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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.

While retail as a whole is looking for ways to deploy generative AI to support operations and enhance customer experience, fashion ecommerce is likely to see some of the biggest impacts.

US consumers' appetite for luxury is beginning to fade: But rapidly recovering demand from Chinese consumers will allow LVMH, Prada, Kering, and others to maintain their strong momentum.

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.