Deep Dive

Industry insights from our journalists


  • 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

    Things Remembered is the latest retailer to file for Chapter 11, bringing the total to seven so far this year.

    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
  • 10 retail trends to watch in 2019

    From store concept advancements to an e-commerce reckoning, the Retail Dive team takes on predictions for the year ahead. 

    Daphne Howland, Corinne Ruff, Cara Salpini, Kaarin Vembar and Caroline Jansen • Jan. 07, 2019
  • Camping World drives beyond the RV park with acquisition spree

    The RV seller recently bought several outdoors retailers, in part to support its Good Sam Club, but also as a way to move further into the space.

    Cara Salpini • Jan. 03, 2019
  • Retail is giving Wall Street fits

    What does it say about the industry that investors are betting against retailers lately? Maybe a little. But not much.

    Daphne Howland • Dec. 21, 2018
  • How Bonobos is growing up under Walmart's wing

    Since CEO Micky Onvural took over in September, she says "Nothing has changed, but everything has changed."

    Corinne Ruff • Dec. 20, 2018
  • 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