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Retail & Ecommerce

Retailers turn to gamification to encourage loyalty, boost sales: Lego, Under Armour, and Hudson’s Bay Company are hoping to keep users engaged and their brands top-of-mind.

Strong volume growth and 100 million users prove the BNPL provider’s successful expansion

On today's podcast episode, we discuss the current state of the affiliate space, bringing new light to influencer activity through "performance branding," the impact of programmatic ads coming to movies theaters, and how retail media aids affiliate marketing. "In Other News," we talk about the impact of programmatic ads coming to the movies and what YouTube's next anti-ad blocking measure will be. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Max Willens and Alexandra Forsch, president of Awin Americas.

Younger generations are more likely to discover new grocery products via social media and search engines.

Target shifts away from a nationwide distribution network: By placing goods closer to customers, the retailer is delivering orders faster and speeding up store replenishment.

On today's podcast episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss what established brands have to gain by going D2C, the ways digitally native brands sell in brick-and-mortar stores, and how brands are maintaining a digitally native “identity” for marketing purposes while also going wholesale. Then, for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the the digital natives that are primed for success and the ones that need to up their game. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian and president of SageBerry Consulting and author of "Remarkable Retail" Steve Dennis.

Olipop uses TikTok and the promise of gut health to capture Gen Z’s attention, while Crocs leans on Gen Z’s sense of nostalgia and cool collaborations. Coach reinvented itself to appeal to a younger generation of fashion consumers who want to express themselves and GU makes its US debut as Uniqlo’s little sister.

Ecommerce sales growth worldwide is poised to increase by 8.9% in 2023 after increasing by 6.5% in 2022, according to our forecast. While this growth trend will continue in 2024—reaching 9.4%—ecommerce sales growth worldwide will fall to 8.6% in 2025.

“[This year] has been a once-in-a-career opportunity to hit the reset button on promotions and not just lift and shift what you did in the past,” said Erica Harrison, vice president of analytics at NielsenIQ during a recent LinkedIn live Q&A. As brands rethink their pricing and promotion strategies, they must keep track of their competition, secure retailer support, and get the timing right. However, it’s also important not to train consumers to be over-reliant on promotions. Here are five tips for brands as we head into the holiday season.

ByteDance is dead set on building up TikTok Shop in the US: Its aggressive moves to build a robust shopping service could lead to a $500 million loss this year.

Credit card digital account openings are normalizing after pandemic-driven fluctuations. Recessionary factors and Gen Z’s shifting behaviors are slowing growth, but it will stay positive as issuers tap digital innovations—like open banking and alternative credit models—to convert more consumers into cardholders.

In-store retail media doesn’t have to be limited to the physical. In-store audio ads increase awareness among consumers without disrupting their shopping experience.

Holiday retail sales will grow 4.5% to reach $1.317 trillion this year, according to our forecast. Retailers who want to carve out a share of that spend will need strong promotional strategies and a seamless digital-physical experience. It’s also not a bad idea to have a plan ready for when the returns start rolling in.

Instacart’s gross transaction volume grew just 5% in the first half: That’s a troubling number that can’t be glossed over by the company’s 30% revenue growth.

On today's episode, we discuss whether it's too early to talk about Gen Alpha, delivering things without the box, what's happening on TikTok Live, fast fashion looking to repairs, what websites will look like in the future, the most popular theme parks in the world, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian, analyst Blake Droesch, and forecasting director Oscar Orozco.

Amazon's Sponsored Products ads now reach beyond its platform: High-performing format could grow retail media's share of market.

While the retail media opportunity is massive, it requires reaching consumers across a growing number of channels and adapting in real time. Google—which receives billions of searches daily—can help capture new demand, and turn that demand into purchases, by bringing in valuable first-party data to a brand’s retail media program.

Klarna will generate $33.38 billion in US buy now, pay later (BNPL) payment value by 2027, pulling ahead of Affirm in a period of massive growth for BNPL providers, per our forecast.

The company has been beefing up its BNPL capabilities ever since its exclusivity period with Affirm ended earlier this year