Walmart Launches Four New Private Brands

| Daniela Forte

Walmart announced it is launching four new private brands in the apparel category, two for women and one each for men and children. The company said the new brand rollout is intended to create a one-stop destination for fashion as well as everyday essentials, electronics and the rest of the broad assortment of categories.

How Gap Inc. Is Reimagining Itself as a Customer-Centric Organization

| Daniela Forte

Customers are at the center of everything Gap Inc. is doing today as it works to turn around its organization and be a leading omnichannel retailer, a digital executive told attendees at eTail West. See what he had to say about the company’s ongoing evolution, and its reliance on tools like data analytics and continual testing and learning in pursuit of success.

How Asics Combated Online Journey Hijacking

| Daniela Forte

Online journey hijacking hurts the customer experience, impacting conversion rates and brand equity.
Find out how Japanese sports apparel and footwear giant Asics tackled this growing problem, increasing conversion rates, decreasing cart abandonment and adding $1 million in incremental sales.

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.