Weekly Industry Brief: 7.18.2016

Here’s the industry news I’ve collected over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer:

  • Burberry’s Christopher Baily replaced as CEO by Marco Gobbetti. Link
  • Musicians explore new markets with fashion. Link
  • Amazon’s Prime Day orders up 60% over the previous year. Link
  • Is Birchbox on the rocks because the boxes just sucked? Link
  • Millennials only want to spend money on one thing and it’s killing Macy’s. Link
  • Alexa Chung to launch her own fashion brand. Link
  • How Gentle Monster road the KPop wave to $160M. Link
  • Swatch first half profit slumps as much as 60%. Link
  • Free People expands into beauty and wellness. Link
  • Inside BraHaus, Nike and Bandier’s customized pop-up shop. Link
  • Hermes takes minority stake in Pierre Hardy. Link
  • Mall owners push out department stores in favor of specialty shops and restaurants. Link
  • These were the top-selling non-Amazon items on Prime Day from around the world. Link
  • The one retail sector that need not fear Amazon. Link
  • Urban Outfitters profits from Trump backlash with tshirts. Link
  • Aeropostale seeks to auction assets in bankruptcy wind-down. Link
  • Former Toys ‘R’ Us site in Times Square Is being re-imagined. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Google launches smarter, more visual ads timed for holiday shopping. Link
  • Instagram’s Eva Chen: It’s not a numbers game. Link
  • Twitter has inked another live-streaming deal, this time with Bloomberg. Link
  • Ralph Lauren scaling back on advertising spend. Link
  • Buzzfeed releases a chatbot for the RNC. Link
  • Facebook adds refined targeting for app download ads. Link
  • With back-to-school approaching, Gap seeks new grip on shoppers. Link

Start Up:

  • Sizing technology company True Fit raises $25M. Link
  • This startup lets you buy Snapchat geo-filters from a collection of artists. Link
  • PointerPointer points to your pointer. Link
  • That one was a test to see if you read this? (But it also made me chuckle)

International:

  • Nike uses high-energy video to sell sport in India. Link
  • China’s ecommerce addiction has real market potential. Link
  • British department store John Lewis to tie up with Myer in Australia. Link
  • Burberry puts new UK facility on hold amid Brexit fallout. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Ikea Canada uses RFID to engage customers. Link
  • Amazon is developing a 3D modeling system to solve online clothes shopping’s biggest problem. Link
  • Chatbots edge out apps as teens prefer messaging. Link
  • Alibaba will let consumers shop the world’s stores via virtual reality. Link
  • Virtual reality is coming for weddings. Link
  • Five ways shoppers are using mobile to influence purchase decisions, according to Google. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.13.2016

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

If you’re wondering why I do this every week, the simplest answer is that it helps me be better at my job.  It keeps me on top of trends so I can make better decisions, identify opportunities and be competitive.  Plus, I’m pretty passionate about the whole thing.  And there is never enough to satisfy me. So I always seek more.

Hopefully it helps you too.

Brand and Retailers

  • Amazon launching a music streaming service. Link
  • Etsy’s new ultra-sustainable headquarters is filled with local, handmade furniture. Link
  • Urban Outfitters warns of falling retail sales in current quarter. Link
  • Skechers’ has quietly been making billions. Link
  • Coach unveils Disney collection. Link
  • Amazon opens tech office in downtown Minneapolis. Link
  • Fashion brands invest in express payment options. Link
  • H&M opens first store in Puerto Rico. Link

Marketing and Social Media

  • Snapchat launches a colossal expansion of its advertising, ushering a new era for the app. Link
  • Microsoft to buy Linkedin for $26.2B. Link
  • Pinterest partners with Oracle to test tracking offline sales. Link
  • Vogue introduces $200 members-only subscription. Link
  • Cultivating brand loyalty in even the toughest customer. Link
  • Apple bets on messaging emojis, Siri to keep customers loyal. Link
  • iHeartMedia and WeWork will target entrepreneurs with branded podcasts. Link
  • Sephora makes Snapchat shoppable. Link

Start Ups

  • These companies dream of becoming the Lululemon of the pajama industry. Link
  • China’s Tencent, Lenovo buy into US augmented reality startup. Link
  • How Stitch Fix uses data to pick clothes for you. Link

