Retail & Ecommerce


eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum tees up our retail sales estimates for Western Europe and why Italy is lagging behind the rest.

As powerhouses like Amazon, Walmart and Target roll out same-day or one-day shipping initiatives, it can be difficult for smaller retailers to keep up. But with the holiday season around the corner, it’s important for retailers to understand that while fast shipping is a key consideration, free shipping is often a requirement.

eMarketer principal analysts Mark Dolliver, Andrew Lipsman and Nicole Perrin discuss Apple’s new products and services, the new Google investigation, whether privacy is dead, podcast advertising and more.

More shoppers are utilizing omnichannel offerings to simplify their shopping experiences. For brands and retailers, offering consumers an obvious in-app value exchange can lead to downloads and encourage loyalty.

As we’ve covered, ad blocking in the US and many parts of western Europe are here to stay. Whether it’s over privacy concerns or the general annoyance over ads ruining user experience, many internet users are not happy with ad loads when they browse the web.

eMarketer principal analysts Nicole Perrin and Andrew Lipsman discuss the viability of Peloton’s business model, the implications of unsafe products being sold on Amazon, and whether consumers really care about brand activism.

eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum compares our estimates for brick-and-mortar and ecommerce sales for Western European markets amid an economic slowdown.

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands have historically relied on performance-based digital advertising strategies. Many leverage Facebook and Instagram to target audiences and direct response podcast ads to drive conversions, even throwing unconventional content marketing into the mix.

eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom discusses our latest retail ecommerce figures for Southeast Asia and how its market dynamics differ from those in the US.

Most internet users in the US still have not used and aren't interested in using smart speakers to make purchases, according to an August 2019 survey conducted by eMarketer and Bizrate Insights. While 4% of respondents have made a purchase using a smart speaker at least once, just 2% said they used these devices to make purchases regularly.

Amazon has revolutionized the online marketplace, but that doesn’t mean businesses are only interested in selling on a single platform. Diversification of marketplaces remains a key prospect, and given that each platform has distinct requirements, managing a multichannel ecommerce strategy can be an arduous task.

eMarketer principal analysts Lauren Fisher and Nicole Perrin discuss Google’s recent study about how turning off third-party cookies affects publisher revenues: What did Google find? How valid is the research? How does it compare with previous studies? Then, they talk about an ad fraud lawsuit between Fetch and Uber, Amazon developing clean room data technology and how marketers try to target shoppers within different channels.

Despite being the smallest of the three major commerce channels in terms of transactions, mobile is arguably the most important.

eMarketer vice president of forecasting Monica Peart discusses our advertising estimates for Alibaba and details on the Chinese ecommerce giant’s new retail initiative.

eMarketer forecasting director Shelleen Shum compares our retail market figures for Germany with the UK and identifies key growth drivers.

Consumers today have more payment options than ever. But, while mobile payment platforms like Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay are increasingly gaining traction, the trinity of cash, debit and credit still dominate—especially with smaller, in-store transactions.

eMarketer recently spoke with Vadim Grinberg, vice president of consumer growth and insight at Dagne Dover, to discuss what the retailer has learned since opening up its pop-up location and how it feels about retail tech and handles cart abandonment.

In yet another sign that online reviews can make or break the path to purchase, June 2019 research from Trustpilot found that consumers would lose trust in a brand not only if they saw negative reviews—but also if the brand went one step further and deleted them.

Marketers have long grappled with how to best leverage the data they’ve collected. It’s certainly a challenge as data fuels nearly all of their marketing efforts—including personalization, audience segmentation and targeting.

Cynthia Rowley president and CEO Allie Egan sits down with eMarketer executive editor Rimma Kats to discuss a variety of topics, including mcommerce, a text message channel and the need to maintain an active conversation with retail customers.