"Get ready for solar eclipse mania," Beth Harpaz writes for Statesman Journal. "Destinations in the path of the Aug. 21 eclipse, which will be visible in the U.S. along a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina, are going wild with plans for festivals, concerts and viewing parties."
With consumer confidence rising and more young people in school, back-to-college spending is expected to hit an all-time high this year while back-to-school spending is expected to see its second-highest spending level on record, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics.
Homeowners seeking to tackle home improvement projects are not deterred by political and economic uncertainties and are spending nearly 60 percent more than a year ago on home improvement, according to HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Report.
The percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance grew in the second quarter of 2017 to 11.7%, up from 11.3% in the first quarter. The uninsured rate, measured by Gallup and Sharecare since 2008, had reached a record low of 10.9% in the third and fourth quarters of 2016.
"A growing trend in jewelry retail: fine jewelry retailers are finally getting online. However, as online shoppers often remain hesitant to invest in a piece of jewelry, retailers are going to need to overcome the innate physical restrictions of e-commerce standards in order to capture a share of this growing market," Deborah Weinswig writes for Forbes.
For many, a new kitchen means a healthier lifestyle, according to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey. The survey of more than 2,700 U.S. homeowners using Houzz who are in the midst of renos, are planning remodels, or recently completed a kitchen renovation project revealed that a third of kitchen updaters report a healthier lifestyle post-renovation (33 percent). That includes cooking more meals at home (41 percent), with three-quarters cooking five or more meals at home per week (76 percent).
"During the economic slowdown, many start-ups got into carpet cleaning but shut down pretty quick," Same Day Pros reports. "The trends by the beginning of 2015 have seen a great change. Carpet cleaners are setting up new businesses, and investing in improving the operations. It’s facilitated by the consumers who are ready to pay a bit more for great and long-lasting results."
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery released the results of their annual Global Aesthetic Survey for procedures completed in 2016, which showed an overall increase of 9% in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures within the past twelve months.
LivePerson recently conducted a survey to uncover what consumers wanted from their preferred airlines in terms of customer service communications. After surveying 1,200 U.S.-based consumers age 18+ who travel four or more times a year, they found that messaging plays a key role in increasing the overall satisfaction consumers feel with their preferred airlines. These preferences can be incorporated into any digital marketer's arsenal, however.
Parade and Company, a children's home interiors seller, reported trends in nursery stylings. Infant furniture and decor retailers should be sure to stock and promote the following trendy cribs, beds, rockers, themes and decorating items to drive traffic to stores.
Retail sales during the back-to-school shopping season of July and August 2017 will grow 4% over 2016, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast. Last year set a record for back-to-school season sales, but 2017 will be even better. U.S. retail sales during those core months will reach an estimated $857.18 billion, accounting for 17% of total retail sales for the year, the editors at eMarketer report.