Weekly Industry Brief: 10.23.2018

Happy Tuesday! Here’s a recap of industry news from the last week plus one day 🙂  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Walmart’s marketplace items get free 2-day shipping, in-store returns.  TechCrunch
  • How Everyone plans to rid its supply chain of virgin plastic.  Fashionista
  • According to survey, Vans is the breakout brand for teens.  Quartz
  • Amazon Business Prime adds same-day and 1-day shipping among other benefits.  TechCrunch
  • Warby Parker is coming to a suburban mall near you.  Bloomberg
  • A look inside the convenience store of the future.  Bloomberg
  • Hasbro’s holiday cheer may be delayed by Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy.  The Wall Street Journal
  • eBay launches instant selling, a new trade-in service for smartphones.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon revisits some cities as H2Q decision looms.  The Wall Street Joural
  • Rent-the-Runway is teaming up with WeWork to boost subscription services.  Glossy
  • Jimmy Choo co-founder is reimagining the shoe industry with her namesake line, Tamara Mellon.  CNBC
  • Starbucks opens it first U.S. sign language store.  AdAge
  • P&G reports best quarter in five years.  USA Today

Marketing and Social Media

  • Instagram inches ahead of Snapchat in popularity among teens.  CNBC
  • L’oreal CMO says that companies that just sell products will not be successful.  MarketingWeek
  • Tommy Hilfiger combines content and commerce in Messenger.  AdWeek
  • Inside the $2.6B subscription box wars.  Fast Company
  • Oculus co-founder departs Facebook.  AdWeek
  • Crate & Barrel teams up with Zola hoping to win over Millennial couples.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Uber ambitiously eyes 2021 for food-delivery drones launch.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Former Go-Pro exec launches clothing startup that does away with sizes.  TechCrunch
  • Lufstansa and IBM think AI can convince you to use your vacation days.  Fast Company
  • General Motors expands its peer-to-peer ride-sharing service to 10 cities.  Fast Company
  • China is the world’s retail laboratory.  Bloomberg
  • Tastemade raises $35M in funding from investors including Amazon.  Variety
  • Amazon, Walmart and others are using AI and robotics to transform everything from appliance shopping to grocery delivery.  The Wall Street Journal

International

  • Alibaba looks to take this year’s $25B mega sales event international.  CNBC
  • Hermes launches its first-ever Chinese ecommerce site. Jing Daily 
  • The multi billion-dollar modest fashion industry that’s gone global.  Vogue
  • China’s JD.com unwraps FedEx-style parcel business to bolster sales.  Reuters
  • China’s JD will launch flagship U.S. store on Google this year.  Bloomberg
  • Starbucks is brewing up massive growth in China.  Fortune
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Weekly Industry Brief: 10.15.2018

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

  • Sears files for bankruptcy. Fast Company
  • Luxury labels are going direct to consumer.  Quartz
  • Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger are sending a clear signal that Amazon is the future of fashion.  Business Insider
  • Rent the Runway and the transformational bliss of renting your work clothes.  The New York Times 
  • LVMH shares slide as China concerns linger.  Business of Fashion
  • Travelers teams up with Amazon to sell home security kits.  CNN
  • Google unveils new hardware, including a tablet-laptop hybrid.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Can Knix win the $12B underwear wars?  Fast Company
  • Amazon debuts a retail site for Shark Tank products.  TechCrunch
  • Alexander Wang and Uniqlo to collaborate on new heat tech underwear.  Fashionista
  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos talks government contracts and Blue Origin Rockets.  Fortune
  • Role reversal: grown-up retailers acting like startups and vice versa.  Forbes
  • Shopify opens brick-and-mortar space for entrepreneurs in LA.  RetailDive
  • Activist investor takes $900M stake in Starbucks.  Forbes
  • Walgreens will open 600 medical testing locations in its US stores.  Bloomberg
  • ModCloth launches size-inclusive collaboration with Anna Sui.  Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Walmart wants to expand video service with HBO, Showtime.  AdAge
  • Instagram is testing tapping through posts instead of scrolling.  The Verge
  • A new Ikea report is an unsettling look at life in the 21st century.  Fast Company
  • How CPG brands and retailers can remain competitive amid seismic change.  AdAge
  • Some advertisers are moving half of their search budget from Google to Amazon.  CNBC
  • Why brands are creating apps for superfans.  Business of Fashion
  • Facebook purges hundreds of “inauthentic” pages and accounts ahead of midterm elections.  Fortune
  • Samsung sees smart homes as a gamechanger for loyalty.  MarketingWeek
  • Target to test app that recruits neighbors for delivery.  Star Tribune
  • PhotoShop is coming to the iPad. AdAge
  • New report cites skyrocketing growth of internal agencies.  AdAge

