Retail & Ecommerce


eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Andrew Lipsman discuss the viability of Peloton’s business model, the implications of unsafe products being sold on Amazon, and whether consumers really care about brand activism.

Consumers today have more payment options than ever. But, while mobile payment platforms like Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay are increasingly gaining traction, the trinity of cash, debit and credit still dominate—especially with smaller, in-store transactions.

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands have historically relied on performance-based digital advertising strategies. Many leverage Facebook and Instagram to target audiences and direct response podcast ads to drive conversions, even throwing unconventional content marketing into the mix.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discusses our latest retail ecommerce figures for Southeast Asia and how its market dynamics differ from those in the US.

Most internet users in the US still have not used and aren't interested in using smart speakers to make purchases, according to an August 2019 survey conducted by eMarketer and Bizrate Insights. While 4% of respondents have made a purchase using a smart speaker at least once, just 2% said they used these devices to make purchases regularly.

As privacy concerns continue to rise, you’d think consumers would be dubious about sharing their data. But according to a number of surveys on the topic, that’s not necessarily the case—especially if they get some value out of it.

When retailer Cynthia Rowley saw that mobile comprised roughly 72% of its traffic, the company decided to launch a text message channel, giving consumers another communication channel beyond email.

eMarketer principal retail analyst Andrew Lipsman explains why second-hand shopping is bouncing back, and gives the most important takeaways from Walmart, Macy’s and J.C. Penney’s Q2 financials. He also explains how much ratings and reviews affect a company’s revenue, which US stores are closing down the fastest and who people are most likely to trust for shopping recommendations.

"Buy online, pick up in-store" is a retail service that a dominant proportion of today's youngest consumers are taking advantage of, according to Package Concierge.

eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum compares our estimates for brick-and-mortar and ecommerce sales for Western European markets amid an economic slowdown.

eMarketer recently spoke with Vadim Grinberg, vice president of consumer growth and insight at Dagne Dover, to discuss what the retailer has learned since opening up its pop-up location and how it feels about retail tech and handles cart abandonment.

In yet another sign that online reviews can make or break the path to purchase, June 2019 research from Trustpilot found that consumers would lose trust in a brand not only if they saw negative reviews—but also if the brand went one step further and deleted them.

Marketers have long grappled with how to best leverage the data they’ve collected. It’s certainly a challenge as data fuels nearly all of their marketing efforts—including personalization, audience segmentation and targeting.

Cynthia Rowley president and CEO Allie Egan sits down with eMarketer executive editor Rimma Kats to discuss a variety of topics, including mcommerce, a text message channel and the need to maintain an active conversation with retail customers.

Measuring attribution and return on investment remains a key challenge when marketing with influencers—which means that it can be hard to quantify the merits of utilizing them. But neuroscience research from the UK, showing cognitive responses to traditional marketing vs. influencer posts, may provide some answers.

A pioneer in the delivery space, ecommerce powerhouse Amazon has transformed the standards for logistics when it comes to the customer experience. It's been so impactful that shoppers have come to expect almost immediate delivery after they click “buy now.”

Marketers want to create data-driven experiences for two big reasons: They believe customers want them, and there's a growing need to justify investments based on results.

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands continue to disrupt the retail space. The companies use an array of tactics to attract business, from offering low prices to targeting shoppers who care about ethical consumption to simply providing a more convenient experience.

As a retail email marketer, you are probably planning your year-end holiday marketing campaigns right now. An NRF report shows that 40% of consumers plan on starting their holiday shopping before November 1, a number that includes a substantial 12% who reported that they will begin before September 1.