Weekly Industry Brief: 10.28.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

    • LVMH bids $14.5B for Tiffany.  Bloomberg
    • Barney’s moves forward with sale to Authentic Brands Group.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Amazon stock tumbles after earnings and AWS revenues fall short of estimates.  Fast Company
    • Microsoft wins $10B Pentagon cloud contract, beating Amazon.  Fortune
    • Macy’s becomes the biggest US retailer to end fur sales.  The Guardian
    • Twitter stock plunges as company blames ad targeting problems for earnings miss. MarketWatch
    • Visa, Mastercard debut one-click checkout to compete with PayPal, Apple Pay.  Bloomberg
    • Mega-mall opens in New Jersey with more entertainment than retail.  Fast Company
    • Birchbox is looking beyond beauty for its next phase of growth.  CNBC
    • Playing the handbag stock market.  The New York Times 
    • The Body Shop builds sales with return to green roots.  WWD
    • Procter & Gamble beats expectations again amid media hikes and agency cuts.  AdAge
    • How Dick’s Sporting Goods is building a future on sports, not guns.  Fortune
    • Amazon pop-up helps shoppers find the perfect pair of jeans.  WWD
    • First Aid Beauty’s founder on being acquired by P&G.  WWD
    • Report says Google parent company, Alphabet, makes offer for Fitbit.  Fortune

Social Media + Marketing

    • Dior, Snapchat create AR experiences to back luggage collection created with Rimowa.  AdWeek
    • Gap focuses on digital with a holiday campaign that won’t air on TV.  AdAge
    • Facebook rolls out a stand-alone news service in its mobile app. AdWeek
    • Amazon ad sales show marked slow down.  MediaPost
    • Snapchat’s third quarter brings big gains.  AdWeek
    • Kind gets 18M views in less than a day on TikTok.  AdAge
    • 12 important updates made by Instagram this year.  Social Media Today
    • Snapchat makes sharing content easier.  The Drum
    • How programmatic disruption is creating a fourth era of digital marketing.  AdWeek

Start up + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

    • Target incubator propels mission-driven Gen Z startups into the marketplace.  Fortune
    • Apple is revamping it’s smart home efforts after falling behind Amazon and Google.  AdAge
    • London’s top consumer VC’s share which trends they’re tracking.  TechCrunch
    • Combining StitchFix and Instagram, FlipFit ushers in the next phase of social retail.  TechCrunch
    • Why Target won’t be rolling out in-store robots.  CNN
    • VW is betting big on electric.  Bloomberg
    • Google search is starting to use machine-based learning.  Google

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.10.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • J.Crew to sell its factory products, J.Crew Mercantile, on Amazon.  AdWeek 
  • Walmart was asked by several outdoor product brands to remove items from its website.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Urban Outfitters launches its own beauty brand.  InStyle
  • How Nike and REI made experiential retail a strategy.  Retail Dive
  • Glossier CEO on why the company won’t sell on Amazon.  TechCrunch
  • Inditex to sell all its brands online by 2020.  Reuters
  • How Adidas and Carbon are changing the sneaker supply chain.  TechCrunch
  • Jeff Bezos on what he plans to conquer next.  Forbes
  • AllBirds is opening a massive store in New York and plans more across the US.  CNBC
  • Amazon ordered 20,000 Mercedes-Benz vans to start a delivery service.  Fortune
  • The mystery of Amazon’s HQ2 has finalists seeing clues everywhere.  The New York Times 

Marketing and Social Media

  • Snap loses its chief strategy officer.  Fast Company
  • Colin Kaepernick campaign gives Nike a big sales boost.  Fortune
  • Snapchat eyes the fashion set with its latest line of Spectacles eyewear.  Fortune
  • WeWork wants to provide content marketing services to startups.  Digiday
  • A new Spotify initiative makes big record labels nervous.  The New York Times 
  • Amazon surpasses Google in product searches.  MediaPost
  • J.Crew’s relaunch campaign tries to win back lapsed customers.  AdAge
  • Instagram is reportedly building a standalone app for shopping. AdWeek
  • The menswear market is going all in on experiential retail.  Fashionista
  • Pinterest reports 25% increase in monthly active users.  TechCrunch
  • Instagram is testing the ability to tag friends in videos.  TechCrunch
  • Ulta highlights diversity in new campaign.  AdAge
  • Glamour magazine set to cease print operations.  Fashionista
  • Apple wins a Creative Arts Emmy for “Carpool Karaoke.”  Fast Company 

