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For sustainable growth in an industry on the cusp of disruption, apparel brands must pursue all four online selling avenues: online retailers, marketplaces, social media platforms, and direct to consumer (DTC).

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The news is not what Amazon brings to American retail. The news is what Amazon doesn’t have, at least not yet. There lie the risks and opportunities for itself and others, at least in the fashion apparel space. What are the haves and the have nots that drive those perils and opportunities? Read on.

New voice-enabled devices have proven to be a breakout hit with consumers in 2016, and retailers are taking note.

This is the one thing everyone is missing about Amazon.

It’s no coincidence that such mergers are increasing at the same time as the economic and structural clout of mega retailers is also spreading throughout the retail industry and supply chain.

As it enters its 20th year, Amazon has evolved from being the "Earth's Biggest Bookstore" in the 1990s to today's "Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company" and, as a result, has struck at the hearts of noted retailers such as Sears, Macy's, Kohl's and Nordstrom.

The shift in consumer behavior and shopping habits means there's lower pent-up demand for the one-off spectacle of something like Black Friday.

What even is holiday shopping these days?

Moving forward more and more apparel brands will find that Amazon isn't just another online channel that they can take or leave – it's a primary platform that they must not only consider, but actively manage in order to reap the benefits and avoid the drawbacks.

New research released from omnichannel commerce and technology provider Radial analyzes attitudes among Amazon shoppers in areas such as shopping frequency, purchasing motivators and trust.

The rise of online-only competition has hurt traditional retailers; in fact, 60 percent of retailers globally have shuttered stores in the past three years as a result of this competition.

Amazon is under fire for some shady practices: enabling, facilitating and directly participating in the sale of an inexhaustible supply of counterfeit goods. 

Amazon is under fire for some shady practices: enabling, facilitating and directly participating in the sale of an inexhaustible supply of counterfeit goods. 

One Click Retail's latest report finds that footwear sales on Amazon.com are walloping the competition. 

These seven tips from PowerReviews can help retailers compete against the e-commerce giant.

The companies are bringing branded holiday pop-up shops to NYC and LA in addition to a dedicated store on Amazon.com.

The companies are bringing branded holiday pop-up shops to NYC and LA in addition to a dedicated store on Amazon.com.

I still remember the grand entrance Jeff Bezos made to deliver his keynote address at Retail Systems, way back in 2003. The founder and CEO of Amazon made quite a splash as he glided up the aisle on a Segway to the front of the McCormick Place hall in Chicago.

Improved offerings, robust digital and omnichannel capabilities and optimized real estate footprints are yielding positive results for some retail chains despite doom-and-gloom headlines about the "retail apocalypse."

Improved offerings, robust digital and omnichannel capabilities and optimized real estate footprints are yielding positive results for some retail chains despite doom-and-gloom headlines about the "retail apocalypse."

A new breed of fast-growing SMBs is emerging in the petri dish of ecommerce and outsourced supply chain services.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. launched an exclusive STARTER collection on Amazon, available only to Prime members at  www.amazon.com/starter.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. launched an exclusive STARTER collection on Amazon, available only to Prime members at  www.amazon.com/starter.

More than 20,000 small businesses have received a loan from Amazon.

"Cyber Monday once again ranked as the heaviest online spending day of all-time and became the first day to ever exceed $3 billion in sales from desktop computers," said comScore senior vice president of marketing and insights Andrew Lipsman.

"Cyber Monday once again ranked as the heaviest online spending day of all-time and became the first day to ever exceed $3 billion in sales from desktop computers," said comScore senior vice president of marketing and insights Andrew Lipsman.

eBay launched a Price Match Guarantee on more than 50,000 deals in the United States.

Amazon is a well-known disruptor, and with the introduction of its private-label apparel brands, the company has positioned itself to shake things up in fashion and apparel. For the apparel industry at large, understanding how consumers feel about Amazon private-label is crucial.

New research reveals which cohort plans to scoop up Prime Day deals, and which ones will sit out the shopping bonanza.

Kohl's will accept returns of Amazon.com purchases at 82 of its physical stores.

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