Amazon has made return visits in recent months to several of the cities in the top 20 list of prospective locations for the Seattle-based company's second headquarters. Amazon has reportedly followed up with officials in Miami, Chicago, New York City, Newark, N.J., and the Washington, D.C., area, as the year-end deadline to select a city approaches.
Amazon will create more than 1,000 research and development jobs in the UK, including 600 at a new office in Manchester. The e-commerce leader will also create new positions at existing offices in Cambridge and in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Online fashion retailer ASOS has launched a campaign called Collusion that features styles developed in partnership with influencers for Gen Z fans of non-gendered fashions. The line ranked fourth among the site's 850 different labels when it launched earlier this month, CEO Nick Beighton said.
Tommy Hilfiger is adding in-person social interactions to shoppable content with a new experience on Facebook Messenger. Users click a link to activate the SideFlix feature, allowing them to invite friends to sign up and revealing additional content as more people join.
Retailers are investing 25% of their digital marketing holiday budgets in Black Friday campaigns and just 5% of survey respondents said they intend to target last-minute holiday shoppers, according to Advertiser Perceptions and Nanigans. Additionally, 21% of marketers are prioritizing Google, 18% are spending the most on Facebook and 15% are choosing Amazon as their preferred channel.
JD.com will create a US online store on the shopping platforms of Google, which invested $550 million in the Chinese e-commerce company this year. JD.com sells its goods in the US through Walmart, which is a key investor.
Sirius XM satellite radio for cars has been trying to enter the home smart speaker market, and a partnership with Amazon may open that door. In a two-way promotional deal, Sirius will give three-month trials to customers who buy the Echo Dot smart speaker through Amazon and also offer Echo Dots to customers subscribing through Sirius' website.
Former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen and senior executives from Walmart, Target, Nordstrom and Alibaba will be among the keynote speakers as more than 37,000 retail industry leaders from around the world gather for NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show. The three-day conference opens on Jan. 13 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Learn more.
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