Brands Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

Week in Review


  • Inc., which reported a global workforce of 566,000 in December, laid off several hundred corporate employees, primarily in consumer retail businesses, at its Seattle headquarters and in global operations elsewhere, according to people familiar with the cuts.
  • The e-commerce company is furthering its dive into the healthcare industry by exploring ways to expand its business-to-business marketplace into one where hospitals could shop to stock outpatient locations, operating suites and emergency rooms, according to hospital executives who have attended recent meetings at the company’s headquarters in Seattle.


  • Amazon joins Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube and Twitter Inc. in courting the National Football League for streaming rights to “Thursday Night Football,” according to people with knowledge of the matter. The NFL hopes to bring in younger audiences by offering interactive streams that feature social media commentary and statistics, the sources said.
  • YouTube TV next month will raise its monthly fee for new customers — to $40 from $35 — following a deal with Turner Broadcasting System that added programming from eight cable networks, including CNN, TBS and TNT. YouTube TV, which reaches more than 85 percent of U.S. households, now has more than 50 networks in its base package.

What’s Ahead

  • Digiday is dedicating its entire annual Retail Summit to discussing how Amazon is disrupting the industry — and how retailers can adapt to survive. Attendees of the Feb. 21-23 conference in Austin will hear talks from representatives from Aldo, The Hershey Company and Thinx, among other companies.
  • Silicon Valley tech workers and others will gather Feb. 22-24 in San Francisco for the Wisdom 2.0 conference, with the aim to improve human connections through technology. Speakers include Jennifer Dulski from Facebook Inc. and Ivy Ross from Google LLC.
  • This week includes quarterly earnings reports from Dillard’s Inc.,DISH Network Corp., Domino’s Pizza Inc., Morningstar Inc. and Papa John’s International Inc.

Events Calendar (All Times Local)

B2B Marketing Exchange 8:30 a.m.
B2B Marketing Exchange 7 a.m.
B2B Marketing Exchange 7 a.m.
Pubcon Austin 2018 7:30 a.m.
Digital Summit Phoenix 8:30 a.m.
Digiday Retail Summit 1:30 p.m.
Digiday Retail Summit 7 a.m.
Digital Summit Phoenix 8:30 a.m.
Technology Policy Institute event on the economics and policy implications of AI 8:45 a.m.
Philadelphia Tech Summit 9:40 a.m.
Wisdom 2.0 summit 7 p.m.
2018 AMA Winter Academic Conference 8 a.m.
Wisdom 2.0 summit 8 a.m.
Digiday Retail Summit 8:30 a.m.

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