Weekly Industry Brief: 10.21.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

    • Authentic Brands Group bids $271M to buy Barneys New York.  Reuters
    • Under Armour to make spacesuits for Virgin Galatic flights.  CNBC
    • Best Buy touts first-party data capabilities as it looks to build its media business.  Digiday
    • Gymboree brand will stage a comeback in 2020 thanks to Children’s Place.  CNBC
    • How big box retailers are competing to win a greater share of holiday toy sales.  Modern Retail
    • Netflix stock skyrockets on profit beats despite looming threat from Disney, Apple.  Fast Company
    • How Amazon is redefining the expensive and wasteful process of returns.  CNBC
    • Ulta wins exclusive Kyle Cosmetics holiday collection.  Refinery29
    • Nike shifts distribution strategy.  Forbes
    • Why your next Louis Vuitton bag may hail from Texas.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Kellogg’s new inclusion cereal features 6 cereals and 6 mascots.  Fast Company
    • Hudson’s Bay in $1.5B deal to go private. Reuters
    • The North Face sharpens focus on sustainability.  Glossy

Social Media + Marketing

    • Facebook tweaks algorithm, opens search ad placement.  AdWeek
    • Adidas admits that it over-invested in digital advertising.  MarketingWeek
    • How Abercrombie ditched its past to try to bring back customers.  CNBC
    • Amazon charges brands top dollar to be in its curated holiday toy guide.  AdAge
    • Shoppable ads pop up on TikTok.  Economic Times
    • Facebook launches new ‘Disruptor Hub’ to outline how businesses are seeing major growth online.  Social Media Today
    • Influencers tell you what to buy while advertisers wonder who’s listening. The Wall Street Journal
    • Google teams up with Dominos for special Pixel 4 deliveries. AdAge
    • Snapchat’s targeting direct-response advertisers with new dynamic ads product.  Digiday
    • Kohl’s teams up with Instagram and Facebook to update its beauty department.  Glossy
    • Small retailers are prioritizing Amazon as search ads continue to grow.  Modern Retail

Start up + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

    • Walgreens makes first drone delivery in Virginia test.  The Verge
    • Bose is the latest tech company to expand into healthcare.  Fast Company

International 

    • Travel retail spending on the rise.  WWD
    • ASOS invests to grow global online sales.  Forbes
    • Ikea’s India growth plans feature smaller cities and formats.  The Economic Times

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.30.2019

One last post for September! Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Forever 21 files for bankruptcy.  Fast Company
  • Barney’s receives interest from potential buyers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WeWork still needs cash after pulling IPO.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple plans to bring feature-length films to theaters.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Lease of faith: Why churches are going into malls.  Retail Dive
  • Healthcare may eventually become a bigger business for Best Buy than selling electronics.  Forbes
  • McKinsey to open a store at Mall of America.  Fortune
  • Rent the Runway pauses taking new customers as inventory and supply chain issues mount.  CNBC
  • Tod’s appoints former Google exec to amp up digital efforts.  The Business of Fashion
  • Old Navy is set to split from Gap.  Fortune
  • Uber is testing letting users record audio if they feel unsafe on their ride.  Fast Company
  • Mattel’s Barbie bets big on gender-neutral dolls.  Fortune
  • Diesel and Coke team up on fashion collection made from recycled packaging.  AdAge
  • Amazon focuses on Alexa privacy as it unveils new gadgets.  AdAge
  • Sneakers are set to outsell fashion footwear in the US for the first time.  Quartz

Marketing + Social Media

  • Instagram launches reminders to support product drops.  Vogue
  • Snapchat extends video ad limit to three minutes.  AdAge
  • How to create an online community that people will pay for.  Harvard Business Review
  • The age of anxiety is making wellness a generational obsession.  Glossy
  • Why brands no longer need CMOs.  Vogue Business
  • Ipsy’s $500M in revenue is driven by influencers.  The Business of Fashion
  • The Food Network’s Peloton-style streaming service will bring Guy Fieri into your kitchen.  The Verge
  • Retailers look to spend more on Amazon advertising.  Modern Retail
  • How Chevy is winning with Gen-Z and millennials.  Forbes
  • Pinterest users are more likely to try new CPG products.  AdWeek
  • Instagram launches a ‘creators’ account to encourage more creation.  TechCrunch
  • Cracking the code on podcast advertising for customer acquisition. TechCrunch
  • Twitch tweaks its visual identity.  AdWeek
  • YouTube TV is now available on Fire TV devices.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Facebook to buy startup for controlling computers with your mind.  AdAge
  • The new ways retailers are watching you shop.  The Business of Fashion
  • DoorDash suffers data breach affecting 4.9M people.  TechCrunch
  • Hyundai is getting into the flying car business. TechCrunch 
  • Sephora’s Accelerate startups stress sustainability.  Glossy
  • Unilever sees promise in blockchain ad-buying pilot.  Campaign US
  • Google brings wearable tech to Levi’s trucker jacket.  TechCrunch

International

  • The biggest trend in Chinese social media is fading and another is already taking its place.  CNBC
  • India’s holiday commerce sales to test severity of shopping slump.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facebook tests hiding like counts, like Instagram, in Australia.  The Next Web
  • PayPal to enter China through GoPay acquisition.  TechCrunch

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.23.2019

Happy Monday and officially Happy Fall!  Here is a roundup of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headlines.

