- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of June 29, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of June 29, 2020.
“No more dressing rooms: This virtual fitting experience is moving into Brookfield malls” (Fitmatch/Brookfield and First Insight)
“General Mills Teams Up With Zyper to Deepen Ties to its Biggest Brand Fans” (Zyper)
“Cinemark to reopen movie theaters, pizza continues to ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of June 22, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of June 22, 2020.
“EShopWorld Identifies Where U.S. Brands Are Finding New International Audiences” (eShopWorld)
“The COVID-19 Catalyst: Emerging Stronger With Customer-Centric Digitalization” (First Insight)
“Klarna Teams Up With Ntwrk” (Klarna)
“Delta Galil Expects ‘Profitable Second Half’ After $30M Q1 Loss” (Delta Galil)
“Rising Resale ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of June 15, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of June 15, 2020.
“2020 CNBC Disruptor 50 List: Klarna, #5” (Klarna)
“50 Retail Stats To Consider For Your Brand’s Future” (First Insight)
“New blockchain hub tackles apparel authenticity” (EVRYTHNG)
“How the Role of Sales Associates Is Changing as Shoppers Keep at a Distance” (PredictSpring)
- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of June 8, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of June 8, 2020.
“Klarna Launches Rewards Program” (Vibe)
“Snoop Dogg-backed fintech Klarna is taking a page out of Amex’s playbook and launching a loyalty program to edge out its buy-now-pay-later rivals” (Klarna)
“Has Cash Fallen Out of Fashion?” (Klarna Exclusive Cover Story)
“Dear Retailers: Just ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of June 1, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of June 1, 2020.
The Bulldog Reporter
“U.S brands see growth in surprising new market during COVID” (eShopWorld)
“Why this CEO says ‘staying nimble’ is key to the success of direct-to-consumer businesses” (First Insight)
Retail Customer Experience
“Timberland taps Klarna for flexible pay option” (Klarna)
“Klarna Hits 7.85M ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Weeks Of May 18 & May 26, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of May 18, 2020.
“As Demand Grows for Antimicrobial Material, Brands Predict It May Be a Bigger Part of Apparel’s Future” (Noble Biomaterials)
“U.S Brands With International Reach Are Winning E-commerce” (eShopWorld)
“The ‘New’ New Normal in Retail” (Predict Spring)
“Shoppers are heading back to stores—but ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Weeks Of May 4 & May 11, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of May 4, 2020.
“Reopening Retail: 5 Ways to Make Customers Feel Safe” (First Insight)
Chain Store Age
“Sephora introduces online installment payments” (Klarna)
Mobile Payments Today
“Sephora expands payment options” (Klarna)
“Sephora Introduces Interest-Free 4-Part Payment Plan” (Klarna)
“Sephora, Klarna To Offer Shopping With Installment Payments” (Klarna)
“Morning Brief ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of April 27, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of April 27, 2020.
“Georgia gives retail a glimpse of what reopening the economy will look like” (First Insight)
“Here’s what consumers are stocking up on amid pandemic” (First Insight)
“COVID-19 Might Change The Way We Dress Forever” (Klarna)
“Icahn’s ‘Beautiful Trade’ Pays Off Early ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of April 20, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of April 20, 2020.
The Wall Street Journal
“It’s Black Friday in April as Closed Stores Get Desperate to Unload Spring Clothes” (MadaLuxe)
“Mall Shoppers Are Scared to Return When U.S. Stores Finally Open” (First Insight)
Business of Fashion
“What Brands Are Doing Instead of Influencer Campaigns” ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of April 13, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of April 13, 2020.
“How millennials can get through Covid-19 financial worries” (First Insight)
“From gen-z spring breakers to toilet paper-hoarding boomers, the coronavirus pandemic is a case study in generational differences. Here’s how each generation is dealing with it” (First Insight)
“Retail Refined: ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of April 6, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of April 6, 2020.
“5 Different Ways Coronavirus is Shaping The Spending Habits of Millennials” (First Insight)
“The coronavirus has intensified the generational divide between millennials and boomers. Here are 5 ways they’re dealing with the pandemic differently.” (First Insight)
“Consumers are optimistic, but ...
- Latest Client Coverage – Week Of March 30, 2020
The following are links to various client coverage articles from the week of March 30, 2020.
The Associated Press
“Chargeurs and Noble Biomaterials Announce New Strategic Collaboration to Make Antimicrobial-Protected, High-Quality PPE for Healthcare Industry” (Chargeurs/Noble Biome)
“The Frito-Lay Snack Society Is an Invite-Only Fan Club for Chip Lovers” (Zyper)
“BRIEF-Chargeurs Partners With Noble Biomaterials To Support Healthcare Industry” ...
