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
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Weekly Industry Brief: 4.8.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Goodwill wants to take new orders right out of Amazon’s hands.  Bloomberg
  • Viacom’s networks will power T-Mobile’s new mobile TV service in content deal.  AdWeek
  • Teens are spending $2,600 a year on food and clothes. Here’s where they like to shop.  CNBC
  • Where multi brand retailers beat brands.  L2 Inc
  • Lululemon set to debut selfceare product line.  RetailDive
  • Online shopping overtakes a major part of retail for the first time ever.  CNBC
  • Amazon wants you to use Alexa to track healthcare.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Netflix price hike nears by analysts say users are staying put.  AdAge
  • Hermes aims to win over a younger luxury shopper.  The Wall Street Journal
  • You can now rent children’s clothing from Rent the Runway.  Fast Company
  • Amazon adds delivery lockers for Coachella goers. MediaPost
  • Kay, Jared parent to close 150 stores and trim staff in turnaround. USA Today
  • CVS to offer same-day prescription delivery via Target-owned Shipt.  Star Tribune
  • Why Hot Topic is still cool with younger shoppers.  The New York Times
  • Ikea to test furniture rental in 30 countries.  Reuters
  • Target raising minimum wage to $13 an hour.  CNBC
  • Amazon is now focusing on exclusive brands.  Digiday
  • Madewell appoints its first-ever CEO, brand president.  Fortune
  • How Unilever is reinventing what corporate responsibility means in beauty and personal care.  Glossy

Marketing + Social Media

  • Snapchat’s reinventing itself to fight Instagram.  The Next Web
  • At Cosmopolitan Magazine, data is the new sex.  The New York Times
  • Influencers are flocking to a surprising new kind of social media.  Fast Company
  • ShopStyle rolls out new data features so influencers can understand the sales they’re driving.  AdWeek
  • Shiseido is increasing its influencer marketing spend by 50% in 2019.  Glossy
  • Beyonce collaboration is a big win for Adidas.  AdAge
  • Millions of Facebook records found on Amazon cloud servers.  AdAge
  • Pinterest surprises by setting its IPO price range at $15 to $17 per share.  Fast Company
  • Inside the collaboration between Ikea and Sonos.  Fast Company
  • Gen Z buying influenced by peer recommendations.  AdWeek
  • Spotify’s new ad metrics show what listeners do after they click . TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon is making its own version of AirPods for Alexa. Fast Company
  • Google and Walmart team up for voice grocery orders.  Business Insider

International

  • Tmall to provide data-drive fashion forecasts.  Glossy
  • Traditional marketing no longer works in China. Here’s what does.  Jing Daily

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.18.2019

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

Thanks for scanning the headlines with me this week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Walmart letting Sam’s Club follow its own innovation path.  Forbes
  • Amazon launched a beauty line founded by Latvian models.  CNBC
  • Google quietly rolled out a hotel site.  Fortune
  • Adidas CEo sees ecommerce as tremendous opportunity worldwide.  CNBC
  • Shopify embarks on first retail partnership to aid DTC brands in physical stores.  AdAge
  • Target and DTC startups spark overhaul in underwear category.  AdAge
  • Hudson Yards to usher in new era of the mall.  The New York Times 
  • Walmart’s food delivery challenges.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon gets an edge with its secret squad of PhD economists.  CNN
  • This department store takes everything about pop-ups and turns it into retail.  AdWeek
  • Walmart readies introduction of low-priced iPad rival.  Bloomberg
  • Apple fires back at Spotify in escalating app store feud.  Fortune
  • Jelly Belly creator hopes CBD edibles will be his next magic beans.  Fortune
  • How ‘legal fakes’ are challenging $1B brand Supreme.  CNN
  • The recommence secret used by Patagonia and Eileen Fisher.  WWD
  • Revlon loses billion-dollar brand status.  WWD
  • Fashion has a new demand for skilled authenticators.  Glossy
  • Apple brings back iPad Air and revamps mini for first time since 2015.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon expanding offerings for low-income shoppers.  Digiday

