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Raf Simons joins Prada, Wexner out at Victoria’s Secret, influencers introduce paywall

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

Top Stories
  • Miuccia and Raf: Fashion’s new power couple (WWD)
  • Wexner steps down as Victoria’s Secret goes private (NYT)
  • Influencers are putting up paywalls. What does that mean for brands? (Vogue Business)
  • Coronavirus could cause a €40 billion decline in luxury sales in 2020 (Vogue Business)
Technology
  • 5G could be the future of AR collaboration (VR Focus)
  • Facebook will now pay you for your voice recordings (The Verge)
  • Puma brings targeted hologram ads to car roofs for NBA All-star game (Marketing Drive)
  • Tech predictions for social media and marketing (Campaign)
  • Digital transformation projects don’t fail because of a shortage of tech (TNW)
  • PVH readying its value chain reinvention ‘blueprint’ (WWD)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Dior partners with Louvre to restore Tuileries Garden (WWD)
  • In London, young designers pave the way to sustainability (Vogue Business)
  • Is the EU ready to back the Green Deal? (Forbes)
  • Mulberry moves factory floor to London as it thinks green (WWD)
  • Could playing in installments make sustainable fashion more accessible? (Fashionista)
  • New Diesel ‘Upcycling For’ project embraces sustainability (Highsnobiety)
  • Richard Malone wins the International Woolmark prize (Vogue Business)
Retail & Commerce
  • Farfetch launches BEAT, the future of drops (Highsnobiety)
  • ThredUp to facilitate resale for consumers of Gap Inc. (WWD)
  • Should retailers scale hyper-localized store elements chainwide? (Retail Wire)
  • Macy’s shows off latest retail innovation ‘Market by Macy’s’ (WWD)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Facebook tests Pinterest-like app for saving and sharing photos (Mobile Marketer)
  • Olay will stop retouching advertisements by the end of 2020 (Adweek)
  • Karl Lagerfeld launches Pac-Man style game (Charged Retail)
  • YouCam features runway beauty trends via AI, AR tech (Mobile Marketer)
  • Nike and ASOS introduce wellness experience (Campaign)
  • How livestreaming is helping beauty brands in China (Jing Daily)
Product
  • Puma launches sustainable collection with First Mile (Fashion United)
  • Bottega Veneta just introduced a 100% biodegradable boot (Highsnobiety)
Business
  • Outdoor Voices CEO Tyler Haney steps down as losses mount (BoF)
  • Puma breaks five billion euros sales barrier (WWD)
  • Glossier presses pause on ‘play’, rethinks makeup strategy (BoF)
  • Manufacturers slam new immigration system (Drapers)
  • Ikea becomes the first retailer to let customers pay using time (Forbes)
  • The secret to Browns’ survival (NYT)
Culture
  • Zalando says it’s taking a stand against stereotypes in new campaign (Fashion Network)
  • Fendi’s future-facing show aims to entice the Instagram generation (Evening Standard)
  • Hate cancel culture? Blame the algorithms (Fashion Law)

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Bezos’ $10bn climate pledge, Condé Nast’s TV debut, Burberry’s carbon neutral runway

