Weekly Industry Brief: 7.29.2019

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

Brand + Retailer

  • Amazon earnings show effects of one-day shipping.  The Wall Street Journal
  • UPS adds 12,000 pickup locations and adds Sunday delivery.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Google’s new shopping platform is now live.  Forbes
  • Amazon and police partner on doorbell cameras. Engadget
  • Barneys begins to raise financing for potential bankruptcy.  CNBC
  • Apple and Goldman Sachs credit card targeting August launch date. Bloomberg
  • Zara parent doubles down on sustainability.  Fast Company
  • The Sprint/T-Mobile merger was blessed by the DOJ but lawsuits remain.  Fast Company
  • Armani sales fall again as founder pushes to restructure brand. Business of Fashion
  • Nike exploring sale of surf brand Hurley.  Business of Fashion
  • Target’s small-format stores are its biggest weapon against Amazon and Walmart. Inc.
  • Adidas ramps up sustainability efforts.  AdWeek
  • Apple to pay Intel $1B for modem business to juice 5G.  CNBC
  • eBay adds new service to make delivery faster.  Bloomberg
  • How Shopify became an ecommerce giant.  Forbes
  • Kroger goes full robot to take on Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • How Chanel’s beauty products propel its business.  Glossy
  • Amazon looks beyond Whole Foods in grocery push.  The New York Times
  • How Etsy crafted an ecommerce comeback.  Fortune

Social + Marketing

  • Fake followers in influencer marketing will cost brands $1.3B this year. CNBC
  • Amazon opens streaming TV ad sales to outside buying tools.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Twitter earnings reveal increased revenue and daily active users.  Fast Company
  • Twitter says it boosts users through machine learning.  The Drum
  • Snapchat is beta testing dynamic product ads and retargeting.  Business Insider
  • Alphabet stock soars as Google ad sales signal a return to form.  Fast Company
  • 2.1B people use Facebook’s family of apps on a daily basis.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat attracts 13M new daily users thanks to gender-swap filter.  AdAge
  • Luxury brands are taking over the street art scene.  Bloomberg
  • TikTok stars are preparing to take over the internet.  The Atlantic
  • How Pinterest factored into Amazon Prime Day.  AdWeek
  • NBCUniversal expects to exceed $1.2B in ad sales during 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  AdWeek
  • How TikTok is testing in-app ecommerce.  Digiday
  • McDonald’s, Uber and Johnson & Johnson no longer have chief marketing officers – here’s what that means.  CNBC

Start-Ups + Emerging Tech

International

  • Alibaba welcomes U.S. small businesses to sell globally on its platform. Reuters
  • ASOS starts next-day delivery in the US.  Glossy
  • KFC uses an International mindset to expand globally.  Forbes
  • China’s tech startups flourish in tales-rich second-tier cities.  Nikkei Asian Review

WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 3.5.2018

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

  • Amazon wants to make it easier to shop its website without a credit card.  CNBC
  • Best Buy overcomes Amazon threat with best Christmas since 2003.  Bloomberg
  • StitchFix looks to diversify product set with push into intimate apparel.  Glossy
  • How Levi Strauss reinvented the way it makes jeans.  Fortune
  • Gap jumps as Old Navy strength fuels optimism for rebound.  Bloomberg
  • Adidas sales rose 15 to 20 percent in 2017.  Business of Fashion
  • L Brands beats forecasts.  Business of Fashion
  • AllBirds is selling a limited-edition shoe exclusively on Instagram.  Glossy
  • Kohl’s sees growth in sales.  Business of Fashion
  • Amazon will soon stop selling all Nest products.  The Verge
  • WalMart’s apparel push is just beginning.  Retail Dive
  • eBay launches “Under $10” storefront to join Amazon in battle with Wish.  TechCrunch
  • Solving for the last mile is retail’s next big disruption.  Retail Dive
  • Target to spend $250M to remodel Twin Cities stores.  Star Tribune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Publishers get a boost from Twitter video.  Digiday
  • Twitter tests integration with outside ad buying platforms.  AdAge
  • Snapchat takes a flexible approach to how advertising is sold in its shows.  Digiday
  • Buzzfeed launches Tasty-branded kitchenware to be sold at WalMart.  Fast Company
  • The 18-through-24 age group continues to be drawn to Snapchat and Instagram.  AdWeek
  • Instagram code reveals unreleased voice and video calling.  TechCrunch
  • YouTube ‘stories’ feature lets creators swap out backgrounds without a green screen.  9to5Google
  • P&G sees better attitude among digital players but still cuts spend.  AdAge
  • NRA boycott shows why brand values are a vital marketing strategy.  Fast Company
  • These seven traditional retailers are cashing in on the subscription box craze. CNBC
  • Why Lacoste replaced its signature alligator for its new polo shirts.  Entrepreneur
  • The Glossier machine kicks into action to sell its new product.  Racked
  • Google Search now available in iMessage.  TechCrunch
  • Google is selling off Zagat.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Amazon acquires Ring, maker of video doorbells.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Spotify’s IPO is not like other IPOs.  CNN
  • DoorDash raises $535M, now valued at $1.4B.  TechCrunch
  • ClassPass introduces more flexible booking.  Fast Company
  • Uber is driving patients to their doctors in big grab for medical transit market.  The Verge
  • Voice shopping sales could reach $40B by 2022.  USA Today

International

  • Zalando to enter two new markets in Europe.  Reuters
  • China is turning Ethiopia into a giant fast-fashion factory.  Bloomberg
  • Livestreams and trunk shows could be China’s next big wave in luxury.  Jing Daily
  • Amazon has French grocery stores in its sights, too.  Quartz
  • Xiaomi might finally sell its smartphones stateside this year.  Fast Company

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.31.2017

I’m back! I was in Asia for work the past two weeks, so here are a bunch of industry headlines since then.  As always, sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.  P.S. I can’t believe how quickly this summer is going by!  Happy August.

Brands and Retailers

  • Michael Kores to buy Jimmy Choo in $1.2B deal. The New York Times
  • Sephora is experimenting with a boutique format. Fast Company
  • Fashion industry pays attention to plus-size women. The Economist
  • Underwear is driving Amazon’s takeover of the American fashion industry. Business Insider
  • Gymboree to close about 350 stores in restructuring. Wall Street Journal
  • Five takeaways from Amazon Prime Day. Retail Dive
  • Amazon sold three times as many Echo devices on Prime Day this year vs. last year. AdWeek
  • Amazon to host job fair for 50,000 positions amid hiring squeeze. The Wall Street Journal
  • The secrets to luxury eyewear brand Gentle Monster’s rapid rise. Jing Daily
  • Wal-Mart said to be eliminating a few dozen jobs at headquarters. Business of Fashion
  • Here’s how the Amazon effect is hitting the apparel industry. CNBC
  • Birkenstock accuses Amazon of modern day piracy. Washington Post
  • Amazon’s revenue rises 25% on retail dominance. The Wall Street Journal
  • Stitch Fix has filed confidentially for an IPO. Recode
  • How Reebok, Adidas and Y-3 will dress future space explorers. Fast Company
  • Amazon’s next act: a trendy new in-house shoe collection. Footwear News
  • How Rent the Runway is pulling off deliveries at the speed of Amazon. Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Amazon launches Spark, a shoppable feed of stores and photos aimed at Prime members. TechCrunch
  • Facebook to show ads on Messenger to boost revenue growth. Wall Street Journal
  • New Zara documentary takes viewers behind the scenes. Refinery29
  • Coveteur is making their brand work official with a content studio. Glossy
  • Instagram encroaches on Snapchat’s turf of social media influencers, winning their hearts, minds and posts. CNBC
  • Old Navy succeeds by saying bye to celebrities. AdAge
  • Twitter is developing a subscription plan that promotes your tweets automatically. Fortune
  • P&G slashes digital ads by $140M over brand safety. AdAge
  • What marketers should note from Facebook’s second quarter earnings. The Wall Street Journal
  • Target is ending Cartwheel Perks rewards program, promises something better. CNBC
  • Lyft and Taco Bell collaborate on a new service offering. The New York Times

