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Etsy and Snap bet on AR, Walmart and Shopify partner, retail sustainability commitments

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

TOP STORIES
  • Could the pandemic make retail better? (BoF)
  • Fashion was broken even before the pandemic. A reboot could be just what it needs (Washington Post)
  • Consumers mobilise to hold brand to account (Vogue Business)
SUSTAINABILITY & PURPOSE
  • Do brands still care about sustainability amid the pandemic? (Retail Dive)
  • Natura & Co unveils sustainability targets for the next 10 years (TheIndustry.Fashion)
  • Levi Stauss & Co. unveils diversity plans (Fast Company)
  • Farfetch launches fashion footprint tool (WWD)
RETAIL & COMMERCE
  • Retailers’ delicate opportunity to win e-commerce customer (Retail Dive)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue expedites its buying through technology (WWD)
  • What did retail’s long awaited reopening look like? (Draper’s)
  • Without tourists, luxury caters to England locals (Vogue Business)
  • Etsy unveils AR shopping tool for wall art (Retail Dive)
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Why cross-category marketing works in China (Jing Daily)
  • Snapchat debuts AI-powered lenses, mini apps and real-time features (Mobile Marketer)
  • The rules of the media game in China (WWD)
  • Snapchat bets on augmented reality to win at social commerce (Vogue Business)
PRODUCT
  • Yoox collaborates with JW Anderson for gender-fluid collection (TheIndustry.Fashion)
  • Gucci launches Off The Grid sustainable collection (WWD)
  • Allbirds ventures in sustainable underwear market (TheIndustry.Fashion)
BUSINESS
  • Nordstrom’s recipe for tough times (WWD)
  • Michael Kors is the latest brand to depart from the fashion calendar (BoF)
  • Emma Watson joins kering board (Reuters)
  • Shopify advances after deal with Walmart expands reach (Bloomberg)
  • Chanel forecasts significant hit from COVID-19  (WWD)
CULTURE
  • Highsnobiety turns digital fashion week on its head (WWD)
  • Will European luxury collapse without Chinese tourists? (Jing Daily)
  • Brands eye China’s virtual models (Vogue Business)

By Katherine Cheng

Katherine Cheng is the Innovation Editor at TheCurrentDaily and Head of Technology Strategy at Together Group, where she consults for clients including Farfetch, Cartier and H&M. Originally from Hong Kong, she is interested in how cultural, behavioral and technological shifts influence how consumers and brands interact with each other. Her primary focus is on leveraging emerging technologies and the global startup ecosystem to drive meaningful innovation across the retail landscape.