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Hooking Them Young(er)

NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, looks at the opportunity for carriers to acquire new subscribers through kid-friendly plans.

Breaking Down Black Friday

In 2017 the 2 weeks of Black Friday/Cyber Monday posted a decline of -3 per cent across the fashion industry in Canada as buying visits (both online and in-store) experienced declines. In an attempt to reverse this trend, this year we saw promotions starting as early as the first week of November.

Data Corruption

What will it take to make smart cities a reality? Collaboration. See more in this blog by NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold.

Nov 29, 2018
Office Supplies
A Creativity-Inspired Holiday Season

The holiday season presents consumers with a perfect opportunity to get in touch with their creative side – a behavior that bodes well for the office supplies market. Several arts, crafts, and traditional supplies categories tied to ornament decorating, homemade décor, and other trends will be top industry performers this holiday.

Nov 27, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Hot Topics at the Outdoor Retailer Show

At Outdoor Retailer’s first ever November show, Matt Powell put a different spin on his industry trend breakfast. Here are some the questions and common themes he identified as being top of mind for folks in the industry.

Watches Gear Up for Happy Holidays

The watch category registered its highest first-half sales in three years, with sales up eight percent versus last year. The back half of the year is generally larger than the first, so we are bullish on this peak holiday season once again bringing a strong finish to 2018.

Nov 26, 2018
Foodservice
The Grocery Center of Store Is Growing Again

After years of being held back by the health-focused “fresh” movement that kept more consumers in the perimeter of the store, the grocery center of the store is growing again. The consumer spoke and frozen and packaged foods manufacturers, whose products are located in the center of store, started listening.

Black Friday Through the Eyes of NPD’s Industry Advisors

NPD’s industry advisors hit the stores over Black Friday weekend. See their observations on store traffic, what was hot, consumer sentiment, and more.

Nov 21, 2018
Food Consumption
Health Goes Tribal

In today’s world of social media and blogging, consumers are seeking their echo chambers of health the same way they use them for lifestyles and politics. They’re finding niche or individualized plans that meet their own specific goals, as opposed to plans that work for the average person.

Nov 19, 2018
Home , Appliances
How Home Will Heat Up Holiday Again in 2018

Last year's momentum continues, and like Instant Pot, the hottest home products this holiday will center around convenience, entertaining, and innovation.

Nov 15, 2018
Video Games
Gotta Catch Them All – Pokémon Expands its Console Market by Engaging Mobile

Video games analyst, Mat Piscatella, from market research company The NPD Group offers his thoughts on the impact that the Pokemon franchise has had on the industry, across mobile, console and portable platforms, and where he thinks it’s heading.

Tis the Season to Accessorize

Innovative products addressing versatility and personalization will be among those behind the biggest fashion accessory sellers this holiday season.

Nov 15, 2018
Apparel
Cozy Christmas Predictions

Casual and furry, sweaters, pajamas and more - all hot products in the fashion industry that evoke the feeling of cozy warmth that will be hot this holiday.

Nov 14, 2018
Footwear
A Fashionable and Functional Holiday for Footwear

Fashion sneakers and boots are positioned to sell well this holiday season, as are the brands and retailers that speak to the consumer priorities of comfort, coziness, convenience and versatility. Beth Goldstein outlines the trends and her expectations for the footwear industry this holiday.

Nov 14, 2018
Retail
Timing is Everything This Holiday

Early promotions and Super Saturday's return mean the ‘when’ will play as much of a role in driving this holiday's retail trends as the 'what'.

Nov 13, 2018
Beauty
Merry and Bright for Beauty

With over a week until Thanksgiving, the holiday season is already in high gear. Given the huge success of the U.S. beauty market last holiday, what can we expect from this one?

Nov 13, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: U.S. Team Sports Equipment Q3 Recap

After what was a solid first half of 2018 for the U.S. team sports equipment market, sales slowed in the third quarter. Matt Powell recaps how sales fared for baseball, golf, soccer, and other sports equipment products in Q3.

Foldables Are Coming

Will foldable smartphones give consumers a reason to lust after a new device or will ever-increasing costs become a barrier? See thoughts from Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold regarding the latest innovation.

Nov 9, 2018
Video Games
Another Look at Video Game Industry Predictions for Holiday 2018

NPD video game industry analyst, Mat Piscatella, provides insights into his expectations for holiday 2018 in the U.S.

Nov 7, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Holiday 2018 Predictions for Sports Retail

Matt Powell outlines his holiday season expectations for the U.S. athletic footwear and activewear markets, including where there will be challenges as well as bright spots.

Oct 29, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Athletic Footwear and Activewear Q3 Results

Matt Powell recaps how key categories and brands in the athletic footwear and activewear markets performed during the third quarter of 2018, and what this may foreshadow for the holiday season.

Are Subscription Meal Kits Doomed?

It’s no secret the subscription-based fresh meal delivery kits are facing struggles. The solution may be for these services to take a multi-channel approach and be where consumers shop for meals.

The best phone you cannot (easily) buy

NPD Connected Intelligence president, Eddie Hold, provides his take on Huawei’s latest smartphones, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

Michael Diamond
Oct 15, 2018
B2B Technology
The Open Office Trend – Peter Gibbons Was a Genius

As companies across the globe look for ways to increase productivity, collaboration display sales are reaping the benefits. According to NPD’s U.S. B2B Distributor and Reseller Tracking Service, the collaboration display market grew 61 percent in dollars for the 12 months ending August 2018 versus the year prior.

Flashback Friday

Are cameras the main point of differentiation between smartphones these days? Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold takes a look back at past generations of mobile phones and shares his thoughts on the future.

Oct 2, 2018
Foodservice
Let’s Disrupt the Overuse of Disrupt

The buzzword these days is disruption. What was initially used as a term to define technology-enabled services or products that target an established market and eventually move their way up to overtake the market leaders — think Uber — is now a catchall to describe any change or innovation.

Oct 1, 2018
Toys
Crazy About Football: The League Triggers Sales of Cards in Spain

When Cristiano Ronaldo announced this summer that he was leaving Real Madrid, it’s safe to assume that more than one child thought of his next season's sticker album.

Oct 1, 2018
Toys
The Holiday Landscape without Toys‟R”Us

As we move into the most important time of the year when nearly 50 percent of all U.S. toy sales occur, the question is, what impact will the liquidation have on the toy industry’s holiday season? Juli Lennett crunches the numbers and outlines her Q4 expectations.

Smart Watches Rejuvenating the Department Store Watch Category

When I visited Macy’s Herald Square this week, I was struck again by how watch offerings have evolved – even in the past year alone.

Amazon Wants To Be Your TV Provider

Connected Intelligence analyst, John Buffone, shares insights regarding Amazon’s all new Fire TV Recast device, which is aimed at routing a larger portion of consumers TV viewing time through Amazon’s ecosystem of hardware and services.

Amazon Extends Its Platform Mentality Even Further Into Devices

NPD’s Technology Industry Advisor, Stephen Baker, analyzes what he believes is the most interesting aspect of Amazon’s recent announcements: the clear path Amazon continues to take in both owning and partnering within its ecosystems.

Luxury Watches and the “Supreme Effect”

While luxury watch brands release new product only once per year, the nature of their very tight distribution has become almost like Supreme’s product drops.

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