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

Top Stories
  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $10bn to save Earth’s environment (The Guardian)
  • Conde Nast is launching its own TV & film studios (Highsnobiety)
  • Burberry introduces carbon insetting and carbon neutral LFW runway (The Industry)
Technology
  • China takes 9-1 lead over US in tech patents (Kikkei Asian Review)
  • Three unveils immersive 5G show at London Fashion Week (Campaign)
  • Augmented reality is getting real (Scientific American)
  • Democracy tech will be the next hot investment space (Wired)
  • Is fashion ahead of facial recognition? (Vogue)
  • Facebook buys AR start up for a reported $40m (VRScout)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Nike outlines environmental & social initiatives in Impact Report (Highsnobiety)
  • How China’s ban on importing waste has stalled global recycling (Yale E360)
  • Fur industry launches global sustainability strategy ‘natural fur’ (Sourcing Journal)
  • Can Fashion’s new activists make sustainability sexy? (BoF)
  • Alexander McQueen are donating old fabric to young designers (i-D)
  • Demand for ‘organic’ product is growing, but consumers no not understand the term (Fashion Law)
  • Top of the Crop: Adidas, Ikea, H&M Group rank in sustainable cotton (WWD)
Retail & Commerce
  • Amazon has a secret luxury fashion site (BoF)
  • Stitch Fix officially launches ‘shop your looks’ (Retail Dive)
  • Showfields takes a bow, sets second unit in Miami (WWD)
  • Primark to open first wellness pop-up shop in Boxpark (Drapers)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Instagram overtakes Facebook in audience of top 50 brands (Mobile Marketer)
  • WhatsApp now has 2 billion users (The Verge)
  • Walmart’s new social media strategy has boosted app downloads 50% (Digiday)
  • Chanel to host immersive botanical exhibit in Paris (WWD)
  • How Adidas is using Whatsapp as a direct marketing channel (Digiday)
  • Snapchat will now offer mental health tools in the app (MIT Technology Review)
  • The golden age of Instagram marketing is over (BoF)
Product
Business
  • Golden Goose acquired by Permira (BoF)
  • Forever 21 rescued by landlords for £62 million (Retail Gazette)
  • Walmart to end Jetblack shopping service (WSJ)
  • Simon snaps up Taubman malls for $3.6B (Retail Dive)
  • Acne-patch brand Starface picks up $2 million investment led by BBG (Vogue Business)
  • Gymshark named Britain’s fastest-growing fashion brand (Drapers)
Culture
  • Where are the designers who truly get modern women? (The Cut)
  • Rihanna’s lingerie line accused of deceptive marketing (NYT)
  • Inside China’s burgeoning sneaker market (Vogue Business)

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YouTube brings in $15bn, Amazon’s Instagram-powered fashion, Fraser Group’s new shareholder, PETA

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

Top Stories
  • Youtube’s ad revenue reached $15 billion in 2019 (Highsnobiety)
  • Amazon Fashion drops capsule collection based on Instagram community’s wish list (Fashion Network)
  • Peta buys stake in Frasers Group to challenge fur policy (Fashion United)
  • Vogue Italia dedicates cover to Protect Venice (Fashion Network)
Technology
  • Cyber-Luxury: AI is disrupting luxury (Jing Daily)
  • Verizon launches first international 5G production lab in London (Campaign)
  • Facial recognition: big brother or ultimate convenience (Drapers)
  • Where are wearables going in 2020? (TechCrunch)
  • 3D-printed vitamins: The future of customizable nutrition (Stylus)
  • Big tech is infiltrating fashion week (Vogue Business)
  • Smart speaker shopping falls short of projections (Retail Dive)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • The North Face to auction one-off upcycled vintage garments (Hypebeast)
  • Fashion brands turn to hackathons to crack sustainability strategies (Vogue Business)
  • Burberry opens centre for manufacturing excellence with support of UKFT (The Industry)
  • Selfridges to ban all plastic-based cosmetic glitter by 2021 (Retail Gazette)
  • Wrangler launches sustainable cotton programme in Europe (The Industry)
  • Will ‘swishing’ be 2020’s biggest fashion sustainability trend? (Refinery29)
  • This biodegradable bioplastic sucks carbon from the air (Fast Company)
  • How will China’s ban on single use plastics affect fashion? (Jing Daily)
  • Gucci joins the Lion’s Share fund (WWD)
  • Dollar General, Sephora, Lowe’s among 7 most improved retailers addressing toxic chemicals (GreenBiz)
  • Prada & UNESCO launch sustainability education program (Hypebeast)
Retail & Commerce
  • Sephora is defying the retail apocalypse with 100 new store openings in 2020 (Fast Company)
  • Vans’ new downtown LA store focuses on its community (Hypebeast)
  • Selfridges launches Hurr fashion rental pop-up (Charged Retail)
  • Tiffany adds pop-up flower shop (WWD)
  • Elite shoppers spend averages £29,700 in UK shops (Retail Gazette)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Chipotle’s Justin Bieber challenges reaches 95m on Tiktok (Mobile Marketer)
  • Macy’s revamps private label to reach millennials (Retail Dive)
  • Who is fashion stumping for in 2020? (BoF)
Product
  • Who What Wear launches apparel, footwear and accessories line in UK (WWD)
  • Apple is now outselling entire Swiss Watch industry (Hypebeast)
  • See Nike’s surprising new Olympic look (Fast Company)
Business
  • Sportswear retailer Frasers invest in Mulberry Group (BoF)
  • Coronavirus fears see $400 billion wiped off China’s stock market (Forbes)
  • Farfetch raises $250m in debt to further grow platform (Hypebeast)
  • Nike closes half its Chinese stores over coronavirus (Drapers)
  • Birchbox cuts 25% of global staff (Retail Dive)
  • Softbank-backed Brandless shuts its doors for good (TechCrunch)
  • New Look founder invests in rental platform (Drapers)
  • Allbirds appoints Old Navy’s chief creative officer to board of directors (Fashion United)
  • Matchesfashion.com taps Amazon exec as new CEO (WWD)
Culture
  • How Dolce & Gabbana clawed its way back from cancellation (BoF)
  • Creative industries outshine wider economy (Drapers)
  • How chain stores are rightsizing New York City retail? (Retail Dive)
  • What happened to New York Fashion week? (BoF)
  • Wire hangers are everywhere, and no one ever wants them (Vox)

