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Retail Trends

Amazon breaks Prime Day records despite site crashes

July 17, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Prime Day, aside from being a lucrative sales day for Amazon, gives the e-commerce giant a chance to wrestle with system weaknesses ahead of the big dance: the holidays. This year Amazon’s desktop and mobile websites both experienced major glitches […]


Retail Trends

Most parents and teens dread back-to-school shopping

July 17, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Back-to-school shopping is retail’s second most important sales season, but with it comes budget concerns for both parents and many teens, who according to the National Retail Federation, will spend on average $35.60 of their own money. With many parents […]


Retail Trends

June retail sales rise 0.3%, as e-commerce gained 1.3%

July 16, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

June tends to be a sunny month for retail sales, and the U.S. economy barreling along on all cylinders is helping to brighten that. “June is typically a major summer selling month, with transition to summer clearance late in the […]


In-Store Media, Retail Types, Stores, Tech

Walmart wins patent for in-store audio monitoring

July 16, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Walmart describes a pretty specific potential application for this technology, and it hints at a couple more. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Walmart will build out a system that monitors in-store audio. If the company were to go that […]


Retail Trends

Which retailers spend the most on lobbying?

July 11, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Last year, the National Retail Federation spent $12.9 million on lobbying efforts. Walmart and CVS shelled out $6.9 million and $6.4 million respectively. These trade groups and companies were the the top retail sector spenders on lobbying in 2017. Collectively, […]


Retail Types, Stores

Grocery giant Kroger tries on a new outfit with apparel line

July 10, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

As competition between supermarkets intensifies and grocers feel threatened by Amazon, retailers are looking for new ways to attract customers. Kroger, which is arguably under more pressure than any major chain, has turned to restaurants, meal kits and online shopping, […]


Retail Trends

What a trade war with China means for retail pre-holiday

July 10, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Escalating trade tensions between the United States and China reached a head on Friday when another round of tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods took hold. Within two weeks, another $16 billion will receive tariffs and President Trump […]


Retail Types, Stores

Lawmakers want answers in the death of Toys R Us

July 9, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Scrutiny of private equity ownership is increasing as the ranks of private-equity owned retailers filing for bankruptcy increases. In a January paper published with the American Bankruptcy Institute, Chuck Carroll and John Yozzo of FTI Consulting found that two thirds […]


Retail Trends

Prime Day sales poised to surge 40%

July 9, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Prime Day is a chance for Amazon to solidify its position in the smart-home market while continuing to grow its Prime membership. “We interpret the focus on promotional activities on Echo devices as a strategy in response to the surge […]


Retail Trends

Study: Global chatbot market to grow 24.4% in next 4 years

July 3, 2018

Via: Retail Dive

Apple helped to popularize chatbots with the introduction of its voice-enabled digital assistant Siri eight years ago, but most chatbots are focused on text conversations, especially since mobile messaging is a staple of smartphone functionality. A major driver of chatbot […]