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Social Impact & Sustainability
The soap company’s new glass bottle is only available at SFMOMA (for now), but it’s making the point that shifting to refillable packaging is the future.
Toyi uses water bottles and juice boxes as the base for a making your own playthings.
British lawmakers have written to five online-only fashion retailers amid concern over the sustainability of cheap fashion garments.
The fashion industry is the second largest contributor to global pollution behind the oil industry. This fact, something that fashion brands are only now beginning to reckon with.
That Everlane and Madewell launched versions within days of each other is not a coincidence.
In just five years, sock brand Bombas has sold 10 million pairs of socks, and thanks to the brand’s mission of donating a pair of socks to the homeless for every pair sold, this means that 10 million homeless people around the country now have warm, clean socks.
plant-based & Vegan movement
The company’s faux-beef will soon be available in stores–and it’s still working to get even closer to a plant-based product that can fool meat eaters into thinking they’re eating a real burger.
With 11 natural, paraben-free skin, body, and hair products, Flamini and Özil’s new range aims to help consumers “feel and do good” at the same time.
The brand produces nourishing beverages with a social justice mission, all of which are plant-based – aside from four flavors that contain honeysourced from wild hives in India.
By 2050, more than half of meat, dairy, and eggs in high-income countries could be animal-free.
Bringing compassion to their lifestyles as well as their plates, more and more Hollywood homeowners are filling their homes with ethically sourced, vegan decor.
Much in the way that fashion has gone through upheavals and paradigm shifts in the past decade — like Lululemon bringing athleisure to the masses or how the luxury market is now enamored with casual streetwear — so is beauty, increasingly blending into wellness and vice versa.
The brand is expanding -- and will launch at Whole Foods stores, nationwide.
Artisinal fragrance creators such as Etat Libre d’Orange are influencing a $49 billion global industry.
why a new generation of women are challenging south korea's beauty standards
When pharmaceutical company Allergan, the maker of Botox and Juvederm, decided to launch its editorial content arm, TheSpotlyte.com, in mid-September, the goal was to create a halo effect for readers interested in learning more about cosmetic beauty procedures and the medical aesthetics industry at large.
WTHN has national ambitions to bring the ancient alternative medical practice to a new audience: wellness-obsessed millennials.
New and legacy publishers are doubling down on wellness content and advertising dollars.
If you’re like us, chances are you hear the word “Bitcoin” and your eyes glaze over a little. But as with much of the finance world—which deliberately uses obfuscating language—you just have to chip away at a few of the core ideas and suddenly you find you’re not as out of the game as you thought.
A group of younger workers, devotees of the FIRE movement, are seeking ways to duck mistakes made by prior generations
As the “beauty from the inside out” proposition opportunity continues to swell, ingestible companies are betting big on subscription models.
While serving as a guest speaker during a dinner thrown by the Economic Club of Washington, Amazon CEO and noted rich person Jeff Bezos shared one of the secrets to his success: lots and lots of sleep.
Almost 50 years since US president Richard Nixon declared psychedelic mushrooms illegal and “of no medical use,” mounting scientific evidence suggests he was wrong.
Michigan’s vote Tuesday to become the 10th U.S. state where the recreational use of cannabis is legal is adding more momentum to a trend that some investors now say is inevitable: that marijuana will become legal nationwide within the next 5 years.
Canada is running low on legal pot three weeks after the government approved the use of recreational marijuana, a shortage that is sending some frustrated consumers back to the black market.
Acquisition of Vertically-Integrated Operator Adds to MedMen’s Growing Footprint in One of the Top Medical Marijuana Markets in the U.S.
Fire & Flower will use the net proceeds from the Private Placement for capital expenditures related to the expansion and build-out of its stores in provinces that permit private cannabis retail, for working capital and for general corporate purposes.
The super-popular cannabis compound, explained.
An executive’s controversial comments overshadowed the lingerie brand’s signature event of the year, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
On the heels of the #RevolveSoWhite controversy, influencers and agencies are pushing brands to feature a broader range of ethnicities, sizes and ages in their campaigns.
