Retail & Ecommerce

As retailers explore new strategies in H2 2021 and beyond, they will need to gain greater understanding of which consumer behaviors have shifted permanently, which will revert to those of pre-pandemic times, and which will settle somewhere in the middle.

Amazon’s Q2 earnings are tomorrow: Due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, we expect Amazon’s retail sales to best last year’s.

Shopping on Twitter—again: Twitter’s new “Shop Module” feature is its latest attempt to get people to buy on the platform, but competition in social commerce is already stiff.

Three of the four largest ecommerce companies in the world are based in China—Alibaba,, and Pinduoduo (PDD)—and they are all still delivering impressive annual sales increases.

Pinterest aims at creators: The platform's new features will help creators monetize, as well as promote the creation of social commerce-related content.

Facebook earnings: The company's Q2 earnings could shed light on the effects of Apple’s iOS 14.5 update, but it’s still on track to clear $100 billion in revenues by the end of the year.

China’s efforts to roll out a CBDC could create more competition for mobile payment giants like Ant and Tencent, which are already under serious regulatory scrutiny.

Home improvement stores, like The Home Depot and Lowe's, continue to see US sales surge as the pandemic-propelled demand for DIY and home improvement projects continues through 2021.

A job posting suggests the etailer wants to dive into the growing crypto payments space—and perhaps develop a proprietary digital currency—before it falls behind other Big Tech firms.