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The Smartphone Wall

Huawei is a giant among most smartphone players with an impressive presence in most parts of the world. In the European market, the handset manufacturer’s latest phones are well promoted by the ca...

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. This final demand threw him a little, as he ...

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. This was especially true in ...

Jan 30, 2018
Retail , Sports

Sneakernomics: State of the Outdoor Retail Industry

Like the rest of the sports world, the U.S. outdoor retail business was challenged in 2017. For the 12 months ending November 2017, sales declined in the mid-single digits. The void created by The...

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 pro...

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 take a look at the report card. I made two sets of pr...

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. Oddly enough, each year, the same three things keep reappearing on my list; read more, cook more a...

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. We have seen the same com...

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. As I wrote about here...

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

Fashion footwear and accessories players are looking for opportunity in 2018, following a soft 2017. I expect fashion footwear sales in the U.S. to improve slightly and fashion accessories, such a...

CES in Review

The dust is settling, the power is back on, and presumably, Las Vegas is starting to dry out. As CES comes to an end, it’s time to review a few of the more quirky highlights. So settle in and enjo...

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 20...

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. This perception...

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 intangib...

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. When we understand that it was an extraordinarily promotional environment that drove t...

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? Well, if you’re anything like me, you procrastinate until something strikes you. The predictio...

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. After all,...

Jan 5, 2018
Foodservice

New Year, New Realities

Technology, generational change, and emerging consumer food values will result in new realities for both retail food and foodservice in 2018 and beyond. Retail food and foodservice will remain ...

Blame it on the Moon

The U.S. is number four in the list of innovative countries worldwide, according to a June 2017 Business Insider article. On the surface, it's a puzzling rank. This is, after all, the country that...

Peering into a Wearable Future

For a category that has faced much skepticism, it’s hard to argue that the wearable tech category has not been a success story so far. In fact, NPD expects that total ownership of activity tracker...

Is Amazon Primed for Mobile Expansion?

In my previous blog, Dishing Out Mobile Predictions, we explored Dish’s desire to launch an IoT-focused mobile network and how Amazon would be a natural partner in this enterprise. But, as predict...

2018 Could Be a Rocky Road for Retail

Everyone wrote retail off during Holiday 2017, but the consumer was resilient and the economy keeps chugging along. Looking ahead to 2018, it will be a similar ebb and flow, high and low, rocky ro...

The Smartwatch Boom is Here

For a product that was criticized by many only a short time ago, the smartwatch has regained momentum in the U.S. market. Indeed, far from being a failed product, we expect U.S. smartwatch ownersh...

Dishing Out Mobile Predictions

It’s that time of year - presents are being wrapped, the weather is getting a lot colder, and we huddle up somewhere warm to start writing down our predictions for the New Year. And while we’ll ge...

Dec 14, 2017
Beauty

A Beauty-full Holiday Season

Walking through the beauty departments of a wide variety of retailers this past week, I was overwhelmed by the choices available to me for gifting beauty. So many adorable options! Lip glosses, body l...

Dec 12, 2017
Foodservice

Foodservice Convenience At The Speed Of Light

I have been in the foodservice industry, actually working in the industry and later watching the industry, for a real long time.  For a bunch of those years I have worked in other countries, watch...

Dec 12, 2017
Sports

What the Sports Business Can Learn from the Toy Business

The New York Times published a fascinating article a couple days ago on WowWee Brand’s Fingerlings toy, one of the hottest toys of the holiday season. In it, I found several interesting lessons fo...

Individuality and The Smartphone

“Did I ever tell ya that this here jacket represents a symbol of my individuality, and my belief in personal freedom?” So said Sailor Ripley in Wild at Heart back in 1990. And while a snakeskin ja...

Consumers Get Crafty this Holiday Season

The U.S. office supplies industry is no exception to the shopping trends emerging this holiday season, as there are several products trending for holiday crafting, gift giving, and home décor. Do-...

Dec 5, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Retail Should be Omnipresent, not Omnichannel

I’ve never liked the term “omnichannel” to describe the new sports retail environment. To me, this is looking at the business from an old school, logistics-driven point of view.  What we need in ...