For 300 years, most women’s clothes have lacked functional pockets. Thanks to a group of women-led brands, that’s starting to change.
The lingerie behemoth is still selling sex like it was 1999 — and new competitors more attuned to today’s cultural reality are taking market share.
As the minority population becomes more prominent in America, beauty must shift from multicultural marketing to marketing for a multicultural world.
This particular moment in fashion has led men’s and women’s clothing close together.
Emerging Brands & Marketplaces
Often the giants’ best and only response is to acquire them
In 2008, there was just one venture capital deal in the pet tech industry, a round that totaled about $1 million for pet product business Dog Gone Smart,
An award-winning food writer and a Warby Parker alum team up to create Great Jones–a direct-to-consumer brand selling stylish pots and pans that won’t break the bank.
Casper, Glossier, Harry’s, and Away love to send you mail.
Dollar Shave Club next week will debut vending machines with trial-size versions of its products,
The rise of personal shopping services is tied closely to the changing ways in which customers think about their relationship with shopping.
Global fashion players are increasingly aligning themselves with dominant Chinese technology platforms, which are consolidating their power over the country’s online luxury market.
The idea of selling fashion straight to shoppers sounds simple enough, but how often it happens today represents a big shift in retail.
The London-based marketplace is entering a global partnership with modest luxury retailer The Modist.
OuiPlease high-end subscription box is expanding its offer by creating French-influenced curations for men, including items ranging from clothing and candles to chocolate and skincare
In this context, 24 Sèvres’ focus on getting exclusive collections from hot designers makes sense. After all, there’s no competition for selling a new piece from Inès de la Fressange if 24 Sèvres is the only place where it is available.
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Beauty retailer Sephora partnered with Google on voice-enabled makeup tutorials that viewers can watch on the search giant's smart display.
Got a big idea? The world’s largest furniture manufacturer wants to help.
Just a few days after its new Colorado location opened its doors
Amazon’s latest incursion into home building came this week with the announcement of a partnership with TRI Pointe Group to offer homebuyers smart homes with Amazon’s Alexa voice technology,
Amazon continued its private label push and home decor merchandising with two new brands — "Ravenna Home" (launched Monday) and "Now House by Jonathan Adler"
China's Singles Day on Sunday is the single-biggest shopping holiday in the world.
Alibaba scored another blockbuster Singles’ Day after customers around the world shopped in stores and online on the tenth edition of its November 11 shopping festival.
Alibaba Group’s newly formed on-demand online services unit has rocketed in value to as much as $30 billion after raising $4 billion in fresh funds, people with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.
When Luckin Coffee raised $200 million this summer, we covered the round asking “what is Luckin Coffee, and why did it raise $200 million?” It turned out that Luckin is a quickly-expanding Chinese coffee chain, with a strong mobile ordering component.
The move could help the Chinese e-commerce firm leverage its network of warehouses and drivers to bolster flagging profits.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) will invest 2 billion yuan ($288.25 million) in domestic wine and spirits importer and retailer 1919.cn to tap into resurgent demand for imported wine in China.
Trade War Developments
The White House wants to put an end to low-cost shipping from overseas, a move widely supported among U.S. e-commerce sellers.
AsiaInspection, which performs supplier audits, production inspections and lab testing, found ethical progress in factories has stagnated since the second quarter of 2018
From bicycles to audio equipment, companies that brought production back to the U.S. say tariffs on Chinese imports are hurting them
Few stores, and shoppers, are as affected by the Trump administration’s escalating trade fight with China as Dollar Tree and its massive base of low- and middle-income customers.
Several U.S. retailers are warning that prices are likely to rise on at least some goods as new tariffs on goods from China take effect on some $200 billion worth of Chinese imports on Monday.
Countries such as China and Mexico have introduced retaliatory tariffs on scores of American goods including coffee, pork, soybeans, and whiskey
Walmart has just announced its plans to launch what it’s calling an Intelligent Retail Lab inside one of its stores in Levittown, New York.
Fresh of the heels of Estee Lauder Companies debuting its Long Island City Technology Hub earlier this month, the beauty giant is hosting its first-ever hackthon Friday and Saturday to innovate around technology among its beauty brands.
Retailers are taking a cue from artistic, immersive installations with activations encouraging customers to snap, share and shop.
Under the leadership of Benjamin Eymere, L’Officiel is launching their own cryptocurrency based on their blockchain platform. In total, L’Officiel will be giving out $100 million in Taste Tokens to 500,000 subscribers. Each Taste Tokens is worth $50.
The e-commerce company Yoox just launched its first private label brand, 8 by Yoox, tapping into the dual trends of artificial-intelligence-assisted fashion design and retailer-owned private label brands.
Albertsons announced today it will pilot a new micro-fulfillment center in one of its grocery stores using Takeoff‘s robot-powered technology.
To explore the impact a decade and a half of leveraged buyouts has had on the industry, Retail Dive compiled data on acquisitions and outcomes from multiple sources. Here's what we found.
Rael is not the only company in the organic period product space. Crunchbase News covered other period startups like Lola, Cora, and Flex that have also gained attention for their subscription-based, direct to consumer offerings.
American Eagle Outfitters this week has led a $3.45 million Series A investment in Dormify, the college dorm and small-space supplies e-retailer.
Diishan Imira looked at the $6 billion U.S. hair extension and wig market in the U.S. and felt something was amiss.
Gridiron Capital LLC has made an investment in Phoenix-based Royal Paper, a private label consumer packaged goods company.
ShipMonk announced today it has closed a $10 million Series A financing round led by SJF Ventures with participation from Grotech Ventures, Supply Chain Ventures, and a strategic group of individual angel investors.
Acquisitions & IPO
They've also raised a "siginificant" amount of new capital to fuel growth.
The business has invested in Iterate and Spruce, and acquired QM Scientific and GlamST.
Portfolio includes Frédéric Fekkai and luxury beauty brand Bastide
Kraft Heinz has entered into an agreement to sell its Canadian natural cheese business to Lactalis-owned dairy company Parmalat for CAD $1.62 billion ($1.23 billion).
Combined company will be leading provider of differentiated products for the bedding industry
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Newell Brands Inc., having made peace with its activist shareholders, announced another step in its efforts to slim down: definitive agreements to sell two businesses, Pure Fishing and Jostens. Shares rose in early trading.
content to commerce
That is the term (“nanos” for short) used by companies to describe people who have as few as 1,000 followers and are willing to advertise products on social media.
Tastemade knows its audience will buy things on its recommendation. Now it’s going to start making things to sell them, rather than curating and sourcing those products from elsewhere.
Very Good Light, which has grown 200 percent year-over-year to over 1.7 million impressions a month across it website and social channels, sees the limited sale as an opportunity to not only test its own brand equity but also as a proof of concept for the genderless beauty category.
With shoppable programming dedicated to gaming, music, sports, and more, Aaron Levant hopes NTWRK can become a kind of QVC concept for Generation Z
HGTV's "Property Brothers," Drew and Jonathan Scott, on Monday launched Casaza, a content-rich curated marketplace of home products and services
The line, "designed to promote wellness and mindfulness among consumers nationwide," was created for Macy's and includes 100 products.
The funding, announced Wednesday, is part of the company's five-year Retail Opportunity Initiative, which is a $100 million effort to improve training programs in retail and adjacent sectors.
From mobile-app onboarding to VR escape-room training experiences, major corporations worldwide are turning to the latest interactive and engaging technologies to better prepare their employees for their new jobs
Gap Inc. has announced plans to expand its This Way Ahead skills and job-training program to 53 cities in 2018. The expansion will be achieved in part through a new partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which will extend the program to 22 U.S. cities and 60 cities by the end of 2020.
Learning is no longer optional; it's a must-have component of the employee value proposition.
Guild Education is just one of an array of companies looking to capitalize on the opportunity to help employers educate their existing workforce and identify employees who might fill the talent gaps with a little bit of training
Schools borrow retailers’ approach in analyzing consumer databases; triggering online ads