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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.

Michael Diamond
Sep 20, 2018
B2B Technology
The Current State of the Desktop Workstation Market

Workstations are one of the unsung segments of the desktop PC market. In this blog by B2B Industry Analyst, Mike Diamond, find out what is currently driving this category’s growth in the U.S. B2B Indirect market.

The Age of Ecosystem Dominance

The consumer tech market is approaching a transitional moment when the current smartphone-driven ecosystem will be superseded by a voice-driven interface. This blog by Eddie Hold, President of NPD’s Connected Intelligence, looks at how voice control and growth of home automation will ultimately drive the latest ecosystem change.

Sep 18, 2018
Beauty
Perfumers Become Superstars

While fragrances had become objects of consumerism, perfume makers are stepping into the spotlight and garnering attention, as consumers today are showing heightened interest for understanding, learning, and honoring the creative process of perfume making.

Voice as a Unifier

The growth in voice-enabled speakers has allowed consumers to begin to see the value of a more integrated smart home ecosystem. By providing a line of sight to a more robust smart home experience, speakers have become a leading indicator of smart home adoption.

Sep 17, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Purpose-Driven Brands

Consumers want to know what a brand stands for and what motivates its decisions. Consumers want brands to align with their values. Matt Powell explains how the sports industry is winning here, through companies including Carhartt, Patagonia, Merrell, and VF Corporation.

Apple Watch Series 4: A Change Of Heart

With the launch of the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple has further separated itself from the smartwatch pack with larger edgeless screens, better resolution, and a sleeker design. However, the biggest shift heralded in by the Series 4 is a clear pivot by Apple towards the wellness and healthcare market and away from focusing primarily on fitness.

Sep 13, 2018
Retail
Tracking the Retail Rebound

Quarterly earnings are on the rise at Target, Walmart, Macy’s, Kohls, Nordstrom and other major retailers. Here's why that is -- and how they can make the rebound continue.

Big Screens, Big Data: The Future For Smartphones

When it comes to this year’s iPhone news, form factor sizing has risen the ranks to the most heavily speculated aspect. But what do these bigger screens mean for OEMs and carriers?

Elevator Music For The Soul

NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, explores the evolution of portable music players and why he believes the smartphone is not the best solution.

The Missing Link

NPD Connected Intelligence President, Eddie Hold, takes a look at what will be needed to make some of today’s high-tech trends more useful in the future.

Aug 30, 2018
Office Supplies
An Eco-Friendly Back-to-School

In office supplies, the market for products made from recycled materials is growing. And, as consumers look towards sustainable alternatives to traditional school supplies, reusable notebooks such as the Rocketbook, as well as dry erase boards have become popular options.

Aug 29, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Sports and Sustainability

Millennial and Gen Z consumers want to know where their brands and retailers stand on important social and environmental issues, and are willing to take their business elsewhere if those positions don’t align with their own. Matt Powell explains how the outdoor and athletic markets are winning here, and where there’s opportunity.

Aug 23, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Back to School 2018 at the Halfway Point

NPD’s sports industry expert Matt Powell recaps the athletic footwear trends he is seeing take shape this back-to-school season.

Aug 21, 2018
Beauty
Hair Gets Social

Hair care is the smallest piece of the U.S. prestige beauty market, but growing at more than twice the rate. While makeup and skincare have been changed to the greatest extent because of social media, hair is joining in with brands including Olaplex and Playa.

Michael Diamond
Aug 17, 2018
B2B Technology
Summer, Summer, Summer Time! – Security Appliances

NPD’s B2B Tech Industry Analyst, Mike Diamond, takes a look at the top performers and growth drivers in the security appliance market for Q2 2018.

The Changing Face of the Smartwatch

The smartwatch has undergone an evolution over the last several years, and with increased support and features, it’s becoming more desirable to a broader range of consumers. NPD Connected Intelligence analyst, Weston Henderek, takes a look at who’s buying, use cases, and what’s next.

Aug 3, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Q2 Team Sports Equipment Recap

Golf equipment sales performed well, and soccer improved due to World Cup interest. Matt Powell recaps what helped and what offset U.S. team sports equipment sales in Q2.

Aug 2, 2018
Apparel
Getting To Know You…As An Apparel Shopper

Apparel shopping habits are transforming with both retailers and brands evolving to meet shoppers’ elevated expectations. For apparel manufacturers and retailers it takes understanding that not all apparel consumers shop alike to get the shopping experience right.

Luggage Takes Flight

Record travel among consumers and an increased online focus on from brands and retailers has made luggage the fastest growing online accessories category.

Jul 18, 2018
Office Supplies
The Changing Face of Back-to-School Shopping

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.

Jul 17, 2018
Food Consumption
Whole Foods Primed Up My Prime Day Purchase

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.

Demystifying Prime Day

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.

Jul 10, 2018
Food Consumption
The American Kitchen is Alive and Thriving

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.