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Brexit is here, Vogue.com’s return to e-commerce, fashion copes with Coronavirus

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

Top Stories
  • Brexit is here. What’s next for fashion? (Vogue Business)
  • Vogue.com to launch new shopping vertical (WWD)
  • How the fashion industry is coping with the Coronavirus crisis (Jing Daily)
Technology
  • AI-powered robot warehouse pickers are now ready to to work (MIT)
  • H&M and Magic Leap redefine the customer experience (Magic Leap)
  • Fashionphile is turning luxury authentication into a science (Fashionista)
  • ‘We can’t scale humans’: Why startups are raising millions to build AI avatars (Fast Company)
  • Smart tags seen as next marketing tools (WWD)
  • The Future of Fintech: AI & Blockchain (Business Insider)
  • Walgreens is expanding its digital cooler doors ad network (Digiday)
  • Birmingham’s Thomas Crown gallery to be city’s focal point for AR & street art (VR Focus)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • BRC announces new voluntary vegan guidelines for fashion (Drapers)
  • Guardian bans ads from fossil fuel companies (Campaign)
  • Copenhagen Fashion Week unveils ‘radical’ sustainability plan (Fashion United)
  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield achieves top score for climate action (Retail Gazette)
  • Pandora commits to carbon neutrality by 2025 (Fashion United)
  • The drive toward sustainability in packaging – beyond the quick wins (McKinsey&Company)
  • Adidas debuts sustainable football field made out of ocean waste (Highsnobiety)
  • H&M Conscious becomes first retail collection to feature Circulose® (The Industry)
  • Worn Again technologies opens R&D plant in England (WWD)
Retail & Commerce
  • Estee Lauder, Sephora unveil shoppable AR makeup try-ons on Pinterest (Mobile Marketer)
  • H&M’S new boss says its 500+ ‘stores will change’ as it focuses on digitalization (Charged Retail)
  • Allbirds set to open its second UK store (The Industry)
  • E-commerce deliveries will overrun cities in 1 to 3 years (Retail Dive)
  • UK retail space could shrink by 20% (Retail Gazette)
Marketing & Social Media
  • How fashion brands like Off-White and Balenciaga are getting in on Super Bowl 2020 (WWD)
  • 42% of people believe ads can change the world, despite trust crisis (The Drum)
  • Danish fashion is withstanding Instagram’s test of time (Vogue Business)
  • As TikTok looms, Youtube plans to remain the ‘clear founding ground’ of British talent (The Drum)
  • Sephora and Chipotle want to go viral on TikTok. Their employees already are (Vox)
Product
  • Nike sells out of Kobe Bryant products (Hypebeast)
  • Nordstrom launches secondhand clothing sales (BoF)
  • This makeup primer is Revlon’s first clean-certified beauty product (Fast Company)
  • Will we buy mostly vintage clothes in the future? (WSJ)
  • Atolla receives patent for adjustable skin analysis system (WWD)
Business
  • LVMH revenues rise 15% in 2019 but uncertainty in Asia looms (Vogue Business)
  • J.C Penney gets NYSE warning on possible de-listing (WWD)
  • LVMH, Kering, Anta and Alibaba pledge donations to battle Coronavirus (WWD)
  • How fashion can navigate 2020’s political minefield (BoF)
  • New CEO and chairman for H&M Group (Drapers)
  • Levi Strauss boosts digital credentials with new board member appointment (Fashion United)
  • A new model for crowdsourcing innovation (HBR)
  • L’Oreal launches Employee Human Rights policy (WWD)
Culture
  • ‘Angels’ in hell: The culture of misogyny inside Victoria’s Secret (NYT)
  • Disney partners Secret Cinema to create global immersive experiences (Campaign)
  • Camille Walala decorates “kid’s dream house” with more than two million Lego pieces (Dezeen)
  • Atari is opening eight video game hotels across the US (Input)
  • Is the gaming world become more trans-inclusive? (i-D)

