Weekly Industry Brief: 6.19.2017

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7B. BBC
  • UPS to add delivery surcharge cost for holiday shipments. Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart confirms it is buying Bonobos for $310M. Recode
  • Nike cuts 2% of workforce. Business of Fashion
  • H&M misses sales forecast as fast fashion pressure builds. Business of Fashion
  • Inditex posts 18% rise in first quarter profits. Business of Fashion
  • Zara sees sales growth due to fresh designs, tech. Bloomberg
  • Jet.com will phase out Costco private label products. Bloomberg
  • Estee Lauder’s latest investment is in science-based, internet-beloved beauty brand deciem. Fashionista
  • Amazon launches Prime Reload, offering 2% back on purchases funded through debit cards. Techcrunch
  • Freelance work marketplaces are looking more and more like ecommerce websites. Quartz
  • The fast-fashion trend that’s changing how you buy furniture. Fortune
  • Why the beauty industry is betting big on supplements. Business of Fashion
  • Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. to sell goods on Amazon.com. Fortune
  • Our jeans are ruining the planet but this company wants to fix that. Racked
  • Best Buy wants you to try gadgets before you buy them. Fortune
  • Neiman Marcus ends talk of a possible sale. Wall Street Journal
  • GM laying off about 1,000 works amid downturn in passenger car sales. Wall Street Journal

Marketing and Social Media

  • Conde Nast inks deal with Farfetch.com; ceases Style.com operations. Business of Fashion
  • Time Warner to invest $100M in Snapchat shows, ads. Ad Age
  • Fashion ads, a last bastion of print, are going digital. Wall Street Journal
  • Vice has raised $450 ahead of a potential IPO. Techcrunch
  • Most millennials, especially younger ones, still prefer stores. Retail Dive
  • Facebook Messenger takes another shot at Snapchat – this time with a fine-art twist. Fast Company
  • Your favorite influencers aren’t writing their own content – these women are. Marie Claire
  • Macy’s to revamp loyalty program to keep top shoppers. Wall Street Journal

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Lululemon invests in a cycling apparel startup. Fortune
  • Slack’s possible $9B valuation has Amazon and others calling. Forbes
  • The future of grocery shopping in stores and online. McKinsey
  • Amazon launches a wand with Alexa AI assistant built in. Business Insider
  • Why Stackshare is quietly becoming a secret weapon for developers and Silicon Valley CTOs. Techcrunch
  • Blue Apron will raise $587M in its IPO, valuing itself close to $3B. Techcrunch
  • VCs are valuing Reddit at $1.7B. Fast Company

International

  • Fox in talks to open Urban Outfitters stores in Israel. Globes
  • India to approve Amazon’s retail food plan. Economic Times
  • New own-label brand on the horizon for Next. Retail Gazette
  • Alibaba launches new sales channel in Malaysia and Singapore. Reuters
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Weekly Industry Brief: 5.15.2017

Here is a recap of retail and ecommerce industry news from the last week that I put together for you.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Cheers and have a fab week.

Brands and Retailers

  • LVMH’s and the next big digital shopping experience. New York Times
  • Toys R Us gets serious about ecommerce. USA Today
  • Target gets into next-day delivery with new service. SmartBrief
  • 22 companies defying the retail meltdown by opening hundreds of new stores. Business Insider
  • Macy’s may shut down even more stores. Business Insider
  • As department stores close, Stitchfix expands online. New York Times
  • Here’s how Under Armour is helping Kohl’s become an ‘active and wellness’ retailer. CNBC
  • LL Bean to try smaller format store. Boston Globe
  • Europe’s fashion brands expand in the US, even as American stores close doors. Wall Street Journal
  • J.C. Penney CEO is pessimistic that its core business will grow any time soon. Bloomberg
  • Target’s new online strategy: less is more. Wall Street Journal
  • Is Michael Kors moving on to Jimmy Choo? WWD
  • Dean & Deluca reels in former Ralph Lauren President. WWD
  • eCommerce is paying off for middle-market retailers. WWD
  • Jet.com brings grocery concept to New York. CNBC
  • Reformation’s fight against toxic denim. Apparel News
  • Amazon places a bigger bet on furniture. Fortune
  • Target quietly raised its free shipping minimum from $25 to $35. Fortune
  • Gillette is taking aim back at the Shave Club model. PSFK
  • Anna Sui is teaming up with Macy’s for a capsule collection. Fashionista

