Weekly Industry Brief: 12.4.2017

Happy December! Hope your holiday season is off to a great start.  Here is a recap of news from the last week.  Headlines can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

My favorite, worth a watch: Blast from the past: Watch Jeff Bezos describe Amazon’s business in 1999. Geek Wire

[Special Section!] Holiday Shopping

  • Shoppers hit the mall but more often tapped their phones. The New York Times
  • Cyber Monday becomes largest online shopping day in US history. CNBC
  • Shoppers say they hate Christmas in October but stats show they don’t. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon devoured 55% of Black Friday online orders. RetailDive
  • Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV Stick outsold everything else on Amazon over Thanksgiving Weekend. Fortune
  • Black Friday weekend highlights from brick-and-mortar and online stores. Forbes

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon may have patented the next big thing in online shopping. Quartz
  • Everlane’s first-ever brick-and-mortar store takes radical transparency literally. Fast Company
  • Home Depot shares hit all-time high as housing momentum swells, company advances mobile initiatives. CNBC
  • Ikea goes to down with new focus on city stores. Reuters
  • Nike will close its flagship NYC store in Spring, new one coming in 2019. Fortune
  • Alphabet will fold Nest back into Google to take on Amazon. Seeking Alpha
  • There’s a good chance your favorite clothes are made by a company you’ve never heard of. Bloomberg
  • How the mall business can reinvent itself for the digital age. McKinsey
  • Fruit of the Loom tries on subscription underwear. Bloomberg
  • Are Calvin Klein’s Amazon pop-ups dissing department stores? RetailDive
  • Established beauty companies are now turning to Kim Kardashian for business advice. Fashionista
  • StitchFix defies odds, soars over 50% since lackluster debut. TechCrunch
  • CVS to buy Aetna for $69B in a deal that may reshape the health industry. The New York Times

Marketing and Social Media

  • YouTube’s new Stories-like feature could make it a more social environment. Business Insider
  • These are the most-searched handbags, shoes and sneakers of 2017. Fashionista
  • Facebook built a version of Messenger specifically for children. Recode
  • Anastasia makes Stories shoppable. L2 Inc
  • How millennial and generation Z women shop when they want to splurge. AdWeek
  • Facebook expands feature letting businesses build Messenger into their websites. The Verge
  • How email fell behind in the race to personalize digital shopping. The Wall Street Journal
  • Spotify wraps up 2017 by making humorous goals for 2018 using its data and artists. The Drum
  • How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google manipulate our emotions. TED
  • Why retailers are rethinking their holiday ad strategies and moving away from storytelling. AdWeek

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Inside Adidas’ robot-powered, on-demand sneaker factory. Wired
  • WeWork buys MeetUp, the service for bringing hobbyists together. The New York Times
  • eBay now lets you start shopping with a Google Assistant smart speaker and finish on your phone. Venture Beat
  • Predicting success in startup consumer brands. TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon reportedly mulls retail sales in Israel. Times of Israel
  • Wal-Mart already has a thriving online grocery business – in China. Bloomberg
  • Why Amazon orders in Mexico need cash and the corner store. Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.27.2016

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

Weekly Industry Brief 6.27.2016

Brand/Retailer:

  • Valentino’s parent company confirms purchase of Balmain. Link
  • How Uniqlo plans to establish a digital identity. Link
  • How Patagonia keeps its brand authentic in the midst of an activewear boom. Link
  • Macy’s CEO of 13 years to resign in 2017. Link
  • Big Box retailers have two options if they want to survive. Link
  • Warby Parker and Shinola fight to be the millennials choice in authentic retail. Link
  • How fashion companies are starting to design like tech companies. Link
  • Fast fashion castoffs fuel global recycling network. Link
  • Ulta finding success in brick-and-mortar. Link
  • Circuit City inches closer to retail relaunch. Link
  • Sports Direct, Modell’s discuss joint bid for Sports Authority. Link
  • Apple buys back e-book buyers following settlement. Link
  • Why are affluent millennials shopping in dollar stores? Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Snapchat: how brands reach millennials. Link
  • Vine can now support videos that are 10 minutes long. Link
  • Facebook, Google reportedly moving to automatic blocking extremist videos. Link
  • You can now ‘try on’ and buy 900 lipsticks on Facebook. Link
  • Amazon partners with fashion bloggers on anti-body shaming campaign. Link
  • Google said to face investigation into ad services by EU. Link
  • Iris Apfel is the best thing to happen to Macy’s. Link
  • Apple just improved the most important social network in your life. Link
  • Facebook signs deal with media companies, celebrities for Facebook Live. Link
  • Facebook is now recommending events based on human opinions not algorithms. Link