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Gaultier’s goodbye to fashion, the fine line with ‘woke’ merch, BAFTA’s sustainable dress code

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

Top Stories
  • Stars turn out for designer Jean-Paul Gaultier’s final show (BBC)
  • Woke brands walk a thin line with ‘moral merch’ (Vogue Business)
  • Celebrities have been asked to ‘dress sustainably’ at this year’s BAFTA awards (Harper’s Bazaar)
Technology
  • Davos 2020: WEF unveils digital currency governance consortium (Finextra Research)
  • EE creates 5G-powered dress (Campaign)
  • Apple’s ‘finger device’: wearable computing’s next big thing? (CB Insights)
  • UPS is betting big on drone delivery and autonomous trucks (Business Insider)
  • How artificial intelligence is making health care more human (MIT Technology Review)
  • Digital supply-chain transformation with a human face (McKinsey & Company)
  • Realistic 3D apparel models can be shared anywhere online now (WWD)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Ikea builds eco-store with hanging gardens in Vienna (Retail Detail)
  • Aerie expands ‘real’ role model push with social contest, eight new ambassadors (Marketing Dive)
  • Gucci Changemakers Impact fund names first round of grant recipients (WWD)
  • Starbucks commits to a resource-positive future (Starbuck Stories)
  • The future of sustainable materials: milkweed floss (Fashionista)
  • Worn again technologies opens subpilot making step to industrialization (Fashion United)
  • Step inside an apartment from the climate change-ravaged future (Fast Company)
  • Bally reveals new mountain preservation efforts (WWD)
Retail & Commerce
  • Inside Prada’s pop-up private club (NYT)
  • Tiffany & Co. to open a blue box cafe in London (The Telegraph)
  • Inside the Williamsburg penthouse made for Instagram influencers (Glossy)
  • Neutrogena offers skincare advice in salon pop-up (Campaign)
  • Is existential retail the next wave in fashion? (WWD)
  • E-commerce could kill 30k stores and half a million jobs by 2025 (Retail Dive)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Instagram deprecates IGTV button as mobile streaming bet fails to take off (Mobile Marketer)
  • Meet The Drum’s latest cover star: a virtual influencer named Floresta (The Drum)
  • Social Chain launches livestream shopping for Facebook videos (Campaign)
  • Foot Locker consolidates eight loyalty programs into one (Glossy)
  • Can fashion PR make cannabis a luxury good? (Vogue Business)
Product
  • Virgil Abloh channels brutalism for concrete efflorescence furniture series (Dezeen)
  • Nike to launch modest swimwear range Victory Swim (The Industry)
  • Thom Browne teases collaboration with Samsung (Fashion United)
  • Superfeet licenses New Balance brand for high-tech custom insoles (Sourcing Journal)
  • Redemption launches sustainable athleisure collection (WWD)
  • Happy99 creates futuristic clothing for a post-consumer world (i-D)
Business
  • Amazon becomes first to pass $200bn brand valuation (Campaign)
  • Gap’s Alegra O’Hare exits as brand ‘redefines CMO role’ (Campaign)
  • Fashion industry sets out post-brexit immigration priorities (The Industry)
  • Could Shopify be the new Amazon? (Fashion United)
  • Tailored brands to sell Joseph Abboud brand for $115m (Retail Dive)
  • Why DTC marketing is no longer about accessible price points (Modern Retail)
  • US to crack down on counterfeit goods (Fashion United)
  • Do US luxury designers have a future? (Vogue Business)
Culture
  • L’Oréal exec will lead initiative to end gender bias in ads (Adweek)
  • Louis Vuitton teams up with the NBA to influence luxury buyers (Quartz)
  • Banana Republic celebrates artistic visionaries in campaign for Black History month (Marketing Dive)

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Microsoft’s $1bn carbon reduction investment, ASOS’ AR tool, men’s makeup at John Lewis