Marketing and Social Media

  • With MikMak’s latest move, brands can expedite path to purchase on Instagram and Snapchat. Forbes
  • Gap found real people, not models, for its Summer ads celebrating American diversity. Ad Week
  • Diageo and Amazon partner to ‘close the circle; between content and sales. Marketing Week
  • Google Search will now help you find nearby events. TechCrunch
  • Talking to the mad genius behind TopShop’s WTF jeans. Elle
  • Why there’s no yoga in Lululemon’s global campaign. AdAge
  • Snapchat rolls out a trio of new ad products using its lenses and geo-filters. TechCrunch
  • Comcast is getting close to offering internet TV service. Fortune
  • American shoppers are really, really looking for brand honesty right now. Fashionista

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • This start-up is the Airbnb of warehouses and has its sights on Amazon. Bloomberg
  • Outdoor Voices and Glossier are cleaning up by making fashion inclusive. TechCrunch
  • Draper James breaks into the wholesale market with Nordstrom partnership. Glossy
  • Why Apple Pay is poised to beat PayPal in the luxury fashion space. Glossy
  • Amazon to control 70% of the voice-controlled speaker market this year. TechCrunch
  • Apple invests $200M in gorilla glass-maker Corning. Bloomberg

International

  • Flipkart makes $1B informal offer for Snapdeal. LiveMint
  • Amazon, Flipkart not alone. Even offline retailers in India are offering huge discounts. Economic Times
  • A new retail era is unfolding in the Middle East. WWD
  • Xiaomi puts the focus on India with plans to open 100 retail stores. TechCrunch
  • Cuba to open first luxury mall. Houston Chronical

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.1.2017

Here is a recap of retail and ecommerce industry news from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. P.S. If you ever have any feedback, comments, (constructive) criticism…please reach out! Have a great week.

Brands and Retailers

  • LVMH to take control of Christian Dior in $13.1B deal. New York Times
  • Vince says it has ‘substantial doubt’ that it’ll stay in business. Fashionista
  • Wal-Mart’s tech incubator hires Rent-the-Runway co-founder. Bloomberg
  • Sources say Coach is the likely buyer of Jimmy Choo. Telegraph
  • Kit and Ace is closing all of its US, UK and Australia stores. Racked
  • Gucci sales jump a record 50% in part due to China, digital. Fashionista and Bloomberg
  • Amid brick-and-mortar travails, a tipping point for Amazon in Apparel. New York Times
  • Zappos launches line for special needs consumers. Mediapost
  • A look inside Reformation’s sustainable Los Angeles factory. Fashionista
  • Goop to open first beauty pop-up. WWD
  • Crew shakes up management, cuts jobs in bid for profitability. Bloomberg
  • Adidas tells us how it plans to catch Nike. GQ
  • How BooHoo is beating the rocky American retail market. Digiday
  • Next week, Adidas releases a new running shoe made from ocean plastic. Forbes
  • As retailers race to close stores, a web startup is opening them. Wall Street Journal
  • Gap to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2021. Triple Pundit
  • Apple’s stock races ahead as investors bet on new iPhone. New York Times
  • L’oreal rounds up bidders for The Body Shop. Business of Fashion

Marketing and Social Media

  • Lead by Louis Vuitton, fashion brands storm digital. Adage
  • Bloomberg and Twitter announce live broadcasting partnership. Bloomberg
  • A new Goop magazine is coming to Conde Nast. Fashionista
  • Snapchat’s Discover partners are seeing more views on TV, desktop and mobile. Mashable
  • How Under Armour lost its swagger. Business of Fashion
  • What marketers can learn about chatbots from pros that have seen early success. Adweek
  • How brands are finally cashing in on social with shoppable Instagram stories and snapchat ads. AdWeek