Start Up:

  • Away expands luggage options. Link
  • Narvar raises $22M to help internet retailers deliver physical goods without frustrating customers. Link

International:

  • Ikea plans upgrades, expansion in Russia. Link
  • Luxury brands step up shift to digital in China. Link
  • JD.com, stepping out of Alibaba’s shadow? Link
  • Paris vows to fight Amazon Prime Now service. Link
  • Starbucks, Tata extend partnership beyond India. Link
  • U.K. business secretary seeks to reassure firms amid ‘Brexit.’ Link
  • Elon Musk is squaring off against China for the future of Tesla. Link
  • Chinese tourists to spend over $45B in APAC region for 2016. Link
  • Entry of conglomerates shaking up online retail in India. Link
  • Study says China’s millennials get ‘aggressive’ with consumer spending. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Snap, swipe, like: the mobile future of fashion retail. Link
  • Google is reportedly building a phone for this year. Link
  • Augmenting reality in retail: how Lowe’s, Walgreens make virtual change in the aisle. Link
  • Google Fiber swallowed another internet provider. Link
  • Google ops up virtual reality field trips, debuts new apps and service for teachers. 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 5.16.2016

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.

Brand/Retailer

  • 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

International

  • 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

Weekly Industry Brief: 4.11.2016

I’m back! Sorry for the pause last week.  Here are the last two weeks of industry news from around the web. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headlines.

Brand/Retailer

  • H&M steps up ecommerce, unveils new sustainability line. Link
  • How West Elm became an unlikely incubator of independent design. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret unveils restructuring. Link
  • Lululemon is banking on menswear for long term growth. Link
  • Kit & Ace builds buzz with hotel pop-ups. Link
  • Amazon plans big push to expand Prime Now fast delivery. Link
  • Valentino offers $569M to buy Balmain. Link
  • Local delivery service Postmates launches Amazon Prime-like subscription. Link
  • Whole Foods set opening date for new ‘365’ store chain. Link
  • Uniqlo: again facing Japan’s deflating economy. Link
  • Luxury market growth will hit a low point in 2016 forecasts Bain. Link
  • Gap shares decline. Link
  • Etsy had a rough year as a public company, but it has a plan. Link
  • Clothes are now the top selling category online in the US. Link
  • Prada CEO under pressure as profit falls to five-year low. Link
  • Lululemon expands its line of exclusive, peculiar shops. Link

Marketing/Social Media

  • Instagram updates overlay for action-driving ads. Link
  • Will Restoration Hardware customers warm to loyalty program? Link
  • Instagram rolls out 60-second videos. Link
  • Facebook’s live video effort entices media companies. Link
  • WeChat advertising lessons from L’oreal Paris. Link
  • Saint Laurent deletes Instagram history to welcome new creative director. Link
  • Hypebeast files for IPO. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret turns its back on the catalog. Link
  • New Facebook rules allow publishers and celebrities to share sponsored content. Link
  • StyleHaul’s digital land grab. Link

Start Ups

  • Somewhere between granny panties and thongs, new underwear brands find fans online. Link
  • SoulCylce founders resign. Link
  • Fashion data firm, Claire, to accelerate at Rebecca Minkoff. Link

International

  • ASOS closes China business. Link
  • Banana Republic to enter India. Link
  • India sets rules for foreign ecommerce ownership. Link
  • Myntra in talks to take over Forever 21’s retail chain in India. Link
  • Amazon plans two-hour delivery in Berlin. Link
  • Amazon may violate India’s new rules on foreign ecommerce. Link
  • FedEx rebrands Bongo International as FedEx crossborder. Link

