Weekly Industry Brief: 4.22.2019

Happy Monday! Hope many of you are enjoying or got to enjoy some R&R on Spring Break with your fam. In the meantime, here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks – was too caught up in the busy week to post last week!! Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Netflix to open a production hub in New York City and invest up to $100M in the city.  TechCrunch
  • Ikea is helping New Yorkers make the most of tiny spaces.  Fortune
  • Everlane is rolling out a new sustainable sneaker brand called Tread.  AdWeek
  • Tindr becomes the top-grossing, non-game app in Q1 2019, ending Netflix’s reign.  TechCrunch
  • Wayfair to launch live streaming service on Way Day.  Retail Dive
  • Martha Stewart brand to be sold.  Forbes
  • To woo shoppers, stores like Nordstrom and Walgreens acceptation competitors’ returns.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Walmart is launching its first subscription box for apparel and it’s for kids.  CNBC
  • Google & Amazon reach an agreement to bring their streaming video apps to each others’ platforms.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon launches free music streaming service.  AdAge
  • Hanky Panky, famous for its ‘one-size fits all’ underwear, relaunches with more inclusive sizing and menswear.  AdWeek
  • Converse’s plot to take back basketball with help from Nike. Fast Company
  • Bed Bath & Beyond to shutter 40 stores this year.  CNN
  • Venmo’s latest effort to turn a profit: credit cards. The Wall Street Journal
  • How Kroger plans to keep up in the digital age.  The Wall Street Journal
  • American Eagle says spinoff for Aerie could happen but not now.  Bloomberg
  • Why subscription boxes are here to stay.  Forbes
  • The ever-changing store: taking an agile, customer-centric approach to format redesign.  McKinsey
  • Macy’s puts Story in 36 of its stores.  CNBC
  • Offering shoppers new experiences isn’t helping as malls see story closures and falling traffic.  NBC

Marketing + Social Media

  • Adidas used Airdrop to surprise Coachella attendees with free sneakers.  PSFK
  • IPO day for Pinterest and Zoom ends with shares sharply higher.  The New York Times 
  • How Sephora is cultivating its own team of influencers.  Glossy
  • Lush leaves social media in UK. BBC
  • Generation Z Americans will be the ultimate cannabis consumers.  AdAge
  • Inside the purpose-driven branding of Sweetgreen.  AdWeek
  • Instagram hides Like count in leaked design prototype.  TechCrunch
  • Kids love these YouTube channels. Who creates them is a mystery.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Netflix creates Wide, a print magazine explaining its content.  The Drum
  • The new era of high fashion and video game collabs: Inside Moschino and The Sims partnership.  Fortune
  • Samsung to delay launch of foldable phone.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Apple make take on Tile with item-tracking tags.  Fast Company
  • Venture capital is putting its money into astrology.  The New York Times
  • Uber’s self-driving car unit just raised another $1B.  Fast Company
  • L’Oreal ups AI investment with La Roche-Posay spot-scanning tech.  The Drum
  • The fascinating ways PepsiCo uses AI and machine learning to deliver success.  Forbes
  • JCPenney explains why it dropped Apple Pay.  TechCrunch
  • VCs bet on cannabis vaping, ED meds and mobile fertility clinics.  TechCrunch
  • Serena Williams announces her VC firm via Instagram.  AdAge
  • From lab-grown meat to fermented fungus, here’s what corporate food VS’s are serving up.  TechCrunch

International

  • Amazon gives up on challenging Alibaba and JD.com in China.  Motley Fool
  • Amazon to sharpen focus on India after running into China wall.  LiveMint

And a bonus this week because it’s funny…and I’m sure relevant to many of our jobs! Who’s been asked about their TikTok strategy? via Marketoonist

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 4.1.2019

Rabbit, rabbit! A new month, a new quarter for some of us and hopefully the start of actual Spring weather soon. Here is a recap of industry news from the last week.  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

