Robot cruise bartenders, shades of binge-watching, cryptocurrencies against counterfeiting.
–The 16th-century Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice has been remade as a department store—testing the boundaries between historic preservation and commerce. Via Arch Daily.
–Amazon will invest an additional $3 billion in India, signaling confidence in development of e-commerce in the country, writes Business of Fashion.
–The move comes as rivalries heat up between home-grown Indian e-commerce players, says Quartz India.
–How is the cruise industry adapting to growing demand in Asia? Bloomberg says it involves “robot bartenders and virtual skydiving.”
–A new Netflix study reveals not all binge-watching is created equal. Via New York Times.
–Could cryptocurrencies help brands combat the $240 billion market for counterfeit sneakers? Fast Company investigates.
–A new report from Pew Research finds that US Hispanics are much more optimistic about their economic futures than the general population.
–AmazonFresh, the retail giant’s same-day grocery delivery service, has launched in central London, writes Wired UK.
–Silicon Valley startup Innit is equipping kitchens with smart-sensor technology, and Well + Good has the details.
–Still ignoring Snapchat? It’s your “last call,” says Ad Age, as the app’s users are set to surpass both Twitter and Pinterest this year.
–As Lidl introduces an activewear line, Edited shows how UK supermarkets have perfected the art of making billions selling private-label fashion basics.
–Are female millennials an uptapped market for fast food? Dairy Queen steps up efforts to reach the group, with deals on iced coffees, frappés, and smoothies during after-school hours. Via Eater.
–Classic outdoor “dad brands” are trying to win over the urban streetwear crowd—without going so fashion forward that they alienate core customers. Business of Fashion explains.
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