NPD Launches New Wearables Advisory Service, Headed By Eddie Hold

PORT WASHINGTON, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 – The NPD Group announced today the launch of its new wearables advisory service.  Eddie Hold, Vice President of NPD’s Connected Intelligence group, is leading the business.

NPD’s new business solutions for the wearables market include consumer panel-based reporting, qualitative reports, U.S. point-of-sale data, and unique analysis from NPD’s leading industry experts.  NPD’s U.S. wearables research will be complemented by Canadian consumer-based reports and later this year point-of-sale data, and global shipment data and analysis from NPD DisplaySearch.

The new wearables reports include a view of the device landscape, tracking of key events as they occur, consumer adoption and use of these devices and the related applications, and a deep-dive market analysis.

“With information covering the complete business cycle, NPD is uniquely positioned to help our clients understand and profit from the opportunities presented by this rapidly growing market,” said Karyn Schoenbart, president and COO at NPD. “Our information covers what is shipping, what is selling, who is buying it, and what consumers are doing with these products to give retailers, manufacturers, and developers a better understanding of the market and the core consumers.”

NPD has also hired Wes Henderek, a veteran mobility analyst, to cover wearable device ownership, usage, and connectivity.  Wes will join other NPD industry analysts to provide a unique and holistic view of the wearables market; they include – Ben Arnold, NPD’s Executive Director, Industry Analyst who covers U.S. consumer wearables purchasing and retail, and Eddie Hold who focuses on the U.S. wearables market overall. Paul Gray, Director of European research for NPD DisplaySearch will provide a global view of wearable shipments and forecasting and Mark Haar, Director, Consumer Electronics will focus on Canadian wearables sell-through and consumer trends.

“NPD’s industry expertise is what sets us apart from the rest,” said Eddie Hold, vice president, NPD Connected Intelligence. “Wearables are impacting so many markets – from fashion to sports to technology and more.  Our vertical specializations, along with our team of analysts provide our customers with an understanding of what’s going on in the market now, and what is going to shape the future of the wearables market.”

About Connected Intelligence
Connected Intelligence provides competitive intelligence and insight on the rapidly evolving consumer’s connected environment. The service focuses on the three core components of the connected market: the device, the broadband access that provides the connectivity and the content that drives consumer behavior. These three pillars of adoption are leveraged to view consumer adoption and use of home-based devices, mobile devices and the emerging wearable technology world to provide a comprehensive view of the competitive landscape, how it will evolve and what the various vendors can do to best position themselves in this evolving market. For more information: Follow Connected Intelligence on Twitter: @npdci.

About NPD DisplaySearch
NPD DisplaySearch, part of The NPD Group, provides global market research and consulting specializing in the display supply chain, including trend information, forecasts and analyses developed by a global team of experienced analysts with extensive industry knowledge. NPD DisplaySearch supply chain expertise complements sell-through information from The NPD Group, thereby providing a true end-to-end view of the display supply chain from materials and components to shipments of electronic devices with displays to sales of major consumer and commercial channels. For more information, visit us at Read our blog at and follow us on Twitter at @DisplaySearch.

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