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • The robots are coming for your wardrobe. Fast Company
  • Dominos delivers its pizza tracker to your IoT devices. Forbes
  • This startup’s expansion could pave the way for more innovative retail. Adage
  • How Echo Look could feed Amazon’s big data fueled fashion ambitions. Techcrunch
  • Amazon’s new Echo aims to answer age-old question: does this look good on me? Wall Street Journal
  • Apple is in talks to launch its own Venmo. Recode
  • Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users. Techcrunch
  • Amazon rival, Boxed, sees narrow inventory as edge. Bloomberg

International

  • Online retail growth reflects changing consumption in China. China Daily
  • Amazon’s Italian subsidiary under investigation for tax evasion. WWD
  • When the name game gets serious in China. Business of Fashion
  • Zalando considers brick-and-mortar stores. Business of Fashion
  • China’s $1.5B social commerce startup, Pinduoduo, could transform online retail. Business of Fashion
  • More Chinese tourists seen traveling to the Middle East.  BBC
  • Gogoboi teams up with western ecommerce retailers to sell luxury on WeChat. Jing Daily

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.9.2017

Hi! I’m back from holiday (and honeymoon!) and so excited to start this new year. Here is some industry news I’ve collected from the last few weeks. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Band of Outsiders is relaunching with a new team and only menswear. Link
  • Boohoo bids $20M for Nasty Gal’s intellectual property. Link
  • How Nike and Adidas are pushing the future of retail. Link
  • Amazon sells out of Echo speakers in midst of holiday rush. Link
  • Yahoo and other breaches drive surge in corporate hacking insurance. Link
  • Kate Spade said to kick off formal sale process next month. Link
  • Zalando looks to China for inspiration. Link
  • Bobbi Brown will leave her namesake makeup brand. Link
  • How H&M is trying to counteract fast fashion with revolutionary recycling. Link
  • Inside the multi-million dollar ugly Christmas sweater industry. Link
  • As last minute shoppers go online, retailers brace for trouble. Link
  • Times Square landlords seek tenants wishing to offer experiences like food and entertainment. Link
  • Macy’s to cut over 10K jobs. Link
  • Amazon’s brick-and-mortar bookstore is coming to Manhattan. Link
  • Modcloth opens brick-and-mortar shop. Link
  • Amazon plans to sell its own line of athletic clothing. Link
  • For the first time, Alibaba sues Taobao merchants over fakes. Link
  • The human cost of next day delivery. Link
  • Sweetgreen going fully cashless in 2017. Link
  • Neiman Marcus withdraws IPO registration. Link
  • The Limited to close all 250 stores. Link
  • Amazon starts flexing muscle in new space: air cargo. Link
  • Sears and Kmart announce store closures. Link
  • Amazon, Forever 21 vying for bankrupt American Apparel. Link
  • Drugs, guns and fake kicks: inside the counterfeit economy. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Periscope sunk without Twitter’s wings. Link
  • Coach confirms partnership with Selena Gomez. Link
  • The EU has slapped Facebook with an antitrust complaint over its WhatsApp acquisition. Link
  • Who is winning the social media shopping race? Link
  • Neiman Marcus’ powerful personal shopper. Link
  • Snapchat opens research center in China even though it’s banned there. Link
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond tests a membership program. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • How Google used AI to transform Google Translate. Link
  • Rockets of Awesome raises $12.5M. Link
  • Google, Gap test augmented reality shopping. Link
  • Rent-the-Runway raises $60M. Link
  • Amazon flies package to customer in England. Link
  • Apple begins selling AirPod wireless headphones after two months of delays. Link
  • 5 bleeding-edge brands that are infusing retail with artificial intelligence. Link
  • L’Oreal debuts smart brush at CES. Link
  • Samsung’s Gear VR browser gets improved WebVR content support. Link
  • 7-Eleven beats Google and Amazon to the first regular commercial drone delivery service in the U.S. Link
  • Mattel is building an Alexa for kids. Link

