Retail & Ecommerce

Creator economy crescendo: Amazon is quickly building out areas of its business that center on influencers, as the walls between social media and ecommerce erode and creators' roles in those spaces start to blend together.

Credit card appetite is growing in tandem with retail sales—what are issuers doing to make the most of this comeback?

China’s second-largest annual shopping festival broke records last month, generating more sales and attracting more brands than ever before. Held each year around June 18, the 618 promotional event is still smaller than Singles’ Day, but its rising scale reflects a growing appetite for a midyear alternative to the November ecommerce extravaganza.

Google eyes Japanese payments acquisition: The tech giant is in negotiations to buy cashless payments startup pring, which could help strengthen its business in Japan as the country begins to embrace digital payments.

We recently updated our top 10 list of US retailers by ecommerce sales, but this time, we extended our ranking to the top 15. Together, these 15 companies will account for 72.3% of ecommerce sales in the US this year, up 10.5 percentage points from 2019, largely due to growth seen by Amazon and Walmart.

The network’s $1 billion crypto-related spend total in H1 2021 points to an effective growth strategy—and serves as a harbinger of what’s to come.

Paytm expanded its BNPL solution with Postpaid Mini and PhonePe launched a digital payment solution for cash on delivery orders—helping expand the country’s digital payment solutions.

Social commerce sales in the US are picking up, but the size of the market pales in comparison to that of China, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast on social commerce.

On today's episode, we discuss how Prime Day performed versus last year, what kind of a halo effect took place, and whether Amazon was able to capture the back-to-school spending. We then talk about augmented reality's ability to help shoppers, what WhatsApp Shops might look like, and how many folks said social media content resulted in them buying products. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch.

The installment lending solution helps Amazon boost ecommerce sales and break further into India’s payment space—and it may also help the etailer capitalize on the global buy now, pay later market.

Though virtually unknown outside of China, a new crop of local direct-to-consumer brands are making a name for themselves at home—and even outperforming some of the major foreign players.

Like many regions around the world, Southeast Asia experienced an ecommerce boom in 2020, as various pandemic-driven social lockdowns encouraged more shopping from home. According to our estimates, ecommerce grew by 35.2% collectively in the region last year, and our newest forecast projects 14.3% growth this year. However, traditional retail is still overwhelmingly dominant.

Back to class: US back-to-school ecommerce sales will grow more than 13% this year, even after last year’s spike, increasing their share of total back-to-school sales this season.

Livestreaming is poised to be a major driver of growth for social commerce as the capabilities expand and improve. For marketers that are ready to dip their toes in the livestreaming waters, here’s how to incorporate the practice into social commerce strategies today:

The small-business-centric point-of-sale solution can push PayPal further into in-store payments and help it court more small sellers—though it’ll face competition from players like Square and Stripe.

The payfac model is a framework that allows merchant-facing companies to embed card payments into their software—which in turn enables their customers to process payments.

On today's episode, we discuss how resale is taking retail by storm, what will happen to fast fashion, and how much companies need to do in terms of sustainability in the eyes of the consumer. We then talk about how retail growth is getting on halfway through the year, what the pandemic did to small businesses, and what technology retailers are (and are not) doubling down on. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer director of forecasting at Insider Intelligence Cindy Liu.