Around the Web: E-Commerce, Magic Mirrors and Taking on Amazon

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This week, the apparel industry re-evaluated its consumer approach, applied in-store technologies and advocated for the welfare of garment workers.

Even though the recent Victoria Beckham Collection for Target reportedly broke sales records, collaborations as a whole are hitting a burnout. A recent article in Glossy highlighted why these partnership though appealing in the short term for stores could ultimately be a Catch 22.

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Could 3-D printing be the next in-store venture for retailers? Ministry of Supply thinks so. Forbes spoke with the fashion-meets-tech company’s head of design, Gihan Amarasiriwardena, about how in-store 3-D printing could help retailers minimize waste, eliminate out-of-stock problems and involve the customer in the creation process.

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Alibaba Group is not in good graces with some American businesses. BuzzFeed discussed how a few of the nation’s small children’s labels, including Little Faces Apparel, were victimized by knock-offs flooding the Chinese marketplace.

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Interactive magic mirrors and fitting rooms are reshaping the way consumers shop. Fast Company noted how these new technologies are helping retailers digitize and providing consumers with surrogate sales help to offer a more personalized experience.

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Pioneering e-tailers, including ModCloth and True & Co., are being scooped up by giant companies, including PVH and Walmart. The San Francisco Chronicle explained how these e-tailers became marketable by connecting with consumers, providing personalization and exploring brick-and-mortar territory.

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Walmart is hoping to beat Amazon to the fashion punch. Glossy noted how the retailer’s recent acquisition of ModCloth would advance its style offerings, meanwhile The Los Angeles Times noted that Walmart has upped the ante over the past year with free two-day shipping, more items online and omnichannel services.

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Burberry with its see now, buy now approach and digital advancement, is gaining a leg up on other luxury labels. Elle interviewed Burberry CEO and chief creative Christopher Bailey about the company’s direction and how craft plays an important role on and off the runway.

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Capacity building for the global garment industry isn’t a myth anymore. Sustainable fashion maven and researcher Lauren Solomon shared her experience with Fashion Revolution, and how her training program empowered Cambodian workers to problem-solve and set goals despite their labor circumstances.

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H&M and Zara are losing their grip on the fast-fashion sector. Quartz highlighted how Asos and Boohoo, two trendy online retailers from the U.K., are set to become the monarchs of fast, cost-efficient and stylish online commerce.

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