Weekly Industry Brief: 10.29.2018

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

  • Legacy retailer and disruptive brand partnerships are on the rise.  Forbes
  • Mattel sales fall despite strong showing from Barbie.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Target focuses on private label brands to compete with Amazon.  Glossy
  • Buzzfeed launches Goodful product line with Macy’s.  MediaPost
  • The affordable cashmere wars are heating up just in time for sweater weather.  Fast Company 
  • Sam’s Club looks to fend off Amazon with cashier-less stores.  Fast Company
  • How Peapod plans to win over customers in the crowded online grocery market.  Digiday
  • Shopify adds Venom as a checkout option just in time for the holidays.  AdWeek
  • Measuring the fashion world’s go-to-market strategy.  McKinsey
  • Foundation is becoming the most innovative category in makeup.  Fashionista
  • Nordstrom adds “early-bird” pick-up this holiday season.  USA Today

Marketing and Social Media

  • Tinder preps programmatic ad partnership with Google.  Digiday
  • Twitter beats on Q3 earnings.  TechCrunch
  • Stickers are coming to WhatsApp.  AdWeek
  • The Standard hotel created a virtual lobby so you can meet fellow guests IRL.  Fast Company
  • Levi’s, Disney partner on sales via Snapchat. AdWeek
  • What Gen Z wants for Christmas.  RetailDive
  • Amazon’s ad bonanza continues with $2.5B last quarter.  AdAge
  • Apple plans for subscription TV launch.  Mashable
  • Blue Apron partners with Jet.com.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • IBM buys Red Hat for $34B.  Fast Company
  • Grocery, food delivery firms raises billions in new funding.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facial recognition system to approve alcohol and cigarette sales to be trailed in British supermarket.  Telegraph
  • Samsung teases a reveal for its foldable, dual-screen smartphone.  
  • IBM is making a perfume based on artificial intelligence.  Vox
  • Entrepreneurs create $750M bra business by exposing Victoria Secret’s weakness.  Forbes

International

  • Cartier meets TMall in Richemont-Alibaba online luxury tie-up.  Bloomberg
  • India has already hit record number of $1B startups this year.  Bloomberg
  • Vogue said to launch Hong Kong edition.  South China Morning Post
  • Goop, new to London, is already being reported to U.K. regulator. Fast Company
  • Yoox-Net-a-Porter ink joint venture deal with Alibaba to target Chinese consumers.  The Drum
  • Alibaba used shoppers’ data to invent spicy Snickers bar.  Bloomberg 
  • Russia’s Yandex trumpets fastest growth in six years.  Reuters

Weekly Industry News: 8.28.2017

Hi! Another week of Amazon-filled news (…and I did enjoy buying my cheaper apples and avocados today). Anyway, 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

  • Everlane’s quest to make the world’s most sustainable denim. Fast Company
  • Whole Foods just got less expensive. Business Insider
  • More than half of online sales growth in the US came from Amazon last year. Business Insider
  • Amazon’s private brands have grown from $0 to $2.5B in sales in less than a decade. Business Insider
  • How Target is using small-format stores to score with younger shoppers. Retail Dive
  • Macy’s hires eBay executive amid management shakeup. The Wall Street Journal
  • Sears inked two more licensing deals that will put a wide range of products on shelves outside of Sears. Chicago Tribune
  • These are the 10 most popular mobile apps in America. Recode
  • How Barney’s is navigating luxury’s slowdown. Fortune
  • How Lush is winning at both online and brick-and-mortar beauty retail. Fashionista
  • Target bets big on in-house brands. Business of Fashion
  • Consumer products retailers are at a crossroads as a new threat rises. Retail Dive
  • Beyond Amazon and Alibaba, what’s next for ecommerce? TechCrunch
  • Burt’s Bees to launch makeup line. Women’s Wear Daily

Marketing and Social Media

  • How retailers are using personalization to win customer loyalty. Forbes
  • Google issuing refunds to advertisers over fake traffic, plans new safeguards. The Wall Street Journal
  • How Instagram and Snapchat are benefitting from Facebook’s declining teen and tween numbers. AdWeek
  • Tiffany makes inroads with millennials as Hepburn era fades. AdAge
  • How Hollister came back from the dead. Bloomberg
  • Snapchat is adding manual controls for advertisers concerned about brand safety. AdWeek

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Google Home launches WalMart shopping. Seeking Alpha
  • Amazon has developed an AI fashion designer. Technology Review
  • Shopify’s ecommerce empire is growing in Amazon’s shadow. Bloomberg
  • Mobile payment company Square just opened its first brick-and-mortar store. AdWeek
  • Target and Cartwheel apps merge ahead of mobile payments launch. TechCrunch
  • Here is the Ionic, Fitbit’s long-awaited answer to the Apple Watch. Fast Company

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.10.2017

Hi! Here is a recap of headlines from the last two weeks. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text. Happy Prime Day Eve!