International

  • Amazon plans to invest $3B in India. Link
  • Skechers CEO talks international expansion. Link
  • Amazon to debut same-day grocery delivery service in London. Link
  • Rakuten to exit the UK, Austria and Span as global retrenchment continues. Link
  • H&M may reduce size of stores in India. Link
  • Ikea to finally test online shopping in Australia. Link
  • Jones New York to close entire Canadian business. Link
  • Kazakhstan could be a bright spot for retailers. Link
  • Line backs a beauty and fashion portal rolled out in Iran. Link
  • The rise of China’s shopping villages. Link

Mobile and Emerging Tech

  • Google, Baidu and the race for an edge in the global speech recognition market. Link
  • Why the maker movement matters. Link
  • Will gestures make smartwatches useful? Link
  • Next generation health. Link
  • JD.com launches drone delivery in rural China. Link
  • Everything Apple announced at WWDC in one handy list. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.6.2016

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

Mary Meeker:

  • Mary Meeker’s 2016 internet trends report. Link
  • Mobile advertising a $22B opportunity in the US. Link
  • Internet boom times are over, says Mary Meeker. Link
  • Mary Meeker: People don’t just tolerate Snapchat ads, they play with them. Link

Brand and Retailers

  • WalMart to test last mile delivery with Uber, Lyft and Deliv. Link
  • Need Supply launches its own clothing line. Link
  • Under Armour is expanding into fashion sportswear. Link
  • Kenzo joins forces with H&M. Link
  • US and UK apparel retailers fight changing demographics. Link
  • Michael Kors shrinking its department stores business on purpose. Link
  • Salesforce to buy Demandware for $2.8B. Link
  • How AirBnB designs for every person on the planet. Link
  • Gucci partners with Conde Nast’s 23 Stories on a sponsored 4-part film directed by Gia Coppola. Link
  • Can Canada Goose come in from the cold? Link
  • High end brands are all about beauty these days. Link
  • Australian retail giant Cotton On gears up for big California expansion. Link

Marketing and Social Media

  • Outdoor “dad” brands tapping urban youth. Link
  • Retailers find success with storytelling. Link
  • With 92% of luxury retailers on WeChat, here’s how they can step up their game. Link
  • Twitter disbands commerce team, ceases product development on “buy” button. Link
  • Snapchat redesigning Discover to make it more like a newsstand. Link
  • CVS has Jimmy Kimmel to thank for move to digital receipts. Link
  • Snapchat said to have 150M daily users, surpassing Twitter. Link
  • Refinery29 launches in Germany, its first foreign language. Link
  • Twitter is inviting users to become ‘Twitter Insiders’ to help brands. Link

Start Ups

  • Meet Eponym, the eyewear startup taking on Luxottica. Link
  • Birchbox finds that cute boxes filled with makeup are not enough. Link
  • StitchFix the $250M start-up playing fashionista moneyball. Link
  • WeWork quietly opens hotel rooms in New York City. Link

International

  • Dior makes Asian ecommerce debut in South Korea. Link
  • Kors Shares Leap as Firm Buys China License for $500M. Link
  • Indian ministries divide on Apple’s retail vision. Link
  • Coach’s strong presence in China to help the company in the future. Link
  • Google is coming back to China soon. Link
  • Europe’s decision on geo-blocking and what you need to know. Link
  • Manolo Blahnik steps up in-store presence in Asia. Link
  • How New Balance ran into a wall in China. Link
  • Myntra aims to increase sales by 90% this fiscal year. Link

Mobile and Emerging Tech

  • Target to expand in-store IoT experiences. Link
  • Why China’s biggest social app has sputtered overseas. Link
  • How PayPal plans to get back on top in digital payments. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.23.2016

Happy Monday!  Check out the week’s industry news.  Sources can be find in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand and Retailers

  • Sports Authority bankruptcy auction won by trio of liquidators. Link
  • Anthropologie’s new stores are absolutely gigantic. Link
  • Starbucks copies fast food chains with new deal. Link
  • L Group taps former Spanx CEO to lead Victoria’s Secret. Link
  • Amazon adds free restaurant delivery in Manhattan. Link
  • Nike and Olivier Rousteing collaborate on football collection. Link
  • Abercrombie appoints new brand presidents. Link
  • Uniqlo, Theory team up on shirts. Link
  • Apple shows off new retail look in San Francisco. Link
  • Gap mulls selling on Amazon. Link
  • American Eagle wins market share while others fail. Link
  • How Urban Outfitters was a Q1 sleeper success story. Link
  • TJX companies map aggressive store expansion plan. Link
  • Barnes and Noble brings beauty to colleges. Link

