As Cyber Monday rages on, let’s take a look at what’s already happened over the course of the Cyber Five weekend and what it means for both retail media networks and advertisers alike.

UK Black Friday sales fall as shoppers tighten their belts: Transactions and footfall were down YoY, although online sales were a bright spot.

Amazon is cementing its status as the US’ top delivery company: The retailer is on track to deliver more packages than UPS for the second year running.

Legal documents allege Meta's manipulation of youth psychology for profit: Lawsuits highlight need for ethical balance in social media innovation.

OpenAI turmoil’s ripple effect on social media: The chaos could create opportunities and challenges for platforms in the red-hot genAI market.

US out-of-home (OOH) ad spend will total $9.51 billion next year, and grow past $10 billion in 2026, according to our forecast. One unusual place those dollars are headed is advertising on wheels. That includes transit, taxis and ride-hailing services, and one of the most fun brand marketing tools there is: machines like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

On today’s podcast episode, host Bill Fisher is joined by our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood and analysts Paul Briggs and Matteo Ceurvels to examine the podcast landscape around the world, looking at changes in listenership and the advertising opportunities that the format affords.

It’s a promising start for global AI safety guidelines yet lacking in concrete actions and accountability. Will other nations join the regulatory effort?

Rumors swirl about OpenAI’s ‘Q*’ project: A secret AGI project could be linked to Sam Altman’s firing. It shows how generative AI is a loose cannon without regulation.

The tight labor market has driven up store associates’ pay: That’s a solid investment given that well-paid staff typically have longer tenures, which helps them deliver a better customer experience.

Generative AI triggers a hiring surge amid tech industry layoffs: Marketplace fanfare over the technology could shift hiring and resources from other critical areas, like cybersecurity.

Steep discounts drove record Black Friday online sales: Ecommerce sales surged on the day after Thanksgiving, while brick-and-mortar sales grew just 1.1% YoY.

Cyber Monday will top $13 billion in US online sales, while Black Friday will crack $10 billion for the first time, according to our June 2023 forecast.

Open banking has propelled the growth of alternative credit, but the model isn’t risk-free

This could make it harder for riskier consumers to get approved for credit cards in the future

The approval is a potential sign of thawing geopolitical tensions; Mastercard was approved after a summit between Xi and Biden

’Tis the season for a deluge of holiday ads, as everyone tries to score a piece of the $1.317 trillion holiday sales pie (per our June 2023 forecast). To break through the noise, brands need to zero in on what resonates with consumers—and maybe even have a little fun.