Retail Dive - Top Retail Trends of 2021

Top Trends of 2021
As the year comes to an end, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on the biggest trends that shaped the retail industry in 2021.

While the rollout of vaccines provided a sense of relief to both consumers and retailers earlier this year, the industry was faced with a new set of challenges, including supply chain constraints and labor shortages.

Notably different from last year was also the number of retail bankruptcies: This year, Retail Dive tracked eight major bankruptcies in the industry compared to last year's 30.

Seemingly replacing the wave of Chapter 11 filings were IPO filings, many of which came from online brands as e-commerce remained elevated.

Below we've included stories featuring the trends that shaped retail in 2021. We hope you enjoy!

And as always, thanks for reading.

Caroline Jansen
Editor, Retail Dive
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Top Retail News of 2021

Monday, December 27, 2021

With omicron landing in the US, do retailers actually need the vaccine mandate?; Dollar General ramps up expansion of Popshelf concept; Macy's is reportedly being pushed to spin off its e-commerce

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,

Jan. 19 - Escada America files Ch. 11 | Forever 21 names new CEO

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Women's fashion retailer Escada America files for bankruptcy; Forever 21 turns to retail veteran Winnie Park as CEO; Are Sephora and Ulta on a collision course?; Walmart signals metaverse plans

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

A new look at fund performance; Microsoft scores Activision Blizzard for $68.7B; Curbio brings home $65M; Mythical Games lands Polystream Read online | Don't want to receive these emails? Manage

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Jan. 19 - Anheuser-Busch refreshes logo | Oscar Mayer's 'bologna-inspired' face mask

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Oscar Mayer's 'bologna-inspired' face masks poke fun at self-care; As events again go virtual, marketing takeaways from a timely metaverse activation; TV tops in video for reaching

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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