Sources: Google plans first brick-and-mortar store in Chicago | ASOS to launch fashion line with US designer LaQuan Smith | EBay India shuts down as Flipkart prepares used-goods platform
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Sources: Google plans first brick-and-mortar store in Chicago
Sources: Google plans first brick-and-mortar store in Chicago
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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.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (8/16) 
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ASOS to launch fashion line with US designer LaQuan Smith
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.
Forbes (8/14) 
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EBay India shuts down as Flipkart prepares used-goods platform
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.
Hindustan Times (India) (8/14) 
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Big brands help with consumers' digital well-being
Big brands help with consumers' digital well-being
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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.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/16) 
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Consumer Engagement
MAC forms influencer team to promote new lipstick line
MAC forms influencer team to promote new lipstick line
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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.
Glossy (8/15) 
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Report: Transparency on social crucial for consumers
Report: Transparency on social crucial for consumers
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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.
Marketing Dive (8/16) 
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Online Retail Trends
Kroger seeks sustainable growth via Alibaba deal
Kroger seeks sustainable growth via Alibaba deal
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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.
Progressive Grocer (8/16) 
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Emerging Technology
Samsung's digital city gives a glimpse at the capabilities of 5G
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.
Forbes (8/14) 
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Shop.org Spotlight
Fitzroy rethinks discovery for toy shop owners
Stefanie Botelho created Fitzroy to solve her own pain: She was buying a lot of gifts for children, but it was tough to find something unique and special. She built an online wholesale marketplace to solve the problem, and now helps niche stores find emerging, independent brands that want to grow. Listen to her story on NRF's Retail Gets Real podcast.
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Shop.org SmartStat: Aug. 17, 2018
Forrester research found that 51% of the people surveyed don't make purchases via mobile devices, saying it is easier to use a computer. Source: STORES Hot 100.
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