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There were numerous press reports yesterday that fast feeder Wendy’s plans to institute surge pricing – charging higher prices at high-demand times – sometime next year. The reports seemed to emanate from comments made earlier this month by the company’s new CEO-president, Kirk Tanner, who said that the chain plans to rollout “dynamic pricing,” enabled […]
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Many entrepreneurs have turned to e-commerce thanks to its incredible flexibility and extraordinary earning potential. However, as is the case with any business, there are challenges to be aware of — and the challenges in the e-commerce sector can be particularly unique, especially in the light of a tumultuous economy. How the Economy Affects E-Commerce Recent […]
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One of the most promising changes in the retail market has been the regrowth of consumer confidence. At the end of 2023, both financial well-being and future financial confidence hit the highest levels in two years. This has been facilitated by the easing rate of inflation and while, consumer attitudes are not back to where […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Audiences stream a record 40.8 billion viewing minutes on Jan. 13, 2024 Chilly weather, coupled with the excitement of the NFL playoffs, helped boost total TV viewership 3.7% in January. While historically characteristic for the month, the uptick was perhaps more noteworthy because it was 1.4% above its level last year—a reporting period that was […]
  1. Data & Insights
Earlier this month: “Meta Platforms Inc. tripled its profit and posted sharply higher revenue in the final quarter of 2023, boosted by a rebound in digital advertising as well cost cutting and layoffs in what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the “year of efficiency.”” Meta increased revenue by over 25 percent from year ago with nearly […]
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J.Jill has achieved levels of customer loyalty that other retailers can only aspire to. The women’s apparel and accessories retailer, which generates nearly $600 million in annual sales via ecommerce and a footprint of 247 stores, boasts an average customer lifecycle spanning 10 years. A major reason for these high levels of engagement: J.Jill obsessively […]
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Sustainability in Festival Fashion As sustainability becomes more of a priority for festival goers, with initiatives like using turf to generate electricity at the Isle of Wight Festival, or Green Man Festival’s solar-powered stages, and hydrogen and hydrotreated vegetable oil power; fashion will experience similar trends. Many consumers are turning to renting a summer wardrobe […]
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We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]
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Microsoft and Google strategically unveiled their generative artificial intelligence capabilities for the retail industry in time for the National Retail Federation’s 2024 Big Show in New York, capturing the attention of the world’s leading retailers and industry leaders at this premier event. These offerings, spanning customer engagement, shopper journey experiences, and operational enhancements, align seamlessly […]
  1. Department: Food
The future of search is ask.  The future of results is answer. I like how Carl Holden at Zellus Marketing described the shift in how we’re all going to be navigating the Internet: “Since the turn of the millennium, the verb “search” has dominated our interaction with the internet—inputting keywords into a box and sifting […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The explosive growth in e-commerce that flowed from the COVID-19 pandemic has made last-mile delivery more important than ever in the retail industry. Companies that meet consumer expectations when it comes to last-mile delivery will be well-positioned to thrive. Meeting those expectations, however, is easier said than done, as consumers want delivery to be fast, […]
  1. Data & Insights
Join YipitData experts and analysts for a webcast on Thursday, February 8th at 1:30 pm ET to discuss trends across the U.S. consumer landscape in January, with a focus on possible severe weather-related inflections. The team will discuss: January trends and inflections Effects on the retail, payments, travel, restaurants, and auto industries Companies including TOST, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Amazon said yesterday that it is testing Rufus, described as “a generative AI-powered expert shopping assistant trained on Amazon’s extensive product catalog, customer reviews, community Q&As, and information from across the web to answer customer questions on a variety of shopping needs and products, provide comparisons, and make recommendations based on conversational context.” Rufus is […]
  1. Data & Insights
In 2023, the e-commerce industry was largely focused on strengthening brand equity, enhancing the customer experience, and keeping up with the evolution fueled by new platforms and artificial intelligence-based technologies. Notably, the adoption of composable commerce, which refers to building a modular, component-based, cloud-native tech stack, empowered companies to build the agility required to remain […]
  1. Data & Insights
The post-purchase is an exciting phase for your customers, as it is the last station before they get to their destination called happiness from collecting their orders. However, with most e-commerce merchants not having much awareness about the post-purchase phase and unwillingly neglecting its events, the ‘exciting phase’ is also one of the ‘most anxious’ […]
  1. Stores & Formats
“Narratives and storytelling in business really, really matter. You need to have a good business, but storytelling and narratives could take you over the top.” — Jason Del Rey, Journalist and Author So much of modern ecommerce competition is shaped by the actions of Walmart and Amazon. One dominated physical retail for decades before making […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Last June, on a whim, I canceled Amazon Prime. I’d seen the FTC’s lawsuit claiming the company “sabotaged” people’s attempts to disenroll and thought it might be worth experiencing firsthand. Within a few clicks, I was out. I planned to return to Prime soon after canceling, but then never did. At first, I figured I’d […]
  1. Department & Category
Electric vehicles have become the epitome of modern technology and environmental responsibility. Not only are they a paradigm shift in the automotive industry, but they also have a significant impact on the environment and everyday life. In this article, we will look at how electric cars are affecting the environment and what environmental outcomes are […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Traditional delivery methods, once the norm in e-commerce, are rapidly being replaced by a standard that prioritizes immediacy. Retail giants and small businesses alike have recognized that today’s consumers expect their online purchases to arrive not in days, but hours. This seismic shift is redefining logistics, compelling companies to innovate and adapt at breakneck speeds […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
The restaurant business has always been a tough nut to crack, but things have hit a whole new level of challenging ever since the pandemic.  Even well established restaurateurs are now grappling with dwindling footfalls, inflationary pressures, and rising rents and wages, among a slew of other factors, that are slowly, but surely running them […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Truckers and retailers are basically the Batman and Robin of the supply chain universe. They’ve got this intricate dance going on that keeps shelves stocked and customers smiling. Now grab your CB radio and fasten your seatbelt, ’cause we’re about to hit the highway on how truckers roll out goods to our local shops. It […]
  1. Data & Insights
The Associated Press reports on a PwC survey of more than 4,700 global CEOs – conducted as the World Economic Forum commences its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland – in which considerable concern is expressed about the coming decade. It’s not the economy that they’re worried about – the AP says that more executives “are […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The Hollywood Reporter has a story about the degree to which Amazon Prime Video’s new ad tier – scheduled to debut on January 29 – is likely to have an enormous impact on advertisers, while bolstering Amazon’s bottom line. Here’s how it frames the story: “On Jan. 29, Amazon will unleash what one top advertising executive […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Today’s TV landscape offers more than a lifetime’s worth of choice for audiences. In total, TV audiences in the U.S. can now find content on more than 32,200 linear channels and 89 streaming video sources1. Additionally, connected TV (CTV)2 has given audiences access to anything the internet has to offer. The appeal of content audiences […]
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Testing for Ships in Product Packaging compatibility often involves “a series of drops and vibrations,” a packaging innovation team leader said. Sellers can expect fee discounts for program participation. Amazon is pulling back the curtain on how it’s teeing up more packages to arrive on doorsteps without Amazon logos. Last week, the Ships in Product Packaging program expanded by […]
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84.51° is out with a new report that “examines who omnichannel shoppers are, where they shop, and some of the reasons why they choose to shop in-store and online.” Some key findings: •  “This shopper is likely to be Millennial or Gen Z, is engaged with natural and organic, is more likely to have children, […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]