April 20, 2017

Restaurants Catering to Locavores to See Returns

Courtney Huckabay

"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."

April 19, 2017

Tax Credit Cuts Put Electric Vehicle Market in Jeopardy

Courtney Huckabay

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.

April 18, 2017

Health Trends to Give Coffee Sellers a Jolt

Courtney Huckabay

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.

April 17, 2017

How Retailers Can Use Showrooming to Increase Sales

Courtney Huckabay

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.

April 13, 2017

Home-Products Industry Cooking Up Continued Growth

Courtney Huckabay

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.

April 11, 2017

Fast Food Lovers Flock to Drive-Thrus for These Trends

Courtney Huckabay

Here’s what restaurant experts say will be the biggest limited-service trends this year. Tech runs wild: Tech is where it’s at for the fast-food and fast-casual sectors, says Gary Stibel, founder of New England Consulting Group. He says this will affect everything from ordering to pick-up to delivery. And curbside pick-up will explode in 2017 as improvements are made.

April 10, 2017

Wedding Industry Can Nail It with Pinterest Trends

Courtney Huckabay

The new direction of nuptials in 2017 is all about personalization and having fun, from printed bridesmaid dresses in lieu of mismatched solids, to the taco bar riff on family-style buffets, according to the Pinterest Wedding Report of 2017. Things that made the list? Drip cakes and off-the-shoulder wedding dresses. These are the top wedding trends of 2017 on Pinterest.

April 6, 2017

How to Target Cause Marketing Responders Authentically

Courtney Huckabay

Today, if a brand simply donates to charities, it is considered insufficient, made worse by bragging about it. An increasing number of brands are emerging with a do-gooder ethos. Millennials believe that brands, like themselves, can make money while making a meaningful difference. That said, there has been growing skepticism among Millennial shoppers of brands that “give back.”