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Old Navy integrates its plus-size women’s business

AP NEWS

Gap Inc.’s low-price division Old Navy is overhauling its approach to how it designs and markets to plus-size women, a demographic that many analysts say has been underserved.

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Dueling grill makers serve their IPOs rare

Reuters

Weber and Traeger, makers of luxury backyard grilling equipment, are leaving something on the table for investors in their upcoming initial public offerings. The dueling BBQ brands are seeking equity valuations of $4.6 billion and $2 billion, respectively.

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Shoppers go back to stores, but retailers face challenges

AP News

Americans are going back to one of their favorite pastimes: store shopping. With more people getting vaccinated and dropping their face masks, retailers from Walmart to Macy’s are seeing an eager return to their stores after more than a year of their customers migrating online during the pandemic.

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Shopping online eases isolation for older adults

AP News

 In November, Paula Mont did something new: The 86-year-old, who hasn’t left her New Jersey senior living community in nearly a year, went shopping — online.

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How Athleisure Dominated The Market In 2020

Forbes

In a year when many people spent a lot of time at home, the athleisure market has shown a resilience that other retail categories have not managed to maintain.

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What’s selling in 2020’s holiday season

Retail Dive

The coronavirus pandemic has altered nearly every aspect of consumers’ lives — canceling in-person events, halting travel and moving everyday activities, like work and school, into the home. This, in turn, affected not only how shoppers spent their money, but what they spent it on.

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Socially Distant Santa Is Coming to Town

WSJ

Carleigh Hansen’s visit to Santa Claus at the Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colo., was a little different this year from Christmases past. The 8-year-old still wore a new dress for pictures and her mother treated her to cheesecake afterward. But this time, Santa wore a face shield and sat behind a sheet of plexiglass. Carleigh passed him her list underneath the barrier and talked to him through an intercom system.

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Holiday Windows of a Subdued Kind

The New York Times

For many holiday fans, window shopping at luxury jewelry boutiques has been an annual tradition — admiring glitzy decorations and opulent baubles, standing outside a crowded store on a bustling, shopper-filled street.

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Holiday Windows of a Subdued Kind

The New York Times

For many holiday fans, window shopping at luxury jewelry boutiques has been an annual tradition — admiring glitzy decorations and opulent baubles, standing outside a crowded store on a bustling, shopper-filled street.

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What Stays and What Goes in a Post-Covid-19 World

WSJ

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the way Americans eat, shop and entertain themselves. In one manner or another, most of these consumer activities have moved into the home and online.

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Refrigerators, Ovens Get a Hygiene Makeover During Covid-19 Pandemic

WSJ

SEOUL—The roughly $500 billion home-appliance industry is making a hard pivot toward hygiene as the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of moderating. LG Electronics Inc.’s refrigerators have been retrofitted with sterilizing ultraviolet lights previously used in its water purifiers, while Whirlpool Corp. has touted washing machines with built-in heating that removes germs and allergens from clothes.

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Holiday trends to watch: Adult Play-Doh; stores that ship

AP News

The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other. Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols. Those who added a puppy to their family during the pandemic will see tons of gift options for their new furry friend. And with more people shopping online, stores are doing double duty as shipping centers to try to get gifts to doorsteps as fast as possible.

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‘Guilt gifting’ is a thing in 2020 as we try to make up for a rough year

USA Today

The country is polarized about so many things – the election, the right way to tackle the virus, who you should or shouldn’t sit next to at Thanksgiving. So why shouldn’t 2020 holiday gift-giving join the ever-growing list of potentially hot button topics?

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NPD Group: The Co-Existence Conundrum

DEG

The shuttering of movie theaters concurrent with the launch of direct-to-consumer SVOD services such as HBO Max and Disney+ created an environment in which theatrical new releases including Scoob! and Hamilton were made available to stream sooner than previous release windows would have permitted.

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New York City retailers welcome back shoppers but challenges loom

Reuters

Upscale retailers including Nordstrom Inc, privately owned Saks Fifth Avenue and jeweler Tiffany & Co reopened their large New York City flagship locations on Wednesday with reassuring signage and sanitizer stands to calm shoppers worried about the coronavirus pandemic.

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NPD: Retail ‘bright’ spots during COVID-19

Chain Store Age

Dollar sales declined 16% in the third week of March as hoarding slowed, but growth in a number of key industries helped stave off an even greater decline.

