Trends: Retail

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  1. Channel: Marketplace
American singer, songwriter and businesswoman Beyoncé’s new haircare brand, Cécred, has gone live on Shopify. After teasing her fans (aka the BeyHive) about the venture last May, Beyoncé recently took to social media to announce her first ever beauty brand. Captioning a post on Instagram with “hair is sacred”, an accompanying video interspersed archive footage […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Launching a new product in retail can be an exciting but nerve-wracking experience. You have put in countless hours of hard work and dedication to create something unique and valuable, and now it’s time to introduce it to the market. One crucial aspect that can make or break your product launch is pricing. Setting the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
A concerning trend has emerged in the evolving retail landscape over the past few years: the spike in retail theft. As examples, Los Angeles and Dallas experienced staggering increases of 109 percent and 73 percent, respectively, in shoplifting incidents from H1 2022 to H2 2023. As the problem intensifies, communities are left grappling with the […]
  1. Data & Insights
As the retail industry evolves, strategies for success have dramatically shifted. Gone are the days of static store layouts, now replaced by a dynamic, data-driven approach that requires ongoing iteration. For retailers to thrive in 2024, a refocusing of key performance indicators (KPIs) is essential. Central to this new approach is understanding and maximizing foot […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Frictionless commerce, once heralded as the future of retail, faces scrutiny amid lukewarm consumer response, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Despite its touted convenience, barriers to entry persist, hindering growth in this sector. With a market worth a modest $375.4m in… This story continues at Frictionless commerce faces scrutiny amid consumer […]
  1. Data & Insights
Amidst the rise of artificial intelligence and changing customer preferences, the retail industry is experiencing a significant transformation. This means it’s more crucial than ever for your retail business to keep up and provide the best experience for your customers. Value-driven customers seek high-quality service and fair prices for the products they purchase. They often […]
  1. Data & Insights
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. Data & Insights
The retail landscape is forever evolving and with so much competition, it is imperative that retailers look at ways to stay ahead of the curve and thrive. ESL Data Strips, coupled with electronic shelf-edge labels, have the potential to reshape the way retailers operate, providing… This story continues at ESL data strips: Indispensable for competitive […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Navigating the dynamic retail tech landscape, from AI to robotics, offers promise and challenges. Retailers chase efficiency, personalised experiences, and profitability but grapple with implementation challenges. A disparity is emerging between larger retailers with resources to invest and smaller players, posing a formidable competitive gap. That’s the view of Toby Pickard, Retail Futures Senior Partner […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Our rapidly digitalizing and globalizing world hasn’t been kind to the retail industry these past few years, especially for brick-and-mortar stores. As a result, many retailers have begun to wrestle with questions concerning the nature of the retail experience and what it means to succeed in 2024. Despite this anxiety, brands can be sure of […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – At the Opening General Session of the 2024 National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Regional Chain Conference today, a central message rang clear: NACDS is committed to winning on pivotal issues and to charting the course for innovation that advances pharmacy and that benefits all Americans. The 2024 Conference — […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
As we move further into 2024, the in-store retail landscape continues to shift from transactional spaces to powerful mediums for engaging and communicating with consumers. This shift presents a pivotal opportunity to redefine the dynamic between brands, retailers, and consumers. Retailers are looking to invest in physical enhancements to stores to personalize customer experiences further. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Many retail businesses are charting their courses for 2024, exploring inventive avenues to enhance their services and elevate the overall customer experience. Keeping up with the latest trends in the retail landscape will be crucial to their success. And to my mind, three particular trends are poised to shape the retail narrative in 2024: automation, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The continuing goal of “The Innovation Conversation” is to explore some facet of the fast-changing, technology-driven retail landscape and how it affects businesses and consumers. It is, we think, fertile territory … and one that Tom Furphy – a former Amazon executive who led the team that developed Amazon Fresh, and currently CEO and Managing […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In years past, the word “on-demand” has been used to describe videos or streaming services. However, I believe that “on-demand” can now be used to describe the expectations of today’s consumer. Customers now want a shopping experience that’s always on, responds in real time, and gives the most up-to-date information. This has created a scenario […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail, like all other industries, has had to respond swiftly to societal developments and changing attitudes of the US public. With the explosion of AI, a new door has opened for retail marketing and advertising, which will break through boundaries and expand the limits of consumers’ imagination. This article discusses key trends driven by technological […]
  1. Data & Insights
“As [retailers] are seeing more business shift to ecommerce, that’s a more expensive channel for them, so they are really becoming dependent on the retail media revenue. So I think that the manufacturer or the advertiser holds the cards a little bit more than maybe they did in the past.” — Andrea Leigh, Founder and […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail and 2024 are both in full swing, and both the year and commerce kicked off at the National Retail Federation in New York City in early January. This is always a vibrant, engaging and important whirlwind for me… and an experience I look forward to every year. After all, as a self-described retail geek, […]
  1. Data & Insights
The theme for retail marketers in 2024 is push forward when others pull back. Amid continued budget consolidation, unpredictable consumer demand, and macroeconomic factors, marketers naturally tend to conserve their resources for a brighter day. Despite industry challenges, the retail landscape is ripe with opportunities. The strong holiday season shone a light on the way […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Picture this: You need a new pair of running shoes so you visit a website to do a little research. Your screen fills with page after page of options. Before long, it’s information overload and you’re paralyzed by choice. You end up clicking on a pair from a brand you recognize. But that logo alone […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Once again it’s time for Steve’s annual retail predictions–and this list doesn’t just go to eleven it goes to thirteen! Steve’s provocative prognostications include “the bifurcation of just about everything,” the culling of the unicorn herd, thoughts on the future of Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Nordstrom, along with a possible AI themed action movie, the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
In 2021, I told Total Retail readers that retailers were two years away from pivotal innovations across several key technology trends. I argued that we would begin to feel the convergence of these technologies happen in 2023, and that retailers would need to get moving — then — to be in a position to succeed, […]
  1. Data & Insights
As we begin 2024, the retail sector is witnessing a dynamic shift towards sustainability. Highlights of the millennial and Gen Z consumer trends almost always center around sustainability, with 72 percent and 77 percent of them, respectively, likely to pay more for environmentally-friendly products, according to the PDI Business of Sustainability Index. The behaviors of […]
  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
In the ever-evolving landscape of retail, businesses are constantly seeking innovative ways to keep pace with changing consumer preferences, market dynamics, and technology advancements. The MACH architecture principles — microservices, API-first, cloud-native, and headless — have emerged as a powerful framework for retailers looking to transform their store systems, break free from legacy constraints, and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The fate of the retail sector remains uncertain with consumers continuing to turn to e-commerce to purchase both necessary and luxury items. As shopping habits evolve, so do the channels that customers return to time and time again for their items of choice. In a year that saw social commerce boom and channels like Instagram […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
With all the buzz surrounding artificial intelligence in the retail industry, it’s no surprise that its embrace is one of the top trends as the industry begins 2024. The rapid growth of AI, machine learning and predictive technologies is opening up new worlds of opportunities. However, AI isn’t the only key trend in retail. Here […]
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When Valentine’s Day approaches, the world’s craving for fresh roses reaches its peak. Swissport, a leader in the global logistics arena, orchestrates the movement of over 9,000 tons of these love tokens through its acclaimed Flower Corridor, spanning from the Kenyan highlands to Europe.
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ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
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The Wall Street Journal reports that “Walmart is shopping in the TV aisle to help grow its advertising business.  The retail giant is in talks to buy smart television-manufacturer Vizio for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. The move would give Walmart more places where it can sell ads and pitch […]
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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 […]