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

Top Stories
  • Microsoft will invest $1 billion into carbon reduction and removal technologies (MIT Technology Review)
  • Asos trials augmented reality fit tool (Drapers)
  • War Paint and John Lewis launch first ever men’s makeup counter (Fashion Network)
Technology
  • The tech driving next-gen customer service (Vogue Business)
  • Revolve integrates Snap+Style technology for digital communication (Fashion United)
  • How luxury retail can become a tech accelerator (Jing Daily)
  • Google Cloud launches new solutions for retailers (TechCrunch)
  • How Starbucks uses AI to counter mobiles isolating effect (Mobile Marketer)
  • Walmart expands robots to 650 additional stores (Retail Dive)
  • Stein Mart introduces ‘smart button’ for BOPIS shoppers (Retail Dive)
  • Augmented reality contacts are real, and could be here sooner than you think (Mashable)
  • Robots are changing retail, but not where you can see them (Modern Retail)
  • Gaming dominates the $120bn spent on mobile apps in 2019 (Warc)
  • Amazon is reportedly developing a hand-scanning payment option (Adweek)
  • Walgreens is training staff in virtual reality (Charged Retail)
  • How digital garment printing answers the call for customization (Sourcing Journal)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • What’s your fashion footprint? ThredUp’s quiz will tell you (Adweek)
  • Stella McCartney introduces biodegradable stretch denim (Fashion United)
  • Walpole launches its British luxury sustainability manifesto (Retail Gazette)
  • Your e-commerce addiction means delivery emissions could increase 30% by 2030 (Fast Company)
  • H&M’s AI operation helps make its supply chain more sustainable (Supply Chain Dive)
  • Jacket Required dedicates third of show to sustainable brands (The Industry)
  • Dyehouses are cleaning up their act (Vogue Business)
  • Could fashion’s next major fabric brand be green? (BoF)
  • Fast Retailing signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (Retail in Asia)
  • Quorn introduces carbon-footprint labelling (Stylus)
  • Lush’s Mark Constantine: the retail rebel fighting climate change before Great was born (Retail Week)
Retail & Commerce
  • Walmart opens cashierless store in Florida (Grocery Dive)
  • Shiseido opens ‘beauty innovation hub’ in Shanghai (Retail in Asia)
  • Bose is closing all of its retail stores (The Verge)
  • Dior, Rimowa take over Harrods (WWD)
  • Opening Ceremony to close all stores (Drapers)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Instagram begins hiding photoshopped images (Hypebeast)
  • Burberry launches online game to celebrate Lunar New Year (Fashion United)
  • Facebook rethinks plan to insert ads into WhatsApp (Campaign)
  • Segmentation is dead! (Retail Dive)
Product
  • Ugg launches monthly product drops (Drapers)
  • New Under Armour sneaker will offer connected coaching (Sourcing Journal)
  • Hermès launches beauty (Fashion United)
  • Nike’s Vaporfly marathon shoes face a potential ban from competition (Quartz)
  • Is 2020 the year men’s makeup will go mainstream? (Evening Standard)
Business
  • Louis Vuitton buys the second largest rough diamond in the world (Fashion United)
  • Old Navy will stay under Gap umbrella (Adweek)
  • Pitti Immagine CEO on the future of trade shows (BoF)
  • Casper files for IPO (Retail Dive)
  • Off-White operator acquires Opening Ceremony (Drapers)
  • Amazon ramps up counterfeit reporting (BoF)
  • Boohoo to surpass forecasts after 44% jump in quarterly revenues (Retail Gazette)
Culture
  • The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, its more inclusive than ever (National Geographic)
  • How the gaming industry is changing across the world (Quartz)
  • Redefining plus size – dressing the ‘average’ woman in Europe (Fashion United)
  • Why this community of hypebeasts only buy fakes (Dazed)
  • Comme des Garçons accused of racism in AW20 menswear show (Fashion United)
  • A-COLD-WALL* isn’t making streetwear anymore (i-D)

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Innovation Mansion brings “human factor” to NRF

The Current Global’s Innovation Mansion came to New York last weekend exploring how retail’s future needs to focus on technology and humans working as one.

Attended by c-suite executives from Fortune 500 companies and the world’s leading brands, the experiential activation aligned with NRF’s Big Show event happening this week.

Under the theme of “The Human Factor”, it examined the techniques used by top innovators, showcased rising technologies and explored how tech can deliver personalization, experience and convenience while being increasingly led by emotion.

One of the highlights was a live Innovators podcast recording with retail trailblazer, Ron Johnson, who is best known as the man behind the Apple store and the Genius Bar concept, and then CEO of JC Penney. Today, he is the founder and CEO of Enjoy, an e-commerce company that aims to reinvent the last mile.

Speaking to Current Global’s co-founder and CEO, Liz Bacelar, Johnson discussed the importance of deepening relationships with consumers at every step of the shopping journey. He explained how he believes the future of commerce is mobile retail, and how he is focusing on helping premium brands deliver joy and convenience to the consumer’s home.

