Once limited to workouts and errands, athleisure becomes a workwear staple

The pandemic has been a boon to athleisure companies -- and now they're taking aim at your work wardrobe.

Caroline Dohack • June 23, 2020

What to expect as New York City begins to reopen

Retailers, construction companies, manufacturers, and wholesalers can all get back to business, but some won’t do so right away.

Nick DeSantis • June 8, 2020

Customer service’s big pivot: Let’s just chat

Something on your mind? Businesses want to take your call.

Michael Waters • June 2, 2020

Ready to revisit that reopened business? You may need a reservation

And companies that help you nab that prized rez are here to help.

Nick DeSantis • May 29, 2020

How the corona crisis changed the game for some of your favorite summer staples

Every day might still feel the same, but you can tell it’s summer by what’s on our shopping carts.

Nick DeSantis • May 25, 2020

The pandemic heats up the ecommerce race to take on Amazon

Shopify wants to mom-and-popify online retail, but is an alliance with Facebook unholy?

Nick DeSantis • May 22, 2020

The newest chain store trend: Going indie

By definition, chain stores aren’t local businesses -- but that isn’t stopping them from trying.

Michael Waters • May 21, 2020

Logomania is coming for your face masks

The mask you’re wearing is some very valuable branding real estate.

Caroline Dohack • May 21, 2020

The pandemic tells a very different tale for 3 big retailers

Updates from a few titans of US retail show how the sector is shaking out into a few winners and lots of losers.

Nick DeSantis • May 20, 2020

Postmates wants you to chaperone its delivery robots

Only Mario Kart can train you for this.

Michael Waters • May 19, 2020

Only for a limited time: Home shopping TV is taking over retail

Media and retail are hurting. A hybrid of the 2 industries is not.

Michael Waters • May 15, 2020

Mannequin customers are taking over the business world

From the sports world to fine dining, fake fans are in right now.

Michael Waters • May 14, 2020

It turns out running an ‘Amazon for Animal Crossing’ is very hard

Peer purchasing pressure is definitely a thing. Communal online shopping could be a boon to brands.

Michael Waters • May 13, 2020

‘Squad shopping’ could be the next take on tech-enabled togetherness

Peer purchasing pressure is definitely a thing. Communal online shopping could be a boon to brands.

Nick DeSantis • May 13, 2020

The next stage of quarantine boredom is the redecorating phase

We’re all amateur interior designers now.

Nick DeSantis • May 12, 2020

2020 or 1320? Meet the new bartering craze

Some people are bartering just to spread a little kindness. It’s enough to warm your cold quarantined heart.

Michael Waters • May 12, 2020

Does the pandemic spell doom for the shop within a shop?

The pandemic could send Sephora and JCPenney to a messy makeup breakup.

Nick DeSantis • May 7, 2020

China’s farmers borrow from the streamer’s playbook: They’re going live

With supply chains disrupted, they have no choice but to pitch their flowers and pineapples on video.

Nick DeSantis • May 7, 2020

A new puzzle for pandemic-era ecommerce: Dealing with returns

Retailers may see a sudden influx of sad, lonely cardboard boxes.

Nick DeSantis • May 6, 2020

Plexiglass could shine in a reopening economy

You’re going to start seeing it everywhere.

Nick DeSantis • May 4, 2020

A new Shopify app is here to connect you with local small businesses

The new Shop app might also be a shrewd way for Shopify to expand its base of 1m+ merchants.

Nick DeSantis • April 29, 2020

The nostalgia economy is keeping high school prom alive

If you miss out on your virtual prom, at least there’s… drive-thru graduation.

Michael Waters • April 28, 2020

Sotheby’s is losing millions because online auctions just aren’t that exciting

There’s less adrenaline when you bid online. That may be why big auction houses are taking a big hit.

Michael Waters • April 28, 2020

Indie shops are stealing a sliver of Amazon’s bookselling revenue

A new marketplace called bookshop.org is giving small sellers a financial lifeline.

Nick DeSantis • April 27, 2020

Retail is hurting, but resale looks haute these days

Investors are betting big on pre-owned luxury duds.

Caroline Dohack • April 22, 2020

We’re in the midst of a great Nintendo Switch shortage

Switches are flying off the shelves, but Mario’s pipeline has a supply problem.

Nick DeSantis • April 22, 2020

In the race to rescue retail, big merchants are arming their associates with an array of apps

Apps keep store employees on track to compete with online retailers.

Caroline Dohack • December 30, 2019

Will retail stores all become libraries for products in the new rental economy?

Retailers from Home Depot to Urban Outfitters are doubling down on rentals, but renting isn’t always a great deal.

Conor Grant • May 23, 2019

Right on Target: The big-box retail chain hit a bull’s-eye in Q2

Target had a monstrous Q2, signifying that their massive list of investments is paying off, as they try and gain ground on Walmart and Amazon.

Wes Schlagenhauf • August 23, 2018

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