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Retail & Ecommerce

After doubling its transaction volume in its fiscal Q3, Affirm wants to focus on turning a profit.

China’s zero-COVID policy hinders retailers at home and abroad: The mitigation measures put the brakes on both retail sales and manufacturing, which could have long-term implications.

Apple, Amazon, and Starbucks are fighting hard against unionization efforts: While the companies’ aggressive stands aim to protect their bottom lines, doing so could sully their reputation.

Insider Intelligence spoke with Duncan Blair, SVP of marketing, support and sales at Article, about best strategies to convey to customers the “feel” of products and shoppable video.

The new offering connects online shoppers with in-store retail associates and can help attract merchants to Klarna.

Big Tech gets corrected: Tech industry stocks have taken a beating so far in 2022, but given the pandemic’s upheaval, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Another reincarnation looms.

Nike’s shift to D2C gives other sportswear brands an opening: Adidas, Reebok, Allbirds, and more are jockeying to take Nike’s place on store shelves.

It launched the standalone Google Wallet, and a new Chrome feature lets online shoppers convert their cards to virtual cards.

CanPay, SuperNet, and POSabit offer digital solutions to cannabis dispensaries, which have historically relied on cash payments.

Brands and retailers are adopting new technologies as they pursue supply chain optimization: Kraft Heinz, UPS, and Amazon are looking to AI, the cloud, and other tools to streamline operations.

On today's episode, we discuss why Amazon is slowing down, its Buy with Prime initiative, and how Amazon's advertising business is getting on. "In Other News," we talk about whether Walmart+ is actually competing with Amazon Prime and what Target's strategy has been to compete with Amazon. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Andrew Lipsman.

PayPal launched a softPOS solution that lets merchants accept contactless payments and can help PayPal gain more in-store volume.

As online shopping continues to increase, gross payment volume (GPV) across digital commerce platforms in the US is expected to grow by 26.4% to reach $275.2 billion this year.

Block’s gross payment volume increased 31% YoY, aided by strong Cash App engagement.

In today's evolving partnership ecosystem, brands need partnership automation providers that offer advanced incentive structures, attribution, and measurement solutions.

Agencies spy an opportunity in the metaverse: WPP is partnering with Epic Games on a new initiative for that very reason.

On today's episode, we discuss whether augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will rival the smartphone as the next big platform, the impact of 3D advertising, how in-store shopping habits have changed, whether there really is an attention economy slowdown, what to do about inflation, an unpopular opinion about video chats, which way people fold their arms, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our senior director of Briefings Stephanie Taglianetti, director of forecasting Oscar Orozco, and analyst Dave Frankland.

Insider intelligence spoke with Andrew Condispoti, co-CEO of Goodlife Clothing, about the brand.

Inflation hasn’t hurt retail sales, which grew 7.2% in April: That growth stems from people flocking to stores. In-store sales rose 10.0%, while ecommerce sales fell 1.8%.