Brands + Retailers

  • Walmart is testing a fulfillment service for vendors to match Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon expands two-hour Whole Foods delivery to more cities.  Bloomberg
  • Walmart launches two new credit cards offering 5% back on digital purchases.  TechCrunch
  • Allbirds to Amazon: don’t seal our design, steal our sustainable practices  Fast Company
  • Gen Z shopping habits can fuel a brick-and-mortar resurgance.  CNBC
  • Macy’s will try free same-day delivery in select markets.  Business Insider 
  • Hollister to debut small-format store in NYC.  CNBC
  • Amazon pledges to meet Paris climate pact 10 years early.  Bloomberg
  • Best Buy to expand lease-to-buy program to more locations.  Star Tribune
  • HP is pay9ing $11M to protect forests.  Fast Company
  • A look at 50 years in Denim and Khahi at the Gap.  The New York Times 
  • Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes.  CNBC
  • Why and what millennials and Gan Zers rent instead of buy.  AdWeek
  • More of the products you view on Amazon are coming from ads.  Recode 
  • Google says it’s cutting back on audio data collection on Google Home speakers.  Fortune
  • Big brands like P&G and Kimberly Clark try new products in feminine care.  The Wall Street Journal

Marketing + Social Media

  • Facebook experiments with AI-powered styling program.  Vogue
  • Facebook details three new interactive ad options.  AdWeek
  • Behind Pinterest’s bet on shopping.  AdAge
  • Pinterest’s lens can now recognize 2.5B home and fashion objects.  VentureBeat
  • Twitter wants to be a laboratory for marketers.  AdAge
  • YouTube stars rattled by verification changes.  BBC
  • Snapchat uses AR billboards in LA to back two of its Snap original shows.  AdWeek
  • ‘Play Pass’ is Google’s answer to Apple Arcade. Fast Company
  • Even Tinder is getting into original content with Swipe Night.  AdWeek
  • Facebook reviews millions of third party apps for data privacy.  Fortune
  • Louis Vuitton brings fashion to League of Legends.  AdWeek
  • Instagram’s algorithm favors more realistic content because that’s what people want.  Quartzy
  • Marketers are looking to casual gaming to target audiences.  AdWeek
  • Oracle wants to bring big data to GIFs.  AdWeek
  • Google rolls out massive shakeup to ad business. AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • WeWork to delay IPO.  Gizmodo
  • Stripe launches Stripe Capital to make instant loan offers to customers on its platform.  TechCrunch
  • @ThingTesting gets VC-backing for Instagram DTC reviews.  TechCrunch
  • The Wing has $118M in funding and is just getting started.  Inc.
  • Behind AirBnB’s purchase of HotelTonight and push into hotels.  AdAge
  • Facebook buys startup building neural monitoring armband.  TechCrunch
  • How Peloton made sweat addictive enough to IPO.  TechCrunch

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.16.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Amazon’s new multi-story warehouse aims to cut delivery times.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Old Navy outlines growth plans as standalone company.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Madewell files paperwork to take itself public, a spinoff from J.Crew. Fast Company
  • Nestle plans for a new world of sustainable packaging.  Fast Company
  • Gap CMO plans turnaround for iconic brand.  The Drum
  • Amazon changed search algorithm in ways that boost its own products.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Online grocery sales grew 15% this year.  GroceryDive
  • Under Armour stresses performance over athleisure.  CNBC
  • As Gucci tripped on social media, sales fell.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Lululemon’s first new brand is finally here.  Fast Company
  • Crate & Barrel to expand restaurant to up to 15 locations.  Fortune
  • Amazon faces a probe by U.S. antitrust officials over its marketplace.  AdAge
  • GameStop closing 200 stores.  Fortune
  • How Hasbro’s CEO s transforming the brand.  Forbes