Co-founder & CEO of Camp, Ben Kaufman and Co-founder & CEO of Current Global, Liz Bacelar

Meanwhile Ben Kaufman, co-founder and CEO of family store Camp, and former CMO of Buzzfeed, talked on the podcast about how his retail concept is using the winning recipe of merchandise, theatre and experience. Described as the “Speakeasy for kids”, the store brings a fresh perspective to traditional brick-and-mortar, with a rotating schedule of activities and themes, allowing customers to always find something new.

“We find a way to integrate productive retail space into even the big immersive experiential set pieces,” he explained to Bacelar, demonstrating how every square foot of the store is used to its best potential. 

Wrapping up the day was a panel focused on direct-to-consumer brands. It featured sunscreen brand Supergoop!, DTC incubator dtx company and retail concept SHOWFIELDS. The discussion explored how to build a brand for modern consumers, who see no boundaries between physical and digital.

Guests also had the opportunity to explore the latest technologies set to transform your business in 2020 with “The Hot 12” tech exhibit from Current Global, which included everything from smart mirrors to cutting-edge vending machines.

Look out for our Innovators podcast episodes with Enjoy’s Johnson and Camp’s Kaufman, publishing soon. Meanwhile, subscribe here to keep up with the latest episodes.

A special thank you to our content partner Bellwether Culture and partners United Talent Agency and Membrain.

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Amazon’s luxury play, L’Oréal’s bespoke beauty, the race to connected fashion

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

Top Stories
  • A new luxury platform from Amazon? (Jing Daily)
  • L’Oréal introduces Perso, a smart device that makes beauty personal (Fashion Network)
  • The race to connected fashion continues with Eon Group (WWD)
Technology
  • Technology at NRF: the future is now (WWD)
  • Will 3D printing tech change the footwear industry? (Retail Wire)
  • Neutrogena’s Skin360 app ditches hardware with new AI features (Retail Dive)
  • Google boosts Assistant with device scheduling and text reading tech (Mobile Marketer)
  • Ballie the rolling robot is Samsung’s near-future vision of personal care (Dezeen)
  • CES 2020: Mindful tech (JWT Intelligence)
  • Beauty’s embrace of AI technology (WWD)
  • Is digitization the savior of the fashion industry? (Forbes)
  • Elon Musk reveals Tesla cars will soon talk to pedestrians (Hypebeast)
  • Samsung hints at AR ambitions, shows off prototype glasses (TechCrunch)
  • AR and VR will drive omnichannel 2.0 (Mobile Marketer)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Dedicated sustainability event announced for Milan Fashion Week (The Industry)
  • Australia’s Wilfdires serve as a rallying cry for fashion (BoF)
  • The brands working to make footwear more sustainable (Vogue Business)
  • ‘They must scale up:’ Greenpeace ranks China’s tech giants on renewable energy (Fortune)
  • Net-a-porter adds beauty category to its sustainable platform Net Sustain (Fashion United)
  • The future of upcycling: from rags to riches (BoF)
Retail & Commerce
  • Selfridges partners with Highsnobiety on new retail concept (The Industry)
  • Clarins wants to appeal to our sense with pop-up (Campaign)
  • Kenzo Takada unveils lifestyle brand (WWD)
  • Slowear unveils new experiential store in Milan (WWD)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Gen Z is reinventing social media marketing (Vogue Business)
  • Puma lifts ad recall 180% with new Spotify podcast ad tech (Mobile Marketer)
  • Brazil beauty company Natura wants to give Avon a makeover (Fortune)
Product
  • Secondhand beauty products set to boom in 2020 (Vogue Business)
  • Fashion’s rise of ‘urban protection’ (WWD)
  • Target launches private label activewear line (Retail Dive)
  • Why are sneakers cooler than luxury shoes to Millennials? (Jing Daily)
  • Cashmere country: the perils of making the world’s finest fabrics (The Guardian)
Business
  • Lululemon names Nike veteran first ever chief brand officer (Retail Dive)
  • PVH Corp. to sell Speedo North American business to Pentland Group (WWD)
  • Does luxury fashion still need wholesale showrooms? (Vogue Business)
  • Sally beauty relaunches to compete with Walmart and Ulta (Glossy)
  • P&G snaps up women’s shaving disruptor Billie (Retail Dive)
  • Berlin Fashion Week relaunches with New Venue, South African talents (WWD)
  • Lego builds its brand in China with experiences (WARC)
  • Nordstrom CEO on the Store of the Future (BoF)
  • More brands are leaving Amazon, but the strategy could backfire (CNBC)
  • 40% of Americans shopped DTC in the past year (Retail Dive)
  • Patek Philippe commands the future (NYT)
  • A.P.C’s Jean Touitou is the original master of collaborations (Highsnobiety)
  • This beauty company doesn’t do business in China (Fortune)
  • The products, brands & creative directors that defined the last decade (Highsnobiety)
  • Rising sales in the $16 billion-plus lab-grown Diamond market are at the center of new law suits (Fashion Law)
Culture
  • Alibaba praised for ad recognizing same-sex couples (BoF)
  • How Jaclyn Johnson ‘reverse-engineered a media company’ (WWD)
  • The Black Panther effect is changing the face of Hollywood (Wired)
  • When a bag becomes a community (The Cut)

