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This week, the apparel industry embraced authenticity, celebrated the history of embellishments and contemplated the future of a troubled department store.

Amazon’s product pages don’t tell the whole fulfillment picture. The Wall Street Journal reported how algorithms, bots and flash crashes are part of the e-tailer’s stock market-like distribution system.

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Chinese consumers are turning away from counterfeit goods. The Wall Street Journal noted how this shopper demographic is willing to pay more for authentic products, as Western culture continues to influence the nation’s fashion.

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Zippers may not be the cheapest or easiest product to manufacturer, but BBC said that the fastener culturally represents possibility throughout the decades and forever changed convenience for consumers.

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According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, drones are not going away anytime soon. Reuters explained how the FAA projects that there will be over 3.5 million small hobbyist drones and approximately 442,000 commercial drones in the U.S. by 2021.

(Related on SJ: Study: Consumers Only Have “Conservative” Appetite for Retail Tech)

Amazon is making moves in logistics real estate, as e-commerce continues to grow. The Wall Street Journal analyzed how the e-tailer is increasing its warehouse spaces and dominated more than a quarter (27 percent) of U.K. online sales in 2016.

(Related on SJ: Amazon Acquires Middle Eastern E-Commerce Site Souq)

Uniqlo has a new designer collaboration in the works. Glamour shared how the Japanese retailer is partnering up with Northern Irish J.W. Anderson for its Fall 2017 LifeWear collection.

(Related on SJ: Asos Debuts Sustainable Made in Africa Line)

Cordura, a high-performance material company, is debuting its new military and tactical fabric innovations at LAAD 2017 in Rio De Janeiro from April 4-7.

(Related on SJ: Alvanon’s New Partnership to Make Sizing and Fit Even More Accurate)

Spider silk technology company Kraig Biocraft was awarded an Investment Certificate to produce high technology silk in Vietnam.

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What would happen if Hudson’s Bay bought Neiman Marcus? Fashion United investigated how the parent company of Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue is expanding its luxury footprint.

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Bain Capital Ventures managing director Scott Friend told Glossy that fashion startups shouldn’t raise a lot of money, since the retail landscape remains uncertain.

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