International

  • Reliance forms joint venture with Bally in India. Link
  • Amazon Prime video expands to 200 countries. Link
  • Estee Lauder lower China prices by up to 30%. Link
  • Apple plans first retail store in South Korea. Link
  • American Apparel shuts 12 of its 13 UK stores. Link
  • China faces rising retail vacancy rate. Link
  • Adidas has taken the concept store battle to Stockholm with Europe’s first interactive virtual reality store. Link
  • Amazon plans to add more sellers in key categories in bid to boost market share in India. Link
  • How Unilever reaches rural consumers in emerging markets. Link
  • Apple in discussion to manufacture some of its products in India. Link
  • Prada to close boutique at Peninsula hotel as Hong Kong’s retail slump bites. Link
  • TopShop to open 80 standalone shops in China. Link
  • 12/12 even breaks records in China. Link

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 12.13.2016

Here is your weekly industry brief over the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Cheers!

Brand/Retailer

  • Cyber Monday drives $52B in online sales. Link
  • Aerie opens concept store in New York. Link
  • LA City Attorney suing Sears, Kohl’s, Macy’s, JC Penney for alleged pricing scheme. Link
  • Starbucks’ Schultz sees sweeping retail consolidation. Link
  • Millennials making bigger investments in makeup. Link
  • Revolve launches beauty. Link
  • Ikea adapts to growing urban populations. Link
  • American Apparel to close nine stores by end of December. Link
  • Museums rethink retail. Link
  • Sports bras are making Lululemon a lot of money. Link
  • Kylie Jenner and Shopify prepare for what may be the most hyped pop-up ever. Link
  • Starbucks 5-year plan: lots of stores, food and cold drinks. Link
  • Google signs deal with Cuba’s state-run telecommunications company. Link
  • Nordstrom turns to electronic gifting service amid shift online. Link
  • There’s a Crossfit war being fought over your feet. Link
  • Net loss grows at Neiman Marcus. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Ikea renamed products after frequently Googled problems that those products solve. Link
  • How Costco appeals to millennials and Gen Z without specifically targeting them. Link
  • Snapchat adds four new features including much-requested group chat. Link
  • Weibo’s comeback lures luxury brands. Link
  • Selena Gomez inks $10M deal with Coach. Link
  • How Revolve is leveraging user-generated content for its beauty business. Link
  • Kylie Cosmetics sidelines journalists at store opening. Link
  • Instagram brings live video broadcasts to all U.S. users. Link
  • Facebook Live will spin up 360-degree streaming to match YouTube. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Job cuts at Honest Co. could mean deal, IPO are tabled. Link
  • Prada uses video, virtual reality to market fragrance. Link
  • Why AR will be bigger than VR. Link
  • L’Occitane ups technology with smart beauty fitting room. Link
  • Retail chatbots show the power of artificial intelligence, just in time for the holidays. Link
  • Adidas to sell 3-D shoes to public. Link

International

  • Starbucks becomes first retail brand to use WeChat’s gift card product. Link
  • Mexico overtakes Canada as No. 2 U.S. exporter ahead of Trump. Link
  • China Consumers Association cites ‘Misleading’ Singles’ Day promotions. Link
  • China’s retail sales climb 10.8% in November. Link
  • ASOS boosts U.K. sourcing after pound’s Brexit fall. Link
  • Wal-Mart to invest $1.3B in Mexico. Link
  • Hong Kong loses Ralph Lauren flagship, braces for more closures. Link
  • Staples agrees to sell European operations to Cerberus Capital. Link
  • Marks & Spencer to shutter its 10 stores in China. Link
  • Uniqlo targets 100 more stores in China expansion. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.13.2016

