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
Editor, Retail Dive
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