    • Office Depot has to pay the FTC $35M for fake malware scans.  Fast Company
    • Ecommerce and men’s spurred growth for Lululemon.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Amazon looks to payments to connect shopping channels.  Digiday
    • NBCU wades into ecommerce with new golf shop.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Whole Foods opens a bodega-like shop in Chelsea.  Eater
    • Walgreens to clear shelf space for CBD products in 1500 stores.  Fortune
    • JCPenney to close 27 stores.  Today
    • Amazon and Whole Foods slash prices.  CNN
    • Luxury brands turn to airports for store growth.  The Wall Street Journal
    • Ecommerce fuels Williams-Sonoma’s strong Q4. Seeking Alpha
    • Wayfair to open a brick-and-mortar store.  The Boston Globe
    • Tommy Hilfiger closes New York flagship.  WWD
    • WOW airlines ceases operations.  AdAge
    • Drew Barrymore and Walmart unveil home goods line.  WWD
    • H&M turnaround gains traction.  Retail Dive
    • Burger King to launch meat-less Impossible burger. Fortune
    • Restoration Hardware’s radical approach is paying off.  Forbes

Social Media + Marketing

    • TikTok: How we hang out at work together online now.  The New York Times
    • Generation Z: Who they are, in their own words.  The New York Times
    • Sephora picks 24 influencers for its coveted #SephoraSquad program.  Fast Company
    • Instagram tests fast forward feature for videos.  Engadget
      Instagram and the $1.7B influencer economy.  Vogue
    • Facebook launches searchable transparency library of all active ads.  TechCrunch
    • Ralph Lauren looks to establish more diverse image.  Glossy
    • Why beauty brands are investing in Pinterest.  Glossy
    • Unilever launches ‘trusted publisher’ list to vet digital players.  AdAge
    • U.S. Government charges Facebook with discrimination based on ad targeting practices.  AdWeek
    • How brands can build successful relationships with influencers.  Harvard Business Review

Start-ups + Acquisitions + Emerging Tech

    • 7 things to know about Lyft’s IPO.  Fast Company
    • New wellness startup Feals brings the DTC treatment to CBD.  Fashionista
    • 1stDibs nabs $76B Series D funding.  TechCrunch
    • You can soon order Domino’s Pizza via your car’s touchscreen. Engadget
    • LVMH turns to blockchain for authentication.  Glossy
    • Pandora to test interactive voice ads later this year.  TechCrunch
    • Why Apple had to cancel its airpower charging pad.  Fortune

International

    • Alibaba has acquired Teambiton, a China-based Trello and Asana rival in its enterprise push.  TechCrunch
    • Amazon to roll out 100 kiosks in malls across India.  The Economic Times

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.18.2019

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

Thanks for scanning the headlines with me this week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Walmart letting Sam’s Club follow its own innovation path.  Forbes
  • Amazon launched a beauty line founded by Latvian models.  CNBC
  • Google quietly rolled out a hotel site.  Fortune
  • Adidas CEo sees ecommerce as tremendous opportunity worldwide.  CNBC
  • Shopify embarks on first retail partnership to aid DTC brands in physical stores.  AdAge
  • Target and DTC startups spark overhaul in underwear category.  AdAge
  • Hudson Yards to usher in new era of the mall.  The New York Times 
  • Walmart’s food delivery challenges.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon gets an edge with its secret squad of PhD economists.  CNN
  • This department store takes everything about pop-ups and turns it into retail.  AdWeek
  • Walmart readies introduction of low-priced iPad rival.  Bloomberg
  • Apple fires back at Spotify in escalating app store feud.  Fortune
  • Jelly Belly creator hopes CBD edibles will be his next magic beans.  Fortune
  • How ‘legal fakes’ are challenging $1B brand Supreme.  CNN
  • The recommence secret used by Patagonia and Eileen Fisher.  WWD
  • Revlon loses billion-dollar brand status.  WWD
  • Fashion has a new demand for skilled authenticators.  Glossy
  • Apple brings back iPad Air and revamps mini for first time since 2015.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon expanding offerings for low-income shoppers.  Digiday

