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US Retail’s Updated Gift Card Guidelines: Accounting for Breakage and Bankruptcy

US retailers witnessed a surge in gift cards sales in 2020. We discuss how US retailers account for gift cards under the updated revenue recognition model issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). We cover how retailers record sales and redemptions of gift cards, as well as the two methods of accounting for unredeemed gift cards under FASB’s Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 606 update. We also explore retailers’ liabilities toward gift card holders in the event of bankruptcy and liquidation.

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The New Value Retailers: Online Marketplaces Challenge Brick-and-Mortar Budget Formats

The value retail sector is expanding beyond traditional brick-and-mortar budget formats (including discount variety retailers such as dollar stores) with the emergence of online value marketplaces. We see the growth of these e-commerce platforms as presenting challenges to predominantly offline retailers in the value retail sector. We discuss the key online players, with a focus on the US, the UK and China.

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Frictionless Grocery: Pandemic Ushers In Smart Checkout Technologies

Alongside the shift to e-commerce, the Covid-19 pandemic has been driving the digitalization of grocery at brick-and-mortar locations. In this report, we discuss three smart checkout technologies that grocery retailers are increasingly implementing in stores to meet heightened consumer demand for convenience, safety and efficiency in the physical shopping journey: automated checkout, smart carts and scan-and-go.

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Earnings Insights 4Q20, Week 1: E-Commerce Players Stand Strong, While Luxury Retailers Witness Mixed Recovery

Our weekly Earnings Insights reports feature highlights from recent management commentary at major US retailers as they report fourth-quarter 2020 earnings. This week, there are highlights from companies that reported in the week ended February 7, namely Alibaba, Amazon, Brookfield Property Partners, Canada Goose, Capri Holdings, eBay, Ralph Lauren and Tapestry.

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Market Outlook: Understanding India’s $800 Billion Retail Sector

In this Market Outlook report, we explore India’s retail sector. We analyze data on the sector size and present our growth estimates for 2021. We discuss key market drivers and e-commerce penetration in India’s retail market compared to other global markets. This report also covers a breakdown of India’s top 15 retail companies by revenue,—including Avenue Supermarts, Flipkart Internet, Reliance Retail and V-Mart Retail.

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Retail Robustness Index: January 2021 Update—Scores Rebound as Product Mix Shifts Back to Normalized Levels

Coresight Research’s Retail Robustness Index evaluates the 100 largest US retailers (by revenue) on their ability to weather dramatic shifts in demand amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The January 2021 update revises the scores based on financial reports and store-reopening announcements. Alongside the report, our infographic summarizes key changes since the previous Retail Robustness Index update in December 2020.

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US Grocery E-Commerce: Sustained Shifts in Fulfillment and Service Models To Drive Long-Term Growth

Covid-19 has catalyzed the widespread adoption of online shopping in grocery, driving fundamental, lasting changes in consumer behavior. In this report, we provide an essential briefing on recent shifts in the US grocery e-commerce market and present an outlook for the future, with a focus on fulfillment and service models—including BOPIS and curbside pickup.

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3Q20 US Earnings Season Wrap-Up: Discretionary Sectors Regain Momentum

We assess the recent performance of selected US-based retailers, brands, e-commerce platforms and REITs in terms of revenues, earnings per share and comps for the third quarter of 2020, considering consensus estimates and year-over-year changes. Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, many companies beat revenue consensus estimates, and most of the discretionary sectors regained their momentum during the quarter.

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The 12 Weeks of Holidays: #12—Five Notable Things We Have Seen in US Retail This Holiday Season

This report concludes The 12 Weeks of Holidays series, in which we have presented key data, trends and observations in the countdown to the peak holiday season. In this report, we discuss five key trends that we have seen this holiday season in US retail, spanning hiring to online grocery growth to last-mile delivery.

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AI Can Help Retailers To Compete and Thrive

This report explores categories in the AI ecosystem, including chips, platforms, applications and users. We discuss examples of AI offerings from select technology companies and innovators, focusing on the areas in which retailers can benefit by leveraging AI tools—including smarter customer engagement, communication, operational efficiency, removing friction and e-commerce.

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America’s Changing Shopping Centers: Part 3—Malls Seek To Adapt as Pandemic Expedites Retail Shakeup

As malls grapple with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic—including a rise in e-commerce, retail bankruptcies and the threat of declining foot traffic—mall owners are finding new ways to compete for consumer’s attention and retail spending. In this report—the third and final in our America’s Changing Shopping Centers series—we discuss the steps taken by mall operators to future-proof their centers amid the changing retail landscape.

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