Emerging Tech/Mobile

  • Ikea tests virtual reality with new kitchen experience app. Link
  • Here’s how Nike became a platform business. Link
  • Domino’s cooks up its latest tech move: zero click ordering. Link
  • New Balance only made 44 pairs of these $400 3D-printed sneakers. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.5.2015

Below is a recap of industry news over the last week. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer:

  • Walmart expands pick-up service as grocery war with Amazon intensifies. Link
  • Ralph Lauren to step down as CEO, hand reins to Old Navy executive. Link
  • Aeropostale gets listing warning from NYSE as shares fall below $1. Link
  • Amazon will now pay you to deliver packages. Link
  • Target to match online prices with online rivals. Link
  • Staples to close on Thanksgiving in sign of Black Friday retreat. Link
  • Amazon to stop selling Apple TV and Chromecast. Link
  • Apple Watch to hit Target shelves soon. Link
  • Yoox Net-a-Porter rises on trading debut. Link
  • Luxury web battle looms as LVMH, Hugo Boss develop eCommerce. Link
  • Silicon Valley’s latest threat? Under Armour. Link
  • Gap’s loss of Old Navy chief brings new storm to retailer adrift. Link
  • American Apparel filed for bankruptcy but it isn’t shutting down. Link
  • H&M’s 700-piece beauty collection is here. Link
  • Amazon picked up Conde Nast reality series the Fashion Fund. Link
  • Amazon, Google move into on-demand home services. Link
  • UPS asks people to pick up packages themselves. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Pinterest opens API platform to all developers. Link
  • YouTube’s most native ad yet puts shoppable cards into organic videos. Link
  • Snapchat is adding more ways for advertisers to be in your silly selfies. Link
  • The buy button heads to Youtube and Twitter. Link
  • Brands woo millennials with a wink, an emoji or whatever it takes. Link
  • YouTube beats Facebook in surfacing brands’ older videos. Link
  • Pinterest gets even more shoppable. Link
  • Klout Perks quietly shuts down. Link

Startups:

  • Google acquires rich messaging startup Jibe Mobile. Link
  • Lobster, the marketplace for user generated content, strikes a deal with YouTube. Link
  • Rocket Internet startups see revenue jump, losses mount. Link

International:

  • Canada’s malls are shirking their suburban-time-waster status to become upscale destinations. Link
  • H&M to open store in Russia. Link
  • A sneak peak into H&M’s first store in India. Link
  • H&M joins Uniqlo in voicing confidence over China amid slowdown. Link
  • Facebook will provide internet in Africa from space starting in 2016. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Mobile sales will exceed $252B in 2020. Link
  • Why Jet.com spends 10% of its ad spend on mobile. Link
  • Philips plans to upgrade its Hue lights to Apple’s HomeKit. Link
  • Amazon makes a dash to take lead in internet of things. Link
  • Instagram took advantage of Apple’s new 3D touch. Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 8.31.2015

Happy Monday! Industry news from the last week is below.  Sources in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brand/Retailer:

  • Amazon rolls out 1-hour alcohol delivery service. Link
  • Free People surpasses H&M, Zara and Forever 21 as top destination for college girls. Link
  • Best Buy’s store-within-a-store bet is paying off. Link
  • Amazon curtails development of consumer devices. Link
  • Abercrombie & Fitch ditches logo, targets grown-ups. Link
  • Why J.Crew decided to ditch high fashion. Link
  • Tiffany profit misses estimates after currency weighs on sales. Link
  • Aeropostale reports Q2 loss. Link
  • Abercrombie & Fitch shares jump after earnings top estimates. Link
  • The Outnet turns to beauty. Link
  • Gap Inc. eliminates on-call scheduling. Link
  • H&M creates a grant for innovations in clothing recycling. Link
  • Days numbered for barcodes as shoppers demand more data. Link
  • At test Target cafes, hot dogs out, salads in. Link
  • Foot Locker CEO: ‘Casualization’ trend is here to stay. Link
  • In new Amazon Prime program, not all goods arrive in two days. Link
  • Why Converse decided to mess with success. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Instagram moves beyond the square. Link
  • Aerie sees sales jump after abandoning airbrushing. Link
  • What Instagram’s new formats may mean for marketers. Link
  • Gisele dances in Stuart Weitzman’s first-ever commercial. Link
  • & Other Stories launches slightly obscure collaboration with new Instagram account. Link
  • YouTube gaming set to launch with upgraded live-streaming feature. Link
  • Facebook and Google want you to do more with those photos. Link
  • Forever21 targets older millennials and they’re using celebrities to do it. Link