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon Prime day is July 11 and more than a day. Retail Dive
  • Amazon pushes Alexa for Prime deals but some shoppers resist. Bloomberg
  • Amazon Prime Day deal will launch in 13 countries. CNBC
  • Target’s next-day essentials delivery service opens to customers in pilot test. TechCrunch
  • Nike unveils stunning new headquarters in New York City. Architectural Digest
  • Yoox Net-a-Porter open tech hub in London. The Guardian
  • QVC to acquire rival HSN for more than $2B. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon and Dish Network: a match in the making? The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart is building giant in-store kiosks for online order pickup. Business Insider
  • Walgreens, Rite Aid ends $9.4B merger. The Wall Street Journal
  • H&M to open fewer stores, focus on building online sales. Bloomberg
  • Equity firm to pay $6.9B for Staples. Bloomberg
  • Microsoft to cut up to 4,000 sales and marketing jobs. New York Times
  • Package delivery jobs rise as more consumers shop online. The Wall Street Journal
  • Talks between Abercrombie & Fitch and potential buyers stall. The Wall Street Journal
  • Target prepares to roll out four new home and clothing brands. CNBC
  • Lululemon’s youth brand launches capsule collection of furniture. Fast Company
  • Try, then buy? Amazon’s move is part of a shopping trend. New York Times
  • Shopping malls pay to stay relevant in an Amazon era. AdAge
  • Ten major retailers that could go bankrupt in 2017. Retail Dive

Marketing and Social Media

  • West Elm’s new AI tool scans Pinterest to recommend furnishings. Fast Company
  • L’Oreal, Google team to build 6-second YouTube ads. Business Insider
  • Oreo is sending experimental flavors to individual fans. AdWeek
  • Digital privacy to come under Supreme Court’s scrutiny. The New York Times
  • Facebook has new ad products for retailers. Glossy
  • EU slams Google with 2.4B fine. Seeking Alpha
  • For brands, Twitter is a marathon not a sprint. AdWeek
  • How Instagram learns from your likes to keep you hooked. Fast Company
  • Tiffany’s hunts for path to regain “cool.” Wall Street Journal
  • Meet the Plurals: your next marketing challenge. AdAge

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Amazon-backed media startup has raised $15M to make a big bet on ecommerce. Recode
  • How Maisonette is changing the way children’s’ clothes are bought online. Glossy
  • Alibaba launches low-cost voice assistant amid AI drive. Business of Fashion
  • This is how Google wants to humanize artificial intelligence. Fortune
  • Amazon is launching a series of Alexa training workshops worldwide. Techcrunch
  • Emoji search is spreading. Digiday
  • ThredUp is opening its first brick-and-mortar store. Racked
  • Visa takes a strategic stake in Klarna, the finance startup out of Sweden. Techcrunch

International

  • Apple continues Asia expansion with its first retail store in Taiwan. Techcrunch
  • H&M to add stores and go online in India by 2018. Economic Times
  • UK retail has biggest June sales rise for 6 years. Business of Fashion
  • Muji will be opening hotels in China and Japan. PSFK
  • TopShop closes underperforming stores in bid to save Australian operation. The Age
  • Starbucks gives new Kyoto shop a distinctly Japanese feel. Advertising Age
  • Walmart Canada to grown online with 3rd Financial Post
  • Alibaba to invest $1B more in Lazada. Bloomberg
  • The accelerating disruption of China’s economy. Fortune

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.27.2017

I know you’re really busy and probably don’t have time to read all of the articles that come across your inbox in a week. Same. So I’ve collected the retail industry headlines from around the web over the last week for easy scanning purposes.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Cheers.

