Douglas P. Clement

dpaulclement@gmail.com

Douglas P. Clement is principal of Boardwalk Media + Communications, a Connecticut-based provider of digital content, branding, social media management, strategic communications and more. Previously Senior Editor and Digital Editor of Connecticut Magazine, and Executive Editor of The Litchfield County Times publishing group, he was named national Editor of the Year by a leading journalism industry group in 2005, won the nation’s top award for lifestyle journalism from the University of Missouri Schools of Journalism seven times, and has covered arts, culture, design and theater regionally for The New York Times.

Remesh Raises $25M to Grow AI-Based Market Research Platform

| Douglas P. Clement

Software company Remesh, whose platform uses artificial intelligence to create real-time market research, has raised $25 million in new funding to support expanded product offerings and growth. Founded in 2014, Remesh has raised more than $38 million to fuel its growth in the $71 billion market research industry.

Amazon Competition, Data Privacy Top 2020 Ecommerce Priorities

| Douglas P. Clement

Competing with Amazon, addressing privacy issues linked to collection of data by third-party technologies and improving site speed to boost sales are top priorities identified in a new study from ecommerce platform provider Yottaa. The report suggests Prime-style free same-day shipping will become widespread among brands in 2020.

Grocer Hy-Vee Moving Online Order Fulfillment to Stores

| Douglas P. Clement

Midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee is moving fulfillment of online orders from a network of four fulfillment centers back to its retail stores. The facilities, in Eagan, MN, Des Moines, IA, Omaha, NE and Kansas City, MO, will be closed later this month. The network and logistics made same-day fulfillment difficult, executives said.

After Shedding the Coat, Burlington Stores Is Mothballing Ecommerce

| Douglas P. Clement

After spending years trying to shed its “coat factory” branding – think Boston Market on the fast casual side – Burlington Stores is shedding something else: ecommerce. The CEO said ecommerce represents just 0.5% of total sales and doesn’t leverage the company’s “treasure hunt” draw for shoppers, giving stores a huge advantage.

Modell’s Sporting Goods Plans to File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

| Douglas P. Clement

At Modell’s Sporting Goods it’s game day, every day. So says the Facebook page banner video, but Chapter 11 bankruptcy day is looming for the nation’s oldest family-owned and operated sporting goods retailer. CEO Mitch Modell confirmed the retailer stopped searching for a rescue investor, and a bankruptcy filing is imminent.

Target Upbeat on Q4, 2019 Results and Strategic Plans

| Douglas P. Clement

Target CEO Brian Cornell piled on superlatives when discussing Q4 and 2019 results, including six consecutive years of 25%+ growth in ecommerce sales. Same-day (order pickup, drive up and Shipt delivery) accounted for more than 80% of Target’s Q4 comparable digital sales growth of 20%, compared to 1.5% overall comp growth.

SHOP SAFE Act of 2020 Targets Counterfeit Ecommerce Products

| Douglas P. Clement

With a legislator raising the alarm that consumers’ “lives are at risk” due to dangerous counterfeit ecommerce products, a bipartisan group proposed the SHOP SAFE Act to crack down on ecommerce fakes. The GAO found that 20 of 47 items purchased from third-party sellers on popular consumer websites were counterfeit.

Coronavirus Market Volatility Has Cole Haan Delaying IPO

| Douglas P. Clement

Footwear and lifestyle accessories brand Cole Haan’s plans to raise a reported $100 million in an IPO are on hold due to market volatility related to coronavirus concerns, several media outlets reported. Reuters said Cole Haan declined comment on the news, adding Warner Music Group Corp. also delayed its IPO plans for the same reason.

Walmart+ Is Coming to Compete With Amazon Prime

| Douglas P. Clement

We had just heard about Walmart’s new fulfillment service competitive with FBA, when we learned the retail giant was launching a membership program a la Amazon Prime. Recode reported Walmart will begin testing the membership program as early as March, initially as a rebrand of same-day grocery service Delivery Unlimited.