How are you thinking about innovation? The Current Global is a transformation consultancy driving growth within fashion, luxury and retail. Our mission is to solve challenges and facilitate change. We are thinkers and builders delivering innovative solutions and experiences. Get in touch to learn more.

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Vogue Italia’s photo-free issue, fashion’s ageism problem, big tech teams up

Happy New Year! Here’s your round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the holidays.

Top Stories
  • Italian Vogue’s January Issue argues fashion photography is bad for the environment (Observer)
  • Apple, Google & Amazon are teaming up to develop an open-source smart home standard (The Verge)
  • Fashion industry’s ageism could cost it £11bn in next 20 years (The Guardian)
Technology
  • Global AI in the fashion industry expected to grow over 36% by 2027 (Fashion United)
  • Ikea previews its improved 2020 smart home experience (The Verge)
  • Heineken expands digital supply chain partnership (Retail Technology)
  • Sizing tech takes on fashion’s expensive returns problem (Vogue Business)
  • Mobile games sparked 60% of 2019 global game revenue (Mobile Marketer)
  • Fashion tech education is a main trend for 2020 (Fashion United)
  • L’Oreal’s Garnier blends hair color try-ons with Google Lens (Mobile Marketer)
  • Smart pajamas are the only wearable we care about (Mashable)
  • ‘Fortnite’ raked in more online currency than any other game in 2019 (Hypebeast)
  • What is going on with Samsung’s ‘artificial human’ project? (The Verge)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • H&M launches transparent sustainability information for customers (The Industry)
  • Levi’s gives back by preserving drinking water (Stylus)
  • H&M Group joins Tent to support refugees internationally (Fashion United)
  • Amazon opens homeless shelter (TechCrunch)
  • Airbnb offers free emergency housing for people displaced by Australian bushfires (Mashable)
Retail & Commerce
  • E.l.f Cosmetics boosts clicks via personalized recommendations (Retail Dive)
  • Ouai is launching in all 1,200 Ulta stores (Vogue Business)
  • Diesel to open luxury apartment in Miami (Fashion United)
  • Why Highsnobiety is breaking into physical retail (BoF)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Instagram will become a dominant DTC sales channel in 2020 (Glossy)
  • Snapchat will launch BitmojiTV, a personalized cartoon show (TechCrunch)
  • Instagram to remove branded posts that advertise vapes, tobacco and weapons (The Verge)
  • Hype House and the Los Angeles TikTok Mansion Gold Rush (NYT)
  • Is social selling China’s next big marketing trend? (Jing Daily)
Product
  • Luxury brands celebrate the Year of the Rat (Jing Daily)
  • H&M starts selling ‘tailor-made’ shirts (Fashion United)
  • Nike plans to leverage the popularity of Air Max sneakers to attract women customers (Glossy)
  • M&S eyes stronger presence in sports clothing with new activewear range (Campaign)
  • H&M collaborates with Billie Eilish on sustainable merch line (Fashion United)
  • Puma starts selling shoes for playing video games (Telegraph)
Business
  • Post-holiday returns expected to near $100bn (WWD)
  • How ‘direct-to-consumer’ blew up retail (BoF)
  • Last-mile package delivery in 2030 (McKinsey)
  • Reliance takes on Amazon with launch of ecommerce platform (FT)
  • Why luxury brands should focus on Tier-2 and -3 cities in China (Jing Daily)
  • The next step to becoming a lifestyle brand? Designing a place to live (Fashionista)
  • Fred Perry sales smash £120m thanks to foreign operations (Retail Gazette)
  • ‘Secret’ Indian Ateliers keep luxury brands buoyant (BoF)
Culture
  • Czech this out: luxury is flourishing in Prague (WWD)
  • The hypebeast that stole Christmas (BoF)
  • The new generation of C-Beauty (Jing Daily)
  • Have influencers become fashion’s new art directors? (WWD)
  • How fashion education prevents inclusivity (BoF)