Marketing + Social Media

  • Amazon as the influencer platform of the future.  Forbes
  • Facebook’s pivot to messaging puts advertisers in a tight spot.  The Wall Street Journal
  • When Facebook goes down, the economy goes with it.  The Verge
  • Facebook adds Gaming to its main navigation.  TechCrunch
  • Challenger brand success is all about great storytelling.  AdWeek
  • Publishers increasingly want to put their money where Alexa’s mouth is.  AdWeek
  • Shoppable ads offer a new avenue of growth for image-heavy Instagram.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Pinterest forms partnership with Kroger.  Supermarket News
  • These are the top beauty brands dominating Amazon.  Fast Company

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Softbank and other investors in talks to invest $1B in Uber’s self-driving car unit.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WeWork labs is launching a food tech accelerator.  TechCrunch
  • Supercharging retail sales with geospatial analytics.  McKinsey
  • How AI helps eBay connect buyers and sellers across 1.2B listings.  VentureBeat
  • ClimaCell bets on IoT for better weather forecasts.  TechCrunch
  • A spate of acquisitions has given workspace company, WeWork, tools to track and optimize office space.  Bloomberg
  • Psychologists explain why at-home exercise machines like Peloton have what it takes to keep people moving.  Recode

International

  • Europe’s biggest online fashion retailer, Zalando, is axing its private label brands.  AdAge
  • Small sees beauty brands bloom with online shops in China.  Glossy
  • Zara to open denim customization pop-ups in three stores in Europe.  Reuters
  • China’s largest streaming site is coming after TikTok.  Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 3.11.2019

Hi! I’m back.  Here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Apple will finally unveil its streaming video service on March 25th.  Engadget
  • AEO, URBN and ANF all had their earnings calls this past week. Catch up on AEO here, URBN here and ANF here.
  • Kith makes its first foray into beauty with Estee Lauder.  Fashionista
  • Digitally native brands on the power of brick and mortar. Retail Dive
  • Neiman Marcus makes progress in debt-restructuring talks.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Foot Locker records strongest sales in company history.  Retail Dive
  • Abercrombie to close up to 40 stores in 2019.  CNBC
  • Amazon’s Project Zero aims to help brands target scammers.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How Amazon took 50% of the commerce market and what it means for the rest of us.  TechCrunch
  • The 10 most valuable fashion brands in the world 2019.  High Snobeity
  • Foot Locker is investing $12.5M in kids’ clothing company Rockets of Awesome.  CNBC
  • West Elm and Rent the Runway parter to rent home home decor.  Business of Fashion
  • Target announces launch of its curated third-party marketplace, Target+. TechCrunch
  • Amazon’s joint health-care venture finally has a name: Haven.  CNBC
  • Office Depot and Alibaba are launching an online store.  Business Insider
  • Amazon to launch new grocery-store business.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Wedding company Zola tries on brick-and-mortar.  AdAge
  • Dollar Shave Club adds deodorant.  AdAge
  • Four takeaways from Shoptalk. Forbes
  • How Trader Joe’s plans to cut 1M pounds of single-use plastic from its stores.  Fast Company
  • Hudson Yards bets $1B a new Manhattan mall can succeed.  Bloomberg

Marketing + Social Media

  • Google announces new shopping ads on Google Images.  Social Media Today
  • After dropping runway fashion, Calvin Klein turns to TikTok  Glossy
  • Pinterest’s new tools turn it into more of a storefront.  Engadget
  • How ad tech is invading physical retail spaces.  AdWeek
  • Head of Luxury at Facebook and Instagram takes what you’ve told them and sells it to a luxury brand.  The New York Times
  • At 21, Kylie Jenner becomes the youngest self-made billionaire ever.  Forbes
  • Dior scores the highest media impact value at Paris Fashion Week over Chanel.  Vogue
  • Nike and Mattel on why the least active generation in history needs physical playtime. Fast Company
  • Barney’s courts younger shoppers with cannabis.  AdAge
  • Tiffany has always been classy. These guys are making it cool.  CNN
  • Online and making thousands at age 4: Meet the kindfluencers. The New York Times

