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Retail & Ecommerce

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.

Revolut Pay lets customers earn cash back and claims to offer faster merchant payments. But does it stand a chance against the likes of PayPal?

On our premiere episode, we discuss the future of buy now, pay later (BNPL) and if it can still compete with credit cards. In our “Story by Numbers” segment, we dig into some of the recent BNPL headlines and tell the BNPL story with data. In "Inside Baseball," we break down BNPL stakeholders and imagine them in baseball terms: which are in the majors, which are in the minors, and which are past their prime and now playing for their town league. Tune in to the discussion with host Rob Rubin and our vice president of content, financial services Dan Van Dyke.

Consumers plan to get an early start on holiday shopping: That’s good news for retailers as it should help smooth out the traditional late-season shipping bump.

On social media, younger shoppers are far more likely to trust brands and influencers, while older shoppers prefer retailers. Just 9% of baby boomers worldwide follow and buy from accounts run by influencers, compared with more than 40% of Gen Zers and millennials.

There’s no denying Facebook is a commerce powerhouse. But it also has Facebook Marketplace, which is primarily intended for C2C shopping and buying, though it also allows companies to list their items and place ads.

Zelle has moved more than 5 billion payments in five years. Looking ahead, it plans to dive deeper into fraud prevention, SMBs, and disbursement