Allbirds vs Amazon, Black Friday’s environmental costs, the dark side of reusable bags

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

Top Stories
  • Allbirds CEO Joey Zwilinger calls out Amazon product copying (Medium)
  • Black Friday’s environmental cost is sparking worldwide protests (Quartz)
  • ‘Bags for life’ making plastic problem worse (The Guardian)
Technology
  • Lush develops open-source software for its point-of-sale system to boost growth (Glossy)
  • Fitness startup Mirror claims it’s ‘building the next iPhone’ (Fast Company)
  • Will IoT reinvent the supply chain? (Retail Wire)
  • Is technology the only way for department stores to bring back foot traffic? (The Drum)
  • Adidas cuts out tech middlemen with in-app sneaker try-on (Mobile Marketer)
  • China introduces mandatory face scans for new SIM card purchases (The Next Web)
  • Four technologies tackling the problem of river plastic pollution (Dezeen)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • H&M tests renting clothing to address environmental concern (Bloomberg)
  • How data helps fight fashion waste (Forbes)
  • Cult Beauty partners with Provenance to end green washing with blockchain technology (WWD)
  • Fashion X’ to replace Stockholm Fashion Week (WWD)
  • Fashion’s biodiversity problem (Vogue Business)
  • Plastic hangers are fashion’s plastic straws (BoF)
  • These invisible bar codes make plastic more likely to be recycled (Fast Company)
  • SoulCycle launches wellness retreats (Business Insider)
  • The H&M-backed start-up using microbes to dye fabric (BoF)
  • The future of sustainable materials: Bison wool (Fashionista)
Retail & Commerce
  • Selfridges partners with Instagram to launch exclusive UK pop-up (Retail Gazette)
  • Outdoor Voices opens flagship in New York (Fashion Network)
  • JW Anderson introduces first exhibition and pop-up in China (WWD)
  • Klarna to open ‘Pup-up’ in London (Fashion United)
  • Netflix secures New York’s Paris Theater as its own experiential brand hub (The Drum)
  • Glossier’s floral pop-up store in London blooms with color (Dezeen)
Business
  • Sports Direct to rebrand as Frasers (Drapers)
  • Gucci & Tencent form partnership (WWD)
  • eBay is selling StubHub to Viagogo for $4.05 billion (Engadget)
  • L’Oréal invests in Functionalab Group (Market Insider)
  • SoulCycles Melanie Whelan resigns as CEO (Adweek)
  • Ocado signs up for partnership with Japans Aeon (Charged Retail)
  • Fashion’s multi-billion dollar shapewear war (BoF)
  • Black Friday boycott tracker 2019 (Drapers)
  • Versace is suing Fashion Nova for copying its designs (The Fashion Law)
  • Beauty’s M&A boom to continue in 2020 (Vogue Business)
Marketing & Social Media
  • How mobile ads are powering social commerce surge this holiday season (Mobile Marketer)
  • Inside the Instagram AI the fills explore with fresh, juicy content (Tech Crunch)
  • TikTok advertising is still the ‘wild west’, but it won’t stay that way for long (The Verge)
  • Dior’s new Cruise campaign showcases modern African photography and the female gaze (I-d)
Product
  • Publisher Mindbodygreen enters the ingestibles category (Glossy)
  • Samsøe Samsøe launches conscious denim line (Fashion United)
  • Dior officially confirms collab with Shawn Stussy (Complex)
  • Nike for nurses: new sneakers designed for medical workers (Stylus)
Culture
  • Fendi unveils restored fountains in Rome (Flaunt)
  • Gucci plans to open restaurant in Los Angeles next year (Hypebae)
  • The hoodie gets an exhibition of its own in Rotterdam (WWD)

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