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • AllBirds raises $50M.  Biz Journals
  • Walmart continues M&A spree with acquisition of lingerie retailer Bare Necessities.  TechCrunch
  • Apple reportedly buys music platform “able to find the next Justin Bieber.” Fast Company 
  • Deal expands MedMen’s footprint to more states.  AdAge
  • Nike creates Messenger bots for Jordans.  AdWeek
  • Six things you need to know about the future of retail.  Wired
  • Walmart planning a net-connected shopping cart.  BCC
  • Forbes reveals its picks for the next billion-dollar startups.  Forbes
  • Meditation app, Inscape, wants to be the Spotify of mindfulness.  Glossy

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 10.8.2018

Happy Monday! Hope some of you were able to enjoy a day off today.  Here is a recap of industry news to get you caught up.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have a great week!

Brands + Retailers

  • Walgreens takes a minority stake in Birchbox, which will now come to its stores.  TechCrunch
  • Walmart partners with MGM on original programming for Vudu.  TechCrunch
  • Kraft-Heinz starts food technology VC fund with $100M.  AdAge
  • Stitch Fix shares slide 20% amid growing concerns about Amazon competition.  Fortune
  • Nike’s shop for female sneaker heads will be curated by a fashion retail superstar.  Quartzy
  • Express is the latest retailer to launch a clothing rental service.  CNBC
  • Toys ‘R’ Us lenders plan brand revival.  Bloomberg
  • Target is back to its ‘cheap chic’ roots but the retailer has to keep the momentum going.  CNBC
  • How Eloquii fits into Walmart’s quest for upscale growth.  RetailDive
  • Target’s answer to discounters is an even cheaper store brand.  The Wall Street Journal
  • What competitors are missing about Amazon’s new 4-start retail concept.  Forbes
  • Barnes and Noble evaluates possible sale.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Time magazine names its 50 most genius companies of 2018.  Time
  • Netflix is buying a studio.  Bloomberg
  • Why future success on the high street could mean collaborating with ‘frenemies.’ Marketing Week

Marketing + Social Media

  • Why J&J enlists teens with modest Instagram followings as influencers.  AdAge
  • How Lowe’s is using Pinterest to build customer intent.  Digiday
  • Foursquare closes a $33 million funding round aiming to ‘refine’ its products.  AdWeek
  • Highlights from Snapchat CEO’s 6,000-word leaked memo on survival.  TechCrunch
  • Why you’re buying products from companies you’ve never heard of.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Facebook to allow first-party cookies by the end of the month.  Inc
  • Facebook adds personas to Messenger chatbots.  Mobile Marketer
  • Twitter allows publishers to monetize their organic videos worldwide via in-stream video ads.  AdWeek
  • How L’oreal is balancing data and consumer trust.  Glossy
  • Facebook pushes into smart speakers with new portal video calling device.  Fortune
  • Google is shutting down Google+ in wake of privacy glitch.  USA Today

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Klarna raises $20M from H&M, will build financing and payment services for the fashion retailer.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook messenger internally tests voice command for chat, calls.  TechCrunch
  • Google acquires CRM automation startup.  Seeking Alpha 
  • LinkedIn acquires employee engagement platform Glint.  TechCrunch
  • How AI is helping Amazon become a trillion-dollar company.  Fast Company
  • Forerunner Ventures raises a new $360 million fund.  Fast Company
  • New cannabis tech boosting industry and providing a better user experience.  Forbes

International

  • China’s most famous actress faces huge fines in tax evasion.  The New York Times 
  • WeChat has more users than China’s entire internet – but what’s next? JingDaily
  • Bumble to head to India with help from Priyanka Chopra.  The New York Times