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • HP’s new 3-D printers built items not of plastic but of steel.  Wired
  • Deep-linking startup Branch is raising more than $100M at a unicorn valuation.  TechCrunch
  • Deloitte is buying a marketing AI platform to expand its ad-tech holdings.  AdWeek
  • Facial recognition tech is ready for its post-phone future.  Wired
  • Theranos is shutting down.  The New York Times 

International

  • Alibaba CEO Jack Ma will retire in a year.  Fast Company
  • Alibaba’s journey to become Asia’s most valuable firm.  Bloomberg 
  • Starbucks enters Italy with an opulent roastery.  Fortune 
  • Mulberry kicks off international expansion with show and pop-up shop in Seoul.  Vogue

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.11.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Lord & Taylor is closing 10 stores including its Fifth Avenue flagship.  Fortune
  • Gucci aims to rival Louis Vuitton with $12B target.  Fortune
  • The world’s largest apparel companies 2018.  Forbes
  • Amazon introduces the Fire TV cube.  Quartz
  • Ikea no longer just a furniture company.  Fast Company
  • Why 2018 is the year of modernization for Target.  Retail Dive
  • Five surprising findings about how people buy shoes and clothes.  Harvard Business Review
  • Kayla Itsines’ Sweat app will rake in $77M this year.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon taps into the indie beauty craze with new online store.  Glossy
  • Target, Sycamore tried to acquire Toys ‘R’ Us assets.  Bloomberg
  • Rue La La is buying GIlt.  Bloomberg
  • How FitBit is trying to transform healthcare and itself.  Fast Company
  • Yahoo Messenger to shut down.  Fortune
  • How pop-up shops are evolving as commerce brands expand their footprints.  AdWeek
  • Starbucks increases price of coffee.  AdAge
  • J.C. Penny to open 650 Fanatics shops in stores.  Women’s Wear Daily

Marketing and Social Media

  • Facebook allows video with copyrighted music, tests Lip Sync Live.  TechCrunch
  • SeatGeek brings ticket selling into Snapchat.  TechCrunch
  • Is H&M’s influencer-drive line the future of fashion?  Fast Company
  • Behind the messy, expensive split between Facebook and WhatsApp founders.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facebook shared data with Chinese telecom Huawei, raising US government security concerns.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook monetizes Marketplace with ads from users and brands.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook takes on Twitch with launch of new game streaming.  Tech Radar
  • Snapchat ad prices go from ungodly to cheap.  AdAge
  • Instagram plans to launch a Snapchat Discover-style video hub.  TechCrunch
  • Direct-to-consumer brands sour on Facebook ads.  Digiday
  • Publishers are seeing traffic from more than just Facebook.  AdWeek
  • How Generation Z’s social media savvy entrepreneurs are giving millennials a run for their money.  CNBC
  • US podcast ad revenues hit record $314M in 2017. TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • The Honest Company accelerates growth strategy with investment from L Catterton.  BusinessWire
  • Casper launches a $35 nap pillow for sleeping on-the-go.  TechCrunch
  • Apple drew up a patent for a new kind of blood pressure monitor.  The Verge
  • H&M tests voice-activated mirrors at NYC flagship.  Retail Dive
  • Why Microsoft is willing to pay so much for Github.  Harvard Business Review
  • How shopping app Wish is building a retail empire.  CNet
  • Microsoft acquires a bunch of game studios.  TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon extends UK hiring spree as Brexit uncertainty lingers.  Bloomberg
  • Chinese buyers crave a new sales pitch: “experiential luxury”.  Jing Daily
  • Luxury sales are rebounding in China. Just not in stores. The New York Times
  • India’s online sales to grow 31% in 2018. LiveMint