Startups:

  • Forget Etsy, app Tictail wants to democratize ecommerce. Link
  • An ex-Apple engineer takes on the furniture industry with couches you can FedEx. Link

International:

  • Hermes first-half profit jumps 20% on faster Japan sales growth. Link
  • GST to apply to all Australian overseas purchase from July 2017. Link
  • Netflix partners with Softbank for Japan launch. Link
  • Suffering at home, Bebe pushes into China. Link
  • Torrid to open first international store in Canada. Link
  • Saks to open its first Off 5th in Western Canada. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Facebook tests digital assistant for its messaging app. Link
  • Etsy’s mobile app lets you locate local artisans on-the-go. Link
  • Google Maps goes after Yelp, Waze with added features. Link
  • Walgreens new app anticipates users’ needs with intelligent messaging. Link
  • Silicon Valley to get a manufacturing innovation institute. Link
  • Why WhatsApp bombed in the US, while Snapchat and Kik blew up. Link
  • Apple lines up September 9th event, seen unveiling new iPhones. Link
  • LG tracks Apple with ‘urbane’ luxury smartwatch. Link
  • Amazon boosts its artificial intelligence chops. Link
  • Target’s Cartwheel app drives 10% more offer downloads via personalization. Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 8.17.2015

I’m back! Industry news from the last week is below.  Sources in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brand/Retailer:

  • ModCloth’s new line, new CEO offer fresh start. Link
  • Yahoo buys Polyvore for more than $200M. Link
  • Apple swaps online ‘store’ for ‘buy’ buttons. Link
  • Sephora launching beauty box subscription service. Link
  • Brad Goreski will sell C.Wonder on QVC as its new creative director. Link
  • Alibaba to buy back $4B of stock after share price rout. Link
  • Inditex surge takes Zara owner’s market value past $100B. Link
  • How Olivia Kim is teaching Nordstrom to think small. Link
  • Lime Crime slapped with FDA warning for ‘unsafe’ lipstick. Link
  • NBC Universal invests $200M in Vox Media. Link
  • Ellen Degeneres’ lifestyle brand is coming to Bergdorf Goodman in September. Link
  • Google launches new company, Alphabet. Link
  • Target tiptoes into grocery delivery. Link
  • Restoration Hardware is going to sell fancy furniture for teenagers. Link
  • Zalando raises annual sales forecast after strong second quarter. Link
  • Old Navy delivers another win for Gap’s July comps. Link
  • Online sales leading toward smaller, urban warehouses. Link
  • Warby Parker signs on to Nordstrom’s pop-up concept. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Facebook joins the live-streaming crowd with a service for celebrities. Link
  • Instagram takes on growing role in the art market. Link
  • Facebook reverses plan to limit data for advertisers. Link
  • Comcast is about to launch a major video platform called Watchable to rival Facebook and Google. Link
  • Amazon tweaks ads on its site, in possible challenge to Google. Link
  • Inside Taco Bell’s Snapchat strategy. Link
  • Levi’s latest campaign seeks to make denim look cool again. Link
  • Target to have shoppable ads in Vogue’s September issue. Link

Startups:

  • Snapdeal will invest $100M in its research arm over the next three years. Link
  • Will ‘Uber for Models’ disrupt the industry? Link
  • Why Time Inc invested in visual search engine Snap Fashion. Link
  • Jessica Alba’s startup, Honest, valued at $1.7B. Link

International:

