Deep Dive

Industry insights from our journalists

  • 'Big and tall' could be bigger — and better

    When it comes to advancements in apparel sizing, women have paved the way. Men's brands seem destined to follow suit, but retailers have a lot to learn.

    Daphne Howland • April 15, 2019
  • Anchors away: Why grocers are heading to the mall

    With vacancy rates high and department stores, including Sears and J.C. Penney, vacating anchor locations, food retailers are moving in. 

    Krishna Thakker • April 11, 2019
  • How Bonobos became the 'DNVB college'

    An entrepreneurial culture has sparked many employees to launch their own businesses or leave to grow other brands, but CEO Micky Onvural hopes to woo them back down the road.

    Corinne Ruff • April 10, 2019
  • What's different about Levi's

    The brand has defined American denim since the 19th century by remaining a pioneer. Now Wall Street will have a say in its future.

    Daphne Howland • April 03, 2019
  • 12 retailers walking a dangerous line toward bankruptcy in 2019

    From J. Crew and Neiman Marcus to Francesca's, Pier 1 and Ascena Retail Group, the retail space remains rife with troubled businesses.

    Cara Salpini • March 25, 2019
  • 7 memorable quotes from AAFA's Executive Summit

    The event brought together some of the biggest names in retail, where concerns bubbled to the surface on topics regarding China and changing consumer trends.

    Kaarin Vembar and Caroline Jansen • March 21, 2019
  • The blunt truth: Cannabis retail is here

    It's a growth industry where the potential is high, but retailers and consumers are both on a steep learning curve. 

    Daphne Howland • March 20, 2019
  • Hudson Yards: New York City's latest retail playground

    The Shops & Restaurants at Manhattan's luxe shopping center has finally arrived. But, is this innovation or just another mall?

    Lara Ewen • March 18, 2019
  • 10 top retail executives on the state of the industry

    The role of a chief executive requires vision above all else. At Shoptalk, execs from Gap, Macy's, Nordstrom, Lowe's and a host of disruptors offered insights from a unique industry perch.

    Daphne Howland, Corinne Ruff and Cara Salpini • March 11, 2019
  • Is home goods the next retail sector ripe for disruption?

    As retailers push for new technology adoption, supply chain optimization and a digital focus, the space is being redefined and rearranged.

    Caroline Jansen • March 11, 2019
  • Airport retail has a long runway — for the right brands

    Luxury goods, vending machines, bookstores, beauty products: Everything is fair game in the high flying world of airport retail. And the tech industry is about to up the stakes again.

    Lara Ewen • March 04, 2019
  • DTC brands reap the rewards — and risks — of taking a stand

    Newcomers like Billie, Knix and AUrate benefit from customer relationships built on mission. But bolder stances invite scrutiny of their promises.

    Corinne Ruff • Feb. 28, 2019
  • What's behind the rise in retailer loyalty program revamps?

    Companies from Nordstrom to J. Crew have invested in loyalty programs. Some removed barriers, others added them, but the changes all said something about the strategy.

    Cara Salpini • Feb. 26, 2019
  • Pay it down: How millennials' relationships with credit cards will change retail

    The 2008 recession is just one reason the demographic rejects plastic payments. Brands are now being pushed to fill the void with convenient, frictionless solutions. 

    Kaarin Vembar • Feb. 21, 2019
  • What does experiential retail even mean these days?

    For some it's sprinkles, others meditation pods. What really matters is localization, service and shareability, store design experts say. 

    Corinne Ruff • Feb. 19, 2019
  • Payless, Gymboree and the road to Chapter 22

    Both retailers exited bankruptcy successfully once, now they're back in financial trouble two years later. What happened?​

    Cara Salpini • Feb. 13, 2019
  • The plus-size era is over before it began

    In its place is a new standard: inclusive sizing, and retailers that haven't woken up to those changes in apparel risk losing billions in sales.

    Daphne Howland • Feb. 11, 2019
  • What will Sears look like on the other side of bankruptcy?

    ESL Investments announced Monday that it has completed the $5.2 billion acquisition of the iconic retailer.

    Corinne Ruff • Feb. 06, 2019
  • The running list of 2019 bankruptcy victims

    Z Gallerie, a home decor retailer, is among the latest to file, with plans to close 17 stores and be out of Chapter 11 in four months.

    Daphne Howland, Cara Salpini and Kaarin Vembar • Jan. 31, 2019
  • A Penney saved?

    The discount department store's turnaround task is monumental, but time is short.

    Daphne Howland • Jan. 28, 2019
  • What can US retailers learn from China?

    Stores like Alibaba's Hema offer a vision of the future for American grocers, but experts say creating a similarly seamless omnichannel experience isn't easy — and may not be possible.

    Jessica Dumont • Jan. 23, 2019
  • Top retail execs share insights and goals for 2019

    From Lowe's to Brandless, retail executives talked through changes in the retail industry as a whole and their own strategies for the year ahead.

    Corinne Ruff, Liza Casabona, Cara Salpini and Kaarin Vembar • Jan. 18, 2019
  • 5 retail technology trends to watch in 2019

    Many of the hottest retail technologies for 2019 are iterations of earlier tech that may finally be at an adoption tipping point this year.

    Dan O'Shea • Jan. 17, 2019
  • Macy's on the brink

    The retailer's turnaround has been complicated by a holiday sales miss, and CEO Jeff Gennette must figure out how the department store can survive.

    Daphne Howland • Jan. 17, 2019
  • 5 trends that will define retail marketing in 2019

    From loyalty programs to bolder ad campaigns, here's what's in store for the coming year and what it means for retailers.

    Cara Salpini • Jan. 09, 2019