Weekly Industry Brief: 9.24.2018

Hi! I’m back. Happy new season!Here is a recap of news from the last two weeks. Seriously considering an Amazon-only news recap day…thoughts? Meantime, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Amazon Prime Day: what the real lessons are.  McKinsey
  • Michael Kors is close to buying Versace for $2B.  Bloomberg
  • Amazon may open 3,000 cashier-less stores by 2021.  AdAge
  • A look inside Target’s store of the future.  AdWeek
  • Walmart is borrowing luxury’s playbook to gain an edge on Amazon in fashion.  Quartz
  • Amazon will sell and deliver live Christmas trees this year.  CNN Money
  • Gap’s new menswear line is a direct challenge to Lululemon.  Fortune
  • Ikea quickly shifting to a zero-emissions delivery fleet.  Fast Company
  • Halloween spending to hit $9B.  Retail Dive
  • How Nike became the biggest fashion brand in the world.  GQ
  • Walmart wants to bring its everyday low prices to healthcare.  CNN Money
  • J.Crew quietly launched a new platform that takes a page out of Amazon’s playbook.  Business Insider
  • Amazon introduces an Alexa-powered microwave and other home products.  The New York Times 
  • Crate & Barrel CEO says tariffs won’t send production to U.S. Bloomberg
  • Farfetch tops price range in IPO boon to luxury market.  Reuters
  • Why L Brands is shuttering all its Henri Bendel stores.  Forbes
  • Amazon investigates employees leaking data for bribes.  The Wall Street Journal 
  • Zara’s upbeat outlook eases concerns about online competition.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Coke may be planning cannabis drinks.  Fast Company 
  • Walmart’s Jet.com to offer Nike products in bid for urban consumers.  Reuters
  • Starbucks to build 10,000 “greener” stores by 2025.  CNBC
  • Target launches kitchen line with Chrissy Teigen.  Biz Journals

Marketing and Social Media

  • Why Weight Watchers is shedding the baggage of an old name.  AdWeek
  • Google following Instagram and Facebook with push into Stories format.  Recode
  • Amazon launches “storefronts” to promote small businesses.  Fast Company 
  • Amazon forecast to be No. 3 digital advertising player in 2018.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Here’s everything Google announced today at its “Future of Search” event.  TechCrunch
  • How Nordstrom reinvented its loyalty program.  Glossy
  • FabFitFun expands its video reach with new experiment in live programming.  TechCrunch
  • Pinterest launches API that lets brans find and track influencers.  VentureBeat
  • Snapchat lets you take a photo of object to buy it on Amazon.  TechCrunch
  • Eva Chen explains Instagram’s new shopping features.  Vogue
  • What the rise of men’s makeup means for masculinity.  Vox
  • Pinterest introduces a few product tagging tool for organic pins.  Marketing Land
  • L’oreal doing background checks as part of new influencer vetting process.  The Drum
  • TripAdvisor wants to become your Facebook for travel.  Fast Company 
  • Time Magazine sold to Salesforce founder for $190M.  The Wall Street Journal

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Here’s why SeriusXM is purchasing Pandora for $3.5B.  AdAge
  • Meet the nine companies in Snapchat’s new startup accelerator.  TechCrunch
  • Six AI innovations that could change skincare and beauty.  Dazed
  • For major beauty companies, brand incubation is the way of the future.  Fashionista
  • Slack acquires Astro to conquer email.  TechCrunch
  • Here’s why Adobe dished out $4.75B for Marketo.  AdAge
  • Google might release a Home Hub to take on the Echo Show.  The Verge 
  • How AI can help stop cyberattacks.  The Wall Street Journal 

International

 

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.28.2018

Happy Tuesday. Here is your weekly industry brief – a day late per vacay!  As always, sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • Why Target’s private label brands are so essential to its comeback. Fortune
  • How analytics and digital will drive next-generation retail merchandising.  McKinsey
  • How Kendra Scott became a $1B business built on direct retail.  Glossy
  • The Row is launching menswear.  Fashionista
  • Nature Valley drops ‘100% Natural’ claim.  AdAge
  • Gap brand remains a drag on namesake company.  Forbes
  • Walmart shoppers won’t have to hang their own TVs anymore.  AdAge
  • Walmart takes another jab at Amazon as it begins selling ebooks for the first time.  USA Today
  • Videogame developers are making it harder to stop playing.  The Wall Street Journal 
  • L.L. Bean donating $3M to National Parks Foundation.  Seattle Times
  • Walmart adds Moosejaw to its website.  CNBC
  • Nordstrom is using Los Angeles as testing ground for new retail strategies.  Glossy
  • Bose takes on HomePod with a $400 Alexa smart speaker.  TechCrunch
  • Ipsy’s new subscription delivers full-size beauty products, not samples.  TechCrunch