In Search of a 5G Business Need

“I talk to other CEOs around the world in this space, and we’ve all been struggling a little bit making the business case work,” said Gavin Patterson, CEO of the UK’s BT Group, when discussing the nee...

Dec 4, 2017
Footwear

Cyber Season

I’m just a sample of one, but I witnessed what I thought to be healthy crowds at a suburban New York mall on Black Friday. I also heard from a few others (who braved outlet centers!) that cars wer...

Sneakernomics: “Surprise and Delight”

A wise man once told me that a retailer’s first responsibility is to “surprise and delight” their customers. Boy, does it feel like we’ve lost that thread. Shopping has never felt more joyless. ...

Nov 28, 2017
Home , Appliances

Hot Home “Gifts” for Holiday 2017

Home-related products will continue their hot streak during the 2017 holiday season. Whether they are meant as gifts for others, or something consumers ‘give’ themselves this holiday season, there...

Nov 28, 2017
Beauty

The Gift of Great Skin

Traditionally, skincare has not been the most giftable beauty category. Aside from me, not many dream of opening a holiday present to reveal a cleanser and moisturizer in a pretty package. Skincar...

Nov 28, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Black Friday 2017

As expected, Black Friday 2017 was marked by broader and deeper discounts than last year. Promotions started earlier than last year as well. Most Black Friday deals were available before Thanksgiv...

Nov 28, 2017
Retail

Thanksgiving Week Got a Bump, But Holiday Sales Are Still Out of Balance

Stores were certainly busier than last year, but from what I saw Thanksgiving and Black Friday were a mixed bag this year. The early parts of both days were busy but ongoing store traffic wasn’t s...

Beached Whales and Neutral Ground

In England, all beached whales must be offered to the Reigning Monarch. This law came into force in 1322, is still in effect today and is, of course, a rather silly law in today’s world. No policy mak...

Black Friday, This Year’s New Tradition

This Thanksgiving we invited my Uncle Pete to dinner, which was great because we don’t normally get to spend the holiday with him. As has become the norm in my house, during dinner, my wife asked ...

Nov 21, 2017
Toys

Let’s Reconsider Discounting Toys for Christmas

The first ‘Black Friday’ email landed in my inbox with Thanksgiving still a week away. May I just say that I think this is a really bad idea? What is the point of discounting toys in the weeks and day...

Nov 15, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: The Private Brand Defense

This is turning out to be the most promotional year in U.S. sports retail that I have ever seen. Having too much of the wrong inventory forces brands to loosen the reins on minimum advertised pric...

Nov 13, 2017
Food Consumption

Real Life Lessons Learned and Treasured

These past several months I spent much of my time compiling and writing the 32nd Eating Patterns in America (EPA) report. It’s my second year authoring EPA and my third year traveling the country ...

But it Was Hands-Free Officer…

An old colleague of mine, let’s call him “Tom,” had a theory regarding productivity and the car. He often drove from New York to Washington, D.C., following the New Jersey Turnpike and i95, at str...

Nov 7, 2017
Apparel

Tis the Season To Be Unique – Apparel Looks To New Shopping Experiences

A good portion of my family members celebrate their birthdays in the fall. This year, birthday presents included things like a cooking class, a skydiving simulation and a room escape challenge for...

Nov 7, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Third Quarter Sales Results for U.S. Athletic Footwear and Apparel

After an unseasonably warm and very promotional September, the U.S. athletic footwear market eked out a gain in the third quarter of 2017, with dollar sales up 2 percent. Overall, women’s athletic...

Nov 7, 2017
Footwear

Sensible Shoe(moji)

Those of you who have seen my presentations know that I use the occasional emoji in trying to make some of my points, channeling the primary communication style of my five-year-old daughter and pre-te...

Oct 31, 2017
Video Games

U.S. Video Game September Results Representative of a Resurgent Console Market

The NPD Group reported U.S. sales of video game products in the month of September grew 39% when compared to a year ago, reaching $1.2B in the month. Performance of console software was the most impre...

Oct 31, 2017
Beauty

A Mini Holiday in Makeup

I adore the holiday season. I look forward to the transition from pumpkins and fall colors, to glitter and fun winter activities. While many of us are getting ready to kick off the back-to-back ho...