Marketing and Social Media

  • This mobile app pays you for your selfies while giving custom data to brands. Link
  • H&M and Bloglovin’ are offering a mentorship with Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine. Link
  • Women are loving Aerie’s ban on retouching. Link
  • How Coca Cola adapted its Olympics campaign for China. Link
  • How custom Snapchat filers have grown into a huge market. Link
  • The top spending retailers on Snapchat. Link

Start Ups

  • This start-up is helping businesses get their products made in the USA. Link

International

  • Old Navy exits Japan as it copes with sales decline. Link
  • Meet Modanisa, the Net-a-porter of Muslim fashion. Link
  • Australia’s Cotton On wants to conquer the US. Link
  • India’s Jabong sheds brands with low margins to focus on premium, lifestyle products. Link
  • Mobile payments heat up in China. Link
  • Amazon, Flipkart or Snapdeal: who will win India’s ecommerce wars? Link
  • Canada is a growth market for WalMart. Link

Mobile and Emerging Tech

  • Google and Levi’s team up on a connected jacket. Link
  • Uber confirms its testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh. Link
  • Google rolls out messaging apps, Google Assistant and Google Home at I/O. Link
  • Affirm is partnering with Expedia and Eventbrite so you can pay for experiences over time. Link

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.28.2016

Here is your Monday recap of industry news over the last week from around the web.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. (P.S. I love feedback. Shoot me a message in the comments or on Twitter if you’ve got any!)

Brand/Retailer

  • Everlane’s founder on building a business with radical transparency. Link
  • Rent-the-runway expands into everyday clothing rentals. Link
  • Why Target is fast-tracking food innovation. Link
  • Aerie launchies Men’s underwear with body positivity campaign. Link
  • Crew to double Mercantile stores, open 10 new Madewell stores in 2016. Link
  • Uniqlo selling on shopping app Spring. Link
  • Target preps for Marimekko launch. Link
  • Nike’s third quarter sales miss estimates, hurt by strong US dollar. Link
  • Madewell adopting a buy now, wear now press strategy. Link
  • Lululemon’s Lab Concept opens in New York City. Link
  • Nordstrom hires Amazon vet as chief technology officer. Link
  • Amazon opening fulfillment center in Kansas. Link 
  • Nike kicks up 56% increase in ecommerce sales. Link 

Marketing/Social Media

  • Google is building YouTube Connect, a live-streaming app to take on Periscope. Link
  • Pinterest works to pin down path to wider international audience. Link
  • Twitter co-founder creates new media company Matter Studios. Link
  • Instagrammers really want you to turn on notifications to avoid death my algorithim. Link
  • Email is dying among mobile’s youngest users. Link
  • Line builds out its chat app for businesses as Facebook Messenger threat looms large. Link
  • Google is redesigning its biggest cash cow, Adwords. Link

Start Ups

  • Trax & Wax is a vinyl subscription service for those craving that fresh underground dance sound. Link
  • Get ready to pay more to have others do your chores. Link
  • How one woman is going after a $17B plus-sized opportunity. Link
  • Delivery startup DoorDash raises $127M in latest round. Link

International

  • McDonald’s, Pizza Hut cook up new plans for India. Link
  • FedEx to expand ecommerce reach in China, Japan. Link
  • Swedish payments provider, Klarna, looks to expand ecommerce presence. Link
  • Giants clash on nascent Indian ecommerce market. Link
  • China changes online import tax rules, a move to help cosmetics. Link
  • Will Apple’s cheapest iPhone in history satisfy Chinese consumers? Link
  • Social commerce takes off in China. Link
  • Alibaba reaches 3 Trillion Yuan milestone even as China slows. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • Adobe announces personalization technology concept to bridge online and brick-and-mortar. Link
  • Makeup brands testing augmented reality to drive conversions. Link
  • PayPal drops on concern that ApplePay threatens online payments volume. Link
  • Smartwatch firm Pebble lays off 25% of its staff. Link
  • Two thirds of UK online traffic is mobile. Link 

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.14.2016

Here is your Monday recap of industry news over the last week from around the web.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. (P.S. I love feedback. Shoot me a message in the comments or on Twitter if you’ve got any!)