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • AirBnB just bought HotelTonight in a play for last minute travelers.  Fast Company 
  • 5 female-lead businesses shaking up the fashion tech scene.  Vogue
  • Venmo expanding into everyday retail transactions.  Digiday
  • Walmart buys Israeli product review insight firm Aspectiva.  Reuters
  • How Walmart’s in-house incubator is imagining virtual reality for retail.  AdWeek

International

  • Small-town India is splurging on luxury and here’s what it’s buying.  Quartz
  • China’s authorities propose to keep minors out of live streaming.  TechCrunch

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.25.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • Target is inviting retailers to its website, taking a different approach than Walmart and Amazon to grow online.  CNBC
  • Inditex launches Pull & Bear in the US.  Bloomberg
  • StitchFix’s radical data-driven way to sell clothes ($1.2B last year) is reinventing retail.  Fast Company
  • Target is accelerating the lingerie wars with bras that cost under $22.  Business Insider 
  • PetSmart vs. Petco: a dogfight that neither one is winning.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Apple could be working with Goldman Sachs on a credit card.  TechCrunch
  • Rook on track for $1B in revenue in 2019.  TechCrunch
  • Charlotte Russe stil searching for buyer as possible liquidation looms.  The Wall Street Journal
  • What the Amazon Coat tells us about the future of shopping.  Business of Fashion 
  • Anheuser-Busch acquires its first spirits company.  Fortune
  • Home Depot among investors in same-day delivery startup, Roadie.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Remembering Karl Lagerfeld, designer who defined luxury fashion.  The New York Times

Marketing + Social Media

  • Pinterest files for IPO as battle for ad dollars continues.  AdAge
  • Nestle and Disney pull ads from YouTube over handing of videos of children.  AdAge
  • The latest Instagram influencer frontier? Medical promotions.  Vox
  • Tide announces it’ll open 2,000 laundry locations in the next two years.  AdWeek
  • Facebook grappling with employee anger over moderator conditions.  Bloomberg
  • Google-Facebook duopoly set to lose some of its share of ad spend.  AdAge
  • Ikea cleans up the River Thames to promote new store. Fast Company
  • Beauty icon Bobbi Brown reinvents herself as a health and wellness guru.  CNBC
  • Nike and Serena Williams redefine what it means to call a female athlete crazy.  AdWeek
  • Instagram is testing a donation sticker in Stories.  The Verge
  • How Kellogg’s speed team is launching brands with startup principles  AdExchanger

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Six ways AI can impact retail forecasting: hype vs. reality.  Forbes
  • Lyft filling could kick off cavalcade of high-profile tech IPOs.  AdAge
  • Galaxy Fold is here, with six cameras and two batteries for $1,980.  CNet
  • Amazon Alexa and the search for the perfect answer.  Wired

International

  • JD.com’s drones take flight to Japan in partnership with Rakuten.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon is targeting customers in Kenya who want to pay in cash.  Quartz

Weekly Industry Brief: 2.18.2019

Hey! I’m back after a hectic Monday prevented me from posting last week.  Here is a recap of industry news from the last two weeks.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Levi’s to return to stock exchange after strong comeback.  Fortune
  • Luxury retailer Barney’s jumps on the cannabis train with fancy head shop in Beverly Hills.  The New York Times 
  • PayLess is closing all its 2,100 US stores.  CNN
  • Walgreens to add mobile payment app Alipay.  AdWeek
  • Amazon pulls out of planned New York City headquarters.  The New York Times 
  • Amazon launches a home shopping channel.  Forbes 
  • Subscription ecommerce startups show resilience.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Google to invest $13B in US data centers and offices this year.  CNN
  • Crate & Barrel partners with home services site Handy for furniture assembly deal.  Reuters
  • AirBnB just hired Virgin America’s former CEO as chief transportation officer.  Fast Company 
  • Most U.S. companies say they are planning to transition to a circular economy.  Fast Company 
  • Hermes’ refusal to change is its most radical gesture yet.  The New York Times 
  • Victoria Beckham launches own-brand beauty.  Vogue
  • Amazon aims to make half of its shipments carbon neutral by 2030. TechCrunch
  • Angela Ahrendts is leaving Apple.  Fortune
  • Apple’s executive shake-up readies company for life after iPhone.  The Wall Street Journal
  • CVS’s new HealthHub concept aims to reinvent the corner drugstore.  The Motley Fool

