E-Commerce

E-Commerce in 2024: 5 Tech Trends Defining the Digital Landscape
January 18, 2024 at 12:27 pm

If 2023 marked brands' initial steps into integrating generative artificial intelligence into their e-commerce strategies, 2024 is set to witness its explosive growth. There's palpable anticipation as conversational commerce gears up — and not just for major industry players, but gradually becoming accessible to brands of all sizes. Consider conversational commerce and dynamic personalization. These…

Generative AI: Gaining a Competitive Edge in E-Commerce
January 16, 2024 at 1:00 pm

While e-commerce adoption accelerated in the last three years — with nearly three-quarters of Americans (73 percent) now shopping online multiple times a month — e-commerce has become much more competitive. One strategy brands should consider to differentiate is to offer a seamless, enjoyable and personalized shopping experience, enabled by generative artificial intelligence. E-commerce leaders…

Report: Consumers Dissatisfied With Retail Experiences
January 8, 2024 at 5:19 pm

Consumers are generally dissatisfied with their retail experiences, at least according to a global study from the IBM Institute for Business Value called "Revolutionize retail with AI everywhere: Customers won't wait." The report points out that only 9 percent of consumers said they were content with their in-store shopping experiences and 14 percent content with…

Half Price Books Leans Into Resale and Evolves With its Customers
January 8, 2024 at 2:12 pm

In episode 434 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Kathy Doyle Thomas, president of Half Price Books (HPB), a chain of new and used bookstores. Listen in as Doyle Thomas provides an overview of the HPB's business (0:50), discusses her career with the company (2:25), offers insight into how the resale book industry…

Adobe: Record $222.1B Spent Online This Holiday Season
January 4, 2024 at 2:32 pm

Online spending rose 4.9 percent year-over-year, setting a record for e-commerce during the holiday season, as shoppers pounced on discounts and leaned on buy now, pay later to cover more of their purchases, according to Adobe Analytics. Sales totaled $222.1 billion on retailers’ websites and apps from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, according to Adobe. Adobe’s…

Loyalty 2.0 and Other 2024 Trends Poised to Make an Impact on Retail
January 3, 2024 at 10:55 am

As we begin 2024, the world of e-commerce will see continued evolution and disruption. Consumer behavior has fundamentally shifted over the past several years, with more shoppers flocking to digital storefronts and leveraging digital shopping technologies. With this backdrop in mind, here are four key predictions for what's in store for e-commerce in 2024. Consumers…

5 E-Commerce Tips to Drive End-of-Year and 2024 Sales
December 20, 2023 at 5:33 pm

Total Retail recently published its Top 50 Tips of 2023 report. This annual feature includes tips on how to run a more efficient and profitable retail business, and covers multiple functions for doing so, including e-commerce. Below are five tips designed for retailers that will help them position their businesses for success to close the holiday…

Zulily Website Down Following Layoffs
December 20, 2023 at 4:17 pm

Seattle-based retailer Zulily's website has been down for maintenance since Monday following the layoffs of 800 workers. When attempting to visit Zulily's website Wednesday, the link redirects to https://www.zulily.com/password and displays a message that says, "We are down for maintenance." Earlier this month, news emerged about Zulily layoffs in three states — Washington, Ohio and…

GoodwillFinds' CEO Discusses the Future of Resale E-Commerce
December 18, 2023 at 1:47 pm

In episode 432 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Matt Kaness, CEO of GoodwillFinds, an online, curated selection of hundreds of thousands of unique items, showcasing a wide variety of secondhand clothing, books, home decor and more. Listen in as Kaness provides an overview of GoodwillFinds (0:55), discusses his professional background and what…

November US Retail Sales Beat Expectations
December 14, 2023 at 5:10 pm

U.S. retail sales unexpectedly rose in November as the holiday shopping season got off to a brisk start amid deep discounting, likely keeping the economy on a moderate growth path this quarter and further alleviating fears of a recession, reports Reuters. The Census Bureau said overall retail sales in November were up 0.3 percent from October…