Retail Dive - Top Retail News of 2021

 
Top News of 2021
 
 
 
 
Dear goodness, it was quite the year for retail news, wasn't it?

Welcome to the top stories of 2021. These are the headlines you clicked on, shared with colleagues and wrote us emails about. A number of them, like Instagram's announcement that it isn't a photo-sharing app, surprised us, even as it alludes to a broader trend of the acceleration of social commerce. Others, like Macy's perhaps tinkering with the idea of spinning off its e-commerce operations, are storylines we will closely follow into 2022.

And then there's our deal tracker. It was updated on a (near) weekly basis because almost everyone reading this decided to either IPO or buy another company this year.

Ten stories are below. They are in no particular order, but we hope you find them interesting and informative as we think back on what drove the industry in 2021.

Kaarin Vembar
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Dec. 23 - Crocs makes $2.5B acquisition | Blackstone to go public in SPAC deal

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Crocs to acquire Heydude footwear brand for $2.5B; Griddle maker Blackstone the latest with plans for SPAC-based stock market debut; The $500M question: Destination XL's Harvey Kanter and Ujjwal

Dec. 22 - Skechers loses 4 board members | Super Saturday traffic down from 2019

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Skechers goes through board shakeout; Pandemic headlines may be deterring last-minute shoppers; Can this year's department store recovery last?; Sean Combs regains control of Sean John brand for

Dec. 21 - Rite Aid to close over 60 stores | Rothy's sells 49.9% stake

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Nordstrom reportedly mulling spinoff of off-price Rack business; Rite Aid to close about 60 stores, with more likely to come; Vietnam factory closures cause Nike to cancel 130M units; Brazilian

Dec. 20 - OSHA vaccine mandate back on | Reebok expands to 2.8K JD Group stores

Monday, December 20, 2021

Authentic Brands expands Reebok to over 2.8K stores in deal with JD Group; JC Penney taps DoorDash for same-day delivery just ahead of holidays; The running list of major retail deals in 2021; Adidas,

Weekender: These 10 DTC darlings helped pave the way for digitally native brands. Where are they now?

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Signup | Forward Retail Dive Weekender Dec.​ 18,​ 2021 | A roundup of this week's most read stories DataRobot BROUGHT TO YOU BY — DataRobot AI in Customer Analytics Take a deep dive into the many

UK wages war on encryption

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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Harry's Newsletter #062 — A fresh start

Monday, January 17, 2022

Hey — Harry again. First up — Thank you for so many lovely messages about Copywriting Examples. Second up — I'm changing the newsletter format ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Facebook groups are just Fools Gold for marketers 🤯

Monday, January 17, 2022

Unpopular Opinion: Facebook groups are just Fools Gold for marketers 🤯 On the outside, they look like marketing gold But in reality, they're toxic & only prostitute promotions 🤡 Beginners all

⚡ MC - People increasingly trust people over corporations

Monday, January 17, 2022

View in browser Welcome to today's edition! Let's get right to it. People increasingly trust people over corporations Consumers are increasingly trusting people over traditional corporations.

How to get more eyes on your Facebook posts...

Monday, January 17, 2022

You're halfway through January, Reader. How are your 2022 biz resolutions doing so far? Here are a couple of resources that might help you knock them out of the park. In today's edition: FB

🐂 Bullish on farmland, 7 figure portfolio, funds for SaaS founders, Republic upgrade, and a Web 3 power player

Monday, January 17, 2022

​ ​ ​ ​ Together With: ​ ​ Hi there, 👋 Happy long weekend (if you're reading this from the USA). We appreciate you stopping by. We hope you're not missing any packages that were supposed to be

Walmart NFTs, Amazon vs Visa, & Angry Shopify Developers

Monday, January 17, 2022

Soon you'll be able to buy things EVERYWHERE! Loving Shopifreaks? Leave a review. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn. Hi Reader I think every company in e-commerce had a seed round last week! In

Google: One Part Of Site Can Hurt Entire Site Quality [SEJ Weekly]

Monday, January 17, 2022

Trending SEO, PPC, content, and social media updates to start your week off right. By Matt Southern, Senior News Writer Monday, January 17, 2022 Google: One Part Of Site Can Hurt Entire Site Quality

Podcast Advertising: 5 Experts Reveal Their Secrets

Monday, January 17, 2022

Interested in podcast advertising? Learn from the experts about podcast advertising rates, networks, and statistics. HubSpot Marketing Blog Jan. 17, 2022 Podcaster sits in studio to record ad for

'Blue Monday': The pressure to be happy as a freelancer

Monday, January 17, 2022

It's OK to say you don't always love being self-employed! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