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On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we invent a new sport called the "National Retailers League," where we look at how retailers stack up against each other across different areas. Then, we examine the battle between the top 15 retailers for online dollars and hand out some awards based on fulfillment experience, the best mobile app, and internet innovation. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian and analyst Blake Droesch.

Brands can take a page from lululemon athletica’s playbook and hold a dupe swap to show consumers what they’ve been missing or use social media to give a behind-the-scenes look at how a product is made. Other strategies include leaning into secondhand and adding less expensive alternatives.

Its fastest-selling game is extending the popularity of the 7-year-old handheld console and defying the cloud-gaming trend.

Amazon is the top dog of US retail, accounting for 37.6% of all US ecommerce sales this year for a total of $431.11 billion dollars, according to our forecast. While the giant has a successful stronghold in many US industries, Amazon isn’t dominant everywhere, especially as it pertains to a physical footprint and getting consumers comfortable with its elite tech. Here are a few areas Amazon hasn’t overtaken—yet.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss how many Americans have a mobile wallet, which ones are most popular, and what's happening with retailers' branded wallets. Then for "Red-Hot Retail," our analysts give us four spicy predictions about the future of mobile wallets. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Sky Canaves and Jaime Toplin.

For luxury brands, tapping into the partnership channel presents a unique opportunity to reach new audiences and maximize brand awareness. The pay-for-performance partnership model mitigates risk by allowing luxury brands to work with partners that can curate rich stories all the way down the purchase funnel for an established community.

Nike’s close connections to sports and sneaker culture keep it on the top of Gen Z’s list of favorite brands while its cutting-edge sneaker technology makes the brand a must-have for runners. But Nike must use a mix of D2C and wholesale commerce if it wants to defend its title from the competition.

Last year, streamlined its business and focused solely on home furnishings and furniture. To court a more targeted audience, Overstock leaned on its first-party data to develop more personalized ad campaigns and employed brand ambassadors to showcase the company's ability to provide consumers with high-quality products at a reasonable price. We spoke with Angela Hsu, Overstock’s CMO, ahead of her session at CommerceNext in June.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss how Nike was able to create such a strong brand, how that brand has transcended generations, and how close its competitors are to catching up. Then in a brand-new segment, "Loyalty Point, Counter Point," we present arguments both in favor and against various questions related to Nike, like can it remain the need-to-have running shoe and has the company alienated its core customer? Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analyst Sky Canaves and director of Briefings Jeremy Goldman.

Amazon and big-box stores are likely to win from Bed Bath & Beyond’s collapse, while fast-fashion retailers could score displaced David’s Bridal customers. But keep a lookout for underdogs like Etsy, which may bring in shoppers looking for personalized party supplies in Party City’s absence.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss why retailers should be paying attention to generative AI and how brands and retailers can prepare for it. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top four most interesting examples of how retail is using generative AI. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Sky Canaves and Yory Wurmser.

2022 ended with nearly 3.5 times more brands operating resale programs than in 2021, per an analysis by thredUP. And 2023 continues to bring new resale initiatives from major names in fashion, such as H&M, J.Crew, and Kate Spade.

US fashion online resale platform sales will increase 15.8% this year, totaling $14.14 billion, according to our forecast. Sales will continue to grow by double-digit rates through 2026, when they will reach $23.92 billion.

As apparel retailers grapple with consumers’ pullback in discretionary spending, a few common themes are emerging. Some are refocusing on core consumers while others are experimenting with cutting-edge technologies.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss points of tension around Trader Joe's and other cult grocery brands. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top four private label grocery brands people go out of their way for—and why. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian and analyst Zak Stambor.

While mid-tier retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s struggle, discount and luxury retailers are seeing success as some consumers trade down amid inflation while others splurge to treat themselves amid tough times, respectively. But these polar opposites are using the same tools and tactics to attract new customers and retain current ones.

Interest rates are rising. The housing market is cooling. Combine those factors with two years of home improvement projects during the COVID-19 pandemic and outlooks don’t look great for home improvement retailers. This has led them to focus on other revenue streams, including advertising, professional services, and loyalty programs.

Retailers struggle to find a balance between growth and sustainability: Efforts to reduce environmental footprints often run counter to the desire to grow sales.

Moving across the US-Canada border can be the first step toward international expansion for retailers. Canadian brands like lululemon athletica and Aritzia are thriving in the US. Meanwhile, US-based companies Lowe’s, Nordstrom, and Bed Bath & Beyond recently announced they were leaving Canada. And let’s not forget Target’s famous Canadian failure. Here’s a look at how brands on both sides of the border have fared, and the lessons you can learn from them.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss why US home improvement company Lowe's didn't work out in Canada, why Canadian athletic apparel retailer lululemon athletica succeeded in the US, and which Canadian brands would prosper in the US if they chose to fly south. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analyst Paul Briggs and vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian.