Retail & Ecommerce


When looking at the largest US ecommerce sites, eBay is a distant second to Amazon. But as third-party sellers become more prominent on Amazon’s marketplace, many want to expand to other platforms, a possible silver lining for eBay.

The trade war between the world’s two largest retail markets is taking its toll, especially on China. Coupled with a slowing domestic auto market, the trade war is hurting the country's retail sales. In our latest worldwide retail forecast, we have cut our outlook for China and the US. As a result, China will not surpass the US in total retail sales this year, as expected in our Q4 2018 forecast. That milestone will likely not happen until 2021.

We forecast that US retail ecommerce sales of health, personal care and beauty products will surpass $53 billion this year, up 18.6% from 2018, making it the second-fastest growing category among those we track—slightly slower than food and beverage.

Social commerce has had its ups and downs, but thanks to increased discovery and brand involvement, it has begun to materialize.

Spending on Father’s Day gifts is expected to reach a record high $16.0 billion, according to a May 2019 report by the National Retail Federation (NRF). But that doesn’t mean fathers should expect to receive anything too glamorous—greeting cards are still the most popular type of gift that consumers plan to purchase.

eMarketer research analyst Matteo Ceurvels sheds light on the latest trends in digital and mobile commerce in Latin America. How much retail business is done through digital channels in the most populous countries in the region? How are brands capitalizing on the “mobile-first” mentality? What are the top ecommerce platforms in key countries like Mexico and Brazil?

The majority of social commerce in the US takes place on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook, though Snapchat is also part of the mix.

eMarketer senior analyst Jasmine Enberg examines the implications of WhatsApp’s latest strategic moves, including its decision to launch an ad platform in 2020 and a mobile payments system in India.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu shares our US ecommerce estimates and explains why these numbers lag behind other markets worldwide. Watch Now.

Subscriptions like Netflix and Spotify have successfully transformed the way people engage with media, but retail subscriptions are yet to transform the way people shop. So far, retail subscription boxes have seen momentum within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) category—think companies like Blue Apron, Dollar Shave Club and Birchbox. Despite the waves these companies have made, are consumers actually ready to automate their purchases of everyday goods?

Baby boomers already know how to go to a brick-and-mortar store and buy things. So unless there’s an obvious benefit of convenience or better prices, they’re not rushing to master newer, more tech-heavy shopping methods.

Mary Meeker, “queen of the internet” and venture capitalist at Bond Capital, released her highly anticipated annual “Internet Trends Report” and touched on everything from digital media usage in the US to consumer confidence in China in the 333-slide presentation she gave at the Recode Code Conference earlier this month.

Google's redesigned version of Google Shopping brings its online marketplace center stage. But will the new platform—which merges Google Shopping with the company’s existing retail marketplace, Google Express—be able to compete with the likes of Walmart, eBay and Amazon?

Furniture is one of the fastest-growing categories in ecommerce today. More consumers have come around to the idea of purchasing furniture online, and new direct-to-consumer (D2C) companies are entering the space, hoping to win market share by streamlining aspects of the customer experience like cost, shipping and installation.

After initially struggling to gain traction, social commerce has finally begun to materialize as platforms, including Instagram and Pinterest, fill the need for discovery in the digital shopping environment.

The online grocery space is immense and fast-growing, with players such as Walmart and Target leveraging their sizeable brick-and-mortar locations to take on Amazon. As the landscape continues to shift, here’s what marketers need to keep in mind.

eMarketer senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu shares our numbers for online food and beverage sales and reveals the category's dominant retail player. Watch now.

eMarketer junior forecasting analyst Nazmul Islam explores our ecommerce sales estimates for Latin America and the reasons why aggressive growth is coming. Watch now.

eMarketer's senior forecasting analyst Cindy Liu shares our retail spending numbers for the beginning of the year and the underlying factors behind the sluggish start. Watch now.

According to a March 2019 survey from consumer intelligence platform Toluna, more than one in four US internet users would be motivated to consider trying a new direct-to-consumer (D2C) brand if they were offered a free trial period.