news from the last week.  All sources can be found in the hyper-linked text after the headline.

Retailer + Brand News:

  • Etsy files for IPO. Link
  • Barneys New York raises ecommerce ante with site relaunch. Link
  • Will Target’s new CEO energize the retailer? Link
  • Rachel Zoe launching a subscription box service. Link
  • Kate Spade wants to sell furniture. Link
  • Fab officially finds a new owner. Link
  • Google introduces insurance shopping site. Link
  • Abercrombie’s style turnaround will take time. Link
  • Nike is opening a clearance store in NYC. Link
  • Bloomingdale’s to open outlet store in Upper West side this fall. Link
  • Farfetch raises $86M at $1B valuation. Link
  • Activewear firms on the run to catch up online. Link
  • Best Buy announces first buyback since 2012 as profit jumps. Link
  • Google confirms plans for wireless service. Link
  • Apple’s addition to the Dow is a win for tech stocks. Link
  • Online denim and basics brand Ayr launches $1 home try-ones to help win customers. Link
  • Nordstrom’s multi-billion dollar plan for ecommerce domination. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • WalMart parts ways with Google local shopping ads. Link
  • Instagram rolls out new carousel ads. Link
  • Instagram lets ads be clickable. Link
  • Nextdoor social network digs deep into neighborhoods. Link
  • Apple may pull its ads from Google Search. Link
  • Publishers love Whatsapp’s potential but struggle with execution. Link
  • How one company convinced Anthony Bourdain to shill as it rebrands scotch. Link
  • Pinterest narrows ad targeting, tests animated pins. Link
  • Google expanding the use of mobile as web search signal. Link
  • Twitter’s new plan to placate Wall Street. Link
  • Why marketers are embracing Oculus and virtual reality. Link

Start-ups:

  • App search engine Quixey confirms $60M round. Link
  • Dash Hudson raises $1M to beat the Instagram shopping conundrum. Link
  • Delivery startup Shyp wants to make returns painless. Link
  • Meet Vive, the ClassPass for blowouts. Link
  • Square, the payment start-up, bolsters its services for small businesses. Link

International:

  • [APAC]
    • Amazon opens store on Alibaba’s TMall in China. Link
    • Alibaba expands in Silicon Valley with first U.S. data center. Link
  • [AU]
    • Abercrombie & Fitch to close Australian stores. Link
    • Myer’s new British CEO gets a tough welcome from investors. Link
  • [CA]
    • Nordstrom treads carefully with launch of second Canadian store. Link
  • [EU]
    • J. Crew’s international expansion push lands in Paris. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Apple Watch and new MacBook announcement from Apple’s Spring Forward event. Link
  • WalMart expects customers to adopt mobile payments. Link
  • Sephora’s commitment to digital beauty leadership includes beacons and augmented reality. Link
  • Domino’s makes ordering on-the-go even easier with smartwatch integration. Link
  • Joe Fresh launches app. Link
  • SXSW to have a thousand beacons to help attendees connect. Link
  • MasterCard CMO on new mobile “priceless surprises” and Apple Pay. Link
  • Wearable tech is the next big opportunity in pro sports. Link
  • Apple Pay on the Apple Watch is smarter than you think. Link
  • Five takeaways for marketers from mobile world congress. Link

Other

  • Why so many people are suddenly wearing $600 Canada Goose coats. Link
  • How four women in an RV plan to change young girls’ lives. Link
  • G Adventures founder on how travel can make you a better leader. Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF 3.2.2015

Hi there! Below is a recap of industry news over the last week that I’ve compiled.  You can find a source or read the full article by clicking the hyper-linked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Retailer + Brand News:

  • American Apparel names marketing, digital executives. Link
  • Macy’s shares drop on cautious outlook. Link
  • How Nordstrom plans to stay dominant in ecommerce. Link
  • Online convenience is the new face of retail disruption. Link
  • Target sales grow at fastest rate in three years. Link
  • Gap chooses PINK creator to revive its namesake stores, lead design team. Link
  • Urban Outfitters announces $20M share buyback. Link
  • NastyGal raises $16M. Link
  • Nordstrom launching collaboration with Piece & Co. Link
  • Analysts say Americans love sweatpants too much for athleisure to go away. Link
  • Best Buy opens a Seattle-based technology development center focused on mobile and ecommerce. Link
  • Ikea introduces furniture you can charge your smartphone on. Link
  • HTC and Under Armour are doing a fitness wearable. Link
  • Burberry takes digital innovation in stride at London Fashion Week. Link
  • Rebecca Minkoff’s store of the future. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Facebook, with over 2 million active advertisers, launches ads manager app for iOS. Link
  • Why the print catalog is back in style. Link
  • Snapchat’s Our Stories are generating tens of millions of views. Link
  • Conde Nast closes blog network NowManifest. Link
  • Apple Watch gets 12-page ad spread in Vogue. Link
  • Google puts ads in its app store to court mobile app marketers. Link
  • Pinterest scores highly in new eMarketer report. Link
  • Mobile ad spending not equal around the world. Link
  • Converse breaks ‘Made By You’ campaign for Chuck Taylors. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret runs ads on People Magazine’s Snapchat. Link

Start-ups:

  • Waffle House partners with “sharing economy” delivery service Roadie. Link
  • Magic is a start-up that will bring you anything if you’re willing to pay for it. Link
  • The Black Tux seeks to disrupt the tuxedo rental business. Link
  • Outfittery raises $20M for its curated shopping service for men’s clothing. Link
  • Rocket Internet’s latest company is a career listing sit called Everjobs. Link

International:

  • [APAC]
    • Amazon could be landing in South Korea soon. Link
    • China’s economy to grow about 7% this year. Link
    • Should luxury retailers give up on Hong Kong? Link
    • Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten may accept bitcoin. Link
    • Chinese rivals snap at Alibaba’s heels in cross-border ecommerce race. Link
  • [EU]
    • Wedding Wire acquires Spain-based Wedding Planner with plans to go global. Link
    • Turkey’s online retail market enjoys investment boom. Link
    • London designers pin hopes on next generation of online shoppers. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Target tests mobile loyalty app to drive in store purchases. Link
  • On the cusp of a mobile shopping revolution. Link
  • The Apple Watch is nearly ready but is the public? Link
  • HTC unveils new phone and wearable device. Link
  • Venmo was ordered in July to address security issues. Link
  • LG’s watch adds another player for the wearable platform wars. Link
  • Google strikes a deal with carriers for payments. Link
  • Samsung launches two new smartphones, mobile wallet. Link
  • Transactional flexibility is the future of payments. Link
  • Tinder launches Tinder Plus. Link
  • Samsung launches its own mobile money service called Pay. Link

Other

  • The opportunity in online luxury fashion. Link
  • Google unveils plans for new corporate campus. Link
  • Why physical stores and brands still matter. Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF 2.23.2015

Hello! Below is a recap I compiled of industry news over the last week.  All sources can be found in the hyper-linked text after the headline.

Retailer + Brand News:

  • H&M rings up sales growth thanks to aggressive store opening program. Link
  • Forever 21 has reorganized its retail division workforce. Link
  • Amazon Prime 1-hour deliveries now available in Manhattan. Link
  • Wal-Mart CEO supports $1B investment in wages. Link
  • Tom’s founder on the future of retail showrooms. Link
  • Ann Taylor parent said to be working with JP Morgan on sale. Link
  • Nordstrom aims for $20B in sales by 2020. Link
  • Saint Laurent has doubled its business since hiring model Hedi Slimane. Link
  • Nordstrom’s income took a hit in 2014, thanks to tech investments. Link
  • Global ecommerce sales climb 22% at WalMart. Link
  • US annual ecommerce sales surpass $300B for first time. Link
  • Target lowers free shipping minimum to $25. Link
  • SNKRS app gaining traction for Nike. Link
  • For online retailers, fast shipping is becoming as important as price. Link
  • Amazon preparing to battle Netflix on original content. Link
  • Canada Goose prepares to launch US ecommerce site. Link 
  • Best Buy opening tech office in Seattle. Link 

Social Media + Marketing:

  • At New York Fashion Week, brands focus on social media’s ROI. Link
  • Oakley unveils brand push. Link
  • Snapchat said to seek up to $19B value in funding. Link
  • Sperry goes back to basics with campaign for adventurous millennials. Link
  • YouTube is launching a kid-friendly video app. Link
  • Pinterest reportedly eyes $11B in valuation. Link
  • Facebook says it only sells viewable ads. Link
  • Facebook challenges Google with product ads. Link
  • Twitter is latest to boost FCC’s net neutrality plan. Link
  • Google fits more search results on mobile screens. Link

Start-ups:

  • Xiaomi becomes world’s most valuable tech startup with latest $1.1B funding round. Link
  • Grabble closes $1.8M angel round for its Tindr-like fashion shopping app. Link
  • Like AirBnB, Plate Culture turns your kitchen into a restaurant. Link
  • Social shopping app Shopa secures $11M to scale internationally. Link
  • Jet.com looks to give small merchants a leg up. Link

International:

  • Navigating a storm of currency volatility. Link
  • Visa expands its online payments service Checkout to 16 countries. Link
  • [APAC]
    • Lowe’s opens India innovation center. Link
    • Tiffany & Co is now the number one American luxury brand for Chinese shoppers. Link 
  • [A/ME] Lululemon to open stores in Middle East. Link
  •  [EU]
    • J.Crew pushes further into Europe. Link
    • Apple unveils $2B plans for Irish and Danish data centers. Link
  •  [AU]
  • ASOS on Campus launches in Australia to woo university students. Link
  • Etsy lanches gift cards in Australia. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Buzzfeed expands mobile team by acquiring visual conversation startup GoPop. Link
  • Virtual reality comes to New York Fashion Week. Link
  • Starbucks’ Apple Pay integration will brew up in-app revenue. Link
  • Apple orders more than 5 million watches for initial run. Link
  • Apple Pay gets a big vote of confidence from the U.S. government. Link
  • Yahoo courts mobile app makers with new tools. Link
  • Samsung buys LoopPay, a competitor to Apple Pay. Link

Other

  • Apple wants to start producing cars as soon as 2020. Link
  • Google and Apple fight for the car dashboard. Link
  • Starbucks offers smallholder subscription coffee service. Link