Marketing + Social Media

  • Instagram purges fake followers.  Fast Company
  • Facebook tests empowering publishers to deliver ads to Watch.  AdAge
  • What brands are doing to be more inclusive for people with disabilities. Marketing Week
  • Lego partners with Snapchap to sell clothing.  Forbes
  • US digital ad revenues up 22% to reach $26.2B reports IAB.  The Drum
  • Pinterest is bringing skin tone ranges to its iOS app.  AdWeek
  • Target is taking its new loyalty program to more cities.  CNBC
  • Amazon debuts rewards programme on Washington Post and TikTok apps.  The Drum
  • Amazon has a big advertising business and Walmart wants one too.  Bloomberg

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Apple buys UK-based digital marketing startup, DataTiger.  AdAge
  • JP Morgan is launching its own cryptocurrency.  The Verge
  • Amazon opens up Alexa store for anyone to create and publish custom skills.  The Verge
  • Facebook acquires visual search business GrokStyle.  Essential Retail
  • Apple hires ex-Microsoft exec to revamp its smart home business.  CNBC
  • Walmart is putting VR-equipped trailers in its parking lots with plans to bring it to stores.  CNBC
  • Joor raises $16M to expand its online fashion marketplace for wholesalers.  VentureBeat
  • Foot Locker pours $100M into sneaker resale startup GOAT.  Fast Company 

International

  • Estee Lauder sales rise as Chinese consumer spend big on beauty.  The Wall Street Journal
  • UK retail sales jump the most in six months on clothing discounts.  Bloomberg

Weekly Industry Brief: 1.21.2019

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

Brands + Retailers

  • New York’s lost department stores.  The New York Times 
  • Patagonia’s CEO on how saving the planet has been good for business.  Fashionista
  • Boosting mall revenues through advanced analytics.  McKinsey
  • Net-a-porter launches kidswear.  Vogue
  • Netflix stock tanks despite record Q4 subscriber growth.  Fast Company 
  • Tesla is laying off 7% of its full-time employees.  Fast Company
  • Rihanna said to be readying luxury house with LVMH.  WWD
  • Amazon rewrites book industry by marching into publishing.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Fossil to sell smartwatch IP to Google for $40M.  ZDNet
  • Walmart adds four grocery delivery partners.  TechCrunch
  • Target is making a bigger bet on baby.  CNBC
  • Chico’s will close at least 250 stores to better compete in the age of Amazon.  USA Today
  • Gymboree files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection again. The Wall Street Journal
  • L’occitane adds Elemis for $900M as luxury skincare booms.  Bloomberg
  • The Fenty effect comes to skincare.  Business of Fashion
  • How WeWork’s CEO also acts as a landlord for his company.  Inc
  • Comfy shoes helped Allbirds become a $1.4B company but it’s never been just about shoes.  Inc

Marketing + Social Media

  • Facebook is secretly building LOL, a cringe teen meme hub.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield.  TechCrunch
  • Consumers say brands shouldn’t bring politics to the Super Bowl.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Luke Wilson gets close in Colgate’s Super Bowl ad.  AdWeek
  • Pew published a study of how Facebook users feel about targeting.  Pew
  • Snap’s user growth still seems to be sputtering.  Fast Company 
  • Amazon is a looming giant in influencer marketing.  Digiday
  • Fortnite’s digital goods are a key to the future of global trade.  Bloomberg

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Walmart and VC firms see two paths for DTC brands.  Retail Dive
  • Nike’s big bet on the future of connected shoes.  Fast Company 
  • Investment dollars continue to pour into DTC brands.  AdAge
  • Squad is the new screen-sharing chat app everyone will copy.  TechCrunch
  • How three legacy brands are using tech to personalize beauty.  AdWeek

