Is Amazon a Threat to the Off-Pricers?

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At Coresight Research, we’re often asked some variation of “Could Amazon put an end to the off-pricers’ strong run?” The top three US off-price retailers are TJX Companies (which owns T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, among other banners), Ross Stores (operator of Ross Dress for Less and dd’s Discounts) and Burlington Stores, and all three have enjoyed stellar growth in recent years: between 2013 and 2017, revenues grew… Continue Reading

Amazon Is Helping Entrepreneurs Start Delivery Businesses to Expand Its Own Fulfillment Network

Amazon helps entrepreneurs start delivery businesses to expand its own fulfillment network.

Amazon recently announced a new initiative called Amazon Delivery Service Partners, which aims to help entrepreneurs build small businesses while also expanding its own delivery network. Through the program, Amazon will provide entrepreneurs with access to its delivery technology, hands-on… Continue Reading

US Retailers Walmart and Kroger Are Taking the E-Commerce Battle Overseas

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Over the last couple of weeks, there have been significant announcements of US retailers acquiring and divesting properties in regions outside the US. These actions likely represent the latest moves by the retailers to gain a foothold to compete against… Continue Reading

Amazon’s Key Service Now Delivers Packages Inside Your Home or the Trunk of Your Car

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Amazon has long led the way in developing innovative package delivery services. The company originally made free, two-day shipping table stakes for e-commerce companies, and then upped the ante by offering one- and two-hour delivery for Prime members through Amazon… Continue Reading

Hearing from JD.com and Alibaba’s Tmall on the Distinctions of Chinese Retail

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This week, the Coresight Research team was at World Retail Congress 2018 in Madrid. There, we heard senior executives from China’s two e-commerce giants—JD.com and Alibaba—speak about what makes Chinese retail unique and what the future of retail could hold.… Continue Reading

The Amazon-Walmart Delivery Wars Continue with Lockers, Pickup Towers and In-Home Delivery

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Amazon and Walmart continue to one-up each other in delivery and collection, offering new and innovative ways for customers to receive their orders. Amazon customers can retrieve orders from lockers or choose one- or two-hour delivery in many markets. Amazon… Continue Reading

Brick-and-Mortar Looks Set to Lead the Battle for Millennial, Multichannel Grocery Shoppers

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The battle for online grocery shoppers is intensifying. Last week, Jet.com appointed Simon Belsham, a veteran of the UK online grocery industry, as President, signaling a further commitment to grocery by Jet and, in turn, a heightening of competition in… Continue Reading

There Is Much We Can Learn from Retail in China

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Shopping is different in China. There, it’s an integral part of social conversations, and it’s not uncommon for people to show each other what’s in their digital shopping carts at dinners and other gatherings. Online, Chinese retailers offer shoppers a… Continue Reading