The Intelligent Voice Appliance Market Is Getting Quite Crowded

In the beginning, there was Siri. The groundbreaking voice assistant only worked with recent-model iPhones, however, and its imperfect voice recognition led it to be the object of many a joke and cartoon. Siri’s wake saw additional assistants from other… Continue Reading

How Can Brick and Mortar Stores Steal Back Shoppers From Amazon This Holiday Season?

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    In the battle against e-commerce—and especially against e-commerce behemoth Amazon—long-standing brick-and-mortar retailers are often urged to differentiate themselves by offering exclusive product and quality experiences. But what will actually drive shoppers to physical stores this coming holiday season?… Continue Reading

Toys “R” Us Files for Bankruptcy: Why? And What Does It Mean?

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Retail giant Toys “R” Us filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US and Canada this week, and the news furthered the popular narrative of a “retail apocalypse” in the US. The bankruptcy proceedings do not affect the… Continue Reading

The New iPhones Are Here: Should You Buy the 8 Now, or Wait for the X in November?

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This week, Apple launched not one long-anticipated new iPhone—but two—whose specifications fell generally in line with rumors and industry watchers’ expectations. There is such a large number of partners and suppliers involved in the creation of any new generation of… Continue Reading

Is Europe Ripe for an Off-Price Boom?

This summer saw the opening of what is only the second major off-price chain in Europe. Hudson’s Bay Company brought its Saks Off 5th off-price format to Europe in June, with the opening of its inaugural store in Düsseldorf. It… Continue Reading

The Magic Returned to Las Vegas Again This August

This week, the FGRT team attended the August Magic trade show, held every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is produced by UBM, a UK-based event organizer that puts on more than 300 events per year. Magic is held… Continue Reading

Amazon: The Sleeping Dragon in Private Label

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Amazon is much more than a household name, given that more than half of US households already have an Amazon Prime membership, according to Cowen and Company estimates. However, Amazon’s emerging private-label brands have not yet achieved widespread name recognition,… Continue Reading

Amazon Is Playing Its Part in Changing the Back-to-School Shopping Season

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Economic conditions look good for back-to-school spending this year—unemployment is low, consumer confidence is at a 16-year high, housing prices have risen and gas prices remain low—leading to healthy forecasts for shopping this season. Fung Global Retail & Technology expects… Continue Reading

Reviewing WeChat, a Communication, Connection and Commerce Ecosystem with Almost a Billion Users

Shenzhen, China - December 30 2013: Emergence of Chinese Social Media and the rise of WeChat from Tencent in competing with Facebook.

We recently attended the Rise 2017 Conference in Hong Kong, which is one of the largest technology conferences in Asia. The event featured a talk by Stephen Wang from Tencent, which owns the WeChat mobile app. Wang gave an overview… Continue Reading

Prime Day’s Importance Lies in Driving Reconsideration, Not Just Sales

Hagerstown, MD, USA - May 29, 2015: Image of an Amazon packages. Amazon is an online company and is the largest retailer in the world.

This week saw Amazon offer up its third annual Prime Day—a feast of special offers available exclusively to Amazon Prime members. By the time this is published, many readers will have seen a slew of statistics on the sales values… Continue Reading