NRF’s Big Show Puts Major Retail Disruptions on Display, With a Hopeful Look to the Future

| Daniela Forte

The National Retail Federation’s Big Show was buzzing this week in New York as tens of thousands of attendees celebrated the encouraging growth of 2017 holiday sales, while gazing at next-gen technology offerings that promised greater personalization, engagement and enhanced customer experiences, further melding the physical and digital realms. Here is a snapshot look at some of the latest trends at NRF’s Big Show.

Instacart Acquires Unata for $65 Million

| Daniela Forte

Instacart announced that it has joined forces with Toronto-based Unata, a digital solution platform that will provide Instacart the ecommerce tools it needs to evolve in online grocery shopping. See how Instacart plans to go up against Amazon with this acquisition.

Study Finds Affluent Shoppers Prefer Discount Retailers

| Daniela Forte

Affluent consumers are becoming more price sensitive when it comes to embracing industry disruptors like artificial intelligence, Amazon and mobile technology to compare prices. See what is driving this trend and what it means for both discount and full-priced retailers.

Holiday Ecommerce Sales Up Nearly 15% in 2017

| Daniela Forte

The 2017 holiday season saw $108.2 billion in online sales, according to research from Adobe Analytics, up 14.7% from 2016. This figure paced slightly ahead of 2016’s 14.4% growth. Here is how the rest of the season went and what it could mean for the year ahead.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case on Ecommerce Taxation

| Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a South Dakota case this term that could reset the balance between online and physical store sellers by requiring taxation of goods sold by out-of-state merchants. However the high court rules, it will have a dramatic effect on retail and ecommerce taxation for years to come.

Nordstrom Reports November and December Combined Sales

| MCM Staff

Nordstrom, Inc. announced an increase in its net sales of 2.5% and an increase in comparable sales of 1.2% percent for the nine weeks ended December 30, 2017, compared to 2016. See what the fiscal 2017 expectations Nordstrom set going for the rest of the year.