Retail


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.

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

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.

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

How can retailers best connect with shoppers in 2019? RetailMeNot reveals 10 key trends to help marketers shift perspectives, capture audiences and raise the bar on shopping experiences.

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

Retail is in the midst of a radical transformation. In this eMarketer analyst report, we look at what to expect for the US retail and ecommerce markets in 2019, and share key trends that will have an impact on shopper behavior and retailer performance.

Walmart is doubling down on its digital grocery efforts with a splashy new campaign promoting Walmart Grocery Pickup, its click-and-collect service.

Declining mall foot traffic and competition from direct-to-consumer brands and private-label offerings have hurt mid-tier merchants like Toys “R” Us and Sears. But dollar stores are flourishing.

Many retailers have dedicated time and effort into becoming “customer-obsessed”—using data-driven insights and engagement to provide meaningful experiences and increase lifetime customer value. But many aren’t seeing the revenue growth. A new study from Listrak, conducted by Forrester Consulting, examines the disconnect between marketing efforts and business outcomes.

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

In today's edition of "Behind the Numbers," we're discussing digital grocery shopping. A new report shows increasing consumer demand and strong growth ahead, but the sector has been slower to catch on than many have predicted.

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.

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

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.

Corporate social responsibility appeals to millennials—a generation of researchers who value authenticity, transparency and reliability.

Consumers, especially younger ones, are thinking harder about issues like ecological impact and labor practices when making purchases.

A favorite choice of gift-givers this holiday season? New clothes. The apparel category had its biggest year-over-year performance since 2010.

The numbers aren't in yet, but Walmart might have overtaken Amazon as the largest digital grocery player in the US.