Weekly Industry Brief: 8.12.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • H&M and Zara are closing stores to stay ahead.  Fortune
  • Nike’s first shoe subscription, two years in the making, is here.  Fast Company
  • Prime Day and the broad reach of Amazon’s ecosystem.  McKinsey
  • Uber stock falls after $5.2B loss.  AdAge
  • Nike, Foot Locker plan 50 large-format, high-tech stores.  CNBC
  • Steve Madden buys DTC brand Greats.  AdAge
  • The North Face focuses on experience with new store format.  Glossy
  • Arizona is moving away from tea to THC with vape pens and gummies.  Fast Company
  • FedEx-Amazon split will provide a shipment windfall for rivals.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Levi’s Red Tab merchandise now sold at Target.  MarketWatch
  • New Sears parent to shutter 21 namesake and 5 Kmart stores.  USA Today
  • Walgreens adds 200 stores to growing global closure list.  Forbes
  • Amazon tries new pricing model for 3rd party sellers.  CNBC
  • Bloomingdales launching a rental subscription service this fall.  PureWow
  • Amazon’s next foray into fashion is a personalized shopping service.  Engadget
  • Apple suspends listening to Alexa queries amid privacy concerns.  AdAge

Marketing + Social Media

  • Acknowledge, apologize, investigate: how big brands combat online outrage.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Snapchat launches ‘instant’ tool for creating vertical ads.  TechCrunch
  • Pinterest rolls out improved product recommendations.  VentureBeat
  • Facebook goes after Amazon, Hulu with ad-free video subscription channels.  AdAge
  • Nike’s app powers Foot Locker’s new NYC store.  Engadget
  • Quaker Oats gains consumer insights from Messenger chatbot.  The Drum
  • How Facebook is attempting to target ads without personal data.  AdAge
  • Twitter drops third party data providers.  AdAge
  • Instagram users may soon be able to communicate with those using Facebook Messenger.  AdAge
  • Current YouTube shopping-related trends marketers should know.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon requests FAA approval of delivery-drone plans.  CNN
  • Five apps that you’ve never heard of that teens are using to shop.  CNBC
  • Target incubator takes aim at Gen Z innovators.  Chain Store Age
  • Postmates to drop IPO filling next month.  TechCrunch
  • Verizon is selling Tumblr to WordPress parent company.  TechCrunch

International

  • Adidas boss warns currency war will hurt more than tariffs.  Fortune
  • Canadian Tire buys Party City’s Canada business for $174.4M.  Financial Post
  • Luxury brands use video games to speak to Chinese millennials.  Jing Daily
  • Germany’s online retailers look to reduce costly returns.  Bloomberg
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Weekly Industry Brief: 8.5.2019

And just like that, it’s August! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand + Retailer

  • Uber cut a third of its marketing staff.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Summary of recent earnings from Facebook to Netflix to Amazon. eMarketer
  • Barney’s nears bankruptcy filing with plans to close most stores.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Why Airbnb, Target and Walmart are betting on the experience economy.  Fast Company
  • Apple and Goldman Sachs are planning to launch their credit card in August.  AdAge
  • Shake Shack launches delivery. Fast Company
  • CVS targets millennials with Prime-like membership.  CNBC
  • Whole Foods wants to help decorate your next party. Fast Company
  • Inside Nuuly, Urban Outfitters’ attempt to take on the rental market.  Modern Retail
  • Amazon adds a styling service to Prime Wardrobe.  RetailDive
  • Levi’s is moving away from off-price retailers.  Fortune
  • Amazon quietly launches private-label CPG products for commercial clients.  AdAge
  • 3M invents an ingenious way to ship packages without cardboard boxes.  Fast Company
  • Amazon wants to rule the grocery aisle, not just at Whole Foods.  The New York Times
  • CapitalOne reports data breach affecting 100M customers and applicants.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Brandless’ new CEO is dumping it’s $3 price point, hitting the stores and going big on CBD.  Forbes
  • L’Oreal says sluggish US makeup market has hit sales.  CNBC
  • How multi-billion dollar brand Carters became a staple while competitors shutter.  Washington Post
  • Textile waste has increased 811% since 1960.  Supply Chain Dive
  • Kroger is upping its advertising game.  Fortune

