Retail & Ecommerce

Over the past few years, amid a huge digital transformation, Pizza Hut has had to pivot from traditional restaurant service and carryout to ecommerce.

Amid the carnage of bankruptcies, store closures, and massive layoffs in 2020, some retail companies actually fared very well. Adjustments to supply chains, product and service bundles, stocking and inventory, and customer service have been the keys to success for big-box retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. Others, such as Apple, lululemon athletica, Nike, and Starbucks, are focusing on innovating and modifying store experiences through digital integration, frictionless shopping, and atmospherics modified for a “new normal” of social distancing and sanitization.

As Shiseido gets closer to completing its digital transformation, AI will be critical to scale at speed. But the personal care brand still plans to keep people at its center. Watch Industry Voices with Alessio Rossi, executive vice president and head of digital transformation at Shiseido, to learn how it empowers its team with data and technology to relate to consumers with empathy and efficiency. 

For digitally native brands, 2020 was a hard year, especially as the pandemic shifted shopping priorities to essential goods. Even so, collectively, these brands saw increased growth—and more than we expected.

Many mobile app categories saw a boost last year as more consumers spent time with their devices during quarantines. According to our estimates for smartphone app user growth, grocery apps, food delivery apps, and health/fitness apps were the three fastest-growing categories in 2020.

Amazon’s AR push: The ecommerce giant has opened an in-person hair salon to show off its new augmented reality (AR) tools. Were Amazon to integrate AR into its site, it could make this experimental mode of shopping commonplace.

On today's episode, we discuss why companies are now making a sustainability push, examples of companies incorporating sustainability practices, and how much sustainability initiatives really matter to consumers. We then talk about the potential impact of a new Digital Markets Unit regulatory body, and what store closures and returning to the office look like in the UK. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Karin von Abrams and Victoria Petrock.