- How the Stimulus Package Will Impact Retail March 27, 2020
By Stacy Berns
Originally published on LinkedIn
Retail Influencers (top left to right): Dana Telsey, Matt Rubel, Karen Katz, Keval Desai, Marigay McKee, Greg Petro, Stacey Widlitz, Janie Yu, Matt Shay, Nicole Johnson, Oliver Chen, Richard Kestenbaum, Andrea Weiss. Melissa Gonzalez, Steve Sadove and Sucharita Kodali
The $2 trillion stimulus package, the biggest in the history ...
- 5 Lessons We’ve Learned from Governor Cuomo About Communicating During the COVID-19 Outbreak March 27, 2020
By Stacy Berns
Originally published on LinkedIn
Photo Credit: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit
Anyone who’s seen New York Governor Andrew Cuomo communicate on TV in the past couple of weeks has probably been struck by his communication style: it’s authentic, authoritative, timely and results-oriented. His daily televised news briefings and email ...
- What’s Changing as Retailers Deal with Store Closures? March 20, 2020
By Stacy Berns
Originally published on LinkedIn
Retail Influencers (top left to right): Pano Anthos, Nicole Reyhle, Matt Rubel, Keval Desai, Dana Telsey, Oliver Chen, Melissa Gonzalez and Stephen Sadove
Top Takeaways from Our First Retail Influencer Network Insights Session
The coronavirus outbreak is impacting every business differently, but retailers of all stripes are innovating to deal ...
- Glossy Podcast – Need Supply founder and CEO Chris Bossola: a brick-and-mortar store ‘has to be an experience’ November 20, 2019
Full Podcast Episode 4
When Chris Bossola opened Blues Recycled Clothing in 1996, “all three TV stations came because they couldn’t believe that we were selling vintage, used Levi’s for $35. They thought it was crazy.” Nearly 25 years later, what started with a 200 square foot store in Richmond, Virginia has become Need ...
- Yahoo Finance – Why Delivering Good’s Hurricane Relief Work in The Bahamas Matters November 5, 2019 By Sheena Butler-Young Originally published on Footwear News. I love what I do. But there are days I look to my left or right and wonder if what I do is enough. Am I making a real difference? For decades, the fashion industry — depending on whom you ask — has either ...
- CNBC – Walmart appears to be gaining ground against Amazon November 4, 2019
By Lauren Thomas
• The frequency of people buying items on Amazon six times or more per month has dropped to 40% this year from 80% in 2017, according to data pulled by First Insight.
• It says Walmart appears to be winning more customers.
Less shopping is happening on Amazon, and consumers are favoring ...
- Women’s Wear Daily – Never Before Seen at Scale: Ralph Lauren to Digitize Its Entire Product Line November 3, 2019
The groundbreaking partnership with Evrythng and Avery Dennison enables Ralph Lauren, and the whole industry, to unlock true traceability at scale
By Kaley Roshitsh
Ralph Lauren Corp. is set to digitize its entire product line beginning with the Polo brand, partnering with real-time Internet of Things software platform Evrythng and global materials science and manufacturing ...
- Wall Street Journal – Online Influencers Tell You What to Buy, Advertisers Wonder Who’s Listening October 20, 2019
Billions are paid to social-media personalities to pitch products in an influencer economy riddled with deceit
By Suzanne Kapner and Sharon Terlep
Ipsy, an online cosmetic brand, was a pioneer in paying social-media stars hefty fees to promote its eye shadow and lip gloss in Instagram posts and YouTube videos.
Now, the brand is leading the ...
- Business of Fashion – New Study Shows Female British Consumers are not as ‘Woke’ as Their US Counterparts October 8, 2019
Responses to offensive product launches are gender- and market-specific, with more women than men expecting immediate action in both the US and UK, according to a recent survey from First Insight.
By Rachel Deeley
LONDON, United Kingdom — When it comes to diversity and inclusion, consumers are holding brands to account with increasing scrutiny — ...
- Business Insider – Recession-scarred millennials are opting for buy-now, pay-later shopping September 24, 2019
By Mary Hanbury
• In a conversation with Business Insider, 29-year-old Australian entrepreneur Nick Molnar explained why buynow, pay-later shopping models are resonating with millennials who have scarred by recession.