Social Media + Marketing

  • Victoria’s Secret hires transgender model.  Fast Company
  • Beauty brands are setting their sights on TikTok.  Glossy
  • Pinterest rolls out new shopping features.  VentureBeat
  • A rebrand will soon remind people that WhatsApp and Instagram are from Facebook. AdWeek
  • Streetwear subscription company ThreadBeat now spending half of its media budget on Instagram.  Digiday
  • General Mills’ Boxtops for Education goes digital.  Biz Journals
  • Pinterest reports strong demand for advertising on its platform.  AdAge
  • Twitter adds 5 million users, tops sales estimates.  AdAge
  • Amazon tests audio ads for Alexa Music.  AdAge

Start-ups + Emerging Tech

  • London is exploring facial recognition in security cameras.  Financial Times
  • Doubling down on business travel, Airbnb acquires Urbandoor.  TechCrunch
  • New Media buys Gannett for $1.4B to form local news giant.  AdAge
  • This startup wants to democratize custom sneaker ownership.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon to kill the Dash button.  CNN
  • How Walmart, Kroger are investing in AI and robots.  Forbes
  • Ikea creates six homes of the future.  Fast Company

International

  • Google will allow EU users to choose their default search engine when setting up Android devices.  Fast Company
  • India proposes user safeguard rules fro ecommerce platforms.  Bloomberg
  • AI as the way to win Chinese millennials and GenZ.  Jing Daily
  • The shadowy internet industry of click farms are booming in China.  Yahoo

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.29.2019

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

Brand + Retailer

  • Amazon earnings show effects of one-day shipping.  The Wall Street Journal
  • UPS adds 12,000 pickup locations and adds Sunday delivery.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Google’s new shopping platform is now live.  Forbes
  • Amazon and police partner on doorbell cameras. Engadget
  • Barneys begins to raise financing for potential bankruptcy.  CNBC
  • Apple and Goldman Sachs credit card targeting August launch date. Bloomberg
  • Zara parent doubles down on sustainability.  Fast Company
  • The Sprint/T-Mobile merger was blessed by the DOJ but lawsuits remain.  Fast Company
  • Armani sales fall again as founder pushes to restructure brand. Business of Fashion
  • Nike exploring sale of surf brand Hurley.  Business of Fashion
  • Target’s small-format stores are its biggest weapon against Amazon and Walmart. Inc.
  • Adidas ramps up sustainability efforts.  AdWeek
  • Apple to pay Intel $1B for modem business to juice 5G.  CNBC
  • eBay adds new service to make delivery faster.  Bloomberg
  • How Shopify became an ecommerce giant.  Forbes
  • Kroger goes full robot to take on Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • How Chanel’s beauty products propel its business.  Glossy
  • Amazon looks beyond Whole Foods in grocery push.  The New York Times
  • How Etsy crafted an ecommerce comeback.  Fortune

Social + Marketing

  • Fake followers in influencer marketing will cost brands $1.3B this year. CNBC
  • Amazon opens streaming TV ad sales to outside buying tools.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Twitter earnings reveal increased revenue and daily active users.  Fast Company
  • Twitter says it boosts users through machine learning.  The Drum
  • Snapchat is beta testing dynamic product ads and retargeting.  Business Insider
  • Alphabet stock soars as Google ad sales signal a return to form.  Fast Company
  • 2.1B people use Facebook’s family of apps on a daily basis.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat attracts 13M new daily users thanks to gender-swap filter.  AdAge
  • Luxury brands are taking over the street art scene.  Bloomberg
  • TikTok stars are preparing to take over the internet.  The Atlantic
  • How Pinterest factored into Amazon Prime Day.  AdWeek
  • NBCUniversal expects to exceed $1.2B in ad sales during 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  AdWeek
  • How TikTok is testing in-app ecommerce.  Digiday
  • McDonald’s, Uber and Johnson & Johnson no longer have chief marketing officers – here’s what that means.  CNBC