Brands and Retailers

  • Google going deeper into retail with shopper extension. WWD
  • Walmart expands its ecommerce ambitions with a new investment arm. New York Times
  • Target CEO says stores are driving digital growth. Retail Dive
  • Target unveils store prototype with two types of shoppers in mind. Associated Press
  • Avon freshens up in a bid to reconquer Middle America. The Wall Street Journal
  • Sears Holdings acknowledges the end may be near. Retail Dive
  • Nike starts to feel the competition. The Wall Street Journal
  • Kiddie activity hubs seen as way to make malls Amazon-proof. Bloomberg
  • Lord & Taylor hopes to lure customers to the store with the largest dress floor in America. Fashionista
  • Bebe plans to shut its stores and focus on web. Bloomberg
  • Urban Outfitters and Hot Topic are among popular retailers for millennials. Fashionista
  • Get a first look at Topshop’s new bridal line. Fashionista
  • Target diversifies the look of its lingerie product. Glossy
  • Macy’s signs exclusive deal with DKNY. WWD
  • Amazon’s ambitions unboxed: stores for furniture, appliances and more. New York Times
  • Why Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are thriving while other US brands are tanking. Quartz
  • Nike CEO says the retail landscape is unsteady. Fortune
  • Walmart plans to ramp up ecommerce with two major initiatives. Business Insider
  • Amazon has a new weapon in its war on brick-and-mortar retail. Business Insider
  • Coach said to be readying Kate Spade buy. Business of Fashion
  • H&M rethinks fast fashion. Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Luxury brands are beginning to embrace WeChat’s new multimedia moments ads. Jing Daily
  • Instagram opens shoppable organic posts to more businesses in the US. Marketing Land
  • Facebook introduces a new ad format – product-focused ‘collection.’ Techcrunch
  • More big brands suspend Google ads over offensive videos. AdAge

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Google Glasses didn’t disappear; you can find them on the factory floor. NPR
  • Wells Fargo will let you use Apple Pay and Android Pay to withdraw money. Techcrunch
  • Tesla’s new solar roof tiles will be available to order starting in April. Techcrunch
  • The AI class that Facebookers are sprinting to get in. Wired
  • Apple patent points to a possible iPhone-powered laptop. CNet

International

  • Brooks Brothers reboots China business with new Beijing flagship. WWD
  • John Lewis debuts its own premium denim brand. Creativity Online
  • Ikea working on lowering pricing for India. LiveMint
  • Amazon to buy Middle Eastern online marketplace, Souq.com. Reuters
  • As Amazon floods with Chinese sellers, Western brands move into China’s booming e-Commerce market. Forbes
  • Here’s what happens in the athletic wear industry when China starts going to the gym. Quartz
  • As AirBnB just learned, it’s really hard to localize your brand name for China. AdAge
  • Lazada brings Alibaba’s biggest bazaar to Singaporean shoppers. Bloomberg
  • Walmart steps up Chilean business. WWD
  • Amazon is globalizing its retail empire. L2
  • How Brazil’s H&M defied the recession. Business of Fashion
  • Myntra launches first retail store for online brand ‘Roadster.’ The Economic Times
  • South Korea’s Lotte makes room for online retail brands. The Korea Herald
  • How United Arros became huge in Japan (and ready for global expansion.) GQ

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.20.2017

Hi! Here is a recap of the news I’ve been reading in the industry this week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week and Happy Spring!

Brands and Retailers

  • What’s next for malls – a look at two successful companies in America? Fashionista
  • Nike, H&M named world’s most valuable apparel brands. Fashionista
  • Gymboree chief tapped to lead Banana Republic. Reuters
  • Victoria Beckham to launch Spring collection at Target. Refinery29
  • Macy’s CEO wants to make these five big changes at the store. CNBC
  • Zara’s new focus: bigger bricks, more clicks. Wall Street Journal
  • Honest Co taps Clorox veteran as new CEO. Fortune
  • Acne reboots denim strategy. Business of Fashion
  • L’oreal Beauty’s secret weapon is buying other companies. Fortune
  • C. Penney closing 138 stores, liquidations begin next month. Retail Dive
  • Canada Goose raises $256M in IPO. Bloomberg
  • Walmar to acquire Modcloth. Recode
  • Neiman Marcus mulls sale, with Hudson’s Bay seen as suitor. Bloomberg

