TikTok: Why we are suing the [Trump] administration

TikTok is one of the fastest-growing video-sharing social networks in the United States and has led to Facebook-owned Instagram launching its own rival Reels product. Image credit: TikTok TikTok is one of the fastest-growing video-sharing social networks in the United States and has led to Facebook-owned Instagram launching its own rival Reels product. Image credit: TikTok

TikTok, a Chinese-owned video-sharing social network, is increasingly popular with younger millennials and Gen Z consumers. It is also a rival to Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, and has run afoul of U.S. President Trump in his ongoing trade war with China.

Burberry unveils luxury sector’s first social retail store in China

Burberry claims its shop in the Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen is the luxury world's first social retail store. Image courtesy of Burberry Burberry claims its shop in the Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen is the luxury world’s first social retail store. Image courtesy of Burberry

Tech-savvy British fashion brand Burberry on July 31 will open the luxury sector’s first social retail store in Chinese tech hub Shenzhen, binding the physical and social worlds in a digitally immersive retail embrace.

US department store chain Neiman Marcus officially launches new digital hub for personalized services

Neiman Marcus has introduced contactless curbside pickup as part of its overall Your Neiman’s service. Image credit: Neiman Marcus

U.S. department store chain Neiman Marcus has introduced a new online location for customers to access a variety of services as the COVID-19 pandemic has altered store-visit behavior.

Ferragamo, in streamlining bid, taps Centric Software for product lifecycle management tools

Ferragamo is deploying Centric Software product lifecycle management technology to boost productivity. Image courtesy of Ferragamo Ferragamo is deploying Centric Software product lifecycle management technology to boost productivity. Image courtesy of Ferragamo

Italian fashion label Salvatore Ferragamo has tapped Centric Software to provide product lifecycle management help to add a tech element to its traditional craftsmanship process.

Porsche Design, matching bespoke capability for cars, to enable 1.5M design options for wristwatches

Porsche Design will let consumers customize their watches the way they customize Porsche cars, from trim to color and everything in between. Image courtesy of Porsche Design Porsche Design will let consumers customize their watches the way they customize Porsche cars, from trim to color and everything in between. Image courtesy of Porsche Design

Porsche Design is taking a page from sports car factories and letting consumers select from more than 1.5 million design configurations to create custom timepieces to match their vehicle.

FHCM, in nod to times, picks Launchmetrics to digitize Haute Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week Men’s edition

Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode is digitizing key events as insurance against future health outbreaks and also to keep up with the needs of the times and current market behavior. Image credit: Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode is digitizing key events as insurance against future health outbreaks and also to keep up with the needs of the times and current market behavior. Image credit: Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode

The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has picked Launchmetrics to digitize its virtual Haute Couture Week and Paris Fashion Week Men’s edition.

Gucci takes AR tech to Snapchat for footwear virtual trial and eventual purchase

Snapchat users can now use AR tech to virtually try on Gucci footwear to see if they like the merchandise and then have the option to buy it directly from that location. Image courtesy of Gucci Snapchat users can now use AR tech to virtually try on Gucci footwear to see if they like the merchandise and then have the option to buy it directly from that location. Image courtesy of Gucci

Italian fashion label Gucci will take its augmented reality service to Snapchat to let customers and prospects virtually try on its footwear and buy the merchandise if they choose.

Four Seasons, in contactless response to pandemic, boosts app and chat capabilities for private residence owners

The Four Seasons app and chat capabilities are now available to private residence owners as contactless services become the new norm in the COVID-19 era. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts The Four Seasons app and chat capabilities are now available to private residence owners as contactless services become the new norm in the COVID-19 era. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has added new features to its app and chat platforms to give private residence homeowners and residents the ability to connect with their residential teams from their phones, tablets and computers.

Beauty retailer Sephora ups social shopping quotient with Instagram checkout

In addition to reducing transactional friction, Sephora is moving closer to the consumer's point of passion to consummate a sale at the moment when the desire is highest. Image credit: Sephora In addition to reducing transactional friction, Sephora is moving closer to the consumer’s point of passion to consummate a sale at the moment when the desire is highest. Image credit: Sephora

Cosmetics retailer Sephora has debuted Instagram checkout with more than 80 brands it sells in stores and online as the LVMH-owned company takes social shopping one notch up.

BMW to be first automaker to use iPhone as fully digital car key

The BMW Digital Key with the Apple iPhone is yet another step toward integration of mobile services with automotive technology. Image courtesy of BMW The BMW Digital Key with the Apple iPhone is yet another step toward integration of mobile services with automotive technology. Image courtesy of BMW

Germany’s BMW will become the first carmaker to let its customers use the iPhone as a fully digital car key in yet another sign of the integration of mobile technology into vehicles.