Retail & Ecommerce

Despite protests, technical concerns and stiff competition from ecommerce rivals, Amazon managed to hold its most successful Prime Day yet. Though the company did not disclose its sales figures—or how many new Prime members were added—Amazon announced that it sold 175 million items during the two-day event and surpassed its combined sales total from Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2018.

Germany is already taking its place as a regional ecommerce powerhouse, thanks to its large population, excellent infrastructure and generally high standard of living.

Retail media has turned Amazon into an advertising behemoth, allowing the ecommerce giant to become a significant player in the US digital ad market.

Click-and-collect—the option to buy online and pick up in-store, known as BOPUS in the US—has made a significant difference in retail ecommerce sales across Europe. Five years ago, strategic payments consultancy Edgar, Dunn & Company (EDC) forecast that click-and-collect sales in Europe would be between €20 billion ($23.6 billion) and €25 billion ($29.5 billion) in 2019. In early 2019, it raised that 2018 estimate to about €27 billion ($31.9 billion).

eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman dissects what we can expect from Amazon Prime Day 2019. He also discusses why Etsy sellers are getting frustrated and explains what to make of the newest D2C shaving brand.

eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman explains why politics inside Walmart are threatening the company’s ecommerce ambitions. He also discusses why Pinterest is encouraging video, people buy things they don’t want, Whole Foods is getting a boost from Amazon and millennials like to pay for things in bits.

eMarketer principal analyst Andrew Lipsman talks with Scott Silverman, co-founder of retail conference CommerceNext, about how D2C brands and retailers are earmarking their digital investment dollars. Lipsman also weighs in on Brandless’s new CEO, Nordstrom being a “no-growth” retailer and Starbucks’s new tie-dye Frappuccino.

It may have started as a holiday manufactured by Amazon, but Prime Day has become one of the biggest shopping events of the year. Nearly every major online retailer—including Walmart, Target and eBay—now offers competing sales during the annual July shopping event. For many Prime Day shoppers, the search for the best deals online doesn’t end with Amazon.

Brexit and its aftermath are very much top of mind for UK companies this year. Retail is feeling the uncertainty as consumers remain circumspect about their discretionary spending and retailers face increasingly tighter margins.

The retail ecommerce ecosystem in China is extremely diverse. While Alibaba and are the clear sales leaders, a handful of other players are holding their own, sometimes by carving out a niche market, be it Suning in consumer electronics or Mogujie in women’s apparel.

eMarketer principal analysts Karin von Abrams and Nicole Perrin discuss France's new tax and its impact on US tech companies. They also discuss how people use Google, whether customers find Netflix too pricey, Brits' knowledge of Disney+ and more.

AmazonFresh, Amazon Pantry and Amazon’s Whole Foods operation cater specifically to the consumer packaged goods (CPG) market. But almost none of the retail giant’s CPG sales come from Amazon-branded goods.

Global trends shifting shopping, including omnichannel selling, the rise of “New Retail,” cross-border ecommerce, social commerce, and top ecommerce players like Amazon and Alibaba and why marketplaces are dominating worldwide.

Mobile and social usage are major elements of Gen X’s digital activity, so it’s no surprise that those also figure into their shopping. But while such usage is a default behavior for millennials, Gen X is selective in using mobile and (especially) social as shopping tools.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Oscar Orozco breaks down our retail ecommerce numbers for Walmart, Amazon and eBay. Watch now.

eMarketer junior forecasting analyst Nazmul Islam shares our recently raised estimates for Mexico’s retail ecommerce sales and reasons why the country is gaining on other markets in the region. Watch now.

Recent technological and logistical innovations in Latin America have given rise to myriad growth opportunities for retailers to engage with consumers across digital channels and geographic areas. One critical aspect that is helping expand ecommerce is the rising trust consumers have in making transactions online.

Because shopping on smart speakers is gaining popularity faster than expected, we’ve raised our latest forecast for smart speaker use.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom and vice president of content studio Paul Verna chat about Americans’ ever-changing media consumption habits. They also dissect planned spend on July Fourth, Gen Z’s selective social network use and a Wikipedia founder’s call for a social media strike.

Americans are poised to spend $586.92 billion in retail ecommerce in 2019, with a year-over-year growth rate of 14.0%.