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What Retail AI Looks Like in Western Europe

What Retail AI Looks Like in Western Europe

Jan 28, 2020

AI has been a hot topic for a while, and attitudes about the technology vary throughout Western Europe. Still, companies are adopting AI to improve business results.

Why Is Fast Fashion Thriving in the Era of Sustainable Shoppers?

Why Is Fast Fashion Thriving in the Era of Sustainable Shoppers?

Jan 27, 2020

Consumers have become more socially conscious in the ways they shop. At the same time, the notoriously unsustainable practice of fast fashion is thriving.

Digital Will Continue to Disrupt Physical Retail in the UK

Digital Will Continue to Disrupt Physical Retail in the UK

Jan 21, 2020

UK consumers continue to spend. However, as the realities of Brexit finally hit in 2020, the purse strings will tighten. And with ecommerce becoming an ever-greater portion of total UK retail sales, the effect on the high street will be marked. A hard delineation between the online and offline worlds isn’t necessarily helpful, though, as those lines between “clicks and bricks” continue to blur.

How Universal Standard Is Disrupting the Multibillion-Dollar Fashion Industry

Jan 16, 2020

For Alexandra Waldman, launching Universal Standard was a no-brainer. She struggled to find clothes that fit her size-20 frame—even something as simple as a T-shirt that didn’t have a puppy or a "live, laugh, love" affirmation on it.

Brandless Brands Will Surge in 2020 as Consumers Prioritize Value Over Marketing

Brandless Brands Will Surge in 2020 as Consumers Prioritize Value Over Marketing

Dec 29, 2019

Aptly named D2C brand Brandless, an online purveyor of minimalist grocery, wellness and home goods, has oriented its brand around the rise of digital-first shoppers who prefer products that include fewer, more natural ingredients. These shoppers have an evolving view of brands and don’t harbor any particular affinity for household names they grew up with.

Shoppable Content Will Evolve Toward Sight, Sound and Motion

Dec 19, 2019

Though social commerce conversions will remain a challenge, the mid-funnel opportunity is growing. Instagram’s continued rollout of shoppable content features is helping brands and influencers spotlight product content and forge a better path to purchase. Pinterest has also introduced features to make it easier for retailers to upload and promote product content. And video-first platforms Snapchat and TikTok are both testing shoppable content features.

'Retail as a Service' Platforms Will Help Brands and Retailers Scale

Dec 16, 2019

While our 2019 prediction of digital’s influence on the reinvention of brick-and-mortar has materialized, it may have also undersold Amazon’s omnipresence in the space. The 800-pound gorilla of retail will continue to cast a wide shadow.

For Burrow, Showrooms Help Simplify the Furniture-Buying Experience

Dec 12, 2019

Shopping for furniture can be overwhelming whether online or in-store. It’s something the co-founders of Burrow found out firsthand years ago when they were looking to invest in their own big-ticket items.

Dollar Stores Continue to Endure the Retail Apocalypse, for Now

Dollar Stores Continue to Endure the Retail Apocalypse, for Now

Oct 29, 2019

In a record year for US retail store closures, dollar stores are thriving. Not only are major players opening a significant number of new locations, but more consumers are regularly shopping for groceries at dollar stores than any other time in the past five years. But dollar stores, which have been praised as survivors of the ongoing retail apocalypse, could face new pressure from Amazon come 2020.