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The Retail E-Commerce Playbook For 2021

The Art And Science Of Retail eCommerce

Retail eCommerce sales continue to climb, and digital business executives must check all the boxes to ensure that they're not missing either opportunities for direct online sales or ways that...

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  • Report Five Key Stakeholders Will Define Retail In The 2020s

    Vision: The Retail E-Commerce Playbook
    January 27, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali, Fiona Swerdlow

    New business models and new ways of getting goods to consumers have already transformed retail. In the coming years, retailers and brands will bow to tighter scrutiny and accountability by...

  • Report US Online Grocery Snapshot: Q1 2021

    IRI Data Shows How The Pandemic Has Shaped Online Grocery
    January 20, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali

    Digital business retail pros generally agree that the pandemic has driven rapid growth in online grocery sales. Data from IRI confirms that shift — but it's still unclear how much of that behavior...

  • Report The Five Key Success Factors Of Every Digital Business

    Strategic Plan: The Retail E-Commerce Playbook
    January 4, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali

    Successful organizations are largely driven by the right people, the right organizational structure, and an innovative idea for selling online that often reinforces brick-and-mortar stores. In the...

  • Report Betting On Bots For Grocery E-Commerce

    What You Need To Know About Automated Microfulfillment Solutions For Grocery E-Commerce
    December 28, 2020 | Scott Compton

    Grocery store operations and digital execs are evaluating and investing in innovative, automated technology to scale to growing consumer demand for fast fulfillment options of online orders. In...

  • Report The State Of The US Grocery Shopper — COVID-19

    US Grocery Shopper Behaviors In The New Normal
    December 22, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali, Madeline Cyr

    Throughout waves of shutdowns and fears that the coronavirus pandemic has resurged, one place where online adults still show up is in grocery stores. In this way, the pandemic has essentially...

  • Report US Grocery: Digital Best Practices

    December 22, 2020 | Scott Compton, Angelina Gennis

    As e-commerce grocery orders surge, online grocers must cultivate lifetime value and loyalty from new customers. We expect North American grocery retail sales to grow 7.6% in 2020 and increase...

  • Report It's Time For Retail Stores To Open Their Doors To The Digital Org

    Organization: The Digital Store Playbook
    August 28, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    In the age of the customer — and especially in the midst of a pandemic — channel-specific strategies, tactics, and organizational structures become irrelevant and (worse) potentially crippling. To...

  • Report Brands' Success Relies On Relationships With Retailers

    Brands Must Evolve From Suppliers To Partners
    August 17, 2020 | Michelle Beeson

    The pandemic has magnified the importance of digital commerce strategies. For brands, it is not all about direct-to-consumer (D2C). A significant proportion of most brands' revenue comes via...

  • Report Research Overview: Online Marketplaces

    A Guide To Buying, Selling, And Creating Market Leverage Via Everyone's Favorite Digital Platform Business Model
    August 17, 2020 | Allen Bonde, Caleb Ewald

    Online marketplaces aren't a new idea. Yet over the past few years, they have (re)emerged as a preferred channel for consumers, small businesses, and a growing number of enterprise buyers. For...

  • Report The State Of The US Shopper — COVID-19

    Landscape: The Digital Store Playbook
    July 16, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali, Madeline Cyr

    As US states begin to ease COVID-19 restrictions, consumers are still tentative about the prospect of visiting reopened retail locations. This report provides an overview of the state of US...

  • Report Paving The Path To Omnichannel Commerce

    Roadmap: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    July 14, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    Digital business professionals have long recognized the need for omnichannel programs, but many are unsure of where to start. This report guides digital business pros on how to craft an omnichannel...

  • Report The Art And Science Of Retail eCommerce

    Executive Overview: The Retail eCommerce Playbook
    July 6, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali

    Retail eCommerce sales continue to climb, and digital business executives must check all the boxes to ensure that they're not missing either opportunities for direct online sales or ways that...

