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Can AR and VR Be Game Changers in Furniture Retail?

Augmented and virtual reality technologies are slowly but surely transforming the shopping experience for consumers in both online and offline retail. We review how various store-based and digital-first furniture retailers are investing in these technologies and assess the impact, challenges and potential of these investments.

Computer Vision and Visual Search: Transforming Retail Operations and the Shopping Experience

The retail industry has seen the rapid adoption of computer vision over the last few years. This transformative technology is enabling greater operational efficiency for retailers and is providing shoppers with new ways to explore products and interact with retailers and brands. Walmart is leading legacy retailers in the R&D of computer vision, while collaboration with emerging technology providers is a key adoption strategy for many retailers.

Alibaba vs. Amazon: Head to Head in E-Commerce and Technology

​Alibaba Group and Amazon are innovators in retailing and technology, and both are expanding their presence into international markets. Employing its “New Retail” strategy, could the emerging China giant threaten Amazon’s global dominance? We discuss the competition between these two companies, considering their retail ecosystems, global expansion plans, financial performance and internally developed technologies.

3Q19 US Earnings Season Wrap-Up

Third-quarter 2019 retail earnings show mixed results across categories. Our coverage of the Coresight 100 reveal most companies beat consensus, but there were sectors that fared much better than others—and luxury was one that did not meet expectations despite recent recovery.

Holiday 2019: Retailers Harness the Power of Social Media

Continuing our Holiday 2019 series, we outline the popularity of social media channels among holiday shoppers for gift inspiration and promotion tracking. We discuss the engagement of selected retailers—including Amazon, Target and Walmart—and outline their holiday campaigns heading into the holiday season.

Holiday 2019: Hottest Toys

Continuing our Holiday 2019 series, we outline key trends that we think are going to influence toy gifting in the US this shopping season. We also consider the competitive strategies of major players in the toys and games sector, including Amazon and Walmart.

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