Marketing + Social Media

  • Amazon as the influencer platform of the future.  Forbes
  • Facebook’s pivot to messaging puts advertisers in a tight spot.  The Wall Street Journal
  • When Facebook goes down, the economy goes with it.  The Verge
  • Facebook adds Gaming to its main navigation.  TechCrunch
  • Challenger brand success is all about great storytelling.  AdWeek
  • Publishers increasingly want to put their money where Alexa’s mouth is.  AdWeek
  • Shoppable ads offer a new avenue of growth for image-heavy Instagram.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Pinterest forms partnership with Kroger.  Supermarket News
  • These are the top beauty brands dominating Amazon.  Fast Company

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Softbank and other investors in talks to invest $1B in Uber’s self-driving car unit.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WeWork labs is launching a food tech accelerator.  TechCrunch
  • Supercharging retail sales with geospatial analytics.  McKinsey
  • How AI helps eBay connect buyers and sellers across 1.2B listings.  VentureBeat
  • ClimaCell bets on IoT for better weather forecasts.  TechCrunch
  • A spate of acquisitions has given workspace company, WeWork, tools to track and optimize office space.  Bloomberg
  • Psychologists explain why at-home exercise machines like Peloton have what it takes to keep people moving.  Recode

International

  • Europe’s biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando, is axing its private label brands.  AdAge
  • Small sees beauty brands bloom with online shops in China.  Glossy
  • Zara to open denim customization pop-ups in three stores in Europe.  Reuters
  • China’s largest streaming site is coming after TikTok.  Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.25.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Target is inviting retailers to its website, taking a different approach than Walmart and Amazon to grow online.  CNBC
  • Inditex launches Pull & Bear in the US.  Bloomberg
  • StitchFix’s radical data-driven way to sell clothes ($1.2B last year) is reinventing retail.  Fast Company
  • Target is accelerating the lingerie wars with bras that cost under $22.  Business Insider 
  • PetSmart vs. Petco: a dogfight that neither one is winning.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple could be working with Goldman Sachs on a credit card.  TechCrunch
  • Rook on track for $1B in revenue in 2019.  TechCrunch
  • Charlotte Russe stil searching for buyer as possible liquidation looms.  The Wall Street Journal
  • What the Amazon Coat tells us about the future of shopping.  Business of Fashion 
  • Anheuser-Busch acquires its first spirits company.  Fortune
  • Home Depot among investors in same-day delivery startup, Roadie.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Remembering Karl Lagerfeld, designer who defined luxury fashion.  The New York Times

Marketing + Social Media

  • Pinterest files for IPO as battle for ad dollars continues.  AdAge
  • Nestle and Disney pull ads from YouTube over handing of videos of children.  AdAge
  • The latest Instagram influencer frontier? Medical promotions.  Vox
  • Tide announces it’ll open 2,000 laundry locations in the next two years.  AdWeek
  • Facebook grappling with employee anger over moderator conditions.  Bloomberg
  • Google-Facebook duopoly set to lose some of its share of ad spend.  AdAge
  • Ikea cleans up the River Thames to promote new store. Fast Company
  • Beauty icon Bobbi Brown reinvents herself as a health and wellness guru.  CNBC
  • Nike and Serena Williams redefine what it means to call a female athlete crazy.  AdWeek
  • Instagram is testing a donation sticker in Stories.  The Verge
  • How Kellogg’s speed team is launching brands with startup principles  AdExchanger

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Six ways AI can impact retail forecasting: hype vs. reality.  Forbes
  • Lyft filling could kick off cavalcade of high-profile tech IPOs.  AdAge
  • Galaxy Fold is here, with six cameras and two batteries for $1,980.  CNet
  • Amazon Alexa and the search for the perfect answer.  Wired

International

  • JD.com’s drones take flight to Japan in partnership with Rakuten.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon is targeting customers in Kenya who want to pay in cash.  Quartz

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: 2.4.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • DTC women’s hair-removal brand Flamingo moves offline with Target.  Glossy
  • Toy industry sales fell 2% in 2018, thanks to Toys R Us closure.  CNBC
  • Walmart scores big against Amazon with Fanatics sports gear deal.  Fortune 
  • Walgreens and CVS are offering ways to fix your teeth in their stores.  CNBC
  • Kohl’s is putting a Weight Watchers studio in one of its stores as part of wellness push.  CNBC
  • Alphabet earnings: why Google stock is tumbling despite profit spike  Fast Company 
  • Goop is coming to Netflix.  TechCrunch
  • Charlotte Russe files for bankruptcy.  Fortune
  • Why H&M hired the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower.  Fortune