As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Aeropostale wins approval of $243M sale to mall group. Link
  • Ralph Lauren adopts “see now, buy now.” Link
  • Macy’s store closures haven’t sent retailers running. Link
  • Moda Operandi opens a shopping salon to an invite-only client list. Link
  • Crew enlisted its staffers, family and friends to model its Spring collection. Link
  • Ecommerce is a boon for rural America but it comes with a price. Link
  • Jessica Alba’s Honest Company has been in talks to sell to a big consumer product giant. Link
  • Macy’s signs deal to open an Apple store at its Herald Square flagship. Link
  • Amazon Prime now delivers to this football stadium. Link
  • Ousted American Apparel founder secures $10M loan for new venture. Link
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop get into the fashion business. Link
  • What the founder of Tom’s Shoes is doing now. Link
  • In the studio with the creative director of Coach. Link
  • 7 questions with HP’s CEO after $1B acquisition. Link
  • Kate Spade upgrade as Wells Fargo predicts comeback for brand. Link

Marketing/Social

  • American Eagle launches new marketing campaign. Link
  • Facebook steps in to prove the value of chatbots with Tommy Hilfiger. Link
  • How Under Armour mastered crisis communications after the 2014 Olympics. Link
  • Struggling Banana Republic appoints Olivia Palermo style ambassador. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Facebook adds payments to Messenger chatbots. Link
  • Alphabet and Chipotle bring burrito delivery by drone to campus. Link
  • WalMart wants shoppers to be able to hail a cart. Link
  • Eye-tracking technology for cars promises to keep drivers alert. Link
  • Apple’s new app store for iMessage could help brands break free on mobile. Link
  • Google’s new app lets you take, share VR photos with your phone. Link
  • Amazon brings push notifications to Echo. Link

International

  • Japanese app takes off in the US. Link
  • Online sales in France grew 13% in the first half. Link
  • Starbucks to open 500 new stores in China in 2016 in chase for $9.5B tea market. Link
  • Ikea to integrate its stores in India with online trade. Link
  • How to attract China’s connected traveling shoppers before, during and after their trips. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.6.2016

Check out the industry’s headlines from the week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text. Ciao!

Brand/Retailer

  • TopShop the latest to join runway-to-retail move. Link
  • Target’s omni-channel target. Link
  • Intermix opens its first concept store. Link
  • First look at Abercrombie’s new branding. Link
  • Club Monaco joins NYFW schedule with shoppable presentation. Link
  • Crew to launch new line at Nordstrom. Link
  • Aritzia seeks to raise about $232M in initial offering. Link
  • Inside the reinvention of Saks Fifth Avenue. Link
  • Fabrics that pass heat but not light may keep people cool in the summer. Link
  • ASOS to pay 20M pounds to rival retailers. Link
  • Crew shows no signs of improving in first half of the year. Link
  • Consortium submits bid to save 229 Aeropostale stores. Link
  • American Girl Dolls coming to a Toys R Us near you. Link
  • Lululemon set to open smaller, hyper-local stores. Link
  • Starbucks is testing weekend brunch. Link

Marketing/Social

  • This fashion week, Google gets a new look. Link
  • Prada to focus on online, social to grow sales. Link
  • Snapchat will hit nearly $1B in ad revenue by the end of 2017. Link
  • Facebook created the digital equivalent of a coupon drawer. Link
  • Stadiums update location tracking to feed ad exchanges. Link
  • Ann Taylor joins Snapchat with a shopping strategy. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Smashbox goes behind the scenes of a photo shoot with its foray into VR. Link
  • Lowe’s launches retail robots. Link
  • Michael Kors brings really, really big design to Android Wear. Link
  • Yelp invites hackers to expose vulnerabilities through bug bounty program. Link
  • How Rebecca Minkoff keeps disrupting the fashion industry. Link

International

  • China’s luxury consumer moves online, brands follow. Link
  • Lululemon helps China’s affluent young professionals warm up to an active lifestyle. Link
  • German retail sales rise 1.7% in July. Link
  • Amazon expands Dash into the U.K., Germany and Austria. Link
  • Outlet malls booming in China as department stores feel the pinch. Link

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.29.2016

Our last summer Friday  is upon us…SOS!  Good news is that it’s basically holiday now. Yay!

