In "Seriously, Why Aren’t You Renting Your Clothes?," The Cut
take a consumer-centric view of D2C brands like Rent the Runway, along with inside scoop on how the company is harnessing harnessed the “millions of data points at their fingertips.” Attention is also paid to the sustainability issue: "Over 100 billion items of clothing
are made each year, and half of all fast-fashion garments are thrown away within a year. If you’re only going to wear a leopard skirt for one season, doesn’t it make sense to rent?"
Waymo, the former self-driving unit under Google, discontinued a bubble-shaped driverless car called “Firefly” in 2017. That’s because manufacturing automobiles is “really hard” and could be a distraction to a company that doesn’t have a manufacturing background, Waymo’s head of vehicle supply chain Patrick Cadariu told The Telegraph. The company is preparing to open a Detroit factory, which will be used ton install its self-driving software into Chrysler and Jaguar vehicles.
French luxury fashion company Christian Dior’s decision to use an image of a Native American for its new fragrance, “Sauvage” is coming under fire. The word sauvage, or savage in English, is a racial stereotype with a long history of use against Native Americans, including in advertisements
, according to the Washington Post
. “The ad touched off a quick reaction on social media, with many accusing the company of deploying an insensitive depiction of Native Americans to sell its wares,” per the story.
Several fashion icons have signed on to an agreement intended to curb the apparel industry’s environmental impact. The pact is spearheaded by Gucci-owner Kering and a French environmental ministry. “Companies signing the pact produce nearly 150 brands and represent more than 30% of the fashion industry’s output by volume,” reports Bloomberg. “The brands agreed to targets including elimination of disposable plastic packaging by the end of the next decade and becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.”
Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+ feels uncluttered in comparison to its biggest competitor, Netflix, according to a post that describes what it's like to browse through a demo of Disney+. That simplicity is deliberate because Disney’s upcoming service has different goals. “From a technical level or UI level, I haven’t really compared it to Netflix,” Michael Paull, Disney’s streaming services president, told The Verge.
Howard Johnson brought in 450 pounds of candy (including 80,000 M&Ms and 4,125 feet of sour tape) to create the first-ever all-candy hotel room, including lollipop-themed wallpaper, jelly beans, licorice and a swimming pool filled with more than 30,000 “marshmallows.” The two-day event (Aug. 22-23) was built around showing off the brand’s largest design refresh in more than 25 years.
Two decades of various attempts at brand renewal haven’t resulted in much movement for the Cadillac brand. “In some ways, Cadillac doesn’t really compete with other luxury brands,” according to The New York Times. “Cadillac buyers most often trade in Chevys and Fords; rarely do they trade in German makes. Almost 40% of Cadillac buyers are over 65, compared with 20% for Audi, according to Cox Automotive.”
Amazon says it has an industry-leading safety and compliance program. That statement was made in reaction to a recent Wall Street Journal article on an investigation revealing that more than 4,000 items for sale on Amazon, many of them provided by third-party sellers, have been declared unsafe or banned by federal agencies, or feature misleading labeling. Amazon has removed or changed more than 2,000 of the listings since the article was first posted, according to the WSJ.
Zendaya, an actress on the HBO show “Euphoria," is seen riding a horse through the Los Angeles cityscape in Lancome’s ad for its new Idôle fragrance, which is targeting a younger audience. Zendaya follows a long list of actresses who have been tapped by the brand as ambassadors, including Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz and Lily Collins, according to WWD.
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state's opioid crisis, according to an Oklahoma judge, who ordered the company to pay $572 million. The ruling followed the first state opioid case to make it to trial and could help shape negotiations over roughly 1,500 similar lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments. Oklahoma reached settlements with two other defendant groups — a $270 million deal with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and an $85 million settlement with Israeli-owned Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.