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Convenience-based online purchasing methods, and Millennial parents stepping in as the next generation of back-to-school shoppers are shifts that are changing the face of back-to-school shopping for traditional supplies.
Amazon is tightening the gap between online and offline experiences by offering discounts to Prime members in Whole Foods. The tightening continues with this year’s Prime Day sales.
In anticipation of Prime Day 2018, NPD's Marshal Cohen and Stephen Baker review industry analysis on the event’s past performance discuss its potential.
Contrary to recent news reports that U.S. consumers are eating at restaurants more, consumers are, in fact, increasingly eating and preparing their meals at home.
NPD video games industry analyst, Mat Piscatella, offers his holiday predictions for 2018. So far this year, total industry spending in the U.S. reflects growth of 15 percent when compared to a year ago. All categories of spending have shown gains, including Software, Hardware, and Accessories & Game Cards
As consumers look to disconnect from today’s always-on, always-connected world of smart phones, could ‘phone romance’ result in switching to more simple devices? See NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold’s thoughts regarding his recent switch.
LeBron James is taking his talents to LA, and Roger Federer signed a significant deal with retailer Uniqlo. What impact do endorsements have on sports apparel and footwear sales? Matt Powell offers his perspective.
While wandering the streets of Tokyo this past weekend, I came up with a theory that a city - and the people within it - is made up of alternating layers of the strange and the expected.
NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, explains what makes mobile payments much simpler in other countries and speculates why the U.S. has been slower to adopt mobile payment solutions.
There is a debate surrounding the formal definitions of “meat” and “milk” in light of more plant-based meat and milk alternatives in the marketplace.
NPD video games analyst Mat Piscatella offers his take on how E3 has evolved over the 13 years he has worked in the games industry
It has so far been a solid year for the U.S. team sports equipment market, helped by the new youth baseball bat regulations and golf equipment sales.
Men in the U.S. are increasingly investing in fragrance. As Father’s Day approaches, the opportunity is ripe for brands and retailers to entice the purchase of men’s fragrances.
As temperatures finally warmed up, something I thought was never going to happen – I set my sights on switching out clothing to match the season.
Activewear sales from February through April 2018 were essentially flat, as the proliferation of fashion brands emulating performance wear continues to take its toll, says NPD’s Matt Powell.
Athletic footwear sales from February through April 2018 grew in the low single-digits. Matt Powell recaps how key categories and brands performed during these months.
According to NPD’s U.S. B2B Software and Cloud Tracking Service, one of the fastest growing markets of software is the content and collaboration market. NPD’s Mike Diamond explores how innovation and the need for information management is driving this growth.
Mike Diamond, Director, Industry Analysis, B2B Technology for The NPD Group, discusses the opportunities that cloud has created for channel partners.
Innovative formats, funky ingredients and playful products are hallmarks of K-Beauty, but another country that boasts time-tested rituals and ingredients has been on the industry’s mind recently: Japan.
The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which allows states to regulate gambling on sports will have an impact on the sports retail business, Matt Powell explains.
Amazon Go is a new kind of store featuring, as Amazon describes, “the world's most advanced shopping technology.” Darren Seifer, NPD food and beverage industry analyst, visits the Amazon Go store in Seattle to get a first-hand look at what some bill as the store of tomorrow.
Mike Diamond, Director, Industry Analysis, B2B Technology for The NPD Group, breaks down some of the factors contributing to growth in the B2B information security market.
In his latest blog, NPD Group’s Matt Powell discusses the consumer behavior of Gen Z, the emphasis they place on social responsibility and why brands and retailers must pay attention.
Historically watches have been labeled “men’s” and “women’s”, but several factors are changing this dynamic - the top watches for men aren't just for men anymore. Industry analysis shows non-gender specificity is an emerging trend in luxury watches that top watch brands are embracing, and now retailers need to as well.
One of the most difficult tasks in sports retail is managing the marketplace, especially with hot items. Matt Powell offers ways brands can do this effectively to achieve steadier growth and higher profits.
NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, analyzes what the newly proposed T-Mobile and Sprint merger could mean for the industry, and discusses the need for mergers and acquisitions as the competitive landscape continues to shift in this digital economy.
Convenience is and will always be the chief reason consumers use restaurants, but the definition of convenience changes as consumers’ daily realities change.
It’s been quite some time since Nordstrom announced that they were going to be opening their first Nordstrom Rack store in Canada; and since then, there has been significant buzz around when this was going to happen.
The retail experience has never been more complicated, or more important. NPD’s Matt Powell explores the critical components that make a great experience, and what sports retailers can do about it.
The consumer backlash against GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in the food industry could stem from the fact that the benefits of GMOS were only touted to farmers and agribusiness in the beginning and not to consumers.
NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, discusses the advantages and challenges SpaceX may face in its endeavor to create a satellite-based broadband service, known as Starlink.
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