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June 29, 2020

The Video Call is Starting. Time to Put on Your Zoom Shirt.

New York Times

When homebound workers need to spiff up moments before a meeting, the reach for the breakout garment of quarantine season.

June 26, 2020

‘Something for the backyard’: Why swimsuit sales are on the rise


Summer plans may look different this year, but people are still buying bathing suits — online, anyway.

June 25, 2020

Provocative Purchases? Surprisingly Thriving

New York Times

During lockdown, some women gave in to the joy of going braless. Others were buying seductive underwear.

June 24, 2020

New York City retailers welcome back shoppers but challenges loom


Upscale retailers including Nordstrom Inc, privately owned Saks Fifth Avenue and jeweler Tiffany & Co reopened their large New York City flagship locations on Wednesday with reassuring signage and sanitizer stands to calm shoppers worried about the coronavirus pandemic.

June 9, 2020

Industry Voices—Buffone: Retaining attention in the rip-roaring decade of streaming video

The 2020s were destined to be the era of maturation for streaming video, due to the mega media conglomerates jumping into the fray. 

May 27, 2020

Bicycles Among Items In High Demand During Coronavirus Shutdown

Wall Street Journal analysis finds households shifted from supermarkets to online and from Whole Foods to waffle irons as lockdowns hit.

May 2, 2020

‘Quarantinis,’ Bread Makers and Badminton: What’s Hot in Down Consumer Market

Wall Street Journal analysis finds households shifted from supermarkets to online and from Whole Foods to waffle irons as lockdowns hit.

April 30, 2020

How coronavirus could alter the way we shop for clothes from now on

Store closures due to coronavrirus have left many clothing retailers with declining sales. But could there be other long-term effects?

April 27, 2020

Soul of discretion: What's selling in the COVID-19 pandemic?

Retail Dive

After stocking up on essentials, consumers have begun targeted discretionary spending. What have they deemed worth buying during a quarantine?

April 23, 2020

Supermarket Surge Can Outlast the Virus

History indicates that supermarket sales may stay elevated in the coming economic downturn

April 9, 2020

As Masks Go Mainstream, Fashion Designers Sense an Opportunity


Last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control officially recommended widespread use of face masks to help slow the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

April 7, 2020

NPD: Retail ‘bright’ spots during COVID-19

Chain Store Age

Dollar sales declined 16% in the third week of March as hoarding slowed, but growth in a number of key industries helped stave off an even greater decline.

April 2, 2020

HomeWorld’s On Point With NPD: SPECIAL COVID-19 REPORT: Watching Consumers Change Before Our Eyes

HomeWorld Business

Joe Derochowski of The NPD Group encourages the business to watch and respond to new consumer behavior that could endure long after the COVID-19 crisis clears.

April 1, 2020

NPD Shares How COVID-19 Is impacting Weekly Consumption Trends


The research found dollar growth to be flat as shoppers change the composition of purchases.

March 5, 2020

HomeWorld’s On Point With NPD: Healthy Living – Advancing The Personal Touch

HomeWorld Business

NPD’s Joe Derochowski explains how the business can benefit from a personalized approach to dieting and healthy living.

February 26, 2020

Lowe's Gains, But Reveals Digital Struggles


A day after Home Depot dazzled observers with strong sales, rival Lowe’s also reported gains, with same-store sales rising 2.6%. But its forecast for the year ahead is softer than some expected, and its reliance on brick-and-mortar sales may make it more vulnerable, as the category shifts to become increasingly omnichannel.

February 4, 2020

HomeWorld’s On Point With NPD: Housewares Learns Lesson From Textiles

HomeWorld Business

NPD’s Joe Derochowski examines how the business can learn from the textiles business.

February 3, 2020

NPD: Wedding Market Still Ripe For Housewares Growth

HomeWorld Business

The NPD Group reports that wedding-associated housewares and appliance sales grew to $475 million in the 12 months ended November 2019, compared to about $443 million during the comparable year-earlier period.

January 30, 2020

Rivet’s Blueprint Report Explores Today’s Golden Age of Denim Innovation

Sourcing Journal

Welcome to 2020. There are no flying cars and we’re not wearing space suits. But lasers are making our jeans, body scanners are ensuring the perfect fit, and we’re paying for them with just the tap of a phone. 

January 29, 2020

Ironing Is Boring. Try a Fast, Cheap Handheld Steamer Instead.


We tested three portable wrinkle-removers—suitable whether you’re traveling or at home

January 23, 2020

Victoria’s Secret Is Getting Into Shapewear


The lingerie giant’s comeback plans continue.

January 14, 2020

NPD Group: General merchandise holiday sales fall flat

Chain Store Age

Holiday sales for key general merchandise categories were disappointing despite a strong last-minute push.

January 7, 2020

HomeWorld’s On Point With NPD: Get Ready For Sustainability 2.0

HomeWorld Business

NPD’s Joe Derochowski discusses the evolution of sustainability as a meaningful and persuasive benefit for today’s consumers.

January 6, 2020

The Aging Millennial


By 2030, the oldest Millennials will be in their mid- to late-40s. But does that mean their spending habits will mature, too?

December 26, 2019

Digital Retailers Are Taking Their Relationship With Consumers Off-line


More and more e-commerce shops are opening up stores IRL. Here's why.

December 11, 2019

How Rare Luggage Replaced Sneakers as the Latest It-Accessory


BUYING LUGGAGE used to be about as sexy as acquiring a refrigerator. You schlepped to Sears or, if you were feeling fancy, a Tumi boutique, and chose whichever carry-on could hold the most stuff without socks and underwear erupting through the zipper. 

December 11, 2019

Fewer than 10% of Americans are buying $1,000 smartphones, report says

ARS Technica

And consumers in major cities are more likely to take the plunge than others.

December 3, 2019

HomeWorld’s On Point With NPD: Prep For A Healthy 2020 In Housewares

HomeWorld Business

NPD’s Joe Derochowski discusses tariffs, lifestyles, hot products and other factors set to impact the 2020 home and business.

December 2, 2019

Matt Powell Discusses Outdoor Trends


The NPD Group’s Matt Powell joins the Shoe-In Show team to discuss the latest in outdoor trends for Fall ’19.

December 2, 2019

How Home Entertainment Companies Are Navigating the Streaming Apocalypse


Now that the streaming apocalypse is fully upon us, how are people in the home-entertainment business coping?

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