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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 Digital Businesses: Hold Vendors To A Higher Standard And Demand The Support You Deserve

    Some Retailers And Brands Suffer From Vendors' Outdated Practices — And Don't Even Realize It
    April 12, 2021 | Emily Pfeiffer

    Digital business leaders must readjust their expectations and push commerce tech vendors to modernize and move forward as quickly as end consumers demand. But some businesses are so used to how...

  • Report Brands: Gauge The Size Of Your Digital Commerce Prize

    Assessing The Digital Commerce Opportunity For B2C Branded Manufacturers
    April 9, 2021 | Michelle Beeson

    Consumer-facing brands need digital commerce, but their opportunities aren't equal. Some brands' digital commerce strategy will prioritize direct-to-consumer sales across their own digital...

  • Report The Forrester Wave™: Commerce Services, Q1 2021

    The 14 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
    March 22, 2021 | Ted Schadler

    In our 28-criterion evaluation of commerce services providers, we identified the 14 most significant ones — Accenture, Capgemini, Cognizant, Deloitte, Dentsu, EPAM, HCL Technologies, IBM, Infosys,...

  • Report The Forrester Retail Quarterly Earnings Review, Q3 2020

    Highlights From 27 Retail Q3 2020 Earnings Call Transcripts
    March 8, 2021 | Fiona Swerdlow, Madeline Cyr

    As consumers demand more than ever from the retail experience, retailers and brands are investing to rethink and reinvent those experiences. The Forrester Retail Quarterly Earnings Review for Q3...

  • Report Digital Go-To-Market Review: CPG Brands, 2021

    Smart Brands Prioritize Direct-To-Consumer Sales And E-Control
    March 5, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali, Madeline Cyr

    Forrester's Digital Go-To-Market Review evaluates brands across the attributes essential to their long-term digital success, including the strength of their direct-to-consumer (DTC) operations....

  • Report Research Overview: Omnichannel Requires A Buffet Of Tech Solutions

    Tools And Technology: The Omnichannel Commerce Playbook
    February 4, 2021 | Brendan Witcher

    Today's "anywhere, anytime" commerce means that digital business leaders must race to fully modernize their commerce systems while recognizing that omnichannel is far more complex than simply...

  • Report Digital Go-To-Market Review: Consumer Electronics Brands, 2021

    Smart Brands Prioritize Direct-To-Consumer Sales And E-Control
    February 2, 2021 | Sucharita Kodali, Madeline Cyr

    Brands that have traditionally sold through wholesale channels must adapt to the drastically evolving retail environment. Forrester's Digital Go-To-Market Review evaluates brands across the...

  • Report Gauge Your Digital Store Maturity

    Assessment: The Digital Store Playbook
    January 29, 2021 | Emily Pfeiffer, Madeline Cyr

    Digital business leaders who are driving digital store transformation initiatives need a clear plan for how technology will transform the store. Plus, they need the skills to influence others in...

  • Report Branded Manufacturers: Master Your Own Digital Destiny

    Understand Your Brand's Digital Commerce Opportunity To Craft A Comprehensive Direct-To-Consumer Strategy
    January 29, 2021 | Michelle Beeson

    Consumer-facing brand manufacturers are doubling down on their direct-to-consumer (DTC) digital engagement and commerce capabilities. To master their digital destiny, brands must understand the...

  • Report Now Tech: Warehouse Management Systems, Q1 2021

    Forrester's Overview Of 19 Warehouse Management Systems
    January 27, 2021 | George Lawrie

    For years, companies outsourced transportation and warehouse management by using third-party logistics services to share logistics facilities. But supply chain disruption and rapidly changing...

  • 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 Future Of Commerce Technology: Commerce Platforms End With An Ecosystem On FIRE

    Digital Acceleration Demands That Businesses Evolve Their Architecture To Survive
    January 5, 2021 | Emily Pfeiffer

    Commerce is no longer the core technical function within increasingly complex commerce tech stacks. As this landscape shifts, the new dual cores instead center around experience and operations....

  • 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 Now Tech: Digital Supply Chain Control Tower Solutions, Q4 2020

    Forrester's Overview Of 17 Digital Supply Chain Control Tower Solution Providers
    December 23, 2020 | George Lawrie

    You can use control towers to orchestrate demand forecasts, open new routes to market, and deliver differentiating customer experiences such as subscription fulfillment. But to realize these...

  • 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 New Tech: Deferred Payment Providers, Q4 2020

    Forrester's Landscape Overview Of 29 Providers
    December 11, 2020 | Lily Varon

    Deferred payment solutions — a broad category covering installments; "buy now, pay later"; "pay in four"; point-of-sale financing; and alternative lending — promise merchants a boost in conversion...

  • 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 The Forrester Retail Quarterly Earnings Review, Q1 2020

    Highlights From 24 Retail Q1 2020 Earnings Call Transcripts
    August 18, 2020 | Fiona Swerdlow, Madeline Cyr

    As consumers demand more than ever from the retail experience, retailers and brands are investing to rethink and reinvent those experiences. The Forrester Retail Quarterly Earnings Review...

  • 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...

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