Jul 9, 2018
Video Games
Video Game Industry Predictions for Holiday 2018

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

Welcome Back, Triple Tap

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.

Jul 5, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Celebrity Endorsements and Sports Retail

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.

The Way of Android

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.

Mobile Payments, Not Rocket Science

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.

Jun 18, 2018
Foodservice
If Consumers Call It Meat, It’s Meat

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.

Jun 15, 2018
Video Games
Reflections on E3 2018

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

Jun 13, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Team Sports Equipment Recap

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.

Jun 11, 2018
Beauty
Are Men the New Scent Aficionados?

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.

Jun 4, 2018
Apparel
Weaving Sustainable Messaging Into Fashion

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.

May 31, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: The State of the U.S. Activewear Market

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.

May 31, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: The State of the U.S. Athletic Footwear Market

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.

Michael Diamond
May 29, 2018
B2B Technology
Innovation Management – Whacking Piñatas

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.

Michael Diamond
May 22, 2018
B2B Technology
The Future of Cloud – The Ultimate Trojan Horse

Mike Diamond, Director, Industry Analysis, B2B Technology for The NPD Group, discusses the opportunities that cloud has created for channel partners.

May 22, 2018
Beauty
From K to J Beauty

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.

May 21, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Legalized Gambling and Sports Retail

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.

May 14, 2018
Food Consumption
Checking Out Amazon Go Without The Check Out

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.

Michael Diamond
May 10, 2018
B2B Technology
Not The Same As It Ever Was

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.

May 10, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Social Responsibility in Sports Retail

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.

It’s Time to Rethink the Watch Gender Divide

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.

May 2, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Managing the Marketplace

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.

The Wedding of the Century

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.

Apr 23, 2018
Foodservice
Today’s Realities Are Redefining Foodservice

Convenience is and will always be the chief reason consumers use restaurants, but the definition of convenience changes as consumers’ daily realities change.

Welcome to the neighborhood Nordstrom Rack

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.

Apr 12, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Are You Experienced?

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 Needs to Be First and Foremost

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.

Apr 6, 2018
Technology
Where Angels Fear To Tread

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.

Michael Diamond
Apr 5, 2018
B2B Technology
IoT Implications: A World of Pre-Alerts

Mike Diamond, Director, Industry Analysis, Commercial Technology for The NPD Group, looks at how AI will impact B2B software and hardware needs.

Apr 3, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Team Sports Equipment Year in Review

Overall for 2017, U.S. team sports equipment sales declined in the single digits, but below the surface it was a mixed bag, with notable pockets of growth.

Mar 28, 2018
Office Supplies
A Digital Detox

With many technologies and smart devices at our disposal, consumers nevertheless need a cleanse from the digital stare. New office designs; growth in pen, planner and notebook sales; and trends like bullet journaling and hand lettering, reflect this digital detox.

The March Four’easter

With four snowstorms hitting the Northeast in March, seasons are blurring as late winter/early spring is seemingly colder and snowier than ever. Contrary to early ads touting sandal weather, boot sales in March have grown the last two years, with the top growing cities being New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston.

Mar 21, 2018
Toys
Global Toy Industry Opportunities Amid Toys“R”Us Closure

The global toy industry is bracing itself and trying to work out what this ‘reset’ will mean. Who will benefit from Toys “R”Us’ demise; and if it happens globally, which retailers will see this disruption as an opportunity, country by country?

Fragmented Future of TV

To simplify the complex web of live TV options, NPD Connected Intelligence’s John Buffone has distilled the future into four personas. Identify who you most resemble and perhaps learn a new way to access your favorite shows.

Mar 19, 2018
Toys
What Toys‟R”Us Closing Means for the Toy Industry

Crunching the numbers, The NPD Group’s Juli Lennett sets the record straight on what will likely happen to the toy industry when Toys‟R”Us closes all its doors in the U.S.

Mar 15, 2018
Sports , Beauty
Sneakernomics: What the Sports Industry Can Learn from Beauty

In today’s retail landscape, industries cannot live strictly in their silos, but must learn from each other. Beauty is among the fastest-growing. Here are the top trends driving its success today, and what others like the sports industry can learn from it.

MWC 2018: The Perpetual Déjà Vu of Flagship Smartphones

The heavy promotional push on the Samsung S9 variants by carriers, coupled with the price of the iPhone X, will create the ideal landscape for Samsung to strengthen its foothold in the U.S. market, says Brad Akyuz of NPD’s Connected Intelligence.

Mar 5, 2018
Foodservice
Watch Out World, Here Come the Zs!

Although it may be easy to assume that Gen Zs will carry on the attitudes and behaviors of Millennials, that assumption is likely incorrect.

Mar 1, 2018
Toys
Post-Toy Fair Blues

Globally, fewer toys were sold during Holiday 2017 than 2016. Why? How can this be overturned? Frédérique Tutt explores how parents shopped, and what opportunities lie between the challenges facing the toy industry today.

