February 24, 2017

2017 is just two months old, but we have already experienced what feels like a year’s worth of major store closing and liquidation announcements from national brands. 

February 24, 2017
Commentary by Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, comments on J.C. Penney’s fourth quarter:  
 
February 23, 2017

The Trump administration has floated a new tax policy that would apply a 20% tax on imports from Mexico, as well as other countries with which the United States has a trade deficit.

February 21, 2017

While Lidl has made clear its plans to expand to the U.S., many grocery retailers may not have expected it to make its stateside debut quite so soon. 

February 21, 2017

Restaurants are not just a good choice, they are sometimes the only choice.

February 15, 2017

If we’ve reached a tipping point where sensory overload leads to endless distraction, what can retailers do? 

February 15, 2017

The year kicks off with a respectable set of retail sales numbers that show continued momentum in the consumer economy.

February 15, 2017
Recently, I was in my kitchen making Veal Provençal for my kids. As I reached for the can of peeled tomatoes, my worn out can opener broke in my hand.  

 

February 14, 2017
Remember the memory-erasing Neuralyzer in "Men in Black"? Or more recently, "Ex Machina," the Oscar-winning story of a humanoid robot that uses emotional persuasion to outsmart humans and escape from the secluded home of its creator?
 
February 14, 2017

For years, retail was neatly divided into two categories: e-commerce and brick-and-mortar. But with the advent of smartphones, digital and physical worlds are melding together, creating a new retail environment in which almost every customer journey involves both online and offline activity. 

February 13, 2017

Consumers in recent years have shown a seemingly insatiable appetite for special offers and discounts.

February 7, 2017

A renovated historic space conveys a unique degree of character and a memorable and defining sense of place. It can help a brand or business stand out in a crowded and competitive retail marketplace and deliver that all-important experiential element.

February 6, 2017

While it missed some analysts’ aggressive $44.7 billion quarterly revenue estimate, Amazon continues to record solid growth.

February 6, 2017
Mobility’s influence on retail sales has never been stronger. Too bad the same can’t be said for its impact on conversions.
 
February 2, 2017

Neil Saunders, managing director of retail research and consulting firm GlobalData Retail (formerly known as Conlumino) analyzes Ralph Lauren Corp.’s third quarter results and the news that CEO Stefan Larsson is leaving the company after a little over a year on the job.

February 1, 2017

A lot has been written since the election about the current state of organized labor, not just from a political standpoint but also whether many unions will still exist in the near future.

February 1, 2017

Through the deployment of mobile data capture solutions, retailers can gain a wealth of real-time operational data and insight. 

February 1, 2017
At a time when many retailers might be cutting back on brick-and-mortar investments to focus more on e-commerce, a few notable ones are taking the opposite approach and launching large-format experiential stores to immerse customers in the full brand experience and offer items in each product category, from couches to dresses. 
 
January 31, 2017

According to a 2015 Nielsen study, two-thirds of consumers trust consumer opinions over company advertising and rely on peer review sites for insights and advice.

January 24, 2017

Walmart made sweeping changes to its e-commerce organization for the second time since it acquired online retailer Jet.com and appointed company founder Marc Lore as head of its own e-commerce division.

January 24, 2017
What is happening now is another paradigm shift. And that shift is continuing to drive value to the customer, utilizing these delivery channels.  
 
January 23, 2017

While technology has transformed the retail landscape, and despite news of major retailers looking to rightsize, the fact remains – brick-and-mortar retail stores aren’t going away.

January 23, 2017
The trends featured at the annual NRF Convention & Expo never fail to get the tech juices flowing, and this year was no exception. 
 
January 18, 2017

The latest generation of portable eye tracking technologies record shoppers’ complete in-store experience, from their viewing perspective.