Last week was not a good one for Walmart or Marc Lore, its CEO and president of its U.S. ecommerce division. Walmart is reportedly selling personal shopping service Jetblack to outside investors, selling its online woman’s apparel brand Modcloth to Go Global Retail and trimming staff at men’s apparel retailer Bonobos.
Rent the Runway is back up and running after a supply chain and inventory issue occurred the first week of October. The subscription company is once again accepting new subscribers a week ahead of the date it had originally planned. Here is a statement from Rent the Runway about how it handled everything.
Overall holiday retail sales are expected to increase between 4.5% to 5% this holiday season, according to Deloitte’s annual forecast, passing $1.1 trillion in sales from November through January. Deloitte predicts ecommerce sales will increase 14%-18% during this period to between $144 and $149 billion.
Merchant companies have fallen behind the retail banking and fintech industries in terms of payments innovation. A new report from ACI Worldwide and Ovum details regional differences in terms of progression along the innovation maturity curve, as well as the characteristics of organizations that are ahead of the pack.