Marketing and Social Media

  • Adidas hires social-media stars to double women’s market share. Bloomberg
  • Adidas steps away from TV advertising as it targets $4B growth. CNBC
  • Inside Hearst’s turbulent quest to build a Snapchat brand. Glossy
  • Hollister targets teens with mobile video game. AdAge
  • Coachella sues Urban Outfitters for Free People capitalizing on festival brand. WWD
  • Who is the millennial femal e micro influencer? Adweek
  • Google removes audio ads from Google Home hours after introducing them. BGR

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Swatch takes on Google, Apple with watch operating system. Bloomberg
  • Alibaba bets on big on augmented reality. Jing Daily
  • Foursquare is launching an analytics platform to help retailers understand foot traffic. TechCrunch
  • Why former Wall Streeters find new careers as fashion founders. Glossy
  • Chic, direct-to-consumer vitamin companies are the latest wellness trend. Fashionista
  • Shopify’s ecommerce revolution. Fortune
  • Intel wants to be a tech ‘enabler’ for the fashion industry. Engadget
  • DeepMind finds way to overcome AI’s forgetfulness problem. Bloomberg
  • Drones may one day buzz inside a Walmart near you. Fortune

International

  • Zara will enter India’s online shopping scene this year. Quartz
  • Ikea plans to open five stores in Serbia. Economic Times
  • Paris Gallery Group aims to open 30 new stores in Middle East. The National
  • Amazon plans air cargo service for Chinese customers. Wall Street Journal
  • Apple plans two more Chinese research hubs as iPhone sales slow. Bloomberg
  • Amazon aims to breathe new life into Tokyo Fashion Week. WWD

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.6.2017

Here is your industry brief of news I’ve collected from around the web over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Gap Inc. plans to trim workforce with 216 layoffs. Link
  • Wal-Mart to take technical aim at Amazon and Target with app update for pharmacy and money-transferring services. Link
  • Canal Street Market offers blueprint for revitalizing retail. Link
  • Target to reduce prices, remodel stores and launch new private label brands. Link
  • In retail’s slump, Saks looks to woo guys with DJs, putt-putt golf. Link
  • Alexander Wang and Adidas set to release second collaboration pack. Link
  • Puma and Under Armour trade places. Link
  • Best Buy CEO declares turnaround phase over, but there are still challenges. Link
  • Amazon wants to send packages to the moon by 2020. Link
  • How one teen retailer is thriving while its competitors flounder. Link
  • Hermes taps into customizing trend with handbags. Link
  • McDonald’s is finally getting mobile ordering and delivery. Link
  • If Yoox-Net-a-Porter group is actually trying to take over the world, it’s working. Link
  • Sarah Jessica Parker launches made-in-the-US handbag collection. Link
  • Abercrombie & Fitch to close another 60 U.S. stores as sales crater. Link
  • Costco to increase membership fee. Link
  • H&M hops on the ‘see now, buy now’ train with diverse runway show. Link
  • La Perla seeks to expand into fashion. Link
  • Amazon’s private label Elements expands for first time in years with invite-only vitamins and supplements. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Who is behind the flurry of influencer-backed beauty brands? Link
  • Facebook adds a travel-planning feature called ‘City Guides.’ Link
  • Virtual reality leads marketers down a tricky path. Link
  • S. consumers now spend 5 hours per day on mobile devices. Link
  • Amazon and Pinterest threaten to shake up the search ad market. Link
  • How Urban Outfitters leveraged location marketing for a 75% conversion gain. Link
  • Comcast is integrating YouTube into its set-top box. Link
  • One of Facebook Messenger’s first retail partners has ditched it as a notification tool. Link
  • Can YouTube TV get you to cut the cord for $35 a month. Link
  • Bloggers are panicking over changes to Amazon’s affiliate system. Link
  • Meet the Muslim women inspiring a modest revolution in the fashion industry. Link
  • NBC Universal invests $500M in Snapchat at IPO. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Robots will be in stores sooner than you think. Link
  • it’s app helps you buy the products in your screenshots. Link
  • Garmentory wants to bring small boutiques online. Link
  • IBM and Salesforce partner to sell Watson and Einstein. Link
  • Jay Z launches Arrive to fund startups, offer branding support and more. Link
  • Skin-care startup Drunk Elephant gets new round of investing. Link
  • Shopping app targeting Chinese-American consumers pursues discerning spenders in the US. Link

International

  • Starbucks opening high-end roastery in Italy. Link
  • Middle East ecommerce takes flight. Link
  • German discounter Aldi to start online sales in China. Link
  • Eurozone retail sales continue to fall. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.31.2017

Here is your industry brief of news I’ve collected from around the web over the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Busy week – lots of highlights as many retailers wrapped up another fiscal year.  Cheers!

