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Amazon Advertisers Still Focus Spending on Sponsored Products

Amazon Advertisers Still Focus Spending on Sponsored Products

Dec 15, 2019

For brands and retailers in some categories, Amazon is a significant channel for ecommerce sales. And that often means paying for prime placement on Amazon properties, including in search results. We estimate Amazon will have earned 72% of its $9.85 billion in net US digital ad revenues from search ads in 2019.

For Burrow, Showrooms Help Simplify the Furniture-Buying Experience

Dec 12, 2019

Shopping for furniture can be overwhelming whether online or in-store. It’s something the co-founders of Burrow found out firsthand years ago when they were looking to invest in their own big-ticket items.

Influencers Could Help Drive Social Commerce

Influencers Could Help Drive Social Commerce

Dec 10, 2019

Social networks like Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok have ramped up their social commerce efforts in the past year, shifting toward an ecosystem where users can discover, shop and purchase products one place. Initially, these social commerce features were only offered to brands, but now social networks are experimenting by bringing the same tools to influencers.

How Mercado Pago Is Reshaping Mobile Payments in Latin America

How Mercado Pago Is Reshaping Mobile Payments in Latin America

Dec 04, 2019

In response to changing consumer behavior, mobile payment platforms around the world are innovating quicker than their traditional bank counterparts. Latin America is no exception; it is home to Argentina-based Mercado Pago, a major player in the global adoption of cashless transactions.

Why Amazon Advertisers Pay Top Dollar for Clicks

Dec 02, 2019

Amazon’s ad business is booming, and more advertisers are spending—and spending more—on the platform. That means both prices and competition for ad slots are high.

The History of Cyber Monday: Q&A with Scott Silverman, Co-Founder of the Biggest Day in Ecommerce

Dec 01, 2019

The term "Cyber Monday" was first introduced to the retail world in 2005 via a press release from Shop.org. What is now the moniker of one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year was coined by members of the organization and its then-executive director Scott Silverman.

Black Friday Is Changing How Consumers in Canada Shop During the Holidays

Black Friday Is Changing How Consumers in Canada Shop During the Holidays

Nov 26, 2019

Online consumers in Canada have reason to give thanks during Thanksgiving, even though the country celebrates the holiday more than a month earlier than the US. Retailers in Canada have embraced this weekend as a deals-inspired kickoff to the holiday shopping season, and almost half (43%) of consumers in Canada plan to shop Black Friday, according to the Retail Council of Canada‘s (RCC) second annual holiday shopping survey.

Why Target Is Optimistic About the Holiday Season, but Other Retailers Shouldn't Be

Why Target Is Optimistic About the Holiday Season, but Other Retailers Shouldn't Be

Nov 25, 2019

Last Wednesday, Target announced another stellar earnings report that crushed expectations on the top and bottom lines and raised Q4 guidance, causing the stock to pop 14% and CNBC’s Jim Cramer to crow about what it signifies about the health of the US consumer. While there’s a kernel of truth to this, Target’s recent success and near-term optimism has more to do with what the retailer is doing right and less about tailwinds in the consumer economy, especially during the holiday season.

China Is Moving Toward a Cashless Society

China Is Moving Toward a Cashless Society

Nov 25, 2019

In 2019, we estimate that 577.4 million people in China made a purchase via proximity mobile payment within a six-month period. Those users account for 49.6% of the country’s population. Next year, more than half of the population will utilize this payment method, with that figure rising to 60.5% in 2023.

Returns Are Expected to Be Extra-Concentrated this Holiday Season

Returns Are Expected to Be Extra-Concentrated this Holiday Season

Nov 25, 2019

UPS is anticipating a surge of returns this holiday season, leading into the new year. According to the company, 1.6 million packages are expected to be returned daily the week of December 16 leading into Christmas. And a record-breaking 1.9 million returns are expected to take place on this year’s peak returns day—January 2—up 26% over last year.

Retailers Are Embracing Mobile Payments

Retailers Are Embracing Mobile Payments

Nov 21, 2019

One of the biggest drivers for proximity mobile payment growth is the ever-expanding footprint of stores accepting payments. According to Apple, 74 of the top 100 retail chains accepted Apple Pay as of January 2019, and more have joined since then.