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.29.2018

Welcome back to work! Here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks (yes, two weeks…you can stalk my Insta to know why I didn’t post last week!).  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • BJ’s Wholesale files for IPO. The Wall Street Journal
  • Urban Outfitters launches third-party marketplace and tests self-checkout in stores.  Marketing Dive 
  • Target’s first quarter store traffic highest in a decade.  AdAge
  • Netflix tops Disney market value as top media stock.  AdAge
  • Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent.”  TechCrunch
  • Amazon made the top 10 of the Fortune 500 for the first time ever.  Quartz
  • Best Buy expands Geek Squad services with roll out of Total Tech Support.  Star Tribune
  • Ralph Lauren shares surge on designer’s vote of confidence in CEO.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon’s map-tracking package locator now offered to all US shoppers.  CNet
  • Gap leans on heavy discounts to clear store inventory.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Nordstrom wants brands to embrace the size spectrum.  Glossy
  • Matches Fashion saw sales climb a whopping 44% last year.  Fashionista
  • Urban Outfitters sees profits triple in first quarter. Seeking Alpha
  • Poshmark has officially distributed $1B to its sellers.  Fashionista
  • Walmart quietly launches JetBlack, a personal shopping service for affluent city moms.  Recode
  • With three new brands, Target takes aim at Generation Z.  Business of Fashion
  • Target cuts delivery fees by almost half, putting pressure on Walmart and Amazon.  USA Today  
  • The Real Real’s radical vision of secondhand luxury.  New Yorker 
  • How Ulta is winning in the age of Amazon.  Quartz
  • Next time you buy a TV at Best Buy, you may also be offered health care.  CNBC
  • How OPI is hacking Amazon and data algorithms to improve its online site.  Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Why it’s primetime for Instagram Stories.  AdWeek
  • Paypal starts deeper integration with Google; users can now pay directly in Gmail, Youtube.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat launches first lens that responds to sound.  Engadget
  • A leaked look at Facebook’s influencer marketing search engine.  TechCrunch
  • Ikea’s witty social posts about the Royal Wedding.  AdAge
  • Instagram adds options to mute posts in your feed.  VentureBeat
  • How Lego infuses social media marketing with play.  CMO
  • L’Oreal films Chinese influencer marketing videos at Cannes.  SCMP
  • Ulta partners with Like to Know It.  Glossy
  • Publicis Groupe reveals much anticipated AI platform.  The Drum 
  • New Balance launches shoppable AR in Snapchat. MediaPost 
  • How Vans became the brand that can do no wrong.  High Snobiety
  • Victoria’s Secret has a plan to upgrade its image for younger women.  CNBC
  • Facebook Stories sees 150M users per day and will soon launch ads.  TechCrunch
  • YouTube Music subscription service to relaunch this week.  Seeking Alpha
  • Amazon Prime members now get 10% off at Whole Foods.  Fast Company 
  • Twitter looking to expand its programatic offerings with Timeline Ad Network pilot program.  MarketingLand

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Dog-sitting start-up, Rover, raises $155M.  TechCrunch
  • PayPal acquires European payments start-up iZettle for $2.2B.  The New York Times 
  • Kroger buys meal-kit start up Home Chef.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Why Nike’s AR experiment with Facebook Messenger was a hit.  MarTech Today
  • Your favorite stores could be tracking you with facial recognition. Racked
  • Why Nordstrom is betting on high-touch tech in stores.  Fortune
  • Adobe buys Magento for $1.7B.  Bloomberg
  • Target rolling out AR tools in stores to stay competitive in beauty.  Glossy
  • You’ll soon be able to use augmented reality to try on sneakers.  Quartz
  • Cult ‘fast-beauty’ brand Winky Lux raises $6M in Series A to fund experience-first retail plans.  Forbes

International 

  • Ikea pushes into South America.  Reuters
  • Starbucks to open 3,000 more stores in China.  CNN Money 
  • Amazon leads $12M investment in India-based digital insurance start-up.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon plans China event for global growth strategy.  SmartBrief
  • Meet the start-up building a market from scratch to become Africa’s Alibaba.  The Wall Street Journal
  • China may be about to cut import tariff on consumer goods from lipstick to food.  Fortune
  • Retailers’ global expansion cools as businesses get smart about opening new stores.  CNBC

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.23.2018

Happy Monday! Here is a recap of articles I’ve been reading over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headlines.

