Retail


eMarketer global director of public relations Douglas Clark compares our in-store sales and retail ecommerce forecasts and talks Macy’s, Walmart and The Home Depot.

Looking to reach college students during the back-to-school shopping season, grocery retailer Kroger turned to one of the marketing world’s buzziest new platforms: TikTok.

When Steven Tristan Young, CMO at social commerce marketplace Poshmark, started his career two decades ago, he knew he’d be doing so with the goal of leading a marketing team like Poshmark’s: one focused on brand strategy and aggressive, yet thoughtful, growth.

While the lure of retail media is even stronger than it seems, retailers grapple with whether it’s a viable opportunity or a shiny new object to chase.

In a record year for US retail store closures, dollar stores are thriving. Not only are major players opening a significant number of new locations, but more consumers are regularly shopping for groceries at dollar stores than any other time in the past five years. But dollar stores, which have been praised as survivors of the ongoing retail apocalypse, could face new pressure from Amazon come 2020.

Consumers’ desire for affordability and convenience has bolstered demand for online grocery. And as heavy hitters continue to roll out offerings—like Walmart's buy online pick up in-store (BOPUS) and "InHome Delivery" options, as well as Amazon's "Key for Garage" and same-day shipping—their respective double-digit growth speaks for itself.

Email is still at the center of marketers’ digital programs. No surprise there; it offers several benefits: It’s an owned communications channel, it’s permissioned—meaning consumers have opted in and indicated interest—and it’s a traditional marketing channel that most marketers are thoroughly experienced with.

Discounts and low prices are historic holiday asks. But this year, sustainability is also top of mind. According to a recent survey, shoppers are more mindful of who they do business with, especially as it pertains to the environment.

We recently sat down with retailers, including Natori, Article and Enjoy Life Foods, to discuss their current marketing efforts and how they define digital transformation. Previously, we dug into the marketing channels they rely on most, whether they’ve acquired enough first-party data and what a unified customer view looks like. In today’s “Industry Voices: A Focus on Retail” video, we look at how whether they’ve undergone a digital transformation and what that looks like.

For our upcoming report on the future of the CMO, we spoke to Brandt about making the Chipotle brand more visible and relevant to its customers through telling stories about the company's fresh-food values.

UPS is anticipating a surge of returns this holiday season, leading into the new year. According to the company, 1.6 million packages are expected to be returned daily the week of December 16 leading into Christmas. And a record-breaking 1.9 million returns are expected to take place on this year’s peak returns day—January 2—up 26% over last year.

More women are turning to resale sites, including The RealReal and Poshmark, as they continue to compare deals and make more of an effort to spend less.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver, Andrew Lipsman and Nicole Perrin discuss Amazon's new grocery store, YouTube's new shopping ads, Instagram's new feature to take on TikTok, Google checking accounts, when we are most likely to get déjà vu and more.

The conversational UI market is seeing massive year-over-year adoption and usage rate increases. Companies believe virtual assistants can and will be able to solve problems across the customer experience, but they just aren’t there yet. Rightpoint shares three planning steps for success.

If Amazon is poised to gain share in the first half of the final week before Christmas, click-and-collect orders will tip the scales in the direction of big-box merchants during the second half of that week.

We recently sat down with retailers, including Knix, Natori and Enjoy Life Foods, to discuss their current marketing efforts and how they define digital transformation. Previously, we dug into the marketing channels they rely on most, challenges they face with measurement and whether they’ve acquired enough first-party data. In our final “Industry Voices: A Focus on Retail” video, we look at how digital transformation has changed the way retail employees are collaborating and working together.

eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman explains the implications of companies like Amazon rolling out next-day delivery, why Walmart is selling ModCloth, how customers feel about J.Crew and the Gap and how companies are using Pinterest for product launches.

Email marketing is still the marketing channel with the highest ROI, especially when it’s personalized. So, it should be no surprise that triggered messages, sent in response to specific consumer behaviors, account for 77% of email ROI, according to the Data & Marketing Association.

We recently sat down with retailers, including Enjoy Life Foods, Natori and Knix, to discuss their current marketing efforts and how they define digital transformation. Previously, we dug into the marketing channels they rely on most, challenges they face with measurement and whether they’ve acquired enough first-party data. In today’s “Industry Voices: A Focus on Retail” video, we look at how they incorporate all the data they’ve collected to create a more unified customer view.