Retail


Online grocery is a massive and fast-growing market. We estimate that grocery ecommerce in the US—specifically online food and beverage sales—will grow 18.2% to $19.89 billion in 2019 and will rank as the fastest-growing product category online.

Pressed for time and money more than in their childless days, today’s parents are increasingly using digital tools to supplement their in-store shopping.

In the latest episode of "Behind the Numbers," we sit down with Matt Alexander, co-founder of Neighborhood Goods, which mixes department store concepts and digital native brands. What do D2C brands want from a retail presence? And does the department store format have a future?

Amazon retired its Dash button in early March, but the branded device’s end wasn't a failure. We see it as a move to shift more replenishment buying into voice commerce.

Last year, 81.4% of global consumers reported ordering items online for in-store pickup (up nearly 30% from the year prior) as more consumers are drawn to the service’s convenience and speed.

Half of US internet users have concerns about facial recognition, according to data from The Brookings Institution.

Pinterest made waves in late February as the not-so-well-kept secret leaked that it’s finally taking steps toward its initial public offering, which is anticipated sometime mid-year. While Pinterest is later to the public markets than other major digital ad platforms, the company has opted for a more deliberate approach to building its business than the typical Silicon Valley modus operandi of “move fast and break things.”

“Try before you buy,” AR and an improved online experience will breathe new life into established ecommerce categories like apparel and accessories, furniture and home furnishings, and toys and hobbies by the end of our 2023 forecast period.

Consumers are embracing mobile delivery as they get comfortable with mcommerce, and quick service restaurants are seizing the opportunity.

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

Mundane concerns like getting a quality product or service at a good price are still the biggest drivers of brand loyalty for US internet users.

Brands that focus on supply chain sustainability—by showcasing factory conditions, production processes and waste solutions—bode well with young consumers.

In the latest episode of "Behind the Numbers," eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman assesses the significance of eBay’s entry into the grocery delivery space.

In-store charging stations offer a solutions for brick and mortars desperate to stay relevant.

In the latest episode of “Behind the Numbers,” we sit down with Mike Molitor, head of ecommerce and loyalty at supermarket chain Raley’s, to discuss his aggressive vision for the future of digital grocery.

In China, consumers can “smile to pay” in some stores, but in the US, facial recognition systems for shopping are more theory than fact. Will that change? In today’s episode of “Behind the Numbers,” we sit down with Peter Trepp, CEO of facial recognition software firm FaceFirst.

Following bankruptcies of other retail stalwarts from a bygone era like Sears, Toys "R" Us and Mattress Firm, Payless’ demise doesn’t come as a shock, yet it is another cautionary tale of a retailer that failed to evolve its brand.

Digital grocery shopping is picking up in the EU-5. And consumers' shopping lists are the best insight for retailers looking to build authentic customer relationships.

In the latest episode of "Behind the Numbers," we're looking into Walmart's digital sales and how the brick-and-mortar giant has used its vast physical footprint to win a big chunk of the ecommerce market.

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