Marketing and Social Media

  • How direct-to-consumer brans are using social to scale.  Marketing Week
  • Instagram and Tinder go back to school with features just for college kids.  CNN Money
  • People spent 85B hours in WhatsApp in the past three months versus 31B in Facebook.  Forbes
  • The NYC Library is now posting books to Instagram.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Can P&G literally trademark “LOL”? AdWeek
  • Influencer Marketing sector reacts to Instagram’s new ‘about this account’ feature.  AdWeek
  • Facebook hires HP’s Antonio Lucio as new CMO.  AdAge
  • Amazon on the prowl for movies from Sony, Paramount.  AdAge
  • Giphy is launching its own take on stories with curated GIFs throughout the day.  The Verge
  • When digital platforms become censors.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How Nordstrom tapped into a century’s worth of customer data.  Venture Beat
  • Disney’s streaming service doesn’t have a name but it does have a strategy.  The Verge
  • Buzzfeed quietly tests a membership program.  Digiday
  • YouTube will now tell you how much of your life you spend watching videos.  Mashable

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • AR tops list of future retail shopping experiences. Retail Dive
  • Boxed raises $111M to take on Costco in bulk shopping.  TechCrunch
  • The most innovative retail concepts are being tested now.  Forbes
  • Welcome to checkout-free retail.  Wired
  • Fast-fashion brands are launching visual search to gain a competitive edge.  Glossy
  • Facebook has committed to using 100% renewable power for global operations by 2020.  TechCrunch
  • Toyota invests $500M into Uber.  TechCrunch

International

  • Alibaba shows resilience and posts blowout revenue growth of 61% YoY.  Forbes
  • Walmart closes 77% stake in India’s Flipkart. Barrons
  • The 10 best WeChat marketing campaigns for Chinese Valentine’s Day.  Jing Daily
  • Google partners with Indian banks to provide online loans.  Fast Company

Weekly Industry Brief: 8.20.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Farfetch files for IPO on NYSE.  CNBC
  • Everlane is launching clean silk in move toward greater sustainability.  Fashionista
  • Beyond procurement: transforming indirect spending in retail.  McKinsey
  • Walmart’s ecommerce tactics against Amazon look to be paying off.  Forbes
  • US retail sales rose in July.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Sears CEO offers to buy Kenmore brand for $400M.  USA Today
  • Google is poised to open its first permanent retail store.  AdAge
  • McDonald’s reveals new tech-focused flagship store in Chicago.  MarketingDive
  • J.C. Penney outlines plan to boost sales amid poor results.  CNN Money
  • Big tech companies are finding new ways to warn of overuse.  The Wall Street Journal

Marketing and Social Media

  • Google created a fake pizza brand to test out creative strategies for YouTube ads.  TechCrunch
  • You now have a chance to help run an Old Spice marketing meeting.  AdWeek
  • HSN and QVC get an image makeover to appeal to younger audience.  Reuters
  • Is the Museum of Ice Cream the future of retail?  Bloomberg
  • The New York Post partnered with Supreme for special edition.  AdWeek 
  • Ad-supported Netflix could be around the corner.  AdAge
  • Amazon reportedly wants to buy a movie theater chain.  Engadget
  • Google outgrows its youthful ideals.  The Wall Street Journal
  • How Buzzfeed’s experiment in Tasty turned into a stand-alone star.  AdWeek

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Thread raises $20M for its luxury goods boutique that exists only in messaging apps.  TechCrunch
  • Best Buy to acquire Jitterbug parent Great Call for $800M.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon is working on a recorder for live TV.  Fast Company
  • Smart speaker sales on pace to increase 50% by 2019.  TechCrunch
  • Amazon researchers develop complex voice recognition models that work offline.  VentureBeat
  • Facebook buys Vidpresso’s team and tech to make video interactive.  TechCrunch
  • PepsiCo buys SodaStream for $3.2B.  AdAge
  • Walmart eyes virtual reality shopping system. AdAge
  • FitBit wants to get in your bed.  Fast Company
  • Facebook wants to use AI to speed up MRI scans.  MIT Technology Review

