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Retail & Ecommerce

Macy's and Best Buy are seeing a drop in sales of nonessential goods: Economic uncertainty, inflation force consumers to focusing on necessities like groceries.

Brands were abuzz at eTail West 2023 in Palm Springs this week, talking about tech, loyalty, and integration. Here are our top five takeaways from brands like GNC, Poshmark, and Spanx.

Both firms reported slight profit improvements in Q4 following a shift away from a growth-at-all-costs mentality—which is likely to continue into 2023.

Web3 is intrinsically linked to crypto, which is in crisis. Web3 users can’t touch applications without touching crypto.

People aren’t moving as much as they used to: That poses a challenge to home improvement retailers like Lowe’s and Home Depot, as well as retailers that sell home-related items.

The atypical credit card automatically applies rewards to customers’ balances—a feature that can be appealing to money-conscious consumers.

US display ad spend will grow by 15.7% this year, reaching a total of $163.29 billion. Here are five charts that offer a closer look at what display ad spending looks like in 2023.

Black History Month ends, but some retailer commitments live on: Consumers—not just Black ones—increasingly see through performative marketing campaigns.

Target expects a tough year ahead: But there are several reasons why it may navigate slowing retail sales growth better than some of its competitors.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss what the customer journey currently looks like, where folks are discovering products, and how the funnel is collapsing. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top four personal frustrations in the customer shopping journey. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Sky Canaves and Suzy Davidkhanian.

US social ad spend growth will near 9% this year and return to double digits in 2024, per our forecast. Last year’s 3.6% increase reflects a normalization after 2021’s rapid growth, as well as targeting challenges resulting from Apple’s AppTrackingTransparency framework.

Temu, the recent entrant to the US ecommerce market, has taken the ecommerce world by storm since its September 2022 launch. The China-based etailer went from zero to 44.5 million unique visitors by December 2022, according to Comscore—a virtually unprecedented growth in traffic in just four months.

This year, we forecast retail sales of cosmetic and beauty products will reach $86.42 billion, a 7.6% increase from 2022. This increase will be driven in large part by in-store sales and luxury beauty categories. But going forward, technology may play a large role in driving online sales.

Latin America sees livestream ecommerce explode: We unpack the opportunity in the region as outlined in our recent deep dive.

It wants to develop more adjacent services for the Cash App ecosystem, which could help it maintain its Q4 growth trajectory.

Streamers are raising prices to increase revenues, but Netflix is trying the opposite: The company reduced subscription prices in more than 30 countries as it looks to expand abroad.

It won’t get much better than low single digits going forward. The next few years will see low growth by historic standards but not to a disastrous extent.

Amazon expands its ultrafast delivery options: The retail giant is investing in same-day delivery amid growing competition from Target and others.

Forty-four percent of US adults plan to spend their normal amount on health and beauty products this year, according to a MetaPack survey. More than two-thirds said they’re not changing their spending on apparel (39%) or on DIY and gardening (34%).

Over two-thirds of retailers plan to ramp up tech investment over the next three years: Priorities include ecommerce and frictionless checkout experiences.