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Why do CPG companies need an Amazon strategy? It’s not just about sales, say executives playing in this space, it’s about the learning and prepping for the day when ecommerce becomes a significant source of sales.

Grocery apps are some of the fastest-growing apps in the US, according to eMarketer’s latest app usage forecast. This year, 18.0 million US adults will use a grocery app at least once a month, up 49.6% over last year.

According to a new study from Inmar, traditional grocery has been taking hits, not just from newer ecommerce options but also warehouse clubs and big box multichannel retailers. Grocery shoppers are spreading out their spend across more channels than ever, and even smaller retailers feel pressure to offer digital options.

You may think nothing of a box of frozen White Castle sliders or a Taco Bell dinner kit in the grocery aisle—fast-food signature dishes that shoppers can re-create at home. Yet Chick-fil-A's announcement on Monday that it will begin testing meal kits is something different altogether.

Laura Brinker, vice president of beauty brand partnerships at Influenster, explains why the influencer market has evolved toward microinfluencers, and why influencer marketing is here to stay.

A May 2018 survey by Automat found that 70% of US female beauty buyers said they were overwhelmed by product choices. One solution to the overwhelmed-with-choice conundrum could be virtual beauty advisors.

Consumers aren't just rushing to Sephora or Ulta Beauty to replenish their beauty essentials—they're also heading to a less obvious choice: Amazon.

Much of the growth in UK ad spend in digital channels through 2019 is expected to come from mobile.

Online grocery categories can be divided into two camps: perishable items and the so-called center store products that have longer shelf lives. A Field Agent survey found US online grocery shoppers are more comfortable buying CPG products digitally.

With the June acquisition of PillPack and quieter forays into beauty, Amazon has demonstrated its intent to move into the online pharmacy business as well as the space dominated by Sephora and Ulta Beauty. Should traditional pharmacies and beauty retailers be concerned by Amazon’s exploration of new product categories?

When it comes to the US ecommerce market, Amazon is leaving the competition in the dust. This year, the online shopping juggernaut will capture 49.1% of the market, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast on the top 10 US ecommerce retailers, up from a 43.5% share last year.

According to Kantar Worldpanel, US online sales of fast-moving consumer goods (excluding fresh food) jumped 29% in 2017 to $20 billion. But part of the reason for the rapid growth is that the US has a lower FMCG ecommerce penetration rate than most other geographic regions.

Beauty retailers like Sephora and L'Oréal have adopted augmented reality in some form to let consumers try on products without having to leave their home. And according to recent data, more companies are planning to embrace the technology within the next two to five years.