Oct 30, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Holiday 2017 Outlook for the Sports Industry

Pun intended, the holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year” for all the major industries it touches yet, at some point in time, chances are each will be struck by a double-edged swor...

Oct 27, 2017
Retail

Holiday 2017 vs. Holiday 2016: Apples to Apples, or Apples to Oranges?

Every year we talk about how the upcoming holiday season will compare to the prior, but sometimes that isn’t the best comparison to make.   Understanding how the 2017 holiday season will measure up ag...

Footwear: The New Fast Fashion

Sneakers! Mules! Over the Knee Boots! Ankle Booties! Over the past few years it seems that every fashion conversation starts and ends with footwear. Today we build our wardrobe around what we have...

Seattle Innovation Meets Hollywood Tradition

This past week, technology and entertainment news has been largely dominated by Amazon, as they launched six new Echo devices and revealed insight into the final stages of their strategy to move furth...

Sep 29, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

In one of Aesop’s Fables, “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs,” a farmer owns a goose that lays a golden egg every day. The farmer assumes that the goose must have a huge amount of gold inside it. Th...

Sep 29, 2017
Beauty

Where is the Luxe?

Within skincare, there has historically been a point of difference not only between mass and prestige, but also between prestige and luxury. Traditionally, luxury brands were selectively distributed i...

Sep 28, 2017
Automotive

Ten Percent Makes a Difference

It has been almost a full year since the launch of NPD’s Retail Tracking Service – Expanded Channels for the U.S. automotive aftermarket. This has enabled NPD to report on point-of-sale data from ...

Tale of the Phone Cutter

You’ve likely heard of cord cutting, the trend toward cancelling cable TV in lieu of streaming video or no paid TV service at all. This trend, which is becoming more mainstream, is no longer just a...

A Tale of Many iPhones

The initial fanfare of last week’s Apple announcements has subsided and the debate has moved from what will be announced to which device consumers will purchase. What we have seen so far from data...

Sep 18, 2017
Automotive

The Impact of Severe Weather on the Nation’s Energy and Automotive Aftermarket Industries

Being a resident of Katy, Texas (a suburb about 20 miles west of downtown Houston), I found myself right in the middle of Hurricane Harvey as it made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast at the end of...

Peering at the Edge of Mobility

This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) Americas is, in many ways, a story of edges. Smartphone manufacturers, such as Apple (which doesn’t need to actually exhibit to show its importance), Essent...

Apple Watch Finally Broke Free with LTE

While the smartwatch is still not a mass-market device, with roughly 9.5 percent penetration among U.S. adults as of the middle of 2017, Apple has certainly been doing its part to push the categor...

Sep 12, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: What Sports Retail Can Learn from Fast Fashion

Given this current malaise in the U.S. sports business, it is important for the industry to look across the retail landscape for ideas on how to improve its current condition. The world of fast fa...

The X Factor

Tomorrow, Apple is expected to launch its next generation iPhone. Assuming the anticipated announcement becomes a reality, this will mark 10 years since Apple entered the smartphone market and fundame...

Sep 5, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Small is the New Big

In a recent blog post, The Future Looks PUNY, I outlined that many of the success stories amidst today’s retail malaise have centered on the ideas of Premium, Unique, New and Young (PUNY). These n...

Aug 31, 2017
Foodservice

Pizza Hut Delivers in the Flood

I'm a Houston resident and like most Houstonians I've been battling flood waters all week. One of the things I’ve been amazed by during Harvey is just how good the food industry is. Retail shelves...

Totally Wireless Earbuds Bring the Loud to Stereo Headphone Sales

So far, 2017 has been a great year for headphones. Through July, U.S. dollar sales and average prices increased 22 percent, and 18 percent, respectively, over the same period a year ago.  A number...

Aug 30, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: What the Nike Amazon Deal really means for the Sports Industry

A lot has been written about the “pilot program” that Nike agreed to sell direct to Amazon, much of it filled with misconceptions and errors. Let’s try to set the record straight. Probably the gre...

Baker’s Dozen: A View into the Future of Consumer Tech Holiday 2017 and Beyond

Each year around the holidays, NPD provides what we have come to call the Baker’s Dozen - a list of 13 predictions for the holiday season, as it relates to technology products and retail tren...

