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.

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.

Kroger Reportedly Looking to Purchase Overstock.com

| Daniela Forte

Cinncinati-based grocery giant Kroger seems to be ecommerce window shopping as it eyes new acquisition target Overstock.com. See how this move – along with its reported interested in Box.com – could elevate Kroger’s game in ecommerce and online grocery against giants like Amazon, Walmart and Target.

Richemont Makes $3.3 Billion Bid for Yoox Net-a-Porter

| Daniela Forte

Swiss luxury group Richemont has made a $3.3 billion bid to acquire Yoox Net-a-Porter, in an effort to jump into the ecommerce ring. Richemont currently owns luxury brands IWC, Mont Blanc and Van Cleef & Arpels. Here is a look at the luxury retail market in ecommerce.

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 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.