Retail & Ecommerce

Potential UPS strike hastens last-mile diversification: Rival FedEx, as well as local carriers and retailers’ logistics services, are reaping the rewards as companies try to minimize disruption.

As many as 25 celebrities and influencers have launched beauty brands over the course of the last three years, according to Business Insider. While some (like Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez) have exploded, others (particularly those founded by social media influencers) are having a hard time finding their footing. What does it take to build a successful celebrity beauty brand?

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Walmart’s fledgling retail media business made big gains in Q4: Ad spending on the platform rose 31% YoY thanks in part to the ads’ growing effectiveness.

Payment startups might be better off cutting costs and scaling back expansion plans until the funding climate improves.

We expect retail sales in India to grow 11% this year: That’s enough to make it the fastest-growing market in the world, which is one reason Amazon is investing in the region.

This year, card-not-present (CNP) fraud will account for $9.49 billion in loss, up 8.5% over last year, according to our data. CNP will make up 73.0% of card payment fraud loss this year, up from 57.0% in 2019.

Procter & Gamble is determined to push through price hikes: Despite falling sales volumes and softening demand, the CPG giant plans to continue raising prices to cover its costs.

The Indian payments provider raised $350M for new products to diversify as competition intensifies.

Mobile app install ad spending is on the rise, and more video content on social media means an increase in time spent on platforms. Plus, click and collect remains a popular option for grocery buyers. Our forecasters laid out some good news for advertisers.

“The customer journey is constantly evolving and it's not linear.” That was the advice of Ram Iyer, worldwide director of digital strategy and ecommerce at Microsoft, speaking this week on the “Behind the Numbers: Reimagining Retail” podcast.

Emirati paytech Tabby secured $58M in a sign of investor confidence in the region’s BNPL market potential.

Many brands are entering the year with flat—or declining—budgets. You can’t assume what you did last year will work this year, and your average order value and conversion rates could decline from 2022 as consumers continue to be more money-conscious, said Ken Magner, strategist, marketplace search at Tinuiti, in a recent webinar.

Retail media was the fastest-growing digital ad channel worldwidein Q3 2022, with retail media spend increasing 45% versus a year ago, according to Skai. It also gave advertisers more bang for their buck with impressions up 61% and costs per click down 12% year over year.

The two networks are edging closer to joining the UPI, which would open up a massive market opportunity.

Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Hudson’s Bay rethink their strategies as department store sales fall: Tactics include using data science to predict trends and improve pricing strategy, doubling down on luxury, and maximizing store appeal with experiential concepts.

Our analyst shares what’s hot (the environment and Web3) and what’s not (the economy, the metaverse, and the fear of both logging on and off social media).

Consumers pulled back on spending in December: Even as inflation eases, consumers’ diminished spending power is forcing them to make choices about what they buy.

Alibaba’s retail ecommerce sales in China were nearly twice that of Amazon’s worldwide in 2022, at $1.229 trillion compared with about $657 billion, per our estimates. Latin American competitor Mercado Libre had significantly less ecommerce sales, at nearly $35 billion.