Marketing + Social Media

  • Why Marriott is betting big on content and starting to look like a media company.  AdWeek
  • Secret Deodorant commits to boosting attendance at women’s soccer games by purchasing 9,000 tickets.  Yahoo
  • Facebook rolls out new video tools.  TechCrunch
  • Why weather data is the hottest new commodity for brands and businesses.  AdWeek
  • Pinterest shares details on Halloween-related searches.  AdWeek
  • Google has a new Tinder-style interface for finding stuff to watch.  The Next Web
  • Facebook leans on Instagram to boost new dating service. AdAge
  • Marketers developing affinity for TikTok. eMarkter
  • Snapchat partners with DoubleVerify for brand safety.  MarketingLand
  • How Dirty Lemon built its brand on Instagram and texting. Yahoo
  • Brands start marketing towards holiday.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Consumers increasingly prefer voice and chat assistants to humans.  VentureBeat
  • New hand gesture technology could wave goodbye to passwords.  Forbes
  • McDonald’s buys startup to automate drive=thru ordering.  AdAge
  • Walt Disney Studios partners with Microsoft Azure on cloud innovation lab.  TechCrunch
  • Smile Direct Club makes its debut on the public market.  TechCrunch

International

  • Canada’s Hudson’s Bay ditches 300 brands in quest for cool factor.  Financial Post
  • Jack Ma retires from Alibaba. CNN

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.9.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Nordstrom lets you return online orders to Macy’s.  Bloomberg
  • As luxury brands exit 5th Avenue, activewear companies are swooping in with tech-focused stores.  Glossy
  • The luxury evolution of the museum gift shop.  Fashionista
  • With Aerie, Jenn Foyle has revolutionized the lingerie industry.  Fashionista
  • Amazon is testing a ‘new’ badge to help shoppers identify new products.  Fast Company
  • Starbucks is opening a pick-up-only store.  Fast Company
  • Walmart tests dentistry and mental care as it moves deeper into primary health.  CNBC
  • Target’s loyalty program is expanding nationwide in October with perks for all shoppers.  USA Today
  • Nintendo switches it up again with new fitness device.  Forbes

Marketing + Social Media

  • Facebook, Google targets of potential antitrust violations.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Google is fined $170M for violating children’s privacy on YouTube.  The New York Times
  • Facebook and Instagram are testing new shopping features.  AdWeek
  • To acquire customers more cheaply, DTC brands are partnering up.  Modern Retail
  • Facebook says it may remove Like counts, too.  TechCrunch
  • YouTube starts phasing out exact subscriber numbers.  Campaign Live
  • Google set to roll out first-price auctions.  AdWeek
  • The story of the Gila Disruptor II, the internet’s most divisive shoe.  Dazed
  • Brands, influencers join forces on TikTok.  eMarketer
  • How Amazon’s ad growth is threatening Google, Facebook, agencies and ad-tech.  Marketing Dive 
  • Coca-Cola’s Fanta shifting TV spend to digital, social.  Digiday
  • Popular YouTube toy reviewer who’s just a kid under scrutiny for ‘deceptive advertising.’ AdAge
  • Coffee, travel and skincare are among 12 industries millennials are boosting.  Fast Company
  • Underwear ads lose the macho: how marketing has embraced real men.  The New York Times
  • Spotify and Snapchat are rolling out an integration on iOS, Android.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • These startups are tackling the most frustrating women’s health issues.  Fast Company
  • WeChat launches product that allows consumers to pay with facial recognition.  Pandaily
  • General Motors to launch new in-vehicle services with Google.  Telecompaper
  • How much is WeWork worth? Maybe half as much as people previously thought.  Fast Company
  • Shopify buys warehouse automation tech developer 6 River Systems for $450M.  TechCrunch

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.2.2019

Ah, Labor Day. A day to re-charge and re-set before the start of the “new” year (i.e. school), and the unofficial end of summer/start of fall. As you ease back into the work week, here is the industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Peloton files for IPO on Nasdaq.  Fortune
  • Ulta Beauty cuts sales forecast as consumers cool on makeup.  The Wall Street Journal
  • The high price of fast fashion.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Lord & Taylor sells clothing rental subscription company Le Tote.  CNN
  • FedEx, UPS jockey with Amazon as tech giant expands into shopping.  CNBC
  • Apple apologizes over Siri privacy and says it will no longer retain audio recordings.  AdAge
  • Forever 21 prepares for bankruptcy filing.  AdAge
  • The missing piece of Amazon’s New York debacle: it kept a burn book.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Tourists aren’t shopping like they used to. Who will replace them? The Business of Fashion
  • Sir Philip Green plots to break up his TopShop empire.  The Times
  • Target’s drive-up pickup service expands nationwide. TechCrunch
  • StichFix buys Finer, a digital wardrobe startup co-founded by Brooklyn Decker.  Yahoo
  • Rihanna’s lingerie brand receives $50M in fresh funding.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Marriott to remove mini toiletries from all hotels as part of corporate sustainability drive.  AdWeek
  • After Kimono backfired, Kim Kardashian plays it safe with new shareware name.  LA Times
  • Sources say Barney’s in talks for sale to online luxury retailer Farfetch.  New York Post
  • L’Oreal’s only female CEO, the founder of IT Cosmetics, is leaving.  Forbes
  • Gap shares plans for Old Navy spin-off.  Fox Business

Marketing + Social Media

  • Twitch pitches branded games.  Digiday
  • Google to pay more than $150M in YouTube privacy case.  AdAge
  • Generic brands are getting some serious upgrades.  AdWeek
  • Snap unwraps $380 high-tech specs.  Tech News World
  • Instagram is reportedly building a new messaging app named Threads.  Gizmodo
  • Gartner: four emerging digital ad trends.  ClickZ
  • Mattel thinks beyond toys to expand iconic brands like Barbie.  AdWeek
  • Ralph Lauren makes TikTok debut with ad campaign tied to the US Open.  Glossy
  • Inside the selfie factory for influencers.  BBC
  • Now Facebook says it may remove like counts. TechCrunch 
  • What does VSCO think about the ‘VSCO Girls’? The New York Times
  • Do influencers need to tell audiences they’re getting paid?  Harvard Business Review
  • Retailers are rethinking their Google Search strategies.  Modern Retail

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • With $175M infusion, ThredUp plots its future.  AdWeek
  • Walmart’s robot army has arrived.  Fast Company 
  • Nike created a high-tech shoe that you can control with Siri.  Fast Company 
  • IBM serves up an ace with AI at the US Open.  AdWeek
  • 7-Eleven introduces mobile checkout in NYC.  Retail Dive

International

  • Flipkart partners with Authentic Brands to license and distribute Nautical in India.  Economic Times

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.26.2019

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

P.S. With a new season upon us I’m feeling reflective and setting new goals. If you have any feedback for me on this weekly recap, let me know! I want to hear it all – good/bad/ugly. 

Brands + Retailers

  • Disney teams up with Target to store displays in holiday grab.  AdAge
  • Stock market tanks after Trump ‘hereby orders’ American companies to find alternatives to China.  Fast Company
  • Target’s digital, in-store investments paid off in Q2.  CNBC
  • Barneys seeks partner for digital, experience-focused future.  Bloomberg 
  • Walgreens expands Kroger grocery to more drugstores.  Forbes
  • Major fashion companies sign pact vowing to reduce industry’s environmental impact.  Forbes
  • The trendiest fitness class now: working out alone at home.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Macy’s is getting into clothing subscription and resale markets.  CNBC
  • Target is launching grocery brand Good & Gather in bid to boost its food business.  CNBC
  • WeWork isn’t a tech company. Here’s why that matters.  Harvard Business Review 
  • Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg sold over $23M worth of shares. Yahoo Finance
  • Amazon launching a new program to donate unsold products.  CNBC
  • This snack curator for Google is one of the most powerful people in food.  Fast Company
  • Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Welcome to the promoconomy: the competitive online marketplace of coupon codes and loyalty programs.  The New York Times 
  • Inside the wild, shockingly lucrative world of sneaker reselling.  GQ
  • Beautycon evolves beyond makeup. Fast Company
  • AllBirds steps into apparel with sustainable socks.  Wired
  • Sweetgreen now has a healthy salad for your dog.  Fast Company
  • Google falls to third place in worldwide smart speaker market.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon is looking to open a brick-and-mortar liquor store in San Francisco.  Business Insider

Marketing + Social Media

  • YouTube originals are no longer exclusive to YouTube premium subscribers.  AdWeek
  • Kohl’s turns to Facebook to help it bring digital brands to stores.  CNN
  • Facebook’s new tool lets you see which apps and websites tracked you. The New York Times
  • How fashion brands are acting like media companies.  Glossy
  • YouTube will reportedly sop serving targeted ads on videos for kids in a move that could cost it tens of millions of dollars per year.  Business Insider
  • America’s elderly seem more screen-obsessed than the young.  The Economist
  • Snapchat as a winning platform to reach Gen Z.  Business of Fashion
  • Apple pushes for privacy in the web browser which could affect publishers’ ad revenue.  Digiday
  • Can’t buy me likes: Instagram is coming for your engagement metrics.  AdAge
  • Facebook is opening five cages which will offer free privacy checks.  Metro News
  • Facebook opened up its Spark AR platform to creators on Instagram.  AdWeek
  • Instagram will test back-to-back Stories ads from different brands.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Live-stream apps are changing the way people shop.  Business of Fashion
  • Ikea creates new division for smart home products.  TechCrunch
  • Apple Card can be damaged by wallets and jeans.  BBC
  • AR building comes to Android next week.  Engadget
  • Amazon Alexa users can now donate school supplies via voice.  VentureBeat
  • As customers begin to shop through voice assistants, what can brands do to stand out? Harvard Business Review

International

  • WeChat’s astronomical growth abroad.  Quartz
  • Alibaba’s strong results suggest Chinese consumers are still spending.  The New York Times 
  • Amazon tests water in Israel with website to attract local sellers.  Reuters

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

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: 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