Brand/Retailer

  • Target looking to hire 20 people for mysterious start-up called Goldfish. Link
  • Amazon finds air freight partner. Link
  • Amazon debuts its first live show that lets you shop while you watch. Link
  • High-fashion brands split on faster retail cycle. Link
  • Dozens of Jos. A. Brank stores closing due to poor sales. Link
  • Patagonia to help fund residential solar installations. Link
  • Top 25 innovative consumer and retail brands of 2015. Link
  • Nordstrom cutting 120 tech jobs to save profits. Link
  • Why Brooks Brothers is investing in veteran tailors. Link
  • Burberry becomes focus of takeover talks. Link
  • Zara uses supply chain to win again. Link
  • The North Face doubles down on locally sources manufacturing. Link
  • Roberto Cavalli launches website. Link
  • Modcloth enters bridal foray. Link

Marketing/Social Media

  • Snapchat has a secret team possibly building a pair of smart glasses. Link
  • British Vogue tests breaking fashion news alerts on WhatsApp. Link
  • Buzzfeed launches new ad format to further monetize its big social reach. Link
  • Facebook acquires video filter app Msqrd to square up to Snapchat. Link
  • L’oreal creates unbranded content hub to woo beauty fans. Link
  • The relationship between Instagram and music is a powerful one. Link
  • Retail analysts cautiously optimistic about Abercrombie & Fitch. Link
  • Under new CMO, Lowe’s debuts marketing rebrand. Link
  • Platform bets big on branded social loyalty. Link

Start Ups

  • Personal shopping services seek scale. Link
  • Whole Foods and Instacart to offer home grocery delivery to more US households. Link
  • Does this new online marketplace really use a stock trading model? Link
  • Marla Malcom Beck sold Bluemercury to Macy’s for $210M and now she’s betting on vegan cosmetics. Link
  • Made-to-measure menswear maker Indochino raises $30M as it eyes the wedding market. Link

International

  • Apple refiles application for retail stores in India. Link
  • Culture gap impedes business efforts for US trade with Cuba. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret, Nike cashe in on rising girl power in China. Link
  • EU regulators to release findings on barriers to cross-border ecommerce. Link
  • Alibaba’s logistics arm gets funding to boost delivery speed. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • Amazon Echo users can now ask Alexa to pay their credit card. Link
  • True Religion to arm associates with Apple Watches in clientelling move. Link
  • Robots may someday engage male shoppers who shy away from in-store interactions. Link
  • Ferragamo puts microchips in shoes to bid to fight fraudsters. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.8.2016

Here is your Tuesday recap (sorry, busy Monday!) of industry news over the last week from around the web.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Abercrombie & Fitch posts unexpected rise in comparable sales. Link
  • Herschel goes high-tech with its new magic fabric. Link
  • Yoox Net-a-porter partner with IBM. Link
  • Amazon is about to give QVC a run for its money. Link
  • Under Armour debuts first ever 3D-printed shoes. Link
  • Why big retailers are going solar. Link
  • Samsonite confirms deal to buy Tumi. Link
  • Valentino eyes IPO in 2017 after revenue exceeds $1B. Link
  • Online retailer Everlane seeks valuation north of $250M in investment talks. Link
  • Fashion is dull and other key points about the state of Urban Outfitters’ business. Link
  • Aerie shows it pays to tell young women to love their bodies. Link
  • Seeking millennials’ kids and babies, Target spends big on tech. Link
  • Analysts see mixed message in teen market. Link

Marketing/Social Media

  • Apple finally joins Twitter with eye toward socializing its customer service. Link
  • Snapchat catches up with Facebook, clocks 8B daily video views. Link
  • New York Magazine building out branded content studio. Link
  • The Instagram Effect: How the platform drives decisions at fashion brands. Link
  • Facebook reaches 3 million advertisers, launches your business store video tool. Link
  • Amazon Prime now finding fashion followers. Link
  • Pinterest’s buyable pins help lure new sales and customers. Link

Start Ups

  • How this digital entrepreneur rocketed a fashion business from 4 to 350 employees. Link
  • Why show startups are making sneakers from wool. Link
  • ‘Warby Parker of suits,’ Combatant Gentlemen opens pop-up shop in Nordstrom. Link
  • The hot ecommerce app Wish has hundreds of millions of users. Link
  • Augment raises over $3M in Series A funding from Salesforce. Link
  • You can now make voice calls using Slack. Link
  • Bed-in-a-box startups challenge traditional mattress makers. Link

