Consumer Trends


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    Ikea partners with Annie Leibovitz for Life at Home Report project

    The famous photographer, which the retailer has named its artist in residence, will take portraits of people inside their homes all over the world. 

    By Feb. 1, 2023
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    Canada Goose, Francesca’s launch resale options

    The used goods market is booming, crossing categories and price points, and is mostly growing online with the help of third-party platforms.

    By Jan. 31, 2023
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    Digital innovation and technology trends in retail

    From drones to smart fitting rooms, to cashless purchases to virtual meditation, how the consumer engages with retailers continue to evolve.

    By Retail Dive staff
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    E-commerce sales exceeded $1 trillion in 2022: report

    Total digital retail commerce hit a record in Q4 last year, reaching $332.2 billion, according to Comscore.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Jan. 31, 2023
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    Leverage your advantages: 4 ways small businesses can hit the ground running in 2023

    With the new year comes a fresh slate full of opportunity, and what you do in the beginning of the year can help set you up for success in the months to come.

    Jan. 30, 2023
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    Levi’s CEO: ‘The skinny jean is not going anywhere’

    Baggy styles are on-trend and selling, but the closet staple is hanging around. Meanwhile, the company sees inventory returning to normal by mid-year.

    By Jan. 26, 2023
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    Mobile commerce is on the rise, but obstacles remain

    A third of U.S. consumers who don’t shop on their phones said that’s because it’s easier to shop on a computer, Forrester found.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Jan. 25, 2023
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    What retailers can expect from consumers this year

    Consumers are more cautious and discerning, yet eager to get out and about, Euromonitor’s Michelle Evans told an NRF audience last week.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    8 DTC retail trends to watch in 2023

    With macroeconomic challenges from 2022 seeping into the new year, brands are balancing out their store count, pushing for profitability and more.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    Resale dominates National Retail Federation’s ‘Big Show’

    Secondhand goods present retailers with a lucrative sales opportunity at an uncertain time for the industry, according to several presenters.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    J. Crew embraces resale

    “J. Crew Always” involves online sales of used goods in partnership with ThredUp, as well as an assortment of vintage finds at select stores.

    By Jan. 18, 2023
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    The Weekly Closeout: Pink Sauce to hit Walmart shelves and Emma Chamberlain is the face of Lancôme

    Dave’s Gourmet is producing the TikTok sauce sensation while beauty company Lancôme courts a younger generation. 

    By Retail Dive Staff • Jan. 13, 2023
  • A big red sign in a store window declares "up to 50% storewide" in large white type. Above it light blue letters say "for a limited time only" and below it a small banner says "storewide."
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    Inflation moderated in December, giving retailers some hope

    The holidays led many consumers to buy more discretionary items, but they’re likely going to remain careful about their spending this year.

    By Jan. 13, 2023
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    New Lands’ End CEO wants to grow customer base, open stores

    With rising customer acquisition costs online, Andrew McLean says traditional marketing methods — including its catalog — could be key.

    By Jan. 12, 2023
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    ‘Retailers are getting squeezed’ by price-weary consumers, supply chain costs: report

    Nearly all 50 retail executives surveyed in Deloitte’s latest study expect inflation to pressure profits this year.

    By Jan. 12, 2023
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    Fitch: Gulf between retail’s winners and losers to widen in 2023

    Default rates will likely remain low, but the firm is watching for bankruptcies from major players like Party City, Rite Aid and Bed Bath & Beyond.

    By Jan. 10, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    9 retail trends to watch in 2023

    With the threat of a recession looming, the new year brings about a slew of challenges for retailers — but not all is gloomy.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Jan. 9, 2023
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    5 trends that shaped the holidays in 2022

    From deep discounts to metaverse activations, here are some of the biggest influences on the season.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Jan. 9, 2023
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    7 steps to turn shopper insight into action

    Learn how retailers that leverage the power of a retail platform will stay on top.

    By Rose Spicer • Jan. 9, 2023
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    US shoppers took on over $1,500 in holiday debt: report

    Consumers relied on buy now, pay later, credit cards and store cards to finance their 2022 holiday spending, according to LendingTree.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Jan. 6, 2023
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    Shoppers spent record-breaking $211.7B online during 2022 holiday season: report

    Discounts also hit record highs, which were “strong enough to sustain discretionary spending through the entire season,” according to Adobe. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Jan. 6, 2023
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    Total holiday spend grew nearly 7% in 2022: report

    Though retailers saw an uptick in sales online and in stores this year, inflation has undercut growth, according to GlobalData. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Jan. 4, 2023
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    The Backroom: Ushering in the new year with Doug Stephens

    What retailers should know about the realities of the metaverse and more futuristic observations from the retail prophet.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Dec. 29, 2022
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    Survey: Inflation is slowing consumer spending on footwear

    Consumers choose online shopping for more product options and will switch brands or retailers to save money.

    By Dec. 21, 2022
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    Consumers are hitting the brakes on apparel purchases: UBS

    Department stores and other retailers dependent on clothing sales face a gloomy 2023 and may shutter more locations, according to the analysts.

    By Dec. 21, 2022
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    Nearly 80% of US adults have never participated in a live shopping event: report

    The live commerce industry has blossomed in China, but it has a long way to go in terms of U.S. adoption, according to Morning Consult data.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 20, 2022