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Lowe’s Gains, But Reveals Digital Struggles

Mediapost

A day after Home Depot dazzled observers with strong sales, rival Lowe’s also reported gains, with same-store sales rising 2.6%. But its forecast for the year ahead is softer than some expected, and its reliance on brick-and-mortar sales may make it more vulnerable, as the category shifts to become increasingly omnichannel.

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NPD: Wedding Market Still Ripe For Housewares Growth

HomeWorld Business

The NPD Group reports that wedding-associated housewares and appliance sales grew to $475 million in the 12 months ended November 2019, compared to about $443 million during the comparable year-earlier period.

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The Aging Millennial

WWD

By 2030, the oldest Millennials will be in their mid- to late-40s. But does that mean their spending habits will mature, too?

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How Rare Luggage Replaced Sneakers as the Latest It-Accessory

WSJ

BUYING LUGGAGE used to be about as sexy as acquiring a refrigerator. You schlepped to Sears or, if you were feeling fancy, a Tumi boutique, and chose whichever carry-on could hold the most stuff without socks and underwear erupting through the zipper. 

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Matt Powell Discusses Outdoor Trends

Shoe-In

The NPD Group’s Matt Powell joins the Shoe-In Show team to discuss the latest in outdoor trends for Fall ’19.

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Gen X will spend the most this holiday season

Retail Dive

As the generations continue to battle for domination on social media and beyond, NPD’s survey points out how critical each age group is to a successful holiday season for retailers. 

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Podcast: Educating an Industry

The Robin Report

NPD’s Don Unser recently spoke with Zia Wigder, Shoptalk’s chief content officer, and Steve Sadove, former CEO of Saks Inc. In this podcast episode from The Robin Report, Don, Zia, and Steve discuss fragmenting consumer tribes, why digitally native brands are opening stores, and the four major barriers to business model transformation.

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For Many Authors, Celebrity Book Clubs Are A Ticket To Success

NPR

Discoverability. It’s a word that people who market and sell books use when talking about one of their biggest challenges: With hundreds of thousands of titles released each year, how do readers find the books that publishers want them to buy?

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Finding the Key to SVOD Success

MediaPlayNews

Original content has been the star on SVOD services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, with upcoming services Apple TV+ and Disney+ teasing originals in celebrity-filled press conferences. But catalog content is an important supporting player.

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In Denim, Green Is the New Blue

WWD

Denim trends for fall 2019 feature Seventies-style looks with a strong focus on sustainability.

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EMA Event Spotlights Digital Delivery

Media Play News

The over-the-top market is exploding, and the Entertainment Merchants Association this year at its annual Los Angeles conference gave it a starring role.

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The Real Reason Aromatherapy Is on the Rise

The Telegraph

According to new research from The NPD Group, lavender-based beauty products in the UK have seen an astounding increase in sales – 552% between January and April this year. 

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Four data points showing the strength of the OTT market

nScreenMedia

At the OTT_X conference in Los Angeles, there was data aplenty showing the business of online video is healthy and growing. Here are four points shared during the day, illustrating why the future is bright for FAST services, small SVOD providers, Netflix survival without licensing tentpole TV, and AVOD’s success without originals.

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Have We Reached Peak Prime Day Yet?

Forbes

It’s nearly here, Prime Day 2019. On July 15, millions of people will furiously search and click on a barrage of items at reduced prices. This annual sale has breathed new life into the notion of Christmas in July and given rise to a great summer sale event.

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NPD’s Latest Trend Predictions (Outdoor Industry)

SNEWS

One of the best attended events at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is historically NPD’s “trend breakfast,” and it’s not because of the grub. Matt Powell, senior industry advisor and Julia Day, executive director, will serve up a heaping plate of data-based recommendations on how outdoor brands and retailers can survive and thrive in the coming year and beyond. NPD released a sneak peak of the key themes for this year’s breakfast.

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Target Takes on Victoria’s Secret

The Wall Street Journal

The retailer is set to launch lingerie and sleepwear brands next month, challenging Amazon and other giants

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Luxury watch sector drives growth across American market

WatchPro

Reginald Brack joined NPD at the beginning of 2018 with a mandate to turn point of sale information from thousands of retailers and ecommerce businesses into data that not only paints a picture of the past and present, but also provides pointers to future trends that businesses can use to make better buying decisions.

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