The future of groceries is… groceries?

Yesterday, Instacart expanded “the future of grocery” to mean a lot more than helping gig workers schlep around milk. The company announced… … Connected Stores, a...
Jacob Cohen • September 20, 2022

Malls have long been losing steam, but it’s worse than we thought

(Source: Getty Images/fanjianhua) Shopping malls were once the go-to place for American teenagers to cause trouble hang with friends. While mall traffic has been declining for...
Rob Litterst • December 13, 2021

By the numbers: Home depot, productivity tracking, mountain treasure, and more

(Source: Getty Images / Jaimie Dee) 1) More money, more space. In the US, for every additional $1B in online shopping, 1.25m square feet of...
Jacob Cohen • December 13, 2021

This year, there’s no such thing as ‘too early’ to start holiday shopping

It’s Oct. 6 — you may still be debating your Halloween costume… … but it might be time to shift your attention to holiday shopping....
Rob Litterst • October 7, 2021

Target has launched ten $1B+ brands

Have you ever walked into Target looking to buy a single item (e.g., milk) but walked out with a bounty of other goods you...
Trung T. Phan • August 17, 2021

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

With baking soda! (Source: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) When the masks come off, the deodorant goes on. As more and more states walk back COVID...
Kolby Hatch • June 2, 2021

As in-store sales lose gas, makeup goes SaaS

In 2001, Leonard Lauder coined the term “lipstick index” to describe the resiliency of cosmetic sales during tough times. But he never considered our...
Jacob Cohen • January 11, 2021

Robomart doesn’t deliver products… it delivers the entire store

In the classic 1984 mock-umentary This Is Spinal Tap, a guitarist turns a volume dial from 1 to 10… then to 11, showing how...
Ethan Brooks • December 22, 2020

A wave of bargain shopping IPOs are coming. Why now?

For the longest time on the internet, the best places to lowball-offer your way to a great bargain were eBay and Craigslist. But things changed...
Trung T. Phan • December 2, 2020

Instagram’s redesign goes hard AF on short-form video and shopping

The co-founders of Instagram (Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger) left Facebook in the fall of 2018. They were tired of dealing with Facebook CEO...
Trung T. Phan • November 16, 2020

You should know about MercadoLibre, the $66B ‘Amazon of Latin America’

Startups all over the world are increasingly trying to mimic China’s biggest tech players. MercadoLibre — a Latin American ecommerce powerhouse — is aping...
Trung T. Phan • October 21, 2020

Best Shopify Stores: What We Can Learn from the Top 1k

We analyzed 1,000 of the best Shopify businesses, unlocking the platform’s secrets for success.

Steph Smith • July 27, 2020

Delivery dogs to the rescue: the 4-legged friends of socially distant shopping

We give these good boys and girls a 12/10. Some companies and super neighborly types are enlisting their pups to deliver groceries and other essentials...
Nick DeSantis • April 8, 2020

Goodwill stores are now using AI to ensure that all of its luxury items are legit

As thrift-store shopping becomes increasingly trendy, Goodwill — the 117-year-old nonprofit and one-stop-shop for ugly sweater parties — has a new strategy that’s …
Wes Schlagenhauf • January 14, 2019

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