International

  • Google gets a $57M fine from France for GDPR violations.  AdAge

Weekly Industry Brief: 12.10.2018

Happy Monday! Here is a quick recap of news from around the industry in the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Hope your holidays have been successful so far 🙂

Brands + Retailers

  • Marlboro maker buys $1.8B stake in cannabis company.  Adage
  • Amazon tests its cashier-less technology for bigger stores.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon’s cashier-free Go stores may be coming to airports.  TechCrunch
  • What big consumer brands can do to compete in a digital economy.  Harvard Business Review
  • Walgreens launches next-day drug delivery with FedEx.  Forbes
  • Chanel is showing the first signs of evolving into a more flexible, millennial-oriented company.  Glossy
  • Walmart to acquire home decor site Art.com. CNBC
  • Stella McCartney, Burberry among brands uniting against climate change.  CNN
  • How digitally native brands are changing the American mall.  Glossy
  • Verizon trims 7% of staff in preparation for a 5G future.  TechCrunch

Marketing + Social Media

  • Google’s search data shows YouTube’s influence over this season’s hottest toys.  TechCrunch
  • Why the New York Times is going all in on march.  Fashionista
  • Lyft drops ‘L’ in solidarity with screwed Brooklyn commuters.  AdAge
  • Lululemon expands test loyalty program with annual fee.  CNBC
  • How Adidas is evolving dark social to stay ahead of the game.  Marketing Week
  • TV can now complete the attribution puzzle.  AdAge
  • Will ad dollars continue shifting from Facebook to Instagram in 2019?  AdWeek
  • Pringles returns to the Super Bowl.  AdAge
  • Social media tops newspapers as a top source for adults.  TechCrunch
  • Instagram adds voice messaging feature to Instagram Direct.  Fast Company

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Wearables are pivoting from fitness to wellness.  Glossy
  • Target’s Christmas tree sales aided by augmented-reality feature.  Bloomberg
  • Google has acquired one of India’s most popular train-tracking apps.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon Music customers can now talk to Alexa more naturally.  TechCrunch
  • Target replaces startup accelerator program, partners with German retailer.  Biz Journals
  • VR headset market grew 8.3% in Q3.  VentureBeat
  • American Airlines is offering biometric boarding at LAX terminal.  Fast Company

International

  • China’s Alibaba takes on Amazon in European cloud.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Macy’s fully exits China after closing its last online shop.  ZDNet
  • Amazon is planning to open a flagship Go store in London.  Fast Company 

Weekly Industry Brief 11.19.2019

Happy Thanksgiving week slash one-week-til-Cyber-Monday! This year marks my first year in many years that I won’t be on the phone every other hour for war room check-ins over the holiday weekend.  Wishing everyone positive comps and no website crashes!

In the meantime, do a quick skim of the industry news from the last week here. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S. TechCrunch 
  • Levi’s plans IPO that values the company at up to $5B.  CNBC
  • Ticketmaster and Fanatics link up to sell march and tickets on each others’ platforms.  TechCrunch
  • J.Crew CEO steps down.  Fast Company
  • Get ready for the first-ever trillion-dollar shopping season.  Fast Company
  • Netflix is testing a mobile-only subscription to make its service more affordable.  TechCrunch
  • Rent more than the runway: why soon you won’t own any clothes at all.  Fast Company 
  • Why JP Morgan’s top internet analyst expects breakout growth for Facebook and Amazon shares in 2019.  CNBC
  • In the era of online shopping, the retail store is immersive theater.  Quartz
  • How Amazon now shapes what our stuff looks like.  Gizmodo
  • Nike’s huge new flagship looks like the future of retail.  Fast Company
  • FAO Schwarz puts a new spin on its dance-on piano as part of comeback.  CNBC
  • Starbucks to lay off 5% of corporate workforce. The Wall Street Journal