Marketing + Social Media

  • Google’s bid to battle Amazon suffers blow as Walmart withdraws.  Bloomberg
  • Zara changes its logo.  Hypebeast
  • Equinox debuts campaign for new hotels biz.  AdAge
  • The Top 10 Super Bowl commercials by digital share of voice.  AdAge
  • The biggest advertising trends of the Super Bowl.  AdWeek
  • How TikTok is climbing the download charts, taking on Snapchat and Twitter.  CNBC
  • Hulu is the first brand to sponsor the record-breaking egg account on Instagram.  The Verge
  • The rise of the new male power shopper.  Forbes
  • Why fashion brands are launching podcasts.  The Business of Fashion
  • Nike turns its SNKRS app into a pop-up shop.  Engadget
  • Google+ will officially shut down on April 2.  Fortune 
  • 15 years of Facebook in four charts.  Wired

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Warby Parker is using augmented reality to help people find frames that fit.  AdWeek
  • Artificial intelligence is chaining Kroger, Walgreens and others.  Forbes
  • McCormick and IBM team up to add AI-fueled flavors.  Fast Company
  • Slack just confidentially filed to go public.  Fast Company 
  • Amazon’s 2018 acquisitions totaled $1.65B, led by PillPack and Ring.  TechCrunch
  • How blockchain will change marketing in 2019.  CMO Magazine

International

  • Amazon and Flipkart pull 100,000’s of products to comply with new Indian law.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon reportedly eyes Middle East expansion.  Geek Wire 

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.28.2019

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week. As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Amazon to introduce virtual changing room app.  Telegraph
  • Apple plans gaming subscription service.  Cheddar
  • Amazon is trying to take down the last bastion of brick-and-mortar: beauty. Quartz
  • Amazon, Alphabet and Walmart were top IT spenders in 2019.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Under Armour partners with Virgin Atlantic to build spacesuit.  USA Today
  • Starbucks is expanding its Uber delivery to more cities.  Bloomberg
  • Mickey Drexler to depart from J.Crew.  Business Insider
  • You can rent a desk by the minute at WeWork’s first public location.  Fast Company 
  • A coalition of giant brands is about to change how we shop forever, with a new zero-waste platform.  Fast Company 
  • Brands invent new lines for only Amazon to sell.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Net-a-porter unveils try-before-you-buy service for big spenders.  Retail Gazette

Marketing + Social Media

  • Amazon knows what you buy and is building a big ad business from it.  The New York Times 
  • CMO’s are allocating nearly 30% of their budgets to marketing technology.  Deloitte
  • The secret life of Amazon’s Vine reviewers.  The New York Times 
  • Zuckerberg plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger.  The New York Times 
  • LinkedIn is debuting interest targeting based on content users share and engage with.  AdWeek
  • Zuckerberg in WSJ op-ed: Facebook doesn’t sell your data! Fast Company 
  • Facebook to create independent board to monitor content.  AdAge
  • American Eagle surrendered creative control for its latest marketing effort to Gen Z.  AdWeek
  • How publishers use influencers to grow commerce businesses.  DIgiday
  • Amazon unveils celebrity beta-testing program for Super Bowl.  AdAge
  • Hilton and Netflix partnering for in-room personalized streaming.  Fortune

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Kustomer nabs $35M to take on Zendesk and Salesforce with its Slack-like approach to CRM.  TechCrunch
  • Go-Jek makes first close of $2B round at $9.5B valuation.  TechCrunch
  • Airbnb acquires Denmark’s Gaest to expand in bookings for meetings and offsites.  TechCrunch
  • The RealReal founder, Julie Wainwright is the Tycon of the pre-owned. The New York Times 
  • Rosetta Stone for iPhone adds AI to identify objects for live translations.  Venture Beat
  • Stop & Shop is testing self-driving mini grocery stores.  The Verge

International

  • Amazon starts selling in Brazil.  Reuters
  • Google and IAB ad category lists show ‘massive leakage of highly intimate data,’ according to GDPR complaint claims.  TechCrunch
  • Starbucks CEO says they are playing the long game in China.  CNBC
  • Alibaba shows signs of strain as China’s economy shudders.  Bloomberg
  • Dyson will move its head office from Britain to Singapore.  The New York Times 