Start-Ups + Emerging Tech

International

  • Alibaba welcomes U.S. small businesses to sell globally on its platform. Reuters
  • ASOS starts next-day delivery in the US.  Glossy
  • KFC uses an International mindset to expand globally.  Forbes
  • China’s tech startups flourish in tales-rich second-tier cities.  Nikkei Asian Review

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.23.2019

Well…this clearly hasn’t been  a weekly brief lately!  Been quite the busy summer.  Nonetheless, here is a quick recap of industry news from the past few weeks. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand+Retailer

  • Starbucks designs store for app-oriented customer.  The Motley Fool
  • American Eagle, Sephora expand into CBD category.  Glossy
  • Amazon’s 48-hour Prime Day sets record. CNBC
  • Quip moves from DTC to retail.  Digiday
  • Starbucks to roll out delivery in the US by 2020.  Fortune
  • Toys ‘R’ Us targets 10 stores by end of 2020.  Bloomberg
  • Lady Gaga launching beauty line on Amazon.  CNN
  • Amazon adds Rite Aid locations to delivery network.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Rent the Runway is growing fast, and struggling to keep up.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How Chanel’s beauty products propel its continued growth.  Glossy
  • Consumer giants turn from diapers and detergents to jelly masks and eye rollers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • With so many vacant stores, ecommerce is only part of the problem.  The Wall Street Journal
  • From Old Navy to Madewell, how sub-brands grow up to eat their parents.  Retail Dive
  • FTC approves Facebook fine of about $5B.  The New York Times
  • Lululemon opens sprawling Chicago store with workout classes and a restaurant.  CNBC
  • The inside story of Kim Kardashian West’s $1B bet on the shapewear industry.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart reshuffles leadership for better integration between digital and stores.  AdAge
  • Barney’s exploring restructuring and bankruptcy.  AdAge
  • Highsnobiety, once a sneaker blog, is collaborating with Prada and dropping a product of its own.  Adage
  • Dollar General courts more affluent shoppers with home, party goods.  CNN
  • Abercrombie and Urban Outfitters implementing buy-now-pay-later payment option to entice cash-strapped Gen Z.  Business Insider

Social + Marketing

  • Facebook engagement on the rise. CNBC
  • Big brands like Delta, P&G and Under Armour are increasingly hiring Hollywood talent agencies for marketing. Business Insider
  • How L’Oreal is embracing new marketing codes to react to market disruption.  Marketing Week
  • Pinterest encourages video uploads with new tools.  TechCrunch
  • Google’s new shopping platform is now live.  Forbes
  • Inside FootLocker’s pivot from athletics to youth culture. Quartzy
  • Amazon pays consumers for personal online data. AdAge
  • Pinterest reveals a new set of “emotional well-being activities.”  The Verge
  • FaceApp responds to privacy concerns.  TechCrunch
  • How YouTube stars are using Instagram’s IGTV as a testbed.  Digiday
  • How TikTok is testing in-app ecommerce.  Digiday
  • Netflix pledges to remain ad-free even as U.S. subscriptions slip.  AdAge
  • How PopSugar built an Instagram tool that helps retailers with their ecommerce.  Digiday
  • Facebook will ban ads that tell people in the US not to vote. Reuters
  • Instagram tests hiding ‘likes’ to benefit your mental health.  Fortune
  • Twitch celebrated Prime Day with 2-day live shopping show.  AdWeek
  • YouTube’s pushing augmented-reality ads.  Digiday
  • Teen love for Snapchat is keeping Snap afloat.  Wired

Start-Ups + Emerging Tech

  • Uber puts a shopping experience in cars for riders to buy AirPods, Amazon Echos and more.  CNBC
  • The fashion industry is getting more intelligent with AI.  Forbes
  • Microsoft invests $1B in Elon Musk’s OpenAI.  Fortune
  • Starbucks wants to create the AWS for restaurants.  Fast Company
  • McDonald’s adds Doordash as a second delivery partner.  The Verge

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.1.2019

Just like that, we’re halfway through the year. Before you jet off for a long 4th of July weekend, here are some highlights from industry news over the last week. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

