Retail & Ecommerce

Successful brands are providing a hybrid customer journey that lets shoppers move seamlessly between the online and offline worlds. Tijs van Santen, chief customer officer at Uberall, shares insights with eMarketer editorial director at Insider Intelligence Rimma Kats, on consumer shopping behavior, including engagement with local businesses.

Shipt goes beyond convenience: As grocery ecommerce gets more competitive, the Target subsidiary partners with the health-focused support network CaringBridge for a positive brand story.

The service lets corporate clients send payment requests directly to the bank’s retail customers—helping it strengthen client relationships and opening the way for other transaction use cases, like B2B payments.

The Olympics sees viewership decline: Despite the drop, NBC netted a profit on its ad sales.

Instagram adds another ad product: The social platform is testing ad units within its Shops interface.

The BNPL provider is pursuing aggressive growth with new partnerships with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Yoox Net-a-Porter, but credit card competition looms as legacy players try to reclaim customers.

Telehealth wasn’t the only healthcare service to benefit from pandemic-induced lockdowns and restrictions in 2020. Retail health clinics—health centers located in retail stores—have grown in popularity as a convenient way to access simple health services.

In 2021, Amazon will account for 41.4% of all US retail ecommerce sales. The tech giant will contribute more than 50% of US growth in online sales from 2019 to 2021. We estimate Amazon’s ecommerce sales will rise by $168.53 billion in that time frame, to reach a staggering $386.40 billion by the end of this year.

On today's episode, we discuss Amazon's Q2 performance of its retail business, some takeaways from its Prime offering, and where it stands on its physical stores strategy. We then talk about capitalizing on the subscription box trend, how buy-now-pay-later users are different from credit card users, and if malls really are within striking distance of 2019 traffic levels. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer director of forecasting at Insider Intelligence Cindy Liu.

The prepaid digital payment system caters to essential transactions like medical payments and food vouchers and can help increase financial inclusion for the country’s unbanked population.