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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...

Dec 21, 2016
Apparel

Holiday Wardrobe Malfunction?

The first half of this holiday shopping season proved to be a challenging start for the apparel industry. Despite early consumer intentions pointing to apparel as an area of increased spending thi...

Dec 21, 2016
Beauty

2017 Beauty Outlook, Part 1: Makeup Trumps All!

Blowing away the competition and upending our world as we once knew it. If you ever doubted the power of the internet, social media, and the appeal of the personality, now you know. This force i...

Sneakernomics: Predictions for the Sports Business in 2017

It’s the end of another fascinating year for the U.S. sports business, so that means predictions time! But before we get into that, let’s set the stage by recapping how we did on our 2016 predicti...

Dec 19, 2016
Beauty

A Natural Holiday

My sister is a millennial mom and, like many millennial moms, she tries to keep her family’s impact on the environment to a minimum. As an example, when giving out Christmas gift ideas for her dau...

Dec 19, 2016
Footwear

Holiday Isn’t Just for Slippers and Snow Boots

Why should ugly sweaters and pajamas get all the attention? Holiday is a great opportunity to promote footwear as well. Almost one-quarter of annual, total footwear dollar sales are generated in N...

Dec 19, 2016
Office Supplies

Why the Small Business Customer is Important, and How Retailers Should Respond

Outside of the back-to-school season and throughout the holidays, the focus for the office supplies industry shifts to the small business and home office consumer. This consumer segment is gaining...

Dec 19, 2016
Apparel

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like #sweaterweather

Pumpkin spice lattes and #sweaterweather would normally mark the beginning of fall. October 31st would roll around and temperatures would drop. Frost would begin to form on the car doors and our s...

Dec 14, 2016
Foodservice

Foodservice Delivery’s One-Two Punch

There has been a sort of double arms race in delivery of late.   The first arms race is built around information technology. This race has mostly been run by plucky startups. The introduction of a...

Dec 14, 2016
Sports

Sneakernomics: The Sales Void Created by The Sports Authority

When The Sports Authority (TSA) filed for bankruptcy last spring, it was the largest failure we had ever seen in the sports industry. The overleveraged TSA represented about 20 million square feet...

Dec 13, 2016
Sports , Footwear

Sneakernomics: NYC Adidas Store Raises the Bar for Sneaker Retail

Adidas has opened its largest store in the world on Fifth Avenue in New York City and it is amazing. On the morning of the grand opening, my phone started to light up with messages saying there we...

Dec 13, 2016
Foodservice

Predictions for the Food and Beverage Industry: Consumers Having It Their Way

You’ve probably heard me say already that food and beverage consumption patterns are slow to change, but lately I find myself eating those words (pun intended). My colleagues and I at NPD have bee...

Dec 13, 2016
Toys

Can Black Friday reshape the European toy market?

Black Friday is not a tradition in Europe. In fact, it makes no cultural sense. We do not celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a working day. We do not rise at dawn to shop the Friday after Thanksgiving....

Dec 13, 2016
Office Supplies

Consumers Continue to Color this Holiday Season

It was about two years ago that we at NPD detected the adult coloring book trend beginning to take flight and, alongside this trend, sales of colored pencils, markers, and even gel pens soared. Du...

Dec 8, 2016
Toys

Consumers are Paying the Price for Toys this Holiday

I had to do a double-take when I saw the data for U.S. toy sales during Thanksgiving week. While I predicted last month that higher-priced items would be a growth driver for the industry this holiday ...

Chaos & Technology

As we embark on the holiday season, two distinct dynamics tend to converge: chaos; and new technology. Is your work done? Are you ready to take the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day? Have ...

Dec 6, 2016
Beauty

New & Now: Find it, Buy it, Try it

A friend recently went on a trip to Asia and before he left he asked if there was anything I wanted him to bring back for me.  Silly question, of course there was.  In fact, I had started research...