Amazon follows up with some HQ2 finalist cities | Amazon to open new UK office, create 1,000 R&D jobs | New ASOS line leaves gendered styles behind
October 19, 2018
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Amazon follows up with some HQ2 finalist cities
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.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/19),  CNBC (10/19) 
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Amazon to open new UK office, create 1,000 R&D jobs
Amazon to open new UK office, create 1,000 R&D jobs
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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.
CNBC (10/19) 
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New ASOS line leaves gendered styles behind
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.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Consumer Engagement
Tommy Hilfiger blends commerce, content on Messenger
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.
Adweek (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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25% of holiday digital budgets to be spent on Black Friday
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.
Marketing Land (10/17),  Chain Store Age (10/16),  Marketing Dive (10/17) 
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Online Retail Trends
JD.com to debut online sales in the US via Google
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.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Emerging Technology
Sirius XM, Amazon team in speaker cross-promotion
Sirius XM, Amazon team in speaker cross-promotion
Amazon Echo Dot (Amazon)
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.
Reuters (10/18) 
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Shop.org Spotlight
Meet the keynote speakers for NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show
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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Shop.org SmartStat: Oct. 19, 2018
About 68% of discount shoppers say they shop at consignment and thrift stores at least once a month. Source: NRF Consumer View.
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