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Fashion Footwear & Accessories in 2021: The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same

Maximizing on comfort and seeking long-term value are among the consumer preferences that accelerated during the pandemic, and will continue in the year ahead.

Piecing Together a Retail Roadmap for 2021

There will be some level of recovery in 2021, but much uncertainty remains. But this knowledge can help retail prepare for consumer shifts that will emerge.

2021 is About Forming a Foundation

Many consumer needs will remain amidst uncertainty and beyond, but the way they use products will evolve. The home industry must adapt in order to drive sales.

Jan 11, 2021
Finding Comfort in 2021

Today’s circumstances are leading us to seek out a sense of security - a mindset that is impacting how we are investing in our wardrobes now and in the future.

Jan 8, 2021
Where Beauty Finds Success in 2021

Larissa Jensen outlines the beauty industry markers we are watching today as we enter another year of the 2020’s.

Jan 8, 2021
Metamorphosis – The U.S. Toy Industry Word for 2021

Dictionary.com chose “Pandemic” as the 2020 Word of the Year but their People’s Choice 2020 Word of the Year contest resulted in “Unprecedented” as the winning word to describe the yea

Jan 7, 2021
Sports , Footwear
Sneakernomics: 2021 Outlook for Sports Retail

2021 will be faced with its own set of challenges to overcome, and opportunities to be had across the sporting goods, outdoor, recreation, and fitness markets.

Jan 6, 2021
B2B Technology
2021: A Look Ahead For The Channel

See thoughts on what lies ahead for the B2B tech channel in 2021 from Mike Crosby, NPD’s B2B Tech industry analyst.

2021 Outlook for the U.S. Food and Beverage Industry

U.S. consumers’ eating attitudes and behaviors changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This 2021 outlook looks at how these behaviors may shift or remain the same in the new year.

Jan 4, 2021
2021 – A Year of Hope and Recovery

Five reasons why the U.S. foodservice industry will endure through whatever 2021 brings, and three optimistic predictions based on the hope of new COVID vaccines.

Dec 18, 2020
The Beauty of Gifting

Consumers continue to invest in skincare and hair, but it is products that promote wellness, self-care, and pampering that are accelerating growth

Dec 16, 2020
Sneakernomics: Growth Opportunities for Sports Retail Heading into 2021

Amidst the uncertainty, there remain plenty of positive opportunities for the outdoor, sports and fitness equipment, and athletic footwear markets in 2021.

Dec 16, 2020
Looking Beyond COVID: The Rebirth of Canada’s Fashion Industry

Beyond the Pandemic: Canada’s Fashion Industry Poised For a Comeback

Dec 10, 2020
From Survival to Revival: Tracking The Pandemic in Canadian Foodservice

COVID-19 has changed the Canadian foodservice landscape forever. In just a matter of months, this crisis has eliminated years of growth and facilitated a decade of evolution.

Dec 7, 2020
Sneakernomics: Lessons to be Learned from Sports Equipment’s Success

Matt Powell outlines how U.S. consumer demand for sports and fitness equipment can be harnessed to keep sales and interest strong.

Dec 7, 2020
Makeup Just Wants to Have Fun

Collaborations and limited edition collections have drawn consumers to makeup during a year that has been particularly challenging for the market.

Dec 4, 2020
This Holiday, Home is Where the Heart is

For the year to date ending October, 2020 sales of home appliances are up +12%, while small appliance sales are up a remarkable +26% compared to last year.

Dec 1, 2020
Black Friday 2020 Was A Totally New Experience For Me, And I Loved (Most Of) It!

Online shopping, curbside pick-up, and click and collect transform Black Friday

Nov 30, 2020
Video Games , Toys
The Power of Play: Toy and Video Game Sales Hit Record Highs as Canadians Continue to Prioritize Family

November and December traditionally account for 40% of annual toy industry sales in Canada. So what happens in 2020 when the industry is already up 15% over last year through the end of October?

Remote Working and Learning Have Led to Unprecedented Growth in the Consumer Technology Industry in Canada, but will the Momentum Last This Holiday Season?

It’s no secret that the holiday season is one of the most important times of the year for electronics spending in Canada. While 2020 has certainly presented its fair share of challenges for retail in general, consumer technology is well positioned to finish the year off strong. For the year to date ending October 2020 total technology sales are 20% ahead of last year.

Nov 18, 2020
B2B Technology
Distribution's Role in Helping Drive Digital Transformation

Distribution continues to play a vital role as the engine of the channel and will be an important area of focus as we head into 2021.

Nov 10, 2020
The Most Magical Time of Year for Fragrance

Fragrance sets, perfume/cologne, and home scents are poised to sell well this holiday season. Read more about fragrance's place on holiday shopping lists.

Oct 30, 2020
Sneakernomics: U.S. Athletic Footwear & Apparel Q3 Results

For the quarter, athletic footwear sales in the U.S. declined in the mid-singles while activewear grew in the low single-digits. Read Matt Powell's recap here.

Dreaming of a DIY Kind of Holiday

The consumer’s newly expanded interest in DIY projects builds opportunity for home improvement-related holiday gifts and self-spending at retail this season.

What the Future of Work Means for B2B

The commercial office supplies and B2B technology channel saw challenges this spring as schools and office buildings closed amid the pandemic. We’re sharing unique perspectives on what's ahead from Leen Nsouli, NPD’s office supplies analyst, and Mike Crosby, NPD’s B2B technology analyst.

Sneakernomics: Sports Retail Holiday 2020 Expectations

How will athletic footwear sales fare? Will bikes and home fitness equipment sales maintain their momentum? Matt Powell outlines his holiday expectations here

Changes in Lifestyle Drive Shifts in Holiday Purchasing for Footwear & Accessories

Fashion footwear and accessories categories that align with consumers’ current lifestyles will emerge as winners this holiday season.

Oct 16, 2020
Where to Find Beauty this Holiday Season

There are several key prestige beauty markers we are watching in the U.S. that will have an impact on holiday spending and beyond.

Home for the Holidays, Like Never Before

Appliance and housewares growth this holiday shopping season will be driven by consumers' increased time at home, and the resulting expansion of basic needs.

Oct 14, 2020
Apparel Stays Home for the Holidays

Connecting through the theme of “home” will be apparel’s best approach to a very different selling season.


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