Retail & Ecommerce

Many mobile app categories saw a boost last year as more consumers spent time with their devices during quarantines. According to our estimates for smartphone app user growth, grocery apps, food delivery apps, and health/fitness apps were the three fastest-growing categories in 2020.

Amazon’s AR push: The ecommerce giant has opened an in-person hair salon to show off its new augmented reality (AR) tools. Were Amazon to integrate AR into its site, it could make this experimental mode of shopping commonplace.

On today's episode, we discuss why companies are now making a sustainability push, examples of companies incorporating sustainability practices, and how much sustainability initiatives really matter to consumers. We then talk about the potential impact of a new Digital Markets Unit regulatory body, and what store closures and returning to the office look like in the UK. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer principal analysts at Insider Intelligence Karin von Abrams and Victoria Petrock.

From product-focused creative to augmented reality tools and a proprietary delivery service, furniture seller Article is dedicated to great customer experience every step of the way. Watch Industry Voices with Duncan Blair, vice president of marketing at Article, to learn how its white-glove strategy has introduced consumers to online furniture shopping over the past year.

The mobile peer-to-peer (P2P) space has grown in popularity over the years, thanks in large part to three key players that are propelling immense growth in both users and payment transaction value.

Traditionally, travel advertisers including online travel agencies are among the biggest search ad spenders on Google. That business tanked last year, but ecommerce-related search advertising outperformed thanks to the supercharged digital retail environment.

On today's episode, we discuss what "going back to the office" may actually mean, the dawn of “tiered-access journalism,” video safe havens for brands, possible surges in travel plans, Facebook's new video speed dating app called Sparked, why the Rubik's Cube was invented, and more. Tune in to listen to the discussion with eMarketer principal analysts Jillian Ryan and Jeremy Goldman, and analyst at Insider Intelligence Blake Droesch.

Bank of America’s digital channels and technologies such as Erica saw a significant rise in customer usage in Q1 2021—and the bank could augment the heightened interaction by providing more access to human representatives.

On today's episode, we discuss Amazon's current size, how much more of the market it might swallow, and whether others could ever compete. We then talk about Best Buy's new membership program, Instacart, DoorDash, and Walmart getting into financial services, and how much in-store foot traffic has recovered in 2021. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer analysts at Insider Intelligence Daniel Keyes and Blake Droesch.

B2B, C2C, and B2C payments all stand to gain from shorter settlement times, which offer greater financial flexibility and control. Faster payments’ speed also provides valuable transparency for firms, which benefit from the certainty of immediate payment.