Digits: Beehive fences, squid imports, toilet paper, and more.

Plus: Burlington Stores’ wise name change and mermaids beat congresswomen.

Jacob Cohen • October 4, 2021

Amazon’s $30B+ ad business, explained

Amazon has America’s 3rd largest ad business, more than 2x the size of Snap, Twitter, Roku, and Pinterest combined.

Trung T. Phan • September 23, 2021

Dollar General wants to go upmarket with Popshelf. So far, it’s working.

Dollar General’s new store, Popshelf, offers items for $5 or less, and has been wildly successful so far, which could lead to massive expansion.

Rob Litterst • September 14, 2021

Digits: A $3.6m Spider-Man, e-cigs get smoked, and ATVs kick into high gear

Plus: Walmart braces for impact, Amazon pays Chicago for locker space, and container oligopolies are a thing.

Jacob Cohen • September 13, 2021

How brands are doing samples in a pandemic

When the pandemic upset the time-tested practice of in-store sampling, brands got creative.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • September 7, 2021

Walmart takes a page out of Amazon’s book

Walmart is partnering with Adobe on software for small businesses that makes it easier to offer curbside pickup for their customers.

Rob Litterst • July 30, 2021

Shoppertainment is a trend you should know about

Shoppertainment is a new trend at the intersection of ecommerce and livestreaming.

Rob Litterst • July 22, 2021

Investors are rolling up Amazon stores. And making a killing.

The Amazon marketplace is currently valued at $300B with potential to double in the next 5 years.

Rob Litterst • July 15, 2021

If you want to be an Amazon vendor, you may have to give up some equity

Amazon has done 80+ deals in which it asks for stock warrants in exchange for a vendor deal.

Trung T. Phan • July 2, 2021

Wayfair thinks AR/VR shopping is the future of retail

Wayfair co-founder Steven Conine thinks future-us will shop for furniture using 3D models of our homes.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 25, 2021

Etsy buys ticket to the cool kids’ table with $1.6B Depop acquisition

Online marketplace Etsy dropped $1.6B to acquire a leading Gen Z second hand fashion platform.

Kolby Hatch • June 7, 2021

Warby Parker sets its sights on more in-person retail

Warby Parker is adding 25% more brick-and-mortar locations, betting that post-COVID shoppers will want the hybrid experience.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 7, 2021

Americans are prepping for the post-COVID world… by buying deodorant and toothpaste

Sales are up for deodorant, toothpaste, luggage, and condoms. But down for toilet paper and baking soda.

Kolby Hatch • June 2, 2021

Digits: Hockey inflation, a condom surge, and $11m wolves

Plus: Airbnb released 100+ upgrades, and AI lawmakers are a hit.

Jacob Cohen • June 1, 2021

Want to squeeze every last drop out of a toothpaste tube? Now you can.

Colgate-Palmolive is commercializing a technology that creates slippery surfaces. Its first product: a toothpaste called Elixir.

Trung T. Phan • May 25, 2021

Snap’s big push into ecommerce

Snap users will be able to try on clothes and buy products straight from the app.

Trung T. Phan • May 24, 2021

Boomers are moving online. How are companies coping?

Baby boomers are jumping online. Brands need to respond with new products and better UX.

Trung T. Phan • May 12, 2021

The world’s largest jeweler is ditching diamonds-au-naturel

Pandora is aligning itself with millennial spending habits and going all in on lab-grown diamonds (which are much more ethical than the real things).

Trung T. Phan • May 10, 2021

In huge demand right now: Warehouses

The ecommerce explosion is making logistics real estate a hot commodity… but there’s a lack of supply.

Trung T. Phan • May 4, 2021

H&M, Adidas, and Nike are facing boycotts in China. Why?

Labor practices in the cotton industry in China’s Xinjiang region have become a hot point for global fashion brands.

Trung T. Phan • April 6, 2021

The direct-to-consumer powerhouse you’ve probably never heard of

A little-known firm is quietly powering the direct-to-consumer efforts of some of the world’s biggest brands.

Zachary Crockett • March 25, 2021

Coupang is the ‘Amazon of South Korea.’ But there is a key difference.

While Coupang dominates ecommerce in South Korea, it’s missing the cash-printing machine known as Amazon Web Services.

Kolby Hatch • March 15, 2021

Coming to a retail curbside near you: samples, and lots of ’em

CPG brands are adapting to the pandemic by dropping samples into curbside pickups.

Kolby Hatch • March 12, 2021

Target says it took $9B in sales from competitors. How?

Target’s sales in 2020 hit ~$94B, up 20% YoY. The retailer’s bet on digital, real estate and merchandise are paying off.

Trung T. Phan • March 3, 2021

The pandemic is ushering in a new wave of office and warehouse robots. Will the trend continue?

The pandemic has ushered in a new era of automation that’s here to stay.

Trung T. Phan • January 20, 2021

Marc Lore, the David to Amazon’s Goliath, will step down as Walmart’s e-commerce chief

Marc Lore has been taking Amazon on for decades, from Diapers.com to Jet.com to Walmart.

Trung T. Phan • January 18, 2021

Crocs had a massive 2020. How?

Crocs may be ugly, but the foam clog’s financials are hot.

Jacob Cohen • January 13, 2021

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