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Retail insights from ecommerce market intelligence analysts and experts.

More Physical Stores Close While Ecommerce Heats Up

More Physical Stores Close While Ecommerce Heats Up

New data out of the UK has shown that fashion store closings for 2018 are higher than the previous year, and new store openings have slowed significantly. In the US, notable brands like Sears, Victoria’s Secret and Mattress Firm are also feeling the brick & mortar retail squeeze, as shoppers increasingly choose to buy online. As the competition moves online, brands are having to deal with some tough questions. How are they coping?

Kroger and Alibaba Partnership

How Does the Kroger and Alibaba Partnership Affect the Ecommerce Landscape?

Two big names in the world of traditional retail and e-commerce were linked in recent news. Kroger announced a partnership with Chinese internet giant Alibaba, specifically to open an online storefront on Alibaba’s platform for international brands, Tmall Global. This first move into overseas sales is part of grocer’s online retail push. We’ll look at what this means for each company, and for the ecommerce landscape in general – and what can we learn from other organizations in this space?

Walmart & Microsoft Team Up To Take On Amazon

Walmart & Microsoft Team Up To Take On Amazon

The new Walmart/Microsoft deal was the most important event in retail last month, consequently stealing the show from Amazon Prime Day. While Amazon started as a tech company and then grew into a hybrid online/brick & mortar store model, Walmart had everything to catch up on when it came to technology, digital transformation, and innovation. Microsoft is the strongest partner to close these gaps and lead the way to Walmart’s ecommerce innovation projects.

Insights Into Amazon Prime Day 2018

Insights Into Amazon Prime Day 2018

Dive a bit deeper into Amazon Prime Day to pick out the winners, losers, and interesting stories that this year’s retail bonanza generated.

Data Is Transforming Retailer and CPG Ecommerce Decision Making

Data Is Transforming Retailer and CPG Ecommerce Decision Making

There is a lot of data out there, but if it’s not used correctly, it is not really a competitive advantage. Decision making for retailers and CPGs has changed tremendously as the amount of data available and the processing power of computers has increased. We’ll look at the factors contributing to this change, as well as insights into what this means on a practical level and what the future may hold.

Online Grocery Delivery: The Way To Consumer Hearts And Wallets

Online Grocery Delivery: The Way To Consumer Hearts And Wallets

The online retail landscape is expanding across borders, with partnerships and acquisitions designed to strategically outmaneuver the competition. One of the areas that has been most active is deliveries, particularly grocery deliveries.

The New Ecommerce Frontier In India

The New Ecommerce Frontier In India

The continuing battle between ecommerce heavyweights Amazon and Walmart has focused primarily on their maneuvering in their home country, the United States. While this campaign continues to rage, this conflict is being played out globally, and the new frontier that pitches these 2 heavyweights against each other is the world’s biggest democracy: India.

Impulse Buying in an e-commerce Environment

Impulse Buying in an e-commerce Environment

One of the biggest challenges for Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies, is how to tap into impulse buying in an e-commerce environment. In traditional retail, this has been a key driver of CPG sales, and brands invest significant amounts into merchandising product placement, especially next to the cashier to grab on the way out.

IT'S A LONG WAY TO E-TAIL

IT’S A LONG WAY TO E-TAIL

How is traditional retail fairing, particularly in the face of the e-Tail explosion? Is there a future, who is struggling, and who is doing well…and what insights can be gained for both traditional retailers and ecommerce e-tailers, as we look ahead to the rest of 2018 – and beyond?

Who Will Be The Next “Toys 'R' Us”?

Who Will Be The Next “Toys ‘R’ Us”?

March 23, 2018, marked the start of what’s been called “the biggest, if saddest, Toys ‘R Us sale ever”. It’s the closing-down sale of a brand that has a special place in every kid’s heart, as it liquidates all its stores, roughly 700 of them in the US including Babies ‘R Us locations.

WHERE IS THE APPAREL CATEGORY HEADED?

WHERE IS THE APPAREL CATEGORY HEADED?

Apparel, as a category, has been a key driver of retail sales for decades. But with major changes being experienced in the industry, many are wondering what the future holds.

Toys ‘r Us, Dick’s Sporting Goods, And What It Takes To Survive: A Cautionary Tale

Toys ‘r Us, Dick’s Sporting Goods, And What It Takes To Survive: A Cautionary Tale

Toys ‘R Us has come crashing down, as irresistible – and arguably inevitable – forces brought the household name to the edge of oblivion.  What caused this? How can companies guard against this? What impact does this have on companies both online and off?

Amazon’s Next Big Move

Amazon’s Next Big Move

When it comes to e-commerce, there’s no doubt that Amazon is king – at least for now. They are so big, so influential, that what they do impacts the entire market. More than this, people follow Jeff Bezos’ company because they have continued to make successful moves into new areas, identifying new opportunities and new markets, and even creating some of these markets themselves.

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