Jul
 26
 2018



Ulrike

Hello,

Welcome back to The Spin! Flipcart and eBay are going separate ways in India, Poshmark divides its offerings into separate growth categories, and Rodarte returns to New York Fashion Week. We also tell you, which retailer is going to chauffeur its customers to stores in autonomous cars. Enjoy the read and feel free to share! Cheers, Ulrike



retail

Divorce, Indian style. Bangalore-based eCommerce giant Flipkart plans to close down eBay.in to launch its own selling platform for used goods. The move follows eBay's decision to end its collaboration with Flipkart and relaunch eBay India with an emphasis on cross-border business. The two companies partnered in 2017 to expand their global reach.





tech

Social separation. As part of its expansion, social commerce platform Poshmark has divided its app into six separate categories - women’s, men’s, kids, boutiques, plus-size and luxury. Called Posh Markets, they each offer unique shopping experiences, which Poshmark aims to grow into separate billion dollar businesses. In the future, the company might also look at building regional markets.



Equal exposure. Following a 20-month investigation by the state of Washington, Facebook has agreed to amend its ad platform to prevent marketers from discriminating based on factors such as religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation. ProPublica had alleged that advertisers can remove users based on race, and Washington placed 20 fabricated Facebook ads to prove that minorities were actually excluded.





people

The Clean-up Guy. Canadian sports chain Lululemon, which has become a popular burglary target, needs its new CEO Calvin McDonald to fix the corporate culture, maintain the growth trajectory, and push globalization. The company’s stock more than doubled in the past 12 months - which might be hard to beat.



From S.Oliver to Marc O'Polo. Two top managers are switching (paywall; in German) from German fashion brand S.Oliver to Marc O’Polo, which plans to expand internationally. In November, Sandro Schramm (in German), head of marketing at S.Oliver, Q/S Designed by and Triangle, will become director of marketing and growth. Starting in August, Johannes Fischer, global product director for S.Oliver Black Label Men, will head menswear at Marc O’Polo. At S.Oliver, he is succeeded by Benjamin Isenheim.





brands

Is it sustainable? This question is the strategic core of French luxury group Kering, whose efforts were recognized (paywall) at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year. Chief sustainability officer Marie-Claire Daveu pushes to make sustainability as important as financial results, with full-time teams dedicated exclusively to monitoring and implementing sustainable measures at every level - from the design (press release) to materials and manufacture.



Rodarte's return. After three seasons in Paris, Rodarte has just announced its return (paywall) to New York Fashion Week, which runs from September 6 to September 14. According to a post on the brand's Instagram, the show is scheduled for September 9. Rodarte joins Proenza Schouler, which is also coming back after showing in Paris for two seasons.





last

Easy rider. This week, Walmart will start to chauffeur an exclusive group of customers to its stores in self-driving Chrysler Pacifica vans. The partnership with Alphabet's Waymo is currently limited to Chandler, Arizona, and only involves groceries, but if successful it might expand into other areas and categories.







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