How are you thinking about innovation? The Current Global is a transformation consultancy driving growth within fashion, luxury and retail. Our mission is to solve challenges and facilitate change. We are thinkers and builders delivering innovative solutions and experiences. Get in touch to learn more.

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From holograms to responsible packaging: 10 must-read retail innovation lists

This year has seen continued breakthroughs in retail innovation, with brands exploring new ways to interact with consumers, whether that’s through the physical store, virtual spaces, or new touchpoints like vending machines. 

2019 has also been an impressive year for sustainable innovations, with everything from creative store design and technological transparency, to responsible packaging solutions and the rise of rentals.

Here, we reflect on 10 of our must-read retail innovation articles from the year.

8 brands deploying vending machines as smart retail solutions
Mulberry x Current Global Vending Machine

Artificial intelligence, social media buzz and customer acquisition tools are just a few of the strategies behind vending machines being used as a key part of today’s retail experience. In this story we explore how the technology has been applied to brands including Mulberry and Adidas.

4 technologies aiding in-store navigation
Gatwick’s in-app navigation

Big box retailers including Walmart’s Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Target are using a variety of interesting wayfinding technologies to improve customer navigation inside the physical store. This piece dives into the role of innovation for more efficient customer journeys.

5 brands pushing conversions through virtual storefronts
Lego’s AR-activated experience

Brands including Macy’s and Lego are using virtual experiences in physical locations to provide shoppers with the benefit of an interactive in-person experience without needing to carry inventory. Here, we look at how these “invisible” or augmented reality storefronts are driving sales, collecting data and boosting branding efforts.

7 ways fashion brands are harnessing hologram technology
Alexander McQueen’s hologram show

The fashion industry has been experimenting with holograms for some time, using them as both elaborate marketing techniques, as well as more immersive in-store opportunities aiming to drive brand engagement. In this piece, we take a look back at some of the best use cases from the likes of Alexander McQueen and Ralph Lauren.

9 brands pushing sustainable store design
Ganni’s sustainably designed store

With sustainability an increasing priority on the agenda for fashion and retail businesses around the globe today, attention is also turning to their brick-and-mortar stores – how they’re resourced, designed and constructed. Here we explore how the likes of Stella McCartney through to Ikea are approaching it.

4 innovative retail fulfilment methods to know
Ford’s delivery robot

With the on-demand economy continuing to fuel consumer desire for instant gratification, innovation in delivery continues to rise, from crowdsourcing to the latest in robotics. Explore how tech solutions are shaping efficiency in the last mile, here.

7 brands regaining consumer trust through transparency
‘I made you clothes’ campaign

Enabling transparency is a key focus for fashion businesses today, but with rising concerns of greenwashing – from misleading PR-led campaigns to the increase of fake news – consumer trust is at an all-time low. As a result, brands are having to work harder than ever to prove their authenticity in the matter.

5 brands using gamification to drive shopping
Nike’s React Land game

Brands and retailers are jumping on the growth of the gaming market and increasingly using ‘play’ mechanics as a way to encourage shopping. Here we dive into why gamification is estimated to be a $40bn market by 2024 and explore those making the most of it already.

4 effective ways brands are tapping into the rental market
Ba&sh’s NY store

The rental market boom is sending a clear signal to brands struggling to survive in the current retail climate: it is time to adapt to changing purchase behaviors, or risk losing market share. In this piece we look at the varying benefits of stepping into this space, from sustainability to data capturing.

8 brands turning to responsible packaging solutions
Toad&Co partnered with LimeLoop

The rapid rise of the e-commerce era has seen an equally colossal increase in plastic packaging used by brands around the world, something those at the forefront of sustainability are now looking to change. Check out some of the best alternatives introduced by the likes of PVH to MatchesFashion.com.

How are you thinking about innovation? The Current Global is a transformation consultancy driving growth within fashion, luxury and retail. Our mission is to solve challenges and facilitate change. We are thinkers and builders delivering innovative solutions and experiences. Get in touch to learn more.