Google is planning its first retail flagship in a 14,000-square-foot, two-story space in Chicago's meatpacking district, sources said. Google has thus far relied on pop-ups and in-store shops to display its growing array of gadgets including Google Home, smartphones and tablets.
UK-based online retailer ASOS has teamed with American designer LaQuan Smith. The ASOS Design x LaQuan Smith, set to launch in October, is designed as a more affordable version of his high-fashion line worn by celebrities including Beyonce and Rihanna, with pieces priced at under $300.
EBay India is no longer operating, with local owner Flipkart preparing a platform where consumers can buy and sell refurbished goods. EBay India customers will be able to file for refunds until Aug. 30, and product warranties will remain in effect.
Major tech brands such as Apple, Google and Facebook have rolled out initiatives to help consumers cut back on the time they spend online as part of a digital well-being program. An example of this comes from Apple, which aimed to limit screen time with a "Do Not Disturb" function in iOS 12, its new operating system.
MAC Cosmetics has created a global influencer partnership with 12 brand ambassadors, each of whom will focus on a specific market. The move comes as MAC launches its new Maker lipstick line, which includes a signature color for each influencer.
Just 15% of consumers believe brands are "very transparent" on social, 53% would be more likely to purchase from brands that are more transparent on social, and 85% would remain loyal to a transparent brand during a crisis, Sprout Social reports. Additionally, 86% of respondents said a lack of transparency could drive them to buy from a competitor, and 70% of millennials want brand CEOs to have a social presence.
Kroger's deal to sell its Simple Truth products via Chinese online retailer Alibaba highlights the company's commitment to finding international partners to work with, Randy Hofbauer writes. This outreach for partnerships is helping Kroger find new markets that can offer sustainable growth, even where it doesn't have physical stores, he writes.
Samsung's digital city outside of South Korea showcases the benefits of 5G. The technology already supports some in-vehicle services, as well as smart city initiatives such as traffic, smart lighting and CCTV, and as it gains widespread coverage, even more innovations will occur.
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