International

Weekly Industry Brief: 7.30.2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Nike has a plan to survive retail’s existential crisis – and it’s working.  Quartz
  • Online apparel sales rose 7% in 2017.  Retail Dive
  • How Goop’s haters made Gwyneth Paltrow’s company worth $250M.  The New York Times
  • Following its rebrand, Joann is no longer your mom’s fabric store.  AdWeek
  • Walmart reportedly recruits ex-Epix CEO In bid to build video service.  TechCrunch
  • WeWork is just one facet of SoftBank’s bet on real estate.  TechCrunch
  • Welcome to the Hypebeast Hotel.  GQ
  • Secondhand retailer ThredUp pens letter to Burberry over burned clothes.  Fortune
  • A look at Beautycon, the Super Bowl of the beauty industry.  The New York Times
  • Why ingestible beauty is becoming big business.  Glossy
  • Amazon’s quarterly profits hit record $2.5B.  Financial Times
  • Gucci profits and sales soar without opening new stores.  The Wall Street Journal

Marketing and Social Media

  • Warby Parker created a throwback music video with NYC public access TV.  AdWeek
  • QVC turns to Facebook Live to boost its beauty category.  Glossy
  • Amazon has big plans for its multi-billion-dollar ad business. Fast Company
  • Facebook takes historic plunge as scandals finally take a toll.  AdAge
  • Snapchat deals with NFL, NBC to add more sports videos.  Engadget
  • You can now book influencer-approved vacations straight through their posts. Fashionista
  • Pinterest nears $1B in ad sales and valuation rises at it looks to go public in mid 2019.  CNBC
  • Voice control forces marketers to think differently.  eMarketer
  • American Eagle is resurgent after learning how to tap into the progressive social leanings of Generation Z.  Fast Company
  • Walmart is cozying up to influencers.  Digiday
  • Why unstoppable Stories ads could revive Facebook.  gucciTechCrunch
  • Twitter shares lose over one-quarter of their value.  CNBC
  • Amazon to test new grounds for its product ads.  AdAge
  • Dior brought back the saddle bag with a global Instagram blitz.  Business of Fashion

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • How AI is changing sales.  Harvard Business Review
  • Groupon loses $83M patent dispute with IBM.  Fast Company
  • Digital studio Awesomeness sells to Viacom for $25M.  Fast Company
  • The Real Real raises $115M in Series G funding.  Fashionista
  • Genderless makeup brand Jecca is L’Oreal’s latest startup squeeze.  Forbes
  • Google Glass is back – now with artificial intelligence.  Wired

International

  • Google to add wifi hotspots in Africa.  Google Blog
  • A tale of two millennials: India and China.  Jing Daily
  • Starbucks pairs up with Alibaba in China to deliver coffee.  Fortune
  • Marriott and Alibaba partner in China to allow facial scanning check in.  Forbes

Weekly Industry Brief: 23 July 2018

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

Brands and Retailers

  • Alphabet reports strong Q2, tainted somewhat by massive EU fine.  Fast Company
  • How Best Buy is thriving in the age of Amazon.  Bloomberg
  • WeWork opens a retail operation, highlighting products made by its members.  Entrepreneur
  • How Nordstrom changed its merchandising strategy for the DTC brand era.  Glossy
  • ‘Fast beauty’ company Be For Beauty wants to be the ASOS of the cosmetics industry.  Fashionista
  • What the fashion industry can learn from North Face and Vans parent company VF Corp.  Forbes
  • Walmart, Microsoft in partnership to use cloud tech.  Reuters
  • Petco tries to ‘Amazon-proof’ its business with a new store.  CNBC
  • Why a former pro soccer player and his co-founder decided to make Allbirds all about simplicity.  Inc
  • Comcast lets Disney win the 21st Century Fox bidding war. Fast Company
  • Target uses Prime Day to its advantage, logging its biggest online shopping day so far this year.  CNBC
  • Sonos to raise up to $264M in IPO.  Bloomberg
  • Gap CEO looking for acquisitions.  Fortune