International

  • The billionaire African behind the continent’s greatest retail empire. Link
  • Amazon to open second largest delivery center in Hyperbad. Link
  • Zalando targets logistics as mobile fashion sales grow. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret to open flagship in Shanghai. Link
  • Europe’s antitrust enforcer on Google, Apple and the year ahead. Link
  • com’s revenue growth beats expectations. Link
  • Apple is selling more phones in India’s biggest cities than you might think. Link
  • Ikea to open first India store at Hyperbad. Link
  • Uber launches in Pakistan. Link
  • Adidas to boost China outlets by a third with 3,000 stores. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • The North Face to launch insanely smart Watson-powered shopping app next month. Link
  • Apple sold 116M Apple Watches in 2015. Link
  • Is 3D printing the next industrial revolution? Link
  • Amazon expands Alexa AI with new tap and dot voice-controlled speakers. Link
  • Google is plotting ways for developers to cash in on virtual reality Cardboard. Link
  • Google Fiber is coming to San Francisco. Link
  • From science fiction to reality, retailers get serious about drones. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.29.2016

Leap day edition! Did you hear Zappos gave their employees the day off?

For the rest of us, here is your Monday recap of industry news over the last week from around the web.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Online lingerie retailer Adore Me to open brick-and-mortar stores. Link
  • Kohl’s to test smaller format stores. Link
  • Restoration Hardware announces membership program. Link
  • Samsung reinvents retail in New York’s meatpacking district. Link
  • How the CEO of Barney’s turned the retailer around. Link
  • American Eagle Outfitters’ new warehouse meets omnichannel needs. Link
  • Adidas launches subscription box service. Link
  • Nordstrom’s high cost for online sales. Link
  • Tommy Hilfiger launches ‘inclusive’ clothing line for kids with disabilities. Link
  • Frances Valentine launches ecommerce. Link
  • Rachel Zoe dives into retailwith first standalone store. Link
  • Retailers reconsider store counts as traffic dips. Link
  • Click-and-collect programs gave Target a holiday boost. Link

Marketing/Social Media

  • Facebook enhances everyone’s Like with Love, Haha, Wow, Sad, Angry Buttons. Link
  • Getting YouTUbe stars to sell your product. Link
  • Instagram has over 200,000 advertisers just five months after opening the spigot. Link
  • Retailers hope smaller stores, personalization and digital will stanch the bleeding. Link
  • Amazon’s ‘The Fashion Fund’ follows Vogue’s design competition. Link
  • NBC replaces ads with paid content from American Express. Link
  • Snapchat using Nielsen as standard measure for its advertising. Link

Start Ups

  • MakeSpace raises $17.5 Million for hassle-free storage units. Link
  • HomeMe launches with app to take the pain out of apartment rentals. Link
  • Same-day delivery startup Deliv gets funding boost from UPS. Link
  • com acquires online retailer Hayneedle. Link
  • GoPro spends 20% of its cash on hand to acquire two video editing startups. Link
  • RocketClub lets early adopters earn a financial stake in startups. Link

International

  • UK consumers do more shipping on mobile devices. Link
  • Cross-border ecommerce is luring Chinese shoppers. Link
  • The Montreal company shaking up luxury fashion, one pair of $860 sweatpants at a time. Link
  • India’s Flipkart sees value cut 27% amid startup shakeout. Link
  • Amazon partners with British supermarket chain Morrisons for fresh grocery deliveries. Link
  • Ilea’s India bet runs into thicket of rules. Link
  • Mideast online retailer Souq.com raises $275M from investors. Link
  • Japan manufacturing output up in January, retail falls. Link
  • With humility, Starbucks will enter Italian market. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • Will virtual reality save retail? Link
  • Mobile payments gain big traction among millennials. Link
  • Meet Fabric, Twitter’s new mobile app built specifically for developers. Link
  • Square cash takes aim at businesses with new ‘Cash Drawer’ feature. Link
  • Apple surpasses Fitbit as the world’s largest wearable maker. Link

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.22.2016

Here is your weekly recap of news I found around the web about fashion, retail and ecommerce. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Amazon raises its free shipping minimum for non-Prime members to $49. Link
  • BirchBox co-founder joins First Round Capital as first female partner. Link
  • VF Corp falls after fourth quarter results trail estimates. Link
  • Neiman Marcus opens new store on Long Island as luxury sales slow. Link
  • Coach is now a full-fledged American fashion house. Link
  • Wal-Mart, reporting slower ecommerce growth makes plans to expand number of products available online. Link
  • Nordstrom tumbles after holiday sales miss analyst estimates. Link
  • Wal-Mart still outshined by Amazon despite spending billions. Link
  • Google is expanding its same-day delivery on groceries. Link
  • Proenza Schouler skillfully mixed commerce on the runway for Fall 2016. Link
  • Prada dealt new blow as finance chief quits luxury maker. Link
  • Kit and Ace lays off 10% of staff. Link
  • Ex-Lululemon CEO advising Adidas on how to target women. Link
  • Ralph Lauren to bring management of distribution site in house. Link
  • Amazon’s private label push: a new fast-fashion giant? Link