Brands and Retailers

  • AT&T is launching a $15 TV streaming subscription.  The Verge
  • Glossier is officially opening up shop in Los Angeles.  Fashionista
  • Former Nike designer launches Wone, a minimalist luxury activewear label to watch.  Fashionista
  • Amazon’s next conquest will be apparel.  TechCrunch
  • The retail industry is focusing on customer experience and convenience to win in ecommerce.  AdWeek
  • The dawn of micro-merch.  The New York Times
  • Best Buy to sell Amazon’s new Fire TV Edition smart TVs in stores. Retail Dive
  • Starbucks to close nationwide for facia-bias training.  The New York Times
  • WalMart to launch redesigned website in May.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Net-a-Porter founder launches venture capital investment fund.  The New York Times
  • Packaged foods boost Amazon’s grocery sales.  Bloomberg
  • Facebook is forming a team to design its own chips.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon eyes a move into home shopping TV with possible Evine buy.  TechCrunch
  • As customers turn cold, Victoria’s Secret faces a reckoning.  Glossy
  • Hasbro bets on Walmart, Target and Alibaba as sales implode in wake of Toys R Us closure.  Fortune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Google beats expectations again with $31.15B in revenue.  TechCrunch
  • Snapchat introduces three new capabilities of its augmented reality lenses with ‘Shoppable AR.’  AdWeek
  • Amazon now has 100M paid Prime subscriptions.  AdAge
  • How three brands brought tech to life at Coachella.  AdWeek
  • P&G ends its year-long YouTube ban.  AdAge
  • Facebook to show pre-roll video ads in more places.  AdAge
  • Revolve’s co-founder on why Coachella and influencers are central to the firm’s $1B revenue.  Forbes
  • Social media use is increasing despite privacy fears.  The Next Web
  • How Teen Vogue is reinventing traditional magazine covers in a digital-only landscape.  Glossy
  • Twitter’s rise from the ashes.  Seeking Alpha
  • How Juicy Couture and sister brands are automating their in-house influencer campaigns.  Glossy

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Meet 9 startups investors have lit up to take the cannabis industry higher.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon is reportedly working on its first home robot.  The Verge
  • How Apple will use AR to reinvent the human-computer interface.  Fast Company 
  • The beginner’s guide to how blockchain could change the ethical fashion game.  Fashionista
  • McKinsey’s latest AI research predicts it could create trillions worth of value someday.  Recode
  • You can now buy drinks, snacks and even hangover cures in the back of your Uber.  CNBC

International

  • Online retailers go offline in China.  The Economist
  • The journey to an agile organization at Zalando.  McKinsey
  • Alibaba’s TMall woos luxury brands to sell to its invite-only loyalty club for big spenders.  Glossy
  • Mantra acquires wearables maker Witworks.  LiveMint
  • Casper plans brick-and-mortar push into Canada. Retail Dive
  • WalMart in advanced talks to acquire Amazon’s India rival, Flipkart.  Recode

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.10.2018

Happy TUESDAY! Start your day with some industry news. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Spotify’s Wall Street debut is a success.  The New York Times
  • Why the QVC model still works for beauty brands.  Glossy
  • ASOS has ambitions for big expansion.  The Guardian
  • Designer brands are joining the direct-to-consumer fray.  Glossy
  • Nine West may be heading for bankruptcy.  Fast Company
  • Cult men’s brief brand Tommy John just launched a line of women’s undies.  Fast Company
  • Warehouses are now worth more than offices, thanks to Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • Resale is expected to be bigger than fast fashion within 10 years.  Fashionista
  • How InStyle is cashing in on beauty ecommerce.  Glossy
  • Some Amazon Key features including keyless entry, go nationwide.  CNet
  • Amazon now sells more than 70 of its own private-label brands.  Recode
  • Anthropologie CEO leaving this month.  WWD
  • Nine West files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  USA Today
  • Nordstrom opening a New York store as other retailers close theirs.  New York Times 
  • Amazon spent nearly $23B on R&D last year – more than any other U.S. company.  Recode
  • Paypal rolling out banking products.  TechCrunch

