Retailer Trends

Higher Costs of Living Spur Private Label Purchases

Private label has been a serious contender for shelf space for several years. But when consumers are bombarded by smaller packages that have higher prices...

Digitizing the B&M Shopping Experience - A Source for New Data

As online retailers continue to try and enter the brick-and-mortar space (Amazon already has pick-up sites in the New York market), and brick-and-mortar retailers try to compete with online, consider this — most industry insiders feel retail is headed for a "hybrid" shopping experience, one that is digitized. What current trends can inspire your latest promotions and offer a differentiated experience?

Online Holiday Trends

Like it or not, online shopping trends have an effect on brick-and-mortar shopping trends. According to the NRF, there are five online holiday trends that will play a role in holiday 2013 shopping.

Supply Chain Critical to Slow Back-to-School Season

Conservative. That’s the word best suited to this year’s back-to-school season. High gas prices, low median incomes and a cautious public have led most industry insiders to predict modest back-to-school sales this year.

Back-to-School Starting in June 2013

Just two weeks into summer and some retailers are already running back-to-school promotions. It is the latest in a series of extended seasonal promotions that begin earlier than ever. Perhaps these early promotions are due to the success retailers experienced during the holiday 2012 season with promotions that ran on Thanksgiving Day.

May Sales Data

The unseasonably cool weather this spring led to industry-wide discounts and promotions by retailers as they worked to clear their shelves of seasonal merchandise. Industry experts don't expect the higher rate of promotional activity to adversely affect margins because of retailers' new efforts to control costs. 

Amazon Eyes the Boomer Market

Amazon is no stranger to getting ahead of consumer trends, so it should come as no surprise that Amazon has reacted quickly to new consumer data that shows Boomers are bucking once-accepted assumptions about this market. 

Today's Private Label Is Whole New Animal

A few years ago, private label was a generic, black-and-white, no-name, lower-quality brand in the eyes of most consumers. Today, private label is an entirely different animal. In fact, according to a new article in Forbes magazine, retailers have played a hand in the new rebranding of private label.

Seasonality Suprises

Are there any seasonality surprises out there? Or has it all become ho-hum? You might be surprised. For instance, CPG retail teams are used to what is deemed "superhero summer" — product tie-ins to summer action movie blockbusters. But this year, Target is taking it a step further.

Do Green Retailer Initiatives Matter?

Retail and promotional teams are always reviewing "what works." The messaging, the packaging, the price. On Earth Day, we're keen to ask — does green marketing work? 

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