Spying The Key Forces Creating Investment Opportunity & Change In Consumer
Social Impact & Sustainability
Industry experts aren’t sure they’re the environmental saviour we need them to be. So what is?
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.
plant-based & Vegan movement
A team of Finnish scientists has launched Solar Foods, a company that creates vegan protein powder from carbon dioxide (CO2), water, and electricity in an effort to contribute to a more sustainable future of food.
The way we eat is going to have to change — that is, if we are to preserve a livable climate on Earth.
The Canadian government is showing its support for vegan protein once again by signing on to a nearly $153 million investment in the Prairie-based Protein Industries Canada Supercluster.
Expanding to retail stores is the next step in converting more omnivores to plant-based meats.
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 new clean skin-care brand, the name of which has not been disclosed, will have "accessible” prices and launch in 1,500 unnamed retail doors (and a total of 2,000 within two years). It will be followed in early 2020 by a prestige color cosmetics brand.
Big Tech — Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple — is using data and augmented reality in a push into the $265 billion-a-year beauty retail market.
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.
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.
CBD (and THC) is having a huge moment in mainstream media. But as cannabis becomes more fashionable, its space in the luxury market also becomes more problematic.
Three of the largest cannabis companies reported earnings this week, painting a portrait of a nascent industry enjoying surging demand as recreational pot becomes legalized in more places
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.
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
Burrow, Interior Define, Maiden Home, and the Inside are reimagining how to buy a couch in the digital age.
The plus-size department is a dying concept, as emerging brands catering to the size range are going the direct-to-consumer route.
Despite avoiding advertising, influencers and discount deals, British direct-to-consumer eyewear brand Cubitts has opened seven stores in five years and is in it for the long haul.
A host of startups are competing to help digital fashion brands looking for a real-world home by taking care of the hard parts, from leasing to store analytics.
One of the most familiar names in audio-visual entertainment finally has a gadget of its own–in one of the most crowded categories of them all.
Rent the Runway is going beyond gowns, opening its 10 million-strong platform to popular brands like Levi’s and J.Crew. Will it change our closets forever?
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.
Retail Heavyweights-AMZn, BAba,WMT
The infinite retailer appears to be ushering untold numbers of stealth brands into your life, even as it plans to take over the East Coast. If you like Ween Charm, you’ll love Austin Mill!
Would you like a cocktail with a touch of a button? Keurig and Anheuser-Busch have you covered....
Mondelēz International announced today that it will launch a forward-thinking innovation hub called SnackFutures to capitalize on changing consumer trends and emerging growth opportunities in snacking around the world.
Amazon will build an Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville, Tennessee to run its customer fulfillment, transportation and supply chain activities
Amazon confirms it plans to split its new headquarters, dubbed HQ2, between New York City and Northern Virginia.
Amazon struck a deal with Apple to expand the selection of products coming directly from Apple on its site and gain access to Apple's latest devices, including the new iPad Pro, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple's line up of Beats headphones
China announced a mere 6.7 percent economic growth in July 2018, the lowest growth rate since 2016.
Beijing’s young have never owned wallets; the older ones are dumping them too.
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.
Trade War Developments
The basic definition of a tariff is a tax or duty on a class of importsor exports. However, that is not the whole story.
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.
Why voice assistants aren't going away, and why fashion needs to reckon with them.
On Thursday, Squarespace is launching a subscription model service to further entice companies to use its site functionality. Beauty and fashion companies are already early adopters.
The company said that the funding will be used towards the development of a new food platform with expanded menu categories and innovative retail formats.
AI vs. super fakes. The future of shoplifting. Robots in your supermarket. We look at the top artificial intelligence trends reshaping the retail industry.
Two Jet.com and Moda Operandi alums are unveiling a new app that allows users to find product recommendations from their existing network of friends and family.
Norwest Venture Partners leads new round of funding following Propel’s 500 percent annual revenue increase
Bespoke brand assets don’t come cheap. The average logo designer on freelance site Upwork charges about $45 per hour, and that’s only the base rate.
The Amazon Go store requires hundreds of cameras to detect who’s picking up what items. Standard Cognition needs just 27 to go after the $27 trillion market of equipping regular shops with autonomous retail technology.
Endorsements are out, as big-name stars and athletes put money — and influence — behind their favorite products.
Grocery delivery startup Instacart raised an extra $271 million in November from investors including U.S. hedge fund Tiger Global Management, bringing its latest round of fund raising to $871 million
Acquisitions & IPO
Resource Label Group LLC, which is backed by First Atlantic Capital and TPG Growth, has acquired California-based Best Label, a label manufacturer. No financial terms were disclosed.
Blue jean giant Levi Strauss & Co is planning an extra-large public offering that would value the company at $5 billion, sources told CNBC.
Wind Point Partners has acquired Hodgkins, Illinois-based Vee Pak Inc, a co-maker of beauty and personal care products for top industry brands.
Among the brands Diageo is selling are big name beverages Seagram's VO, Seagram's 83, Seagram's Five Star, Myers's, Parrot Bay, Romana Sambuca, Popov, Yukon Jack, Goldschlager, Stirrings, The Club, Scoresby, Black Haus, Peligroso, Relska, Grind, Piehole, Booth's and John Begg.
Kellogg is looking to sell its Keebler, Famous Amos and fruit snacks businesses to refocus on its core breakfast and frozen foods divisions.
They've also raised a "siginificant" amount of new capital to fuel growth.
content to commerce
Calm sees the investment as a way to expand its offline presence, growing awareness of the app as well as its retail products like Sleep Mist and the Calm Book.
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
Aldo founder, who donated $25 million to start the program, said he was impressed with the Bronfman and Molson families, whose names graced university buildings, now he's joined them
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