Marketing and Social Media

  • Google and Target issue first voice-activated coupon.  AdWeek
  • Bricks and clicks: How Instagram is changing physical retail.  Forbes
  • Amazon could lead in search ad business by 2020.  Mediapost
  • How Tumi is using AI in marketing campaigns, online and in stores.  Glossy
  • Polyvore acquired by global fashion platform SSENSE.  Fashionista
  • Snapchat cashes Houseparty group video chat app.  Adage
  • Adobe releases State of Digital Advertising 2018 research. Forbes
  • More targeted ads are coming to your TV.  AdWeek
  • Facebook really wants people to use Stories.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Tradesy acquired a closet service to compete with The RealReal.  Glossy
  • Virtual reality, now with the sense of touch.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart in takeover talks with pharmacy startup.  Bloomberg
  • Postdates launching pickup feature.  TechCrunch
  • 2.1B consumers will use mobile payments by 2019.  RetailDive
  • How Mobike’s founder turned a crazy idea into a $3B startup.  Bloomberg
  • Instacart raises another $150M.  TechCrunch
  • Alibaba is becoming a major investor in facial recognition technology.  Quartz

International

  • ShopShops aims at Chinese consumers via live streaming.  The Wall Street Journal
  • In China, the sharing economy stretches to fashion for millennials.  SCMP
  • These seven international retailers want to make a splash in the US.  CNBC
  • Tencent shows off their vision for the future of unmanned retail.  Jing Daily
  • Southeast Asia fashion startup Zilingo continues meteoric rise with $54M Series C  TechCrunch
  • Hong Kong money to help online fashion disrupter Moda Operandi break into the Asian market.  SCMP
  • Taco Bell plans explosive Australian growth as sales jump.  AdAge

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.19.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Burberry teams up with FarFetch in online push.  Business of Fashion 
  • Nautica brand to be sold by VF after losing its 90’s cool.  Bloomberg
  • J.Crew has hired the Starbucks executive who transformed the coffee chain into a tech innovator.  Recode
  • H&M forecasts physical stores to return to growth next year.  Business of Fashion 
  • In cutting time to market, toy companies try on fast-fashion approach. The Wall Street Journal
  • Fossil shares surge 79% as wearable tech spurs sales.  Fortune
  • Campbell Soup organic sales fall as dispute with Walmart continues.  CNBC
  • Walmart rolls out new apparel brands for women, kids and plus sizes.  CNBC
  • Sam’s Club offering free shipping in challenge to Costco and Amazon.  Fortune
  • Shopify beats estimates but signs emerge of slowing growth.  Business of Fashion 
  • Pepsi is investing in its ecommerce business to avoid the retail apocalypse.  Business Insider 
  • Sears to post a rare profit but that’s only thanks to tax reform.  Fortune
  • Walmart goes to the cloud to close the gap with Amazon. Reuters

Marketing and Social Media

  • Snapchat opens a store – and takes aim at a trillion-dollar industry.  Fast Company
  • How Giphy is bringing GIF engagement to brands.  The New York Times 
  • Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google if they don’t help clean up the internet.  Fortune
  • How Glamgldw became the skin-care brand with the most buzz on social media.  Digiday
  • The Stories format is coming to Google search results next.  The Verge
  • Snap will use data to lure digital stars back from Instagram.  Bloomberg
  • Vimeo launches tools for simultaneous uploading or live streaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch.  TechCrunch
  • Why Diesel opened a deceptive NYC pop-up store selling knockoffs of its own clothes.  AdWeek
  • Google Chrome debuts automatic blocking of annoying ads.  Ars Technica

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • WeWork moves into retail with new partnership with J.Crew.  Glossy
  • Harry’s raises $112M to go behind shaving.  New York Times
  • Oreo hopes to see success in its own scavenger hunt AR game.  Digiday
  • Oliver Cabell disrupted the luxury bag market, and now it’s taking on sneakers.  Fast Company
  • Amazon-owned Twitch is expanding in Europe.  Digiday