Startup and Emerging Tech

  • Online CPG start-up to test the power of brands. The Wall Street Journal
  • How bots bested the $1B sneaker resale industry. Forbes
  • China’s store of the future has no checkout, no cash, and no staff. Business of Fashion
  • You will soon be able to search eBay by using a mobile snap or social media link. CNBC
  • Farfetch founder talks about how he built a $1.5B fashion platform. Wired
  • Intel eliminates its wearables division. CNBC
  • AI and the retail store of the future. Venture Beat

International

  • Starbucks rallies as Chinese sales growth fuels optimism. Bloomberg
  • India will have more than 850M internet users by 2025. Economic Times
  • Saint Laurent to launch online sales in China. The Wall Street Journal
  • In China, designer goods delivered to your doorstep. The New York Times
  • Chinese tourists spending less on shopping. Bloomberg
  • JD.com’s growth outpaces China’s ecommerce marketing. The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon prepares to enter Southeast Asia via Singapore launch. TechCrunch
  • Silicon Valley giants confront new walls in China. The New York Times
  • Flikart said to make new offer for Snapdeal. Business of Fashion
  • Where North Korea’s elite go for banned luxury goods. CNN
  • WalMart to invest in expansion in India. Economic Times
  • Amazon expands U.K. headquarters as Brexit leads bankers to exit. Bloomberg
  • Why Abercrombie finally decided to start selling on Alibaba. AdAge

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.5.2016

Happy Tuesday! Here is your weekly industry recap of news from the last week.  Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer:

  • Online shopping forces shift in inventory strategies. Link
  • Nordstrom to integrate Trunk Club ops, cut jobs. Link
  • Walmart squares up against Amazon with 2-day delivery across the U.S. Link
  • Amazon Prime day is back on July 12. Link
  • Adidas and Kanye West expand their partnership with planned sports gear and Yeezy retail stores. Link
  • VF Corp sells contemporary brands segment for $120 million. Link
  • Mac’s new initiative aims to expand the brand’s relationship with fashion. Link
  • Zalando driving innovation with diversity. Link
  • Synthetic spider silk could be the biggest technological advance in clothing since nylon. Link
  • Amazon is quietly eliminating list prices. Link
  • Netflix is coming to Comcast cable TV. Link
  • LVMH is looking for startups to bring personalization to its brands. Link
  • Nike co-founder Phil Knight retires from board. Link
  • Reformation is opening new stores, first up in San Francisco. Link
  • Amazon begins selling perishable private-label foods. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret promotes bras without padding as it responds to athleisure trend. Link
  • UPS adds locker locations for shipment pickups. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Instagram’s evolution as a business platform. Link
  • How Time Inc’s new video-only platform hopes to unearth the next big digital star. Link
  • Farfetch teams with Apple on music channel for fashion site. Link
  • Chipotle launches loyalty program to get customers and data. Link
  • Facebook puts friends above publishers in “News Feed Values” and ranking change. Link
  • Twitter is putting together a team focused on VR and AR. Link
  • Pinterest is soon launching a way to search for products with your smartphone camera. Link
  • Twitter estimates that it has 10 million users in China. Link

Start Up:

  • A drone start-up explores underwater. Link
  • HourlyNerd, the Uber of business consultants, snags $22M. Link
  • Mattress startup Casper to sell via West Elm and internationally. Link

International:

  • A South Korean copy of Snapchat takes off in Asia. Link
  • Brexit gives Europeans $15,000 discount on Cartier watch. Link
  • China’s JD.com says Brexit could boost imports of British goods. Link
  • Brexit vote sends tourists flocking to London to purchase luxury goods. Link
  • eCommerce winners and losers in the wake of Brexit. Link
  • The consolidation of India’s overcrowded e-commerce sector has begun. Link
  • Alibaba has a new online system to remove fake goods from its site. Link
  • JD.com loses luster as hedge funds backpedal amid slowing growth. Link
  • Alibaba’s plans for online to offline go off track. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • NBC will offer 85 hours of VR Olympics programming, courtesy of Samsung. Link
  • Wireless generation: why sports bras and bralettes are disrupting women’s underwear. Link
  • Rimmel’s new augmented reality app lets users nab real life makeup looks. Link
  • How augmented reality and iOT will recreate business environments. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.29.2016

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

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

Brand/Retailer

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

Marketing/Social Media

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

Start Ups

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

International

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

Emerging Tech/Mobile

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

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.11.2016

Here are some of the things that happened over the last week in retail, technology, and fashion. All sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Have a great week!

