Analyst Corner

Data Wednesday: US Consumer Spending Plans

Driven by multiple rounds of stimulus the US retail economy is starting to hum.  But where are things going to be by March of 2022?  Our recent 2021 Global Consumer Study looked at the timing and growth of the world retail economy. We have shared the global numbers in a […]

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On Demand: Retail’s Recovery – When and Where

Even prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic, retailers were already moving to a future with less  friction. While there are already several small format stores that are fully frictionless, for most retail environments the future involves a combination of technologies that remove friction from the purchase process, but are not completely automated. Recently we released a […]

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Data Wednesday: Over 2.4 Million Retail Locations Lost Due to COVID

Over 2.4 million merchants closed their doors permanently worldwide in 2020 due to the economic repercussions of COVID-19 lockdowns, with over 97% of those closings coming from retailers, restaurants and hospitality companies with fewer than 5 locations, according to new research from IHL Group. “While the pandemic has been challenging […]

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On Demand: Retail’s Frictionless Future

Even prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic, retailers were already moving to a future with less  friction. While there are already several small format stores that are fully frictionless, for most retail environments the future involves a combination of technologies that remove friction from the purchase process, but are not completely automated. Recently we released a […]

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IHL Consumer Study – First Look

The initial data set of our global consumer study is in and our initial views have some really interesting data.  The biggest challenge in the initial presentation is going to be limiting the revealed results to a manageable number.  Just a reminder, deadline for sponsors to be in the study […]

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On Demand: Good News/Bad News – Future of Grocery and CPG Retailers

Covid-19 has changed grocery retailing forever. Trends that were slowly moving went into hyperdrive as retailers adjusted to click and collect and local delivery options. But these are only the tip of the iceberg for changes affecting the industry as they are hitting traditional solutions and even the overall technical architecture of the store […]

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