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.12.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • QVC’s plan to survive Amazon might actually be working.  Bloomberg
  • Loft moves into plus sizes in attempt to bolster slumping sales.  Glossy
  • Macy’s will be the first major US department store to sell hijabs.  Business of Fashion
  • Lululemon CEO resigns after falling short of company’s code of conduct.  Fast Company
  • Less selection will define retail in 2018.  Retail Dive
  • Estee Lauder targets 5-second attention span in digital makeover. Business of Fashion
  • How Target, Kroger and Design Within Reach are tapping tech to improve your shopping trip. Forbes
  • Getting your product on shelves at Whole Foods just got harder.  Wall Street Journal
  • L.L. Bean to link boots, coats to blockchain. Wall Street Journal
  • Booming Costco courts millennials with online and delivery, but stores still rule.  The Seattle Times
  • Amazon said to launch delivery service to compete with UPS and FedEx.  TechCrunch
  • Coty quarterly profit beats as acquisitions pay off.  Business of Fashion 
  • L.L. Bean drops lifetime return policy.  CNN Money
  • Retail sales expected to climb as much as 4.4% in 2018.  CNBC
  • Amazon is laying off hundred of employees at its Seattle headquarters.  Fortune
  • In the wake of Amazon, trophy retail properties fall short.  Forbes

Marketing and Social Media

  • Instagram give brands a new way to sell in collection ads.  AdAge
  • Snap revenue surges on user growth, advertising gains.  Bloomberg
  • Pinterest users are conducting 600 million visual searches per month.  AdWeek
  • Birchbox, Revolve test Instagram Collection ads.  MarketingDive
  • YouTube usage soars nearly 30%.  MediaPost
  • Twitter posts a profit for the first time.  AdAge
  • The most successful brands focus on users not buyers. Harvard Business Review 
  • Viacom to launch its own streaming service this year.  TechCrunch
  • Unilever threatens to pull funds from social media that breeds division.  AdAge
  • Brands are becoming accountable for where digital ads show up. The New York Times
  • Snapchat starts selling $10+ caption able AR masks for events.  TechCrunch
  • The Affluencers: influencers who have actual influence.  The Cut
  • Facebook testing down-vote option for flagging abusive comments.  Entrepreneur
  • Why you won’t see Olympic-themed McDonald’s commercials this year.  CNN Money

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Cardlytics up 3% following IPO, raised $70M.  TechCrunch
  • Grocery delivery startup Instacart is almost a unicorn.  Fast Company 
  • Amazon wants Alexa to be your home’s brain and this could be the next step.  Fast Company

International

  • How Tmall is fueling the global growth of China’s fashion designers. Glossy
  • Amazon eyes new warehouse in Brazil ecommerce push. Business of Fashion
  • How luxury brands sell and celebrate Chinese New Year online. Jing Daily
  • Alibaba buys sake in Chinese furniture retailer Easyhome.  South China Morning Post

Weekly Industry News: 8.7.2017

Hello!  Here are some industry headlines from the past week.  As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Uniqlo tries new approach: shirts in vending machines. The Wall Street Journal
  • Now at Saks: salt rooms, a bootcamp and a peek at retail’s future. The New York Times
  • Retail’s not dead and physical stores still matter, Goldman says. CNBC
  • Aldo to buy Vince Camuto in a merger of shoe brands. The New York Times
  • The luxury arms race: Michael Kors and Coach target takeovers. The New York Times
  • Amazon is rolling out secure delivery hubs for multi-dwelling buildings. Retail Dive
  • Under Armour shares reach record low as retailer cuts 2% of its workforce. CNBC
  • American Apparel is relaunching very soon. Racked
  • Under Armour’s game plan to revive sales may hit snags. Reuters
  • Yoox Net-a-porter open to partnerships in different markets. Reuters
  • Apple’s services generated more than $27.8B in revenue in 12-month period. The Wall Street Journal
  • Adidas powers ahead against Nike with second quarter growth. Business of Fashion
  • Amazon owns a whole collection of secret brands. Quartz
  • These retailers make the most money per square foot on their real estate. CNBC
  • Netflix makes first acquisition with comic-book publisher. AdAge

Marketing and Social Media

  • Amazon is launching a home makeover show featuring YouTube stars that’s designed to sell products. Business Insider
  • Etsy suspends brand campaign, shifts marketing strategy. AdAge
  • Airbnb and Nat Geo found the perfect place to watch the eclipse. Fast Company
  • How consumer brands can connect with customers in a changing retail landscape. Harvard Business Review
  • Babies R Us wants to give millennial parents a more honest message about parenthood. AdWeek
  • Google is developing technology for Snapchat-like media content. The Wall Street Journal
  • How H&M is using Instagram to drive interest in its newest brand. Glossy

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • For Outdoor Voices, opening stores is all about building community. Fashionista
  • Apple’s AR glasses are no longer an “if” but a “when.” Fast Company
  • Chatbots bring new income stream to ecommerce. VentureBeat
  • Amazon Alex just made it even easier to find the right music on Echo. Fortune

International

  • Europe’s luxury brands may be returning to form. The New York Times
  • Alibaba launches new membership program. WWD
  • Alibaba, Marriott team up to serve Chinese tourists abroad. The Wall Street Journal
  • How Alibaba plans to win over luxury brands. Glossy
  • Brits will soon gain the right to have their online history deleted. Fast Company

Weekly Industry Brief: 4.17.2017

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, let me know! Have a great week.

