BuzzFeed builds bigger global affiliate shopping programme | Taco Bell tests meatless taco fillings in international markets | Amazon's Echo speakers are out of stock in some European countries
13 December 2019
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BuzzFeed builds bigger global affiliate shopping programme
Digital publisher BuzzFeed has expanded its affiliate shopping programme to seven more countries since September, in a push to grow its non-advertising revenue. Under the programme, BuzzFeed earns a percentage of each sale generated by links to e-commerce sites such as Amazon and Hennes & Mauritz that are embedded in its content.
BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (12 Dec.) 
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Taco Bell tests meatless taco fillings in international markets
Taco Bell is expanding its meatless options in international markets with two new menu offerings made from oats and cheese. The Oatrageous Taco is now a permanent addition to menus in Spain, and customers in Cyprus can substitute fried halloumi cheese for meat in their Crunchwrap.
Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (10 Dec.) 
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Webinar: Holiday Halftime Update
Manhattan Associates and IHL Group offer an update on holiday sales from November, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. We discuss how leading retailers are mastering store inventory and fulfillment to deliver happy holidays for customers. How can you elevate your omnichannel operations? Learn How!
Retail in Europe
Amazon's Echo speakers are out of stock in some European countries
The latest version of Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot speakers are sold out in several countries in Europe until after Christmas. Buyers in the UK won't receive some purchases until after Dec. 25, and shoppers in France, Germany and Spain will have to wait until January, according to the site.
BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (11 Dec.) 
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Rawr unveils new name, branding in London
Beauty brand Rawr has opened a London flagship after reinventing itself and changing its name from Lashious Beauty. Rawr, which sells services including massages and manicures, will also have a growing presence in select Primark stores. (U.K.) (12 Dec.) 
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Research Results: Digital Product Creation Maturity in Retail, Footwear & Apparel
New Research: Today, most retailers and brands are actively pursuing a 3D digital product creation (DPC) initiative, but most are only experimenting. Download a 2019 summary report with a current and future view of industry maturity. How do you stack up?
Retail in Asia
Why some disappearing US brands are big in Japan
Why some disappearing US brands are big in Japan
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Some retail brands that have shrunk or disappeared altogether in the US are still alive and well in Japan under licensing agreements. Brands such as Toys R Us, Barneys and Dean & DeLuca bring an American cachet that resonates with Japan's shoppers, and Tower Records is thriving in a country where consumers are still avid buyers of CDs and vinyl records.
CityLab (10 Dec.) 
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E-commerce Spotlight
Coty's plan for B2B and DTC growth
Coty is focusing on building relationships with its salon customers by leveraging targeted data and connecting via influencers, while growing its direct-to-consumer sales on Amazon, says Chris Chesebro, senior vice president of e-commerce and digital transformation. "There's an opportunity for expansion for the business because we have the opportunity geographically; China is a big opportunity for us as our business there is still small," he says.
The Drum (free registration) (10 Dec.) 
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Spotlight on Fashion
Stitch Fix CEO: Focusing on individuals is key
Online retailer Stitch Fix is finding success because it understands and respects consumers' individual preferences, CEO Katrina Lake says. Lake founded the online fashion firm in 2011 and has rolled out a service that uses data from customers' buying history to recommend individual items to them for purchase.
CNBC (10 Dec.) 
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NRF News
Meet the visionary tech driving retail innovation in 2020
Now in its fourth year, the Innovation Lab at NRF 2020 Vision: Retail's Big Show in New York City will feature 50 companies developing cutting-edge technology to help retailers meet the needs of consumers. Tech that will be seen includes the latest advances in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, machine learning, facial recognition, data analytics, robotics and more. Meet the companies taking part.
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