Walmart Cites Operational Issues in Q4 Ecommerce Slowdown

| Daniela Forte

Due in large part to inventory management issues around the critical holiday period, Walmart reported a serious slowdown in its booming ecommerce growth during the fourth quarter, which increased 23% compared to a 50% gain a year earlier. See what these challenges were for Walmart and what it meant for sales in the fourth quarter.

Toys R Us Closing 200 More Stores, Prospects Growing Dim

| Mike O'Brien

Embattled toy and game chain Toys R Us plans to close another 200 stores, and its web relaunch didn’t happen on schedule, prompting many observers to cast doubts on its future viability. This is on top of a previously announced closure of 170 stores in April.

The Dawn of AI and the Beginning of the End of Dark Data

| Steve Cox

Data has been a challenge for and leveraging it to its full potential continues to have retailers scratching their heads. However with the dawn of AI all of that could change. Here is how AI could change how retailers look at data and change the customer experience.

Albertsons and Rite Aid to Merge

| Daniela Forte

Albertsons and Rite Aid plan to merge, with Rite Aid top executive John Standley as CEO and Albertsons chairman and CEO Bob Miller as chairman. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. See how the merger will expand Rite Aid’s omnichannel operations.

Making Sense of Forecasting 2.0 and the Role of AI

| Max Bruni

Listening to current retail technology discussions, it’s safe to say that artificial intelligence is the early favorite for buzzword of the year, with countless taglines promising unprecedented productivity improvements based on AI. Here is what you need to know about AI and the difference between traditional and advanced forecasting.

Walmart Enhances Mobile App with Store Assistant Capabilities

| Daniela Forte

Walmart has added features to its mobile app to help customers navigate stores quicker, including making Walmart Pay, the search bar and scanner more accessible and user friendly. See what these enhancements are and the plans why mobile commerce is such an integral part of the shopping experience.

Levi Strauss Grew Direct-To-Consumer Sales 15% in 2017

| Daniela Forte

Levi Strauss & Co. said its direct-to-consumer sales grew 20% in the fourth quarter and 15% for fiscal 2017, based on performance and expansion of the company’s retail network and its ecommerce growth. Here is what CEO and President Chip Bergh had to say about the quarter.