Retail & Ecommerce

Supply chain disruptions fade into the rear-view mirror: Several indicators suggest that the supply chain is returning to some semblance of normal just in time for the holidays.

For most internet users in the US, online orders typically come in two to three days—a delivery time popularized by Amazon’s Prime program. Just 3% of internet users are used to same-day delivery, which is increasingly offered by nongrocery retailers as well.

This week, our Reimagining Retail podcast crew talked about which retailers had the biggest opportunity in terms of sustainability as a follow up to our newly released “US Retail Sustainability Perceptions Benchmark 2022.”

AtoB, Super Payments, and Pomelo each recently raised funding to build out their businesses.

US back-to-college retail spending will reach a new high of $73.9 billion this year, beating last year’s record of $71.0 billion and eclipsing the pre-pandemic figure of $54.5 billion in 2019.

The cost of school supplies is weighing heavily on US parents. Between May and June, 40% of those planning to do back-to-school shopping considered it a significant concern in their budget, compared with 30% last August. Meanwhile, 19% said they could not afford it, up from 14%.

TikTok announced new Shopping Ads this week in an effort to streamline in-app ecommerce.

We unpack the potential for cheaper consumer health devices as the FDA makes hearing aids directly available.

Affirm and Splitit struck partnerships to shore up growth as market uncertainty takes a toll on the BNPL sector.

Inflation gives Walmart a chance to shine: The retailer’s emphasis on value and low prices is attracting both low- and high-income shoppers and enabling it to retain grocery dominance.

Steep discounting hurt Target’s bottom line in Q2: But the retailer doesn’t expect the short-term hit to hamper its profits for the rest of the year.

More than half of US adults shop online at least once a week, and 16% do so at least once a day. Overall, online shopping is on the rise and moving to mobile.

With millions of views on social media, celebrity endorsements, and even a scandal under its belt, Olaplex is primed for the spotlight.

Max Levchin said the company’s underwriting process and business model would help it withstand a financial downturn.

Walmart’s latest earnings showed inflation is still making an impact but not as big as analysts expected.

Amazon and CVS Caremark are among the top online pharmacies as consumers look to save time and money on their meds—which will outlast the period of economic uncertainty.

The card network is said to have started automatically enrolling merchants in its BNPL program. But some providers have financial concerns and have opted out.

Walmart courts affluent audiences to make up for shoppers trading down: But the retailer’s attempts to grow its Walmart+ membership base look increasingly desperate.

US digital retail media ad spending will reach $61.15 billion by the end of our forecast period in 2024. This is nearly triple the 2020 figure of $20.81 billion and represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.9% in that four-year span.