Amazon’s Increasing Interest in Brick-and-Mortar

[L2] has studied the effects of opening a physical store on pure-play retailers, among them Trunk Club, Rent the Runway and Warby Parker, and found that after opening a store, each saw a spike in search activity that was relatively sustained.

[Mabel McLean] said it would be strategically advantageous for Amazon to open fashion-specific, brick-and-mortar locations to publicize its offering.

Read more… via Women’s Wear Daily

Android Wear smartwatches come to the iPhone

“That’s right: beginning today, a select set of Android Wear smartwatches (and all future watches) will work with the iPhone. The app should be rolling out worldwide soon. It’s been a long time coming — and it means that Google will be challenging the Apple Watch on its home turf. Those Android Wear watches will be both cheaper and more varied than the Apple Watch — just like Android itself.”

Read more… via The Verge