  • Alibaba lands Macy’s as first U.S. department store for its online portal. Link
  • As Macy’s eyes China, some see need for focus at home. Link
  • Beauty without borders as South Korean products sell in America. Link
  • How Nordstrom is avoiding a Target-style collapse in Canada. Link
  • How Western fashion brands are using social media in China. Link
  • Smartphone shopping offers big opportunities in Indonesia. Link
  • Rural Chinese villagers are the hot new ecommerce market. Link
  • Five reasons India will become the world’s next ecommerce giant. Link
  • Ikea opens concept store in Abu Dhabi. Link
  • Hudson’s Bay sets sites on Europe. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Google wires San Antonio for fiber-optic internet. Link
  • In a shift, Rite Aid to accept Apple and Google mobile payments. Link
  • Apple looking at facial recognition for easing photo-sharing. Link
  • Web retailers, now with stores, teach new tricks. Link
  • Google: Going mobile only is fine for our search results. Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 5.11.2015

Happy Monday! Below is a recap of industry news over the last week. Sources can be found in the hyper-linked text after the headline.

Retailer + Brand News:

  • Net-a-porter creates social network for mobile luxury shopping. Link
  • Zulily shares tumble 17% after lowering sales outlook for the year. Link
  • Kohl’s adds store pick up service for online orders. Link
  • Target, Wal-Mart race to construct fulfillment centers for ecommerce business. Link
  • Joe Fresh to be pulled from JC Penny stores in 2016. Link
  • H&M to open its largest store ever in NYC. Link
  • Luxe meets ‘athleisure’ in techie cashmere. Link
  • WalMart focuses on creating pickup points for goods ordered online. Link
  • Bonobos founder steps down as CEO. Link
  • Converse and Comme Des Garcons release latest sneaker collaboration. Link
  • Amazon delivery drones could find you wherever you are. Link
  • Urban Outfitters set for good times as company moves forward with right strategies. Link
  • Forever 21 coming back to downtown Brooklyn. Link
  • Why athletic brands may be the greenest fashion sector. Link
  • Apple expands renewable energy goal. Link
  • Pitney-Bowes to acquire Borderfree. Link
  • In the race to digitize, Nordstrom and Macy’s are neck-and-neck. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • This simple Instagram hack landed Z Gallerie a lot more print catalog subscribers. Link
  • Twitter gives control of its marketing department to CFO. Link
  • Google rolls out new ads as mobile searches top PCs in 10 countries. Link
  • IBM partners with Facebook to launch personalized ads for brands. Link
  • Facebook opens Internet.org to all developers in response to net neutrality concerns. Link
  • Google integrates food ordering into search results for restaurants. Link
  • Google pushes advertisers to smaller screens. Link
  • Google steps up local search competition. Link
  • Only half of online video ads are viewable, Google says. Link
  • Bloomingdale’s explores influencer closets to inspire envy. Link
  • Pinterest opens door to app developers, expects new recipe, wedding, travel tools. Link

Start-ups:

  • Former Apple Retail boss unwraps new web startup ‘Enjoy.’ Link
  • Mattress startup Casper plans to open pop-up stores in San Francisco, Austin and DC. Link
  • FitBit files for $100M IPO. Link
  • Lending startup Affirm raises $275M. Link
  • Amazon’s prices are often undercut by upstart Jet.com. Link
  • Fashion startups bypass department stores to reach consumers. Link
  • Former Kiva.org CEO brings new ‘Branchless Bank’ app to Kenya. Link
  • Baby registry site Cricket’s Circle selects $2.25M seed round. Link
  • How Uber’s valuation went from $60M in 2011 to a rumored $50B this month. Link

International:

  • [APAC]
    • Alibaba boosts its stake in online retailer Zulily. Link
    • China’s middle class: the savior for Coach’s flagging sales. Link
    • JD.com grows to 105M active shoppers. Link
    • Yahoo Hong Kong strengthens ecommerce push. Link
  • [EU]
    • Tom’s debuts London outpost, second European store. Link
    • Ralph Lauren launching luxe concept in Milan. Link
  • [CA]
    • First three Saks off Fifth stores opening in Ontario next spring. Link
    • WalMart to buy 13 Target stores in Canada. Link
  • [A/ME]
    • Ace to add two home improvement stores in Dubai. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • On-demand beauty apps expand their offerings as competition heats up. Link
  • What retail apps are trying to achieve on the Apple Watch. Link
  • 15 wild new ideas in virtual reality. Link
  • Merchants leverage beacons to pay for parking and drive store traffic. Link
  • Secret to shut down. Link
  • App Annie acquires Mobidia to expand to 60 countries by year’s end. Link
  • Walgreens uses mobile apps to solve in-store headaches. Link

