"Americans plan to spend a record $5.9 billion to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. That’s the highest level in the survey’s 14-year history, up from last year’s previous record of $5.3 billion."
"The Global Affluencer is a global affluent consumer who has more disposable income, travels more and spends more on goods and services than other people. He or she is also the first to try new products and then tell their networks about them, according to the Ipsos 2018 Global Affluent Study, its first global affluent data set ever released."
We know that more motorcycle owners these days are women, and now we know increasing percentages of all owners are married and college graduates, and they're generally older, according to the 2018 Motorcycle Industry Council Owner Survey.
"More than nine in in ten (92%) adults over the age of 65 who have Medicare coverage say that it is important to them that their health plan offers programs/resources that support physical health (physical activity programs, weight loss, nutrition, etc.) and nearly as many (86%) say the same thing about having access to programs/resources that support emotional health (stress management programs, counseling, etc.), according to Ipsos. Two thirds also stress the importance of having a health plan that offers social connectedness (68%) or financial health (67%) programs/resources, though at least a third nevertheless say these are important to them."
"Restaurant digital orders have grown at an average annual rate of 23% since 2013 and will triple in volume by the end of 2020, and the majority of digital orders, 6 out of 10, are by mobile apps, reports The NPD Group. A restaurant’s app or website represents 70% of digital orders and the remaining orders are through third-party apps or other types of apps or websites, according to the findings of NPD’s recently released Delivering Digital Convenience report."
"Holiday time means gathering friends and family and increasingly that includes the family pets. But that can mean drama for both the pet owners and their hosts if rules and responsibilities aren’t clearly laid out. Ipsos polled 1,003 Americans on their attitudes about whether they allow friends and family to bring pets to their homes, how they’ll travel or not with pets and how pet owners accommodate their pet needs in other people’s houses."
"No longer the new kids on the block, millennials have moved firmly into their 20s and 30s, and a new generation is coming into focus. According to Pew Research Center, Generation Z, diverse and on track to be the most well-educated generation yet, is moving toward adulthood with a liberal set of attitudes and an openness to emerging social trends."
"Case shipments of plant-based protein from broadline foodservice distributors to foodservice operators increased by 20% in the year ending November 2018 compared to year ago with all Census regions showing double-digit growth, reports The NPD Group. The West Census Region represents the most plant-based protein volume and case shipment growth followed closely by the South Census region, according to NPD’s SupplyTrack."
"One in three people involved in electric scooter accidents require treatment for injuries at an emergency room, according to a new study by the University of California, Los Angeles, which also found that few riders wear a helmet, reports Consumer Reports."
"U.S. online sales of luxury fashion items are showing significant growth coming from each of the key segments (footwear, accessories, and apparel) according to the new U.S. Luxury E-commerce Report from The NPD Group. Much of the nearly 50% increase in dollar sales seen in recent years across these segments is attributed to an increase in buyer spending."
"Looking to purchase a bigger TV to replace your current model? You are not alone. According to the TV Ownership Trends Report from NPD Connected Intelligence, 40% of U.S. consumers who replaced a TV over the last two years were most motivated by a desire to purchase a bigger screen. In fact, 40% of replacement TVs purchased had a screen size of 50+ inches, with 15% of those made up by TV screens 60-inches and larger."
"For a variety of reasons (streaming media, working from home, the need to find comfort and shelter from the maddening crowd, or practicing Hygge, the Danish art of coziness) U.S. consumers are staying home. Staying home also means eating more meals at home and an increasing number of those meals are purchased from restaurants and food service outlets. In the year ending September 2018 dining at a restaurant represented 37% of all visits and remained flat compared to last year and restaurant meals consumed in-home accounted for 32% of all traffic and increased visits by 2%, reports The NPD Group."