Retail & Ecommerce

On today's episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands: where they started, what they’re up to now, and where they’re headed. Then for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank the top five D2Cs that are going to endure in the digital age. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analyst Andrew Lipsman.

The US labor market is a tale of two halves: While retailers with a strong brick-and-mortar presence are intensifying their hiring efforts, startups are taking a more cautious approach to recruitment as VC funding dries up.

The program lets customers use facial and fingerprint biometrics to pay for purchases in-store—but they’re not sold on the tech yet.

Target and Walmart post disappointing Q1 results: Both were hurt by a confluence of factors that are unlikely to resolve anytime soon.

For smart mobility company Lime, brand awareness hinges on seamless integrations into global cities’ public transit apps. Hear from Lime’s Carolyn Rosebrough, global head of communications and brand, to learn how its localized marketing approach encourages a greener way to get around.

Inefficiency and environmental impacts make Bitcoin unfit as a payments network, per Sam Bankman-Fried. We think CBDCs pose better chances.

After doubling its transaction volume in its fiscal Q3, Affirm wants to focus on turning a profit.

Noncard crypto payments are increasingly available to consumers and may also be attractive to merchants.

China’s zero-COVID policy hinders retailers at home and abroad: The mitigation measures put the brakes on both retail sales and manufacturing, which could have long-term implications.

Adopting a customer-centric mindset is key to standing out in today’s marketing climate. And yet, delivering exceptional customer experiences is a key challenge for 35% of marketers.

The new offering connects online shoppers with in-store retail associates and can help attract merchants to Klarna.

Insider Intelligence spoke with Duncan Blair, SVP of marketing, support and sales at Article, about best strategies to convey to customers the “feel” of products and shoppable video.

Apple, Amazon, and Starbucks are fighting hard against unionization efforts: While the companies’ aggressive stands aim to protect their bottom lines, doing so could sully their reputation.

Nike’s shift to D2C gives other sportswear brands an opening: Adidas, Reebok, Allbirds, and more are jockeying to take Nike’s place on store shelves.

Big Tech gets corrected: Tech industry stocks have taken a beating so far in 2022, but given the pandemic’s upheaval, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Another reincarnation looms.

It launched the standalone Google Wallet, and a new Chrome feature lets online shoppers convert their cards to virtual cards.

Zara is charging UK customers £1.95 to return online orders: The fee may help preserve Zara’s margins, but it could come at a cost to brand loyalty.

Consumers want control over their ad experiences: Google is taking steps toward greater personalization, but new data suggests that personalization experiences don’t always yield better results for advertisers.

On today's episode, we discuss why Amazon is slowing down, its Buy with Prime initiative, and how Amazon's advertising business is getting on. "In Other News," we talk about whether Walmart+ is actually competing with Amazon Prime and what Target's strategy has been to compete with Amazon. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Andrew Lipsman.