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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, including Allbirds calls out Amazon over product copying.

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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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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.