    • Retail gets wrecked but Nordstrom and Kohl’s could see a revival. CNBC
    • How this 120-year old apparel giant (VF) is trying to reinvent retail.  Marketing Week
      Retailers are becoming restauranteurs to boost sales.  CNBC
    • Amazon adds Rite Aid locations to package delivery network.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Johnny Ive to leave Apple as chief designer to form independent company.  AdAge
    • Twitch is celebrating Prime Day with a 2-day live shopping show.  AdWeek
    • Rent the Runway is bringing its drop boxes to Nordstrom stores.  Forbes
    • H&M shifts focus from stores to global ecommerce.  Bloomberg
    • PepsiCo continues push away from plastic bottles to address environmental concerns.  Fortune
    • Abercrombie to sell CBD products at half of its stores.  The Street
    • Pier 1 Imports expands store-closing plans.  USA Today
    • Target, eBay gear up to challenge Amazon Prime Day.  VentureBeat

Social Media + Marketing

    • Amazon’s Prime Day Taylor Swift concert shows that it wants to sell you more than just stuff. Vox
    • Cosmopolitan is launching a branded podcast with Tinder.  Digiday
    • Here’s how Instagram’s new Explore ads will work.  AdAge
    • Nike’s app for sneaker heads is fueling it’s digital business.  Quartz
    • How Supreme got pulled into a fight for its billion-dollar brand.  The Wall Street Journal
    • The kind of authenticity customers will pay more for.  Harvard Business Review
    • Instagram therapists are the new Instagram poets.  The New York Times
    • From Amazon to Uber, internet companies are driving US ad spend.  AdAge

Start up + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

    • Apple continues expanding into healthcare by selling a consumer-focused Dianetes monitor in stores.  CNBC
    • Samsung launches Bixby marketplace in attempt to rival Amazon’s Alexa.  Fast Company
    • Walmart is using VR to help decide who should get promotions.  Fast Company
    • Why are brands using CGI influencers to promote skincare and fashion? Teen Vogue
    • Alphabet’s Loon balloons take flight in first commercial trial.  Fast Company

International 

    • Walmart in Mexico launches grocery orders via WhatsApp.  Reuters
    • A red-hot Chinese shopping review app shows the future of online shopping.  Quartz

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.24.2019

Happy first official week of Summer! Here is a quick recap of industry news in the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Amazon launches section on site dedicated to beauty professionals.  Fast Company
  • Toys R Us will open six stores in the US this year.  Fast Company
  • Best Buy will dedicate store space to selling ‘smart’ gym equipment. Engadget
  • The newsstands of the future will have no newspapers.  The New Yorker
  • How a 90’s nostalgia trend powered the comeback of two century-old sports brands.  CNBC
  • Lululemon unveils its line of personal care products as it tries to grow beyond apparel. CNBC
  • Shopify launches fulfillment network.  CNBC
  • The boutique fitness boomL can $40 exercise classes save the American mall?  The New York Times 
  • Forget the mall, shoppers are buying Gucci’s at airports.  The Wall Street Journal 
  • Neiman Marcus rolls out Alipay nationwide in the US.  WWD
  • Lululemon men’s-only stores quietly close after short-lived runs.  Bloomberg
  • L’Oreal taps first female president to lead namesake cosmetics brand.  Fortune

Marketing + Social Media

  • Uniqlo launches TikTok’s 1st multi market brand campaign.  RetailDive
  • The art of selling scent in the internet age.  Fast Company
  • YouTube rolls out augmented reality for viewers to virtually try on makeup.  CNBC
  • Camila Coelho joins Revolve’s roster of in-house influencer labels.  Fashionista
  • Google is testing a carousel format for its text-based ads.  AdAge
  • America’s 20 hottest brands of 2019.  AdAge
  • Procter & Gamble isn’t so sure about ads anymore but has content aplenty.  AdAge
  • REI shelves catalog, will launch quarterly magazine.  AdAge
  • Millennials reportedly listen to more audio than any other generation.  AdAge
  • Facebook’s digital wallet: what it could mean for marketers.  MarketingLand
  • Farfetch is teaming up with Facebook to launch the Libra blockchain.  Glossy
  • Taco Bell’s Palm Springs hotel.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Ex-Snaptchat and Quisdi execs launch Verishop to bring joy back to shopping. Forbes
  • Uber says it will start delivering fast food by drone in San Diego this summer.  The Verge
  • Apple expected to relate its first 5G iPhone next year. Business Insider 
  • Slack shares soar in first day of trading.  CBS
  • Th $6B battle over the future of weather forecasting.  Forbes