Brand/Retailer

  • ASOS introduces Big and Tall lines for men. Link
  • Drop shipping looks set to go mainstream as more retailers get on board. Link
  • Retailers haven’t perfected buy online, pick up in store yet. Link
  • Coach plans on expanding its footwear business. Link
  • Ikea’s open source sofa invites customization. Link
  • Why Nordstrom is experimenting with in-store pop-ups. Link
  • Why the online marketplace revolution keeps gaining momentum. Link
  • Coach and Rodarte team up for collaboration. Link
  • How Skin Inc. became one of the most innovative beauty brands. Link
  • How retailers should think about online versus in-store pricing. Link
  • DKNY taps Farfetch to revitalize ecommerce strategy. Link
  • Footwear company Birkenstock jumps into bed business. Link
  • com shutters operations. Link
  • Amazon to build air hub for Prime Air cargo planes. Link
  • iPhone and Apple Watch set sales records. Link
  • Abercrombie & Fitch continues to rebuild with revival of Gilly Hicks. Link
  • WalMart takes on Amazon Prime with new, cheaper, two-day shipping option. Link
  • Target sets sights on higher jewelry sales with SugarFix by BaubleBar. Link
  • How Warby Parker collaborations drive the brand’s social impact. Link
  • Plus size retailers are shifting focus to in-store experience. Link
  • Opening Ceremony swaps the runway for the ballet stage. Link
  • Banana Republic’s president is out as the Gap brand struggles to find footing. Link
  • The demise of the department store experience. Link
  • Under Armour debuts ‘made in the U.S.’ gear. Link
  • H&M rolls back on new store openings. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Facebook, Snapchat deals produce meager results for news outlets. Link
  • How millennials are changing retail patterns. Link
  • Facebook launches a marketing mix modeling portal for comparing Facebook ads to TV, print & more. Link
  • Snapchat is in talks for big ad deals ahead of IPO. Link
  • Lady Gaga is the face of Tiffany & Co’s latest campaign. Link
  • The 14-year-olds spending thousands on streetwear. Link
  • Inside Instagram’s reinvention. Link
  • Step inside the YouTube-fueled, teenaged extravaganza that is Beautycon. Link
  • Superstar influencers: China’s Internet celebrities at heart of Alibaba’s growth. Link
  • Facebook is changing its trending topics section again, removing personalization. Link
  • Facebook is copying yet another popular Snapchat feature: Stories. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Starbucks can now take your order via voice or message through its iOS app and Amazon Alexa. Link
  • How your customer service strategy will change beginning in 2017. Link
  • Gap envisions a future with augmented-reality ‘dressing rooms.’ Link

International

  • Facebook is trying everything to re-enter China – and it’s not working. Link
  • How high-end denim brand Evisu finds a fit with web shoppers outside Asia. Link
  • Xiaomi sold 250,000 smartphones in 10 minutes in India. Link
  • This man is covertly bringing streetwear to China. Link
  • UK consumer confidence remains high. Link
  • Lagging behind Zara and H&M in India, Gap finally looks to cut prices by 10-15%. Link
  • Uniqlo to go solo in India, first store likely by 2018. Link
  • Amazon has an India problem. Link
  • Alibaba’s million-job boast reflects slower China outlook. Link
  • Chinese New Year shoppers expand their horizons. Link
  • Is this the Chinese luxury mall of the future? 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: 10.26.2015

Check out my recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer:

  • Virgin America and Spotify team up for free inflight music streaming. Link
  • ASOS reports small rise in annual profits. Link
  • Amazon beats expectations with $24.4B in sales. Link
  • Adidas aims to open automated shoe factory in Germany in 2016. Link
  • American Apparel sees bright future after bankruptcy. Link
  • Walmart plays catch-up with Amazon with significant increase in ecommerce investment. Link
  • Google revenue rises as mobile contribution grows. Link
  • Under Armour is stepping on Nike’s turf with donation to running track in Portland. Link
  • Google expresses itself with fast-delivery service expansion in Cleveland. Link
  • Apple Music has 6.5M paying subscribers. Link
  • Microsoft goes upscale with Fifth Avenue flagship store. Link
  • Amazon tested package delivery by newspaper trucks. Link
  • Coty acquires content agency Beamly as it gears up for P&G deal. Link
  • Amazon to charge $299 yearly membership for grocery delivery. Link
  • Net-a-porter launches luxury ski shop. Link
  • Lush Cosmetics touts transparency as ecommerce grows. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Twitter to let brands link up users’ Twitter handles with their customer accounts for customer care. Link
  • Flipboard launches a new targeted ads product based on its interest graph. Link
  • Digital network dedicated solely to fashion launches on Apple TV. Link
  • Instagram’s new standalone app Boomerang captures 1-second video loops. Link
  • Tailoring is key to Coca-Cola’s success on Snapchat. Link
  • Coke creates podcast with iHeartMedia to target teens. Link
  • Google discloses more search data to woo retailers. Link