Below are highlights from the industry over the last week. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headlines.

Brand/Retailer:

  • Nordstrom to start selling J.Crew. Link
  • Tesco enters supermarket ‘time wars’ with same day and click-and-collect. Link
  • Marc Jacobs collaborates with MTV. Link
  • ASOS the most searched fashion retailer on Google in UK. Link
  • Project X points to an Amazon drive-up grocery store in Seattle. Link
  • Sephora’s Magnificent Mile store has a new, high-tech look. Link
  • Aeropostale loses bid to rein in Sycamore. Link
  • Gap and Abercrombie are trapped in retail’s nightmarish discount cycle. Link
  • Urban Outfitters bares all at its HQ. Link
  • How Le Labo took the fragrance industry by storm after starting with nothing. Link
  • Square expands lending and payment services. Link
  • Apple’s retail stores are undergoing major makeover. Link
  • Amazon tests 30-hour work week. Link
  • Startups in Target’s Techstar accelerator race to the finish line. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • London is getting the first Youtube store. Link
  • Apple weighs iPhone video editing app in renewed push on social. Link
  • Snapchat bringing live scores to high school football games. Link
  • Why text message marketing works on millennials. Link
  • Major brands are betting big on podcasts and it seems to be paying off. Link
  • How Revolve is using “style codes” to hack Instagram and Snapchat. Link
  • Warby Parker made a video game to cure your workday boredom. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech:

  • Best Buy set to be virtual reality’s first mainstream test. Link
  • Introducing the first voice-activated hotel room. Link
  • Here’s how shoppable video will finally work. Link
  • Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch the Fenix Chronos. Link
  • GOAT raises $5M to help sneakerheads buy and sell covetable kicks. Link
  • Helix Sleep raises $7.4M to sell made-to-order mattresses online. Link
  • Five ways beacons are transforming the enterprise. Link

International:

  • Alibaba reportedly in talks to acquire ShopClues. Link
  • UK retail sales defy gloomy Brexit expectations. Link
  • Lower retail prices threaten profits of middleman Li & Fung. Link
  • Myntra claims $1B in sales. Link
  • What’s stopping luxury goods groups in China from moving from bricks to clicks? Link
  • Can foreign tech companies win in China? Link
  • China’s yuan hits its weakest level in over a month. Link
  • EU will rule Apple owes more than $1B in back taxes resulting from Ireland arrangement. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.22.2016

I’m back! Took off last week while in San Fran for work.  Enjoy your weekly briefing of industry news. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer:

  • Macy’s to close 100 stores. Link
  • Check out Apple’s new store a One World Trade Center. Link
  • How Walmart is surviving the war against Amazon and beating Target. Link
  • Coach’s transformation has taken hold with customers. Link
  • How Estee Lauder is getting millennials to buy its skincare. Link
  • Gap plans to focus on faster fashion and activewear as sales keep sliding. Link
  • Apple’s retail boss wants Apple stores to resemble ‘town squares.’ Link
  • Where we spend is upending traditional retail. Link
  • Westfield’s new World Trade Center mall puts in-store tech center stage. Link
  • How Nike is changing the world. Link
  • Gap shoppers don’t want to ‘dress normal.’ Link
  • Victoria’s Secret is getting cheaper. Link
  • Walmart announces focus on millennials in the apparel category. Link
  • Nordstrom expands Space concept to four new locations. Link
  • Nieman Marcus cuts 80 home office jobs. Link
  • US ecommerce posts its largest gain in nearly two years. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Vfiles launches  crowd-sourced youth magazine. Link
  • Rent the Runway using Snapchat for customer service. Link
  • Instagram launches business tools to help users buy and sell. Link
  • Alibaba’s ecommerce app has a social network Facebook would love. Link
  • There’s real money in messaging, Snapchat and WeChat show. Link
  • Facebook is building its own Steam-style desktop gaming platform with Unity. Link
  • Pinterest jumps into video ads fray. Link
  • Turner and Scripps investing $45M in Refinery29. Link
  • Amazon reportedly planning a $5 per month music service for Echo owners. Link
  • For its first global campaign, Uniqlo ponders why we get dressed every day. Link
  • Jack Wills’ strategy to pay you for the catalog-perfect summer. Link

