Retail & Ecommerce

The pandemic accelerated the adoption of mobile payment platforms (used at point-of-sale), as Americans sought out retailers offering contactless services. As a result, user and transaction value growth have accelerated.

US click-and-collect sales more than doubled in 2020 and will sustain double-digit growth rates over the next four years. We forecast that click-and-collect sales will follow up last year’s 106.9% growth rate with a 15.2% increase this year, and that 150.4 million people in the US will make a purchase via click and collect at least once in 2021.

Nell Shapiro, CEO and founder of Kibou, shares how she reimagined the diaper bag brand’s go-to market strategy by leaning into Facebook Groups, Pinterest, and virtual touchpoints to build brand awareness and reach its target demographic. Watch Industry Voices, a conversation between Nell and Marissa Coslov, vice president of business development at Insider Intelligence, in celebration of Women’s History Month.

The company's second ever commercial robot has the potential to reshape warehouse work, but it may also revamp labor expectations in the process.

Our latest forecast shows that Amazon, Walmart, and eBay will remain the top three largest ecommerce companies in the US by total sales volume, while Best Buy and Target will usurp The Home Depot and Wayfair for the No. 5 and No. 6 spots on the 2021 list, respectively.

The number of click-and-collect buyers in Germany increased slightly during the pandemic, but not as much as in other Western European countries—and that lag will continue over the next few years. One bright spot, however, is that buyer penetration rates in Germany will steadily rise during that time.

Amid the pandemic and other societal forces, brand loyalty is quickly eroding. To revive fading sentiment, brand marketers need a framework to move with speed even in short windows of opportunity.

As Dickies nears its 100th birthday, Kathy Hines, vice president of global marketing, speaks about the importance of taking a deep introspective look at your brand. She discusses how Dickies went to market with its “United by Inspiration, United by Dickies" campaign and honest, authentic global messaging with a localized approach. As a business leader, Kathy also offers advice to women as we continue celebrating Women’s History Month with Industry Voices.

Against a backdrop of turmoil in 2020, the retail industry overall is set for growth in 2021. With digital transformation efforts accelerating under urgent conditions, investments in digital infrastructure should grow this year. And as 5G networks are finally starting to take off, the technology could bring about positive changes for retail in the near and long terms.