H&M trials clothing rental, Google to buy Fitbit for $2.1bn, biggest plastic polluters revealed


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

Top Stories
  • H&M to trial clothing rental for the first time (H&M)
  • Google to buy Fitbit for $2.1billion (BoF)
  • Coca-Cola, Nestle, and PepsiCo are the world’s biggest plastic polluters-again (Fast Company)
Technology
  • Jetblue adds in-app chat for quicker customer support (Mobile Marketer)
  • Puma launches AR try on for new Future Rider (Highsnobiety)
  • Emotion recognition is China’s new surveillance craze (Financial Times)
  • It’s time to rethink voice assistants completely (Fast Company)
  • Footwear brand Camper integrates 3D printing in design process (Fashion Network)
  • Wearable spending forecasted to increase 27% in 2020 (Tech Crunch)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • John Lewis launches blueprint to encourage consumers to reduce, reuse and return packaging (The Industry)
  • Zalando commits to carbon neutrality (Fashion United)
  • The Fashion Pact announces 24 new signatories (Fashion United)
  • Monsoon pledge to become 90% sustainable by 2023 (Retail Gazette)
  • Timberland to build leather supply chain from regenerative ranches (Retail Gazette)
  • Could visiting a landfill transform fashion students into more sustainable designers? (Fashionista)
  • Startups are developing plant-based alternatives to silk (Vogue Business)
Retail & Commerce
  • Luxury e-tailer Xupes opens first UK retail store (Retail Gazette)
  • Millennials are falling in love with Galeries Lafayette (Vogue Business)
  • Vestiaire Collective partners with Selfridges for first permanent store (BoF)
  • Harrods to launch standalone beauty concept store at Intu Lakeside (Retail Gazette)
  • Notonthehighstreet to open two Christmas pop-ups (Fashion Network)
Business
  • Lululemon invests in tech fitness startup Mirror (Retail Dive)
  • Ralph Lauren to digitize its entire product line (WWD)
  • Nike files new patent infringement lawsuit against Skechers (BoF)
  • Zac Posen’s House of Z has closed its doors (Vogue)
  • Nike sells Hurley to Bluestar Alliance (Retail Dive)
  • Chloe appoints Margiela chief as its new CEO (The Industry)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Coach becomes first luxury brand to have a float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Forbes)
  • Instagram & Facebook ban the sexual use of emojis (Highsnobiety)
  • Do fashion brands need TikTok? (Vogue Business)
  • How to navigate social video’s growth spurt (Mobile Marketer)
Product
Culture
  • #AllIsFineWithME: Russian women protest beauty standards on Instagram (Dazed)
  • A manifesto for mindful cross-cultural borrowing (BoF)
  • Has inclusive beauty really expanded the industry’s palette? (Retail Dive)

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