Brand/Retailer:

  • Apple Music now has more than 10M subscribers. Link
  • Warm weather cost apparel stores hundreds of millions this fall and winter. Link
  • Ace to open hotel in New Orleans. Link
  • Hudon’s Bay to acquire Gilt Groupe for $250M. Link
  • What’s next for the American department store? Link
  • Why Finish Line is closing 150 stores even though ‘athleisure’ is booming. Link
  • Off-price retailers like TJ Maxx and Ross are thriving. Link
  • Holiday sales rise but not all retailers are cheery. Link
  • Holiday season winners and losers. Link
  • LuLuLemon reaches a turning point. Link
  • Macy’s slashes 4,000 jobs after huge drop in holiday season sales. Link
  • Old Navy sales tumble. Link
  • Kohl’s is debating whether to take itself private or break up the company. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Instagram is now curating videos about live events. Link
  • Snapchat is building its own ad platform. Link
  • Target partnering with SoulCycle. Link
  • Burberry debuts on Apple TV with menswear fashion show. Link
  • Longer tweets said to be coming soon to Twitter. Link
  • What lies ahead for marketing in an increasingly ad-free future. Link
  • The White House joins Snapchat. Link
  • Burberry runs lunar New Year WeChat campaign. Link
  • Twitter wants to let brands turn your tweets into ads. Link

Startup:

  • How this bootstrapped company, Homepolish, is competing with a rival that raised $200M. Link
  • Japan’s fashion rental service AirCloset snags $8M. Link

International:

  • Amazon is letting UK shoppers to buy now, pay later. Link
  • Hong Kong retail sales figures fall for 12th straight month. Link
  • Wayfair roles out Canadian ecommerce site. Link
  • What Amazon Prime is like around the world. Link
  • Louis Vuitton sues counterfeit online sellers in China. Link
  • Victoria’s Secret to open first Southeast Asia flagship in Singapore. Link
  • Dolce & Gabbana appeals to Muslim consumers. Link

Mobile/Wearbles/Emerging Technology:

  • Under Armour gets serious about fitness tech with HealthBox, a big box of gadgets. Link
  • L’Oreal unveils smart skincare patch at CES. Link
  • Samsung’s smart clothes are wearables you’d actually wear. Link
  • Fashion icon Iris Apfel is designing wearables for Wisewear. Link
  • Apple acquires startup that reads emotions from facial expression. Link
  • Apple rolls out new betas across its platforms. Link

Weekly Industry Brief: 11.9.2015

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

Brand/Retailer:

  • American Eagle acquires high-end men’s label Todd Snyder. Link
  • Google aims to begin drone package deliveries in 2017. Link
  • Best Buy hopes same-day delivery will fend off Amazon. Link
  • Amazon opens a bookstore in Seattle. Link
  • Sephora blends mobile with bricks-and-mortar for first connected boutique. Link
  • Burberry to unify brands under one label in bid to boost appeal. Link
  • Chanel expands ecommerce business with sunglasses. Link
  • JD sues Alibaba for misleading users with speedy delivery pledge. Link
  • H&M’s limited supply of Balmain overwhelms stores, website. Link
  • Michael Kors CEO vows to end retail rollout. Link
  • Holiday shoppers plan to spend more as retailers introduce marketing promotions. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • Starbucks’ seasonal #RedCups triggers excitement online. Link
  • Facebook debuts a new way to share music with your friends. Link
  • Vice’s new Viceland channel promises to remake cable with edgy infomercials. Link
  • Pinterest pushes buyable pins to Android phones, introduces Pinterest Shop. Link
  • YouTube now supports 3D virtual reality video. Link
  • Why the collection should be called Balmain x H&M x Instagram. Link
  • Twitter stars and favorites are replaced by hearts and likes. Link
  • Facebook says ad-blocking technology could have impact on sales. Link

