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On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we conduct a physical examination of the US retail space: what do our new forecasts tell us, which categories are leading the charge (or struggling), and how is the banking debacle weighing on consumers purchasing decisions? Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top four symptoms to pay attention to over the coming months. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Sky Canaves and Zak Stambor.

In the US, just 18% of adults say they’ve used livestream and video ecommerce, according to an October 2022 Insider Intelligence survey with Bizrate Insights. Brands shouldn’t shy away from livestream shopping in the US, but they need to be intentional about how they implement it.

While retail sales growth is expected to slow this year, ecommerce sales will grow by double digits to reach $1.148 trillion, buoyed by online grocery, health and personal care, and online resale. Here are five charts on the categories, retailers, and channels driving ecommerce growth

Amazon will increase its share of US ecommerce sales in five product categories next year, per our forecast. The biggest gains will be in health and personal care, furniture and home furnishings, and apparel and accessories.

Is India the next China? Retailers from Apple to Dior to Levi’s are looking to expand in the world’s fastest-growing retail market, but success isn’t guaranteed.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss the preferred shopping channels for Gen Z shoppers, what gets teens to buy, and which innovations in payments will influence spending. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top four brands that will have staying power with teens come 2025. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Sky Canaves and Blake Droesch.

Scrutiny over labor practices puts Starbucks, Nike, and others in the hot seat: The backlash could force retailers to improve supply chain transparency and worker protections.

Over the next two years, the four ecommerce companies with the largest shares of US retail ecommerce sales will hold their spots. But moves by smaller players will shake up the rankings.

Data’s role in creating a seamless customer experience has never been more important. But adding in a human element can help your data analytics strategies reach their full potential. Thomas shares how Stich Fix is blending data science with client feedback to create a better experience for shoppers.

On today's episode, we're at Shoptalk 2023 discussing why influencers might be the key to unlocking livestream shopping, what folks on the floor are saying about generative AI in retail, and how one company plans to redefine the fulfillment experience. In our new "From the Shop Floor" segment, we bring you the best bits from the most interesting retail events. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian and chief content officer Zia Daniell Wigder, live from this year's Shoptalk event.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss why livestream shopping hasn't caught on in the US and the UK the same way it has in China, what TikTok is doing to make the US’s launch more successful than the UK's, and what shoppers are looking for from a livestream. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top four brands that have done livestream shopping well. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Sky Canaves and Carina Perkins.

Next year, ecommerce will make up 75% of total US resale volume and reach $90 billion, according to our forecast. US resale is also growing faster than overall retail sales, and retailers want in on the market. Whether you’re launching a resale program or examining the opportunity, here are five charts to help.

On Running is bullish after growing sales 91.4% YoY during the holiday quarter: But Nike’s strong Q3 performance underscored its position as the dominant sneaker brand on the market.

The gap between H&M and Inditex is getting wider: While Inditex records record profits, H&M veers toward a Q1 operating loss. (This article was written with the assistance of ChatGPT.)

In-store pickup will emerge as the clear preference for US click-and-collect buyers.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we talk about what the leading retailers' Q4 performances tell us about the state of retail. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings: Earnings Awards Edition," we rank the two best and the two most concerning retailer performances of late. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts director of Briefings Jeremy Goldman and analyst Zak Stambor.

Historically, apparel and accessories and computer and consumer electronics were the most dominate categories in ecommerce sales. They will remain significant sales drivers, but in the future, ecommerce will be more evenly spread among categories.

On today's episode, we present our first-ever live recorded podcast segment of "Behind the Numbers Reimagining Retail," recorded during our "Attention!" summit. In the episode, hosts Sara Lebow and Marcus Johnson quiz our vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian against her retail team—analysts Sky Canaves, Blake Droesch, and Zak Stambor—in a game show focused around consumer shopping behavior, how people perceive resale value, and whether folks want to use AR to shop.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss what the customer journey currently looks like, where folks are discovering products, and how the funnel is collapsing. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top four personal frustrations in the customer shopping journey. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Sky Canaves and Suzy Davidkhanian.