Start Up and Emerging Tech:

  • This sneakerhead made a stock exchange for shoes. Link
  • Hamlet is a new, free text messaging service allowing users to shop for home décor from the comfort of their phone. Link
  • Topshop will soon integrate electronic circuits into garments. Link
  • How a Wall Street background can help you create fashion. Link
  • The MIT lab that’s quietly pioneering fashion for everyone. Link
  • Kate Spade jumps into the connected wearables category. Link
  • This 16-year-old is making million selling rare sneakers. Link

International:

  • Amazon’s new UK distribution center to create 500 jobs in 2017. Link
  • China’s luxury lifestyles fall prey to the far east slowdown. Link
  • Alibaba’s getting more revenue outside of ecommerce. Link
  • Walmart’s Mexico unit is selling its apparel chain for $853M. Link
  • Ikea to launch ecommerce in Shanghai. Link
  • Growth in online purchases by rural Chinese outpaces that of urbanites. Link
  • China is flooding Silicon Valley with cash. Link
  • Alibaba reports growth, even as China’s economy stumbles. Link
  • Myntra buys majority stake in fashion brand. Link
  • Xiaomi’s once admired strategy for winning China’s smartphone market has backfired. Link
  • For Indian ecommerce, the choice is between discount and bleed or profit and die. Link
  • Zalando plans foreign hubs to get frocks out faster. Link

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.8.2016

Here ya go,  your weekly brief of news from around the industry.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brand/Retailer:

  • Amazon opening 18 more warehouses before holiday. Link
  • Plus size fashion is having a moment. Link
  • Amazon launches Amazon One, a dedicated cargo plane. Link
  • After digital spree, brands spending on stores again. Link
  • When the shop looks a lot like home. Link
  • Stella & Dot launch fine jewelry with Covet. Link
  • How Lululemon equipped Olympians for Rio. Link
  • Under Armour teams up with Kohl’s to target women. Link
  • Banana Republic disappoints Wall Street. Link
  • Gamestop acquires 507 AT&T stores. Link
  • Calvin Klein names its first Chief Creative Officer. Link
  • Walmart buying Jet.com for $3B. Link
  • Aeropostale in talks for sale. Link
  • Adidas continues to seek a buyer for golf unit. Link
  • Target resumes selling Amazon’s gadgets years after rift. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Instagram takes a page from Snapchat, takes aim at it too. Link
  • Facebook is testing video ads during live broadcasts. Link
  • Nike’s latest ad stars the first transgender athlete on a U.S. national team. Link
  • Brands diving into Instagram stories. Link
  • The FTC cracks down on influencer posts. Link
  • Inside the new Teen Vogue, being lead by millennials. Link
  • Why Net-a-porter is going back to basics with its ad message. Link
  • How social media fuels the fortune of fast fashion. Link

Start Up:

  • Japanese biometric startup feels future at its fingertips. Link
  • New service promises to find any Hermes or Chanel bag within 72 hours. Link
  • How Glossier is using the internet to build a beauty brand for the Instagram generation. Link

International:

  • Britain is now the world’s cheapest luxury market. Link
  • Amazon Fashion launches in Mexico despite major challenges. Link
  • Nordstrom Rack expanding in Canada. Link
  • Jack Ma is opening his wallet to Europe but not to Europeans. Link
  • China’s tech trailblazers. Link
  • US chains confront growing competition in China. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Apple has completely changed its approach to TV. Link
  • Emerging tech trends changing how people design homes. Link
  • 5 reasons chatbots will revolutionize the way we do business. Link