Other:

  • Whole Foods plans stores geared toward millennials. Link
  • How we’ll shop in 2020. Link
  • How 3D printing is saving the Italian artisan. Link
  • Comcast to pay customers $20 if technicians are late as part of customer service revamp. Link

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF 3.2.2015

Hi there! Below is a recap of industry news over the last week that I’ve compiled.  You can find a source or read the full article by clicking the hyper-linked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Retailer + Brand News:

  • American Apparel names marketing, digital executives. Link
  • Macy’s shares drop on cautious outlook. Link
  • How Nordstrom plans to stay dominant in ecommerce. Link
  • Online convenience is the new face of retail disruption. Link
  • Target sales grow at fastest rate in three years. Link
  • Gap chooses PINK creator to revive its namesake stores, lead design team. Link
  • Urban Outfitters announces $20M share buyback. Link
  • NastyGal raises $16M. Link
  • Nordstrom launching collaboration with Piece & Co. Link
  • Analysts say Americans love sweatpants too much for athleisure to go away. Link
  • Best Buy opens a Seattle-based technology development center focused on mobile and ecommerce. Link
  • Ikea introduces furniture you can charge your smartphone on. Link
  • HTC and Under Armour are doing a fitness wearable. Link
  • Burberry takes digital innovation in stride at London Fashion Week. Link
  • Rebecca Minkoff’s store of the future. Link

Social Media + Marketing:

  • Facebook, with over 2 million active advertisers, launches ads manager app for iOS. Link
  • Why the print catalog is back in style. Link
  • Snapchat’s Our Stories are generating tens of millions of views. Link
  • Conde Nast closes blog network NowManifest. Link
  • Apple Watch gets 12-page ad spread in Vogue. Link
  • Google puts ads in its app store to court mobile app marketers. Link
  • Pinterest scores highly in new eMarketer report. Link
  • Mobile ad spending not equal around the world. Link
  • Converse breaks ‘Made By You’ campaign for Chuck Taylors. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret runs ads on People Magazine’s Snapchat. Link

Start-ups:

  • Waffle House partners with “sharing economy” delivery service Roadie. Link
  • Magic is a start-up that will bring you anything if you’re willing to pay for it. Link
  • The Black Tux seeks to disrupt the tuxedo rental business. Link
  • Outfittery raises $20M for its curated shopping service for men’s clothing. Link
  • Rocket Internet’s latest company is a career listing sit called Everjobs. Link

International:

  • [APAC]
    • Amazon could be landing in South Korea soon. Link
    • China’s economy to grow about 7% this year. Link
    • Should luxury retailers give up on Hong Kong? Link
    • Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten may accept bitcoin. Link
    • Chinese rivals snap at Alibaba’s heels in cross-border ecommerce race. Link
  • [EU]
    • Wedding Wire acquires Spain-based Wedding Planner with plans to go global. Link
    • Turkey’s online retail market enjoys investment boom. Link
    • London designers pin hopes on next generation of online shoppers. Link

Mobile, Tablet, + Wearables:

  • Target tests mobile loyalty app to drive in store purchases. Link
  • On the cusp of a mobile shopping revolution. Link
  • The Apple Watch is nearly ready but is the public? Link
  • HTC unveils new phone and wearable device. Link
  • Venmo was ordered in July to address security issues. Link
  • LG’s watch adds another player for the wearable platform wars. Link
  • Google strikes a deal with carriers for payments. Link
  • Samsung launches two new smartphones, mobile wallet. Link
  • Transactional flexibility is the future of payments. Link
  • Tinder launches Tinder Plus. Link
  • Samsung launches its own mobile money service called Pay. Link

Other

  • The opportunity in online luxury fashion. Link
  • Google unveils plans for new corporate campus. Link
  • Why physical stores and brands still matter. Link