Deep Dive

Industry insights from our journalists


  • How 'brick-and-mobile' is transforming in-store shopping

    As retailers explore adding life to their brands through mobile experiences, will stores become overly tech-ridden and lose their human touch?

    Natalie Koltun • Dec. 10, 2018
  • Dramatic or justified? Retailers' fears push cloud customers from AWS to Microsoft, Google

    Though AWS and Amazon.com operate separately, retailers feel they could unintentionally add to a competitor's profit.

    Samantha Ann Schwartz • Nov. 30, 2018
  • 10 digitally native brands to watch

    Direct-to-consumer businesses like Casper, Away and Glossier are banking on social media connections, nimble supply chains and cheaper prices to disrupt retail — and they're scaling quickly.

    Corinne Ruff • Nov. 27, 2018
  • The winners and losers of Black Friday 2018

    Some retailers delighted customers with promotions and free shipping while others crashed and burned. 

    Kaarin Vembar • Nov. 25, 2018
  • Will marketers make Gen Z's naughty or nice list?

    Gen Z defies easy categorization but that's unlikely to deter brands and retailers from trying to engage these influential consumers during the crucial shopping season.

    Jacqueline Renfrow • Nov. 20, 2018
  • 6 Amazon private labels to watch

    When it comes to its own brands, Amazon has some key advantages: resources, search dominance, market share and a whole lot of data. 

    Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 20, 2018
  • 8 Target private label brands that launched this year

    The success of the company's Cat & Jack children's brand in 2016 has sparked a slew of proprietary brands that are helping the mass merchant differentiate.

    Corinne Ruff • Nov. 20, 2018
  • Retail and private equity: An in-depth look at the risky relationship

    To explore the impact 15 years of leveraged buyouts has had on the industry, Retail Dive compiled data on acquisitions and outcomes from multiple sources. Here's what we found. 

    Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 09, 2018
  • Is the road to bankruptcy paved by private equity?

    Retail Dive analysis found that more than 15% of retailers acquired by private equity firms over the past 15 years have filed for Chapter 11, including major names like Toys R Us and Sports Authority.

    Ben Unglesbee and Nicole Ault • Nov. 09, 2018
  • The 'explosion': When private equity money came for retail

    Over the past 20 years, leveraged buyouts in the industry have come in two big waves as Wall Street investors sought higher returns and took advantage of cheap debt. 

    Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 09, 2018
  • Overloaded: Dozens of retailers burdened with buyout debt are still at risk

    Saddled with loans and bonds that funded their acquisitions, virtually no private equity-owned company has a credit rating to write home about. 

    Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 09, 2018
  • Meet retail's hungriest private equity acquirers

    A handful of investment firms bought up dozens of companies, building retail expertise and leaving a not-insignificant trail of bankruptcies in their wake. 

    Ben Unglesbee and Nicole Ault • Nov. 09, 2018
  • Retail's largest private equity buyouts and how they've panned out

    The largest acquisitions include some household names — PetSmart, Dollar General, Staples and Toys R Us among them. Some were successfully resold. Others have struggled or gone bust.

    Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 09, 2018
  • Retailers lure shoppers with in-store holiday experiences

    More physical stores are fighting to give consumers just what they crave — an experience.

    Pamela DeLoatch • Nov. 09, 2018
  • 8 retailers that could go bankrupt in the next year

    With Sears Holdings and Mattress Firm filing Chapter 11 this fall, Retail Dive looked at other retailers that have debt, cash and competitive issues, and may be vulnerable. 

    Ben Unglesbee and Cara Salpini • Nov. 07, 2018
  • 7 retailers that made pivotal deals in 2018

    Walmart made its largest deal ever — abroad — Amazon made moves in pharma and Macy's absorbed popular store concept creator Story. Here are the deals that have defined the year.

    Corinne Ruff, Ben Unglesbee, Cara Salpini and Kaarin Vembar • Nov. 05, 2018
  • Why catalogs still have a hold on holiday marketing

    Many retailers have turned into fourth-quarter catalogers to cash in on the season's sentimentality, while shoppers are crossing "irrelevant email marketing" off their lists this year.

    Cara Salpini • Nov. 02, 2018
  • 30 minutes with M.Gemi's co-founder

    Digitally native shoe brand M.Gemi is challenging luxury players with a business model that hinges on price, customer feedback and small batches from artisanal Italian workshops.

    Corinne Ruff • Nov. 01, 2018
  • What Gen Z wants for Christmas

    It's a long list — and one that includes not just online and mobile shopping, but also in-store experiences and the ability to engage meaningfully with retailers on social.

    Cara Salpini • Oct. 26, 2018
  • Black Friday is the new ... black

    Stores are better than ever, legacy retailers are ready for e-commerce and holiday consumers are primed to shop retail's auld lang sale.

    Daphne Howland • Oct. 26, 2018
  • Outdoor retailers put down roots in used goods

    The North Face Renewed is one of the most recent refurbished goods programs to try to make new life out of used products, but the secondary market is taking off — and not just outdoors.

    Cara Salpini • Oct. 24, 2018
  • A 2018 holiday marketing guide to data-driven campaigns

    Digital ad experts offer ways to improve traditional retargeting with personalization based on AI and other technologies.

    Shane Schick • Oct. 19, 2018
  • Retailers dreaming of a green Christmas without Toys R Us

    Everyone in retail, it seems, is playing in the toy game this year after the country's biggest toy store liquidated. But will there really be any surprises about who wins?

    Ben Unglesbee • Oct. 19, 2018
  • How company culture keeps RetailMeNot ahead of the curve

    As the new director of the retail tech company's diversity and inclusion program, Sharon Brogdon joined an organization that is already "walking the talk," but challenges persist.

    Pamela DeLoatch • Oct. 18, 2018
  • A timeline of J. Crew's rise and fall

    For the apparel retailer, there was the way that retail always worked, where stores and designers dictated what consumers wanted. Then, everything changed.

    Kaarin Vembar • Oct. 17, 2018