Startups:

  • How this startup used Slack to prototype its app’s coolest feature. Link
  • Match, owner of dating sites like Tinder, seeks $403M in IPO. Link
  • Deliv acquires Zipments to grow its same-day delivery service in NYC. Link

International:

  • Sephora to open shops in Iran next year. Link
  • Ikea to double stores in Canada even as website sales soar. Link
  • Why Singles’ Day in China is bigger than Cyber Monday. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • The North Face gives shoppers virtual reality experience. Link
  • Urban Outfitters embraces mobile shopping’s future with 3D Touch support. Link
  • Honest Beauty line comes to mobile with an app offering shopping and makeup tips. Link
  • Best new features of Android Marshmallow. Link
  • MIT is opening an innovation center in Hong Kong. Link
  • Apple debuts shopping category on the app store. 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: 10.5.2015

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: 7.13.2015

Check out the week’s industry news in fashion, retail, and technology. Sources can be found in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brand/Retailer:

  • Amazon Prime Day will usher a new era of manufactured shopping days. Link
  • J.Crew debuts value-focused ‘Mercantile’ brand to spark growth. Link
  • Inside Target’s tech funhouse and search for its next billion-dollar business. Link
  • American Apparel to close stores and lay off workers. Link
  • Yahoo will enter daily fantasy sports market. Link
  • Time Inc. launching next big vertical, ‘The Drive,’ about cars for the under-35 crowd. Link
  • Levi’s responds to challengers with revamped women’s jeans. Link
  • Uniqlo had a strong Spring in the U.S. Link
  • Skechers sues Steve Madden over athleisure knockoffs. Link
  • Coty agrees to purchase P&G beauty brands for $12.5B. Link
  • Toys R Us to shift ecommerce from eBay to in-house. Link
  • American Express launches express online payment tool. Link
  • Back-to-school shopping starts early as U.S. parents seek deals. Link
  • LVMH to cut 70 jobs as it suspends Donna Karan label. Link
  • Saks and Lord & Taylor personalize websites, emails to lure high-spending shoppers. Link
  • With Flyease Nike reinvents the zipper. Link

Marketing/Social:

  • eBay and Amazon are the most visible Google Search advertisers. Link
  • Brands try to redefine emojis in Twitter’s latest hashtag game. Link
  • Twitter is now letting apps advertise with video. Link
  • Facebook changes how it charges brands for clicks on their ads. Link
  • Facebook said to seek music video licensing deals. Link
  • Facebook wants your attention so it’s charging separately for ad clicks that send you away. Link

Startups:

  • Jet.com officially launches on Monday, offering lowest prices on the Internet. Link
  • Disney’s startup accelerator enters its sophomore year with a new batch of companies. Link
  • Italy’s Quattrocento joins the race to become the Warby Parker of Europe. Link

International:

  • DHL Express to widen delivery options for internet shoppers in Australia. Link
  • Moscow malls open half-empty as retailers struggle. Link
  • Alibaba boosts Singapore Post stake, invests in ecommerce unit. Link
  • Alibaba invests $100M in luxury-focused Mei.com. Link
  • Rakuten buys virtual fitting room startup Fits.me in fashion commerce play. Link
  • Apple building a new store in Hong Kong. Link
  • Barnes & Noble closes international Nook store. Link
  • Twitter eyes Latin American market from new Miami office. Link

Mobile/Emerging Tech:

  • Six futuristic retail displays that will change your idea of ‘ecommerce.’ Link
  • Jawbone sues Fitbit for third time in two months. Link
  • Google starts testing driverless cars in Austin. Link
  • Tablet sales have plateaued but there’s a future in business. Link
  • Virgin Hotels turns mobile into shoppable Gap closet for guests. Link
  • Android Wear reportedly getting watch-to-watch sharing features. Link
  • Comcast launches its own cable-free TV with Stream. Link