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On today's podcast episode, we discuss how Walmart plans to use AI to enhance the customer shopping experience, Instacart pushing smart carts into in-store retail media, why consumers are dissatisfied with their in-store shopping experience, how best to reduce clothing returns, the rise—and potential fall—of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian and analysts Blake Droesch and Carina Perkins.

In 2027, enterprise spending on generative AI solutions worldwide will reach $151.1 billion, growing nearly eightfold from its total in 2023, according to the International Data Corporation.

Not every trend gets the headline it deserves. Our analysts spotted three undervalued ad mediums (in games, shoppable media, and ride-share companies), each holding an opportunity for advertisers to diversify their spend, explore formats, and identify untapped audiences. Here are the ad forecast trends you need to know.

With OpenAI’s new GPT Store, an Apple App Store-like interface that opened earlier this month, SEO professionals can share their own custom versions of ChatGPT with premium subscribers. But these collaborative innovations aren’t without their challenges. Generative AI can’t do everything, and it can be hard to vet new tools in the store.

On today's podcast episode, in our "Retail Awards" segment, we discuss the retailers to watch out for in 2024 (superlatives edition). Find out which retailer will win most likely to need a makeover, most likely to reinvent itself, most likely to go viral, and more. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Arielle Feger and Zak Stambor.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss the digital habits across generations: what baby boomers' top digital activity is, Gen X's approach to all things digital, and how much more time Gen Zers actually spend on social media over other generations. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Paola Flores-Marquez and vice president of research Jennifer Pearson.

On today’s episode of The Banking & Payments Show podcast, we discuss the most important banking trends that we expect to see in 2024. We examine the big headlines from our Banking Trends to Watch in 2024 report, such as risky banking as a service partnerships, the social media players pushing the boundaries of banking, the disruption caused by AI and new developments with digital wallets. In a new segment called "Place Your Bets," using a total of 10 points, we allocate points to different trends to predict their likelihood of coming true. Listen to the conversation with guest host Marcus Johnson and our analysts Tiffani Montez and David Morris.

Nearly 4 in 5 people in the US own a smartphone, per our March 2023 forecast. US adults check their phones an average of 114 times each day, and usually do so within the first 10 minutes of waking, per a study.

It may be a new year, but 2023 shopping habits aren’t going anywhere, according to Barbara Connors, vice president of strategy and acceleration at 84.51, a retail data company under The Kroger Co. Customers are still motivated by price and value, still expecting the shopping experience to seamlessly shift between online and offline channels, and still interested in buying private label goods.

Agencies prepare for a pivotal 2024: They’re balancing optimism and economic reality in a bid to harness new opportunities and foster resilience.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss why gaming is a digital advertising hotbed, how consumers are embracing shoppable media, and what happens now that the ride-sharing industry has bounced back. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood.

The “Mad Men” approach of finding the perfect slogan and polished copy isn’t gospel. For some, we’re now in the era of unpolished content, disruptive formatting, and what TotalRetail is calling “weirdvertising.” These ads take the basic idea of memeification found on social media and extend it to other forms of display advertising, including out-of-home (OOH) and print.

TikTok’s US growth is slowing: That trend correlates with the launch of TikTok Shop, which some feel degraded the app’s experience.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss what non-AI technology took the spotlight at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), second-tier TV audiences, what streaming will look like in a few years, what its like to shop with a chatbot, how digital grocery will take things up a notch, how big the sun actually is, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood, analyst Bill Fisher, and forecasting analyst Zach Goldner.

57% of US ad buyers use performance metrics to help determine attention levels, according to an August 2023 survey from Integral Ad Science and YouGov.

On today's podcast episode, our contestants compete in The Great Behind the Numbers Take Off, 2024 health trends edition, where they will try and cook up the most interesting predictions for the coming year. They'll discuss why healthcare is going to be a hyper-partisan issue in the 2024 US election campaigns; how that will affect how people think about and deal with their own healthcare going forward; and why the coming year will create unprecedented challenges for patients when it comes to affording care and treatment, leading them to explore other options for accessing and paying for care. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Rajiv Leventhal and Lisa Phillips.

42% of retail executives worldwide say the most important role of physical retail as omnichannel buying evolves is to provide an in-person component to the customer experience (CX), according to April 2023 data from Bain and Aptos.

Nestlé follows trends to make sure it stocks the right merchandise. Moët Hennessy is headed to the Olympics as part of a global partnership. And The J.M. Smucker Company is choosing value over price. Here are three takeaways—each paired with a real-life case study—from NRF 2024: Retail’s Big Show.

Gen Z, millennial shoppers love self-checkout: But everyone else is divided due to concerns over ease of use and theft.