• Molnar said that this generation prefers to spend their own money rather than engage in interest-bearing loans or credit cards.
• Because of this, Molnar ...
- Sourcing Journal – Chargeurs Unveils Sustainable 50 Interlinings for Eco-Minded Fashion Brands September 16, 2019
By Jessica Binns
When it comes to sustainability in fashion, what’s hidden on the inside counts, too.
That’s what Chargeurs wants apparel companies to keep in mind as brands of all stripes attempt to pivot toward responsible sourcing. The 147-year-old French maker of apparel interlinings is launching the Sustainable 50, a collection of interlinings and ...
- Glossy Podcast – Zyper CEO Amber Atherton: ‘We’ve reached peak social’ September 4, 2019 Listen to the Glossy Podcast here.
- Yahoo Finance – Buy-now, pay-later app Afterpay is booming September 3, 2019
By Aarthi Swaminathan
Microlending is surging, and Afterpay is riding the wave. The Australian fintech company — which offers buy now, pay later options for consumers — announced stunning huge results, noting that the underlying global sales for the fiscal year of 2019 increased by 140% to $5.2 billion.
The company — which entered the ...
- Women’s Wear Daily – Chargeurs Partners With Parsons, Sponsors Museum at FIT Exhibition September 3, 2019
Through alliances with Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology, the European company is trying to raise its profile and support young talent.
By Rosemary Feitelberg
Chargeurs is tightening its ties to the New York fashion scene through new alliances.
For the kickoff of its partnership with The New School’s Parsons School of ...
- Vogue – With Zyper investment, VCs are betting on “influencer fatigue” July 29, 2019
By Maghan McDowell
With backing from Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator, Zyper is positioning “super fans” as an alternative to paid influencers.
Zyper, a marketing platform that connects brands with top fans instead of traditional influencers, has raised $6.5 million from Talis Capital, Forerunner Ventures and Y Combinator.
This marks an endorsement by the ...
- Quartz – At the world’s most famous ad fest, street signs warn against influencer content June 20, 2019
By Hanna Kozlowska
“STOP Encouraging Influencers,” and “DEAD END – Awkwardly Branded Captions Up Ahead #SPON,” declare street signs sprinkled around the world’s biggest marketing festival, Cannes Lions, which is held in June in France.
The signs are trying to point out to the world’s top marketers that influencers, who are supposed to lend brands ...
- Sourcing Journal – Levi’s Taps Afterpay for “Buy Now, Pay Later” Payment Solution June 10, 2019
By Angela Velasquez
Denim shoppers can “buy now, pay later” for the latest pair of Levi’s.
The U.S. denim brand is the latest to partner with Afterpay, the digital platform that offers consumers interest-free installment plans for in-store and online purchases. The payments company recently announced new partnerships with Levi’s, Ray-Ban, O’Neill and Tarte Cosmetics.
- Crowdfund Insider – Afterpay Announces New Partnerships With Levi’s, Ray-Ban, O’Neill, & Tarte Cosmetics June 5, 2019
By Samantha Hurst
Afterpay, a digital platform that offers interest-free installment plans for online purchases, announced on Wednesday it has formed new partnerships with Levi’s, Ray-Ban, O’Neill, and Tarte Cosmetics, among many other brands and retailers in the U.S.
Afterpay reported that since launching in the country just over a year ago, it has already ...
- USA Today – In age of Amazon, services like Birchbox and Dollar Shave Club are getting more popular March 4, 2019
By Charisse Jones
A quarter of consumers are subscribing to services like beauty products seller Birchbox and the Dollar Shave Club, while another 32 percent intend to sign up for such services in the next six months, according to a survey by First Insight, a tech firm that queries consumers for retailers.
That seemed to ...
- HFN Digital – Retail Influencer Network Launches Podcast Series January 29, 2019
The select group of business leaders will offer their insights on retailing and related topics
By Joanne Friedrick, Contributing Editor
NEW YORK—A podcast designed to help executives navigate the changing retail landscape was launched by the Retail Influencer Network—a group of industry leaders with decades of experience.
Making its debut with commentary by National Retail Federation ...
- Women’s Wear Daily – Retail Influencers Take to Podcasts January 24, 2019
“Retales From the Frontline” podcasts will cover such topics as entrepreneurs and their new formats, brand storytelling and Millennial shoppers.
By David Moin
There’s a new source for industry insight. The Retail Influencer Network has launched a podcast series titled “Retales from the Frontline,” covering such topics as entrepreneurs and their new formats, brand storytelling ...
