Walmart e-commerce: a revolution from Bentonville

If you’re like me, you’ve seen two amazing quarters of growth from Walmart’s e-commerce operations. First quarter 2017 e-commerce sales were up 63 percent, then second quarter sales came in up 60 percent. After years of mostly unimpressive e-commerce performance from the world’s largest retailer, one would be forgiven for assuming that these increases must be inorganic, … Continue reading Walmart e-commerce: a revolution from Bentonville

Blue Apron’s blues belies promising meal solutions category

Since its IPO in June, Blue Apron has been pummeled on all fronts, best reflected in a stock price that declined by almost half in less than two months. Investors bemoan modest customer growth (up 23 percent year-to-year when comparing Q2 2017 to Q2 2016), more modest order growth (up 19 percent over the same time period) … Continue reading Blue Apron’s blues belies promising meal solutions category

Prime Day 2017 Postgame Report: Amazon US Prime Day sales up 32 Percent

Amazon announced yesterday that global Prime Day sales were up 60 percent over the previous year. But this, as is often the case with Amazon, begged as many questions as it answered, which is why we’re here to provide the deeper insights that you’ve come to know and love Slice Intelligence for. US Prime Day sales … Continue reading Prime Day 2017 Postgame Report: Amazon US Prime Day sales up 32 Percent

Prime Day Predictions, 2017

With Amazon Prime Day nearly upon us, we enlisted our panel of five million online shoppers to predict what is in store for Amazon’s shopping holiday. Prime Day will be Amazon’s biggest day ever Prime Day 2016 was Amazon’s biggest day ever with Amazon’s US sales volume (including Prime Now) 18 percent higher than the … Continue reading Prime Day Predictions, 2017

Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods: the world’s boldest, most innovative, best-funded retailer will re-imagine the grocery store 

Just last week I was presenting to a group of CPG brands and retailers where I urgently advised they had ‘a year or two long window’ before Amazon was going to fundamentally disrupt the U.S. grocery industry as its brick-and-mortar strategy moved from a ‘test and learn’ mode to full rollout. With the news that … Continue reading Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods: the world’s boldest, most innovative, best-funded retailer will re-imagine the grocery store 

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