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2023 has been a rocky year for retail, with layoffs, inflation, and a potential recession dominating headlines. Despite all that, footwear sales are doing quite well. “People wear shoes. That’s as simple as that,” said Romy Samuel, founder of digital sneaker marketplace Common Ace.

Retailers are adapting to the changing market by focusing on digital tactics that drive demand for in-store shopping to meet evolving customer needs and expectations. Here’s what you need to know.

Sick of disappointing retail news? So are we. Just like we’re sick of paying $6 for a carton of eggs. Some good news: US employers added 30,000 retail jobs in January, offering a big boost after a sluggish second half of 2022, when retail jobs fell for three consecutive months from September to November and were stagnant in December. Here are some more positive indicators.

As consumers balance the cost of necessities with the desire to splurge, secondhand luxury is a sweet spot, giving shoppers a way to treat themselves without breaking the bank. The category, which was valued at €43 billion ($45.21 billion) in 2022, will continue to grow, driven by cost-conscious and sustainability-minded consumers.

It’s easier than ever to find fashion resale online: The latest example of that is Rent the Runway’s new storefront on Amazon Fashion.

Consumers spent $211.7 billion online over the 2022 holiday season (from November 1 to December 31), growing 3.5% year over year, per Adobe Analytics.

Instacart will retain its status as grocery delivery king this year, capturing 73.0% of US digital grocery sales among third-party delivery services, per our forecast. However, competitors such as DoorDash and Uber will continue to eat away at its dominance.

Which categories performed best in 2022—and which struggled? Inflation drove consumers to spend more on essentials like groceries, at the expense of discretionary categories.

Which categories will perform well in 2023—and which will stumble? Some of this year’s trends will continue into next year, while changing consumer behaviors will drive others’ rise—and possible fall.

Everyone knows the expression “like a kid on Christmas morning.” But what if we told you that it’s not just children who are hoping for the season’s hottest toys?

After experiencing a boom during the pandemic, the subscription frenzy has begun to fade as consumers grow weary of the Stitch Fixes and Blue Aprons of the world. Has the category lost its way? Or is there hope on the horizon? Let’s take a look.

The retailer’s reported plans to launch its own BNPL product through its fintech, ONE, could help boost customer spending.

We’re knee-deep into the holiday season, and it’s shaping up to be a busy one. The star so far: deals, deals, deals.

TikTok. BeReal. Gen Z. Authenticity. That might seem like a grab bag of buzzwords, but it’s the marketing strategy behind clothing retail American Eagle Outfitters.

In a year of shrinking margins and pulled-back consumer spending, luxury sales have remained relatively immune to the headwinds plaguing other retailers. Here are five charts that break down why the bubble hasn’t burst yet.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss what kind of a holiday season we are expecting, how shopping behaviors are changing, and how retailers and brands can win over consumers. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top four holiday ads you need to watch. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Andrew Lipsman and Carina Perkins.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss the total market for US retail social commerce sales, whether Instagram is in trouble when it comes to social commerce, and what kind of a threat TikTok poses. Then for "Red-Hot Retail," our analysts give us four of their very specific—and potentially risky—predictions about the future of TikTok’s US retail strategy. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Sky Canaves and Jasmine Enberg.

Insider Intelligence spoke with Randy Goldberg, co-founder and chief brand officer of Bombas, a certified B corporation., about communicating authenticity to customers.

Just 14% of US adults regularly use cashierless checkout, like mobile scan-and-go and just-walk-out technologies. That figure is higher among 18- to 34-year-olds, at 21%, while only 6% of 55- to 65-year-olds use the tech routinely.

Consumers say sustainability is important and want to support sustainable brands, but when it comes time to buy, price often trumps other considerations.