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Sep 24, 2020
B2B Technology
SMB Reemergence Critical to Post-COVID Economy

NPD's B2B Industry Analyst, Mike Crosby, takes a look at industries and regions hit hardest by the pandemic, as well as what SMB's will need to focus on post-COVID.

Verizon Steps Up; Buys Tracfone

While the Verizon/Tracfone deal will certainly increase pressure on T-Mobile and AT&T, the biggest impact may be felt by Dish, which now owns the Boost Mobile brand. Hear more from NPD's Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, on the deal.

Sep 15, 2020
Food Consumption
A Fix for Coffee

One of the key things that makes the Canadian foodservice market so unique, also makes the market so vulnerable during these unusual times.

Sep 14, 2020
B2B Technology
Data Center Evolution

Hear from NPD's B2B Technology industry analyst, Mike Crosby, regarding the latest data center ecosystem sales and trends.

The Computer is Personal Again

NPD Industry Advisor, Stephen Baker, takes a look at the U.S. consumer PC market following a momentous week - and first half - and shares insights around what is to come.

Will Holiday 2020 Be Another COVID-19 Retail Casualty?

Holiday 2020 will be as unpredictable as the months leading up to it, but the season's spirit of giving will drive consumer spending, and new ways of shopping.

Aug 31, 2020
Books
The U.S. Book Market: Strong Summer Sales Continue in August

The U.S. book market is on track to have one of its best years since NPD BookScan started tracking book data in 2004.

Aug 31, 2020
B2B Technology
The Future of B2B Printing

What can the print industry do to thrive in a post-COVID world? Read on for thoughts from NPD's B2B Technology analyst, Mike Crosby.

Aug 25, 2020
Sports
Sneakernomics: Second Half Predictions for U.S. Sports Retail

Matt Powell outlines his expectations for the holiday season and second half of the year.

Aug 21, 2020
Foodservice
The State of UK’s Foodservice Industry

There is evidence of an encouraging recovery in the British out-of-home foodservice market

Back-to-School 2020 Remains a Multiple Choice Question

Footwear and backpacks are back-to-school staples, but purchase decisions will be made through a very different lens this year.

Aug 6, 2020
B2B Technology
As The Bell Rings: K-12 Education and Technology Post-COVID

NPD’s B2B Technology analyst, Mike Crosby, takes a look at COVID’s impact on education spending.

Aug 4, 2020
Foodservice
Now More Than Ever, Local Means Business

During COVID-19 crisis, Canadian consumers are being encouraged to buy local and support local independent restaurants, food suppliers, farmers, or suppliers.

Are We Still Shopping In Other Peoples Closets?

Despite the sanitization focus during the pandemic, shoppers had minimal concern with buying fashion on resale sites as closet organization added inventory.

Jul 31, 2020
Sports , Footwear
Sneakernomics: First Half 2020 Athletic Footwear and Activewear Sales Results

Matt Powell recaps how the sneaker and active apparel markets fared in the first half of 2020.

Marketing to the Lingering Effects of Pandemic Lifestyle at Home

The fall season will reinforce home-focused lifestyle changes cultivated by the pandemic, and consumers will look to solve a new set of food and beverage needs.

Jul 22, 2020
Food Consumption
Has COVID-19 Made Consumers Hit the Pause Button on Health?

The stay-at-home advisories across the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many consumers to shift their priorities, including health and wellness. Consumers are eating more indulgent foods and snacks and have put their weight loss programs on pause.

The Co-Existence Conundrum

NPD’s John Buffone looks at the importance of the subscription and transactional digital video overlap.

Jul 21, 2020
Sports
Sneakernomics: Back-to-School through the Lens of Sports Retail

Matt Powell outlines how the economic and behavioral shifts due to the pandemic will impact the back-to-school environment and sneaker sales in the weeks ahead.

Jul 17, 2020
Foodservice
Consumers Demand Safety in a post-COVID-19 Future

NPD’s Foodservice Consumer Sentiment Study reveals that health and safety will be top of mind for restaurant industry.

COVID Accelerates the Digital Evolution in Food and Foodservice Industries

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a myriad of behavioral changes, and among the behaviors is the rapid escalation of using technology to order groceries and from a restaurant.

Jul 7, 2020
Sports
The Top Trends Shaping Footwear Today

The pandemic has simultaneously bred new footwear trends and amplified some existing ones. Here are the top trends shaping the industry in today’s new world.

Jun 17, 2020
Sports
Cycling Accelerates In April

The enthusiasm that consumers are showing for biking, particularly for recreational and family riding, has been an amazing phenomenon for the cycling community. Dirk highlights two areas that can provide ongoing growth.

Retaining Attention in the Rip-Roaring Decade of Streaming Video

What is driving increased viewer engagement in streaming TV and what’s contributing most to subscriber churn? Find out in this piece by NPD’s John Buffone.

Jun 8, 2020
Sports
Sneakernomics: Sports Retail under COVID-19

U.S. consumer behavior and spending patterns are emerging in the data, offering a glimpse into what sports retail will look like as we move through this pandemic. Matt Powell outlines where he sees the opportunities.

Jun 5, 2020
Beauty
What’s Blooming in Beauty

While the U.S. prestige beauty market remains challenged when compared to last year, the buds emerge when we look at week-over-week sales. Fragrance for Mother’s Day and eye makeup for a nice ‘smize’ (smiling eyes) are some of the products in bloom.

Jun 5, 2020
Sports
Reinventing Family Vacation

Embracing outdoor moments and looking to create them in both the open-air and comfort of our backyards has been a natural response to stay-at-home orders. With air travel showing slow improvement and family vacation options limited, camping could have a breakout summer.

May 28, 2020
Sports
Maintaining Momentum for Fitness at Home

The home fitness trend is one of the biggest to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. Now that consumer interest is piqued on how to exercise at home, the question for retailers and manufacturers becomes, how do we maintain the momentum established over these weeks? Dirk offers up three answers.

May 22, 2020
Retail
Retail’s Future Opportunities Look Different than Today’s Wins

Recent sales increases in several discretionary categories reflect today's buying behavior, but also offer insight to help prepare for a new way of shopping.

May 19, 2020
Foodservice
COVID-19 and British foodservice – expect to see deals, delivery and technology as part of the ‘new normal’

The ‘new normal’ we should expect to see in Great Britain’s post-COVID-19 foodservice industry will involve three key components: deals; delivery; and the increased use of technology.

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