Aug 28, 2017
Video Games

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner: How Microsoft is Looking to Heat Up Holiday Competition on Console

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the most popular and best-selling entertainment property you may have never heard of. It may also be one of the most important games releasing in the console space thi...

Aug 23, 2017
Apparel

The New Look of Back-to-School

This back-to-school shopping season is a clear reflection of changing times. Besides the season starting earlier and ending later, back-to-school shopping now includes more options for the consume...

Aug 23, 2017
Food Consumption

A New Take on Health and Wellness

It’s that time of year when I gather and review all of the food and beverage and foodservice research we’ve conducted over the past year and begin compiling the next annual edition of Eating Patte...

Aug 21, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: No, Athleisure is not Dead

With the disappointing quarterly results from some of the major sports retailers, there has been a renewed cry that the athleisure trend is over. While recent results for athleisure have been chal...

Aug 14, 2017
Beauty

Pulling at Our Heartstrings

I am a proud Millennial. I look fondly on memories of playing with my Skip It, being obsessed with gel pens, playing MASH with my friends to find out what my future would hold, and having what see...

Aug 14, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Second Quarter Performance for the U.S. Athletic Footwear and Activewear Markets

The calendar was kinder to the second quarter than the first, but challenges still remain in the athletic footwear and activewear space. While the overall Q2 sales trend (April-June) in athletic...

Aug 14, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Second Quarter Performance for the U.S. Athletic Footwear and Activewear Markets

The calendar was kinder to the second quarter than the first, but challenges still remain in the athletic footwear and activewear space. While the overall Q2 sales trend (April-June) in athletic f...

Aug 8, 2017
Home , Appliances

The Power of a Back-to-College Connection

Excitement and happiness are present for many of today’s back-to-college shoppers, but they also report feeling stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed, especially as moving day gets closer.  Combined ...

Jul 27, 2017
Beauty

Are Beard Oils the New Aftershave?

As a kid, I used to watch my dad shave his face. I especially loved it when he would clap his face with aftershave, look into the mirror and say, “Damn, I’m handsome,” signaling the completion of ...

Jul 26, 2017
Apparel

Personalizing Prime?

We recently welcomed Alexa into my family through Amazon’s latest virtual assistant option, the Echo Show.  She claimed prime real-estate on the kitchen counter thanks to her new seven inch touchs...

Jul 25, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: The State of the Outdoor Business

The overall state of the U.S. outdoor business has not been very good. According to data from NPD’s Retail Tracking Service, dollar sales are down year-to-date through May 2017 compared to the sam...

Jul 24, 2017
Retail

4 Calculations for Retail to Study This Back-to-School Season

The back-to-school shopping season has gotten trickier to focus in on as a retailer. The shifting dynamics at play, from channel blurring to consumer needs, have created a very different back-to-schoo...

Jul 18, 2017
Toys

You’ve Heard of KGOY, But What About AGYO?

I’m sure many of you have felt this same feeling as I have… I might look older on the outside, but I feel like I’m still 25 on the inside. I’m a grown woman with teenagers, but sometimes I want to...

Jul 17, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: The Future Looks PUNY!

There has certainly been a lot of bad news for the U.S. sports industry recently. We cited the dramatic slowdown in the sneaker purchases by Hispanics, as well as a pessimistic prediction for back...

Jul 11, 2017
Toys

Back-to-School: Friend or Foe to the Toy Industry?

It’s hard to think about the topic of back-to-school when my kids just wrapped up school only two weeks ago here in New York. But, alas, we at NPD have already started to talk about it as retailer...

Jul 11, 2017
Foodservice

What’s Really Happening With Independent Restaurants?

I’m very privileged to get to travel this great nation each week and share data and insights about food and beverage consumption trends. While it’s my job to share what I’ve learned from studying ...

Prime Day Showing Its Age

With Amazon’s now annual summer buying event upon us, we’re looking back at the past two years to evaluate the impact of Prime Day to tech vendors, to Amazon’s tech business, to Amazon’s Kindle/Ec...

Branded Logo Tees - The New “It Thing”?