Marketing and Social Media

  • Now for sale: the empty space insider retailers’ packages.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Are influencer brands the key to bringing millennials to department stores?  Fashionista
  • Equinox and SoulCycle are launching a talent agency for fitness influencers.  Fast Company
  • How brands are making pop-up shops more interactive and Instagrammable than ever.  AdWeek
  • Snapchat is shutting down Snapcash.  Fast Company
  • AMC teams with Facebook for movie ticket purchases.  Variety
  • Why Club Monaco is stealing tricks from scrappy startups.  Fast Company
  • Amazon advertising is working directly with brands now, cutting out ad agencies.  Digiday
  • Facebook pulls Walmart and P&G’s ads for lacking ‘political’ labeling.  AdAge
  • Retailers are getting into the media and advertising businesses.  Axios
  • Snapchat beefs up ad targeting deal with Nielsen.  AdAge
  • Inside the mating rituals of brands and online stars. The New York Times
  • Snapchat partners with 4 news discovery platforms to help push content beyond the app.  MarketingLand
  • YouTube is testing its own ‘Explore’ tab on iPhone.  TechCrunch

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • P&G reportedly bought First Aid Beauty for $250M.  Allure
  • Will virtual shopping malls save retailers? Forbes
  • Marks & Spencer, Founders Factory form JV to support retail startups.  WWD
  • Why online marketplaces fell out of favor and why VCs should love them again.  Forbes
  • Rocket Internet turns to US with new fund.  Bloomberg
  • Robot truck upstart Embark hauls in $30M to take on Waymo and Uber.  Forbes
  • Eventbrite is reportedly going public in the second half of this year.  TechCrunch
  • Facebook confirms its working on a new internet satellite.  Wired
  • HoneyLove looks to reinvent shapewear.  TechCrunch
  • How voice is changing everything.  AdAge
  • Uber partners with Cargo to enable commerce in your next Uber ride.  Fortune

International

  • Google fined a record $5B by the EU for abusing the dominance of Android.  Business Insider
  • Report: Amazon temporarily killed all international traffic to deal with Prime Day outage.  Fast Company
  • Alibaba and Tencent in talks over stake in WPP’s Chinese unit.  Reuters

Weekly Industry Brief: 6.4.2018

And just like that, it’s JUNE! Here is a recap of industry news over the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline.

Brands and Retailers

  • WalMart’s personal shopper service launches in New York.  Fortune
  • Microsoft is now more valuable than Google.  The Verge
  • Improvement seen across the board for Urban Outfitters in the first quarter.  Forbes
  • Howard Shultz to exit Starbucks.  The New York Times
  • Sears Holdings closing 72 more stores after another terrible quarter.  Fortune
  • Madewell continues to help J.Crew, with sales up 39%.  Fashionista
  • How today’s newest underwear brands are changing the game by focusing on inclusivity.  Fashionista
  • American Eagle beats earnings, Aerie sales on fire.  Reuters
  • Coca Cola just started selling its first alcoholic drink ever.  Fortune
  • Valentino and L’Oreal are joining forces to create a new beauty collection.  Harper’s Bazaar
  • Etsy to close wholesale market to focus on main website.  Bloomberg
  • 20 Takeaways from Mary Meeker’s 294-page Internet Trends report.  TechCrunch
  • WalMart CEO highlights innovation, performance.  CNBC
  • Lululemon climbs as sales pick up pace.  Bloomberg
  • Ikea rethinks US expansion, invests in online.  USA Today

Marketing and Social Media

  • Pinterest 2017 sales rise 58%.  Bloomberg
  • Facebook nears deals on new shows for video platform.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Kanye skips Tidal exclusivity, drops new album on Spotify and Apple Music.  TechCrunch
  • TV ads on AMC networks will be able to deliver offers directly to viewers’ smartphones.  AdWeek
  • Facebook pulling plug on Trending feature.  AdWeek
  • Abercrombie’s comeback traced to marketing.  AdAge
  • Teens dump Facebook for YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.  TechCrunch
  • Why wellness brands are betting on podcast ads.  Glossy
  • Snapchat preps Snapkit platform to bring camera, login to other apps.  TechCrunch
  • Pinterest unveils new video ad format.  Mediapost

