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Feb 16, 2017
Food Consumption

Virtual Grocery Shopping Reality

Driving with my family recently after a long trip away, we pondered what we would do for dinner. We spent the last several days eating restaurant meals and were craving a home cooked dinner. The probl...

Feb 14, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Tax Refund Delays Can Hurt the Sports Business

In 2015 Congress passed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act. One of the main provisions of PATH was to slow down taxpayer refunds for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or the ...

Feb 13, 2017
Beauty

A Cleaner Approach to Natural Skincare

Growing up in New York City I had access to many things the common teenager did not. Around the corner from my apartment was the city’s first Whole Foods Market. I remember the opening very well and h...

Feb 9, 2017
Home

Will a Holiday Hero be a 2017 Trailblazer?

When many key general merchandise categories struggled to meet holiday sales of the previous year, let alone beat them, home products categories proved to be a key component of retail sales succes...

Things are About to Get Pretty Sticky

Each year, a new trend sweeps the hallways of schools across the United States. We’ve seen coloring, rubber band bracelets, boondoggle, and many more in recent years. This year the hashtag “#Slime...

Feb 7, 2017
Home

Holiday Performance Extended Year of Growth in Small Appliance Market

2016 was a great year in the Kitchen Electrics market, ending the year up +6% in dollars, with dollar growth in all but four of the Kitchen Electrics categories NPD measures. A large factor in the...

Feb 7, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Sports is Catching the Disease that’s Killing Retail

My colleague Marshal Cohen recently wrote a blog, “An Urgent Message for Retail,” and in it he states that during the holiday season, “…consumers appeared to have grown numb to the early and const...

Feb 3, 2017
Video Games

Small Games a Big Opportunity for US Video Game Retail

A dramatic change has been happening at gaming retail since the beginning of the decade.  Retail game sections have shrunk, packaged game sales have declined, more games have been released exclus...

TV Sales Are One of Many Reasons to Be Interested in Super Bowl LI

Even though we are just casual NFL fans in my house, the Super Bowl is still an exciting event for us. This year, my wife and kids are looking forward to Lady Gaga’s halftime performance – and the...

Feb 2, 2017
Retail

An Urgent Message for Retail

There was one big thing missing from Holiday 2016 – a sense of urgency among consumers, and that should create a sense of urgency among retailers to take action. Such a unique holiday shopping sea...

Peering Over the Edge: Looking Forward to See How CE Can Get Back to Growth

2016 ended with a mixed bag of holiday sales and proved to be a very uneven year overall for the CE space. As we near the end of the first month of the new year, we’re  stopping to reflect on some...

Jan 26, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Are Sneakerheads Important?

About every month or so, someone in the mainstream media will “discover” that sneakerheads exist. They often seek me out to ask what drives this phenomenon and what their value is to the market. A...

Jan 25, 2017
Technology

Commercial Tech Grows With The Times

The start of a new year is a time for reflection and resolutions. As we move through January we often shape and finalize goals and objectives for the upcoming year. However, in the business world ...

Jan 19, 2017
Technology

Canadians Put Premium Notebooks on Their Holiday Wish List

Another Holiday season has come to an end and based on The NPD Group’s sales results, the past 6 weeks for the IT Hardware market did very well.  Across the consumer IT industry the majority of ca...

Jan 18, 2017
Automotive

The Future of the Automotive Industry

I kicked off the New Year by attending the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas – the largest trade show to come to town all year. If you have never been, it is definitely bucket-list wort...

Jan 18, 2017
Foodservice

Globally Mobile

As fascinating as the foodservice business is to me, I appreciate that not much ever happens in it compared to, say, consumer electronics or gaming. In those markets there are blockbuster new prod...

Jan 17, 2017
Apparel

Will Consumers Wear American Pride On Their Sleeves…and Deepen Their Pockets?

Change is in the air. News about companies outside of apparel bringing their manufacturing back to the U.S. is increasing. One of the largest clothing manufacturers in the U.S., American Apparel, ...

Jan 17, 2017
Beauty

Commitment Issues

My grandaunt always said, “A lady needs to have a signature perfume.” So, for years I have been on the hunt for a fragrance that I could call my own. I always dreamed that in the wake of my signat...

Jan 17, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Hispanics and the Sports Business

The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) recently published a study entitled, “Scouting the Hispanic Market,” which explores the opportunities around Hispanics and the sports business. Multi...

Jan 17, 2017
Toys

Did you see what happened to the European toy market during Christmas week?

Did toy sales in the UK really increase 33% over Christmas week last year? Did France really jump 29%? And Germany, is it possible that toy sales spiked 47%? Granted, I may have contributed to thi...

Jan 16, 2017
Video Games

Video Game consumers should expect even more choice in 2017

Consumers of console and PC video games have never faced a more overwhelming level of choices.  There are more games, and more opportunities to spend, than ever before.  Iterative console hardware...

Promo Wars Black Friday versus Boxing Week

For the past few years, the Canadian Retail calendar has been marked by two key promotional events which take place during an extraordinarily condensed period of time:  Black Friday/Cyber Monday a...

Sitting Pretty in the Post-Mobile Era

If there was any doubt that we are entering the post-mobile era, this year’s CES ratified the fact. The absence of mobile integration as a core discussion, and “must show-off” checkbox, demonstrates t...

Jan 11, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: The State of the Outdoor Industry

It was a rocky year for the outdoor industry. The void created by the bankruptcies of Sport Chalet and The Sports Authority had a huge impact on the industry, and the warm weather did not help. But an...

Jan 10, 2017
Foodservice

Most Millennials are Vegetarians...Kind Of

I love reading things about the tastes of Millenials. For instance, I recently read that restaurants supposedly can really go a long way with them by offering vegetarian fare. I've been using CRES...

Jan 9, 2017
Retail

2017 Will Test Retail’s Resilience

This will be a year of increased intangibles, experiential engagement, an emphasis on origins, and a continued deal dilemma. The consumer is changing, demanding something different, and retail m...

Eight Expectations for Fashion in 2017

This year will be one full of change for fashion at retail – some is overdue, some is driven, but all of it is necessary. The days of the consumer following trends have faded. Consumers are now cr...

Jan 4, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: On the Contrary, Innovation is Abundant in the Sneaker World

I mentioned in my 2017 predictions blog that stock market analysts have criticized major sneaker brands including Nike, by saying that the footwear market lacks innovation. Nothing could be furthe...

Dec 28, 2016
Beauty

2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 4: Atop the Hill, Look Who’s Smiling Now!

Impossible! Unprecedented! For all the naysayers and doubters, what a wakeup call this is. The discounted “one-hit wonder” is now at the top of the hill. Like a game of thrones, the little guys an...

Dec 27, 2016
Beauty

2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 3: A Split Decision for Scent

What do you say? Do you believe all the reports? Do you believe that we have become so detached from what else matters that we don’t care about anything but appearance? I don’t believe that.  So...

Dec 22, 2016
Food Consumption

Five Eating Attitudes and Behaviors to Watch in 2017

In a world of uncertainty, one thing is certain in 2017: America will eat! But how and where people source meals and the attributes that will win share of wallet are ever-changing. Here are five overa...

Dec 22, 2016
Beauty

2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 2: Is Skincare Over the Hill?

What happened? The experts and pundits declared it.  They thought, “This is a no-brainer.” Every woman cares about these issues! This is the women’s platform, and men care, too. “Who’s got the experie...

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