Fashion trends are a funny thing. Whether it’s mom jeans or bomber jackets, rompers or Birkenstock’s, you never quite know what the next “in thing” will be. Well earlier this week as I was on my ...

Jul 10, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Athletic Footwear and Activewear Back-to-School 2017 Predictions

I am more pessimistic today than I was in December about the short-term prospects for the U.S. athletic footwear and apparel markets. Late last year, my expectation was that 2017 would be an average y...

Jul 10, 2017
Automotive

Shifting [Generational] Gears

The automotive aftermarket will see a complete transformation of its core consumer over the next 10 years. Millennials, who have now surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest living generation in the U...

Jun 29, 2017
Apparel

Entering the World of “Spashion”

Eight glasses of water…check. Ten thousand steps…check. Whole grains…check. From clean eating to athleisure makeup, the idea of living a healthy lifestyle is here to stay and making its presence k...

Jun 28, 2017
Beauty

The New Age

Recently, my mother broke both of her wrists and had casts from her hands to her elbows for two months. One of her main concerns was her nightly ritual of potions and lotions that my step-father w...

Jun 26, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Hispanics’ Sneaker Slowdown

U.S. athletic footwear sales have been a puzzle this spring. While I accurately predicted the weakness due to the late income tax refunds and late Easter, the expected bounce-back simply did not h...

Michael Diamond
Jun 23, 2017
Technology

K12 - “This is U.S. history, I see the globe right there.”

It’s that time of year again; school instruction is coming to a close and Jeff Spicoli is about to get a visit from Mr. Hand to go over the history lessons he ignored (reference: Fast Times at Rid...

Jun 19, 2017
Footwear

Déjà Shoe

In the mid-‘90s, as a junior in college, I asked my boyfriend, Ross, (now husband) to buy me shoes for our one-year anniversary, rather than roses. This may have seemed a bit offbeat and forward t...

Jun 15, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Fall Sports Recap

Earlier this month, I wrote about the slow start to the spring sports season. Looking at the traditional fall season sports, including soccer, American football and basketball, I am expecting sale...

HomePod is an Interesting Test for Apple

This time last year, when interest in the Amazon Echo and Google Home were at a fever pitch, many observers wondered why Apple hadn’t yet made a voice-activated speaker. After all, Apple has the p...

Jun 8, 2017
Home , Appliances

A Long-Term Proposition

The general thinking around healthy-living has evolved. Instead of “going on a diet,” which is a short-term behavior, more people seem to be thinking of their diet in the broader sense and are foc...

Noise in the Smarter Machine

The lady sitting in front of me on the tram was clearly into her music. She was using headphones, but we could all clearly hear Eric Clapton’s dulcet tones explaining that he would, “wait in this ...

Jun 7, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Spring Sports Have Not Yet Sprung

Unconventional springtime weather that’s more akin to the late fall season is having a dampening effect on U.S. team sports equipment sales. With the recent expansion of The NPD Group’s Retail Trackin...

Jun 2, 2017
Beauty

The Secret Behind Suncare

­­­One of the things that I love most about my job is that there is so much data available at my fingertips.  When I’m looking for a new product to buy, I always turn to NPD data first to see what...

Jun 1, 2017
Video Games

Video Game Industry Predictions for Holiday 2017 and What to Watch at E3

2017 has been a fantastic year to be a video game fan.  The Nintendo Switch has experienced a strong launch, supported by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.  Highly ...

Jun 1, 2017
Foodservice

The Growing Influence of U.S. Hispanics: Are you Ready?

If you’ve heard me speak in public then you’re well aware of how I describe change in food and beverage habits – slow like the movement of the tectonic plates, but this means you need to take many...

Michael Diamond

I Wouldn’t Do That if I Were You – The Surveillance Market

Physical security and cybersecurity go hand-in-hand with protecting corporate assets; and while news of cybercrime has recently dominated the headlines, issues regarding security as a whole have b...

May 30, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Golf Sales in Decline

As I wrote about here, the macro environment for golf is pretty unpleasant. Courses are closing, brands are shuttering, retailers are going out of business, and young people are not adopting the g...

All That Glitters…

LeEco’s vision for the U.S. was bright and promising, but a bit more fleeting than some anticipated. The company started that way, with a spectacular launch event that promised an array of hardwar...

