More U.S. Apparel Consumers are Opting for Online When it Comes to Outerwear Purchases, Reports NPD’s Checkout

Port Washington, NY, January 30, 2018 – According to The NPD Group’s Checkout, a receipt mining service, close to one-third (29 percent) of total online apparel buyers purchased outerwear online in the 12 months ending November 2017, up two percentage points over the previous year. The average consumer is spending $178 when buying outerwear online, a 3 percent increase in spending over the prior year.

The North Face, Patagonia, and Columbia are among the top performers in this e-commerce space. The North Face captured 8 percent of total online outerwear buyers, followed by Columbia with 6 percent share of buyers and Patagonia at 3 percent. Patagonia attained the highest brand loyalty among these brands, with 66 percent of Patagonia outerwear buyers’ spend on the category going towards the brand.

“Outerwear is one of the hottest categories in outdoor and sports apparel today. While there is a lot of noise in today’s apparel market, outerwear is faring positively with its assortment of looks and brands that are helping consumers to stand out from the crowd. With the internet remaining the best way to find these unique styles, an omnipresent retail strategy with a customer-centric approach is critical for continued growth,” said Matt Powell, Senior Industry Advisor, Sports, at The NPD Group.

Brands with a foundation in the catalog retail model have also performed favorably in the outerwear e-commerce space. Consumers increased their average annual spending on outerwear from Lands’ End and L.L. Bean by 10 percent and 2 percent, respectively, and also spent more per purchase.

In addition, a pricing dichotomy among well-performing brands suggests that there is not one price-point strategy for success. For example, with considerably fewer online customers and a higher price point than Columbia, Canada Goose outerwear consumers spent 14 percent more per purchase versus last year, compared to Columbia outerwear consumers who spent 2 percent more.

“Brands and retailers framing their strategies around price and promotion are setting themselves up for disappointment in today’s retail environment, as consumers are seeking a more premium differentiation. Instead, brands carving their own niche and evoking their core values consistently, in all products and messaging, will win over consumers. This presents a fundamental opportunity for both existing and emerging outerwear brands,” said Powell.


Checkout delivers the most comprehensive view of consumer purchase behavior for general merchandise categories, across all retailers over time, to help you understand how to adjust your marketing to fuel growth. Checkout E-commerce offers the most complete and accurate view of the online channel – including  first and third-party sales for Amazon and other marketplaces, 400+ e-commerce retailers including direct-to-consumer, and  an early read on emerging players. Information is collected from more than 3 million consumers, through data provided by our partner Slice Intelligence and NPD’s own proprietary receipt-harvesting mobile phone app.


Related Press Releases

Sustainable Apparel Is Evolving But Consumers Need to Be Educated
Sustainable Apparel Is Evolving But Consumers Need to Be Educated

As consumer interest in sustainability grows so do the efforts of the apparel industry, but there is a clear need to educate shoppers in order to make this connection.

Women’s Jeans Sales Are Up in the U.S. Proving That Athleisure Wear and Denim Do Co-Exist in the Same Wardrobe
Women’s Jeans Sales Are Up in the U.S. Proving That Athleisure Wear and Denim Do Co-Exist in the Same Wardrobe

Denim manufacturers took note that U.S. consumers — even the most fashionable ones — like the comfort of activewear and followed suit. Their efforts have paid off with a 9 percent increase in sales of women’s jeans in the year ending July 2018 compared to year ago, according to The NPD Group.

The Casualization of American Apparel: Will the Athleisure Trend Stay or Go?
The Casualization of American Apparel: Will the Athleisure Trend Stay or Go?

Activewear currently represents 24 % of total apparel industry sales and is forecast to grow through 2019, reports The NPD Group’s Future of Apparel study. Athleisure wear has now become a fashion staple for daily activities other than going to the gym but the question is, does this trend have staying power?

Channel Shifts Driving Apparel Dollars Online, Reports NPD
Channel Shifts Driving Apparel Dollars Online, Reports NPD

Industry analysis shows U.S. online sales are projected to grow across the apparel industry, with online-only retailers taking share from other channels.


Press Contact

Marissa Guyduy
(516) 625 2203
Marissa.Guyduy@npd.com

@npdstyle@npd_entertain@npd_sports

The NPD Group, Inc.
900 West Shore Road
Port Washington, NY 11050

Want more?

Complete this form to hear from NPD.


Newsletter

Subscribe and get key market trends and insights relevant to your industry each month.

We will not sell your information. View privacy notice.

Follow Us

© The NPD Group, Inc.