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Nike exits Amazon, Shoptalk’s all-female lineup, Ralph Lauren tackles counterfeits

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past week, including Nike to stop selling on Amazon.

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

Top Stories
  • Nike to stop selling on Amazon (Business Insider)
  • Shoptalk invites only women to speak at its 2020 event (Retail Dive)
  • Ralph Lauren offers consumers a DIY counterfeit-checking tool (Retail Wire)
  • Apple plans 2022 release for first AR headset, followed by AR glasses in 2023 (The Verge)
  • Mixed reality apps will quintuple ad revenue to $118bn by 2024 (Mobile Marketer)
  • Walmart launches voice shopping for grocery on Apple (Grocery Dive)
  • Casca plans to decentralize its supply chain with 3D printing (Sourcing Journal)
  • Wayfair introduces mobile app with visual technology features (Retail Dive)
  • Why the new generation of wearable tech has legs (Glossy)
  • Apple just released an app that tracks your heart, hearing, and menstrual cycles (MIT Technology Review)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • New Balance crafts a sustainable sneaker using surplus material (Hypebeast)
  • Timberland opens first ‘purpose-led’ flagship store in Europe (Fashion United)
  • Seek app builds biodiversity database as users identify plant and animal species (Dezeen)
  • Ted Baker joins Wrap Up London charity campaign (The Industry)
  • YNAP joins forces with Prince Charles’ Foundation (WWD)
  • launches, offering help for social projects (The Guardian)
  • Finisterre teams with Aquapak for sustainable packaging (Finisterre)
  • Inditex, Unions strike deal to create a Global Labor Committee (WWD)
  • How the climate crisis is killing us, in 9 alarming charts (Wired)
Retail & Commerce
  • Inside the physical store that only offers digital clothes (Vogue Business)
  • John Lewis & Waitrose launch experiential concept store in Southampton (Retail Gazette)
  • Sephora, Kiehl’s, Vichy and Bobbi Brown are using ‘virtual advisors’ to drive ecommerce (Glossy)
  • Quiz keeps investing in its AI-driven personalization capabilities through True Fit (Fashion United)
  • How Revolve uses personalization to help customers find that perfect dress (WWD)
  • Louis Vuitton is now delivering luxury to your door – via men in sharp suits (CNA Luxury)
  • Dior launches e-commerce in Japan (Fashion United)
  • Adidas to close Speedfactories, transfer technologies to Asian suppliers (Fashion United)
  • Burberry growth inches forward despite Hong Kong setback (Vogue Business)
  • Mulberry losses nearly double in challenging UK market conditions (WWD)
  • Retailers commit to Purple Tuesday (Drapers)
  • Farfetch sinks as analysts warn it is ‘no uber of luxury goods’ (TheIndustry)
  • VC Sonya Brown on how to stand out as a DTC startup (Vogue Business)
  • ShopYourFit launches to make finding fit and size a seamless experience (WWD)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Why brands should pay even more attention to social media (Vogue Business)
  • PopSugar opens ‘sugar chalet’ shopping experience (Campaign)
  • WhatsApp adds shopping catalog feature, courting e-commerce (Fashion Network)
  • Samsung boosts awareness with microinfluencer campaign defending green chat bubbles (Mobile Marketer)
  • Instagram Stories launches TikTok clone Reels in Brazil (TechCrunch)
  • Consumers 35x more likely to see brands’ texts vs emails (Forbes)
  • Facebook Pay lets you buy goods and send money inside Facebook’s apps (Engadget)
  • Gucci transports Snapchatters to a virtual psychedelic tropical island (AdWeek)
  • Saks, Sephora pilot Google’s local ads to drive store traffic (Mobile Marketer)
  • Zara launches fragrance collections in partnership with Jo Malone (WWD)
  • Patagonia’s new line is made from old clothes damaged beyond repair (Fast Company)
  • Supreme and Rimowa unveil new luggage collaboration (Fashion Network)
  • Shane Dawson, Jeffree Star makeup collab earns $54million in MIV (WWD)
  • How ‘VSCO Girls’ are killing makeup sales and reshaping the beauty industry (Fortune)
  • Is ‘OK boomer’ a merchandising opportunity? (Retail Wire)
  • How fashion can fix its cultural appropriation problem (i-D)
  • Parade wants to make a cultural impact with creative basics (Fashionista)

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By Hannah Reed

Hannah Reed is Junior Researcher at the Current Global, where she contributes to both the editorial site and consultancy projects for clients including Google, Farfetch and Shiseido. Her research background is focused specifically on how artificial intelligence and data can transform the high street, while her interests lie in how new technologies and broader innovation can impact the global retail landscape.