May 18, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: The U.S. Team Sports Equipment Marketplace

This week, NPD reached another important milestone with the launch of its team sports equipment tracking service: we now provide the most comprehensive reporting available on the entire universe o...

May 17, 2017
Sports

Understanding Seasonality in Active Apparel and Footwear

After another cold, harsh winter, the weather in Canada is starting to get warmer and the snow has finally melted away. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s common for consumers at this time of the year to ...

May 15, 2017
Toys

Fidgets, games, LEGO tape: Social media puts emerging trends on fast forward

In early April, I searched for fidget toys online. They were in the news thanks to Autism Day, and I was curious to see what was available on my local site in France. There were very few, and they...

May 8, 2017
Sports , Footwear

Sneakernomics: Here Comes Gen Z, Part 2

In a recent blog I highlighted some of the major differences between Millennials and Generation Z. I get a lot of questions on how to understand the profile and values of Gen Z, and for brands and...

May 3, 2017
Sports , Footwear

Sneakernomics: Why Q1 Did Not Bode Well for U.S. Athletic Footwear Sales

Contrary to the positive overall results we saw in the first quarter of 2015 and 2016, Q1 was a mixed bag that left the total U.S. athletic footwear market down 3 percent for the first three month...

May 1, 2017
Sports

Sneakernomics: Here Comes Gen Z, Part 1

I’ve written a lot about Millennials, but there is another cohort, Generation Z, that’s just as large in both scope and influence. While there are similarities between the two, they are distinct e...

Apr 26, 2017
Toys

Customization and User-Generated Content Impacts Canadian Toy Industry

Kids today are being raised in a technologically advanced digital world that provides the ability to personalize and customize their gaming and non-gaming online experiences.   87% of Canadian kid...

Apr 26, 2017
Toys

Customization and User-Generated Content Impacts Canadian Toy Industry

Kids today are being raised in a technologically advanced digital world that provides the ability to personalize and customize their gaming and non-gaming online experiences.   87% of Canadian kid...

Apr 24, 2017
Retail

Traveling Dollars

Nearly half of consumers recently told NPD they plan to spend less in the next 12 months. Of course, consumers will rarely say they want to or plan to spend more. Then again, if it is something th...

Apr 24, 2017
Beauty

Macy’s Shows Consumers How to Match Their Mood with Fragrance

If you weren’t able to visit the annual Macy’s Flower Show in Herald Square earlier this month, you missed a real treat. If you experienced it then you know what I’m talking about. The carnival fl...

More Artificial Than Intelligent

Spring is making a late arrival in New York this year, and the delay is beginning to take its toll. Last week, as I prepared to drive back from the warm, balmy air of Virginia towards New York, I ...

Apr 13, 2017
Food Consumption

Are Online Grocers Encouraging Multiple-Stop Shopping?

I sometimes feel in the minority of men when it comes to grocery shopping because I actually don’t mind the task. Between NPD’s and my anecdotal research sources (a.k.a. my friends), men typically...

Fashion vs. Function

I’ve finally done it. I had to. My shoulders couldn’t take it anymore. What major life change am I referring to? I made the switch from tote bag to backpack for work and travel. And it’s great.  ...

Apr 10, 2017
Apparel

Survival of the Fittest

Ivy Park, Victoria’s Secret, Old Navy, and Calvin Klein are not your “traditional” athletic apparel brands, but they are making their presence known within the activewear category. The definition ...

Apr 6, 2017
Beauty

Customization is the Expectation

I like my things a certain way. I order a Grande Iced Caramel Latte with extra caramel at Starbucks; I jump at the opportunity to choose products that I’ll receive in my FabFitFun subscription box...

Four Thousand Pixels Streaming to a TV Near You

Have you streamed video? Of course you have, as the majority of U.S. homes subscribe to a streaming service such as Netflix, Amazon Video or Hulu. Have you watched programming on a 4K TV? Maybe, ...

Mar 28, 2017
Technology

Canadians’ Spend on Printing hits 4 year high

Here we are at the start of 2017, years removed from the time when many analysts would not hesitate to tell anyone that would listen that the days of consumers printing are coming to an end.  Yet ...


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