Kroger delivers lackluster Q3 results: The combination of moderating food prices and consumers tightening their belts drove the grocer to cut its annual sales forecast.

On today's podcast episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss how Gen Zers discover products; where they stand on buy now, pay later; and how loyal they really are to brands. Then, for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank three campaigns that really worked with Gen Z. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analyst Arielle Feger and editor Catherine Ollinger.

Ecommerce hasn’t overtaken physical stores: An excerpt from our recent report explains how retail stores stack up against digital channels in driving new product discovery and conversions.

Walmart’s grocery, ecommerce business powered it through another solid quarter: The retailer’s emphasis on value and convenience are helping it win market share, even as shoppers exhibit more signs of price sensitivity.

US grocery ecommerce sales will grow 17.4% in 2024 to total $219.04 billion, according to our forecast. Meanwhile, UK grocery ecommerce sales will grow only 5.1% to total $37.06 billion in 2024. “At the end of the day, consumers in the US enjoy the conveniences of delivery, but they’re not necessarily willing to pay an exorbitant fee,” said our analyst Blake Droesch, emphasizing the perceived value of Walmart+ and Amazon Prime memberships to these shoppers.

On today's podcast episode, in our "Retail Me This, Retail Me That" segment, we discuss the differences between how US and UK consumers shop for groceries. Then, for "Pop-Up Rankings," we rank two grocery stores doing digital well, two taking an alternate approach, and why both can work. Join our analyst Sara Lebow as she hosts analysts Blake Droesch and Carina Perkins.

TikTok is turning Gen Alpha consumers into skincare experts: Skincare sales among the cohort are soaring, prompting brands and retailers to take notice.

As the top two retailers in the US, Walmart and Amazon are battling for holiday success by rolling out the best deals, the fastest delivery, and the best in-store experience. Here’s who we expect will come out on top in each of those areas, plus a post-holiday outlook.

Amazon will offer grocery delivery to non-Prime members nationwide: The retail giant also plans to resume opening Amazon Fresh stores next year.

Both Kellanova (formerly Kellogg) and its spun-off cereal business beat expectations: While price hikes helped pad the two companies’ margins, both saw volumes dip.

Getir pivots to grocery with FreshDirect acquisition: But that may not be enough to win shoppers over, especially as delivery platforms like DoorDash and Uber Eats push deeper into quick commerce.

Instacart leans on advertising to bolster its bottom line: The company’s advertising revenues grew 19%, significantly outpacing the 4% growth in the number of online orders on its platform.

There’s no doubt that the combination of all digital activities drives far more product and brand awareness than the physical store. But no single online channel—whether third-party retailers, brand websites, or social networks—has overtaken the power of the store.

The UK’s cost-of-living crisis is squeezing household budgets: While sales volumes fell in October, consumers did stock up on lower-priced indulgences such as cosmetics and food and drink.

Grocery spending is slowly shifting online as consumers seek convenience: More shoppers are leveraging grocers’ ecommerce options as well as delivery platforms like DoorDash and Uber Eats.

LVMH deepens investment in new categories, markets to offset sales slowdown: The luxury company is expanding its luxury eyewear portfolio and growing its retail presence in India.

Dupe culture powered e.l.f. Beauty to a 76% YoY sales increase last quarter: Gen Z’s favorite drugstore brand is reaping the rewards as consumers look for budget-friendly ways to stay on top of beauty trends.

Starbucks, DoorDash, Mondelēz beat expectations as consumers spring for affordable indulgences: Shoppers continue to spend big on food delivery, snacks, and pumpkin spice lattes.

The much-hyped “Ozempic effect” looks increasingly like a myth: Shoppers on GLP-1 drugs aren’t buying less, although what they put in their baskets is changing.

Taco Bell’s US same-store sales rose 8% in Q3: That made it the bright spot in parent company Yum Brands’ results thanks to aggressive promotions that appealed to cost-conscious consumers.