Mobile World Congress in Review

This year’s Mobile World Congress is wrapping up and soon everyone will be heading to the airport.

Feb 27, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Sports Retail in the Internet Age, Part 2

In my previous blog, I wrote about the ways in which retailers can revolutionize the in-store environment to survive the internet age.

With HomePod, Apple’s Audio Ambitions Come In Crystal Clear

Earlier this month, HomePod pre-orders began shipping, and as of February 9, excited new owners began receiving their speakers.

Feb 23, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Sports Retail in the Internet Age, Part 1

In 2017, growth in the U.S. athletic footwear and activewear markets meagerly improved.

Getting them hooked

I gave my daughter, Charlotte, her first phone when she was just five years old. It was hardly an appropriate age, but what’s the point of having kids if you cannot use them in the occasional social experiment.

Telecom and Tapas

It’s nearly time for Mobile World Congress, a show that provides a chance to catch up on the latest mobile solutions, as well as feast on the best tapas and sangria Barcelona has to offer (along with 100,000 of our closest colleagues).

Beneath The Surface

A few months ago, I started thinking about buying a compact camera. My friends thought I was crazy; after all, my smartphone has a pretty good camera.

Michael Diamond
Feb 20, 2018
B2B Technology
2017 Indirect Channel: A Love-Hate Relationship Heats Up

For 20+ years the IT industry has predicted a cataclysmic event known as the end of the indirect channel.

Feb 20, 2018
Beauty
Trust Beyond the Chair

Before the internet and social media, there were no channels for hair professionals to build trust with clients aside from in the salon.

The Smartphone Wall

Huawei is a giant among most smartphone players with an impressive presence in most parts of the world.

Back To Basics

A few years ago a friend of mine was mugged in London. Two men waved knives at him and demanded his wallet, his smartphone... and then his other phone.

Jan 30, 2018
Home , Appliances
Home’s Biggest Challenge in 2018 – Beating 2017

The home industry continues to travel along its growth trajectory, but 2018 may look a little different, merely because 2017 results took such a dramatic leap forward.

Jan 30, 2018
Retail , Sports
Sneakernomics: State of the Outdoor Retail Industry

On the heels of the Outdoor Retailer show, Matt Powell outlines the in-store and online performance of the U.S. outdoor industry stepping into 2018, across apparel, footwear and equipment.

Jan 24, 2018
Video Games
2018 US Video Game Market Predictions

The console and PC games markets had an amazing 2017.

Jan 23, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Solutions for the Sports Retail Industry

In my annual predictions here, I explained why 2018 is positioned to be another mediocre year for the U.S. sports industry, as it is following in the footsteps of the tepid sales growth, heavy promoting, and weak profits of 2017.

Jan 23, 2018
Video Games
Mat’s 2017 US Video Game Market Prediction Results

Now that 2017 full year data for the video game category from The NPD Group is in the books (check out our video for all the detail), it’s time to get the report card.

Jan 19, 2018
Apparel
Apparel’s Just Gotta Have Fun in 2018

When a new year arrives, I start to think of the things I’d like to do differently from the last.

Speed and Compression-Based Data Tariffs – Will Consumers Bite?

Commoditization of Cellular Data has been a major theme discussed throughout the year as unlimited data plans have become the de facto offering in the U.S. mobile market.

Jan 18, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: The Golf Business Remains Challenged

The golf retail market in the U.S. remains challenged, largely impacted by the fact that Millennials are not picking up the game at the rate that Boomers are aging out of it.

2018’s Three C’s of Fashion Footwear & Accessories

Fashion footwear and accessories players are looking for opportunity in 2018, following a soft 2017.

CES in Review

The dust is settling, the power is back on, and presumably, Las Vegas is starting to dry out.

Inevitable Path of Consolidation – What’s Next for Sprint?

In my last predictions piece The Cable Threat is More Real Than Ever, I covered how the cable players are poised to become even more of a threat in the already competitive U.S. mobile market in 2018.

The Cable Threat is More Real Than Ever

When Comcast launched its Xfinity Mobile service in 2017, it wasn’t taken too seriously by the competition, due to its lack of retail presence and limited device/service portfolio.

Pack Your Bags – Adventure Awaits

We have been hearing the drumbeat for some time… We are in search of meaningful experiences and, as consumers, we are now comfortable trading our spending on material acquisition for the intangible.

Jan 9, 2018
Sports
Sneakernomics: Sports Retail Predictions for 2018

On the surface, the 2017 results for the U.S. sports industry appear to be below average, but not a disaster.

2018: A Year of Defining Uncertainty

What do you do when your boss decides you should write a “crystal ball” blog about the upcoming year?

Jan 5, 2018
Beauty
Beauty Outlook 2018

I once read that 90% of the decisions we make are emotional, and thinking about what will drive the beauty industry’s growth and change in the year to come, emotion is at the forefront.


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