Retail & Ecommerce

Discovery—not influencers—is what separates TikTok and Amazon’s ecommerce businesses: The retail giant is trying to replicate TikTok’s success via its “Inspire” video feed.

Despite slower spending growth, both companies managed to pull in more customers—positioning them well in the long term.

The next phase of direct-to-consumer (D2C) retail won’t be defined by a singular distribution strategy, but rather by the goal of making a real connection with customers. To get to the next level, D2Cs must use their physical presence, partnerships, marketing dollars, and customer data.

Buy with Prime launch could be a turning point for Shopify: The ecommerce platform raised prices and diversified its retailer appeal to protect revenues, but could still take a hit should merchants flock to its biggest rival.

The cloud can help retailers manage their inventories, create smart pricing strategies, and improve the employee experience. The cloud can even make it easier for retailers to increase personalization.

Mobile’s share of ecommerce keeps growing: But ease of use and checkout speed remain barriers to sales, which could be a problem for Walmart’s Text to Shop feature.

The card network’s volume grew 7% YoY in its fiscal Q1. Falling fintech valuations might help fuel long-term growth for Visa.

Pet sales are on the rise (thanks, in large part, to inflation). Consumers, who are increasingly shopping online, are seeking out premium health and wellness-focused products for the furry members of their family.

The Chinese economy shows signs of life: While that’s good news for retailers after flat growth last year, many are adopting conservative strategies to protect their bottom lines.

The card network’s gross payment volume increased 8% YoY during Q4, but it anticipates a slowdown in revenue growth this quarter.

Search ads and retail media to aid Western Europe advertisers: Economic uncertainty to bolster use of ad channels that can deliver solid returns in 2023.

We expect retail sales growth to slow to 2.9% this year: That pullback in spending is leading retailers to cut staff to protect their bottom lines.

The feature lets customers view their 2022 spending patterns and suggests ways to improve financial habits in the new year.

Does a set of standards devalue retail media networks’ walled gardens? Unilever is trying to convince the industry that it doesn’t, and is urging competitors to come together.

Walmart is undergoing a “much broader shift,” said our analyst Sky Canaves on our “Behind the Numbers: Reimagining Retail” podcast. Where Walmart was once seen as primarily a retailer, it’s pivoting into tech and services. Walmart’s business remains rooted in grocery, but through its retail as a service and Walmart+ offerings, it’s expanding that flywheel.

Consumers expect to spend nearly 10% more on Valentine’s Day this year: And nearly one-third plan to give the gift of an experience, the highest share ever.

Becoming Amazon’s strategic payments partner in the US, Canada, and Europe can help Stripe bolster its processing business.

Attracting and retaining retail employees isn’t easy: But it's critical to delivering a high-quality customer experience. That’s why Walmart and others are boosting wages.