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.21.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • New York’s lost department stores.  The New York Times 
  • Patagonia’s CEO on how saving the planet has been good for business.  Fashionista
  • Boosting mall revenues through advanced analytics.  McKinsey
  • Net-a-porter launches kidswear.  Vogue
  • Netflix stock tanks despite record Q4 subscriber growth.  Fast Company 
  • Tesla is laying off 7% of its full-time employees.  Fast Company
  • Rihanna said to be readying luxury house with LVMH.  WWD
  • Amazon rewrites book industry by marching into publishing.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Fossil to sell smartwatch IP to Google for $40M.  ZDNet
  • Walmart adds four grocery delivery partners.  TechCrunch
  • Target is making a bigger bet on baby.  CNBC
  • Chico’s will close at least 250 stores to better compete in the age of Amazon.  USA Today
  • Gymboree files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again. The Wall Street Journal
  • L’occitane adds Elemis for $900M as luxury skincare booms.  Bloomberg
  • The Fenty effect comes to skincare.  Business of Fashion
  • How WeWork’s CEO also acts as a landlord for his company.  Inc
  • Comfy shoes helped Allbirds become a $1.4B company but it’s never been just about shoes.  Inc

Marketing + Social Media

  • Facebook is secretly building LOL, a cringe teen meme hub.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield.  TechCrunch
  • Consumers say brands shouldn’t bring politics to the Super Bowl.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Luke Wilson gets close in Colgate’s Super Bowl ad.  AdWeek
  • Pew published a study of how Facebook users feel about targeting.  Pew
  • Snap’s user growth still seems to be sputtering.  Fast Company 
  • Amazon is a looming giant in influencer marketing.  Digiday
  • Fortnite’s digital goods are a key to the future of global trade.  Bloomberg

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Walmart and VC firms see two paths for DTC brands.  Retail Dive
  • Nike’s big bet on the future of connected shoes.  Fast Company 
  • Investment dollars continue to pour into DTC brands.  AdAge
  • Squad is the new screen-sharing chat app everyone will copy.  TechCrunch
  • How three legacy brands are using tech to personalize beauty.  AdWeek

International

  • Google gets a $57M fine from France for GDPR violations.  AdAge

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.14.2019

I’m back! I hope your 2019 is off to a great start. Here is a recap of news from the last couple of weeks.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Cheers!

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon claims a record-breaking holiday season by items sold.  CNBC
  • Winning in an era of unprecedented disruption: a perspective on US retail.  McKinsey
  • How Shopify built an $800M partner ecosystem. Digiday
  • Walmart to add 2,000 tech hires.  Fortune 
  • ASOS CEO on the next ecommerce frontier.  Business of Fashion
  • Refillable packaging is the trend quietly taking over luxury beauty.  Fashionista
  • Nail and waxing salons are among the few that will survive the retail apocolypse.  Axios
  • Will 2019 be the year that clothing subscriptions take over? Forbes
  • Seven social issues that CEO’s will prioritize in 2019.  Fast Company
  • Kroger and Microsoft build a futuristic grocery store.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon Go could generation $4.5B with plan for 3,000 stores.  Retail Dive
  • Target hints at larger wellness ambitions.  Glossy 
  • Target is on track to have its best full year of sales growth in 13 years.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon offers product sampling program to brands.  Forbes 
  • Despite setbacks, Nike is soaring with direct-to-consumer offense. Business of Fashion
  • Ulta has cracked beauty’s secret in the Amazon era.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon, Lego and Wayfair join the pop-up store boom.  Bloomberg
  • Walgreens to shed $1B in annual costs.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Gap plans to shutter one of it’s major New York retail stores.  Bloomberg
  • Gymboree shops for bankruptcy financing as it prepares filing. The Wall Street Journal 