- Forbes – How A 28-Year-Old Turned Layaway For Millennials Into A Billion-Dollar Business July 3, 2018
by Jeff Kauflin, Forbes Staff
Layaway is a decades-old, much-maligned way to finance something you can’t immediately afford, since it often leads to exorbitant interest rates. Now a young Australian entrepreneur has taken a Millennial twist on the practice and built a booming business.
Afterpay, a consumer lending company based in Sydney, Australia, has reached ...
- Women’s Wear Daily – Business Leaders Join New Influencer Network May 9, 2018
A diverse group of retailers, investors, tech experts and industry analysts have been invited to participate in the network.
By David Moin
The Retail Influencer Network has been formed to bring retail, technology and financial leaders together to help retailers and Silicon Valley understand what each sector needs, serve as a source of information and ...
- Business Insider – The most extravagant request fulfilled by a luxury concierge service that caters to millionaires and billionaires
May 3, 2018 by Harrison Jacobs
John Paul is a luxury concierge service that is available 24/7 to its millionaire and billionaire clients.
While most requests are for hard-to-get tickets or restaurant tables, the service has also handled numerous extravagant requests.
One of the most extravagant requests was for a client who asked to watch the Monaco Grand ...
- Business of Fashion – Macy’s Acquires Story May 2, 2018
BoF can exclusively reveal that Macy’s, Inc is buying concept store Story. Founder Rachel Shechtman will join the American department store chain as its first brand experience officer.
“Welcome to Story! Have you been here before?” That’s what a greeter asks each-and-every person who walks through the doors of Story, a 2,000-square-foot store located ...
- Forbes – INTURN Wants To Speed Up The Pipeline From Clothing Brands to Discounters April 3, 2018
INTURN Wants To Speed Up The Pipeline From Clothing Brands to Discounters
By Peter Carbonara
A perennial problem for clothing brands –not to mention beleaguered retailers like H&M — is what to do with all the stuff they can’t sell. There is a lot of it. Ronen Lazar, CEO and cofounder of INTURN, a New York-based software ...
- CNBC – Men aren’t willing to shop online as much as women, survey finds May 19, 2018
By Lauren Thomas
• Women like e-commerce for shopping, while men still prefer bricks and mortar, according to a new survey from First Insight.
• The survey finds men are less likely to use Amazon to price shop.
• Retailers still have a long way to go to meet shoppers’ expectations online and in stores, taking ...
- Women’s Wear Daily – Retail Success Hinges on ‘Knowing and Understanding’ the Customer March 14, 2018
Matthew E. Rubel, formerly of Varsity Brands and Collective Brands, shares his insights into what retailers and brands can do in a tumultuous market.
Matthew E. Rubel is a veteran retail and brand chief executive officer and industry thought leader who serves as an independent director at Hudson’s Bay Co. where he chairs the compensation and HR development ...
- FGRT – US Retailers Ready to Cater to Chinese New Year Shoppers with Mobile Payments February 14, 2018
Many Chinese tourists are currently preparing to travel overseas during the Lunar New Year celebration, which begins on February 16 and runs through March 2 this year. In the US, hundreds of thousands of retailers and service providers are ready to cater to these tourists by offering them the mobile-wallet payment options ...
- Women’s Wear Daily – With an Eye on Expansion, MadaLuxe Group Names Freede CEO February 13, 2018
Executive changes involving the founders will support growth maneuvers.
By David Moin
The MadaLuxe Group has promoted Adam Freede from president to chief executive officer, to support growth initiatives on several fronts.
MadaLuxe Group’s former ceo, Sandy Sholl, has been named executive chairman and will continue to oversee retail, e-commerce and marketing. Sholl is the mother ...
- Luxury Daily – John Paul Americas CEO on why luxury brands are turning to corporate concierges February 12, 2018 Amber Treshnell, CEO of Americas at John Paul, the leading global luxury concierge service, spoke with Marie Driscoll of Luxury Daily. The two discussed why corporate concierges have become the go-to services for luxury brands, how tech is driving change in the field, and the importance of ensuring freshness when deliver lasagna ...
- Chinese Designers Take the Runway at NYFW February 9, 2018 BCG’s Beat kicked off New York Fashion Week by attending Tmall China Day, a runway event sponsored by Tmall, the CFDA and Suntchi held at the Skylight Modern in New York City’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood.
- NRF 2018: Retail’s Year to Get it Right January 19, 2018 BCG’s Beat will cover all things retail, tech and commerce related in and around BCG. This week the topic was unquestionably NRF.