Retail & Ecommerce

The card network is said to have started automatically enrolling merchants in its BNPL program. But some providers have financial concerns and have opted out.

Walmart courts affluent audiences to make up for shoppers trading down: But the retailer’s attempts to grow its Walmart+ membership base look increasingly desperate.

Kohl’s makes a move to attract holiday shoppers: The retailer is expanding same-day in-store pickup options to all locations, but the move likely won’t be enough to reverse its slide.

Marqeta reported a 53% YoY increase in total processing volume in Q2. Outgoing CEO Jason Gardner outlined growth plans for H2.

Our Retail Reimagined podcast team talked connected fitness this week. Here are the highlights.

More than anything else, cash-back credit card customers want security and control. Free identity theft insurance and Social Security number monitoring are by far the most valued features among potential users of these cards in the US. These consumers also look for ease of earning and redeeming rewards.

Payments firms may see this as an opportunity to snap up companies, which may help boost business efficiency.

Our 2022 US Retail Mobile App Features Benchmark report analyzes the most in-demand retail mobile app features and ranks the top 10 leading multicategory retailers based on their mobile apps.

Building on momentum from a significant pandemic bounce, mcommerce sales continue to grow, albeit at the lowest rate in years.

Emily Hosie, founder and CEO at Rebelstork, created a resale platform for gently used baby gear and products.

In our 2022 US Cash-Back Credit Card Emerging Features Benchmark report, we analyze the most in-demand features an issuer can offer to attract customers.

It expanded its Visa Direct integration so US customers can send payments to eligible Visa cardholders in six countries.

Digitally native brands focus on physical expansion, but costs are mounting: Allbirds, Warby Parker, and Glossier are shedding workers and expanding retail partnerships to grow sales and stay afloat.

Even as it contracts, Snap looks to the future: The company is planning layoffs but has major long-term ambitions.

As classrooms fill up, we’re checking the trends on children’s apparel.

Just 7% of US consumers who exercise expect to work out entirely at a gym or studio for the next year. By comparison, 42% plan to exercise only at home, while the rest anticipate using some combination of the two.

Inflation eased slightly in July, but consumers still feel the pinch: Gas prices are falling, but steadily rising food prices are eroding shoppers’ buying power.

Amazon’s Roomba acquisition is a data privacy nightmare: Regulators are worried that Amazon, which already has eyes and ears in consumers’ homes, will now be able to map and monitor those homes.

Discount stores ranked among the fastest-growing retailers in the US last year: But low prices, not customer loyalty, is driving that growth.

The REI Co-op Mastercard lets users earn 5% cash back for REI purchases and 1.5% cash back for all other purchases.