Marketing and Social Media

  • Instagram’s ecommerce success is building with Stories.  MarketingLand
  • Facebook has a new Stories feature for event sharing.  The Verge
  • Amazon will win advertising dollars away from Facebook admid privacy concerns. ReCode
  • WeWork rebranding as The We Company.  Business Insider
  • YouTube makes it easier to navigate through videos in its app.  TechCrunch
  • Brands dish out $200M on fake influencers a year.  Retail Gazette
  • Skittles’ big play on Super Bowl Sunday will be…an actual play.  AdWeek
  • Facebook, cryptocurrency and the future of mobile commerce.  Forbes
  • Is 2019 the year of paid loyalty? Lululemon, CVS and Loblaw are game to find out.  Forbes
  • NBCUniversal announces streaming service that will be free to paid TV subscribers.  TechCrunch
  • An egg has dethroned Kylie Jenner for the most Instagram likes ever.  Fast Company 
  • Instagram’s digital ad share to double despite Facebook issues.  AdAge
  • Tiffany’s gets serious about diamond sourcing.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Adidas can now make specialized shoes for runners in different cities thanks to robots.  Quartz
  • How retail changes when algorithms curate everything we buy.  Harvard Business Review
  • The future of beauty was on display at CES. CNN
  • American Eagle Outfitters launches interactive fitting rooms at flagships nationwide.  MarketWatch
  • These companies want to fix the trillion dollar returns problem.  CNBC
  • WeWork is investing in super foods.  Fast Company
  • Report says that Slack is planing an IPO in 2019.  Fast Company
  • Banking startup N26 raises $300M in $2.7B valuation.  TechCrunch

International

  • As Walmart takes on China’s booming delivery market, it’s going for a smaller store.  CNBC
  • Germany outlaws Amazon’s one-click Dash buttons.  Engadget
  • How Europe’s Zalando is fighting off Amazon and building the Spotify of fashion.  Business of Fashion 
  • Chinese tech giant Baidu will help Walmart deliver groceries in America.  Motley Fool

Weekly Industry Brief: 12.17.2018

And just like that, we’re on my last post for the year!

Back in the beginning of 2018, Amazon had just announced 20 finalists for their second headquarters and Toys ‘R’ Us was still a store. A lot has happened since then and I’m proud to have archived it here.

I am wishing all of you a wonderful holiday and a happy new year.  Hopefully you are closing out the year by spending with family, friends, and loved ones, taking time to reflect on this year and planting seeds for all of the potential of the year ahead.

(P.S. If you want a quick cry, check out the Google Year in Search video.)

With Love, Carolann

Brands + Retailers

  • Google will open a new $1B campus in NYC.  Fast Company
  • Report says Johnson & Johnson knew its baby powder had asbestos for decades.  Fast Company
  • Starbucks opens first east coast reserve roastery.  AdAge
  • Facebook discloses bug that opened private photos to apps.  AdAge
  • The data New York gave to Amazon.  The New York Times
  • Here’s how Nike, Alibaba and Walmart are reinventing retail.  Wired
  • A look inside Macy’s new retail strategy.  Retail Dive
  • Dollar General has suddenly become one of the biggest retailers in the US by store count.  Business Insider
  • Retailers embrace payment apps to sidestep $90B in swipe fees.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon looks to limit products that don’t drive profit.  Forbes
  • Amazon eyes private label toys.  Retail Dive
  • Starbucks adding delivery services to more than 2,000 stores via Uber Eats.  TechCrunch
  • Instacart and Amazon-owned Whole Foods are parting ways.  TechCrunch
  • Aerie momentum continues for American Eagle.  Forbes
  • What every direct-to-consumer brand can learn from Nike.  Forbes
  • How Barney’s, Saks and Neiman Marcus are tackling luxury beauty.  Glossy

Marketing + Social Media

  • The making of a computer-generated influencer.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Why beauty and wellness brands like New York City subway ads.  Glossy
  • Facebook’s version of YouTube takes shape with pranksters, magicians and cartoons.  The New York Times 
  • Stories from inside the $9B Instagram economy.  Fast Company
  • Instagram is testing creator accounts for high-profile influencers.  The Verge
  • Hulu introduces new programmatic marketplace.  AdAge
  • Facebook rolls out search ads and they’re currently free.  AdAge
  • Rookie cataloged a generation of girlhood.  The New York Times
  • Instagram will start telling brands which products users bookmark which could be used for ad targeting.  CNBC

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Walmart will soon use hundreds of AI robot janitors to scrub the floors of US stores.  CNBC
  • Procter & Gamble buys Walker & Co.  AdAge
  • Headspace vs. Calm: the meditation battle that’s anything but zen.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How “brick-and-mobile” is transforming in-store shopping.  Retail Dive
  • Powerful pricing: the next frontier in apparel and fashion advanced analytics.  McKinsey

International

  • eCommerce is thriving in Africa despite hurdles to the “last mile.”  Quartz
  • Walmart partners with Rakuten to open its first ecommerce store in Japan.  TechCrunch