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August 24, 2020

Coronavirus binge-shopping helps big-box retailers leave rivals in the dust


Retail earnings reports show stark contrast in consumer spending habits, highlight income inequality

August 19, 2020

In the Covid Era, Purses Are Out. Fanny Packs Are In.


With practically nowhere to go and little to carry, women are trading cumbersome bags for hands-free designer fanny packs, ideal for toting masks, phones and hand sanitizer

August 12, 2020

HomeWorld’s On Point With NPD: Back To School Or Not: What Housewares Can Learn

HomeWorld Business

Joe Derochowski of The NPD Group says can benefit if kids stay home for school.

August 10, 2020

After Diving, Swimwear Sees More Bouyant Days Ahead


Miami Swim Week pivoted with digital platforms, and brands and buyers said they have seen huge increases in sales since July.

July 22, 2020

NPD Group: The Co-Existence Conundrum


The shuttering of movie theaters concurrent with the launch of direct-to-consumer SVOD services such as HBO Max and Disney+ created an environment in which theatrical new releases including Scoob! and Hamilton were made available to stream sooner than previous release windows would have permitted.

July 22, 2020

Retailers Are About to Get Schooled


This year’s back-to-school season is unpredictable for retailers in more ways than one

July 16, 2020

U.S. Retail Sales Rose 7.5% in June as Stores Reopened


Separate jobless claims data indicate improvement in labor market is stalling

July 9, 2020

Sur La Table files for bankruptcy, will close dozens of stores

The Washington Post

The Seattle-based kitchenware company popular for its in-store cooking classes is looking for a new owner

July 8, 2020

HomeWorld’s On Point With NPD: Shopping Is About The Consumer, Not The Channel

HomeWorld Business

The NPD Group’s Joe Derochowski explains how the pandemic has accelerated the need for suppliers to focus on the consumer, not the channel.

July 2, 2020

Pluto TV, Tubi and others may see COVID-related viewing spikes persist in July


According to data presented at the StreamTV Summer Research Summit by NPD Group analyst John Buffone, many consumers expect to continue increased viewing on ad-supported and subscription streaming services as well as cable, satellite and transactional video on-demand.

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

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