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Data behind the online meal-kit industry

Meal-kit companies, which deliver boxes of pre-portioned ingredients and instructions on how to cook meals at home, have been some of the fastest-growing online food retailers that last couple years. But is the industry showing signs of slowing down? Increased consolidation and Chef'd's recent announcement to shutter operations may indicate there can only be a few winners in the category.

Are outlet sites essential to retailers' e-commerce sales?

Ascena Retail Group plans to launch Ann Taylor Factory and Loft Outlet e-commerce sites, carrying the same products found in stores. They're following in the footsteps of retailers like J. Crew, Guess, Nordstrom and Hudson's Bay. How does the competition stack up?

Chart: Median conversion rates and average tickets

These are conversion rate and average order value benchmarks of the Top 500 online retailers in North America, broken down by the four major merchant types: web only, retail chain, catalog/call center and consumer brand manufacturer.