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon will account for half of all ecommerce sales by 2021. Fortune
  • Inside Farfetch’s store of the future. Business of Fashion
  • Wal-Mart is reportedly about to buy Bonobos. Business Insider
  • Neiman Marcus finds even wealthy shoppers want better deals. Wall Street Journal
  • Google makes Nevada land grab for data center. Wall Street Journal
  • Retail sales in US declined for a second month in March. Bloomberg
  • Three big insights for fashion brands looking to compete with Amazon. Glossy
  • Home Depot now makes $5B online, but a stellar store experience remains its top priority. Adweek
  • Canada Goose could triple its revenue over the next five years. CNBC
  • Wal-Mart offers deals for click-and-collect customers. CNBC
  • Imagining the store of the future. New York Times
  • How retailers are thriving despite the supposed death of their industry. Entrepreneur
  • Wal-Mart eliminates more corporate jobs. Business of Fashion
  • Jeff Koons’ new line with Louis Vuitton. New York Times
  • At Lord & Taylor, the Bobbi Brown lifestyle in a shop. WWD
  • Prada’s turnaround plan: fewer stores, more ecommerce. Glossy
  • Crate & Barrel CEO out after less than two years. Chicago Tribune
  • The Body Shop attracts bids from 15 suitors. Business of Fashion
  • Uniqlo parent Fast Retailing’s profit increases amid global expansion. Business of Fashion
  • Is American retail at a historic tipping point? New York Times
  • Jeff Bezos outlines his methods for high velocity decision making. Quartz
  • Theory introduces garment recycling program. WWD
  • Rue 21 closing hundreds of stores amid lender talks. WWD
  • Specialty retailer South Moon Under gets funding to fuel growth. WWD

Marketing and Social Media

  • Millennials may prefer stores, by 20% of apparel purchases are online. WWD
  • How messaging is transforming the customer experience. WWD
  • Facebook messenger is now twice the size of Instagram. Recode
  • Influencer marketing: an opportunity slipping through our fingers. Adweek
  • Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections. Techcrunch
  • Snap wants to help brands track when ads drive people to locations. Wall Street Journal
  • Google is trying to turn Image Search into a shopping tool. Recode
  • Instagram stories is finally bigger than Snapchat after copying many of its features. Adweek
  • Yext finishes the day up 21% as IPO window remains wide open. Techcrunch

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Glossier is poised to hire nearly 300 new employees in New York. Fashionista
  • Apple secures permit to test autonomous vehicles in California. Wall Street Journal
  • Purple, a Utah mattress startup you’ve probably never heard of, is on track to unicorndom. Techcrunch
  • How P.E. Nation is tapping into today’s active-meets-streetwear zeitgeist. Glossy
  • Reformation’s first-ever swim collection has arrived. Fashionista
  • Inside Stitch Fix’s experiment to design clothing with an algorithm. Glossy
  • Indochino’s made-to-measure suits are coming to a city near you. Bloomberg
  • Samsung to delay launch of English-language version of virtual assistant. Wall Street Journal

International

  • Contemporary fashion replaces luxury amid Hong Kong downturn. South China Morning Post
  • US children’s brand Carter’s to open 200 stores in China. China Daily
  • Amazon Prime’s popularity grows in India. Live Mint
  • Acne ramps up Asia, kickstarts “less is more” denim approach. WWD
  • Juicy Couture to close all stores in the UK. Telegraph
  • How China won the race to being considered a mobile-first commerce nation. Forbes
  • Starbucks extends health coverage to workers’ parents in China. Bloomberg
  • Dior seeking millions from ‘network’ of Chinese knock-off sites. WWD