Startups:

  • Time Inc. acquires Hello Giggles. Link
  • German startup Number26 turns retail shops into bank branches for its bank of the future. Link
  • A flurry of startups vie to win ecommerce battle in India. Link
  • Indiegogo creates generosity.com for personal fund-raising campaigns. Link

International:

  • Target begins shipping to Canada through its website but shoppers dismayed at cost. Link
  • Spotify moves closer to launches in Indonesia and Japan. Link
  • Primark expands on rival Zara’s home turf with Spanish flagship store. Link
  • Indonesia to woo American investment in ecommerce sector. Link
  • Rare store sales data highlights Wal-Mart’s China challenge. Link
  • Uber says 30% of trips take place in China. Link
  • Facebook strives to bring cheap wifi to rural India. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Hundreds of apps banned from app store for accessing users’ personal information. Link
  • Facebook M Assistant’s top requests include restaurant suggestions and shopping help. Link
  • Tommy Hilfiger using virtual reality in stores from New York to Moscow. Link
  • The New York Times is about to launch a virtual reality mainstream moment. Link
  • Dunkin Donuts tells customers its app needs a jolt. Link
  • Target gets into Halloween spirit with virtual reality, mobile site. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.19.2015

Check out my recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer

  • Uber’s courier service, UberRush goes live in Chicago and San Francisco. Link
  • Kohl’s expands same-day delivery to 9 cities ahead of holiday season. Link
  • Target teams up with Who What Wear on full-fledged fashion line. Link
  • Under Armour CEO and CFO to step down. Link
  • PayPal will now pay for your return shipping. Link
  • Birchbox is launching its own makeup line. Link
  • WalMart to pour $2B into ecommerce over next two years. Link
  • Nike sets aggressive revenue target of $50B by 2020. Link
  • Nordstrom Rack is becoming a massive threat to Macy’s, Kohls, and JC Penny. Link
  • Balmain x H&M: See the full collection with prices. Link
  • Rodarte to team up with & Other Stories next Spring. Link
  • Starbucks is testing delivering coffee to office workers in the Empire State Building. Link
  • How Levi’s is fighting athleisure by reinventing denim. Link
  • Ralph Lauren opens first store in Brooklyn. Link
  • American Apparel sees bright future after bankruptcy. Link
  • Target enlists entrepreneurs to help it think outside the big box. Link

Marketing/Social

  • Survey finds teens prefer Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. Link
  • Facebook pushes shopping features in move toward ecommerce. Link
  • How Facebook’s Moments is solving the other people’s photos problem. Link
  • Target taps Shazam for shoppable link to TV ad campaign. Link
  • How Unilever tapped ‘I Want that Hair’ moments by aggregating blogger videos. Link
  • Facebook tests video tab, intensifying YouTube rivalry. Link
  • How the Instagram effect is changing advertising images. Link

Startup

  • Outdoor Voices, a brand for simple, cool activewear, raises $7M in funding. Link
  • How non-technology companies are trying to mimic startups by launching innovation labs. Link

International

  • H&M’s next target is the Indian middle class. Link
  • Amazon bets on Mexico. Link
  • Zalando feels growth pains as margins miss estimates. Link
  • Starbucks may be opening stores in Italy. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech

  • Square, the mobile payments company, files for IPO. Link
  • Swatch links with China banking giants for mobile payment watch. Link
  • More brands use beacons to connect with customers real-time. Link
  • Nike debuts interactive shopping app, Tech Book. Link
  • Apple focuses on 3D Touch with new iPhone 6 ad. Link
  • Yaho offers password free log in for email. Link
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