Weekly Industry Brief: 10.30.2016

Hi! Was MIA last week due to a pretty busy schedule. Also, I won’t be posting next week…as per my WEDDING (pause for reaction). But I’ll be back after that, in time for Singles Day (11/11) in China, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and all the other holiday shopping that is upon us.  Here is some industry news from the last two weeks. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.


  • Nordstrom pilots reserve online, try in store program. Link
  • Ruelala expands international shipping options. Link
  • Skechers is crashing after dismal earnings. Link
  • eBay makes bid for younger shoppers with revamped image. Link
  • Amazon executives are pleased with brick-and-mortar bookstores so far. Link
  • Hollister collaborates with Sydney Sierota on partywear collection. Link
  • Victoria Beckham to offer affordable line at Target. Link
  • Pizza, parks and pet spas: shoppers will pay more for experiences. Link
  • The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is here, with a private jet, rose-gold tweezers, and first editions of children’s books. Link
  • Amazon to add 120,000 seasonal workers this holiday. Link
  • Why QVC is launching a new TV channel dedicated entirely to beauty. Link
  • Online orders must be delivered in two days to be considered fast. Link
  • Gucci’s investment in ecommerce is paying off. Link
  • Sonia Rykiel to shutter secondary line, lay off a quarter of staff. Link
  • Liberty Fairs launches ecommerce site with FarFetch. Link
  • Anthropologie’s new beauty department is peak Anthropologie. Link
  • Brooks Brothers buys jewelry line Alexis Bittar. Link
  • New data shows surprising ways this holiday season will be different. Link
  • American Apparel prepares to file for bankruptcy again. Link
  • Leandra Medine’s first ever shoe collection launches on Net-a-porter. Link
  • Wal-Mart plans to expand same-day in store pick up. Link
  • Through investment, Campbell’s soup is getting into meal delivery. Link
  • In an age of fast fashion, Patagonia is going slow. Link
  • How Levi’s ended up collaborating with Off-White, Supreme, Vetements and Gosha Rubchinksiy. Link
  • The coming fast-fashion boom in the developing world spells big trouble for the environment. Link


  • Twitter cuts staff, simplifies advertising efforts, and will close down Vine. Link
  • How Tommy Hilfiger is reimagining his brand. Link
  • Millennials aren’t cheap, they’re thrifty. Link
  • Facebook to add food delivery option. Link
  • Why ASOS and Adidas are outperforming competitors in earned media value. Link
  • Facebook helps TV ads reach additional 5% of the population ignored by the average campaign. Link
  • Facebook offers advertisers a way to exclude ethnic groups. Link
  • How social media is driving the plus-size clothing fashion revolution. Link
  • Facebook mimics snapchat again with its new messaging camera. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Google voice search comparison shops on mobile. Link
  • Benchmade Modern makes custom sofas on demand. Link
  • Groupon buys Living Social, it’s rival once valued at $6B. Link
  • Keep Collective, Stella and Dot’s sister brand has been an unexpected runaway success. Link
  • You can now be styled by a fashion-savvy algorithm. Link
  • Meet River Island’s new emo, selfie-taking mannequins. Link
  • How DIY fashion collective Flying Solo is taking direct-to-consumer retail offline. Link


  • Fan BingBing and Li Chen front H&M’s Chinese New Year campaign. Link
  • Amazon Prime launches in China, beefs up express delivery in Paris. Link
  • Two reasons Chinese millennials have cash to burn. Link
  • China overtakes the US in iOS app store revenue. Link
  • Tiffany and Co. enters New Zealand. Link
  • Wal-Mart, JD.com add three new initiatives to strategic alliance. Link
  • Nordstrom’s Canada drive: surprises, hurdles and what’s ahead. Link
  • Banana Republic to close UK stores as sales slip. Link
  • Starbucks names China CEO, sees 5,000 stores there by 2021. Link
  • New Look seeks fashion edge in China with local designs. Link
  • Thailand retailers serve citizens in mourning. Link

Weekly Industry Brief 5.16.2016

Thought: One day maybe I should change the title to Weekly Amazon Brief…

Below is your weekly industry brief of headlines I’ve compiled from around the web. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.


  • Retail sales rise most in a year, marking US consumer comeback. Link
  • WalMart steps up attack on Amazon with two-day delivery service. Link
  • How online shopping is cannibalizing mall stores. Link
  • Gap plummets after comeback plan fails to revive sales growth. Link
  • Online marketplaces boost customer loyalty and increased AOV. Link
  • Amazon expands its handmade goods marketplace to compete with Etsy. Link
  • FedEx and eBay team up to make it easier to sell used goods online. Link
  • Plus sized fashion and the potential to increase sales. Link
  • Amazon to launch a meal kit service this fall. Link
  • Target’s Marimekko was no Lilly Pulitzer but still shows signs of success. Link
  • Ugg’s new store format reflects bigger brand. Link

Marketing/Social Media

  • Amazon takes on YouTube with launch of Amazon video direct. Link
  • Everlane opens pop-up shop in Soho to showcase shoe collection. Link
  • Here’s how generation Z girls prefer to shop and socialize online. Link
  • StyleHaul creators bet big on Milennial moms. Link
  • Why WalMart launched its own digital newsroom. Link
  • Under Armour made history with Steph Curry, now what? Link
  • PepsiCo bets big on in-house content creation. Link
  • Lowe’s uses interactive Snapchat stories to make DIY home projects a tap away. Link
  • Facebook now lets brands use video ads in Audience Network to raise awareness. Link

Start Ups

  • Bloomup raises $4M for its beauty marketplace. Link
  • Jack Threads introduces try outs hoping to reengage customers. Link
  • Jet.com enters grocery delivery foray. Link
  • Waze pilots carpooling service in Bay Area. Link


  • China’s VIPShop’s active customers close to 20M at the end of 2015. Link
  • Is Alibaba the real winner of this multi-million online celebrity ad auction? Link
  • Anti-counterfeiting group in China suspends Alibaba’s membership. Link
  • Mall landlords go for novelty in China. Link
  • Flipkart building mapping platform to help mark customer addresses more accurately. Link
  • Abercrombie to expand brand in Middle East. Link
  • Apple invests $1BB in Chinese ride-hailing app. Link
  • China cosmetics maker branches out into baby gear as two-child policy takes effect. Link
  • Tesco to sell British favorites through El Corte Ingles. Link
  • UK Economy set for slow growth. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • WeChat payment reached over 300K retail stores. Link
  • WayFair devotes a tech team to virtual reality. Link
  • Google working on Amazon Echo rival, Chirp. Link
  • Touchscreen mirror can hail a cab while you get ready. Link
  • McDonald’s uses virtual reality to give customers a behind-the-scenes look at food production. Link