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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 Fingerling toy, one of the hottest toys of the holiday season.

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.

Sneakernomics: “Surprise and Delight”

The U.S. sports industry is in a downward spiral, and price is the primary driver. Retail must return to the days of inspirational and aspirational products that surprise and delight consumers.

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 Thanksgiving.

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.

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.

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 sword scenario.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 same period one year ago, across the men’s, women’s, and kids’ markets.

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-to-school.

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.

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 happen.

Jun 15, 2017
Sports
Sneakernomics: Fall Sports Recap

Earlier this month, I wrote about the slow start to the spring sports season.

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.

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 game.

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.

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 start thinking about outdoor activity again. Traditionally, there is a strong seasonal period that generally starts to ramp up in March when consumers begin to increase their spending on active apparel and footwear. This strong seasonal period tends to continue throughout the spring, peaking in August before a slowdown in the fall.

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 retailers it’s certainly necessary to understand this important next generation.

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 months of 2017.

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.

Mar 15, 2017
Sports
Sneakernomics: Marketing with Millennials, Part 2

How can brands and retailers better resonate with Millennials, who hold tremendous influence now and in the future?

Mar 7, 2017
Sports
The Millennial Myth

From foodservice to fashion, it seems that all retailers these days are looking to attract the elusive Millennial.

Mar 7, 2017
Sports
Sneakernomics: Marketing with Millennials, Part 1

Sneakernomics: Marketing with Millennials, Part 1

Feb 14, 2017
Sports
Sneakernomics: Tax Refund Delays Can Hurt the Sports Business

Sneakernomics: Tax Refund Delays Can Hurt the Sports Business

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!

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 Your City and it is amazing.

Dec 5, 2016
Sports , Footwear
Sneakernomics: It’s All About Retro

The hottest trend in the U.S. athletic shoe market right now is classic, or retro, footwear. The overall classics category is growing at a +29 percent pace for 2016 so far through October, according to retail sales data from The NPD Group – five percentage points greater than this time in 2015 and currently the strongest player in the athletic footwear market. While retro basketball shoes have been hot for more than a decade, retro running and retro tennis are now growing quickly as well.

Nov 29, 2016
Sports , Footwear
Sneakernomics: Holiday Predictions for the Sports Industry 2016

Last holiday season was a particularly strong one for many major aspects of the sports business. There are several factors making this year’s challenging for the industry, but while this year won’t top last, I still expect a fair holiday performance for the world of sports retail.

Sneakernomics: The State of the Athletic Footwear and Apparel Businesses Heading into Holiday

U.S. athletic footwear results in Q3 were softer than they were in the first two quarters of the year, with dollar sales growing by only 2 percent for the quarter, compared to the mid-single digits for the first two quarters.

Sneakernomics: Fast is the New Normal

Everything seems faster today. Change is happening more quickly than ever, and nowhere is this need for speed more evident than in the sports industry.

Sneakernomics: The Election’s Potential Impact on Footwear Sales

Donald Trump shocked the world on Tuesday night with his presidential win. His victory could have deep implications for the sports industry, and the footwear market in particular.

Nov 4, 2016
Apparel , Sports
Sneakernomics: Cubs Win! Who Else Does?

Now that the Chicago Cubs’ 108-year winless drought has ended and the curse of the Billy Goat named Murphy has been extinguished, let’s see who the sports winners (besides the Chicago Cubs) are.

Oct 3, 2016
Apparel , Sports
Sneakernomics: Is Activewear Being Stretched Too Thin?

Sneakernomics: Is Activewear Being Stretched Too Thin?

Jul 8, 2016
Sports
Sneakernomics: What Kevin Durant to the Warriors Really Means for the Sneaker Business

Sneakernomics: What Kevin Durant to the Warriors Really Means for the Sneaker Business

Apr 4, 2016
Sports
What’s Going On With Golf?

What’s Going On With Golf?

Apr 1, 2016
Sports
Winning Women Over Through Sports Marketing

Winning Women Over Through Sports Marketing

Mar 16, 2016
Sports
Let The Madness Begin

Let The Madness Begin

Feb 17, 2016
Sports
A Fresh Spin On Fitness

A Fresh Spin On Fitness

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