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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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India Retail Insights: India Embraces Social Commerce, Bypassing Traditional E-Commerce

In our India Retail Insights series, we will explore the impact of consumer behavior, government regulations, macroeconomic developments, the competitive landscape, and retail tech startups on the evolution of India’s retail sector. In this report, we explore the burgeoning social commerce segment of e-commerce in India.

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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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Earnings Insights 4Q20, Week 3: Walmart and CVS Health Remain Strong, While L’Oréal Sees 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 21—namely, beauty brand owner L’Oréal, drugstore retailer CVS Health and mass merchandiser Walmart.

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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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US Warehouse Clubs and Dollar Stores Forge Ahead with Omnichannel Initiatives and Physical Expansion

Continuing to ride on the pandemic-driven e-commerce wave of 2020, warehouse clubs and dollar stores are likely to remain in growth mode through 2021 and beyond. We look at the omnichannel initiatives and real estate expansion plans of major warehouse clubs (BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco and Sam’s Club) and discount variety storers (dollar stores Dollar General and Dollar Tree, as well as discount retailers Big Lots and Five Below) in the US as they aim to attract and retain consumers across the income spectrum.

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US Housing Market Macro Overview

Our Housing Market Macro Overview report offers the latest insights into the state of the US housing landscape. We cover nine recent metrics for the US market, including existing home sales, the Housing Affordability Index (HAI) and the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI).

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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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