Category: Business Development

Toy Stores to Promote Toy Supercategories to Grandparents

"After a modest decline forecast for 2019, total toy industry dollar sales in the U.S. are expected to pick up again in 2020; and this trend is expected to continue through the end of 2021, according to The NPD Group’s latest report, The Future of Toys."

Retailers to Make Ads More Inclusive with Gender-Neutral Pronouns

"As the experiences of people who don’t identify as a man or a woman have gained attention, a majority of Americans say they have heard at least a little about the use of gender-neutral pronouns. And about one-in-five (18%) say they personally know someone who goes by such pronouns, says Pew Research."

Towable Campers Retailers to Upsell to Shoppers

"Whether you’ve been hauling large trailers for years or you’re about to embark on your first family vacation with a small travel trailer, towing isn’t something to be taken lightly, says Consumer Reports."

Hearing Aids Help Decrease Risk of Dementia, Falls and Depression

"For people with hearing loss, using a hearing aid is associated with a reduced risk of three common health problems of aging (dementia, depression, and falls), according to a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society."

16% of Consumers Use Smart Lighting

"Smart lighting products, such as smart lightbulbs and smart light switches, are some of the most popular smart home devices on the market. According to an April 2019 market research report from TraQLine, 16% of consumers in the U.S. own smart lightbulbs, which is only three percentage points behind top-selling smart speakers."

Avoiding These Fall Chores can Cause Catastrophic Consequences

"Late summer/early fall is the right time to get your yard and house in order because come winter, small problems can turn into expensive nightmares, says Consumer Reports. 'A little bit of preventive maintenance now will help you avoid big hassles in the future,' says John Galeotafiore, who oversees CR’s testing of outdoor power equipment and other home gear."

Grocers and Restaurants Are Rolling Out New Ready-to-Drink Coffee Flavors

"Beyond the buzz created around the early release of Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, there is something big brewing in the U.S. coffee market. American’s consumption habits are shifting across the beverage industry, and consumers are increasingly seeking their next caffeine fix from chilled, on-the-go coffee options over energy drinks and carbonated soft drinks."

Black Friday Shoppers are Motivated by Both Deals and Tradition

"Retailers are preparing for one of their biggest weekends of the year as an estimated 164 million people are already planning to go shopping Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics."

76% of Consumers Want Healthier Food Offerings in Drugstores

"The self-care movement is playing a key role in reshaping health care in a way that drug store retailers and manufacturers can’t afford to ignore. Recent data from The Conference Board Global Consumer Confidence Survey, in collaboration with Nielsen, shows that 18% of Americans reported health as a top concern, next only to the economy (22%) and immigration (19%)."

Consumers Ages 18–44 Are Top Audiobook Listeners

"According to global information company The NPD Group, nearly three out of four consumers in the U.S. reported reading a book or listening to an audiobook in the past six months."

50%+ Americans Order from Earth-Friendly Restaurants

"Sustainability, which by definition is the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance, is a much talked about topic today and is used in a broader sense to mean environmental consciousness or earth-friendly. In the food and beverage and foodservice sectors, many grocers, food manufacturers, and restaurant operators are initiating sustainability efforts as socially responsible corporate citizens and to support consumer interests."

30% of Consumers Now Have Tattoos

"A recent Ipsos poll reveals that more Americans have tattoos today than in early 2012. Three in ten (30%) of Americans have at least one tattoo, an increase from 21% in 2012."

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