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Holiday 2019: US Black Friday Insights

On November 29, the Coresight Research team undertook its fifth annual tour of stores for Black Friday. We visited 65 stores of 32 different retailers in the US. In this report, we analyze each store according our proprietary BEST framework for physical retail.

Holiday 2019: UK Black Friday Insights

On November 29, Coresight Research’s UK team undertook its fifth annual tour of stores in central London for Black Friday. In this report, we pick out likely outperformers, one apparent underperformer and other stores of note. We also provide a table comparing promotions this year to those of 2018.

Alibaba: A Timeline of Key Events

From 2017 to 2019, Alibaba expanded its cloud business into new territories outside China. We examine key events from the company’s recent history as part of our Retailers’ Timelines series.

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.

Singles’ Day 2019: Analyzing New Entrants, from Allbirds to Everlane

Continuing our coverage of Singles’ Day 2019 in China, we discuss the new entrants to Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms, which participated in the shopping holiday for the first time this year. Looking to penetrate the China market, these brands—across multiple sectors including beauty, parent-and-baby and personal care—employed different strategies to promote their products and engage with consumers.

Key Insights from CEW’s Connected Consumer Conference 2019

We discuss the key insights from the Connected Consumer Conference 2019, with an emphasis on the beauty sector. We cover the changing consumption in China and findings from Singles’ Day this year, the emergence of “harmonized retail” and the growing influence of social media in commerce.

Singles’ Day 2019: Analyzing New Products

New products were a pillar of Alibaba’s 2019 Singles’ Day shopping festival strategy, with over 1 million new products launched. We review the new offerings on Tmall to understand the significance of the new product strategy and the benefits for brands and retailers.