Weekly Industry Brief: 6.20.2016

I’ve recapped industry news found around the web from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers:

  • Inside the Macy’s store of the future. Link
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond buys One Kings Lane. Link
  • Amazon cuts shipping fees for small items in threat to Alibaba’s U.S. business. Link
  • Staples joins the same day delivery fray with Staples Rush. Link
  • Why Neiman Marcus struggles and will not go public. Link
  • Nordstrom makes big ecommerce decision to postpone opening a West Coast fulfillment center. Link
  • Amazon’s 3rd physical bookstore to open in Oregon. Link
  • H&M throws down with new sports line. Link
  • Revlon is buying Elizabeth Arden. Link
  • Ikea’s quest to think like a software company. Link
  • Macy’s reaches tentative deal with workers to avert strike. Link
  • Inditex profit beats estimates outpacing main fashion rival. Link
  • In the graveyard of American malls, Bandier is re-imagining the brick-and-mortar store. Link
  • Ted Baker pushes on with overseas expansion as online sales surge. Link
  • Tesla plans to sell its electric cars in Nordstrom. Link
  • Gucci expands customization to unisex jackets, shoes, men’s clothing. Link

Marketing and Social Media:

  • How ‘the new Gucci’ does video with help from Conde Nast. Link
  • Five trends that are radically reshaping shopper marketing. Link
  • Why big brands are suddenly getting cozy with Reddit. Link
  • Facebook’s new ads will track which stores you visit. Link
  • Wayfair debuts new ads and augmented reality. Link
  • Pinterest adds site, app retargeting options. Link
  • Inside Facebook’s plan to boost ad revenue by turning users into buyers. Link
  • Carolina Herrera debuts resort collection on Snapchat. Link
  • Adidas to pay 50M euros a year for Germany sponsorship. Link
  • Dollar Shave Club puts real customer service reps in ads. Link
  • How Chubbies uses social media to build its brand. Link
  • Retailers subdued in support of gay pride following Orlando massacre. Link

Start Ups:

  • Birchbox retrenches amid rapid rise in competition, cash squeeze. Link
  • Twittery buys Magic Pony, a London startup that could make it easier to live stream. Link
  • How this legging brand made it big by selling solely through Facebook. Link


  • eCommerce in India to see nearly 10M sellers online by 2020. Link
  • European luxury brands could seize on Brexit turmoil. Link
  • Europe’s biometric visas are suddenly hurting its luxury goods industry. Link
  • Ikea celebrates four decades in Canada with expansion plans. Link
  • Uniqlo takes slow and smart approach to Canadian expansion. Link
  • Wal-Mart in talks to sell Chinese ecommerce business to JD.com. Link
  • Jack Ma promises huge sales boom from Alibaba, projecting over $900B by 2020. Link
  • Messy Brexit could lead to big hit for UK economy. Link
  • Apple can finally set up shop in India, thanks to the government. Link

Mobile and Emerging Tech:

  • Taco Bell tests messaging app orders via TacoBot. Link
  • UberRUSH opens its API to online merchants. Link
  • How stores will use augmented reality to make you buy more stuff. Link
  • How Taco Bell, Starbucks and other food chains are using mobile to boost order values. Link
  • A deep look inside Apple Pay’s matchmaker economics. Link


Happy Monday! Check out industry highlights from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.


  • Amazon bets on same-day delivery this year to target the procrastinator. Link
  • Best Buy reports softer sales, cautions ahead of holiday quarter. Link
  • WalMart is about to turn Cyber Monday into Cyber Sunday. Link
  • DHL’s new U.S. head talks holiday ecommerce, global trade and China. Link


  • Sephora’s new retail stores will take cues from YouTube. Link
  • ASOS launches wedding line. Link
  • Retailers scale up online sales distribution networks. Link
  • Consumers increasingly seeking services over things, giving new challenge for department stores. Link
  • Ikea tests click-and-collect in smaller stores. Link
  • Macy’s is launching a Korean beauty shop-in-shop. Link
  • Goop will open a holiday pop-up shop in New York City. Link
  • Polo Ralph Lauren debuts interactive fitting rooms at Fifth Avenue flagship. Link
  • Abercrombie shares rise after third-quarter sales top estimates. Link
  • Here’s why Gap just cut its 2015 profit forecast. Link
  • Martha Stewart ditches eBay for Amazon. Link


  • The potential of geolocation for revolutionizing retail. Link
  • Polyvore on why they sold to Yahoo. Link
  • On Snapchat, brands trust influencers, but verify with only screenshots. Link
  • Conde Nast to shutter Details. Link
  • Facebook launches Fundraiser product to allow nonprofits to set up campaign pages. Link
  • Snapchat’s lackluster ad business threatens $16B valuation. Link
  • Jimmy Fallon unveils brilliant collaboration with J.Cew. Link


  • LivingSocial offers a cautionary tale to today’s startups. Link
  • Caeden, a wearable tech start-up, introduces a smart bracelet. Link


  • Apple Pay now available in Canada. Link
  • Louis Vuitton to close shops in China amid luxury slowdown. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Samsung Gear VR sold out online at Amazon and Best Buy. Link
  • Google lets users tap mobile apps without downloading them. Link
  • Google brings app into browsers, blurring mobile-desktop lines. Link
  • Dunkin Donuts tests mobile ordering in bid to catch up with Starbucks. Link
  • Can artificial intelligence sell shoes? Link
  • Facebook at Work gets its own version of Messenger with debut of Work Chat. Link
  • Brands look far and wide for a niche in virtual reality. Link