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February 13, 2018

On Valentine’s Day, Nothing Says Love Like a Plate of Chicken Wings

The Wall Street Journal

They’re fussy, hard to eat, and now rank alongside flowers, chocolate and champagne. One explanation: There’s a shared intimacy in messy eating. Restaurant orders of chicken wings—1.1 billion in the U.S. last year—are 14 percent higher on February 14 compared with other days of the month, excluding Super Bowl Sunday, of course, according to Bonnie Riggs, restaurant analyst for The NPD Group, a market-research firm.

February 9, 2018

These 7 Young Executives Are Shaping the Footwear Industry's Future

Footwear News

Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s new Associate Board comprises young leaders in the shoe industry who are determined to make a difference. Among them is NPD's very own Sarah Bloch, executive director of fashion footwear and accessories, who shares how she got involved with Two Ten, the mentors who helped her, and the importance of pushing the next generation to the forefront. 

February 8, 2018

Kale to Go: Amazon to Roll out Delivery at Whole Foods

ABC News

Amazon is bringing its speedy delivery to Whole Foods. The online retail giant plans to roll out two-hour delivery at Whole Foods this year to those who pay for Amazon's $99-a-year Prime membership. It is the company's biggest move since it bought the organic grocer last year. While convenient, not everyone wants other people picking out their eggs or fruit. A major hurdle for companies that offer grocery delivery is getting those people to sign up, said Darren Seifer, a food and beverage industry analyst at The NPD Group.

February 6, 2018

E-commerce Picks up the Pace

HSB Dealer

U.S. online sales of home improvement products increased 34 percent in 2017, reaching nearly $20 billion, according to ecommerce insights from The NPD Group’s Checkout E-commerce Tracking consumer receipt mining service. Double-digit growth was prevalent across all major home improvement category segments last year – everything from plumbing and hardware to outdoor living and decor.

February 5, 2018

HomeWorld Presents On Point With NPD: Raising Private Label Expectations

HomeWorld Business

The continued growth of e-commerce has brick-and-mortar retailers looking for new ways to level the competitive playing field. For some, private label product lines may be the answer. In the fourth episode of “HomeWorld Presents On Point with NPD,” Joe Derochowski, home industry analyst for The NPD Group, discusses ways retailers can successfully develop private label programs.

February 5, 2018

Retailers Rejoice as Eagles Merchandise Flies off the Shelves

New York Post

Philadelphia Eagles fans weren’t the only ones celebrating the team’s victory in Super Bowl LII. "Whenever you have a team that has not been in the postseason and won a championship, it’s very meaningful to sales,” Matt Powell, The NPD Group's senior sports industry adviser, told The Post. “People who might not think about buying a T-shirt or jersey are stepping up,” Powell added.

February 1, 2018

Target Begins Same-day Delivery as Shipping Wars Heat Up


Starting Thursday, Target is launching a new same-day delivery service in an attempt to compete with fellow retail giants Amazon and Walmart. Food Industry Analyst Darren Seifer weighs in on how to stay competitive in this space.

January 30, 2018

Apparel Subscription Services: How Can Subscription Retailers Be Successful?

The Robin Report

Subscription’s success is best measured by the year-over-year retention rate of its customers. As our NPD Checkout E-commerce Tracking found, an average of only 49 percent of subscribers stayed on as active users from one year to the next. Whether big or small, if a company is not retaining their customers, they’re not going to be able to survive for long. So how can subscription services move the needle on their retention rates? Chief Industry Advisor Marshal Cohen weighs in on how these services can retain customers in this Robin Report byline.

January 26, 2018

Outdoor Gear Sales Slip as Millennials Drive Shift in Habits

The New York Times

The NPD Group announced retail sale this week as manufacturers and buyers gathered in Denver for the Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, the industry's biggest winter marketplace. Millennials — sometimes defined as people born between 1982 and 2004 — are less likely than the previous generation to demand outdoor gear that stands up to extreme conditions, said Matt Powell, NPD's senior adviser for the sports industry. He used boots as an example. "The hardest, the most extreme condition some of these boots are going to have is walking from the Prius to the craft brewery," he said.

January 23, 2018

Think Tank: Online Apparel Picks Up Steam — and Customers — in 2017

Women's Wear Daily

Climb aboard if you’re not already on this train. Apparel had the greatest increase in online buyer penetration of any retail industry: the percentage of all e-commerce consumers buying apparel online has grown 4 points to 51 percent in the 12 months ending October 2017. Marshal Cohen, chief industry advisor, retail at The NPD Group Inc., shares insights behind the data.

January 22, 2018

Inside Amazon’s High-tech Grocery Store


Retail powerhouse Amazon is disrupting retail yet again, with the opening of its checkout-free Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle. NPD's food consumption industry analyst, Darren Seifer, says that if Amazon can perfect this method of checking out, it will send a signal to other grocers that they need to step to up their game in providing convenience to consumers.

January 19, 2018

‘Fire and Fury’ Drives Big Unit Sales Gain

Publishers Weekly

Big sales of Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff helped boost sales 9 percent higher in the week ended January14, 2018, than in the comparable week in 2017 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The book, which sold more than 191,000 copies, generated most of its sales through the retailer and book club channel; fewer than 1,000 copies were sold via the mass merchandiser/other channel.

January 18, 2018

Apparel Subscription Services: Has Their Time Passed, or Are They Still in Their Infancy?

The Robin Report

Just over 4 percent of online apparel buyers purchase online apparel subscription services according to NPD’s Checkout E-commerce Tracking, which analyzes purchases at the receipt level. Chief Industry Advisor Marshal Cohen weighs in on how these services can retain customers in this Robin Report byline.

January 9, 2018

HomeWorld Presents On Point With NPD: What’s Hot For 2018


What housewares categories are the best bets for 2018? How will consumer demographic and lifestyle trends direct housewares consumption during the year? These are some of the questions answered in the third episode of “HomeWorld Presents On Point with NPD,” featuring insights and projections by Joe Derochowski, home industry analyst for The NPD Group.

January 2, 2018

Americans Will Eat a Record Amount of Meat in 2018


For all the buzz about pea protein and lab-grown burgers, Americans are set to eat more meat in 2018 than ever before. “If you look at the items that consumers say they want more of in their diet, protein tops the list,” said David Portalatin, a Houston-based food industry advisor for The NPD Group.

December 21, 2017

Retail's Hopes for the Holiday Season


The 2017 holiday season is primed to be a good one for retail, but Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Advisor - Retail at The NPD Group, says it's not for all the right reasons. Consumers are buying a lot of product, but the product is on sale, so margins are stressed. And Americans got a late start to shopping for gifts this year, with earlier activity focused on self-gifting. See how this behavior, paired with the growth of online, have changed the sport of shopping as we once knew it in this Bloomberg interview. 

December 20, 2017

How We’ll Dine in 2018: The Rise of the All-Day Menu

The Wall Street Journal

Life moves pretty fast. Power lunches are out, and who sits down to a formal dinner these days? In the next year, expect more restaurants where mealtimes are mutable and noshing is the new dining. According to Bonnie Riggs, a restaurant-industry analyst for The NDP Group, “the dinner meal occasion, especially for full-service restaurants, has been declining for years. But breakfast visits are on the upswing, and demand for delivery and take-out across all meal periods is surging."

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