Echo turns up the volume on Amazon’s ambitions as audacious bets pay off

From delivery drones to Alexa devices, Amazon’s commitment to innovation is helping the company maintain its e-commerce dominance. New data from Slice Intelligence shows this innovation is paying off as spending with Amazon – including sales from first and third party sales, Amazon.com and Prime Now – accounts for 43 percent of all the revenue generated in the U.S. online market … Continue reading Echo turns up the volume on Amazon’s ambitions as audacious bets pay off

two extra shopping days make 2016 the biggest holiday yet

The e-commerce data for the 2016 online Holiday shopping season is in, and it was the strongest season yet, with growth of 20 percent relative to 2015, far higher than the most aggressive e-commerce prognosticators had forecast.  With the benefit of the full Holiday season behind us, here’s what struck us as most interesting. 1+1=3 The addition … Continue reading two extra shopping days make 2016 the biggest holiday yet

home improvement sales climb as shoppers, especially women, migrate online for home goods

Strong online sales growth in home categories provides a solid foundation for Lowes’ and Home Depot’s online businesses, with both retailers reporting significant increases over the past year. According to new data from Slice Intelligence, over the past 12 months, tools/home improvement sales are up 30 percent, while home/kitchen and appliance sales increased by 27 and 49 percent, … Continue reading home improvement sales climb as shoppers, especially women, migrate online for home goods

Apple Watch, TV sales give Best Buy a boost, despite Prime Day

Best Buy’s Q2 2016 earnings announcement last week was a boon for the retailer’s stock price, driving shares up by 18 percent.  Its brick and mortar revenue was relatively flat, but online sales grew by 24 percent, a bright spot amongst brick-and-mortar retailers that have generally failed to adapt to the competitive challenges unleashed by … Continue reading Apple Watch, TV sales give Best Buy a boost, despite Prime Day

brands selling direct: what does Unilever’s billion dollar bet tell us?

P&G, Unilever and Dollar Shave Club have collectively ensured that reading the trade press is far more interesting than the James Patterson beach novels that we’re usually focused on this time of year.  Monday, Unilever announced that it had bought Dollar Shave Club for a billion dollars, and we learned today that Procter & Gamble … Continue reading brands selling direct: what does Unilever’s billion dollar bet tell us?

Amazon Prime Day is the largest online shopping day in history

Like a child about to open her birthday presents, we’ve been eager with anticipation to analyze results from Amazon’s second Prime Day here at Slice Intelligence. Amazon has released tantalizing clues about how the day performed, but, characteristically, each hint raises its own set of questions. This analysis is limited to the US, and includes … Continue reading Amazon Prime Day is the largest online shopping day in history

Prime Day part II: What we learned from the original holiday

With the sequel to Amazon Prime Day upon us, Slice Intelligence thought it would be useful to look back at what we learned from Amazon’s first Prime Day in order to guide our preparation for tomorrow’s analysis. Here’s what we found last year: Prime Day was big: In fact Prime Day was the second largest … Continue reading Prime Day part II: What we learned from the original holiday

an update on the shipping and handling wars

As consumers, we have front row seats to one of the most interesting, and strategically important battles being fought every day amongst the titans of e-commerce. This particular battle is most similar to the trench warfare of the First World War, where enormous costs were incurred in a long battle of attrition that left even … Continue reading an update on the shipping and handling wars

high five:  online grocery coming to a boil

News broke Monday that Amazon is partnering with Tyson Foods to develop an offering in the meal solutions, or meal kit, space; entering an increasingly crowded market with companies like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh, Plated, Chef’d, and countless others.  News also broke that Jet.com was kicking off a pilot delivering fresh groceries to 875 zip … Continue reading high five:  online grocery coming to a boil

Amazon’s Echo is outselling the Kindle this year

Echo devices have, in a short period of time, overtaken all Amazon hardware devices in sales dollar volume.  From the launch of the Echo in November 2014 through March 2016 (which includes the first month of Dot and Tap sales), the Echo family accounts for 26 percent of Amazon device unit sales and 41 percent … Continue reading Amazon’s Echo is outselling the Kindle this year