International

  • The most discussed ‘it’ fashion items for China’s youth in 2018.  Jing Daily
  • The demise of Australia’s homegrown fashion brands.  BBC
  • WeChat gains on Tmall and JD.com in China luxury battle.  The Business of Fashion

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.17.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • How distressed retailers stacked up in Q1 2019.  Retail Dive
  • From Olay to L’occitane, is refillable packaging the future of sustainable beauty? Vogue
  • Amazon’s US online marketshare estimate cut to 37.7% from 47%. AdAge
  • Walmart Grocery’s Amazon Prime rival costs $98/year.  Engadget
  • Fedex and Amazon cutting ties.  Motely Fool
  • Chanel’s sales surpass $11Billion.  Business of Fashion
  • Why Walmart wants to sell its own line of steaks.  CNN
  • H&M sales rise for 5th consecutive quarter.  Bloomberg
  • New York’s MTA plans retail revamp of highly trafficked subway stations.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Restoration Hardware could move some manufacturing to US.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Lululemon plans growth in new markets, product lines.  Reuters
  • Chewy.com raises $1B in IPO.  CNBC
  • Poshmark expands into home category.  Forbes

Social Media + Marketing

  • Virtual brand promoters are so lifelike, you might just believe what you see.  The New York Times
  • Amazon triples down on free video with ‘IMDb TV.’ Fast Company
  • Inside Snapchat’s new pitch to video advertisers: a penny a view.  AdAge
  • Business Insider and eMarketer combine into one intelligence company.  AdAge
  • Gen Z loves TikTok.  Can fashion brands learn to love it too?  Business of Fashion
  • Why the pixel is essential to social commerce’s success. eMarketer
  • Facebook says 140M people view its Watch video portal on a daily basis.  AdAge
  • The Pinterest Partners program added shopping speciality.  AdWeek
  • Amazon launches personalization services for marketers.  TechCrunch
  • Inside the multi-billion dollar product recommendation economy.  Business of Fashion

Start Ups, Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

  • Domino’s Pizza plans robot delivers with self-driving minivans in 2019.  Fast Company
  • Comcast unveils a remote for changing channels with your eyes.  Fast Company
  • The burgeoning field of psycho-dermatology explores the link between mental health and skin.  Fashionista
  • ASOS launches virtual AR catwalk.  Essential Retail
  • Target invests in blockchain to support its supply chain.  Forbes
  • MIT develops system to give robots more human senses.  TechCrunch

International

  • Chinese millennials are re-writing the future of the luxury brand experience.  Jing Daily
  • SoulCycle arrives in the UK.  The Guardian
  • Deliveroo pushes into UK provinces with help from Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • Farfetch launches on JD.com in China.  WWD
  • Alibaba proposes share split ahead of reported $20B Hong Kong IPO.  TechCrunch

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: 6.3.2019

Happy Monday! Here is a quick rundown of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Sephora to close all US stores on Wednesday for Inclusion Training. Fast Company 
  • Gap stock falls the most since 2016 after weakness extends to Old Navy.  AdAge
  • Abercrombie & Fitch closing 3 flagship stores.  Forbes
  • Neiman Marcus, H&M dip their toes in fashion resale.  CNN
  • Nestle’s new plant-based burger wants in on the fake-meat market.  Fast Company
  • Amazon launches free one-day shipping on 10M items.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart’s next CTO is a veteran of Amazon and Google.  AdAge
  • Ben & Jerry’s has a CBD ice cream ready to roll out when the FDA makes it legal.  Fast Company
  • Virgil Abloh’s new Nike store is a peek at the future of retail.  Fast Company
  • Bed Bath & Beyond could put some businesses up for sale. CNBC
  • What Target’s expansion of private label Goodfellow and Co means for competitors. Glossy
  • Sports Illustrated brand is bought by Authentic Brands Group.  The New York Times