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Hello Alfred, the in-home assistant service snags $40M.  Fast Company
  • Warren Buffet offered Uber a $3B investment but the talks fell apart.  The Wall Street Journal
  • WalMart’s future may include in-store drones and smart shopping carts.  CNBC
  • Alibaba’s new autonomous robot delivers packages at a modest pace.  Engadget
  • HelloFresh takes meal kits to Giant, Stop & Shop.  The Wall Street Journal
  • The number of smartphone driven retailers is growing.  Bloomberg
  • L’Oreal says AR beauty is just the beginning.  Forbes
  • Softbank to invest $2.25B in GM’s self-driving car division.  Fortune

International

  • Amazon India rebrands, expands online groceries service.  LiveMint
  • Canada goose to expand in China.  Financial Post
  • Amazon geo-blocks Australia from US website as tax change kicks in.  Reuters
  • Apple’s HomePod launches in Canada, France and Germany.  The Verge
  • Alibaba to invest $15.5B in logistics network.  ZDNet

Weekly Industry Brief: 5.14.2018

TGIM (“Thank God It’s Monday”)! Here is your recap of industry news from the last week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text after the headline. Have an awesome week.

Brands and Retailers

  • Target testing a retail ‘flow center’ for faster, nimbler distribution.  The Wall Street Journal
  • Five more Nike executives out amid inquiry into harassment allegations.  The New York Times 
  • WalMart to start selling Harry’s razors.  Bloomberg
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills could be valued at $3B after minority stake acquisition.  CNBC
  • Why Nestle is paying $7.2B to sell Starbucks Coffee.  Fortune
  • Sears extends partnership with Amazon as transformation continues.  Retail Dive
  • Stadium Goods positioned itself as the Tiffany’s of the high-end sneaker resale market.  The New York Times
  • Amazon launches private label pet brand.  Retail Dive
  • Apple is reportedly working on a credit card.  Quartz
  • Handy wants to take care of the heavy lifting for furniture retailers.  Forbes
  • Canadian Tie to buy sportswear brand Helly Hansen in $770M deal.  Reuters
  • Shopify launching a brick-and-mortar store.  Forbes
  • Urban Outfitters experiments with pop-ups and artist collaborations.  Glossy
  • Marriott to compete with Airbnb in home-sharing game.  Fast Company
  • Mondelez buying Tate’s Bake Shop for $500M.  Fortune
  • How product customization is driving a new business strategy at Tapestry.  Glossy

Marketing and Social Media

  • Instagram adds video chat to its host of features.  The Drum
  • Brands can turn social video views into conversions.  PYMNTS
  • How social media issuing used to sell real estate.  AdWeek
  • Amazon stops buying shopping ads on Google. AdAge
  • Why beauty brands are shifting their focus from the feed to Instagram Stories.  Glossy
  • Why Revlon brought its digital marketing and sales organizations in-house.  Glossy
  • Snapchat’s redesigned redesign starts rolling out.  The Verge
  • Amazon, Snapchat could bring competition to Facebook and Google.  Digiday
  • Businesses on Instagram are getting calls to action, direct messaging improvements.  AdWeek
  • Instagram’s emoji slider sticker added a new element to polling friends and followers.  AdWeek
  • Facebook suspends 200 apps for potential misuse of data. AdAge
  • Bonobos looks to cash in on fashion’s inclusivity movement.  Glossy

Startup + Emerging Tech + Acquisitions

  • Google’s Style Match feature applies image recognition to finding products.  Racked
  • What blockchain could mean for marketing.  Harvard Business Review
  • LVMH to invest in Lyst upon new round of funding.  Fashionista
  • Uber unveils the flying taxi it wants to rule the skies.  Wired
  • Amazon is setting up model ‘smart’ homes to sell Alexa gadgets.  New York Post
  • Blockchain used to track gems to counter blood diamonds and fakes.  Forbes
  • Google and Levi’s connected jacket will let you know when your Uber is here.  TechCrunch

International

  • Alibaba’s brick-and-mortar malls herald new growth strategy.  Nikkei
  • How Chinese consumer engage with luxury livestreamers.  Jing Daily