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How Much Will Retail Sales Grow This Year?

Feb 20, 2019

After a great year for retail—rising 5.3% in 2018—sales will slow but also expand 3.2% in 2019.

In Search of Scale, Direct-to-Consumer Brands Flock to TV

Feb 15, 2019

Maturing direct-to-consumer brands struggling to scale social channels find a cost-effective solution in TV ads.

Digital Investments Pay Off for Walmart in Ecommerce Race

Feb 14, 2019

Walmart, which overtook Apple last year to become the third-largest US etailer, is widening the gap with Apple. Walmart’s ecommerce sales will grow nearly 33% this year to $27.81 billion.

Dollar Stores' Growth Opportunities—and Challenges

Feb 12, 2019

As major department store and apparel retailers shutter outlets, dollar stores are going gangbusters, at least in terms of new store openings. But the sector faces competition from a variety of sources.

Top Six Things Customers Want from Online Grocery Stores

Feb 12, 2019

It starts with fully stocked shelves on every channel, and here’s what else will keep customers coming back.

The Challenge of Selling Toys in an Increasingly Digital World

Feb 12, 2019

The bankruptcy filing of Toys “R” Us partially reflects tough competition with the discount giants, but the changing digital landscape appears to be the single most pressing challenge the retailer will face once it emerges from bankruptcy protection.

The State of US Apparel Shopping in Five Charts

Feb 11, 2019

Apparel is one of the most popular retail ecommerce product categories, and online sales are growing faster than offline.

How D2C Darling ThirdLove Went From Zero to a Million Customers

Feb 07, 2019

Dismayed by a shortage of high-quality bras, and limited store inventory, Heidi Zak co-founded the direct-to-consumer (D2C) startup ThirdLove in 2013. The mission was simple: make shopping for a bra a better experience. With a strong focus on personalization, ThirdLove stocked a wide range of sizes and styles and used customer data to create an innovative buyer journey.

Are Younger Shoppers Always More Tech Friendly?

Feb 04, 2019

While recent data reveals big differences in attitudes toward a range of shopping-related technologies, there are some noteworthy exceptions.