Marketing + Social Media

  • GirlBoss is launching a Linkedin-like platform that’s exclusively for women.  AdWeek
  • YouTube is now showing ad-supported Hollywood movies.  AdAge
  • ThirdLove CEO had perfect response to Victoria’s Secret shade.  Fast Company
  • Advertisers are giving people with 1,000 Instagram followers endorsement deals.  Fortune
  • Buzzfeed will tell you want millennials want, for a fee.  Bloomberg
  • Making YouTube videos stoppable just got a lot easier for influencers.  AdWeek
  • Facebook is shutting down its connected-TV ad network.  Digiday
  • Snapchat’s new commerce channel lets consumers shop without leaving the app.  AdWeek
  • Spotify, Pandora turn to podcasts for listeners, profits.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Saks launches holiday gift guide chatbot on Messenger.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat launches Bitmoji march and comic strips starring your avatar.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • iHeartMedia is acquiring ad ad-tech startup to expand programmatic audio advertising.  AdWeek
  • Ford and Walmart join forces for driverless delivery pilot in Miami.  AdAge
  • Walmart is using virtual reality simulation to train employees for Black Friday.  Vox
  • Facial recognition’s growing adoption spurs privacy concerns.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Fashion’s infatuation with AR continues.  Glossy

International

  • Disney receives Chinese approval for purchase of Fox assets.  AdAge
  • The great promise of China.  The New York Times
  • How Allbirds plots international growth.  Digiday
  • How Michael Kors is driving Chinese tourists to US stores.  Glossy
  • Another foreign furniture giant is following IKEA to India.  Quartz

Weekly Industry Brief: 11.12.2018

Hi!  Here’s your recap of industry news from the last week. Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands + Retailers

  • Amazon captures 30% of online grocery spending.  RetailDive
  • Wall Street analysts are now selling more data, less analysis.  The Wall Street Journal
  • LVMH forms partnership for cross-border payments help.  RetailDive
  • Dollar Shave Club branches into fine fragrances and vending machines.  AdAge
  • CVS to test stores with added health services next year after Aetna deal closes.  CNBC
  • Walmart’s celebrity collaborations for the holidays include Ellen DeGeneres and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.  Variety
  • Sears considers selling up to $900M in debt.  Bloomberg
  • Victoria’s Secret’s CMO facing backlash for controversial comments about casting.  Fashionista
  • Apple pumps up its Amazon listings with iPhones, iPads and more.  CNet
  • See the Amazon HQ2 picks: Crystal City and Long Island City.  CNN
  • Ralph Lauren builds on plan to win young shoppers.  The Wall Street Journal

Marketing + Social Media

  • How much does brand DNA matter?  Business of Fashion
  • How digitally native brands negotiate wholesale partnerships.  Digiday
  • Pinterest gets a redesigned feed that looks a lot like Instagram.  The Verge
  • Facebook goes after TikTok with the debut of Lasso.  Fortune
  • Lyft is launching a rider loyalty program in December.  TechCrunch
  • Are you ready for the nano-influencers?  The New York Times
  • Generation Z and its implications for companies.  McKinsey
  • Amazon is mailing a printed holiday toy catalog to millions of customers.  CNBC
  • Google and Amazon pursue shopper marketing budgets.  Digiday
  • Glossier emphasizes experience at 2nd permanent store.  The New York Times

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • How Yoox is using artificial intelligence to assist design in its private label brand.  Glossy
  • SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8B just before its IPO.  Forbes
  • Google and Sephora are bringing beauty tutorials to the newest home device.  AdWeek
  • Snap’s former No. 2 exec is building an online shopping startup.  ReCode
  • American Eagle invests in Dormify.  Seeking Alpha
  • WalMart building an AI lab insides one of its stores.  TechCrunch
  • Samsung unveils its foldable smartphone.  Fortune

International

  • China’s Singles’ Day brings in a record-breaking $30B.  Fast Company
  • Alibaba rival JD sees Singles’ Day revenue jump 27% thanks to offline push.  TechCrunch
  • JD.com competes for luxury partners with tech and white gloves.  Jing Daily
  • China’s obsession with short videos has its internet giants worried.  TechCrunch
  • With an assist from Alibaba, Starbucks’ China delivery strategy offers clues of what may be coming in the U.S. Digiday