Deep Dive

Industry insights from our journalists


  • 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

    The past few months have been tumultuous for the retailer and include a Black Friday website crash, the discontinuation of the Nevereven brand just 16 days after its launch and the resignation of chairman Mickey Drexler.

    Kaarin Vembar • Oct. 17, 2018
  • 30 minutes with Casper's head of marketing

    The mattress startup isn't hitting the snooze button any time soon, with plans for 200 brick-and-mortar stores by 2021. CMO Jeff Brooks talks through growth plans, Mattress Firm's bankruptcy and more.

    Cara Salpini • Oct. 15, 2018
  • 5 lessons from holiday 2017 to keep in mind this season

    Last holiday season was a bountiful one for retailers across the board, and this one is anticipated to be even more profitable if common pitfalls are avoided.

    Corinne Ruff • Oct. 12, 2018
  • How to make the most of influencer marketing this holiday season

    By adding influencer content into the mix, brands may be able to grab consumers' attention at a time when many are bombarded with product promotions, seasonal ads and deals.

    Natalie Koltun • Oct. 12, 2018
  • Up, up and Away: Inside the rise of a direct-to-consumer darling

    The nearly three-year-old travel brand has momentum and money to scale, but how high can it fly before hitting its ceiling?

    Corinne Ruff • Oct. 10, 2018
  • Here's who is making moves in 2018 holiday hiring

    As the season unfolds, we're making a list (and checking it twice) of who is hiring and how it stacks up against last year's strong holiday season. Here's a look at holiday staffing so far.

    Ben Unglesbee • Oct. 05, 2018
  • Will AR bring joy to holiday marketing?

    The immersive tech is likely to play a more prominent role this holiday season across advertising, mobile shopping and even in stores.

    Dianna Christe • Oct. 01, 2018
  • The faultlines in retail real estate

    The American retail landscape is different now: malls are losing anchors and big boxes are in decline. But e-commerce is hardly the only reason.

    Daphne Howland • Oct. 01, 2018
  • The holidays, in this economy?

    Retailers are poised to rack up their best sales in years this season, thanks to healthy consumer fundamentals. But the economy is showing some cracks.

    Daphne Howland • Sept. 28, 2018
  • Can beauty department makeovers keep traditional retailers relevant?

    Retailers like Macy's and CVS have made significant strides to update their beauty offerings this year, but it's unclear how effective they'll be against Sephora and Ulta.

    Cara Salpini • Sept. 25, 2018
  • Are subscription services viable for independent retailers?

    Small, local retailers are vying for a piece of the market and find a focused approach builds customer loyalty.

    Kaarin Vembar • Sept. 24, 2018
  • 5 retailers making moves in subscription services in 2018

    This year, many retailers have launched either updates to current boxes or entirely new offerings, with particular popularity in the kids category.

    Ben Unglesbee and Cara Salpini • Sept. 24, 2018