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Sustainability Insights: The Hidden Costs of Retail Returns

Retail returns are looming large in the executive suite at many retailers due to the rapid growth of e-commerce. In this free report, sponsored by Newmine, we discuss the costs—financial and environmental—of retail returns. Using Coresight Research’s EnCORE framework for sustainability in retail, we explore how retailers can minimize returns and thus address their impact on the environment while improving profits.

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Think Tank: Textile Innovations in the Apparel and Footwear Market

In this Think Tank, we explore two key areas of textile innovation that are gaining traction in the global apparel and footwear market: performance and sustainability. We present market analysis and discuss heightened consumer focus on wellness and sustainability as key market drivers. This report provides an overview of selected textiles and considers three notable innovators—namely, Celliant, Evrnu and OROS. We also present key themes that we are watching in the textile innovation space, including partnerships and fashion upcycling.

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US Retailers Leverage Technology To Make the Last Mile a Competitive Advantage

Consumer demand has been increasing for faster, more secure and trackable fulfillment. We discuss four technological innovations that US retailers are implementing to increase the efficiency of their last-mile logistics operations and thus gain a competitive advantage: autonomous delivery robots, BOPIS and curbside pickup, smart lockers and visibility tools.

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Target Financial Community Meeting 2021: Focus on Fulfillment, Partnerships and Store Expansion This Year

The Coresight Research team attended Target’s virtual Financial Community Meeting on March 2, 2021. We present our top takeaways from the event, including the company’s continued investment in its supply chain, its assortment expansion through partnerships and private-label launches, and its focus on digital and flexible fulfillment capabilities.

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Coresight Research Innovator Showcase: Five Retail Technology Innovators Compete for Digital Outreach Opportunity

On February 18, 2021, Coresight Research hosted its Innovator Showcase—an online pitch competition between five retail technology innovators: Engagement Agents, Inspectorio, Newmine, Nexite and Savitude. We present highlights from the innovators’ pitches, as well as from the presentations of three early-stage retail startups that presented their businesses while the judges deliberated. We also reveal the winner of the pitch competition.

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Coresight Research x Blue Yonder Retail Insights: US Retailers Prioritize Local Sourcing While Consumers Demand Faster Delivery

Coresight Research and Blue Yonder conducted two surveys in early January 2021 to understand US retailers’ strategies around local sourcing and the impact of Covid-19 on US consumers’ shopping behaviors. We discuss our findings in this report, including insights into the degree to which retailers’ perceptions and strategic priorities are aligning with consumer expectations in the current environment.

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Retail 2021: Global Trends

We present our key global retail and consumer trends for 2021, which fall under five umbrellas: the new consumer; the future of physical retail; the evolution of digital retail; doing good is good business; and discovering ways of transacting. The trends range from some of the biggest, multiyear, multicategory trends such as wellness and sustainability to more nascent or niche trends such as livestreaming and experiential e-commerce. In this free report, our analysts outline their predictions, as well as the details and impacts of each trend on various retail sectors and regions.

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Coresight Research x Blue Yonder: Supporting the Customer Journey—Learn from Covid-19 To Build a Resilient Retail Supply Chain

On January 26, 2021, Coresight Research and Blue Yonder hosted a virtual mini conference, “Supporting the Customer Journey: Localization for Speed to Market and Flexibility,” which brought together leaders from top retailers and organizations to explore fast-changing consumer demand and shifting market conditions. This free report provides eight key insights from the mini conference, covering nearshoring strategies, inventory management, sustainability, last-mile delivery and more.

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NRF 2021 Day Five: Optimizing Customer Support and Rethinking the Physical Store

NRF 2021, the annual “Retail’s Big Show” event hosted by the National Retail Federation, is taking place virtually over six days between January 12 and 22. The Coresight Research team presents our 10 key insights from day five of the event, which focused on improving customer support in the age of digital shopping. Panelists also emphasized the importance of a strong, integrated cloud structure in driving innovation and agility.

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NRF 2021 Day Four: The Importance of Transparency in the Supply Chain; Optimizing the Online Shopping Experience

NRF 2021, the annual “Retail’s Big Show” event hosted by the National Retail Federation, is taking place virtually over six days between January 12 and 22. The Coresight Research team presents our 10 key insights from day four of the event, which focused on the importance of a strong supply chain in enabling better supplier-retailer communication and facilitating reliable last-mile delivery. The benefits of optimizing the online shopping experience by increasing personalization also emerged as a key theme.

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