Retail & Ecommerce

Shopify warns merchants against using Amazon’s ‘Buy with Prime’ service: The move is a sign that Shopify is growing concerned about its ability to combat the retail giant.

This week, our Reimagining Retail podcast crew gave their predictions on what will drive the next phase of ecommerce growth, ranked from least “spicy” to four-alarm fire.

Three NYC pensions filed shareholder proposals to Mastercard and Visa asking them to establish clearer standards for tracking gun sales.

Google has added new features for merchants just in time for the holiday season.

We detail the move by retail giants like Walmart into clinical trials and how the data platforms can help maintain equity.

Amazon will let sellers use its excess warehouse space: The retailer's new service offers long-term inventory storage, luring sellers deeper into its ecosystem.

AI becomes a must-have tool for retailers: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Levi’s, Panera, and others are relying on the technology across all areas of their businesses.

New use cases like adding credit card advances could counter the CBDC’s growth and help titans maintain their market dominance.

For one-third of US digital buyers, Prime Day offered an opportunity to finally click purchase on lower-priced items. But for 28%, inflation had the opposite effect, leading them to pass on deals that weren’t a necessity.

As one of the most accessible US retailers (in terms of price and location), Dollar General is a trusted stop for shoppers battling inflation.

Why shop Bed Bath & Beyond? That’s the question the retailer needs to answer after rolling out a turnaround strategy that includes store closures and a pivot away from owned brands.

WhatsApp users in India can shop for and pay for groceries within the app, which could boost engagement with its payments tools.

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss whether ecommerce actually accelerated 10 years in 10 weeks, what is happening by category, and the ceiling for the share of things Americans will buy online. Then, in our brand-new segment "Red-Hot Retail," our analysts give us their very specific—and potentially risky—predictions about what they think will drive ecommerce’s next phases of growth. Mild predictions are plausible outlooks. Extra-hot predictions are our pie-in-the-sky prognostications. The higher the spice level, the riskier the prediction. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Blake Droesch and Andrew Lipsman.

Once again, Walmart takes the No. 1 spot in our US grocery ecommerce sales forecast, but Instacart and Amazon are fighting for the second spot.

Instacart jumped from 10.2% of US digital grocery sales in 2019 to 21.5% in 2020, taking over share as people pivoted to online grocery deliveries. Walmart has had the highest digital grocery share since 2020, which put it in good shape this past earnings season when consumers cut back on superfluous spending and sought grocery savings.

Affirm’s gross merchandise volume grew 77% YoY in Q4. It plans to launch new products and features to boost volume and engagement.

2022 will present retailers with a host of challenges as soaring consumer prices, high unemployment, and a plummeting currency weigh heavily on shoppers’ minds—and wallets.

Malls need to change: As department stores right-size and shift to smaller formats, mall operators need new types of businesses to drive people to their shopping centers.

Visa and Mastercard blamed fraud and intensifying competition for higher post-Brexit cross-border fees in responses to the UK Parliament.

Retailers take aggressive action to stem the tide of unionizations: Starbucks, Amazon, Trader Joe’s, and more are closing stores, delaying negotiations, and pursuing dogged legal action to keep unions from making headway.