  • Report Now Tech: Merchant Payment Providers, Q3 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 23 Global Merchant Payment Providers
    July 6, 2020 | Lily Varon

    You can use payment providers to improve payments acceptance and reach, to support new payment models and flows, and for a range of other payment-adjacent services like fraud management and...

  • Report The UK In The Pandemic: How Consumers And Businesses Are Changing

    As The Pandemic Drives A Lasting Shift In UK Consumers' Behaviors And Values, Firms Must Respond In Kind
    June 17, 2020 | Michelle Beeson

    Our new survey, the Forrester Analytics Consumer Technographics® COVID-19 Survey (Wave 1), studied 1,117 UK online adults to analyze the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. This report synthetizes the...

  • Report The State Of Augmented Reality In Retail: 2020

    Continuous Improvement: The Digital Store Playbook
    June 9, 2020 | Julie Ask, Erin Sellers

    Since IKEA created an interactive experience with its product catalog, the quality of augmented reality (AR) experiences in retail has improved dramatically in the past 10 years. AR now supports...

  • Report The Definitive Drop-Ship Guide For Brands And Retailers

    Find Your Technology Partners To Enable Successful Drop-Ship Selling

    Retailers and brands know that shoppers value comprehensive and trustworthy product selections online. They also know drop-ship solutions provide them with bigger assortments and margins. For...

  • Report One Customer, One Organization, One P&L

    Organization: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    May 19, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    In the age of the customer, channel-specific strategies, tactics, and organizational structures become irrelevant. Why? Customers expect seamless and connected journeys. Companies must therefore...

  • Report The Top Retail Technology Investments In 2020

    Retail And Brand Professionals Share Their Priorities For Tech-Driven Commerce Initiatives In The Coming Year
    May 11, 2020 | Brendan Witcher

    In January and February 2020, we interviewed more than 60 retail and brand professionals from over 50 companies to understand which technology initiatives they are investing in this year. This...

  • Report Research Overview: Strategies For Digital Success In The US Grocery Sector

    April 28, 2020 | Scott Compton, Madeline Cyr

    Marketing, operations, innovation in the digital store, and data and insights are core to any retail establishment. To help digital business pros develop grocery store digital retail strategies,...

  • Report Research Overview: Strategies For Digital Success At Quick-Service Restaurants

    April 24, 2020 | Scott Compton

    Marketing, operations, innovation in the digital store, and data and insights are core to any retail establishment. To help eBusiness and channel strategy professionals develop their digital retail...

  • Report The State Of Retailing Online 2020: Marketing, Omnichannel, And Mobile

    Landscape: The Retail eCommerce Playbook
    April 21, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali

    Forrester surveyed online retailers in its annual "The State Of Retailing Online" study in partnership with the National Retail Federation (NRF). Overall retail continues to grow, including online...

  • Report US Online Grocery Snapshot: Q1 2020

    IRI Data Shows Which Essentials Shoppers Most Frequently Buy Online
    April 16, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali

    Grocery is one of the largest retail sectors in the US, but online grocery has had mixed uptake. US shoppers frequently purchase nonedible grocery items like household, health, and beauty products...

  • Report US Shopper Insights And The Impact Of COVID-19

    As Of Early April 2020
    April 14, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali

    The past few weeks have proven to be tumultuous for retailers as US retail sales have been adversely affected by COVID-19. While March was challenged, many of the moves toward social distancing...

  • Report The State Of Digital Retail Payments In Asia Pacific

    Digital Payments Are Making Progress But Still Face Major Hurdles
    April 13, 2020 | Meng Liu

    A storm is brewing in the digital retail payments space in Asia Pacific (AP). Financial technology (fintech) innovations, booming venture capital funding, conducive regulations, and keen...

  • Report The State Of Retail Loyalty In 2020

    An Evaluation Of 13 Retail Loyalty Programs
    April 9, 2020 | Sucharita Kodali, Emily Collins

    Shoppers love retail loyalty programs. Three-quarters of online consumers belong to at least one program, and they report regularly using the programs to which they belong. However, not all loyalty...

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