Author: Courtney Huckabay


There’s a Growing Adoption Rate for In-store Health Clinics

In-store health clinics are a category of walk-in clinics, which are located in supermarkets, retail stores and pharmacies. These health clinics provide medical care to patients with minor uncomplicated illnesses (e.g. cold, fever and others) and provide preventive medical care services (e.g. immunization, diagnostics and others).


Study Shows Restaurant Choice Highly Motivated by Deals

A recent study by Valassis, a leader in intelligent media delivery, found that coupons and promotions are highly impactful in driving restaurant traffic and customer engagement.


Coloring, Craft-Related Products Experience Double-Digit Sales Growth

The latest trends around creative expression, from slime and “floam” to coloring and crafts, are driving U.S. sales of office supplies, according to global information company The NPD Group. The double-digit sales growth seen across coloring and art-related categories suggests that a different wave of items may be joining office-supply aisles.


Restaurants Catering to Locavores to See Returns

“According to chef experts, 2017 will see a significant shift in the restaurant industry — a shift away from the celebrity culture to more of a community focus,” Bambi Majumdar says. “And eating locally produced foods, known as “locavore,” will be one of the biggest food trends this year.”


Tax Credit Cuts Put Electric Vehicle Market in Jeopardy

Edmunds analysis says tax credit cuts put mainstream electric vehicle market in jeopardy. New research finds financial incentives don’t encourage mass adoption of EV technology, but are vital to sustaining sales. However, the latest AudienceSCAN survey finds there is a demand among car shoppers: 4% are considering hybrid/electric vehicles.


Health Trends to Give Coffee Sellers a Jolt

On-premise coffee and tea remains a growing segment within the foodservice industry, with sales at coffee houses alone reaching $21.6 billion in 2016. However, the market faces fierce competition from retail products, particularly the fast growing ready-to-drink coffee segment. Despite these challenges, coffee houses stay one step ahead by offering consumers innovative beverages.


How Retailers Can Use Showrooming to Increase Sales

Despite the influx of mobile users and shoppers, retailers are not seeing the high conversion rates you might expect. Retailers can take steps to increase mobile conversion. Here are four things retailers should be doing to optimize their sites for the rise of m-commerce, from Digital Commerce 360.


Outlet Malls to Win Over Shoppers with Friendly Sales Staff

Customers are more likely to be won over by the presence of salespeople in a store than any in-store retail marketing strategies, according to new GetApp research. More than one third of consumers (33.8%) polled said that they are more impressed with the presence of salespeople in a store than other retail tactics

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Home-Products Industry Cooking Up Continued Growth

The NPD Group reveals that the small home appliances and housewares markets will continue on the growth path they returned to in 2015. Covering more than 100 small kitchen electrics, personal care appliance, home environment appliance, and housewares categories, NPD is forecasting a nearly three percent combined dollar sales increase for these industry segments in 2017 versus 2016.

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