Retail & Ecommerce

In hopes of beefing up its Marketplace presence, Walmart has added a new suite of ad tools, making it easier for smaller brands to join and sell on the platform.

Pinterest’s new “Don’t Don’t Yourself” ad campaign highlights the platform as a site for genuineness and creativity, while hinting at the darker sides of other social media networks.

Grocers seek to make inroads with lower-income consumers: Walmart, Albertsons, and BJ's Wholesale Club are among the retailers eyeing the sizable customer segment.

The average US social buyer will spend $518 via this channel in 2022, up 26.9% from last year. Annual spend will increase by $419 per buyer over the next three years, reaching $937 in 2025.

Embedded-finance-driven business lending is expected to grow sixfold in the next five years.

Walmart and Target joined 1,600 merchants rallying around the divisive credit card routing bill—whose prospects aren’t bright.

Starbucks’ reinvention plan leans on China for growth: The company ignores the threat of lockdowns as it pursues aggressive international expansion.

On today's episode, we discuss Peloton's strategy to sell through Amazon, how much people really trust influencers, what to make of The Walt Disney Co.'s new membership program, what to do about a tidal wave of returns, which brand has the least intrusive ads, an explanation of what makes retail apps sticky, how much different countries spend on their militaries, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our vice president of Briefings Stephanie Taglianetti and analysts Dave Frankland and Suzy Davidkhanian.

Shein plans to open three large US distribution centers: The investment will dramatically cut its shipping times by up to 75%.

Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest sales event, but it offers other retailers a boost as well. This year, 44% of Prime Day digital buyers in the US considered shopping only on Amazon, while 32% checked out Walmart and 24% browsed Target as well.

Inflation shows no signs of receding: Higher grocery costs continue to eat into budgets, but lower gas prices are boosting consumer optimism.

Worldpay for Platforms offers embedded payment capabilities for software providers. Here’s why payment firms are targeting this group.

Rent the Runway increased its revenues 64% in the second quarter to $76.5 million but ended with a lower active subscriber count than expected.

Amazon’s iRobot deal under investigation: iRobot’s fate hangs in the balance as interest groups and the FTC target the acquisition. If the deal fails, Amazon can make its own robot vacuums while iRobot flounders.

The launch highlights Bread’s post-rebrand growth strategy, and diversified offerings should help Bread compete in the shaky BNPL market.

Inflation. Return to work. Supply chain disruptions. War. Recession. It’s been a wild 2022, and larger pressures are disrupting advertising. Here are a few key trends from our recent “Great Realignment” webinar.

Nearly 50 million people are still working from home as of July, according to The NPD Group. But many companies are calling their employees back to the office.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss how companies can improve the employee experience to better the customer experience and ways to collect feedback. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top examples of retail leadership that directly impacted our customer experience and the ones that could have been improved. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Suzy Davidkhanian and Patty Soltis.

As of August, 65% of US adults said they’d spent more on groceries and less on experiences in the past six months. Meanwhile, 59% agreed they’d spent less on experiences such as travel and dining out. Adults also reported focusing on savings while forgoing big-ticket purchases.