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H&M’s $4bn inventory challenge, YNAP and its goldmine of data, facial recognition tech

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past week, including a look inside H&M’s $4bn inventory challenge.

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past fortnight. 

  • Inside H&M’s $4 billion inventory challenge [BoF]
  • Yoox Net-a-Porter CEO: “We sit on a gold mine of data” [Vogue]
  • Alibaba and JD.Com to combine facial recognition with data in bid for merchant loyalty [BoF]
  • Amazon’s Prime Day Taylor Swift concert shows it wants to sell you more than just stuff [Vox]
  • Do Pride collections actually help the LGBT+ community? [Highsnobiety]
  • Fintech expert: Libra could be Facebook’s downfall [Futurism]
  • China’s obsession with looking good is bringing beauty filters to facial-recognition payments [Quartz]
  • In stores, secret bluetooth surveillance tracks your every move [NY Times]
  • Putting a price on your personal data sounds like a good idea but raises plenty of questions [Fast Company]
  • AI Governance: A holistic approach to implement ethics into AI [WEF]
  • Robot arm uses bacteria in its fingers to “taste” its environment [Futurism]
  • Burberry introduces new sustainability targets [Drapers]
  • Nike signs UN fashion industry charter for climate action [Fashion United]
  • Prada vows to use recycled, sustainable nylon in all its collections by 2021 [Fashion United]
  • Puma pledges 35% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 [Fashion Network]
  • Uniqlo parent to slash single-sse plastic [WWD]
  • Levi Strauss announces 2025 sustainability pledge [Fashion United]
  • How Adidas ased 3D design to cut down on sample waste [Footwear News]
  • How designers build big businesses out of old fabric [BoF]
  • Fashion startups are already proving a Green New Deal could work [Fast Company]
  • Converse opens renew pop-up in London to spotlight sustainable design [Hype Bae]
  • Would you buy a virtual pair of Nikes? [Bof]
  • The next frontier for sneakerheads is trying on shoes virtually [Tech Crunch]
  • Gucci adds AR sneaker try-ons to its mobile app [Mobile Marketer]
  • Havaianas used AI to create a shoppable virtual storefront in Los Angeles [Glossy]
  • How VF is trying to reinvent retail [Marketing Week]
  • The complex science of a simple quiz [Vogue Business]


  • Uniqlo launches TikTok’s 1st multimarket brand campaign [Mobile Marketer]
  • River Island rolls out tech to make Instagram feed shoppable [Fashion United]
  • Reebok’s new marketing head talks challenges, data and his drive for retail to be a genderless world [Campaign]
  • Dior utilized Huawei’s marketing service for runway Show [Jing Daily]
  • Brands get creative with WeChat mini-programs [WWD]


  • For Adidas, Stella McCartney is making new clothes by liquifying old ones [Fast Company]
  • Free People launches new collection with tech fabric [Fashion United]
  • Dolce & Gabbana unveils plus-size range  [Retail Gazette]
  • 2019’s most exciting techwear & fabric innovations [Highsnobiety]
  • Beatrice Sangster-Bullers combines fashion and AI to make “emotionally intelligent” clothing [Dezeen]
  • Converse to create line of Chuck Taylors made from discarded denim [Fashion United]


  • H&M vs Zara: who is winning the fast fashion war? [Telegraph]
  • The wealth gap is a retail problem [Retail Dive]
  • Yeezy to generate 1.3 billion USD in sales in 2019, says New York Times [Fashion United]
  • Marchesa co-founder departs [BoF]
  • With new funding, StockX now valued at $1 billion  [Glossy]
  • Boohoo overtakes ASOS in terms of stock market value [The Industry]
  • Zalando invests £180m in new warehouse [Drapers]
  • How long will it be until notoriously controlling luxury brands co-opt the resale model? [Fashion Law]


  • Everyone is angry about Kim Kardashian’s ‘Kimono’ shapewear [Dazed]
  • Nike Pulls ‘Betsy Ross Flag’ Shoes at Kaepernick’s Urging: WSJ [Bloomberg]
  • Rihanna encourages body positivity with curvy mannequins at Fenty pop-up [Footwear News]
  • Thinx and Selfridges team up on a window display about periods [Fashion United]

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By Rachel Arthur

Rachel Arthur is Editor-in-Chief of Current Daily, the leading news source for fashion, retail and innovation, and the co-host of its weekly Innovators podcast. She otherwise serves as Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Current Global, a transformation consultancy driving growth within fashion luxury and retail. By background she is an award-winning business journalist and consultant, contributing to titles including Wired, Forbes and Business of Fashion.