Marketing/Social Media

  • Shopping is coming to Snapchat. Link
  • Time Inc. buys two car-focused YouTube channels. Link
  • Gatorade’s Super Bowl Snapchat filter got 160 million impressions. Link
  • Alexa Chung debuts collection for Marks & Spencer. Link
  • Why Starbucks is overhauling its loyalty program. Link
  • Facebook plans to put ads in Messenger. Link
  • Snapchat now lets everyone pay to design geofilters. Link
  • Facebook’s huge plan to shake up dull world of telecoms. Link
  • How Kanye and Adidas ‘Yeezy-hacked’ the business model of celebrity endorsements. Link
  • Google doing away with ads along the right rail. Link

Start Ups

  • VCs invested more in space startups last year than in the previous 15 years combined. Link
  • New online fashion retailers are capitalizing on consumers’ desires to purchase clothing that lasts. Link

International

  • Amazon to open parcel locker network in Europe. Link
  • Apple Pay to be launched in China. Link
  • Amazon top open new fulfillment center in UK. Link
  • Twitter has more users than Facebook in Japan. Link
  • eCommerce stakes are high in the Mideast after the largest ever A round for Wadi.com. Link
  • Luxury retailer Saks entering Canada amid cooling economy. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • PayPal matches Stripe with its own native toolkit for apps. Link
  • This luxury watch is getting MasterCard payment functionality. Link
  • Why retailres are missing mobile with millennials. Link
  • Here’s where Google Fiber is headed next. Link

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.15.2016

Here is your weekly recap of news I found around the web about fashion, retail and ecommerce. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Urban Outfitters finding success in niche beauty market. Link
  • How Gilt will be added to Saks’ discount retail stores. Link
  • Burberry faces US lawsuit accusing it of deceptive price tags. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret CEO resigns. Link
  • Nordstrom debuts first TV ad in three years. Link
  • Elizabeth Arden bets on app to boost ecommerce. Link
  • Sears announces it’s closing at least 50 stores. Link
  • Tommy Hilfiger embraces direct-to-consumer shows. Link
  • Kate Spade, H&M and Urban Outfitters go beyond apparel but will it improve sales? Link
  • Without a creative director, Banana Republic appeals to consumers for Fall 2016. Link
  • Amazon shares bounce on news of $5B buyback. Link
  • Apple reportedly filming 6-episode series with Dr. Dre. Link 

Marketing/Social Media

  • YouTube buys BandPage for $8M to attract musicians with money-making tools. Link
  • Vox to join other media companies in ecommerce push. Link
  • Pop Sugar wants to become the mobile shipping cart for fashion. Link
  • Instagram doubles down on video, introduces Facebook-style view counts. Link
  • What marketers should know about Twitter’s new algorithmic “catch up” feed. Link
  • Time Inc buying MySpace parent company. Link
  • YouTube wants viewers to buy directly from review videos. Link
  • Pinterest nabs Google executive to head ad sales. Link
  • Target’s ground-breaking musical interlude during Grammys extends to social. Link

Start Ups

  • Fabletics plans to open 100 stores. Link
  • Startup delivery services run into reality. Link

International

  • India’s Snapdeal raises $200M led by Ontario Teachers’ pension plan. Link
  • Primark to open 6 US stores in 2016. Link
  • Amazon’s Chinese shipping license reflects global goals. Link
  • Chinese tourists boost Japanese all sales to record. Link
  • Rakuten shutters marketplaces in Southeast Asia. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • How Kate Spade and Everpurse got wearable tech right. Link
  • Google/Alphabet building standalone virtual reality headset. Link
  • 15 of the best designs merging fashion and technology. Link
  • Online shoppers prove skeptics wrong buying tons of luxury goods on mobile devices. Link
  • Tech firms push toward future without passwords. Link
  • How smartphones are killing off the fashion show. Link
  • Fitbit taps Public School designers to outfit its latest fitness tracker. Link
  • PayPal Commerce matches Stripe with PayPal’s own toolkit for apps. Link