"The preference to see, touch, and try-on apparel before purchasing is the most important factor for 55% of consumers to choose shopping in-store rather than online, reports The NPD Group. When shopping for clothing in-store, 79% of adult consumers try on the items before buying, all or most of the time (42%) or some of the time (37%), according to NPD’s apparel industry research."
"Total U.S. apparel spending will continue to dip in 2019, but a rebound will follow in 2021, according to The Future of Apparel, a new report from The NPD Group forecasting growth and declines across key apparel categories. Sweats, swimwear, sleepwear, and dresses are forecast to be the primary sources of industry growth over the next two years."
Allied Market Research recently published a report, titled, "Smart Shoes Market by Product Type (Smart Walking Shoes, Smart Running Shoes and Smart Sports Shoes), End User (Men and Women), and Distribution Channel (Supermarket/Hypermarket, Specialty Store and Online Store): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2019–2026." According to the report, the global smart shoe market was pegged at $115.3 million in 2018 and is anticipated to garner $223.4 million by 2026, registering a CAGR of 9.1% from 2019 to 2026.
"Women in the U.S. are making more room in their closets for jeans. A total of 364 million pairs of women’s jeans were purchased in the U.S. in the 12 months ending February 2019, more than half of which were bought on sale, according to The NPD Group. The nearly 22 million unit increase compared to the prior year was the primary source of growth for the jeans category overall."
Climbing the corporate ladder requires the right gear, new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. The majority of professionals (86%) and managers (80%) surveyed said clothing choices affect someone's chances of being promoted.
Core U.S. outdoor retail channels saw sales of all outdoor products increase 6.4% to $6.9 billion in 2013, the largest full-year dollar total on record, according to Leisure Trends, an NPD Group company. Sales of cold weather outdoor apparel, footwear and accessories increased 9% and make up $2.2 billion of the total $6.9 billion. An early winter and numerous deep freezes throughout the U.S. have boosted sales, outpacing industry expectations.
Episode 51 of Advertising Smarter focuses on women's apparel buyers — consumers who are shopping for women's clothing — and looks at how you can tap into these consumers' media interests and habits, buying preferences, as well as their attitudes about advertising. Watch this video briefing here, see it in HD on YouTube, or subscribe