WEEKLY INDUSTRY BRIEF: 4.23.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

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

Marketing and Social Media

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

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

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

International

  • Online retailers go offline in China.  The Economist
  • The journey to an agile organization at Zalando.  McKinsey
  • Alibaba’s TMall woos luxury brands to sell to its invite-only loyalty club for big spenders.  Glossy
  • Mantra acquires wearables maker Witworks.  LiveMint
  • Casper plans brick-and-mortar push into Canada. Retail Dive
  • WalMart in advanced talks to acquire Amazon’s India rival, Flipkart.  Recode
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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: 2.19.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

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

Marketing and Social Media

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

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

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

International