Marketing + Social Media

  • What if Instagram got rid of likes?  The New York Times
  • NBCU debuts shoppable ads during the French Open.  AdWeek
  • Can J.Crew find itself – and its customers – again? Vanity Fair
  • Facebook introduces Avatars, its Bitmoji competitor.  TechCrunch
  • Inside ShopBop’s largest influencer campaign to date.  Glossy
  • How to use catalogues in a digital age.  The Business of Fashion
  • Millennials and Gen-Z are transforming the luxury market.  Forbes
  • Ikea recreated the sets from The Simpsons and Friends.  Fast Company
  • How music starts became fashion’s most bankable collaborators.  Vogue
  • YouTube is targeting direct-to-consumer brands with a ‘DTC council.’ Digiday
  • How Walmart is going after brands like Kellogg’s for retail ad dollars.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • The RealReal files for IPO.  CNBC
  • Amazon buys part of ad tech company Sizmek.  CNBC
  • Fitness startup Mirror nears $300M valuation with fresh funding.  TechCrunch
  • Cookware startup Great Jones launches Potline, a text service for recipes and advise.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon reportedly in talks to buy Boost Mobile.  Wired

International

  • Ulta plans launch in Canada, its first international market entry.  Women’s Wear Daily
  • How Shiseido reaches Chinese consumers.  McKinsey
  • Payment provider Klarna to open a fashion pop-up in London.  Fashion Network
  • GDPR one year later.  Forbes

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.28.2019

I hope everyone enjoyed a nice long weekend.  Here is a quick rundown of headlines from the last couple of weeks. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers:

  • Urban Outfitters to launch clothing rental concept.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Whole Foods is testing convenience store model in New York City.  Business Insider
  • Amazon bets on Kohl’s as its own brick-and-mortar efforts falter.  Bloomberg
  • Dress Barn to close all stores.  Reuters
  • Target’s profitable same-day delivery strategy is driving digital sales.  Digiday
  • TopShop files for bankruptcy in the US.  The Wall Street Journal
  • The Body Shop parent company to buy Avon. Bloomberg
  • Home Depot to bring next day delivery to half of US.  Business Insider
  • L Brands real secret is Bath & Body Works.  Retail Dive
  • Nike says its changing contracts to protect pay during pregnancy.  CNBC
  • What the Harry’s acquisition means for retailers.  Retail Dive
  • SteinMart to put Amazon lockers in 200 stores.  TechCrunch
  • Nordstrom sets October for first New York City flagship opening.  Bloomberg
  • Digital innovation drove Walmart’s Q1 sales.  USA Today
  • Macy’s books better results as digital sales grow.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart, Target quietly exploring CBD product lines.  NY Post
  • Amazon to pay employees to start their own delivery service.  VentureBeat

Marketing + Social Media

  • Walmart boasts the most app downloads.  Forbes
  • Sephora whittles down 15K influencers to 24.  AdWeek
  • Nike’s latest Jordans are only available on Fortnite.  AdAge
  • Target was the first chain to master high-end fashion collabs. Here’s how. Vox
  • Men are a multi-billion dollar opportunity for beauty industry. CNBC
  • Why online retailers are experimenting with invite-only access. Forbes
  • How Google is pitching retailers as it looks to grow its commercial business.  Digiday
  • TikTok parent company working on its own smartphone.  TechCrunch
  • How Pinterest plans to support more self-serve advertisers.  AdAge
  • Etsy taps Google Cloud to improve search, juicing sales.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Trader Joe’s unveils YouTube channel. Delish
  • Instagram adds Stories to explore tab.  TechCrunch

Start Up + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Target eyes acquisition of ad tech provider.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon is working on a device that can detect human emotions.  AdAge
  • Amazon leads investment in UK-based food delivery start-up Deliveroo.  VentureBeat
  • Adidas invents a shoe meant to be repeatedly recycled.  Glossy

International

  • In India, users can now book flights on Amazon.  LiveMint
  • Ikea to open its first Mexico store in 2020.  Reuters
  • Meet the 27-year-old set to be the first woman to co-found a $1B start up in India.  CNBC
  • Marks & Spencer to speed up store closure plan.  Retail Gazette
  • Alibaba revenue up 51%.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon expands in-store pick up options in Europe.  Bloomberg