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Retail & Ecommerce

TikTok’s US growth is slowing: That trend correlates with the launch of TikTok Shop, which some feel degraded the app’s experience.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss what non-AI technology took the spotlight at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), second-tier TV audiences, what streaming will look like in a few years, what its like to shop with a chatbot, how digital grocery will take things up a notch, how big the sun actually is, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood, analyst Bill Fisher, and forecasting analyst Zach Goldner.

To help keep return volumes down, retailers are trying everything from implementing return fees to ensuring product descriptions are as accurate and detailed as possible. But there are still a couple of out-of-the-box solutions that they could try, like leveraging peer-to-peer solutions to cut down on logistics costs or being more cautious around inspiring impulse purchases.

Retail job cuts pile up: Even as Macy’s, Wayfair, and Stitch Fix cut staff, other retailers have good reason to feel optimistic about 2024.

42% of retail executives worldwide say the most important role of physical retail as omnichannel buying evolves is to provide an in-person component to the customer experience (CX), according to April 2023 data from Bain and Aptos.

Nestlé follows trends to make sure it stocks the right merchandise. Moët Hennessy is headed to the Olympics as part of a global partnership. And The J.M. Smucker Company is choosing value over price. Here are three takeaways—each paired with a real-life case study—from NRF 2024: Retail’s Big Show.

Gen Z, millennial shoppers love self-checkout: But everyone else is divided due to concerns over ease of use and theft.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss this year's National Retail Federation event—the main takeaways, the best side conversations and booths, and the discussed trends we don't see coming to fruition. Join guest host Marcus Johnson as he speaks with our vice president of content Suzy Davidkhanian, who was at this year's conference.

Our newsletter team has already made a number of advertising and retail predictions, but now it’s time to combine the two. Retail media is still on the rise in the US (growing by a projected 28.6% this year), but competition is getting fierce. From commerce opportunities to consolidation, here’s what we expect to see from retail media in 2024.

GenAI is on the agenda for most retailers in 2024: Walmart, Target, Canadian Tire, and others are turning to the tech to boost customer and employee satisfaction.

71% of US retail decision-makers have invested in data/AI-enabled content for personalization, according to an August 2023 report from Coresight Research and Obsess.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss how this year will look as Google's cookies fade away, the biggest threat to Google's search dominance, how many consumers are moving to ad-supported streaming, whether Apple can move the VR needle, Peloton's content hub on TikTok, the first person to ever complete Tetris, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Ross Benes, Evelyn Mitchell-Wolf, and Max Willens.

The P2P payments space is deeply entrenched by competitors that have large networks of loyal users

Sam’s Club’s rich collection of first-party data provides advertisers with insight into members’ shopping and purchase behaviors. This near real-time visibility, powered by Sam’s Club Member Access Platform (MAP), allows advertisers to meaningfully engage members along their shopping journey with content and offers that align with their interests.

Sometimes two is better than one. Especially when trying to capture consumer attention in a world of seemingly endless options. Here are four retail partnerships we think could occur in 2024, ranked from most likely to happen (e.g., Pinterest and Ikea) to least likely (e.g., Chewy and Blue Apron), and why we think they make sense.

“Despite lingering inflation, relatively sluggish consumer confidence, and shrinking excess savings, people still pulled out their wallets for the holidays,” our analyst Zak Stambor said on an episode of the “Behind the Numbers: Reimagining Retail” podcast. Because it’s never too early to start planning for the biggest retail period, here are four predictions for the 2024 holiday season.

On today's podcast episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss how the 2023 holiday shopping season really went, whether we've shaken the feeling that we're in a recession, and what this means for the start of this year. Then for "Red-Hot Retail," our analysts give us two spicy predictions about the 2024 holiday season and two about what they would like to see from retailers. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts director of Briefings Jeremy Goldman and analyst Zak Stambor.

71% of US adults prefer to take their time while shopping online for clothes and shoes, according to November 2023 Kearney data.

On the first podcast episode of the new year, we discuss what buy now, pay later's (BNPL’s) prospects will look like in 2024. • In our “Story by Numbers” segment, we focus on the outlook for BNPL by looking at growth by generation. • In “Headlines,” we examine data from Adobe Analytics that states BNPL purchases were up 43% on Cyber Monday compared with the previous year, and how the rise of BNPL use over the holidays has increased consumers' debt burden. • In “For Argument’s Sake,” we debate whether BNPL promotes good or bad behavior. Listen to the podcast with host Rob Rubin and our analysts Grace Broadbent and David Morris.

On today's podcast episode, our contestants compete in The Great Behind the Numbers Take Off, 2024 mobile trends edition, where they will try and cook up the most interesting predictions for the coming year. They'll discuss how shoppable media will evolve on mobile devices, where mobile ad dollars are moving to, and why foldable phones are here to stay. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Peter Newman, Andrew Spink, and Yory Wurmser.